ACEnet’s 4th Women in Business Conference

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ACEnet’s 4th free Women in Business conference will unite women entrepreneurs in all stages of business development for a one day conference that will focus on three main objectives: professional development, personal development, and networking with other women who own and operate small businesses.

With sessions designed give new businesses a great start and mature businesses the tools they need to expand & grow, and much more, this conference will prove to be an asset to any woman, ... Read More

Southeast Ohio Community Entrepreneurship Program

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Applications are now open for the Ohio University Center for Entrepreneurship’s Southeast Ohio Community Entrepreneurship Program! This program seeks to help those in Southeast Ohio experiencing economic or other hardships start and grow businesses of their own.

The deadline to apply for the program is June 1, 2022. Email Paul Benedict at with any questions, and follow the link to learn more:


In partnership with Notre Dame’s McKenna Center for Human Development and Global Business ... Read More

ACEnet Welcomes 5 New Board Members

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ACEnet Welcomes 5 New Board Members

“As we enter 2022, we are very excited about our five new trustees. Through their service to our organization, we are strengthening ties to our region’s educational institutions, the community of Nelsonville, which houses our largest facility, and our region’s successful entrepreneurs,” said Larry Fisher, ACEnet’s Executive Director.

Joining the Board of Trustees are Erin Rennich, Senior Executive Coach & Strategic Advisor with Ohio University’s Social Enterprise Ecosystem (SEE) and Director of ... Read More

Trail Town Business Challenge To Wrap Up Next Month

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Since November, 15 participants in The Trail Town Business Challenge, a five-part workshop series focused on business planning training, have been working towards the final stage, a pitch contest scheduled for February 2022. They will be presenting their final ideas to a panel of judges for the opportunity to receive funding.

Funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission through a Power grant, the program is focused on providing support for entrepreneurs who have a vision for the ... Read More

Milo’s Whole World Gourmet Announces Facility Expansion

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Big news from-long time ACEnet Food Ventures tenant, Milo’s Whole World Gourmet (which includes Vino de Milo & Brownwood Farms)! Milo’s WWG is proud to announce a major $1 million facility expansion which will allow Milo’s to dramatically increase sales, while significantly upgrading equipment, in a brand-new 2100-sq ft production facility located in ACEnet’s Food & Farm Enterprise Center in Nelsonville. As part of this expansion, which will include job growth, Milo’s WWG received a ... Read More

Supporting New Solutions for a Changing Time: An Opportunity for Giving Tuesday

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“The times they are a-changin.” While Bob Dylan’s lyrics were heard for the first time 57 years ago, they continue to echo across the land.


Today, these words ring true as we work with small businesses in our region, many of whom are currently struggling with employment issues and perceived labor shortages.

At ACEnet, we have been working to find new, innovative ways to help our communities and our clients at this unique point ... Read More


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ACEnet facilities, including the Food Ventures Center in Athens & the Food & Farm Enterprise Center in Nelsonville are and will remain open until further notice. ACEnet staff is available in-person and virtually for our various business counseling services. Please email your needs to and you will be connected with a staff member who can assist you.


Federal Resources for Small Businesses & Nonprofits Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

This loan fund is for Small Businesses and ... Read More

Want to Start a Food and/or Farm Business in the Northern Panhandle?

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Are you looking to start up or expand your food and/or farm business? Do you need access to a licensed commercial kitchen or food hub? Wheeling, WV based nonprofit Grow Ohio Valley is working to open a shared-use kitchen/food hub & would appreciate your input!

The project team envisions a facility with shared commercial kitchen space, food processing & packaging equipment, refrigeration, and other facilities equipment that may be too expensive for small, local businesses to ... Read More

20 Under 20: New Ohio’s Winding Road Experience Guide Released

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Find your next adventure with 20 Under 20. 20 destinations within 20 miles of Shawnee, Ohio: outdoor destinations + seasonal events and local amenities for fun and refreshment after your outdoor time.

Delia Palmisano, ACEnet’s Multimedia Designer and Scott Kreps, the Shawnee Trail Town Coordinator partnered up to bring the booklet to life. Delia took the lead on visual content and design and Scott focused on identifying the outdoor destinations. Nicki Mazzocca from the Little Cities of ... Read More

ACEnet Offers Free Resources for Food Producers

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Farmers markets provide an opportunity for local farmers to earn income while giving others access to fresh and healthy food. This exchange strengthens the culture of community, building a sense of trust, support, and friendship.

Do you have an idea for amazing products to sell at the farmers market, but find yourself wondering, “How do I start?” ACEnet is offering a free Farmers Market Toolkit online to walk you through the process from startup & production ... Read More