New program to foster growth of small business entrepreneurs in Putnam County

New program to foster growth of small business entrepreneurs in Putnam County

Open Local applications open

Small business owners and entrepreneurs ready to launch or grow their business can now benefit from Putnam County’s newest business program, Open Local.

Individuals should have a business plan they intend to launch in the next 12 months, or have a business where they are producing products at home, operating an online store, attending events or farmers markets as a vendor, operating a mobile cart or food truck, conducting business to business sales, or already have an existing retail location.

Participation includes:

1. A series of entrepreneurial courses instructed by Carla Treadway, Director of the BRITE Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center at The University of Findlay (to be held in Putnam County).

2. Connections with other business owners and leaders who are committed to coaching and mentoring to help foster the success after.

Open Local is a collaborative effort of the Chambers of Commerce in Columbus Grove, Leipsic, Ottawa, Ottoville and Pandora, along with the Putnam County Community Improvement Corporation. The entities worked together to design and implement the program to show there is a strong network of local professionals supporting local entrepreneurs.

Launching the new business program is the result of being more proactive vs. reactive in the area of small business development, according to Putnam County Economic Development Director Amy Sealts. “Collaboratively, we’re connecting entrepreneurs with resources and access to real estate to help them grow their business in Putnam County,” she said.

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