Social Media 101 Webinar

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We’re kicking off a series of ACEnet webinars starting this month! Is there something you would like to learn about starting a business, marketing a business, recipe scaling for your food business, food safety, or something else? Please email gracek@acenetworks.org!

We’ll be kicking off our series with a FREE a Social Media 101 webinar on February 23rd from 1-2 pm! If you are interested in learning the basics of social media marketing, please register HERE!

ACEnet Welcomes New Board Members

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Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet) Announces Two New Board Members

Athens, OH— ACEnet announces the appointment of two new members to its Board of Trustees as they begin their three year term, as well as the full slate of officers and board members for 2017.

Joining the Board of Trustees are Scott Zielinski and Catherine Allgood. “I am excited to have Scott and Caty join our Board of Trustees; they bring valuable networks and skills that will ... Read More

Food Policy Work – Healthy Food Access

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At ACEnet, a great deal of our work focuses on Food Policy Work – Healthy Food Access. The 2016 Legislative Day & Food Microbusiness Showcase in May is a great example of the ways we make food policy work innovative and effective.

In 2015, thanks to a Central Appalachian Network small grant, the Appalachian Ohio Kitchen Incubator Network was formed. This networks consists of ACEnet, Youngstown’s Common Wealth Kitchen Incubator, Muskingum County’s FoodWorks Alliance and the Perry County Community Kitchen. ... Read More

Exciting New ACEnet Endeavors

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When you think about healthy local food options and the wonderful specialty foods in our region, who comes to mind? If you are like most people in our region, you think of an ACEnet client or maybe the ACEnet Food Ventures Center out on Columbus Road. Why? Because we have been supporting area food businesses, restaurants, and farmers for over 30 years. When you think about the variety of small, women-owned businesses in our area ... Read More

ACEnet Celebrates National Women’s Small Business Month

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ACEnet Celebrates National Women’s Small Business Month

October was National Women’s Small Business Month. In the last several decades, women have made undeniable progress in starting and growing their own businesses. Every October, the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) along with leaders in the women’s entrepreneurship community come together to reflect on these advancements.

“Women’s Small Business Month is a great time to highlight the advancements made by women in business and celebrate women business owners,” says Amanda ... Read More

ACEnet Invests in New Equipment

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ACEnet Invests in New Equipment

ACEnet has invested in a new label machine! The new Autolabe Pressure Sensitive Labeling Machine Model 110, an automatic wipe-on label applicator, has replaced the 20 year old label machine in our Food Ventures Center to increase clients’ efficiency. The Model 110 has been continually upgraded to meet today’s demanding labeling needs and is used in virtually every industry for primary and secondary labeling. Local business and ACEnet client Vino de Milo ... Read More

32nd Annual Ohio CDC Association Conference

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32nd Annual Ohio CDC Association Conference

Welcome to Athens and the surrounding region! Join us in Athens for the 32nd annual Ohio CDC Association conference as we explore Appalachia and Southeast Ohio. In 32 years, we’ve never held the conference in Athens, but with a growing number of members, innovative strategies in local and healthy foods, impressive impact towards bolstering low-to-moderate income entrepreneurs, and focus on zero waste, it is clearly time to showcase the revitalization occurring throughout the ... Read More

Pawpaw Mania

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Pawpaw Mania runs wild through Southeast Ohio thanks to Integration Acres

By JOE HIGGINS Messenger editor Nov 1, 2015

“When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade. Believe it or not, Southeastern Ohio, we’re blessed with some of the best wild pawpaws in the world.”

Chris Chmiel and his wife, Michelle, wanted to find a way to make a living in Athens County that they both could feel good about. Chmiel is conscientious of sustainable agriculture and renewable ... Read More

5th Annual Real Food Real Local Conference

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5th Annual Real Food Real Local Conference

The 5th annual Real Food Real Local conference will take place July 18th – 20th at The Eclipse Company Store in The Plains, Ohio on Monday & Tuesday and here at ACEnet & select area businesses in Athens, Ohio on Wednesday.

Whether you are a local food entrepreneur, farmer, processor, retailer, or locavore, this event has something for everyone: creative ideas, proven approaches, great connections, plenty of interaction and fun!

This ... Read More

5th Annual Real Food Real Local Conference

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5th Annual Real Food Real Local Conference

The 5th annual Real Food Real Local conference will take place July 18th – 20th at The Eclipse Company Store in The Plains, Ohio and here at ACEnet in Athens, Ohio.

Whether you are a local food entrepreneur, farmer, processor, retailer, or locavore, this event has something for everyone: creative ideas, proven approaches, great connections, plenty of interaction and fun!

This year’s conference will focus on the economic impacts of local/regional ... Read More