Celebration of SBDC Day, March 21, 2018 | College of Aeronautics and Engineering | Kent State University

Wednesday, March 21st is SBDC Day! SBDC Day will unite the nearly 1,000 SBDC centers across the country and the hundreds of thousands of clients they serve by sharing, in real time, the success stories and notable impacts SBDCs collectively have on the small business community at large. Help us showcase the impact of the Ohio SBDC by being part of the second annual #SBDCDay campaign.

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Businesses have always celebrated ribbon cuttings, grand openings and company anniversaries, and for a second year, they’ll be able to celebrate the people who help them turn their dreams into reality – Small Business Development Centers. America’s SBDC Day is set for March 21, 2018, a day that will unite nearly 1,000 SBDCs across the country and the hundreds of thousands of clients they’ve served in their near 40-year history.

SBDC Day is a national proclamation of the success of America’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) on the success of the nation’s dreamers, innovators and doers – America’s small businesses.

It’s great to see SBDCs, their clients and supporters come together to celebrate SBDCs and their amazing clients. With SBDC support small businesses around the country raised over $5 billion in capital and created nearly 100,000 jobs.-Charles “Tee” Rowe, President and CEO of America’s SBDC

Since 1980, 63 state and regional Small Business Development Center networks have provided free one-on-one consulting to small businesses at nearly 1,000 locations throughout the nation.

A new business is opened with the assistance of the SBDC around the country every 30 minutes; a new job is created every 5.5 minutes; more than $100,000 in new sales are generated every 8.2 minutes, and small businesses are able to obtain more than $100,000 in capital every 10 minutes.

The Ohio SBDC at Kent State University, College of Aeronautics and Engineering (SBDC at KSU-CAE) is proud to serve small manufacturing, technology-based, and construction companies in the 22 counties that comprise Northeast Ohio. 

In 2017, the SBDC at KSU-CAE consulted with more than 50 entrepreneurs, which accounted for more than $5 million in capital investments.

America’s SBDC network is a partnership that includes the U.S. Congress, SBA, the private sector, and the colleges, universities and state governments that manage SBDCs across the nation. SBDCs provide management and technical assistance to an estimated one million small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs each year. Small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs can go to their local SBDCs for free, face-to-face business consulting and at-cost training on writing business plans, accessing capital, marketing, regulatory compliance, international trade and more.

Call your SBDC today! We love helping our clients!

Tom Southards, SBDC at KSU-CAE, invites you to join other small business owners. Bring us your business needs and explore how we can help you get to solutions. 330-672-0793, wsouthar@kent.edu

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