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Hometown Hearing

To the Springfield SBDC,

Thanks to everyone at the SBDC for helping me make "Hometown Hearing" a reality. I am so thankful that you were there with your advice and expertise when needed it. The SBDC is such a great program for Springfield. A special thanks to Mr. Keating and Sue Hebner. Your help has been invaluable. I  can't really describe the feeling I  have every morning as I walk into my own office and flip on the lights and start the coffee. have such a sense of pride that own my own business and can make decisions that think are the best for myself and my patients!

Thanks again, 

Linda Dover, Hometown Hearing

Springfield, Ohio

The Giving Tree Salon & Spa

Helping people look better and feel better about themselves is very important to Julie Jones. That's why she has been a hair stylist for more than 20 years. A while back, Julie hoped to start her own salon with a friend. One of her first steps was attending the Starting a Business workshop at SBDC. The partnership didn't work out, but an entrepreneurial seed was planted.

Julie continued to work at other salons and gain valuable experience. Then she heard the salon where she worked was closing. Meanwhile, the building where her mom worked became available. Julie and her husband Rob approached SBDC for help. SBDC's team of consultants guided them from planning and running the business to marketing to obtaining a loan.

"SBDC is wonderful," said Julie. "It's just really nice to have something like this available for start ups or small businesses. It gives you the education and knowledge. It gives you the support and encouragement."

One of the first challenges was selecting a name to register with the State of Ohio. After a brainstorming session with Sue, a writer and designer at SBDC, the couple settled upon The Giving Tree Salon and Spa. They wanted a name that reflected their desire to give back to the people they serve. Sue developed a logo. She designed their business cards, signage, gift certificates and, later, a brochure with the salon's services.

"The professionalism of everything and being so squared away has definitely drawn people. They feel we are well established and credible," said Julie.

Meanwhile, other SBDC consultants led the couple through writing their business plan, getting zoning changes, and projecting their finances. Julie and Rob made a decision to lease the building for a few years before possibly buying. They obtained a loan to cover start up costs, renovation and purchasing equipment that was underwritten by Home City Federal and SBDC.

As the couple worked through the preliminary business steps with SBDC, Julie searched for other stylists, nail techs, and massage people to fill her salon. By the time she opened her salon and spa at the end of May, her building was full. Julie believes her success comes from more than her hard work, reputation and experience. She counts her friends, family and the tools she has gained throughout her life as blessings from God and seeks to nourish and appreciate them through her business.

For others who want to own a business, Julie advises having time, patience and perseverance.

"The things that have happened in my life...there is no way I would have been able to do this [when I was] younger because I wouldn't have had the knowledge. Just working in a salon you learn what works and what doesn't. Life throws things at you."

Once she got started, Julie remarked, "I have pretty much reached my goals in a short amount of time. It was a good choice, a good move, to start my own business."

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Studio 41 Salon

Jennifer Bollinger opened Studio 41 Salon at the age of 24. She grew up dreaming of owning her own beauty salon in South Charleston, where she grew up, but knew wouldn't be easy because it was a small town. Just three years after she graduated from cosmetology school, an established salon in her town went up for sale. Jennifer approached Tom Ruetinick at Security National Bank for a loan to purchase the business and the building where it was located. Tom encouraged her to go to SBDC.

"I had no clue what it took to build a business or to prepare myself for a business plan," said Jennifer. "Mark [her SBDC counselor] sat down with me numerous, numerous times to help me build the perfect business plan and to keep it realistic. I've been accused of being a dreamer my whole life with sometimes, unreachable goals. Mark helped me reach them."

Jennifer learned how to prepare payroll, to control cash flow, to be authoritative and manage people older than she was, to create a monthly budget for bills, and to be ready for things that could go wrong for a small business owner. She admits she was expecting to "whip out [the loan] in a month or so" until she realized "it takes a lot more than just filling out paperwork to be able to buy a business. It?s not that you walk into a bank and get a loan. They have to know that you are going to be successful."

Mark helped Jennifer prepare for her loan by assisting with the paperwork, walking her through the loan process, and helping her get ready for the bank loan interview. He suggested she apply for a loan to purchase the business, buy the building and allow for expanding her new salon. With his assistance, she was able to get 60 percent of the loan financed by Security and the rest by SBDC.

"It made me feel good that the bank was willing to give me a loan and SBDC was willing to help by preparing me for the day-to-day operation. I think I would have been really overwhelmed."

