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AT&T brings it all together for customers, from revolutionary smartphones to next-generation TV services and sophisticated solutions for multi-national businesses. For more than a century, they have consistently provided innovative, reliable, high-quality products and services and excellent customer care.
The Belmont County Community Improvement Corp.
The Belmont County Community Improvement Corp. (CIC) is located in the Belmont County seat of St. Clairsville and is the prime point of contact for regional economic development. Belmont County's historically valuable geography makes this Ohio gateway to the West a diverse and rich business, social and cultural hub bordering Southeastern and Northeastern Ohio.
BlueTree Allied Angels
BlueTree Allied Angels, formed in 2003, is Western Pennsylvania's leading angel network. It is a members-only group of accredited investors focused on funding promising start-up companies. BlueTree Allied Angels meets monthly to evaluate and consider private equity investments in early-stage, pre-institutional ventures in Western Pennsylvania and the surrounding regions. Its mission is to provide investment opportunities where members can obtain outstanding financial returns while mitigating investment risk.
Bricker & Eckler LLP
Located in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati-Dayton and Marietta, Bricker & Eckler is one of Ohio's leading law firms. Their attorneys serve as trusted business advisors for businesses, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, health care facilities, school districts and municipalities, and individuals.
David Lucas Communications
David Lucas Communication, Inc.'s website details for you the superlative service our public relations and marketing firm provides to you. They listen to our clients to discover the strengths of their particular status and then accent the positives. With the information gathered, they create message, slogans, logos, websites, digital presence, branding, social media solutions, campaigns, strategies, marketing structures and public relations postures. With over 30 years of dedicated experience and a highly educated staff, their firm will bring about the change, promotion and advancement you seek. No matter your particular public relations (PR) or marketing needs, they offer positive solutions.
East Central Ohio Tech Angel Fund
The East Central Ohio Tech Angel Fund (ECOTAF) is an investment fund focused on opportunities in East, Central and Southeast Ohio. One of the largest rural-focused angel investment funds in the country, ECOTAF has an interest in investing in all types of companies including opportunities that are technology-based as well as firms that have developed competitive advantages in other industries.
EquiBrand Consulting
EquiBrand is a top strategic marketing, branding and innovation consulting firm. They focus on upstream marketing and use the principles of insight, identity and innovation to drive growth. Their consultants use a customer-driven, collaborative approach to improve business results.
GBQ is the area's largest independent accounting and consulting firm. While their size permits them to serve even the most complex organizations, their independence allows them to keep all decision-making authority in one place. GBQ's entrepreneurial spirit is most evident in the close personal attention provided by their associates. They deliver a no-nonsense approach with local expertise and a broad range of consulting skills—a combination that saves clients both time and money.
Gottlieb, Johnston, Beam & Dal Ponte, PLL
Gottlieb, Johnston, Beam & Dal Ponte is Muskingum County's largest full-service law firm. For over 50 years, the firm's attorneys have earned a reputation for providing trusted, expert legal services to our community and its businesses. Gottlieb, Johnston, Beam & Dal Ponte, P.L.L. has successfully represented families in this community for generations, in a variety of legal issues, whether a painful divorce, an automobile accident, the starting of a new business, or helping a family that has just lost a loved one.
Ice Miller
Ice Miller offers a broad array of capabilities in virtually all areas of legal practice including: corporate, patents and trademarks, bankruptcy, lobbying, labor and employment, litigation, employee benefits, environment, tax, trusts and estates, real estate, municipal finance and government law. With offices in Chicago; Cleveland; Columbus; DuPage County, Ill.; Indianapolis; and Washington, D.C., the Firm has more than 300 lawyers, 40 paraprofessionals and 280 support staff members.
Impact Angel Fund
Awarded funds from the Ohio Third Frontier, the Impact Angel Fund, which consists of a group of over 30 individual angel investors from Stark County and surrounding areas, aims to invest in high-tech startup companies across the southern portion of Northeast Ohio.
Innovation Center
Need somewhere more spacious and well-lit than your garage's workbench to build your prototypes? Maybe your business is growing, and you need flexible lease options at affordable rates. Maybe you need introductions to the right bankers, lawyers and distributors to help you reach your goals. The Innovation Center can help you find everything you need for you your business to grow, and it's ready to start today.
