Meet THE HUB
The West Chester ▪ Liberty Chamber Alliance offers a large variety of events, networking opportunities, and marketing capabilities, BUT, do you know about The HUB and how we can help you start, grow, train, and recruit for your business? The West Chester ▪Liberty Chamber Alliance is more than your typical Chamber of Commerce. We have strategically partnered with Access Business Finance, Cincinnati State, and SCORE to help our business community grow and prosper. Just recently we added Lakota Local Schools to our repertoire of support arms. You don’t need to look hard, your membership with our Chamber can open doors to more opportunities, resources, and expertise than you may have expected.
Access Business Finance is the support you should seek when you are looking to start or expand your business. Let an ABF professional guide you through the SB 504 Loan process to help you tailor a financing package that meets the program guidelines and the credit capacity of your business. The SBA 504 loan program is an economic development program that promotes growth and job creation in American small businesses by providing fixed-rate, long-term financing for land, buildings and manufacturing equipment or machinery. This loan is distinguished from other SBA loans, you can expect lower down payments, below market rates, and the financing of all project costs including acquisition and closing costs. Beyond the loan process, Access Business Finance is available for counseling for small – medium sized businesses on the startup and expansion process. Call Access Business Finance to schedule your appointment at 513-777-2275.
Cincinnati State should be your first stop for workforce development strategy and planning. The college offers more than 100 associate degree programs and certificates in Business Technologies, Health and Public Safety, Engineering and Information Technologies, and Humanities and Sciences. They have four locations in the greater Cincinnati area and offer hundreds of online courses programs that cost half as much as most traditional universities. Cincinnati State is a leader in specialized workforce development training programs for more than 150 area businesses. You could not ask for more convenience when send your employees to the college for training, the Evendale location will service all your workforce development training needs. Should you have a widespread need they will come to you to meet your needs. This local college looks to be the technical community college of choice in our region, a nationally recognized institution for academic excellence, and the leader in workforce development. For more information, call Amy Waldbillig, Vice President Workforce Development Center, at 513-569-1414.
SCORE is your first stop for expert mentoring for your startup business needs. They are the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors with more than 10,000 volunteers in 300 chapters. SCORE is an organization of certified business experts who mentor and provide business startup and development coaching. For over 50 years, SCORE has served as America’s premier source of free business mentoring and education. As a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), SCORE has helped more than 11 million entrepreneurs through mentoring, workshops and educational resources since 1964. With SCORE, you are not alone on your business journey. Small business owners who receive 3 or more hours of mentoring through SCORE have reported higher revenues and increased growth. SCORE is a national organization, but here at The Chamber you can find the perfect mentor for your business questions and advisement. SCORE meets regularly on Thursdays for group counseling sessions in our office, but appointments can be made. To schedule your group counselling session, call 513-777-3600.
Lakota Local Schools should be your first resource when considering future workforce. They are the eighth largest school district in the state and employs about 1,700 teachers and support staff. Lakota is working to meet the needs of all students. The district relies on 4 pillars for student involvement, or the 4 E’s (Enrollment, Enlistment, Entrepreneurship, and Employment) to target the needs of all students to find their place post-graduation. The partnership with the West Chester ▪ Liberty Chamber Alliance was established to help Lakota build relationships with local businesses to help foster real-world learning opportunities that ultimately helps them target the path for their futures. As our area businesses and community continue to thrive it is important that we help develop the future workforce and attract the talent to stay and/or come back to our community. This is a golden opportunity to recruit and influence your future workforce. The staff at Lakota is also participating in Chamber U Leadership Academy, which brings unique business leadership training to administrators from each school. For more information on student learning experiences and internships, please email Katie Bauer, Strategic Business Development Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our resources do not stop there, you could and should schedule a Java with Joe. The President & CEO of the West Chester ▪ Liberty Chamber Alliance, Joe Hinson, will sit down with you for a personal conversation about the business and economic growth and development of our area. He brings over 20 years of experience and expertise on the I-75 growth corridor and has an almost limitless list of resources to help you with your business needs. To book your Java with Joe, or any member of our staff, call Anne Petersen to schedule at (513)777-3600.