This is a star-filled event designed to help entrepreneurs and business owners learn about government resources to assist in growing their enterprise. This is a complimentary seminar, however, you must register at

The Nine Most Terrifying Words?
By: The Hamilton Mill Staff

“I’m from the Government and I’m here to help.”

All kidding aside and believe it or not – there are a number of resources that the government offers to get your business on the right track. This complimentary program will feature award-winning programs and agencies from both the State and Federal level to assist you with your business venture, especially when looking to go international.

Friday, January 12, 2018 at 8:30 AM – 11 AM

8:30am – 9:00am – Registration and Networking

9:00am – 9:10am – Welcome remarks by The Hamilton Mill

9:10am – 9:35am – Congressman Davidson Remarks

9:35am – 9:40am – Exporter Award

9:40am – 9:55am – Debbie Dirr, International Trade Specialist U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce Cincinnati/Dayton

9:55am – 10:10am – Alexander Kohls, Dayton Senior Area Manager/District International Trade Officer U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

10:10am – 10:25am – Kathy Marshalek, Director Ohio SBDC Export Assistance Network, Wright State University

10:25am – 10:40am – David Riggs, CBA Director, Butler County Small Business Development Center, Hamilton Mill, and City of Middletown

10:40am – 10:55am – Philip A. Ratermann Director of FASTLANE University of Dayton Research Institute

10:55am – 11:00am – Conclusion, Q&A, Discussion


More about the Hamilton Mill 

The Hamilton Mill, based in Hamilton, Ohio, is an award-winning business incubator that provides support for young companies and entrepreneurs focused on clean energy and advanced manufacturing technologies. The Hamilton Mill has partnerships with the City of Hamilton, Hamilton Utilities, Miami University, University of Cincinnati, Butler Tech, Cintrifuse, CincyTech, Queen City Angels, The Greater Cincinnati Venture Association, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation SBDC, SCORE, Confluence, Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance, Green Umbrella, CenterGrid, Liferay Inc., PowerIT Solutions and The Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce.

The SBA Award Winning Butler County Small Business Development Center’s counselors advise tenants, local existing business owners and other entrepreneurs in the community on strategic planning, marketing and gaining access to financial capital. The small business center works with the various Butler County chambers, with offices in Middletown and in Hamilton at The Hamilton Mill. In 2016, the SBDC devoted a total of 1,908 counseling hours, helping small businesses generate more than $2.8 million in new sales, creating 115 jobs and retaining 187 jobs, according to the state. The center also served 98 individual long-term clients and connected companies to $3,036,099 in the capital. 

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