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Building-Out on Success

11/06/2014 Comments off

Ladner, Joshua_Salon J Ladner_2Following the success of Salon J Ladner’s grand opening in downtown Dayton this past January, Boots 2 Business graduate Joshua Ladner is now planning to expand Salon J from the original 700 sq. ft. location in the St. Clair Lofts, to a 3,000 sq. ft. corner business space at 45 S. St. Clair Street. The new location is planned to include spa facilities for manicures and pedicures, massage, facials, waxing and even a small coffee bar.

The planned renovation is expected to take four months and will continue specializing in Paul Mitchell salon products and services. Drawing from his editorial and styling experiences, the décor will incorporate a mixture of modern and rustic themes where guests can relax and experience the Hair Journey culture. The previous 700 sq. ft. space will be reinvented into the Downtown Dayton Partnership Pop-Up Project, with plans for further retail development with another local entrepreneur.

Adding to his already impressive resume as Owner and Creative Director of Salon J Ladner, Joshua recently worked as a production manager for New York Fashion Week, is the current OutServe Magazine Fashion & Style Editor, and was nominated earlier this month for the national, 7th annual Shorty’s Awards, with winners announced on April 2015 in New York City. The award recognizes individuals who produce relevant, groundbreaking and interesting content in the social web, including sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.

For more information, or general inquiries, call Salon J Ladner at (937) 220-9441 or online at For more information about the Small Business Development Center at Wright State University’s Raj Soin College of Business, or the Boots to Business program, call 937-775-3503 or visit

BoomAirLLC Prospers in International Markets

11/05/2014 Comments off

BoomAirA few years ago, H.G. Bombardi and his partner invented a device for the airline industry.  Their device, the BoomAir Hose Management System, is used in conjunction with ground support equipment to deliver conditioned air to aircraft at the gate.  This system saves a considerable amount of time and money by increasing efficiency.

BoomAirLLC came to our offices in the early stages of development. With a little guidance this small business began to market their product in the United States domestic market. BoomAirLLC was able to make a sizable sale of the BoomAir Hose Management System to the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.  According to Mr. Bombardi, this was a direct result of the assistance provided by our SBDC and ITAC offices. Since then the BoomAir Hose Management System has been ordered for use in many airports spread all across the US.

When the company decided to explore the international marketplace, they sought advice from Kathy Marshalek, ITAC Director at Wright State University, Raj Soin College of Business, and the ITAC interns. ITAC provided BoomAirLLC with advice on export sales, international market research, and acquiring the rules and standards of municipality operations. BoomAirLLC has since sold their product in Canada, Spain, Hong Kong, and Japan. We are very proud of BoomAirLLC’s success and look forward to continuing our work together in the future.

Amy Zumberger One of WiBN’s 25 Women to Watch

02/18/2014 Comments off

We have featured Ask Amy Staging LLC as one of our clients on the move in recent months, and we are proud to amy zumbergerannounce this small business is getting even more local recognition. Women in Business Networking recently released its annual list of 25 Women to Watch which includes Ask Amy Staging’s very own Amy Zumberger! The following is Kathy Druffner’s nomination write up about Amy.

Amy Zumberger and Ask Amy Staging LLC is an Accrediated Staging Professional (ASP®) now serving the Miami Valley area. Amy Zumberger is among the network of more than 21,000 Real Estate Agents and professional Home Stagers worldwide, who are providing sellers with the knowledge and tools needed to sell their homes faster and/or for more money. Amy Zumberger has completed the Accredited Staging Professional Course provided by, where she received hands-on instruction and was required to demonstrate techniques by staging a home that was listed on the market.

It has been an amazing inspiration for me and many others to watch her progress over the last few years.  She’s been building a business that’s dynamic and flexible.  She is always professional, always upbeat, and extremely creative.  I’ve experienced first-hand the delighted surprise of clients who return to their homes to find their spaces transformed after Amy and her crew have staged the home.

