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Steve Schillig, OSBDC Region Director Honored

Posted Dec. 6, 2010



Steve Schillig, Region Director of the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Kent State University at Tuscarawas, received the Individual Performance Award from the network of Small Business Development Centers of Ohio. He was one of seven individuals and eight Centers statewide to be recognized by the network.

Schillig's award was presented at a recent ceremony recognizing the accomplishments of Ohio's Small Business Development Centers' staff members who help small business owners and entrepreneurs throughout the state access the support services needed to grow and thrive.

"The award recipients were recognized and commended for their exemplary performance in exceeding their counseling, training and economic impact goals, and their outstanding work in the areas of advocacy, collaboration, innovation, marketing, mentoring and academic excellence in continuing professional development," said Karen Shauri, State Director of the Small Business Development Centers.

 Awards are based on objective criteria ranging from exceeding performance goals to peer recognition.

The Ohio Small Business Development Center (OSBDC) statewide network was created in 1985 through a partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Ohio Department of Development. The program fosters a strong climate for small business growth with many local community partners, including colleges and universities, economic development agencies, chambers of commerce and other community organizations.

Each of Ohio's 39 SBDC offices is staffed by Certified Business Advisors® who provide free, confidential, in-depth one-on-one counseling, e-counseling, training, quality-based assessments and technical assistance. In 2009, the state's Certified Business Advisors counseled more than 8,400 entrepreneurs and conducted classes for nearly 14,000 Ohio small business owners. Based on jobs created and retained as a result of the network's services, its impact on Ohio's economy was more than $21 billion.

The SBDC is hosted by the Entrepreneurship and Small Business Division of the Ohio Department of Development.

Working with partners across business, state and local governments, academia, and the nonprofit sector, the Ohio Department of Development works to attract, create, grow, and retain businesses through competitive incentives and targeted investments. Engaged everyday in marketing, innovating, investing and collaborating, the Ohio Department of Development works at the speed of business to accelerate and support the teamwork that is necessary for success by providing financial, informational, and technical assistance to those making an investment in Ohio's future.

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Media Contact:

Pam Patacca, 330.308.7473

Kent State University at Tuscarawas

Dec. 6, 2010