Monday, March 13, 2017

Community invited to local entrepreneurship roundtable events

The public is invited to an upcoming series of local entrepreneurship roundtable events, engaging the community in a conversation focused on new business development, business growth and new job creation. The free events will be held from 6 – 8 p.m. on March 13 at Shawnee State Sodexo Ballroom, Portsmouth; March 16 at Ohio University Bennett Hall in Chillicothe; and, April 5 at The Ohio State University Extension Office in Jackson.

The series is hosted by the PORTSfuture project in collaboration with TechGROWTH Ohio, both programs of Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.

Community members and students who are interested in starting a business, growing a business, or making a small business better should attend the roundtables. A wide variety of well-known local business owners will share their start-up and growth stories at each event. Members of the audience will have the opportunity to participate in an active question and answer session with the panelists, coordinated by a professional in business start-up development and growth.

Topics from the business owner panel and venture development specialists will include creating a business, pitching an idea, attracting loans and equity capital, and pointers on avoiding common startup pitfalls. Regional providers of business development services will also attend the events and make themselves available to talk with the audience throughout the initial networking, during the event and after the meeting.

TechGROWTH Ohio, working with an extensive regional network of service providers, dedicates its mission to aiding local entrepreneurs and businesses and encouraging job growth. TechGROWTH OHIO, part of Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs; Ross County Chamber of Commerce; Economic Development Alliance of Southern Ohio, the Southern Ohio Diversification Initiative, and OSU South Centers collaborated for the creation of the event.

The PORTSfuture project, in consultation and collaboration with former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant stakeholders, leverages Ohio University resources and expertise in a variety of activities to support the cleanup of the former uranium enrichment facility, to provide STEM education experiences to local students, and to engage the public in outreach activities. The US Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office funds PORTS future with a grant.

For more information about the events, or to RSVP, contact Megan Weber at More information about PORTSfuture is available at


About TechGROWTH Ohio

Founded in 2007, TechGROWTH Ohio is a $52M public-private partnership comprising of the state of Ohio Third Frontier program, Ohio University, and the private investment community. TechGROWTH Ohio provides intensive professional services and seed-stage investment capital to technology companies and entrepreneurs in the 20-county Southeastern Ohio area. These services and investments have helped companies in Southeast Ohio generate more than $334 million in additional economic activity. For additional information, visit

About the Voinovich School
The Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs is a catalyst for regional, state and national collective impact in entrepreneurship, energy and the environment, and public and social policy areas. Students engage in a combination of hands-on opportunities and networking to bring their ideas to life. The School’s blend of real world problem solving and key government, nonprofit and industry partnerships combined with student education provides unique learning opportunities. For additional information, visit

Media Contacts:

Laura Alloway, Director of Marketing and Communications
Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs / 740.597.2579

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