We love dreamers.

Every successful business first started as just one person’s dream … their big idea. We’re in the business of big ideas.

But dreams don’t change the world. Action does. Our job is to make sure you’re taking the steps you need to take in order to start that company you’ve been dreaming about or to grow the company you already have into that dream business you imagined when you started the thing.

So take some time to see how an SBDC business coach can be a difference-maker in your business at absolutely no cost to you.

Upcoming Events

Here's a list of free seminars, workshops, and courses coming up soon ...

Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Time: 8:00 – 10:00am
Location: SBDC – Springfield

In this 2-hour workshop, you’ll learn a simple, 6-step formula for writing incredibly persuasive copy for your website, landing pages, printed marketing material, and more. Bring your notebooks or laptops because we will be putting this formula into action throughout the event, and you’ll walk away with content that you can immediately use to rocket your business to the next level.

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Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Time: 8:00 – 9:15pm
Location: SBDC – Springfield

Owning a business can wreak havoc on your relationships, including your marriage. So the SBDC has teamed up with Encompass Connection Center to take a deep dive into the problems that many entrepreneurs face in their marriages and offer up some communication and conflict resolution tips and tricks to help.

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Date: Thursday, November 29, 2018
Time:6:00 – 7:30pm
Location: SBDC – Springfield

It’s no secret that video marketing is where it’s at right now. Still, most small business owners hesitate when it comes to actually posting video on their websites and social media channels … and it’ holding them back! In this fun workshop, you’ll walk away with a bunch of useful ideas for making video work for you, even if you’re a 1-man shop.

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Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Time:6:00 – 8:00pm
Location: SBDC – Springfield

By 2027, a majority of U.S. workers will be freelancers! What’s more, people are increasingly turning their side hustles into their full-time source of income. In this seminar, we’ll hone in on what you can do to position yourself for success in an economy that is hurtling toward the day when hiring freelancers is the norm, and talk about how cultivating multiple sources of income can provide the ultimate income security.

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Our goal: to be the reason.

When our clients succeed, we succeed. We will always put the success of our clients first and foremost in everything we do. We are constantly looking for ways that we can bring value to them, because we’re invested in their outcome.

There is no greater feeling for us than hearing a client say that we were a big reason why they achieved their dream.


Here’s our “why” …

Our Mission

To help small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs start, sustain, and grow their businesses through consulting, training, and access to financing.

Our Vision

A thriving local economy that is powered by successful small businesses.

Looking for financing to start or grow your company?

Our team of business coaches includes veterans in the commercial lending industry who can guide you through the process of creating a business plan that will appeal to your bank. The SBDC also manages a number of loan programs itself and is looking for great local companies to grow through injections of capital.

Our Consultants

Rick Slark – Consultant

Rick Slark – Consultant

Rick Slark is the owner of Slark Consulting Group. He brings to the SBDC 34 years' worth of experience leading churches and nonprofit organizations, as well as leading B2C sales efforts. Rick not only coaches our nonprofit clients on how to raise awareness, raise money, and run their organizations more efficiently, but also specializes in providing burned out business owners with the executive coaching they need to get their passion back.

Nancy Thibeault – Consultant

Nancy Thibeault – Consultant

Nancy is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor and has been the owner of Nancy's Complete Accounting Services for 18 years. She has a ton of experience in providing business owners with 1-on-1 coaching on how to use both the online and Enterprise version of QuickBooks. Now, she is able to provide this same service to SBDC clients.

Rick Valentine – Loan Program Manager

Rick Valentine – Loan Program Manager

Rick has a long-tenured career in banking, including serving as the President and CEO of DayMet Credit Union. For ten years, he was an adjunct instructor at National College where he taught a variety of business classes. He has a bachelor's degree in marketing and an MBA, each from Wright State University.

Rob Alexander – Executive Director

Rob Alexander – Executive Director

As the Executive Director, Rob is responsible for the overall provision and direction of services that help entrepreneurs realize the dream of business ownership and help existing businesses remain competitive in a complex, ever-changing global marketplace. He conducts a majority of SBDC's "initial consultations," but also coaches entrepreneurs in the nonprofit field or ones who need help with content marketing, email marketing, website optimization, or strategic planning.

