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Small Business Breakthroughs

March 23 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Join the Ohio Small Business Development Center in partnership with the Dublin Entrepreneurial Center for a podcast style Q&A designed to dig into the topics that are impacting your business and keeping you up at night.

This session of “Small Business Breakthroughs” is the “Show Me The Money” edition. We welcome Ellen Harvey and Kevin Hammond from the Small Business Development Center to discuss how to prepare your business to be bankable and how to approach funders. This session will get into the nuts and bolts of funding. We will discuss how to create sales and expense projections, how to develop a business plan that funders will take seriously, and what you will need to pull together if you are going to seek financing. We will also discuss various funding sources, what they are looking for from you, and of course we will take your questions.


Featured Guests

Ellen Harvey is a Certified Business Advisor for the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Columbus State Community College (SBDC). Ellen also serves as the Capital Access Manager for Kiva Columbus through the SBDC Kiva Partnership. Ellen is an economic development and lending relations professional with 18 years of experience researching, planning, implementing and evaluating small business and economic development programs for City, State and Federal agencies.

Directly, Ellen has assisted thousands of entrepreneurs with access to capital, resources, training, and counseling. Having owned her own mortgage brokerage for 8 years, she truly understands the day-to-day challenges business owners face. In addition, Harvey’s experience as the Director of the Women’s Business Center for the Economic Community Development Institute and as a Business Consultant for the Minority Business Assistance Center has given her a unique perspective on the special issues that confront minorities, women, and economic and socially disadvantaged business owners.

With the SBDC Ellen continues her quest to provide excellent service and guidance to aspiring and existing entrepreneurs.

Kevin Hammond has been a business management consultant for 15 years, mostly focused on small businesses and start-ups. Kevin has been on the SBDC team for almost ten years as a consultant. Prior to consulting, Kevin was in financial services at Chase Manhattan. Kevin has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Ohio Dominican University and an MBA from Capital University.

Kevin loves entrepreneurship and its rewards, benefits, and challenges. In his little non-work time he mostly enjoys spending time with family, running, the very occasional golf game, and working some more.