Workshops slated for new and existing business owners

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Community Improvement Corp. and the Small Business Development Center will be hosting workshops for current Belmont County business owners and those who are thinking about starting their own business.

In addition, they will be holding open office hours in St. Clairsville and have partnered with the Barnesville Area Chamber of Commerce to hold open office hours in Barnesville. These services are provided at no cost to the public, thanks to other funding mechanisms.

The upcoming events include:

∫ Open office hours March 8. These hours are for anyone exploring the idea of starting a business or anyone who has a business but needs advice. From 9 a.m. to noon hours will be at the CIC office at 117 E. Main St., St. Clairsville. From 1-4 p.m. hours will be at the Barnesville chamber, 130 W. Main St., Barnesville (inside the BMV office).

∫ Profit Mastery Training, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 15 and 22. This two-week training is for existing businesses wishing to understand their finances better. Training will be held at the CIC office, 117 E. Main St., St. Clairsville. Space is limited to 10 businesses.

∫ Basis of a Successful Start, 10 a.m. to noon April 12. This workshop is for the person thinking about starting a business and wondering how to proceed. It will help the attendee evaluate the potential of the business idea, explore advantages and disadvantages of starting a business and take first steps toward business planning and financial projections. This will be held at the CIC office, 117 E. Main St., St. Clairsville.

∫ Succession Planning for your Business, 10 a.m. to noon May 24 at the Barnesville Library Annex, 611 N. Chestnut St., Barnesville. This workshop is for current business owners who may want to sell or retire within the next 10 years.

To register for the workshops, contact Trenia Twyman at or 740-597-1460.

For general questions, feel free to contact the CIC at 740-695-9678 or via email at

The CIC is a nonprofit corporation and has been dedicated to economic development in Belmont County since 1962.

The Ohio SBDC Network is the premier technical assistance program for Ohio’s small businesses. The SBDC offers one-on-one business counseling, business assessment evaluation, cash flow analysis, financial projections development, identifying sources of capital, market feasibility and research, marketing strategy development, strategic business panning, and management and leadership.