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*New Workshop* – Creative Thinking Toolbox for Small Business 10/28/2015

Looking to Boost your Creativity?

WARNING: DO NOT ATTEND THIS WORKSHOP… unless you want to turbo-charge your thinking skills… Do you have an established small business or are you thinking of starting one? Finding creative solutions to your customers’ needs is a daily chore. In a fast-moving and crowded marketplace, those who innovate and offer a more creative approach often win.

In this 2-hour, interactive workshop, we open the vault and share some of the Creativity secret weapons used from Silicon Valley to Madison Avenue. Large companies have been using these techniques for decades. You’ll see the creativity hacks, shortcuts, and worm-holes not taught in college. Learn how to apply them to your business. They are quick to learn and can be applied instantly.

What if it’s Monday morning, you’ve not had your coffee yet, and you MUST be creative? What if you don’t think you are a creative person? Doesn’t matter! Armed with these techniques, anybody can boost their creativity. These skills help in multiple small business situations:

* What kind of business should I start? What is my niche? How can I leverage my knowledge and skills into a compelling offer for clients?

* How can I stand out as a more effective employee or vendor?

* How can I more effectively solve problems?

* How can I boost sales with a promotional event, give-away, or ad?

Eventbrite - Creative Thinking Toolbox for Small Businesses - Afternoon

About Your Instructor: Jeff Cole is an author, consultant, and speaker who has trained over 5000 people in process improvement methods. He has over 30 years of experience in applying creativity techniques to help improve business processes. Jeff has helped organizations across a wide range of industries in public and private sectors, both domestically and abroad. He can be found at

InnovateHER 2016 – Innovating for Women Business Challenge

09/12/2015 Comments off

Innovate her challenge logo

The Small Business Development Center at Wright State will be one of three Ohio local host sites for the InnovateHER 2016 – Innovating for Women Business Challenge. Women make up nearly half of our nation’s labor force with 70% of those women caring for children under the age of 18.  As the demands on woman and families grow, the need for products and services that address unique challenges increase. The Small Business Administration and Microsoft to have partnered find the most innovative products and services that could have impact on the lives of women and families.

Contestants must develop a product or service that meets the following three Challenge Criteria

  • Has a measurable impact on the lives of women and families
  • Has the potential for commercialization
  • Fills a need in the marketplace

To enter the local competition, hosted by the SBDC at Wright State University, business plans must be submitted to by 5:00 PM on Monday, November 9th.  Plans will be reviewed by Raj Soin College of Business  faculty/staff and the top 3 plans will have the opportunity to present their marketing pitch to a panel of three judges on December 2nd on Wright State Campus.

The winner of this local competition will move up to a national competition and culminate in a live marketing pitch in Washington D.C. on March 17th, 2016.  The national competition has a $40,000 first place prize, a $20,000 second place prize and a $10,000 third place prize.

For more information, please see visit the SBA Website or view the Challenge Rules.


Categories: Business News

Asia Business Forum comes to Dayton

09/01/2015 Comments off

Export and Financing Opportunities in China and Southeast Asia

Asia Business Forum

The Ohio Development Services Agency Export Assistance Team is hosting a free Asia Business Forum – “Export and Financing Opportunities in China and Southeast Asia” on September 24th from 8:30 – 11:30 in Wright State’s Apollo Room.

If you are currently exporting to Asia or thinking about exploring Asian markets this seminar is for you.  An outstanding group of speakers who will share their knowledge and answer your questions include

*Brian Hicks: Managing Director, MidAmerican Global Ventures

*Chris Stellato: President, Sino American Business Consulting 

*Matthew Koon: Economic Development Manager, Tractus Asia

*Jamie Sisto: Schuerger Law, Southern Ohio District Export Council

*Joseph J. Dehner: Chair of International Services Group, Frost Brown Todd LLC

To learn more visit Asia Business Forum

Categories: Business News, exporting

The Stogie Smoke Stop opens in Huber Heights

07/08/2015 Comments off
owners of the stogie smoke stop

Robby and Ane Graham

Looking for a great cigar?


On June 8th, SBDC client, Robby Graham had his soft opening of The Stogie Smoke Stop; a fun, casual cigar and pipe lounge. It is located at 5789 Old Troy Pike in Huber Heights. The shop sells cigars and pipes, and provides a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere to smoke and socialize.

Robby renovated the building, built the walk in humidor and decorated the shop with a train theme. The front of the building has tables for dominoes, spade tournaments and other games; while the back of the building houses the Espinoza Lounge, a comfortable space for conversation hosted by Espinoza Cigars. The shop is equipped with free wi-fi and wide screen televisions.

The Stogie Smoke Stop is also a donation station for the Cigars for Warriors program which collects and disperses premium cigars and accessories to American Service Men and Women serving in combat zones. Robby himself is both an Air Force and a Huber Heights police force veteran.

On July 30th & 31st The Stogie Smoke Shop is holding its grand opening. Check their Facebook page for more details.

