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The Minority Business Enterprise of the Year Award Info

The “Minority Business Enterprise of the Year” Award will be presented annually to the eligible Minority or Female Business Enterprise that excels in their trade.



The City of Columbus, Equal Business Opportunity Office is seeking applicants to apply for the distinct…

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Added by Tonya Wilson, SBDC on April 2, 2014 at 10:33am — No Comments

Grant Money Available for Business Workforce Training

The Ohio Development Services Agency is launching round two of the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program

 

A pre-application is now available beginning September 4, 2013 for businesses who want financial help to train their current workforce. $27 million in grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications for the grant program will be accepted for review on…

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Added by Tonya Wilson, SBDC on September 13, 2013 at 12:22pm — No Comments

SBDC Named TechColumbus Innovation Award Semi-Finalist

Michael Bowers, District Director of the Ohio SBDC at Columbus State has been named as a TechColumbus Innovation Award Semi-Finalist for Innovation in Non-Profit Service Delivery the second consecutive year.

The Innovation in…

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Added by Tonya Wilson, SBDC on December 9, 2011 at 10:46am — No Comments

Five Selected from 162 Applicants to Participate in the 1492 Business Accelerator Program

Five companies were selected last night from a field of 162 applicants to participate in the second 1492 business accelerator program.  1492 is a collaboration among TechColumbus, Columbus State Community College and the Columbus College of Art & Design.  The program accelerates the creation of innovative startups in a matter of months, not years.   “We were projecting about one hundred entrants,” said Ted Ford, president and CEO of TechColumbus. “That we received 162 is testament to the…

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Added by Tonya Wilson, SBDC on October 20, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Blogging - The Key to Your Transformation?

 

So from time to time I post a blog here as well as blog monthly for SBA.gov. To date I've blogged to market and promote our events and initiatives and when invited to do so on behalf of our Center or a cause. Beyond that I've occasionally thought about blogging on a personal level, but again to market or promote a personal initiative.  Never had it occurred to me that blogging could…

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Added by Tonya Wilson, SBDC on July 14, 2011 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Focus on Your Customer’s Experience Not Your Product…

Last month I was asked to sit down with another Advisor’s client to review their holiday marketing collateral and make suggestions to improve the design. On first glance there were several key changes that could be made to improve the design as well as the probability of getting the desired result of more holiday business. But predominately the element needing change that stuck out most was the one that was missing… the…
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Added by Tonya Wilson, SBDC on January 13, 2011 at 11:32am — No Comments

Ohio Skills Bank Initiative.... Money for Your Business!

The State of Ohio has made available funds to initiate workforce solutions for your business through the Ohio Skills Bank initiative.…



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Added by Tonya Wilson, SBDC on November 11, 2010 at 9:11pm — No Comments

Customer Service: The Differentiator

So over the Summer, I got together with some friends for a backyard barbeque. The food was delicious and the drinks weren’t that bad either. During the cookout the conversation eventually routed to what we all were currently working on. Of course, I had to take the opportunity to plug this blog. As soon as my friend’s sister heard I was writing on behalf of the experiences small business owners are having she pleaded, “Please write a post on the importance of customer service.”



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Added by Tonya Wilson, SBDC on November 7, 2009 at 11:46am — 1 Comment

Do You Know an Extraordinary Woman Business Owner? Nominate Her Today for the "Keys for Success Awards"

Please consider nominating a woman business owner for the Keys to Success Awards! Nominations for Keys to Success Awards are due by

August 31, 2009. The Keys to Success Award Program showcases Ohio’s leading women-owned businesses and rewards their personal achievements, economic power, and financial/operational strength. The program has recognized and honored women-business owners since 1996 (formerly the Governor’s Excellence in Enterprise Awards).

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Added by Tonya Wilson, SBDC on August 10, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Three Tips to Entrepreneurial Success

If you know me or if you've read my profile bio on any of the social media websites I'm on, you know I love to vacation and I love Florida. Therefore, its only natural that anything associated with those two things is sure to grab my attention. But beyond the lovely palm trees, folicking days at the beach and adrenaline pumping rides at the best theme parks in the world, (Walt Disney World of course!) there is tremendous lessons to be learned from one of the most successful entrepreneurs of our… Continue

Added by Tonya Wilson, SBDC on April 20, 2009 at 12:20pm — No Comments

Keep Your Eye on the Prize...

As I meet our amazing guest speakers at the numerous events we host, I occasionally ask for words of inspiration and encouragement to pass along to our attendees and clients as they move along their journey as entrepreneurs. What strikes me most as I receive those quotes is the similarity in the statements to encourage those who meet opposition due merely to their age.



These words, I believe, are especially vital when it concerns those labeled as Generation X & Generation Y. Many… Continue

Added by Tonya Wilson, SBDC on December 1, 2008 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

You want money? Get Noticed!

How do you get funding to start a business? How do you differentiate your business so as to get noticed by investors? Investors look at a a lot deals before they find one to fund. You need to position yourself as a hot company. To do this you to need to show visibility in the market, create a buzz in the community and show your business has momentum.



Visibility:



Visibility is about having a presence in the market. Your ability to show that you are serving an unserved… Continue

Added by Tonya Wilson, SBDC on July 21, 2008 at 1:27pm — 4 Comments

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