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!
Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November 25, 2017 – All Day
The SBDC is Springfield, Ohio’s Neighborhood Champion for Small Business Saturday. Every year, the Saturday after Thanksgiving marks Small Business Saturday, a chance for people all around the country to show their support for locally-owned small businesses. This year, we’ve got plans to make this a really big deal. Will your company join us in this community-wide effort?
Most entrepreneurs realize the power and reach of Facebook’s advertising platform, but many have not begun to harness that power in a way that captures a great deal of new business for them. In this 90-minute workshop, Lindsey Evans, SBDC’s resident social media guru, will walk you through each step to creating a high-performing Facebook ad campaign, sharing little tips and tricks along the way.
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As small business owners set their sights on a new year, it’s important that they understand how quickly the world around them is changing. In this fun seminar, we’ll explore the top 10 trends that entrepreneurs should consider as they develop new strategies to grow their business and stay one step ahead of their competition.
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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” …
To help small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs start, sustain, and grow their businesses through consulting, training, and access to financing.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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”.
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
“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
“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
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