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Free Dayton Small Business Succession Planning Workshop May 25th

05/18/2017 Comments off

Make sure you take the opportunity to attend a Business Succession Planning Workshop for small business owners who want to develop their exit strategy. The training will be led by Chris Cooper of Kent State University’s business succession planning program and the Ohio Employee Ownership Center. He will review a variety of selling options including selling to your employees, an option that includes tax advantages and can lead to business continuity.

During the workshop, Cooper will offer an overview of succession planning, review the selling options available to business owners, cover the succession planning process, and highlight succession planning timeframes, common questions, and issues.

The workshop will be held from 7:30am – 10:30am in the Montgomery County Building, Room 1002, 10th Floor. The address is 451 W. Third St. Dayton OH 45422.

The workshop is free of charge, but space is limited so please register here or go to

Breakfast and a parking voucher will be provided.

If you have questions, please contact Lela Klein, 937-262-4628,


Categories: Business News

SBDC client selected as a WiBN 2017 “Woman to Watch”

04/07/2017 Comments off
Picture of Third Perk Owner, Juanita Darden-Jones

Juanita Darden-Jones

Congratulations to Juanita Darden-Jones, owner of Third Perk Coffeehouse and Wine Bar! She has been selected as one of the Miami Valley’s 25 Women to Watch for 2017 by Women in Business Networking, a program of your Better Business Bureau.

Juanita joyfully brings ideas, collaboration, superb coffee, wine and food to our community and certainly deserves this recognition. She owns and operates Third Perk Coffeehouse and Wine Bar at 46 West 5th Street in Dayton and Third Perk Express at the Northwest Dayton  Library. She also teaches math at Sinclair Community College and still finds time to mentor and promote other small businesses and artists in the community.

Juanita uses Third Perk as a venue for local artists and musicians to gain exposure. Artwork is displayed at Third Perk, rotating monthly to give as many artists as possible a platform.  On Friday evenings,  local musicians are also given the opportunity to reach new followers through performances at Third Perk.

Juanita saw a need to help aspiring entrepreneurs and held a pitch competition at Third Perk which will culminate April 20th in the Dreamer’s Gala, from 7-10 p.m.  at the Sinclair Conference Center.  It will be a celebration of established entrepreneurs anThe modern Entrepreneur documentary 5:00 April 18, 2017 in University of Dayton's Sears Recital Halld upcoming entrepreneurs alike. In addition to music and networking, 3 entrepreneurs will be awarded capital for their start-ups.

Juanita has been very busy, she is also included in a documentary “The Modern Entrepreneur” that will be shown in Sears Recital Hall on the University of Dayton Campus on April 18th at 5 PM.

Please take some time to visit Third Perk and delight in the delicious coffee, wine and food while taking in the wonderful atmosphere of the coffeehouse. As the weather improves, Third Perk’s patio is also a perfect place to meet with friends and enjoy good company and a great cup of coffee or glass of wine.

Congratulations again to Juanita, truly one of the Miami Valley’s Women to Watch!


Jon Jackson, Centerville inventor, featured in Dayton Daily News

03/26/2017 Comments off

Check out the Dayton Daily News articles, Cradle of Creativity and Nature Zap, about SBDC client Jon Jackson, owner of Global Neighbor.  Staff writer Tom Gnau explored the strength of invention and creativity in the Miami Valley through two pieces on March 22 highlighting Jon’s Nature Zap Smart Spray in  his articles.

Jon has spent years designing and producing lawn care products that are environmentally friendly.  He has developed Nature Zap products that use three types of light to eliminate weeds down to the root. There are several Nature Zap products including cordless or corded wands and the newest product, Nature Zap Smart Spray, which attaches to the back of a lawn mower to kill weeds as you mow.  Visit his website  and his page for more information.


Your help is needed to understand the needs of local businesses

03/17/2017 Comments off

Karen Jackson and Sabre Price, two graduate students from Wright State University’s Masters of Public Administration Program, are eager to help support the growth and expansion of small businesses throughout the region. The students have partnered with your Better Business Bureau and the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce to conduct research to assist them in meeting the needs of local businesses that keep this region thriving and growing. In particular, this study will help identify the barriers facing small businesses, especially women-owned businesses, and what is needed to overcome these barriers.

Ms. Jackson and Ms. Price are asking for your help either by participating in a focus group and/or completing a survey.  By participating, you will make sure your voice is heard.

Focus Group Dates

March 23 – 6-7:30 p.m. Business Solutions Center

March 27 – 8:30 -10:00 or 11:30 to 1 the Business Solutions Center

March 28 – 6-7:30 p.m. Kettering Library

Register:  ACCESS TO SUCCESS Focus Group


Below is your invitation to take part in the survey designed to identify and address the greatest barriers facing small businesses, especially women-owned businesses. This study may influence programs and services your Better Business Bureau and the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce offer to minimize barriers for local businesses.

Take the Survey:  ACCESS TO SUCCESS Survey

Register Now for the 2018 Ohio Business Matchmaker!

03/16/2017 Comments off
2018 Ohio Business Matchmaker

Ohio Business Matchmaker Attendees

Don’t Forget to Register for the Main Event:

Prepare your small business for the 2018 Ohio Business Matchmaker with the following webinars:

Click on the event titles to register for the event.

2018 Ohio Business Matchmaker

Event: Doing Business with the State of Ohio

Date: March 20, 2018

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Location: Online webinar

Description: Learn the basics of getting started as a vendor with the state of Ohio, with information on how to navigate the state of Ohio procurement site, research opportunities, and  position your business for success as a vendor with the state of Ohio.