She is a devoted wife and mother and carries this over into her business.  She cares for clients as if they were family.  She is always conscious of the struggles, especially for Seniors, when letting go of a dearly loved home and sentimental possessions.  She handles these  relationships with tact, firmness, and a sense of humor.

Amy has been a member of WiBN since 2011 and was honored as Ambassador of the Year in 2013.  She has served on both the Gala and Conference committee for the past several years.

Amy Zumberger is an excellent candidate for the 2014 Women to Watch.  Many of us have been watching for quite a while!

Downtown Dayton Partnership Features WSU SBDC Client, Salon J. Ladner

01/24/2014 Comments off

Re-posted from DDP Fast Facts about your downton – January 15, 2014

New Downtown Salon Celebrates with Grand Opening Owner and Creative Director Joshua Ladner’s passion for the intricacies of creative cut and color is evident in his new downtown venture, Salon J. Ladner. Located in the St. Clair Lofts at 37 S. St. Clair St., this new addition to the downtown business community will celebrate its recent launch with a ribbon-cutting and grand opening celebration this Friday, January 17.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. and, from
5:00-10:00 p.m., Ladner will host a “Hair Journey Celebration” to kick off 2014 in inspired style. Trained at the Paul Mitchell School, Ladner invites fashion-forward individuals to usher in the New Year and embark upon “a hair journey at your downtown exclusive Paul Mitchell salon.”

Currently, Salon J. Ladner employs three staff stylists and one intern. Appointment times may be reserved via the salon’s online booking service, available at For more information, call 220-9441.

Sweets on the Streets

01/03/2014 Comments off

ImageSBDC client, Coni Brigner’s love of baking and sweets has ignited her entrepreneurial spirit and this spring she has plans to begin operating a food truck, Sweets on the Streets, in the Dayton area. She was featured in the January 1st edition of the Dayton Daily News.  Check out the article and her Kickstarter video and campaign.

Sweets on the Street will offer Coni’s  famous chocolate chip cookies, bread pudding with whiskey sauce, salted caramel cake, cinnamon rolls and 30 types of sweet treats as well as a few savory items, like gourmet grilled cheese and crepes.


10/24/2013 Comments off

connect2docsAfter nine months of research about products and the development of a marketing plan, Connect2Docs officially launched in March 2012. This local small business provides its clients with telemedicine, medical negotiation, and prescription discount card services.

When the company first started, the clients were primarily located in the Dayton metro area. After a few months Connect2Docs secured customers throughout the state of Ohio. Now, 18 months into this successful business venture, the customer base continues to grow. Connect2Docs currently has agents and customers from Alaska to Texas, Michigan to Florida and California to the Carolinas and it continues to grow even in this slow economy. Additionally, the customer base is very diverse, and includes individuals as well as trade associations with thousands of member companies.

Connect2Docs is anticipating a very significant amount of growth over the next eighteen months as many individuals, companies, trade associations, and governmental agencies are learning about the business and the convenient, affordable access to healthcare it provides. Connect2Docs has also added several new services for its members, helping the company to continue providing an exceptional value to all its customers.

For more information on this rapidly growing small business please check out their website

Feel Like You Need CPR? – Cell Phone Repair, That is…

10/24/2013 Comments off


As a pilot for the Air Force, Jim Kreinbrink of Beavercreek was accustomed to exciting challenges every day.

“I served in the military for 12 years and flew different aircraft from 2002-2010,” he said. “I came to Wright Patterson in 2010 and worked as a liaison for engineers at the base but after so many years, I was ready to try something different.”

What the business does: CPR Cell Phone Repair, located in Centerville, opened its doors last November.

“We are a cell phone and small electronics repair business,” he said. “We keep a lot of popular brand parts in stock so we can often turn around repairs very quickly – sometimes within an hour. That’s important because it’s tough for people to be without their phones for very long.”

Kreinbrink’s business also offers more complicated repairs and they have some retail items in the store. There are three full time employees currently – two technicians and one salesperson.

Read the full feature story in the Dayton Daily News

NEW: Story featuring Jim in the Dayton Business Journal

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