Ohio SBDC Helps Pottery Studio Start and Grow

Sep 20, 2019 | News, Newsletter

Dan Bowerman
Ohio Development Services Agency

 

Eva Popovec had an idea for a new store in Youngstown. She was passionate about art and opening a pottery painting studio, but she had little business expertise. That’s where Christine Dailey comes in. She’s a business counselor at the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Youngstown State University, and she helped Popovec develop business plans and financial forecasts and helped secure the financing necessary to get her dream started.

Since those first meetings in early 2012, Popovec’s student, The Art Café, has flourished. She outgrew her initial studio and opened a new one nearly triple in size. And now she has opened a new store, Blanc Designs. Throughout her business journey, the Ohio SBDC has been at her side, providing help and advice to allow the business to grow.

The no-cost counseling available from the SBDCs’ Certified Business Advisors can make a big difference. If you want to start or expand a small business, reach out to your local SBDC.

To learn more, visit sbdc.development.ohio.gov and to watch a video about Eva Popovec’s success, click on the video link.

Port Authority Celebrates Award-Winning SBDC Member

(Wilmington, Ohio) The Clinton County Port Authority is pleased to congratulate David Riggs, Director of the SBDC at Miami Regionals, for being named Ohio’s SBDC State Star in 2021.

America’s SBDC, the national association that represents the nationwide network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), annually recognizes one outstanding SBDC employee from each of its 62 members. This outstanding employee exhibits exemplary performance, makes a significant contribution to their state or regional SBDC program, and shows a strong commitment to small business. Using a peer-based selection process, the Ohio SBDC network selected David Riggs for Ohio’s SBDC State Star.

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Tiffin Foundry and Machine to invest in new machinery and equipment

Tiffin Foundry and Machine has announced it will purchase new machinery and hire more staff with assistance from a $50,000 JobsOhio Inclusion Grant. Tiffin Foundry has eight employees in Tiffin, and has an additional operation in North Ridgeville, Ohio.

JobsOhio’s grant, secured with assistance from the Regional Growth Partnership, will support a planned $321,923 in machinery and equipment upgrades and three new jobs. In addition, Tiffin Foundry and Machine worked with Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership and OhioMeansJobs – Seneca County on other potential incentives to support the company’s growth.

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