Recently, 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 www.lifetransitionforme.com. 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 www.sbdcwsu.com.
Back in 2011, Small Business Development Center client, Dr. Danielle N. Rastetter, DVM, established Miami Valley’s only stationary, high-quality, spay and neuter clinic. A graduate of Ohio State University, Dr. Rastetter has devoted her life to merge compassion and owner education into a proactive lifestyle. Before starting off on her own, she spent more than 12 years working in private veterinary practices, five of which included helping at a non-profit shelter. During that time, Dr. Rastetter noticed an economic and financial niche in pet ownership – namely those could not quite afford the high-cost of private veterinary care, but did not quality for financial need. As a result, Rastetter works with area shelters, often getting referrals from them for pet owners who don’t qualify for need-based assistance as well a client referrals.
“I felt the community still had a population of people that didn’t’ qualify for the need-based assistance but still needed help,” she said. Her vision, Rastetter said, is to “reduce unnecessary euthanasia of adoptable” pets.
Another challenge to her growing small business is the challenges from other, traditional veterinary practices, which often imply she might offer a lower standard of care. However, she counters their negativity with patient’s positive-care online reviews – both on her own website, Google+ reviews, Yelp.com, and even on YellowPages.com. Pets In Stitches offer safe and affordable spaying and neutering for dogs of all ages and sizes, as well as the unique free-roaming cat program Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR) program. She also offers vaccines, heartworm and micro-chipping under the umbrella of spay-neuter, but she refers clients to traditional clinics for booster shots or any other services.
Ultimately, “we’re trying to make this affordable for the community and encourage full-service relationships,” she says.
Information provided by DVM360 Magazine. For more information, or general inquiries, call Pets In Stitches at (937) 630-3320, or online at Petsinstitches.com. 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 www.sbdcwsu.com.
Ready for the next Starbucks? But this time with a little bit of kick? Sinclair Community College professor, Juanita Darden-Jones, is finally making her two-year dream come true. Collaborating with local business leaders, CityWide Development Corp., and the SBDC at The Entrepreneur Center, Darden-Jones is finally opening Dayton’s first coffeehouse and wine bar later this year in June. Excited from the new business challenges, she has prepared herself by researching and collaborating with other local coffee houses, getting licensing at a bartending school, while studying the nuances of being a barista.
Working with her own savings, and with additional funding help from CityWide, Darden-Jones plans to add to her store’s equipment with renovations on the corner shop at 46 West Fifth St., in Downtown Dayton. Darden-Jones picked up the 1,500 square-foot location because she wanted a nice, convenient coffee and eatery location for students and staff at Sinclair College. Additionally, the west-Fifth Street location is strategically located near the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, and Dayton Convention Center, for early morning coffee stops. But for those who want a late night cap, Third Perk will offer customized coffee, cocktails and wine for the downtown urbanite. An additional selection of homemade soups, salads, sandwiches and baked goods will round out the menu. For more details, see Dayton’s BizJournal.
Third Perk will open Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., with Thursday, Friday, and Saturday hours from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, or general inquiries, call Third Perk at (937) 777-7375. For information about small business lending, click here. 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 www.sbdcwsu.com.
Dayton’s Edaptive Computing Inc. (ECI) is on a hot-streak. This past September, the software development company won their third consecutive contract bid with the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. If all options are used, the contract’s value could be up to $25 million dollars and will work to improve the Department of Defense’s commercial-off-the-shelf systems for seven years.
Husband and wife owner, Praveen and Anju Chawla, first came to the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Wright State University’s Raj Soin College of Business in 2011 to figure out a solid business and government bidding plan. As part of a Department of Defense Mentor Protégé program the SBDC helped ECI work with the Air Force.
Then in June, ECI first gained national attention by winning a $4 million Wright-Patterson Air Force Base contract with the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center. The bid will oversee a range of bio-medical technologies, medical services, surveillance and sensor systems by means of modeling for predictive analytical projects. One month later, they won another $20 million contract bid with Wright-Patterson, to help the Air Force’s Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures Program operations to boost hardware and software security.
The couple plan to remain at their Centerville headquarters and add 10 more employees to their 60-person-staff, in lieu of expansion.
Founded in 1997, Edaptive Computing prides itself of its Level 4 CMMI Maturity Software Development Process certification, along with high quality performance, efficiency and technical innovation. With over 20 years of innovative research experience, the founder, Dr. Praveen Chawla, serves as current C.E.O. and Chief Technical Officer. Stemming from over 15 years of business development and management, Anju Chawla currently serves as both co-owner, and Chief Operating Officer for ECI’s day-to-day operations.
For more information, or general inquiries, call Edaptive Computing, Inc. at (937) 433-0477, or online at www.Edaptive.com. 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 www.sbdcwsu.com.
Who says you can’t reinvent yourself?
Talk to Ellen Bailey, President of Asset Business Computing, and one of the growing number of female-owned business enterprises in the Ohio region. Not too long ago, Ellen’s focus was on Computer Zoo, a retail store specializing in repairing computers for DIY’ers, business, and residential clients. In fact, Computer Zoo had been in IT services since 1998. However, quietly over the years, she realized a shift in consumer purchasing habits from desktops to lighter laptops and tablets. As higher overhead costs for brick-and-mortar storefronts struggled to give fair wages and pay taxes, low-cost online stores such as Amazon and Newegg were undercutting prices to steal marketplace customers, making it difficult for Computer Zoo to maintain profitability.
After some careful cost-analysis, and with resource help from the Small Business Development Center at Wright State University’s Raj Soin College of Business, Ellen realized two-thirds of her clients came in for small business IT service and repairs. So, changes were made. By minimizing the retail store, and focusing as a specialty service provider, Asset Business Computing was born. Ellen is reinventing the game by evolving a successful business turn-around, and splitting it into a personalized IT service provider—complete with custom clientele servers and workstations, network consulting, and cyber security and disaster response.
Ellen and her staff have been serving small businesses in the Dayton area for more than 15 years. As President for both Computer Zoo and Asset Business Computing, she also serves as one of the coordinators for the Oakwood Koffee Talks, which is an affiliate networking group with the Women in Business Networking organization, where women meet, mingle, and discuss business-related topics in a comfortable environment.
For more information, or general inquiries, call Asset Business Computing at (937) 435-5466 or online at www.assetbusinesscomputing.com. 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 www.sbdcwsu.com.
A 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.