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Ohio's rural biz incubators thrive with best practices, clear results

Ohio is home to a host of smaller and rural business incubators. Despite dispersed populations and limited local markets, many are getting results similar to their urban counterparts--on much tighter budgets.

Thriving startup community means jobs aplenty ... for the right candidates

The large number of open jobs in the startup community indicates growing success, but working for a startup has unique challenges. Recruiters and employers discuss the critical qualities required for a good fit between companies and employees.

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Founders

Jason Buskirk of Health Care DataWorks

Jason Buskirk of Health Care DataWorks

City: Columbus

"Lots of users are starved for this type of info."

Patricia Feghali, Esq.

Patricia Feghali, Esq.

City: Cincinnati

"I feel lucky to be in a profession where I’m helping people."

Mark Kelnhofer of Return On Ingredients

Mark Kelnhofer of Return On Ingredients

City: Columbus

"I was able to reduce costs five consecutive years resulting in millions of dollars in savings."

C. Ethan Smith of Roads Ahead et al.

C. Ethan Smith of Roads Ahead et al.

City: Cleveland

"If my brand is successful in Cleveland, then it will be everywhere else."

Tim Willig of Awesome Time Shoe and Leather Repair

Tim Willig of Awesome Time Shoe and Leather Repair

City: Cincinnati

"I think reusing and fixing things is more and more important these days."

Organizations

1.
Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic

City: Cleveland
Industry: Health Care,Life Sciences,Medical,Medical Devices,Medical Research

2.
BizTech Center

BizTech Center

City: Hamilton
Industry: Business Incubators,Entrepreneurship

3.
Innovation Fund

Innovation Fund

City: Elyria
Industry: Ohio Third Frontier,Seed Funding

4.
Kent State University Tuscarawas

Kent State University Tuscarawas

City: New Philadelphia
Industry: Higher Education

Companies

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Roads Ahead et al.

Roads Ahead et al.

City: Cleveland
Industry: Retail
2.
Return On Ingredients

Return On Ingredients

City: Westerville
Industry:
3.
Awesome Time Shoe and Leather Repair

Awesome Time Shoe and Leather Repair

City: Cincinnati
Industry: Retail
4.
Cloud Takeoff

Cloud Takeoff

City: Mason
Industry: Software,Technology

499 companies and growing.

Featured Place

Athens

Athens

Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Athens is southern Ohio's educational and cultural center. Known both as pastoral and progressive, Athens is home to Ohio University, founded in 1804 as the first institution of higher learning in the Northwest Territories. Today, the university attracts students from every state and some 100 countries, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in a wide range of disciplines. Once the heart of Ohio's coal mining industry, the region now offers a wide range of business and employment opportunities, including healthcare, high tech, and higher education. For outdoor enthusiasts, Athens County is a paradise, offering nearby state parks, a national forest, the Hocking River and a 19-mile recreational trail that links Athens with Nelsonville.