Today, reconstruction is underway in her building to take the business from a two-person hair salon to a four-person operation offering styling, massage and a full spa. Her expansion plans include adding a coffee bar with espresso, latte, and cappuccino, featuring Tom's Coffee.

Jennifer says, "The only way you can get anything accomplished is to dream and have goals. Set your goals realistically but high. Take small steps to accomplish what you want, like using SBDC or listening to your elders," she said with a laugh. In the next five years, Jennifer wants to start using the second half of her building for a bistro or another expansion of the salon.

"Don't let anybody say you are too young to start you own business. I've heard that a lot and I'm trying to prove everybody wrong."

Brandie's Hair & Tanning Salon

Brandie's Hair & Tanning Salon had been in operation for six years when she lost the lease on her building. On February 5, 2013, they got the bad news. With less than a month to vacate the building and find a new location, Brandie Blair and her husband, Travis, were forced to move quickly. The couple decided to stop "putting money into somebody else's pocket" by paying rent. Brandie recalled a building for sale, which she drove by every day. The next day they looked at it and decided to buy the building. A pre-approval letter was completed the following day. By the end of the week the couple had a contract on a building located near I-70 and State Route 4 that was visible from the highway

Their banker, Brian Smith at New Carlisle Federal, knew his bank couldn't lend the full loan amount requested by the Blairs so he connected them with Mark Keating at SBDC. Mark quickly created the financial spreads and credit memorandum for loan approval and presented them to SBDC's Loan Review Committee and then its Board. The loan was approved unanimously and closed the last week of February.

Mark ordered a title search and told Brandie and Travis they would close on both loans at the same time. He carefully explained the terms of the two loans prior to the closing. Best of all--because SBDC partnered with New Carlisle Federal on the loan--the Blairs received a lower overall loan rate and reduced the amount needed for their down payment.

Their cooperation was superb. "Brian and Mark worked together. I don't think our loan was typical to close as quick as we did on the building but with the help of both we closed," said Brandie. "It just worked out well."

Brandie would definitely advise people to consider purchasing, instead of renting. "Take the risk and keep a positive outlook," she encourages. "Being positive about the situation was a huge help for us. Since we have come here it's been the best decision." To date, Brandie's Hair & Tanning Salon has added the two stylists. They plan to add another station eventually. However, they will spend their first year working hard to rebuild their cash flow.

"We've had a good experience. I definitely would come back to SBDC if we needed help or to refer people," said Brandie. "The process was just made so easy.

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R. D. Holder Oil Company

R. D. Holder Oil Company first opened its doors on May 1, 1986. Like many small businesses it started very simply in the barn at Bob Holder's house. "I'd go pick up a load of oil in my truck and then package it off in drums and sell it," said Bob. The business moved into a regular warehouse in the 1990s. However it has been the last six years that brought the most changes to his business. First a new supply agreement allowed R. D. Holder Oil to change from a consignment agent and start operating as a fuel and lube jobber. Then disaster struck.

On April 19, 2012, multiple fire departments spent more than six hours battling a massive blaze at R.D. Holder Oil Company. The facility was destroyed.

"Before the fire, you don't ever think it's going to happen to you, and you don't think it's going to be a total loss," said Bob. The experience taught him several lessons: "Don't take short cuts. Protect your business and employees. Take the time and find a good insurance agent who will really make you listen -- because I did not have enough coverage."

Additional advice from Bob includes the old adage; "If you don't ask for it, you don't get it." When he went to his banker at Huntington Bank with his needs, Phil Teusink suggested running the loan through SBDC. He informed Bob that with a lower equity injection, SBDC is able to make things able to happen that otherwise couldn't happen.

"A lot of banks would not suggest this route," said Bob who was impressed that Phil recommended partnering with SBDC for his company's loan. "I don't know anybody who wouldn't do [an SBDC loan] for the rate and the time I got. I have a 20-year fixed interest rate and that was the most important thing to me," said Bob. Working with Mark Keating at SBDC and Huntington Bank, Holder Oil was able to obtain a SBA 504 loan plus additional funding from Huntington. The two loans to finance Bob's new property, new warehouse and corporate office totaled more than $1.5 million.

