Blog Entries - December 2014

5 Key Reasons to Build Your Business Credit

Posted on: December 26, 2014
Tags: Small business credit

Building business credit is just as important as building and taking good care of one’s personal credit. In the business world, a company does not have a consumer FICO® Score. Instead, it has business credit scores, ratings maintained and calculated by business credit reporting agencies.

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Export Internship Program

Posted on: December 16, 2014
Tags: Importing

The Opportunity

The Ohio Export Internship Program is designed for companies looking to export for the first time or to

improve their current export initiatives. The program, created by the Ohio Development Services Agency

and the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University, will match companies with highly motivated

students who have taken export-focused coursework, while providing a 50 percent reimbursement for the

intern wages. This exciting internship program will offer a mutually beneficial relationship to students and

companies alike by providing real-world experiences where both can learn and grow.

The Advantages

Up to $3,600 reimbursement for intern wages

Trained, full-time summer interns will focus on export development

A uniquely tailored scope of work with specific deliverables

Students are mentored and closely supervised by the Ohio Development Services Agency and other partnering export assistance providers

The Results

Building export readiness

Identifying new markets

Market-specific research and analysis

Streamlining current export processes and procedures

To Apply:

The Commitment

Companies participating in the program must provide

the following:

Strategic commitment to grow an export market

Compensation for internship position

Managerial guidance for the intern

Existing or planned export budget

Participation in program evaluation

2015 Program Timeline

For additional information, please contact:

Wes Aubihl, Export Assistance Manager

Phone: (614) 644-9759



Thien Bui, College Intern

Phone: (614) 466-4996


The State of Ohio is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider of ADA Services

January 15 Deadline to apply (rolling acceptance)

March 6 Companies notified of acceptance

March 9 – 20 Companies introduced to interns

May 11– August 7 Students internship

June 29 – July 3 Internship break

August 6 Showcase event


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Microsoft Launches Small Biz Contest

Posted on: December 13, 2014
Tags: Contest

Microsoft Launches Small Biz Contest
Every entrepreneur has a story; share yours for a chance to win $20K just launched the Microsoft Small Business Contest for entrepreneurs and small business owners to share their experiences. From now until January 11, SMB owners can submit a two-minute video describing their beginnings, successes, or even challenges, for a chance to win $20,000. Check out the Microsoft For Work Facebook page for more details, and follow the conversation via Twitter using the hashtag #MSSmallBizContests.


Please help us and Microsoft spread the word, by sharing the contest with your centers and clients. Click here for a PDF flyer.

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Seminar Ohio Means Jobs 101

Posted on: December 3, 2014
Tags: Start

Small Business Development Center Program of Ohio is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBDC program is also funded in part by the Ohio Development Services Agency. The Warren County Center is also grateful to our loyal Alliance Partners who provide financial assistance and resources. All opinions, conclusions, or Recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks prior in advance. Contact the Warren County SBDC office at (513) 934-4793 regarding these arrangements.