Wednesday, April 7, 2010

UI&U Hosts Open House Tuesday April 13 To Celebrate Partnership with the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati

Union Institute & University, the Center's Higher Education Partner, Will Host an Open House Tuesday, April 13, from 4-6 p.m.     

CINCINNATI – Lisa Patt-McDaniel, Director of the Ohio Department of Development, today announced that the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati will receive a grant to enable them to serve as the site of the new local Small Business Development Center (SBDC), to be housed at Union Institute & University in Walnut Hills. The Urban League will formally accept the grant at a press conference at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 13, at its headquarters located at 3458 Reading Road, Avondale.

An open house will be held on that same Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. at the new SBDC site at Union Institute & University, 440 East McMillan Street, in Walnut Hills. During the open house, guests can tour the university’s facility and SBDC offices, gain information on the services available, and receive on-the-spot business counseling.

“The services and assistance provided by the Urban League’s SBDC are critical to the Cincinnati area’s small businesses,” Patt-McDaniel said. “We appreciate the hard work of our dedicated partners who are helping to meet the ever-changing needs of our small business owners and entrepreneurs.”

The local SBDC is partnering with Union Institute & University as well as with the Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati USA to offer the services to area Hispanic small businesses and startups. In addition to housing the SBDC, Union Institute & University will serve as the higher education partner.

The Small Business Development Center, a one-stop location for business and technical assistance, counseling, business training, quality-based assessments, loan packaging guidance, and information on federal, state, and local regulations and programs. Certified Business Advisors® are available for counseling by appointment Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Donna Jones Baker, president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati commented, “We are excited to be selected as the newest member of the Ohio Small Business Development Center Network. This will allow us the opportunity to expand the service offerings currently provided to the clients being served through the Urban Leagues’ Economic Empowerment Center and serve the broader Cincinnati business community.”

For more information about the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati’s Small Business Development Center, please call Sheila Mixon, Director at (513) 487-1274.

The Small Business Development Center of Ohio Network was created in 1985 through a partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Ohio Department of Development. The program fosters a strong climate for small business growth with many local community partners including colleges and universities, economic development agencies, chambers of commerce, and other community organizations.

The Entrepreneurship and Small Business Division’s mission is to provide innovative programs and services to Ohio entrepreneurs and small business owners, through effective communication, collaboration, creativity, and technology support to encourage sustainable growth.

Working with our partners across business, state, and local governments, academia, and the nonprofit sector, the Ohio Department of Development works to attract, create, grow, and retain businesses through competitive incentives and targeted investments. Engaged every day in marketing, innovating, investing, and collaborating, the Ohio Department of Development works at the speed of business to accelerate and support the teamwork that is absolutely necessary for success by providing financial, informational, and technical assistance to those making an investment in Ohio’s future.


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