Bob says the fire that could have wiped out his business ended up helping him. "As mad as I get from something like that, we improved our condition by having such a bad thing happen. Our logistics, our operations and our safety components are [now] the newest. It's designed to protect our employees and to protect the community." And he discovered that SBDC is a "great organization" with lots of helpful services for businesses in Clark County.

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Theresa's Gingerbread House

For more than 20 years, Theresa Cox has provided quality childcare -- and worked with SBDC to grow her business! Theresa's Gingerbread House started in 1989 in the back of Theresa's Urbana home. It was licensed for six children.

She quickly discovered SBDC with its low loan rates and lower required down payments on loans. In 1990 her SBDC consultant, Warren Holden, helped Theresa, get her first small business loan and expand from a Type B home to a state-licensed facility for 12 children. In fact, Theresa's Gingerbread House was one of the first Type A centers in the state of Ohio. Her daughter Heather, now co-owner of the business, remembers Warren as "a dear friend who would stop by and check on us." But he was much more than that. Warren continued to provide financial advice, to connect her with banking partners and to help Theresa when she needed a new accountant for her growing business.

By 1995 Theresa's Gingerbread House was a state-licensed preschool and daycare center for 43 children. Due to increasing demand, the center moved to a new location where it served 67 children. Then the center relocated again in 2003 to 1202 North Main Street in Urbana, where it is currently licensed for 107 children.

Theresa returned to SBDC in 2006 when she decided to open another center. Besides good advice, SBDC gave Theresa a second loan to establish and equip a Theresa's Gingerbread House in Mechanicsburg. The new center created eight new jobs.

Two years later, when Theresa decided to expand into West Liberty and open a new center there, she turned to SBDC again. Warren completed the paperwork and necessary reviews for a $207,000 SBA 504 loan through SBDC and Citizens National Bank. Although Warren has retired, Theresa continues to meet with SBDC consultants on an annual basis to be sure she stays on track with her growing business. In 2013 Theresa requested and received a $10,000 loan to replace the cribs at all three centers in order to meet new child safety regulations set by the state.

Heather believes her mother's "heart and knowledge" have helped her grow. "In small business, know that you will get knocked down, but you have to have the fortitude to get back up and keep fighting," says Theresa Cox."

Working with SBDC has always been very helpful," according to Heather who has watched her mother's business grow from humble beginnings in the back of her home into three centers serving two counties. "They are always very through and diligent. It's always been a very positive relationship [with SBDC] for our business and our centers in Champaign and Logan Counties."

Today Theresa's Gingerbread House employs 36 people. Theresa and Heather are thinking about returning to SBDC for another loan to expand. Their school-age program in Urbana is at capacity, and they want to build a cafeteria/auditorium space to grow their after-school program.

Learn more about Theresa's Gingerbread House at their website: http://www.theresasgingerbreadhouse.com

Fent's Dairy Corner

Fent's Dairy Corner was started in 1972 on a corner of Orla Fent's egg farm property. By the time his daughter Rita Hall and her sister and brother took over the operation of the business, Rita realized the store couldn't continue to operate without making some changes. "Our utilities were outrageous and it was hurting us. It cost so much money to heat [the store] and the machines were pulling so much money on single phase [electricity]." Fent's children decided to construct a new building and expand the parking lot.

Rita, who took over all the finances for the business, learned about SBDC through the newspaper and signed up for their "Starting a Business" workshop. That's where she met SBDC's loan officer, Mark Keating. "My biggest focus was where is the money going to come from. Mark was my answer. He made me think of things that I never really thought of."

When she began working with SBDC, Rita was advised to separate the business from the farm and her father's home. SBDC helped her set up a new LLC entity, navigate through the ownership of the business--which included her brother and sister, keep the land in her father's name, and restructure the new building to reduce construction costs. SBDC consultants reviewed budgets for Rita and helped her revise the Dairy Corner's operating agreement.

Mark created comparable income statements, analyzed projections and break-even points for the next three years and reviewed the loan request. "He led me along in what I needed to do," said Rita. Mark helped her work with an attorney, architect and builder to avoid pitfalls. He took Rita through the steps to get financing for her new building, purchase new equipment and find a bank partner. Mark recommended options on how to structure the loan and explained how the company's pre-projects expenses could be used to reduce the cash they needed put into the project. He spent many hours working with banks on three different loans, coordinating insurance efforts and overseeing project costs to be sure they stayed within budget. Mark even visited the building during construction.

