Ohio’s Working to Connect Buyers and Suppliers Through Free On-Line Training – COLUMBUS – Millions of dollars worth of contracts are up for grabs, and the state is offering help so Ohio companies can get in on the action. Four free webinars that highlight the Ohio bioproduct industry and promote contract opportunities are right around the corner, and now is the time to register. “This webinar series will educate Ohio businesses, government and commercial suppliers and buyers on how Ohio bioproducts can help them meet their contracting goals,” said Daryl Hennessy, interim state director of the Small Business Development Centers network. During these upcoming webinars, statewide industry members will provide an introduction to the bioproducts industry in Ohio. The US Department of Agriculture defines biobased products as commercial or industrial products that are composed of biological products. The Ohio Development Services Agency and the Ohio Small Business Development Centers network, in partnership with Check Ohio First and From the Earth Bioproducts are conducting the webinars.
Information on each webinar, as well as registration information, can be found at www.CheckOhioFirst.com in the Featured Upcoming Events section.
Webinar Dates and Times: April 18, 2013, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Doing Business with
Bioproducts in Ohio; April 25, 2013, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Winning Contracts with Bio-Based Products and Components ; May 9, 2013, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Doing Bio-Based Business with State Buyers; May 16, 2013, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Doing Bio-Based Business with Federal Buyers
Millions of Dollars Available for Ohio Small Businesses – 8th Annual Business Matchmaker provides Ohio small businesses networking opportunities
COLUMBUS –The Ohio Business Matchmaker Conference runs from Wednesday, March 27, 2013 to Thursday, March 28, 2013 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Dayton Convention Center. “This conference provides a convenient opportunity for small businesses to network with new customers and suppliers,” said David Zak, Chief of the Business Services Division. “These matches are an essential tool for small businesses to grow, expand and create new jobs.” The purpose of the 2013 Ohio Business Matchmaker Conference is for Ohio small businesses to network with buyers and suppliers of goods and services. The participating buyers represent city, state, county and federal agencies, as well as prime contractors and other organizations with combined purchasing budgets representing millions of dollars in opportunities. This conference will help the agencies achieve their mandated contracting and subcontracting goals by identifying potential sources of supply. In addition to one-on-one matchmaking meetings, the event offers training for small businesses on topics such as securing business with federal government prime contractors, expanding sales through exporting, opportunities for veterans and other business opportunities. “The Matchmaker is an excellent way for small businesses to meet potential buyers of their products or services,” said Kenneth Klein, Deputy District Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration Columbus District Office. Last year more than 1,140 participants, including more than 1,150 individual small businesses, took part in one-on-one meetings with more than 250 buyers. Sponsors of the event include the Ohio Development Services Agency’s Office of Business Assistance and Small Business Development Centers Network of Ohio, along with Check Ohio First. The Small Business Administration Columbus District Office is a participant of this event. For more information about the Ohio Business Matchmaker Conference, visit www.ohiobusinessmatchmaker.com or contact the Ohio Small Business Development Center (614) 466-2711.
The Local Government Innovation Council approved more than $1.5 million in loans to Ohio communities, which will help to promote collaborative projects. The Local government Innovation Fund provides financial assistance to support collaboration, shared services and efficiency at the local level which in turn will reduce the cost of community services and provide a foundation for fiscal sustainability. The loans are contingent upon State Controlling Board approval. The Local Government Innovation Fund is a competitive statewide program that provides loans and grants. The program awards up to $100,000 in grant funds per feasibility study, up to $100,000 in loan
assistance per entity for demonstration projects and up to $500,000 in loan assistance for collaborative demonstration projects. Requests fall into nine distinct categories: technology, public safety, facilities, economic development, fleet management, public works, administration, health and human services and educational instructional support.
Governor Kasich’s Release regarding the State Budget - This Executive Budget is framed against a much brighter backdrop than Ohio faced just two years ago. Coming into that biennium, Ohio faced an historic $7.7 billion fiscal imbalance and a sputtering economy that landed Ohio nearly dead-last in job creation. As a result of our decisive
action, however, we prevented Ohio’s collapse and have gotten our state back on track. While we’ve made significant progress, too many Ohioans are still out of work. Our taxes are still too high and present a formidable barrier to job creation. Significant improvements remain undone to the programs that care for vulnerable Ohioans. Ohio must do better. We must further restrain the cost of state government and become more efficient to serve Ohioans better and more responsibly. That is our mission with this budget and in the next biennium. The reforms in this budget are the next steps in moving Ohio further down the road toward solid, sustained prosperity for all of us. Together, we have taken steps to get Ohio back on track, and I am confident we can continue to make Ohio a better place to work, live and raise our families. Sincerely, John R.
