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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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Friday, July 01, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
In business, time is your most valuable asset. Getting the most out of your time increases your profitability and results. At this seminar you will learn; •The 3 Keys to Getting the Most Out of Your Time •The 3 Approaches to Evaluating your Time...and you will leave with practical tools for immediate implementation! If you find yourself saying; “I’m too busy” or “I don’t have enough time” or “I couldn’t get to it.” If you want to have a great life and a great business come to this informative and valuable seminar and learn how to have time on your side.
Speaker: Dennis Willis - Action Coach

Business Start-Up

Tuesday, August 09, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Introduction to Entrepreneurship Are you thinking about starting a business? Have you recently launched a business? This workshop will introduce the steps in starting your own business. You will discover if you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur. You will learn the following: - Why you need a business plan - The Components of a business plan - The different types of businesses - How to register your business through the Secretary of State's web site - The basics of budgeting, tracking expenses and pricing - Plus more!
Speaker: Beth Gantz, SBDC Advisor
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Do you need a website for your small business? Do you have a website, but need to update it? Learn the basic steps to building a website for your small business. The following course will include these topics: Setting objectives, organizing your website, developing content, choosing a content management system, a web host, a template/plugins, and maintaining your website – and more! Entrepreneurs at any stage of business ownership are encouraged to attend, including start-ups, established businesses and inventors.
Speaker: Carol Palichleb, Palicor Communications


Thursday, August 25, 2016 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Board members are the fiduciaries who steer the organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as making sure the nonprofit has adequate resources to advance its mission. This panel discussion will provide insight into creating an effective board and help board members understand their role to become strong stewards of our organizations.
Speaker: Panel of Experts

Business Start-Up

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Join us for a 6 Week Course. Our new hands-on workshop empowers you to grow your business or turn your idea into a business! Throughout the course you will gain the following: - Build your Business Model Canvas - Gain understanding of your industry, market and customer - Complete your cost worksheet and financial projections - Properly set up your accounting and recordkeeping With course completion you will get a 3 month membership to the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce and a special package for your business banking with Talmer Bank. In addition, you will receive a complimentary industry specific IBIS World Report.
Speaker: Lisa Hutson, Director SBDC


Tuesday, September 13, 2016 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM
As a result of this workshop, participants will have an increased awareness for the risk of fraud in the workplace, be able to recognize red flags for fraud and understand several key internal controls necessary to prevent employee embezzlement. The program is interactive and fast-paced, and utilizes a combination of lectures and case studies.
Speaker: Cynthia Allen - CPA Cain & Associates Investigative Accountants, Inc.
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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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