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Reverse Trade Fair Announced for Columbus – October 8

The Central Ohio Organization of Public Purchasers (CO-OPP) invites you to join us in Columbus on Wednesday, October 8th in improving the way government and business connect through the CO-OPP 2014 Reverse Trade Fair.

This is a wonderful opportunity for Ohio’s businesses to learn how to compete for state and local government contracts.  Training by Ohio Procurement Technical Assistance Center* (PTAC) counselors and others will run concurrently with one-on-one buyer meetings.

What’s a Reverse Trade Fair?  Representatives from local and regional government agencies will staff booths, and vendors interested in selling to government move from booth to booth describing their products and services, making new contacts and renewing existing relationships.


  • No hassles, No booths to set up or tear down
  • 20 state and local government agencies are already committed to the event with more on their way
  • Great opportunity to meet and network with buyers and public procurement professionals

To learn more about the 2014 Reverse Trade Fair and register for the half-day event, please visit the CO-OPP website and find additional details under the Upcoming Events heading.  Register before August 30 and Save $50 on your registration fee.


* Ohio PTACs provide services to Ohio businesses seeking to compete for federal, state, and local government contracts. Services include bid preparation assistance, bid-matching services, military specifications, one-on-one consulting, product and procurement histories, help with information resources, and trade events where Ohio firms can meet government buyers.


Categories: Business News

Cleveland Business Matchmaker Event Announcement

The ninth annual Cleveland Matchmaker Event is a unique small business contracting
event, which presents a great opportunity for small businesses to gain access to buyers
that represent millions of dollars in purchasing. The goal of the event is to create future
contract opportunities for your small business through one-on-one sessions between
buyers and sellers.

Date: August 20 and 21, 2014
Time: 8 am – 4 pm
Location: The Terrace Club at Progressive Field
Cost: $159 per small business attendee
Registration: Register online at
For additional information, contact Angela Presutti
at (216) 592-2385 or |

Dayton Named Friendliest City for Small Business in Ohio

07/22/2014 Comments off and the Kauffman Foundation have teamed up to conduct a survey of more than 12,000 small businesses nationwide. The data was used to evaluate most states and 82 cities against one another along multiple metrics. Small business owners gave Dayton an A- for its overall friendliness towards small businesses, though they gave the regulatory environment a grade of C+.

See the full report…

Categories: Business News

WSU Features SBDC at the Raj Soin College of Business

07/07/2014 Comments off

Jim Hannah at Wright State University just published an online story featuring the Small Business Development Center at WSU.  Call it a shameless plug but we thought you might want to read about it!

Categories: Business News

VOB Ohio and the SBDC at WSU Mentioned in the Cleveland Business News

07/01/2014 Comments off

The efforts of VOB Ohio and the SBDC at Wright State University recently made it into a story in the Cleveland Business News.  This just goes to show how far reaching the message can go when the effort is for a good cause.  If you are a veteran and have not taken advantage of the extensive resources available for entrepreneurship, you need to contact our office at 937-775-3503 or approach your nearest SBDC office.  We are here to help.

Read the Cleveland Business News Story  || Visit VOB Ohio

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