Thanks to the new dining space, Fent's doesn't have to close for the winter so it can stay open year round. They've added pizza to their menu favorites of ice cream, subs and hot dogs and will start offering breakfast soon. SBDC helped with newspaper publicity after the new building opened and Rita has started attending local festivals and street fairs to sell ice cream and promote the Dairy Corner to people who don't know about Fent's.

"My dad said, 'if you don't take a chance, you can never get ahead,'" explained Rita. Meanwhile, she advises businesses to "have your ducks in a row and figure what you really want. Be a planner before you jump into things. Ask a lot of questions--and get support from the community." Rita added, "We have a pretty big plan. And we'll be back to SBDC."

Learn more about Fent's Dairy Corner through their Facebook page.

LWS Tax & Accounting Services

Mike Fissel, a certified public accountant, decided he wanted to become a partner in Blake Shaffer's LWS Tax and Accounting Service. Mike thought he was looking for a conventional loan at a local bank. But, when he approached Security National Bank for a loan, Mike learned it was in jeopardy. With the loss of local real estate values, his home had appraised for less than expected. His loan office at the bank, Pat Rastatter, suggested he contact SBDC, Inc. to inquire about the Springfield City Revolving Loan Fund administered by the Small Business Development Center.

Mark Keating, his SBDC advisor, helped Mike assemble and prepare the documents he needed for the loan process, including a credit memorandum and his financial information. Then, on Mike's behalf, Mark presented the loan request to the SBDC loan review committee and advocated for Mike to receive the loan. The review committee recommended the LLC become a guarantor. So, Mark sat down with Mike and the existing owner to fully explain the structure of both loans and answer their questions.

In addition to assisting Mike with his loans, Mark used his contacts to get a title search performed on the rental property and continued to assist them by preparing the loan documents. Mike's SBDC loan was approved and closed successfully. In combination with his loan at Security and Mike's cash contribution, he was able to obtain the full amount of funding required to purchase a 51% share of LWS.

Mike's next inquiry was about the refinancing of his mortgage. Once again, his SBDC advisor was able to help. Mark reviewed Mike's loan file and the collateral positions between the bank and the SBDC. He carefully explained the refinancing process, discussed potential issues with a new mortgage and educated Mike about the next steps to take with the bank and SBDC to protect his loans.

Looking back, Mike said, although he knew SBDC existed, "for me I wasn't even sure about the possibility of using SBDC. When I was working with Pat at Security National Bank, he brought up being able to do part of the loan with SBDC."

Six months after receiving the loan, Mike reports, "Since we have been able to bring in new services, we've been growing. We were able to hire a marketing person full-time and make a part-time person full-time."

Mike advises other small business to "Take full advantage of the services that are there at SBDC. I think it's great because the rates (at SBDC) are lower. Typically you hear about people going the conventional way (for a loan) through their broker." As the business expands, Mike is already planning to use SBDC again -- this time to help develop some new marketing materials for his growing company.

Learn more about LWS at their website: http://lwstax.com

Homespun Blessings

Homespun Blessings is a retail store that sells primitive country décor and gifts. Its merchandise mix includes home décor items like scented candles, table linens, quilts, primitive pictures, curtains, rugs, custom cupboards and shelves, wallpaper borders, paint, and garden décor as well as jewelry and handbags. The store opened June 2007 in a leased space under the ownership of Lenora Smedley with much support from her husband. It was situated in a corrugated metal building on a well-travelled highway. Through hard work, Lenora has expanded her merchandise, added staff and built a sizable and loyal customer base.

SBDC provided Lenora with financial information that allowed her to track her sales and other key indicators over time as well as compare them to similar businesses within her industry. She regularly consults with SBDC on her finances and with our assistance decided it was time to relocate her business into a more suitable structure. After an extensive search, she selected a home and garage with 1100 square feet of additional display space plus much-needed storage space. The new building has traditional styling that will allow her to better display her products, add new lines of merchandise, such as French country, and start offering classes. She is already planning classes featuring new product lines, such as miniature gardens, that will draw additional people and increase her sales.

