Focus of event to be economic development
By D.A. Wilkinson
Salem’s Sustainable Opportunity Development Center and the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce will spearhead Columbiana County’s second economic-development program.
Larry Kosiba, the executive director of the center, and Audrey Null, the executive director of the chamber, are coordinating the program.
Kosiba said the program has been expanded this year to two days, May 9 and 10, compared with one day in the first year.
“The summit’s overall focus is to bring business owners, entrepreneurs, research-and-development professionals, engineers, nonprofit agencies, federal, state and local officials and various economic development programs together ... to stimulate the creation of new companies and grow ... existing companies, all while attracting ... new businesses to the area.”
The programs will be aimed not only at Salem but will include the county and Northeast Ohio.
The program will be divided into two sections each day.
Null said the first day will include information from elected officials on help available from the government.
John Dearborn, president of JumpStart Inc., a nonprofit program that provides help for entrepreneurs, also will speak.
On the second day, there will be talks on partnership programs involving the Air Force Research Laboratory, NASA and other government agencies that can help vendors.
Null said that on the last day, there also will be programs to help businesses get work from the U.S. Department of Defense.
Each day will be divided into two sections. The cost for each section is $25, or $100 for all four sessions.
Null said the entire list of events will be put on the chamber’s website in a few days along with how to get tickets.