The shop is open daily from 11 am to 9 pm daily. For more information, or general inquiries, call The Stogie Smoke Shop at (937) 938-1774 or email  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

Life Transition for Me – Cheryl Malone Receives National Recognition

05/28/2015 Comments off

Cheryl-Malone-rev-200x300Recently, the national Small Business Administration (SBA), Office of Veterans Business Development’s Boots to Business program featured local Air Force Veteran, Retired Lieutenant Colonel, and businesswoman, Cheryl Malone in their national curriculum video. Introduced by newly appointed, state cabinet official and SBA Administrator, Maria Contreras-Sweet, this 9-minute video introduces the three-step, entrepreneurial Training Assistance Program, called Transition Goals, Plans, Success (Transition GPS). This program helps veterans to transition from active-duty to civilian life with tools, resources and methods to start their very own business.

Noting her leadership and advocacy for veterans, Malone discusses her experience from serving in the Air Force. With most veterans, these skills “translate in (how) we think strategically, then focusing on what our mission is, we execute it and go for the best.” Her previous experiences include working in the Pentagon with developing recruitment, promotion and evaluating policies, as well as Mission Support Squadron Commander at Misawa Air Base, Japan –where her squadron was the “Best Squadron in the Pacific Air Forces Command” for two consecutive years (2001-2002). Other awards include: 2003 #1 Lieutenant Colonel Personnel Officer in the Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command; recipient of the 1997 Best Air Force Installation Social Actions (EEO/Diversity) Office, while assigned at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea; recipient of the 1995 Tuskegee Airman, Inc. Officer of the Year; and the Meritorious Service Medal, among many others.

As an appointed representative for the Ohio Advisory for Women Veterans on the Ohio Department of Veteran Services Board, and co-founder of the Dayton Veteran Affairs Women’s Veteran Outreach Collaborative, she participates in relative subject matters affecting those who are maneuvering through the next chapter of their lives.

As current CEO/Director of Life Transition for Me, LLC, Malone strives to continue servicing her country and community as an advocate for veterans. Through their Coaching and Resource Connection Center, the company helps clients by offering in-depth insight and coaching on their goals and decision-making. Many of these stem from questions such as, “Where do I start?”, “What do I do now?”, or “Where do I go?” However, often these questions do not rely solely on veterans, but in everyday civilian life for military spouses, corporate consultations, or college students at a crossroad.

For more information, or general inquiries, call Life Transition for Me at (888) 504-8807, or (937) 516-8073, or check out their website at For information about the SBA’s Boots to Business program, click here. For a schedule of upcoming Boots to Business programs, check the SBDC training schedule. 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

Hiring college students for business projects just became easier. – InTeams

03/18/2015 Comments off

Small companies with urgent planning, marketing or management needs will soon be able to turn to rapid-response teams of Wright State University Raj Soin College of Business students for help.

The “InTeams” are designed to be on standby throughout the year and be available for short assignments — 30 to 60 days.

Earl Gregorich, director of Wright State’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), and Lance Cauley, director of Career Management, came up with the idea.

Read the full story on the Wright State University Newsroom website.

Categories: Business News

Lori Minnich Welcomed as New SBDC Director at Edison Community College

02/19/2015 Comments off

PIQUA — Edison Community College has announced the appointment of Lori Minnich as director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and workforce sales development. Minnich will be responsible for providing consultation for small business start-ups and growing businesses throughout the Upper Miami Valley. Additionally, she joins the Edison’s Business and Industry sales team.

“I was drawn to the role of SBDC Director because it allows me to combine my past business experiences and education,” said Minnich. “It’s a really nice blend of previous positions that I’ve held and enjoyed.”

Minnich comes to Edison as a seasoned entrepreneur, owning two successful small businesses. She began her first business venture managing corporate health and wellness programs for Fortune 500 companies and smaller local businesses, coordinating their efforts to reduce rising health care costs and improve employee health and wellness.

Following her initial business venture, Minnich provided expertise and services as an interior decorator, for both commercial and residential clients in Las Vegas and throughout Ohio.

Minnich holds a master’s of education from Bowling Green State University. Additionally, she has completed numerous certifications in corporate training, Six Sigma, AGILE Process Design, Sandler Sales Training and GrowthWheel business certification.

“We are very excited about having Lori as part of our team,” said Peggy Wiggins, director of the Business and Industry Center at Edison. “Her past experiences as a small business owner and a corporate trainer will be invaluable as she works with not only start-up businesses but others that are thriving and growing. She has many ideas for both our SBDC and corporate clients.”

Outside of work, Minnich is an active member of Troy Noon Optimist and volunteers her time in the community with D.R.E.A.M animal rescue, Troy Strawberry Festival and 4-H programs. Minnich resides in Troy with her two daughters.

The Ohio Small Business Development Centers Network is the premier technical assistance program for Ohio’s small businesses. The SBDC at Edison provides no-cost, confidential, in-depth, one-on-one counseling for businesses that will or currently employ under 500 employees. Additional services include training, e-counseling, quality-based assessments, technical assistance, loan packaging guidance, and information on federal, state, and local regulations and programs.

To set up an appointment for free business consultation, contact Minnich at For a complete list of services and training opportunities offered by the Business and Industry Center visit

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