November 2019 Newsletter
Dear Reader,

As the days grow shorter and the temperatures drop, this month presents an opportune time to look inward, assess, and improve. That is what we are doing here - in addition to seeking ways to improve our value to clients, we are planning for building renovations and have launched a new website. We hope our upgrades - both virtual and physical - inspire others to also improve. More importantly, we hope that our work inspires you to make a financial gift to the Innovation Center.

Should you choose to give, your donation will benefit the hard-working and tenacious entrepreneurs that we support each day. More details are in our top story below. Or, click here to give now. Thank you in advance!

Keep innovating,
Stacy Strauss, Director
Top Story
Innovation Center Launches New Website
Features "Give Now" Button
In October, the Innovation Center launched its new and improved website. The site was created with the user in mind with updated photos, information, and new additions. Some of these additions include homepage highlights and stats, a job board, and a donation option. The "Give Now" button can be found on the homepage below the social media information. This gives people the opportunity to support the Innovation Center by making a one-time or recurring donation. Such a donation will support the Innovation Center's mission of connecting entrepreneurs to the resources needed to grow businesses and create jobs in the area. The Innovation Center fuels local economies by providing support, space, and entrepreneurial resources to early-stage businesses in Southeast Ohio.

Click below to check out our new website. And, please, consider giving to benefit our work!
News From The IC
OHIO PTAC Celebrates a Banner Year Helping Clients
Sharon Hopkins
A valued partner of the Innovation Center, the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) provides valuable resources to regional businesses. Such services include assistance with selling to the government, navigating governmental contracting requirements, and making connections for businesses to identify, compete for, and win government contracts. PTAC also assists companies with the process of becoming HUB Zone and EDG certified, giving them preferential access to procurement opportunities.

Click below to read the full press release highlighting PTAC's successes.

Pictured above: Sharon Hopkins, Director, Ohio University PTAC
LIGHTS-INC to Continue to Support Entrepreneurship
LIGHTS-INC, another valued partner, received another round of Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) funding to promote entrepreneurship and small business development. LIGHTS-INC provides expertise, training, and resources to the region's workforce, entrepreneurs, companies, and local communities through a series of Innovation Gateways. The Gateways provide business incubation and makerspaces. LIGHTS-INC is for individuals that live or work in the 26-county territory, with an interest in building a product and/or creating a business.

Click below to learn more and start your journey with LIGHTS-INC!
3D Print a Personalized Holiday Gift at the IC
Do you want to give a unique holiday gift that can't be bought in a store? The Innovation Center's Additive Manufacturing Lab can help you 3D print customized gifts! We've helped customers print many one of a kind items including personalized cookie cutters, jewelry, ornaments, key chains, business card holders, bath bomb molds, coasters....the options

For inspiration, check out this website where you can find templates for items including puzzles, guitar picks, planter pots (shown to the left), and more. Our staff can also help you create an original design.

Click below to contact the Additive Manufacturing Lab with your questions or to get started!

Pictured above: Plantygon - Modular Geometric Stacking Planter for Succulents from
Upskill Your Workforce With TechCred
The State of Ohio has announced a new opportunity for Ohio businesses to upskill their workforces with Ohio's TechCred Program. Companies who submit successful applications will be reimbursed up to $2,000 per credential when current or prospective employees complete eligible technology-focused credentials.

Click below to learn more and apply.
Upcoming Events
News & Events from Our Partners
How We Can Help
The Ohio University Innovation Center (IC) provides valuable business incubation resources to fuel the economy in Athens, Ohio and the surrounding region. The IC is the recipient of the 2019 Randall M. Whaley Incubator of the Year Award (InBIA) and the 2019 Rural-Based Entrepreneurship Center of the Year Award (InBIA). The center was ranked the third best University-Based Incubator in the U.S. (UBI Global Ranking 2015-2017), and was named the 2016 Rural Incubator of the Year (InBIA). 

Our 36,000 square foot building has some space available.
For details, click here, give us a call at (740) 593-1818, or email us.