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Entrepreneurship and Regional Development

The Voinovich School has a long-standing history of leadership in the development of entrepreneurial support for the Appalachian Ohio region.  Partnering with primary economic development and capital access partners in the public and private sectors, the Voinovich School has become the premier provider of sophisticated business assistance for both start-up and existing businesses. The School’s economic impact on the region is significant and growing:  new companies have been formed, existing companies have expanded, jobs have been created and saved, and new sources of capital investment have been brought to the region.  The School’s expertise in venture development also benefits Ohio University researchers and student innovators in the dynamic technology commercialization process.  From these efforts and results, numerous applied learning opportunities have been created that provide valuable work experience and the development of problem solving skills for students throughout the University.

The School integrates a number of programs into a seamless continuum of business services for entrepreneurs under the overarching Center for Entrepreneurship.  The flagship of the Center’s portfolio is the State-supported technology start-up program TechGROWTH Ohio, a Third Frontier Entrepreneurial Signature Program.  Other important State and federally-supported programs include business start-up assistance for all small businesses through the Small Business Development Center, and assistance through the Procurement Technical Assistance Center to companies of any size seeking to work with the federal government.   

The Voinovich School delivers powerful capacity for expert entrepreneurial education, business assistance, and capital resources in support of venture development in Appalachian Ohio.