Ask The Experts


If there is something every business can always use, it is good advice from someone in the know. And when that advice is free, it just makes sense for those operating businesses to attend an event that makes that possible.

Hosted by the Business Resource Network (BRN), the Portsmouth Area Chamber of Commerce, OhioMeansJobs Scioto County, and Community Action Organization of Scioto County, Inc. along with special guest speakers from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the event is a collaboration of their skills and knowledge to provide for you the answers that you have about your business on financing, Woman Business Ownership, Veteran opportunities and more on the same day in one location.

“Ask The Experts” will be Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at the Scioto County Welcome Center, 342 Second St., in Portsmouth. A light breakfast will be provided.

“The Business Resource Network, is part of the Workforce Area for Adams, Brown, Pike and Scioto counties,” Crystal Keaton of the Business Resource Network said. “We oversee the administration work for the local OMJ (OhioMeansJobs) centers in those four counties.”

Keaton said C.B. Herrmann is currently the chairperson for the network.

“We’re made up of about 51 percent businesses and the other percentages are different state organizations that can help businesses and people looking for jobs,” Keaton said. “Any local business or any local organization that would like to have more information about business services, are invited to the program.”

Keaton said the group is focusing on inviting members including those who have received services from the local OMJ centers.

“If there’s any local small business that wants to attend, they are more than welcome to attend the free event,” Keaton said.

Master Conductor is Summer Kirby, Vice President of The Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce.

  • Registration is at 8.m. (register for a door prize). The keynote speaker, Mary Hurlburt: Lifespan Inc., will speak on the topic – Fixing Your Personal Credit
  • 9:45 to 10:45: “Access to Capital” panel discussion on financing your business, Glenn Clevenger the Cincinnati Branch Manager for the SBA, Cindy Musshel from the USDA rural development specialist, Stephanie Gilbert from the OVRDC, and Lou Carter from American Savings bank.
  • 11:00 to 11:45: “Business Resources” panel discussion on small business organizations, Patty Tumen from the Women’s Business Center of Ohio, Kim Dennewitz from the Veterans Administration for Small Businesses, Matt Renison from the ODFJS Business Services, along with Sandy Guille from the Better Business Bureau, Lance Richardson from OhioMeansJobs Scioto County & The Business Resource Network, Patrick Dengel from Small Business Development Centers at OSU South Centers, and Alex Kohls from the Columbus District office of the SBA.
  • 11:45 to 12:00: networking, questions & answer.

Anyone wishing to register can contact Crystal Keaton at the Business Resource Network at 740-259-6826 or you can email her at [email protected] Registration will close June 24th. Please call and reserve your seat today!!

Please contact Crystal Keaton at the Business Resource Network at 740-259-6826 or you can email her at [email protected] or go to Registration will close June 24th.

By Frank Lewis

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Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.

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