Hiram College

Hiram College’s Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship and the Regional Economic Growth Corporation (REGC) of Portage County will begin a partnership Oct. 1, 2012, that will provide growth resources and development opportunities for small businesses.

The REGC is a designated Ohio Small Business Development Center, and provides counseling services such as loan assistance and incubator space, to both growing businesses and to people who want to start their business in Northeast Ohio.

The organization’s headquarters is located in Kent, but with this partnership with Hiram College, it will establish a satellite office in the Burton D. Morgan Entrepreneurship Center in East Hall, to make their resources more readily available to Hiram College students and the rest of northern Portage County.

“We are excited to be partnering with the REGC to expand the entrepreneurial ecosystem in our community and the region,” said Kay Molkentin, Director of the Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship.

The REGC Satellite Office will provide workshop and consulting services related to business start-up and growth management. In addition, it will provide consulting and mentoring to Hiram students developing business concepts. It will be staffed by a part-time employee of the REGC.

“We at REGC are pleased to collaborate with Hiram College due to its location in the county and very outstanding entrepreneurship program,” said Jack Crews, President and CEO of the Regional Economic Development Corporation. “We look forward to a long and outstanding relationship.”

As clients using the office begin to launch and grow their businesses, Molkentin and Crews foresee student internship opportunities as an added benefit.

The REGC has provided resources to main street retail, home- based businesses, manufacturing and technology companies.