USDA Value Added Producer Grant Workshop

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[ATHENS, Ohio] — ACEnet was awarded a $6,000 grant from Farm Aid to assist Appalachia Ohio farmers in accessing the financial resources, processing infrastructure, and marketing skills to diversify their farms into profitable businesses that support sustainable livelihoods. This is ACEnet’s 7th grant from Farm Aid.

This grant will increase ACEnet’s Food Ventures staff’s capacity to provide livestock and specialty crop farmers in Appalachia Ohio the resources and assistance they need to reach new market opportunities. ... Read More

Share Your Ideas!

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Share your ideas! Join ACEnet, Project for Public Spaces & the Athens Farmers Market for a public workshop to discuss future site plans for the Athens Farmers Market. Thanks to a federal grant from the USDA, the Athens Farmers Market may have a permanent home. The City of Athens and ACEnet seek community input for the development of a ten acre plot of land on the Community Center property.

As part of the grant, a national ... Read More

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 Glouster’s Gina Gabriel and Congress Run Greenhouse (1/3).

Part 2 of our blog series introduces you to Perry County’s Henry Jochem and Primaterra Farm  (2/3).

The third and final part of our blog series introduces you to Jackson County’s Derrick & Elise Allison ... Read More

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