How an OHIO Internship prepares students for a career in international business.

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“I think anyone who is a sophomore or junior looking for an internship opportunity should apply to this program,” said Evan Brunot, a senior majoring in marketing, reflecting on his gratifying paid internship with the Ohio manufacturing company Quickloadz Intermodal Robotics.

Brunot obtained the internship through the statewide Ohio Export Internship Program (OEIP). OHIO students from all majors are eligible for the program, which is administered in the College of ... Read More

OHIO’s Small Business Development Center receives several awards at Statewide Conference

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The Ohio University Small Business Development Center (SBDC), part of the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service, received several awards at the annual Ohio SBDC Statewide Conference in November.

The OHIO Small Business Development Center team was recognized as a leader in client satisfaction and performance, receiving the Best Customer Satisfaction award for being the highest rated Center in the state with 99.1 percent of clients reporting they were highly satisfied.

Ohio University SBDC Regional Director Lissa ... Read More

ODOD Encourages Ohio Companies to Host Ohio Export Interns

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December 01, 2023

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — The Ohio Department of Development (Development) is paving the way for businesses to overcome the challenges of international markets while providing college students with invaluable hands-on experience in global trade and commerce.

Through the Ohio Export Internship (OEIP) Program, Development connects college students with businesses looking to export for the first time or improve international sales. The program is recognized for fostering mutual growth and success for both students and businesses.

“The Ohio Export ... Read More

Athens business, Quickloadz, awarded $15,000 from Amazon

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By Suzanne Piper

November 15, 2023 | 11:23pm EST The Post  

Every year, Amazon awards 15 small businesses a cash grant, and one Athens-founded business was the only Ohio applicant to win.

Of over 35,000 applicants, Amazon awarded a grant to QuickLoadz. Located at 5850 Industrial Park Drive, QuickLoadz builds and sells automated trailers and truck beds that move heavily loaded ISO shipping containers. ISO containers are cargo containers used to ship products via trucks, boats or trains.

Not only is QuickLoadz the only ... Read More

OHIO SBDC Recognized for Top Performance

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Hard work and tenacity making sure that SEOhio businesses have access to the resources they need for success

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Ohio University received top honors for overall performance in 2022. Receiving the award for ‘Overall Performance by a Center’ for 2022, the OHIO SBDC was measured among the 28 SBDC Centers throughout the State of Ohio.

“This award validates the hard work and tenacity of our SBDC team in ensuring our Southeastern Ohio businesses have ... Read More

Lissa Jollick wins Janet and George Voinovich Faculty and Staff Leadership Award

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Lissa Jollick, Regional Director of Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs Small Business Development Center, was named the 2021 recipient of the Janet and George Voinovich Faculty and Staff Leadership Award.

The biennial award honors Voinovich School faculty and staff who exhibit outstanding leadership and honors the legacy of Sen. George V. Voinovich. It includes $5,000 for professional development training, activity or equipment directly related to the Voinovich School’s strategic outcomes.

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Guernsey County Port Authority and the Small Business Development Center partner to support Small Businesses!

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For those who dream of starting a small business, even in tough pandemic times, help is available.

Ohio Small Business Development Centers and Guernsey County Port Authority have programs to assist potential small business owners or help current small business owners expand.

The Guernsey County Port Authority can offer loans up to $25,000, through the US Department of Agriculture, with interest rates of 1 percent below prime.


Hocking Hills offers ideal tourist destination during pandemic, SBDC study says

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The Hocking Hills, a nationally known destination for camping, hiking and outdoor activities, has continued attracting tourists despite the coronavirus pandemic, according to a marketing analysis conducted by Ohio University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in collaboration with the Hocking Hills Tourism Association.

According to Lissa Jollick, regional director of the SBDC at Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, the SBDC conducted the report after learning about the struggles among lodging and other business owners ... Read More

OhioToday article recognizes Voinovich School support of southeastern Ohio during pandemic

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A recent OhioToday article highlighted Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs support of the communities and economies in southeastern Ohio as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The article spotlights how the Voinovich School has served as an institutional partner to join in the front lines of critical economic and community recovery for the region. These include providing aid for small businesses, supporting southeastern Ohio mayors and their communities, offering remote crisis leadership training, and helping to strengthen ... Read More

Ohio University Small Business Development Center expansion helps businesses with ongoing pandemic recovery efforts

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Continuing to guide and support businesses through pandemic recovery efforts, the Ohio University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs has led a multi-faceted expansion in its service area, offerings and capacity in southeastern and eastern Ohio.

In recognition of the Ohio University SBDC’s consistently strong performance, the state of Ohio’s lead SBDC office and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) expanded the Ohio University SBDC’s service region into Licking County and northern Fairfield ... Read More