Mark Keating – Consultant

Mark Keating – Consultant

Mark has a wealth of experience in banking, having worked 30 years for both large and small financial services entities, and has expertise in management, finance, accounting, and human resources, all of which help him analyze the current standing of new and existing businesses. Mark started a residential paint contracting company in 2007, so he understands all aspects of business operations from the owner's point of view. He also served as SBDC's Loan Program Manager for 8 years.

Chuck Moorman – Sales Consultant

Chuck Moorman – Sales Consultant

Chuck Moorman is a Marketing Consultant with 40 yrs. of successful account management selling with Xerox Corporation. Chuck also owned and operated the small business DocuSource Co. – A Xerox Agency. He earned a B.S degree in Marketing from The Ohio State University and was recognized as a 30yr. President’s Club Winner from Xerox. Chuck’s passion is sharing “The Art Of Selling”.

Kevin Steidel – Business Consultant

Kevin Steidel – Business Consultant

Kevin is a full-time faculty member of the Department of Business and the Master of Science in Analytics Program at Wittenberg University. His interest and experience in business and using analytics comes from his entrepreneurial background. Kevin has owned several businesses in varying industries including retail, advertising, and digital consumer profiling. Every business Kevin has owned has leveraged business lessons and analytics to a high degree to be successful.

Rich Whalen – Business Consultant

Rich Whalen – Business Consultant

Rich is a former business owner and a retired commercial banker. He spent 30 years in the banking industry, primarily as a commercial lender. As owner of Whalen Brokerage Company, Rich helped people buy and sell businesses. Over a 10-year period, he assisted in successfully negotiating the sale of over 100 Miami Valley companies. He was a founding member and treasurer of a national association of business brokers. He has an MBA from the University of Dayton.


We’re looking for a few new business coaches to join our team.


General Marketing Coach – This is the perfect side gig for someone who knows marketing and knows small businesses. In this role, you’ll help new and mature business owners audit their websites and social media presences, develop comprehensive marketing plans, create email marketing campaigns, learn how to produce amazing videos and photographs on a shoestring budget, and much more.

Website Design Coach – We’re looking for a freelance website designer that can coach our clients on how to create or redesign their websites, primarily using the WordPress platform. In this role, you are more of a teacher than you are an outsourced designer. In addition to this coaching, you may also be called upon to conduct website audits.

Retail Operations Coach – If you have experience starting or running a small retail company, and you know have time during the week to do a little bit of consulting, we’d like to talk to you! We’re looking for someone to provide general business coaching to SBDC clients who either are or would like to be in the business of selling products, either online or in a bricks-and-mortar store.

Local Foods Coach – Food growers, producers, processors, farmers, ranchers, etc. … we’re on the lookout for someone with experience in bringing local food products to market, particularly on the grower and producer side as opposed to the retailer and restaurant side, although that experience would be helpful as well. This person would assist SBDC clients with farmers market setups, sales techniques, distribution strategies, and much more.

Think you got what it takes to help people launch or grow their business?

Hear What Our Clients Have to Say

“The SBDC has been very helpful to our business. We always walk away from every interaction with Rob with some new trick or tip that has helped us grow.”

Kenny & Rachael Baker

Owners, Fun Guy Farms

“The experience and wealth of knowledge available to the average small business owner and start up, is amazing. These are free services available to all those ambitious enough, and willing to work hard enough, to make the American dream happen.

Chris Frost

Owner, Veteran Buildings

“We are so fortunate to have the Small Business Development Center! They are here to help us–all of us–succeed. Free advice, guidance, educational sessions, and so much more. Thank  you to the entire staff!”

Mark & Debbie Titus

Owners, Mad Sweet Heat

Success Stories

Mastermind Groups

The results have been overwhelming … local business owners have found their Mastermind Group to be incredibly valuable to them both personally and in their company. If you’re ready to take your business to the next level, you owe it to yourself to get plugged into a Mastermind Group today!

“The mastermind group has been so valuable to us.  To come together with other entrepreneurs and gain insight and unbiased help has helped us run our business better.  We are so focused on the day to day of our business we have blinders on and getting others to give us insight an look at it from another angle, helps keep us balanced.”

Shannon Barker

Co-owner, Country Corner Goods

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