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Ohio SBDC at Lorain County Community College
The Richard Desich Business and Entrepreneurship Center (DEC)

Phone: 440-366-4370
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Center Director: Lisa Hutson

Comprehensive business management and education services.
Free, confidential, in-depth, one-on-one counseling and low- or no-cost training.

  • Strategic Planning
  • eCounseling
  • Technical Assistance
  • Quality-Based Assessments
  • Information about Federal, State and Local Programs
  • Loan Packaging Assistance

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Marketing Planning

Friday, March 24, 2017 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This workshop explains different pricing models and how to set prices, calculate costs and assess competitors. Learning about pricing & the impact that it has on the success of your business from determining your price to implementing your price & strategy.
Speaker: Presented by Lisa Hutson, Director, SBDC

Business Planning

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Can you describe your business to an audience in less than 2 minutes so that they would be interested in becoming a customer? If you meet someone in the elevator, are you ready to summarize quickly and simplify your process, product, service, organization or event and its value proposition? At the end of this workshop, you will have the tools to create your pitch that will either continue the conversation or at least exchange business cards or schedule a meeting with potential customers or investors.
Speaker: Presented by SBDC Advisors

Financial Analysis

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Knowing what costs you will incur as a business owner is critical to running a successful business. Learn how to project your start-up costs, your potential sales figures, costs and estimate your potential profits. For existing businesses, learn how to develop a budget to keep your business on track.

Business Start-Up

Thursday, March 30, 2017 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Designed for new and pre-venture entrepreneurs. This FREE workshop is a pre-requisite to scheduling private one-to-one business advising sessions with SBDC counselors. You will discover if you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur. This workshop will focus on the business idea, logistics of a business, and the process of how to be successful. This workshop will introduce the steps in starting your own business, learn new techniques to make decisions and how to take actions, types of business structures, how to register your business with the Secretary of State, where to find resources, and more.
Speaker: SBDC Advisor

Financial Analysis

Monday, April 03, 2017 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Speaker: Presented by Suzie Dills, SBDC Advisor

Human Resources

Monday, April 03, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
This workshop is designed for small business owners that have 1- 50 employees and will assist you in making sure your basic HR compliance is in order. Learn the basics and regulatory hot topics, updates on recent regulatory changes and how they apply to your business. You will learn tips on how to protect yourself and your employees by utilizing appropriate employee forms, files and employee handbooks. Sample of topics: -FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act), -ADA (American’s with Disabilities Act), -Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, -IRCA (Immigration Reform and Control Act), and more. This is designed to be a small group of employers that can interact and discuss very specific issues.
Speaker: Michele Hicks - Lighthouse HR Group, LLC

Customer Relations

Wednesday, April 05, 2017 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
"Hands-on Marketing Workshops". Bring your laptop and get help drafting blog posts & designing images. Our first workshop will be on using Canva to design social media posts.
Speaker: Lindsay Sims, Founder/CEO - Customer Boom
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The Richard Desich Business and Entrepreneurship Center (DEC)151 Innovation Drive
Elyria, OH 44035
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Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The Ohio SBDC program is also funded in part by the Ohio Development Services Agency. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. For arrangements, call the Ohio SBDC at 614-466-2711 or (800) 848-1300 ex. 6-2711.
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