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

Date: Thursday, July 19, 2018
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Location: SBDC – Springfield

Whether you’re using Quickbooks in your business right now (but not using it to its full potential) or you’ve thought about using it in the future, this free training event is a can’t miss seminar for entrepreneurs who want to improve the way they track their income and expenses, invoice their customers, and make management decisions.

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Date: Tuesday, September 18, 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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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

Kristen Frank – Marketing Consultant

Kristen Frank – Marketing Consultant

Kristen is the owner of StudioCanvas.org, a full-service marketing company based in Springfield, Ohio. She has expertise in branding, marketing, video production, photography, social media, and websites. She assists SBDC clients with marketing plans, marketing audits, product launches, and business plans.

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 – 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 owner of 16th Floor Media,LLC--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”.

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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