Lawrence Economic Development Corporation
The Lawrence Economic Development Corporation, a non-profit organization, was formed in 1983 and was designated the economic development agent for the City of Ironton and Lawrence County. The goal of the agency is job creation and retention as well as to provide assistance in community enhancement projects such as the construction of parks and community centers throughout the county to help the citizens of Lawrence County.
Leveraging Innovation Gateways and Hubs Toward Sustainability
LIGHTS provides expertise, training and resources to the region's workforce, entrepreneurs, companies and local communities. LIGHTS is for individuals, that live or work in the 28-county territory, with an interest in building a product and/or creating a business. LIGHTS partners with various regional gateways and hubs that give our team the ability to make your ideas happen. Contact us today to start your journey with LIGHTS!
Millstream Angel Fund
Millstream Angel Fund is comprised of groups of local investors who invest in small companies with high potential to generate attractive returns for several years and to support business growth and job creation in the Findlay/Hancock County area. These interests, coupled with an economic climate unlike any other, is the impetus behind the formation of the Millstream Angel Fund. The fund's focus is on small companies and start-ups that are starved for financing and are facing great difficulty raising capital.
North Coast Angel Fund
At North Coast Angel Fund, the mission is to accelerate technology startup success and improve the state of early-stage funding in Ohio. By bringing increased discipline, structure, and effectiveness to the region's angel investing community, this fund seeks to create a more accessible and flexible capital environment in which the region's best and brightest entrepreneurs can prosper.
NuGrowth Solutions
NuGrowth Solutions is an outsourced sales and marketing organization dedicated to helping companies grow through professionally persistent market outreach and strategic territory management. While the term “outsourced” is the most commonly understood term in the industry, a better description of their product offering would be “branch sales and marketing.” When clients hire NuGrowth Solutions, they receive a fully operational branch sales and marketing office built to scale.
Ohio TechAngels Fund
Ohio TechAngel Funds (OTAF) is a group of for-profit investor funds that invest in highly promising Ohio-based C-corporations in IT, advanced materials and life sciences. More than 300 high net-worth accredited investors have joined one or more of the funds, making it one of the largest in the United States.
Ohio Third Frontier
Ohio Third Frontier is an internationally recognized technology-based economic development initiative that is successfully changing the trajectory of Ohio's economy. The $2.1 billion initiative supports existing industries that are transforming themselves with new, globally competitive products and fosters the formation and attraction of new companies in emerging industry sectors. Ohio Third Frontier provides funding to Ohio technology-based companies, universities, nonprofit research institutions and other organizations to create new technology-based products, companies, industries and jobs.
Ohio University
Ohio University is a major engine of economic growth in Southeast Ohio. Ohio University generated approximately $1.5 billion in economic impact on the state of Ohio in 2012, and up to $104 million in state and local tax revenue in 2012 by activity associated with the university. Ohio University spending also supports more than 14,300 full-time and part-time jobs.
Ohio University Center for Entrepreneurship
A partnership of Ohio University's College of Business and Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, the Center for Entrepreneurship builds upon and raises to new levels longstanding efforts at the university and throughout the region to provide entrepreneurial education, business assistance services and investment capital for entrepreneurs and start-up businesses.
Ohio University Technology Transfer Office
The Ohio University Technology Transfer Office's mission is to facilitate the transfer of intellectual property to business and industry through the development and management of a high-quality portfolio of diverse technologies, ensure intellectual property rights, negotiate and execute licensing agreements and, when feasible, assist in the formation of start-up businesses that utilize the university's technology to provide benefits to the university, as well as the regional economy.
Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs
The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs finds researched-based solutions to challenges facing communities, the economy and the environment. Its public-private partnerships encourage growth and stability, and its students learn by doing as they prepare for careers serving the public interest in Ohio University's rural region and beyond.
Queen City Angels
Queen City Angels invests in startups, acquires later-stage companies, and advises businesses of all sizes and funds on strategy and execution. They are a group of experienced entrepreneurs, CEOs and investors committed to helping the region's entrepreneurial ecosystem. Founded in 2000, QCA was the first investment group located within a 150-mile radius of Cincinnati.
Diagnostic HYBRIDS, Inc.
Acquired by Quidel Corp.
