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Kent State Presents Seminar on Helping Ohio Businesses on June 8 in Cincinnati

Posted Jun. 3, 2011

The Succession Planning Program at Kent State University and the Goering Center for Family and Private Business will present a planning seminar for small- and medium-sized businesses on Wednesday, June 8, in Cincinnati. “Moving Your Business and Ohio's Economy Forward During These Changing Times” will help business owners manage during the recovery and optimize the position of their businesses when the economy stabilizes and improves.

“The information, tools and techniques provided in this session will help you develop a plan to navigate your business through these tough economic times and drive the value of your business in this new economic climate,” said Roy Messing, program coordinator the Ohio Employee Ownership Center at Kent State. “With these resources, you cannot only survive in the current economy but also thrive as much as possible. Whether the business owner is looking to pursue long-term growth or pursue a transition in ownership, the key to their success will reside in their business planning process. This seminar will provide insightful information and tools that will assist the owner of a business in their planning process.”

The advisors and co-sponsors of “Moving Your Business and Ohio's Economy Forward During These Changing Times” are:

• Debbie Rausch, with U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development in Columbus, Ohio, will discuss lending and other programs available for rural businesses.
• Bonnie Deer, with the U.S. Small Business Administration in Cincinnati, will outline the services and financial products to small and private businesses.
• David Engel, of Comstock Valuation Advisors, Inc., a business valuation and financial advisory firm in Cincinnati, will outline private sources of funding available to private business owners.
• Jennifer Spohr, regional workforce director, and Leah Winkler and Ellen Turner from the Ohio Department of Development, will outline the state's vision on emphasizing the growth potential in the Targeted Business Clusters.
• Bruce McCain, chief investment strategist for Key Private Bank, will deliver the keynote address on his insights into the U.S. and Ohio economy going forward.

The session will be held on June 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Cincinnati/Blue Ash at 5901 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati, and will include lunch. Registration will start at 8:30 a.m., with the welcome and continental breakfast starting at 9 a.m.

Panels will start at 10 a.m. Cost is $40 for the session. Further information is available from Roy Messing, Chris Cooper or Jay Simecek at 330-672-3028 or, or

For more information on the Ohio Employee Ownership Center at Kent State, visit

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