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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 p.m.at the Business Solutions Center

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

Register:  ACCESS TO SUCCESS Focus Group


ACCESS TO SUCCESS Survey

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

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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: OhioBusinessMatchmaker.com


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.

International Market Access Grant for Exporters (IMAGE)

10/29/2015 Comments off

IMAGE grants are back for another year of funding. The Ohio International Market Access Grant for Exporters (IMAGE), funded by the state of Ohio and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), is designed to increase exports and create jobs. The IMAGE grant offers financial assistance for small businesses to promote their products and services in international markets.

If you have any interest in the IMAGE grant program, please take the time to apply and get the process started. It will be very competitive this year, so don’t wait until the end and miss the opportunity.

WHAT does IMAGE cover?

IMAGE funds will reimburse companies a maximum of $10,000 (50 percent on expenditures up to $20,000) for participation in the following activities:

International Tradeshow Exhibition

  • Booth space rental and construction
  • Freight costs to ship booth and materials
  • Trade show registration fees
  • Travel expenses and domestic trade shows are not eligible

Approved Trade Missions

Individual Market Visit supported by the state of Ohio in-country support, USCS Gold Key Service or Food Export Market Builder

  • View supported market research assistance through the state of Ohio in-country support, the US Dept. of Commerce Gold Key service and Food Export Market Builder.
  • Economy-class airfare in accordance with the Fly America Act
  • Lodging rate as set by the U.S Department of State
  • Interpreter fees, ground transportation, meals and incidentals are not eligible
  • Travel expenses limited to two people

International Advertising

  • Cost of production and placement of advertisements in magazines, newspapers, posters, billboards, direct mail, on TV, radio and international websites
  • Printing costs are not eligible
  • Website Development
  • Website translation into foreign language, search engine optimization and localization services ($3,000 reimbursement maximum in this category)

Translation Services

  • Marketing material translations and localizations
  • Label, packaging and technical manual translations
  • Printing costs are not eligible

COMPANY Eligibility

The IMAGE program requires the application to be signed by a corporate officer, certifying that certain eligibility criteria will be met. Guidelines for eligibility include: the company operates a licensed business in Ohio to manufacture, assemble and/or distribute a product or provide an exportable service; company certifies that the products to be promoted contain a majority of U.S. content. U.S. content is valued at export-works price minus the aggregate value contributed by foreign suppliers, including labor and material; and nonprofits are not eligible.. There are other eligibility criteria listed at http://development.ohio.gov/bs/bs_image.htm.

HOW to Apply?

For application guidelines and tips, visit http://development.ohio.gov/bs/bs_image.htm. The application can be found at: http://odsawebportal.development.ohio.gov/Account/Login.aspx?inf=eR/s8MUzN+nlwbq7FnWJrwTKXV2ddhyXa+YFIOvwG+s=

If you have questions concerning your company’s eligible reimbursements, contact Thien Bui at IMAGE@development.ohio.gov or 614.466.4996.

The SBDC, International Trade Program can assist you with determining the events and activities that support your export marketing plans. Call Kathy Marshalek for an appointment or suggestions at 937.775.3524.

Small Business Exporter of the Year 2016

10/29/2015 Comments off

The SBA will make Small Business Exporter of the Year awards to eligible small businesses at the State level (from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam) and the National level to small business owners who represent the nation’s strong entrepreneurial spirit and rich diversity. In those states served by more than one SBA district office, each district office will select a district level winner and the State winner will be selected at the regional level. The National Small Business Exporter of the Year will be selected from the regional level winners.

Who is eligible to be nominated for this award?

Any individual who owns and operates or who bears principal responsibility for operating a small business that is engaged in exporting may be nominated. Partners who jointly own and operate a small business may be nominated as a “team,” so long as the number of individuals in the team nomination does not exceed four. A nominee for Small Business Exporter of the Year must own or operate a business defined as “small” for its primary industry under the applicable SBA size standards. Individuals who have received the Small Business Person Award or Exporter Award at the State level within the past five years are not eligible. Elected officials are not eligible. Nominees must also be residents of the United States or its territories. Nominees will be subject to background checks. Small businesses owned and operated by nominees must comply with federal civil rights laws. While receipt of SBA assistance is not required, it is preferred. Consult your nearest SBA district office if you have questions.

Who may submit nominations for this award?

Any individual or organization dedicated to the support of the small business community in the United States, including, but not limited to, trade and professional associations and business organizations, may submit nominations for the Small Business Exporter of the Year award. Individuals may also self-nominate. Individuals may not be nominated for more than one National Small Business Week 2016 award category. SBA employees may help to solicit nominations, but they cannot submit nominations on behalf of the nominee.

Where are the nominations to be sent?

Nominations must be submitted in one of two ways:

1) Nominations may be submitted to the U.S. Small Business Administration district office in the state or territory where the nominee is located; or 2) Nominations may be submitted via the online nominations portal on http://awards.sba.gov.

What is the deadline for nominations?

