Grow it, Make it, Sell it Ohio Micro Business Exchange

Ohio Department of Development Director Lisa Patt-McDaniel today announced Grow It, Make It, Sell It – The Ohio Micro Business Exchange, a day of free workshops designed to assist the growth of Ohio’s micro-businesses. The event is sponsored by the Department’s Entrepreneurship and Small Business Division and Ohio Small Business Development Centers.

“In celebration of National Small Business Week, we are pleased to present this day-long event to assist our state’s micro businesses in learning the skills they need to succeed in a 21st century economy,” Patt-McDaniel said. “Micro businesses play a significant role in the economic growth of our state. Hair stylists, caterers, plumbers, farmers, and any home-based, self-employed person should attend these workshops.”

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
James A. Rhodes State Office Tower Auditorium
30 East Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215.

Workshops at the event will address topics pertinent to a variety of micro business:

 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Opening remarks: Division of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, Small Business Development Center and Small Business Administration

9:00 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. Food, Glorious, Food: Restaurants and food products best practices

10:10 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. Retail/Service Chat Room: Experts talk about how to manage businesses for a profit

11:20 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Rules of the Road: Taxes, employees, worker compensation, licenses, and record keeping

1:30 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. Brand It and Show the Market What You’ve Got: How to efficiently and economically promote your business

2:40 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. To Create, To Protect, To Sell: Helping artists and vendors to survive and thrive

Registration is required by May 21 for the event, which is co-sponsored by Pearl Market. Participants can enjoy Pearl Alley’s lunchtime festivities with farmers and vendors on their own.

Interested business owners can learn more or register by contacting J.J. Reichert at (614) 752-7450. For more information, please visit www.development.ohio.gov/Entrepreneurship.

About the Entrepreneurship and Small Business Division
The Entrepreneurship and Small Business Division provides innovative programs and services to Ohio entrepreneurs and small business owners through effective communication, collaboration, creativity, and technology support to encourage sustainable growth.

About the Ohio Department of Development
Working with our partners across business, state and local governments, academia, and the nonprofit sector, the Ohio Department of Development works to attract, create, grow, and retain businesses through competitive incentives and targeted investments. Engaged every day in marketing, innovating, investing, and collaborating, the Ohio Department of Development works at the speed of business to accelerate and support the teamwork that is absolutely necessary for success by providing financial, informational, and technical assistance to those making an investment in Ohio’s future.

>> Registration website

>> View the event flyer

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