By Marvin Jones
President and CEO
Owners of relatively new businesses and those hoping to start their own business have two great opportunities in the next month to learn more on how to become successful. The two events will spotlight entrepreneurialism and provide tips and assistance.
The first is on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at the Ohio State University Endeavor Center near Piketon. “Biz Launch” is the culmination of the business plan competition conducted by the OSU South Centers Business Development Network and sponsored by Fluor-B&W Portsmouth, WesBanco Bank and the Ohio Valley Bank.
The event begins at 11:30 and for the next hour includes lunch and a chance to talk to the contestants and learn more about their plans for a business. At 1, an awards ceremony will name the winners of the prizes. If you plan to attend, call Jennifer Warfe at 740-289-1605 or email her at email@example.com. There is no charge.
The second event is on Thursday, Nov. 14 from 5:30-7:30 in the Bennett Hall auditorium at Ohio University-Chillicothe. It is part of the PORTSfuture project of the Voinovich School at OU and is co-sponsored by, among others, the chamber and the Economic Development Alliance of Southern Ohio.
A complimentary light dinner will be served at 5:30 followed at 6 by a roundtable discussion involving experienced entrepreneurs who will address issues such as common start-up challenges, pitching ideas to attract loans and equity capital and avoiding pitfalls. Agencies that assist with start-ups will be available afterward for one-on-one conversations and to set future appointments.
Those planning to attend should call 740-597-1460 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. More information is available at www.portsfuture.com.
John Wilhelm of Chillicothe Pepsi had the winning ticket Wednesday for the iPad Mini door prize offered by the Herrnstein Family of Dealerships at the Business After Business. About 100 attended the networking event in the Marietta Road showroom, including Marc Secoy of the Paper City Music Festival who won tickets to the Columbus Blue Jackets game Tuesday. Photos from the event were posted on the chamber's Facebook page earlier and also are available by clicking here.
Gary Mohr, director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections and a Chillicothe-area resident for years, was joined by Warden Norm Robinson and others instrumental in its formation in opening the Reintegration Unit at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution this week.
The unit takes inmates who are within six years of being released and works with them to provide a more structured daily schedule in which 8-12 hours of each day are spent in various activities, including learning skills such as computers, residential HVAC and others. Admission is through an application process. “The benefit of this structure,” according to the department, “is to ultimately create a sense of hope for the offenders and a safer community for local residents.”
It is one of several units being opened around the state. CCI is looking for projects in which it can help local organizations. Some inmates currently are crocheting caps for cancer victims while others are hand-drawing cards to go to seniors during holidays. If your organization has a project to be considered, call Amy Hamilton at 774-7080 Ext. 2261.
Spaces limited at Expo: Registration is open for the limited number of spaces available at the chamber’s annual combined Business-2-Business Expo and Business After Business on Wednesday, Nov. 20. The Christopher Conference Center is the site for the Expo and food will be provided by Roosters and Dakotas Steakhouse. Spaces are $125. Click here to reserve your spot.
Mears celebrates anniversary with award: Kevin Mears’ shot of ballerina Catherine Matheny received a blue ribbon and was the highest scoring image in the fall competition of the Ohio Society of Professional Photographers. The award comes as Mears Photography celebrates its 28th anniversary.
Newest chamber member: Shear Styles Barber and Beauty Salon, 1 W. Pickaway St., Kingston, by Brian Chaney, 642-2015.
Around 1910, the Hartmeyer Bakery was at 28-32 W. Water St. where today the space is occupied by The Lunch Box and a vacant area. Copies of this and other photos from the collection are available by calling Lisa at 772-1936. Reproduction of the photos is prohibited without the society’s permission.