NSCC event offers potential business owners advice

The third annual Entrepreneurship Forum to help aspiring business owners is coming to Northwest State Community College on Oct 25.

The free program, scheduled for 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. in the Voinovich Auditorium, was launched to offer support, and can act as a launching pad to make a dream a reality. Attendees will have five minutes to present their ideas to a panel of economic development and entrepreneurship experts who will provide feedback and advice.

“The hit television show ‘Shark Tank’ has helped put entrepreneurship in the spotlight. However, many great ideas for a product or business are never pursued because the people who have the idea don’t know where to go to get started or how to grow the idea from the upstart,” said Lisa Becher, Northwest State business faculty member. “Our goal with this event is to provide an opportunity for people to share their ideas, receive feedback from experts in the field, and walk away with an outline of how to make their dream a reality.”

The forum is open to anyone who would like to present an idea, but reservations are required.

“This forum is open to any member of the region that has an idea or business concept they want help getting off the ground” said Becher.

Darrell Handy, CEO for the Defiance Area Chamber of Commerce, and a forum panelist, added, “Our communities are built on entrepreneurs who followed a dream, took a risk and reaped the rewards. We want to help promote that.”

The panel of experts will also include Jerry Zielke, director of the Paulding County Economic Development; Joel Miller, executive director of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce; Matt Davis, executive director of the Williams County Economic Development Corporation; Matt Gilroy, executive director of the Fulton County Economic Development Corporation; Mike Wolfe, Ph.D., dean of business at NSCC; Lisa Becher, MBA, small business owner, NSCC business faculty, and State of Ohio small business consultant; and Dave Figley, First Federal Bank commercial lending department.

Reservations are required by Friday, Oct. 21. To reserve a presentation time or for more information, contact Lisa Becher at 419-267-1264 or at lbecher@NorthwestState.edu. A lunch sponsored by First Federal Bank, is included for all presenters.