Terra State launches Business Resource Center

Press Staff Writer

        Small businesses owners and entrepreneurs in Sandusky, Seneca, Ottawa, Erie and Huron counties have a new local resource for discovering training, mentoring, and business and workforce development resources that will help them gain knowledge and skills essential to starting or expanding a business. 
        The Business Resource Center (BRC), located in the Kern Center at Terra State Community College in Fremont, will serve as a one-stop resource and call center to connect new and existing small businesses within the community with assets, training and mentors.
        The BRC works in collaboration with area chambers of commerce, economic and workforce development agencies.  
        Throughout the year, BRC program instructors and business mentors will connect individuals and provide training on a range of programs focused on topics of interest to small business owners and their team members. Topics include, but are not limited to, starting and growing a business, accounting and finance, computer/business technology, insurance, taxes, human resources, business development, workforce talent, certifications and Ohio Business Gateway navigation.
        Additionally, BRC instructors may be available for direct training and mentoring opportunities. The free trainings will be offered on a continual basis.
        “Local businesses are seeking high-quality training but aren’t always able to find the specific type of programs or topics they need,” said Carolyn Rodenhauser, business resource manager for the BRC program. “Our mission is to develop the call center as well as the educational programs that will be led by area business leaders and instructors.”        The BRC will be working with the five partnering counties to inform their local business communities about the BRC call center and its schedule of programs. The BRC’s goal is to make area businesses more aware of the training and mentoring resources available to them. 
        For more information about the BRC or to learn about upcoming learning opportunities, visit terra.edu/brc or contact the call center directly at 419-559-BIZ1 (2491). 
        The BRC program is made possible by a USDA Rural Development Grant awarded to the Terra Community College Workforce and Community Center.


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