In addition to financial advice, SBDC was able to help with Lenora's marketing and promotional materials. Her logotype was refined and a typeface was selected and consistently applied. The SBDC consultant helped redesign her postcards converting them from black ink on tan stock to heavyweight full-color cards with a glossy UV coating. The new advertising materials more accurately portrayed the high-quality merchandise carried by Homespun Blessings-- and cost less than she was spending to print the old ones. The next step was to develop a series of postcards to inform customers about sales and collect their addresses and emails. Ads, a loyalty card, a billboard and even inexpensive primitive packaging were developed. Customer response to her new materials has been very positive as her monthly sales continue to grow.

Lenora continues to obtain financial advice from SBDC and is receiving training so she can create and manage her own email marketing campaigns. Also, she is working with SBDC on ideas for staging her grand opening and creative ways to welcome her old customers to the new location just down the road. Her marketing plans are being developed and refined as Lenora finalizes her plans tomove within the next month.

Looking back, Lenora advises other entrepreneurs, "Don't underestimate the work that it's going take-- which I did." She learned sometimes you have to try and try again. Although SBDC was not able to assist her with a loan on her first visit, she persevered and ended up with lots of knowledge after attending the SBDC seminar on how to start a business. She has been very impressed by SBDC and the care and consideration she has received from everyone.

Learn more about Homespun Blessings at their website: http://www.homespunblessings.biz

Honor Flight

Earl Morse, founder of the national Honor Flight organization, received extensive services from SBDC to create and grow his non-profit organization. He began in 2005 with a goal of getting World War II veterans to Washington, D.C. to see their memorial - at no cost to them. At that time, Morse, a private pilot was using his plane and other private pilots with two- to six-person planes to fly veterans. Soon the number of veterans far exceeded his resources.

With assistance from SBDC, Morse expanded his vision from the Springfield area into a national organization flying veterans. SBDC showed him how to turn his passion from a part-time effort into a full-time non-profit organization. It assisted him with writing a business plan, better understanding his short-term and long-term financial needs, obtaining non-profit status and developing his board. SBDC helped Morse to create a web site for information and donations and to marketing his product more effectively. Morse was able to improve his fundraising efforts, better identify important prospective funders and connect with veteran organizations across the country.

"SBDC has been just phenomenal. It's incredible what they have done for us," said Morse.

By 2015, Honor Flight had expanded to 134 hubs in 42 states and were chartering flights with national airlines. Morse has appeared on every major television program and received the Presidential Citizen's Medal from President Bush in 2008. Since their inception, 138,817 veterans and 88,434 guardians from across the country have visited the memorial. Honor Flight is continuing to develop new programs and expanding to more cities.

Learn more about Honor Flight at their website: http://www.honorflight.org

True Inspection Services, LLC

When the engineering company that employed Barry Couts began to cut work hours and benefits, he decided to start his own company. One of his first goals was to become certified with the State of Ohio. SBDC consultant, Mike Crockett, was there to help him gain certification as a Disadvantaged Business enterprise (DBE) and an Encouraging Diversity Growth and Equity (EDGE) firm.

Crockett personally took Couts through the SBDC facility. He saw individuals in business for themselves who had a helping hand from SBDC and decided to locate his office there.

"There are a whole lot of things you just don't think of and when someone points out some things that you just don't think of, that's a great help," said Couts. "SBDC helped me with equipment, training, tax information things that I didn't do as a project manager."

When Couts needed funding, another SBDC counselor reviewed his projects and "went to bat" to help him obtain a line of credit to sustain his fledgling business. The counselor assisted Couts with preparing a loan application and connected him to a local bank. Cout was approved for a $25,000 line of credit that quickly increased to $100,000.

True Inspection Services, LLC provides inspection, administration and management services on commercial, government, aviation and industrial projects. Since opening in January 2008, the company has completed projects for Meijer Retail Stores, the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, the Dayton International Airport and the Cuyahoga District 12 Highway Program.

Today, Barry Couts is excited and enthusiastic for the future. He is the prime consultant for a $500,000 contract for the Ohio Department of Transportation. Couts will direct the work of six inspectors, three hired by his company and three from another larger company who was eager to team with him because of his excellent reputation and more than a decade of working with him.

Learn more about True Inspection Services at their website: http://www.trueinspectionservices.com

High Hopes Learning Center

Sandy Hanson opened High Hopes Learning Center in 2001. Working in the daycare profession since 1981, she knew day care. What she didn't know was "the actual business of running a business." Enter the Springfield Small Business Development Center.

"The experience was absolutely wonderful. They were very informative," said Hanson. "They listened, I can't say I was always heading in the right direction, but they were always willing to listen."

