New Community Update

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Check out our new 3-part blog series – Running a Small Business in Southeast Ohio takes Hard Work in our Community Updates section!

Meet the entrepreneurs & hear their stories; blog series kicks off with Congress Run Greenhouse (1/3).



Rental Space Now Available!

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Are you looking for affordable office space or warehouse space? ACEnet has some openings in both our Athens & Nelsonville facilities! Check out our Available Rental Space page for more info & virtual tours.

3rd Annual Women in Business Conference

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We are excited to invite you to ACEnet’s 3rd Annual Women in Business conference on May 17th, 2019 from 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM at The Lodge at Hocking College in Nelsonville! This free event will unite women entrepreneurs in all stages of business development for a one day conference that has three main objectives:

To provide a space for networking so women entrepreneurs can create and feel a greater sense of community. To provide professional development ... Read More

ACEnet Receives Farm Aid Funding

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ACEnet receives Farm Aid funding for 2019!

The Farm Aid grant program, started by country and rock stars Willie Nelson, Neil Young, and John Mellencamp, is providing 2019 funding to Athens-based non-profit ACEnet to keep family farmers on the land. The money, $6,000, has been awarded to ACEnet’s Food & Farm Enterprise program.

This $6,000 Farm Aid grant will increase ACEnet’s Food Ventures staff’s capacity to provide livestock and specialty crop farmers in Appalachia Ohio the resources ... Read More

Success On The Web

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Tim Martin, owner of ACEnet tenant Red Tail Design Co. recently led a workshop on best practices for having a successful website for your small business. We’d like to share his presentation with you:

Click to view or download. 8.9mb PDF

ACEnet unveils new food processing facility

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NELSONVILLE — ACEnet unveiled a food processing facility for both meat and produce at its new Food and Farm Enterprise Center on Friday in Nelsonville.

ACEnet, which stands for Appalachian Center for Economic Networks, is a business incubator with locations in both Athens and Nelsonville. It offers guidance and work space for local entrepreneurs.

This new facility in Nelsonville is split into two sections to process both vegetables and meat. The site cost a total of ... Read More

ACEnet Receives Farm Aid Award

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The Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet) is pleased to announce that the organization has received 2018 funding from the Farm Aid grant program. Farm Aid is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to keep family farmers on the land. A program started by musicians Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp, each year the proceeds from Farm Aid’s annual concert and their generous community of donors are granted to IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations working to strengthen family farm ... Read More

Holiday Open House

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ACEnet held our first annual Holiday Open House at the beginning of December! Guests were invited to visit our Food Ventures Center’s shared-use kitchen and the facilities and businesses surrounding it to meet ACEnet staff & clients, learn about the work we do in our community & support some of the small, local businesses ACEnet calls clients.

After entering the Food Ventures building through the Ohio is Home retail space, also the home of Red Tail Design ... Read More

Chef Kathryn McGushin, CDC Community Leader of the Year

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Chef Kathryn McGushin, CEC, was chosen as the 2017 CDC Community Leader of the Year at October’s Ohio CDC Association annual conference! Chef Katie McGushin is the Culinary Arts Instructor at Tri-County Career Center in Nelsonville, Ohio and is truly a Community Leader. Known to ACEnet as Chef Katie, she actively serves as a member on the Board of Directors for two Southeast Ohio CDCs: The Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet) and Live Healthy ... Read More

ACEnet Meat Processing Update!

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ACEnet Meat Processing Update! Construction at our Nelsonville Food Hub will begin this Fall to add an ODA Certified Meat Processing Facility, and we’re still in the process of purchasing more equipment. If you’d like to know more about this new venture, please contact ACEnet Special Projects Coordinator Rosemary Roe at 740-592-3854 ext. 113, or email her at Along with our new Biro Model 922 Stainless Steel Meat Grinder, we’ve also added a Biro Model 334SS-4003FH Stainless Steel Meat Saw, F. Dick ... Read More