Small Business Support Specialist and Trainer
740-592-3854 ext. 120
Chris Quolke joined the ACEnet staff in December 2019 as the Facility Operator for the 294/296 Harper Street Facility in Nelsonville. He oversaw day-to-day operations in our Nelsonville Food & Farm Enterprise Center, Wood Manufacturing Center, warehouse & Nelsonville offices, and also worked with clients in ACEnet’s Meat Processing & Produce Processing facilities in the Center.
In 2021, Chis transitioned to Athens to become ACEnet’s Small Business Support Specialist & Trainer. While continuing to provide direct technical assistance and network development in the Wood Manufacturing sector, he now also coordinates and teaches workshops encouraging entrepreneurship and small business development within the regional community. Additionally, he offers one-on-one technical assistance, re-entry outreach and assistance, and Food Entrepreneurship Workshops and Webinars.
Chris received both his Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and his Master of Education degree from Ohio University. While a student, he did undergraduate research, worked at Burrito Buggy, and was active with his fraternity. Chris started working in Higher Education as a Residence Hall Director and ultimately was a Property Manager for a large student housing operation in Athens, Ohio. Choosing to follow his altruistic values, he worked with a small business owner for a year to develop a succession plan and transfer the ownership of the business to a new owner. Over the course of that year, Chris also completed a term of service with Rural Action focused on supporting Social Enterprise businesses. It was through this service that he learned about the opportunity to support small businesses with ACEnet in Nelsonville.
Chris is passionate about Appalachian success and finding ways to bring the business dreams people have to reality, and is excited to work with entrepreneurs, help them achieve their goals, and to spread entrepreneurialism in Appalachian Ohio. He also volunteers with his fraternity Phi Delta Theta at Ohio University as their Chapter Advisory Board Chairman and with United Campus Ministry as the Chair of their Board of Directors. Chris is passionate about Appalachian achievements, banjo music, running, meditating, homebrewed beer and wine, and living life to the fullest with his wife and puppy dog.