2018 Ohio Business Matchmaker

Event: Making the Most of the Matchmaker

Date: March 21, 2018

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Location: Online webinar

Description: The 12th Annual Ohio Business Matchmaker is an opportuntity for your business to get in front of purchasing offices from local, federal and state governments, as well as prime contractors.  Prepare for the event with a capability statement, best practices on presenting your business to government buyers and maximizing your experience.

2018 Ohio Business Matchmaker

Event: Doing Business with the Ohio National Guard

Date: March 22, 2018

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: Online webinar

Description: The Ohio National Guard has a budget made up of both state and federal funds. Learn how to get started in doing business with the Ohio National Guard, the purchasing offices around the state and the goods and services most often procured. 

2018 Ohio Business Matchmaker

Event: Doing Business with the city of Cincinnati

Date: March 23, 2018

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Location: Online webinar

Description: City governments are often good places to get started in contracting, as the size and scope of contracts are often smaller than state and federal contracts. Learn how to register, find opportunities and where to go to ask questions in the city of Cincinnati.

Ohio Business Matchmaker

Event: Doing Business with the city of Dayton

Date: March 26, 2018

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Location: Online webinar

Description: City governments are often good places to get started in contracting, as the size and scope of contracts are often smaller than state and federal contracts. Learn how to register, find opportunities and where to go to ask questions in the city of Dayton.

2018 Ohio Business Matchmaker

Event: Doing Business with Ohio Health

Date: March 27, 2018

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Location: Online webinar

Description: Ohio Health is a network of 29,000 associates, physicians and volunteers with a network of 11 hospitals, 200+ ambulatory sites, hospice, home health, medical equipment and other health services spanning 47 Ohio counties. Learn the basics regarding the goods and services that Ohio Health frequently procures and how your business can become a vendor. 

Ohio Business Matchmaker

Event: Responding to a Sources Sought Notification

Date: March 28, 2018

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Location: Online webinar

Description: Learn about Sources Sought notices and how to respond to them as well as what to look for in the government’s publication.


2018 Ohio Business Matchmaker

Event: Preparing a Winning Capabilities Statement

Date: March 29, 2018

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: Online webinar

Description: Businesses attending the Ohio Business Matchmaker should have an updated, professional capability statement to present to government and industry buyers. Learn about the basic format, content and design of a government capability statement.

Client Helps Others Deal with Loss

12/15/2016 Comments off

cover-picSBDC client, Patricia Acker, is expanding her business to include outreach through speaking engagements.  Pat, an author and artist, is a retired hospice social worker with a Masters in counseling who educates people on issues relating to grief, loss and coping with the process of losing a loved one.  She recently appeared on DATV’s Gospel for Today program which can be seen on her website.

Her book The Dying Teach Us How to Live is now in its second printing and available as an ebook as well.   The book is a touching collection of short stories that Pat gathered in her 17 years with hospice and beautifully illustrated with her own paintings.  These stories help guide and comfort patients and caregivers through their journey.

To learn more about Pat, her book and to reach her to arrange for her to speak to your group, go to her website  Pat also has a blog where she discusses many of the issues found in her book.

For more information about the Small Business Development Center at Wright State University’s Raj Soin College of Business call 937-775-3503 or visit

Categories: Business News

GALATUNE Reaches Kickstarter Funding Goals

09/12/2016 Comments off

galatuneAdam Wik, SBDC client and owner of Galatune, a table top battle card game company, used his considerable marketing skills to great advantage exceeding his Kickstarter funding goal, raising $20,841 from 138 backers. The Galatune game involves two to five players who each control a champion warrior. They fight each other at the same time and get points by defeating their opponents (see video).  Pre-orders are now being taken for the game on the Galatune website with a December 1st release date.

Wik is a Wright State University Marketing graduate and is currently pursuing his MBA.  Galatune is a game he developed as a child, perfected it through playing it with family and friends, and in 2015 he launched his business to bring the game to market.  He was the 2016 winner of the Wright Venture competition; a business competition for Wright State students which allows them to present their ideas to a panel of potential investors.

Wik has advice for those launching Kickstarter campaigns:

  1. Make the campaign page perfect. Search for similar campaigns in your category with top levels of funding and use them as a template.
  2. Know that Kickstarter isn’t a magical lead generation tool. Its first a platform to collect funds, and secondly a lead generation tool. Every campaign will be a bit different, but from my personal experience and research I’d say a strong project should only expect around 35% of its funding to be generated through Kickstarter leads. That means that the remaining 65% needs to come from a combination of your existing network of followers and 3rd party advertising.
  3. Build your network first. I mentioned that most of your funding will be coming from your existing fan-base, so spend at least 3-6 months building a solid audience first before launching the campaign. This can be done through trade shows, social media, and face-to-face networking.
  4. Start Day One strong. The way Kickstarter’s search algorithms work, it is VITAL that day one of your campaign gets a sizable chunk of donors and funding. How do you do this? Make sure you have a line of loyal family, friends, and fans ready and eagerly waiting for that Kickstarter page to open. Stay in good contact with them and let them know how important it is to give on day one
  5. MOST IMPORTANT TIP: Don’t make your Kickstarter too long. Only set your window open long enough to cover your planned networking. For instance, if you don’t have any events or ads or networking planned, your Kickstarter might as well only be one or two days long. People will not magically flock to your Kickstarter without promotion, so each day of the campaign should be justified by your active marketing schedule.

Congratulations to Adam Wik and Galatune, truly a Client on the Move!


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