All nominations for Small Business Exporter of the Year submitted to the U.S. Small Business Administration district office in the state or territory where the nominee is located must be postmarked or hand delivered to the appropriate SBA District Office no later than 3:00pm ET, January 11, 2016. All nominations submitted through the online nominations portal must be uploaded and submitted no later than 3:00pm ET, January 11, 2016.

What information must the nomination package contain?

Nominations must contain the information required below. Incomplete nomination packages will not be considered. All evaluation/selection criteria must be specifically addressed.

1. A completed background form (SBA Form 3300, Award Nominee Background Form) which is available through SBA district offices and the online nominations portal. For “team” nominations, a background form is required for each team member;

2. A completed nomination form (SBA Form 3302, Small Business Exporter of the Year) which is available through SBA district offices and the online nominations portal;

3. An original 8” x 10” or 5” x 7” photo of the nominee or a digital photo – at least 300 dpi is required; photocopies are not acceptable. For “team” nominations, a photo of each nominee or group photo is acceptable;

4. Additional supporting documentation deemed significant by the nominator, including news clips, letters of recommendation, nomination letter (if not self-nominated) and other evidence of the appropriateness of the nomination (supporting documentation must not exceed 10 pages). Videos will not be considered.

What are the evaluation/selection criteria for the Exporter of the Year award?

In evaluating the nomination packages for the Exporter of the Year award, the judges will use the following criteria:

1) Increased sales, profits and/or growth of employment because of exporting.

2) Creative overseas marketing strategies.

3) Effective solutions to export-related problems, including trade financing, payment, and currency issues; market-entry and logistical challenges; cultural differences, etc.

4) Demonstrated encouragement of other small businesses to export.

5) Volunteer assistance to other small businesses entering the export market.

6) Cooperation with other businesses in the creation of export trading companies and/or introduction of unique trading relationships, products or services.

What are the selection procedures for this award?

SBA will make Small Business Exporter of the Year awards to eligible small businesses at the District, Regional, and National levels.

Winners at each level will be selected by a panel of judges that may be comprised of both SBA employees and non-Federal employees. The National Exporter of the Year will be selected by the SBA Administrator based on, but not restricted to, the recommendations of the panel of judges of federal employees. Non-federal employees serving as judges must sign a conflict of interest/non-disclosure certification.

Other SBA Awards

SBA is currently seeking nominations from the public for exceptional entrepreneurs. You can use this online portal to submit your nomination for the following awards:

  • * Small Business Person of the Year Awards
  • * Small Business Exporter of the Year
  • * Phoenix Award for Small Business Disaster Recovery
  • * Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery
  • * Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award
  • * Veteran Business Outreach Center Excellence in Service Award
  • * Federal Procurement Award- Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year Award
  • * Federal Procurement Award- Small Business Subcontractor of the Year Award
  • * Federal Procurement Award- Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence
  • * 8(a) Graduate of the Year Award
  • * Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award

 

What small business owners should know about employment “at-will”

03/31/2015 Comments off

While discussing the ins and outs of employing people in their small businesses, we find that many business owners feel that the “at-will” laws fully protect them in their decisions to let employees go. This is not necessarily true; if the termination is challenged, you will need to show documentation that shows it was not discriminatory.  Here is a link to a great article on the subject by Karolynn St-Pierre that all employers should read.

IRS Video Library to help you AND your business

03/19/2015 Comments off

The IRS has created an online archive of web content ready to help answer your questions.  Webinars, live chat sessions, and various other formats are just a click away.  Check out the site.

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Want Free Money to Help Grow Your Small Business?

09/05/2014 Comments off

 

Starting this month, Chase and Google just kicked-off the 2014 MISSION MAIN STREET GRANTS PROGRAM, giving away $3 million to 20 small business in the United States. To promote small business development, each winner will receive:

  • $150K Grant to help grow the business
  • Trip to Google Headquarters for a marketing workshop with industry experts
  • Google Chromebook Laptop
  • $2,000 coupon toward one market research study with Google Consumer Surveys

All applicants will not leave empty-handed, however. Each participant will receive a marketing toolkit to help grow their business and a $150 coupon toward one market research study with Google Consumer Surveys.

To qualify, your business must be a U.S. based, for-profit entity, employ less than 100 employees, and have been in business for two consecutive years.

How to apply:

Applicants need to complete a grant questionnaire which includes answering five (5) short essay questions explaining their business; what inspired them to start a business; a description of their community involvement; what they would do with the grant; and their short-term and long-term business growth plans. Deadline for applying is October 3rd.

Furthermore, applicants need 250 Facebook votes for their business through the contest’s website. For more information, or to vote, click here.

But don’t worry. Deadline for the counted votes is October 17th.

Winners will be determined by a panel of expert judges from a selection of business organizations who promote economic development. Winners will be announced in January, 2015.

To learn more about the 2014 MISSION MAIN STREET GRANTS PROGRAM, register or vote please visit Chase’s website.

Good Luck!

 

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