Warren Holden, her SBDC advisor, helped her write a business plan. Then, he worked with Hanson to make it a reality. The first step was acquiring a building in Enon for the new center. Holden helped with negotiating the purchase and introduced her to a banker who assisted with financing the SBA 504 loan. When she needed to buy equipment for the center, Holden walked her through applying for the Micro Enterprise Loan. And he provided financial guidance to make sure Hanson was on-track with all the forms and business details like worker's compensation.

As High Hopes grew, Hanson returned to SBDC for a loan to upgrade her playground equipment. She will return again, as soon as she has time, to upgrade her website with assistance from the SBDC website consultant.

Today, High Hopes Learning Center takes care of 135 children on a daily basis and has 12 full-time staff members. Hanson modestly attributes her success to being flexible in meeting the needs of the community and her wonderful long-time employees.

"We treat each child at High Hopes as if he or she were our own," said Hanson. "For some of these children, we are with them longer than their parents. It's important for them to grow up with good role models."

Hanson sees a huge need for quality child care in Clark County. In the future, she hopes to open a new daycare location. It will start with another visit to SBDC for more help.

New Neighbors Residential Services

When the State of Ohio closed Springview Developmental Center, it was a cloudy day for its residents and their families. But, there was a silver lining when Brenda McAlexander opened New Neighbors Residential Service.

With 25 years of experience as an assistant administrator and a Therapeutic Program Worker (TPW), McAlexander understood how devastating it would be to move them to a facility in Dayton, Columbus or other developmental centers across Ohio. Many guardians were elderly and couldn't make the drive to an out-of-town facility. They would have been forced to visit less often.

McAlexander met with the Clark County MRDD to find out how to be certified to care for people in Springfield. When she learned there was a limit of 40 hours a week for an individual provider, she decided to obtain an agency provider certificate and offer 24-hour care for residents in local homes.

New Neighbors was set up as a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. Bob Bare, an SBDC consultant assisted her with writing a business plan and renting an office and program space for adult day care and therapy. Bare, who McAlexander describes as"very knowledgeable in the field," continues to assist the organization by serving on the New Neighbors Board of Directors.

New Neighbors' first clients were nine former Springview residents. As soon as the residents rented local homes, McAlexander arranged caregivers for 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All services were customized according to individual needs. In May 2012, they celebrated a seven-year anniversary party to acknowledge the accomplishments of their dedicated employees.

New Neighbors has expanded their operation with the Day Array program. They now have 47 employees, and two buses to transport individuals to various community outings. Ms. Alexander has been asked by guardians, "How soon are you going to retire?" After thinking about that question for a while, my only answer is: "New Neighbors has become my family. You never retire from your family."

Arctech Fabricating

Founded in 1992, Arctech Fabricating was in business for four years when the company learned about SBDC. The small business that started in a garage needed a loan to purchase a $93,000 welding robot. Their banker referred them to SBDC for a low-interest business loan.

"SBDC helped with 'bigger picture' assistance," said Arctech Vice President Jim Roberts. "We would bounce ideas off them," "Between Steve and Warren, they helped with different information and perspectives"

SBDC director, Steve Anzur, provided business advice including the economic outlook for their type of service. He introduced them to the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) to help their company become a certified government contractor.

"With the help of both the SBDC and PTAC, we were able to achieve our goals of increased sales which translates into increased jobs for 35 employees," said President Len McConnaughey. "We were poised for success and just getting started."

As the winner of SBDC's Business Makeover Contest in 2005, Arctech received a $100,000 low-interest loan, a business server with technical support, free safety training and lots of publicity. The server significantly improved communication and allowed the principals to connect to the network outside the office.

Arctech projects run the gamut from fabricating a close-tolerance part for NASA, after they could not, to building the world's largest pumpkin pie pan for a new Guinness world record. As the business grew, Roberts says there were "multiple silver linings" including employee development and profit-sharing, advising the Career Technical Center on skills students need and helping people with their businesses.

Today, Arctech is one of Ohio's premier certified welding facilities providing close-tolerance parts for the military and commercial businesses. It continues to differentiate itself from competitors with higher and higher levels of work. Arctech has a 54,000 square foot building and its employees include two Certified Weld Inspectors - a real rarity and multiple Certified Welders.

Learn more about Arctech Fabricating from their website: http://www.arctechfabricating.com