When your title is “owner,” you end up wearing a lot of hats …

which is why a little help can go a long way. Whether you’re a seasoned business owner or an aspiring entrepreneur with nothing more than an idea, our expert business advisers are ready to work one-on-one with you to overcome your greatest business challenges and develop winning business strategies. And the best part is … you receive this coaching at absolutely no cost to you!

Upcoming Events

Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: SBDC – Springfield

If you have been thinking about running a child care business from your home, but you want to make sure you do it the right way, this training is perfect for you! You’ll learn how to get certified as a Type A or Type B Home, run your child care services like a real business, and qualify for a loan to start your company.

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Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Location: SBDC – Springfield

This event is for that person who has a great idea for a business they want to start, but they’re not quite sure just how to start. We’ll talk about complying with Ohio business laws, the various corporate structures, startup financing, business plans, and what the SBDC can do for free to help you launch the business of your dreams.

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Date: Thursday, February 8, 2018
Time: 8:00 – 9:30 AM
Location: SBDC – Springfield

It’s never too early to start thinking about an exit plan. In many cases, the time is now to get your succession or exit plan in order. Whether your plan is to sell your business, pass it down to a family member, or simply dissolve it, you’re going to need some direction on what to do now in order to prepare for that day when you move onto the next chapter of your life.

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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

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 – Loan Program Manager

Mark Keating – Loan Program Manager

Mark assists clients who are looking to obtain business financing. He 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.

Lindsey Evans – Online Media Consultant

Lindsey Evans – Online Media Consultant

Lindsey Evans is the online media guru at SBDC. She is the CEO of 16th Floor Media, a company she founded in 2012. 16th Floor assists clients with social media management, online media training, websites and video production. Lindsey often assists clients with creating a strategic marketing plan and creating a marketing budget for their company. Her goal is to help clients find their target customer where they already spend most of their time ... online. 

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”.

Mollie Smith – Branding Consultant

Mollie Smith – Branding Consultant

Mollie has owned Olli Graphics since 2005, and is a graduate of Wright State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts, Graphic Design & Photography. She is our go-to for local business who need help with graphic design, branding and marketing. In addition to her own business, Mollie has worked for local marketing agencies as the "in-house" designer. Because of this she brings a unique viewpoint to branding.

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.


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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