Business Supporters

Resource Provider
Phone: 412-396-6233
Phone: 412-648-1544
Investor
644 Water St., Shoemakersville, PA 19555, phone 610-562-7692 <marjorie@barefoothorse.com>

I am a Slow Money member. I would like to begin making investments in local / organic foods and related / supporting businesses. My preference is PA, OH, and MI rather than more distant businesses in the current Slow Money lineup. To begin with I am more interested in loans than in equity. I am looking into investor accreditation, which I believe I am eligible for.

Educator
Rory Lewandowski Ph: 330-264-8722 Email: lewandowski.11@osu.edu

As an agriculture and natural resource educator with the OSU Extension Wayne County office I am available to provide educational materials, advice, and resource networking on a range of agricultural and natural resource topics.  My area of speciality is forages, pasture managment and ruminant livestock production.

Resource Provider
kcline@braintreepartners.org MTSBDC at Braintree 201 East 5th St. Mansfield, OH 44902 419-525-1614

Manufacturing Business Advisor

LEAN Provider

Business Evaluation

Investor
Barrett Thomas 419-525-1614 bthomas@braintreepartners.org

The Appleseed Microfinance loan fund is designed to help provide small amounts of capital to small business with the goal of creating or retaining jobs. Loan amounts will range from $1,000-$35,000.

Eligible borrowers:
•US citizens, 18 years of age or older
•Startup and existing businesses including home based businesses
•Businesses with less than $1,000,000 in annual revenue

Use of funds include:
•Equipment
•Inventory
...

Resource Provider
Barrett Thomas 419-525-1614 bthomas@braintreepartners.org

The Appleseed Microfinance loan fund is designed to help provide small amounts of capital to small business with the goal of creating or retaining jobs. Loan amounts will range from $1,000-$35,000.

Eligible borrowers:
•US citizens, 18 years of age or older
•Startup and existing businesses including home based businesses
•Businesses with less than $1,000,000 in annual revenue

Use of funds include:
•Equipment
•Inventory
...

Investor
Braintree Contact Braintree Business Development Center 201 E 5th Street Mansfield, OH 44902 Phone; 419-525-1614 fax: 419-525-3492 www.braintreepartners.org info@braintreepartners.org

 

Tech Sprout Program

Tech Sprout is a small grant program designed to help technology ideas move towards commercialization. The fund, which is administered by Braintree Business Development Center in Mansfield, Ohio, has a regional focus for technology based economic development in Northeast Ohio. Awards are made to help...

Advocate
Leah Smith Western Region Member Services Manager leah@pasafarming.org 412-365-2985 www.pasafarming.org

Promoting profitable farms that produce healthy food for all people while respecting the natural environment.

Founded in 1992, PASA's consistent and driving vision has been to transform agriculture and food systems in Pennsylvania and beyond in a way that makes our farmers more viable, improves the land and restores the health and wellbeing of all our citizens. We are nonprofit in structure, but entrepreneurial in spirit, as we use our resources carefully to work...

Educator
Leah Smith Western Region Member Services Manager leah@pasafarming.org 412-365-2985 www.pasafarming.org

Promoting profitable farms that produce healthy food for all people while respecting the natural environment.

Founded in 1992, PASA's consistent and driving vision has been to transform agriculture and food systems in Pennsylvania and beyond in a way that makes our farmers more viable, improves the land and restores the health and wellbeing of all our citizens. We are nonprofit in structure, but entrepreneurial in spirit, as we use our resources carefully to work...

Resource Provider
Lisa Conlan-Lewis, Executive Director

TimeBanks USA's mission is to nurture and expand a movement that promotes equality and builds caring community economies through inclusive exchange of time and talent.  We work with local communities and sustainable food initiatives to support a focus on exchange of time and talent that supports local food production and sustainability and the many necessary sources we need in our lives.

 

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Resource Provider
814 587-2145 301 Mulberry St, Conneautville, OH 16406

Manufacture animal feed;  feed and farm supplies with a small retail store. 

Resource Provider

The college already has students working with entrepreneurs in the Northeast Ohio area! Students work in the social entrepreneurship program for nonprofit companies and also provide services to for-profit companies through internships. There are no limitations to the services that can be provided!

Contact James Levin, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, at 330-263-2227 or jlevin@wooster.edu

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Youngstown State University is already helping entrepreneurs in the Northeast Ohio area through their small business development center. The center provides consulting services, including business planning. There are no limits to the services the university can provide!

Contact Donna Walsh, the program coordinator of the Monus Entrepreneurship Center in the Williamson College of Business Administration, at dmwalsh@ysu.edu or 330-491-3385 for more...

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Walsh University's "Entrepreneur in Resident" is ready and willing to help entrepreneurs! His service is branding businesses, giving them a "firm foundation in which to to start and build their brand awareness." His expertise, then, is graphic design, advertising, and marketing. This includes logo design, website design and development, e-marketing strategies, social integration, etc.

Contact Joe Rozsa at joe...

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Students at Oberlin College are currently working with entrepreneurs in the area. The school is able to provide funding, consulting, etc through student fellowships and internships. Contact Andrea Kalyn at andrea.kalyn@oberlin.edu for more information.

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Malone University is very interested in working with entrepreneurs in the area. The university currently has a SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) chapter and would use this program to work with entrepreneurs. Services they provide include environmental sustainability, making websites, etc. The door is wide open for services they can provide!

The SIFE program is even able to help provide funding for businesses, as long as entrepreneurs contact the chapter before the fall semester to...

Resource Provider

Lakeland Community College is very interested in expanding their entrepreneurship program, and therefore, is interested in working with entrepreneurs. Although the program is young, they have many resources available and have even provided workshops and sponsorships in the past. Contact Connie Golden at cgolden@lakelandcc.edu or 440-525-4340 for more information.

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Kent State University is interested in working with entrepreneurs! They currently have an "Entrepreneur in Resident" who, in collaboration with students, is willing to provide any type of help, including agricultural technology and business sustainability.  Contact the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation at cebi@kent.edu or 330-672-9430.

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Hiram College is ready and willing to work with entrepreneurs in Northeast Ohio! Students would be matched with business projects. Many students are interested in entrepreneurial start-ups and sustainable agriculture, but there really are no limitations to the services that can be provided! Contact Kay Molkentin, director of the Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship, at molkentinkf@hiram.edu

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Case Western Reserve can provide entrepreneurs with management consulting in which students are matched with entrepreneurs. They are willing to help with anything! Contact Jim Hurley, Assistant Dean, at jhurley@case.edu or 216-368-3856.

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Baldwin Wallace is greatly interested in helping entrepreneurs and helping Northeast Ohio grow economically. They can help with business capacity, capabilities, skills, customer research, business plan development, green technology, and solving various business problems.  Contact Ven Ochaya, director of the entrepreneurship program: vochaya@bw.edu or 440-826-2391

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Ashland University can provide entrepreneurs with marketing, finance, business line, business planning, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, feasibility studies, etc. They are willing to provide any kind of help! Contact Read Wakefield, Director of the entrepreneurship program: rwakefie@ashland.edu

Educator

Countryside Conservancy is a small think and do tank.  We offer classes for aspiring farmers, land use technical assistance for local governments, and offer market outlets to farmers at two area- producer only farmers' markets.