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Small Business

Small Business Development Center

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has a mission to accelerate Ohio's economy by helping people start, sustain, and grow their business. The SBDC provides dynamic technical assistance to small business owners and continues to make entrepreneurship a priority in Ohio's communities. It promotes diversity in entrepreneurship, providing assistance to minority, veteran and women owned businesses. The Center educates prospective, new and second stage business owners through direct consulting, training, research, and technical assistance in all areas of business management. The Center also provides peer-to-peer learning, access to venture capitalists, guidance in diversification and strategic planning. In addition, the SBDC has a network of partners which include colleges, universities, chambers of commerce and economic development agencies in Southern Ohio. The Small Business Development Center is funded through the Ohio Department of Development and the United States Small Business Administration.   

The Small Business Development Center at the OSU South Centers is located in Piketon, Ohio and covers eleven southern Ohio counties which include:

  • Adams
  • Brown
  • Fayette
  • Gallia
  • Highland
  • Jackson
  • Lawrence
  • Pike
  • Ross
  • Scioto
  • Vinton

We have several resources available to help your new or existing small business in the areas of marketing, management, financials,  manufacturing.

Our team:

Brad Bapst, SBDC Director - 614-247-9692 - 
Ryan Mapes, Program Leader - 614-247-9704 -
Melissa Carter, Business Advisor covering Fayette, Highland, & Ross Counties - 614-247-9693 -

Melanie Sherman, Business Advisor covering Gallia, Jackson, Lawrence, & Vinton Counties - 614-247-9729 -
Ashley Wilburn, Business Advisor covering Adams, Pike, and Scioto - 614-292-4616 - 

Jennifer Dunn, Program Assistant - 614-247-9729 -

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The Small Business Development Center of Ohio (SBDC) program is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.  The SBDC program is also funded in part by the Ohio Department of Development.  All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.