WERT — The eighth annual Entrepreneurship Fair will be held on the
Saturday morning of Jan. 21 in the Community Room at Vantage Career
Center located at 818 N. Franklin St. in Van Wert.
This free event is designed to assist anyone who has thought of starting a business to turn the dream into a reality.
Registration will begin at 7:45 a.m. with a panel of local entrepreneurs scheduled to share their journey at 8:10 a.m.
will also learn about financing options and have a chance to Ask the
Experts, a panel of local professionals, on topics including law,
marketing, real estate, accounting and insurance.
The event will
also serve as the kickoff to the Business Plan Challenge, where
individuals considering starting a business in Van Wert County can
create, submit and present a business plan to a panel of judges for the
chance to win up to $2,500 in business development funds and a one-year
Van Wert Chamber membership.
Over the next two months, Wright
State University Lake Campus Business Enterprise Center will offer a
series of five classes to help walk participants through each step of
developing a business plan. Judging will take place in late February
with the award being presented in March.
The writing of a business
plan is not only necessary to obtain private financing, it also helps
to develop ideas into workable plans.
Since the first Business
Plan Challenge in 2012, the process has helped entrepreneurs build a
strong foundation for their business.
Previous first place winners
are still in business today. Winners include Michelle Gorman of Sister
See, Sister Do, Jolanda Arts owner of McCoy’s Flowers, Shelly Becker of
The Embroider Coop, and Julie Hamilton of Something from the Garden.
Vicki Shulte, owner of Once I Was, recently closed her successful shop in downtown Van Wert.
business growth is the foundation of a strong community. Organizers
include representatives from the Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce, Main
Street Van Wert, the City and County government of Van Wert, Vantage
Career Center, Van Wert County Foundation and the Wright State
University Lake Campus Business Enterprise Center. Each organization has
donated their time and energy to keep the momentum of business growth
going in Van Wert County.
If you are looking for a chance to start
your own business, take advantage of this excellent opportunity on Jan.
21 from 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the Vantage Career Center.
If you have immediate questions or need assistance in starting a business, please call Jennifer Rigdon at 419-513-5111.