ACEnet Welcomes Workforce Development Specialist, Erica Foltz

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ACEnet is excited to announce an update in our Workforce Development program! With generous support from an Appalachian Regional Commission POWER grant through an Appalachian Sustainable Development program, we’ve been able to hire a Workforce Development Specialist, Erica Foltz, to coordinate, manage, plan, evaluate and supervise workforce development activities offered by ACEnet to create sustainable job pathways for marginalized community residents.


Erica will act as the primary facilitator of program design and implementation, identify programmatic best ... Read More

Adam Kody Promoted to Director of Operations

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We’re excited to share with you that Adam Kody has been promoted to the role of ACEnet’s Director of Operations! Be sure to congratulate him when you see him around ACEnet!

A familiar face in the Food Ventures Center, and integral part of the ACEnet programming team, Adam initially joined the ACEnet staff in December 2016, serving as the Food Enterprise Coordinator, managing ACEnet’s shared-use kitchen incubator, and providing training and technical assistance to small food ... Read More

IDA Program Opportunity for Entrepreneurs

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ACEnet is beginning an innovative new asset building program for lower income entrepreneurs this year. With support from the Ohio CDC Association, Merchants National Bank, and the Christ Lutheran Church in Athens, we’re launching our 2023 Individual Development Accounts (IDA) Program.

IDAs are matched savings accounts established in qualified financial institutions. Participants who make the required total $250 in deposits by 12/31/2023 and complete the program steps below will receive $2,000.00, plus an additional $1,000 from ... Read More

New Fees in 2023 for Food Production at ACEnet

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Fees & Service Rates for the ACEnet Food Ventures Center and Food & Farm Enterprise Center have been updated, effective January 1, 2023. See below for details.

“Commitment is what transforms a promise into a reality.”

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Over the years, ACEnet has been committed to growing our regional economy. In this season of charitable giving, there is, at this very moment, an opportunity for you to join in our commitment. Please take a moment to see how you can be a part of something new and very special.

A large part of what gives our region its character is our locally owned and operated businesses. Supporting these entrepreneurs is exactly at the heart ... Read More

Briarwood Studios Flower Essences Releases New Book

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ACEnet client Briarwood Studios Flower Essences has released a new book! “Flower Essences: Partnering with Nature in Southeast Ohio” profiles 59 flower essences made in Southeast Ohio, arranged around our seasons and bringing to the life the beauty and significance of our region.

Dr. Katharine Ziff also explains what flower essences are, how to use them, and encourages people to make their own flower essences with easy-to-follow, detailed instructions so anyone can make their own for ... Read More

2022 Virtual Holiday Open House

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The ACEnet Virtual Holiday Open House is open until the end of the year!

Please stop by, meet many of the ACEnet family of entrepreneurs, both present & graduated, and support their businesses!

A Fair Food System

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Presented by Central Appalachian Network in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture SPONSORED BY: THE EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION OF AMERICA, FOUNDATION FOR A HEALTHY KENTUCKY, AND SUGARBUSH VALLEY IMPACT INVESTMENTS


As an organization participating in the Central Appalachian Network (CAN), ACEnet is excited to be a part of the planning & execution processes for A Fair Food System, a six-part summit series that will discuss scalable solutions to creating community food systems. The summit will include ... 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