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SBDC continues to support clients and their businesses amid COVID-19

By Brad Bapst
SBDC Director

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at The Ohio State University South Centers is continuing to serve the needs of businesses in our region.  The safety and well-being of our clients, training attendees, and staff are of utmost importance to us. We are continuing to monitor the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and with the information and guidance provided by the university, state, and federal government officials, we are taking all necessary precautions to reduce the spread of the virus.  As a result, we are cancelling all in-person events and will be conducting one-on-one advising remotely until further notice. 

We know that the COVID-19 pandemic will present obstacles and challenges to you and your business in the days and weeks ahead, and we want you to know that we remain operational to ensure you receive the business management and technical assistance you have come to expect from us.  We have been continuing to work with clients remotely through telecommuting practices.  We utilize telephone, e-mail, social media, and most recently video conferencing through the Zoom communications platform.

Zoom meetings have enabled our SBDC team to share current updates concerning the CARES Act SBA loan programs to southern Ohio businesses.  Our team is currently participating in several weekly Zoom meetings with various chambers of commerce in our service area.  We provide the latest information on the SBA programs and resources to help companies survive this challenging economic situation.  We also continue to update businesses with the latest information through our Facebook page.

Our team of certified business advisors are here to support you and your business. Your health, well-being, and business success are our top priorities. Moving forward, the SBDC is preparing to provide additional resources in the coming months in an effort to assist businesses in the recovery process from the pandemic-induced economic disaster.  

To reach us please call 740-289-2071 or visit us online at