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Brad Bapst

Brad Bapst
Small Business Development Center Director
1864 Shyville Road, Piketon, Oh 45661

Brad is a Certified Business Advisor at The Ohio State University South Centers Business Development Network.  Brad has been an employee of the Ohio State University South Centers since 1995.  His career began at the South Centers working with the Soil and Water Resources program and also served as the Pike County Extension Educator in 4-H Youth Development.   In 2005, he joined the South Centers’ Business Development program serving as Program Director/Business Counselor for the Manufacturing and Technology Small Business Development Center.  He has a B.S. Degree from Shawnee State University in Plastics Engineering.

A lifelong resident of Pike County, Brad is very much interested in assisting new and existing business owners in the region with needs that they may not be able to address themselves.  In addition to his work with the University, Brad has a strong interest in agriculture.  He currently owns and operates a diversified 500 acre farming operation which in recent years has added plasticulture strawberries to the existing crops of corn, soybeans, wheat, hay and beef cattle.  Brad also serves as President of the Eastern Local School District Board of Education.