The Van Wert County Courthouse

Thursday, May. 28, 2020

Entrepreneur Workshop planned for Feb.

VW independent/submitted information

The Van Wert Entrepreneur Workshop will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, February 8, in the training room of the Kenn-Feld Group, 10305 Liberty Union Road in Van Wert. Organizers include representatives from the Van Wert Area Economic Development Office, Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Van Wert, and the Wright State University Lake Campus Business Enterprise Center. 

Van Wert County Foundation Executive Secretary Seth Baker presents a check to Krista Somerton of the Van Wert Area Economic Development Corporation for the Entrepreneur Workshop event. photo provided

The event will feature small business owners, entrepreneurs, and experts in a variety of fields to spark conversation around the topics they are passionate about. Attendees will gain knowledge in how to start or grow their business. Those participating will hear from successful entrepreneurs, as well as experts in marketing, law, financing, real estate, and insurance. There will also be a question-and-answer session. 

A special element to the workshop is the announcement of the Business Plan Challenge, where individuals looking to begin a business in Van Wert County can create, submit, and present a business plan to a panel of judges for the chance to win business development funds. This allows individuals time to put thought on paper, do the necessary research, and attend business counseling sessions offered locally by Wright State University-Lake Campus’ Business Enterprise Center.  

The workshop and challenge are sponsored by the Van Wert County Foundation, US Bank, and Citizens National Bank.

“When I started thinking about buying the bridal boutique, I was so excited to learn that Economic Development provided this opportunity,” said Jenna Dailey owner of Sisters Bridal Boutique. “I attended the Entrepreneurship Fair and found it to be really helpful. 

“They had business professionals there to help answer our questions and get the process started,” Dailey added. “I also participated in the Starting Right classes and Business Plan Challenge. Our teacher was amazing and I really enjoyed meeting others in the community who shared my dream of business ownership.

“These classes really helped me prepare for my business loan and it gave me a strong foundation going forward,” Dailey went on to say. “I am so thankful to Economic Development and Wright State for providing this.”

Those looking to start their own business, or expand an existing business, should take advantage of this excellent opportunity. For more information, call the Van Wert Area Economic Development Office at 419.238.2999. 

POSTED: 01/28/20 at 8:44 am. FILED UNDER: News