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The Ohio Department of Development is teaming up with partner organizations to hold a Blaze Your Own Trail seminar on Saturday, September 29, 2012 – Program educates women business owners on starting or growing a business. Blaze Your Own Trail seminar on Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Columbus State Community College Conference Center, located at 315 Cleveland Avenue. The Ohio Department of Development’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) and the U.S. Small Business Administration have sponsored Women Educating Women, Inc. for this
seminar to provide women, who are interested in starting a business or who currently own a business, with information on how to grow or expand their enterprise, specifically through internet marketing and social media efforts.
“This program offers a great opportunity to women in the business world,” said Christine Schmenk, Director of the Ohio Department of Development. “We are proud to team up with other organizations that are equally committed to helping these women achieve their
goals as business owners.”
State of Ohio is hosting Ohio Business Expo on Sept. 19 - Columbus, Ohio – The State of Ohio looks to expand access to state contracts for minority, women-owned and small businesses. Toward this end, the state is hosting the 2012 Ohio Business Expo on Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rhodes Center at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus.This free expo will allow Ohio business owners to network with purchasing professionals from state agencies regarding upcoming contracting and procurement opportunities.”The goal of the expo is for businesses to meet one-on-one with procurement officers and buyers from state agencies to discuss how to work together to provide the goods and services the State of Ohio requires,” said Director Robert Blair of the Ohio Department of Administrative Services, which is sponsoring the expo in partnership with the Ohio Department of Development.The state spent more than $250 million with certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Encouraging Diversity, rowth and Equity (EDGE) firms during fiscal year 2011. The MBE program is the state’s minority business set-aside program. EDGE is a business and economic development program for economically and socially disadvantaged businesses. The expo will include workshops about resources available to certified MBE and EDGE firms.”The Ohio Business Expo is a great networking opportunity, which connects Ohio businesses to state
agencies,” said Christiane Schmenk, director of the Ohio Department of Development. “The state needs reliable services and dependable products, and this expo provides the perfect platform to make valuable business connections.”
JobsOhio Releases Second Quarter Reports -
Summary of 2nd Quarter Report – 77 Projects won; 4665+ new jobs committed to be created with $205 million in annual payroll; 11,238 retained jobs representing $507 million in payroll; 15,904 jobs combined with $712 million in payroll; $863 million in new capital investment; three-year ROI of $31 million.
Ohio’s Common Sense Initiative released its 2012 Mid-Year Report tracking progress in creating a regulatory framework that promotes economic development, is transparent and responsive to regulated businesses, makes compliance as easy as possible, and provides predictability for businesses. The report provides statistics related to the first six months reviewing state rules that impact businesses, including the fact that 55% fewer rules were proposed compared with similar periods in previous years. View 2012 Mid-Year Report on Activities (report)
On July 17th the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Ohio Chamber of Commerce jointly held a press conference in downtown Columbus to launch their national Shale Works marketing campaign that will support drilling in the underground shale formations in Ohio. The “Shale Works for US” campaign was unveiled Tuesday in Columbus. The Campaign will be run by the Chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy. Shale Works for US will focus their television, radio, print and promotional efforts, as well as work with the local Chambers and businesses to inform the public on the economic benefits to the U.S. businesses and industries that are already being seen with the production of natural gas and oil from shale formations. The Chamber hopes to show how tapping the energy resources here in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia will boost our economy, create jobs and secure America’s energy future. In Ohio, Shale Works will promote the fact that tapping the Marcellus Shale has the potential to create more than 65,000 jobs and pump nearly $5 billion into the state’s economy. The campaign will focus on the direct jobs that can be created by shale drilling and on the indirect impact it can have on other industries, such as petrochemicals and manufacturing, as well as many different ancillary industries, like the construction, hospitality, steel, chemical and polymers sectors. Across a broad supply chain — steel making, trucking, industrial controls, drilling supplies and wastewater treatment — gas development is stimulating growth after decades of plant closings in Ohio. Over the last year, the Chamber has listened to the concerns being voiced by some in the public regarding fracking, the technique of injecting water, sand and chemicals underground at high pressure to create fissures in tight rock formations and allow gas and oil to flow freely to the surface. The Institute for 21st Century Energy which is the energy policy arm of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will use Shale Works for US to also unify policymakers, regulators, businesses and the public behind a “common sense energy strategy to help keep America secure, prosperous, and clean.”
A public hearing on the ODNR’s Emergency rules will take place on Wednesday, August 15, 2012. As the result of Governor Kasich two executive orders, the ODNR Rules were filed as emergency rules and will remain in effect for 90 days, during which time the department will go through the regular rule-filing procedure to adopt permanent rule. The hearing will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Ohio Department of Commerce, East Building; 6606 Tussing Road; Training Room No. 3; Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. Emergency Rules 1501:9-3-06 and Emergency Rule OAC 1501:9-3-07