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Wednesday, October 09, 2013 12:08 AM

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VAN WERT — The 5th annual Van Wert County Entrepreneurship Fair will be held on Nov. 9 in The Community Room at Vantage Career Center located at 818 N. Franklin St. in Van Wert.

Organizers include representatives from the OSU Extension Van Wert County Economic Development Office, Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Van Wert, the Community Improvement Corporation and the Wright State University Lake Campus Business Enterprise Center.

Anyone who dreams of starting a business is encouraged to attend this free event.

Registration will begin at 7:45 a.m. with a panel of local entrepreneurs scheduled to share their journey at 8 a.m. This event will also serve as the kickoff to our third area Business Plan Challenge.

Congratulations once again to our 2013 award winner, Vickie Schulte, owner of Once I Was. Vickie recently opened her boutique at 121 S. Washington St. in downtown Van Wert and states: “Congratulations to everyone making the decision to take this challenge. If you have dreamed it and planned it, this event will help you set your dream on the road to becoming a reality.”

This free fair offers a wide variety of assistance, counseling and information to budding entrepreneurs and emerging new businesses. There will be speakers on topics including: The First Steps, Financing and Incentives and an Ask the Experts session where area professionals will do a Q&A with the audience. “Entrepreneurship is a top priority for all the organizations hosting this event because we know many of the micro businesses will stay and grow in the area, strengthening our economic base and creating more jobs over time,” said Darlene Myers, Economic Development Program Coordinator.

A special element to the fair 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 up to $2,500 in business development funds. The award will be presented in February 2014.

This allows individuals time to put thought on paper, do the necessary research and to attend business counseling sessions offered locally by the Wright State University Lake Campus Business Enterprise Center. We know that many big businesses were started during difficult economic times: Burger King, Microsoft and GE to name a few.

If you have immediate questions or need assistance in starting a business, please call the OSU Extension Van Wert County Economic Development Office at 419-238-2999.


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