Diagnostic HYBRIDS, Inc. develops, manufactures, and markets cellular and molecular diagnostic kits for various applications in detecting a range of respiratory diseases, herpes infections, thyroid function, and other markers of diseases. The company also develops and commercializes genetically engineered cell-based detection products for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry with a focus on pharmacology assays and products that measure drug clearance and anti-viral interventions with drugs and vaccines. In addition, the company provides an assortment of products for specimen collection, specimen transport, multi-virus cell culture amplification, and sensitive and specific virus detection using monoclonal antibody kits and reagents. Diagnostic HYBRIDS, Inc. was incorporated in 1982 and is based in Athens, Ohio. Diagnostic HYBRIDS, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Quidel Corp.
Social Enterprise Ecosystem
Ohio University’s Social Enterprise Ecosystem (SEE) program, in collaboration with regional community Foundations, fills a three-fold gap in available support for social enterprises (for-profits and non-profits that are mission-driven and revenue-producing): (a) provision of customized professional venture development services specific to the social enterprise sector (which comprises over 5% of the national GDP and is particularly key in underserved areas); (b) training in use of newly-customized tools for social impact measurement; and (c) capital access planning and acquisition pathways specific to social enterprises. In addressing these gaps, SEE professional staff contribute to the transition from a coal-based economy by accelerating economic growth in the social sector: enterprises with market-based solutions to pressing social challenges.
Shawnee State University
Shawnee State is a student-focused public university offering a highly personalized, affordable and accessible education dedicated to the exploration of emerging technologies and ideas. The university is committed to working with the community, region and state on economic and workforce development.
Spark 560
Local businesses create local jobs. Spark 560's mission is to help develop and grow businesses in Southeast Ohio whose new products, services, and opportunities make our region's economy flourish. Spark 560, formerly the Muskingum County Business Incubator, was formed in 2004 by business owners, government officials, and educators partnering to help grow and sustain economic activity in Southeast Ohio. Our partnerships create an ecosystem of entrepreneurship, connecting both existing businesses and startup businesses with the tools, skills, networks, and resources they need to survive and thrive. Spark 560 is located on the Zane State College Campus next to our partner, the IDEA Lab, a high tech maker space where inventors and entrepreneurs develop prototypes and build products. Every great idea, great business, great product or service begins with a Spark. But most new ventures fail in the first 5 years, or 60 months. Spark 560 works with entrepreneurs through that time to bring their spark to life.
Standley Law Group
Founded in 1994, Standley Law Group LLP, provides globally-focused legal services to clients in patent, trademark, computer and copyright matters. They are knowledgeable in a multitude of computer law & federal IP arenas. Their attorneys are very familiar with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, and have an extensive network of counsel in foreign countries to assist with matters outside of the United States.
TechGROWTH Ohio Fund
TechGROWTH Ohio Fund invests in pre-seed and seed stage technology companies. Their mission is to deliver promising technologies from concept to successful commercial application. With eight years of experience and $7.75M under management, TechGROWTH Ohio Fund has a reputation for bringing together a continuum of capital through working relationships with other regional funds.
The Lachey Company
The Lachey Company is a business advisory firm that teams with clients to add to their bottom line. They have experience working with entrepreneurial clients just getting started, providing critical early stage financial and tax advice to help those clients succeed. They also work with more established small businesses to help them improve their profitability and provide the financial expertise needed to help them grow.
Tri-State Angel Investment Group
Tri-State Angel Investment Group is an early stage private equity fund located in Ashland, KY. It serves the Tri-State area of Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia, investing in local and regional technology enabled companies.
WesBanco, Inc. is a multi-state, bank holding company headquartered in Wheeling, West Virginia. Over the past decade, they have built a national reputation as a safe, sound and profitable bank holding company that always strives to do better by its customers. Most people start a business because they are good at what they do - not because they're great at managing their money. That's why WesBanco wants to make it easier for entrepreneurs.
Westwood Creative
Westwood Creative's goal is to provide products driven by content, reinforced by imagery and text, delivered by the most effective media, and that build value into our customers products, services, and business initiatives.
X Squared Angels
X Squared Angels invests primarily in women-led high-potential early-stage companies in IT, software, bioscience, advanced materials, medical devices and most other markets located in Ohio as well as the rest of North America.
Zane State Idea Lab
If you spend time Inventing, Designing, Engineering, and making Art, the IDEA Lab at Zane State College is a place for you. This makerspace has state-of-the-art equipment for inventors, entrepreneurs, and creative types. Turn your vision into a prototype. Make your brainstorm into a product. Bring inspiration to life.