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A unique approach.

RISE’s unique approach takes any business, regardless of the technology or industry, and focuses specifically on the business development process, helping to bring clarity and understanding to the entrepreneur. In so doing, ideas, companies and people at any stage of enterprise development have a place to go for assessment, advice and direction.

This organization and the community surrounding them are an invaluable asset to any entrepreneur. I met with RISE a few months ago and took their advice about my business structure. After discussing my objectives it was clear that I needed to make some adjustments to align my efforts towards our most successful year yet. Thank you Dennis & Nick for pointing me in the right direction. We look forward to meeting with you again to work on the next steps.

Meg Corso

Owner, BA Marketing Solutions LLC

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RISE – the Regional Incubator for Sustainability and Entrepreneurshiphelps Northcentral Ohio entrepreneurs create sustainable and successful business ventures.

The objective of RISE is to grow jobs and spearhead economic development by linking business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs to comprehensive assistance and regional service providers with expertise in business start-up, development and acceleration.

RISE offers assistance free of charge to businesses at every stage of development. Consultations might include:

  • Viability & Environmental Analysis
    Understanding your market can inform a lot about your business. We help entrepreneurs to determine their market size and its unmet needs.
  • Business Plan Development
    We do not write traditional business plans, but we do challenge entrepreneurs to fully understand all the vital elements that make a business successful. Entrepreneurs are then coached on how to cohesively communicate those pieces.
  • Sales and Marketing Support
    Ask entrepreneurs what they need most and the answer is “sales.” We help entrepreneurs understand this vital function and essential factors of effective sales and marketing strategies.
  • Employee Training and Development
    Entrepreneurs need to surround themselves with the right kind of talent to grow their companies. We will help to assess your hiring needs, critical skill sets, readiness to hire, and finally, what human resource policies and procedures will set up success.
  • Capital, Finance and Accounting
    We help entrepreneurs understand the businesses’ potential costs, capital needs and capital sources. With an understanding of the movement, uses and impact of money within the business, entrepreneurs can establish positive cash flow.
  • Intellectual Property
    Whether it’s a patent or a trade secret, we guide the entrepreneur through the intellectual property process, helping to ensure their unique technology or service has the appropriate barrier to entry.
  • Partnerships & Advisors
    Partners can be a powerful resource to startups, but come with added complexity. Effective Advisory Boards and Boards of Directors can also accelerate a company’s development with strategic and industry expertise. We assist entrepreneurs in identifying the right talent and structuring clear operating plans.

RISE works with clients one on one to address these areas and ultimately, establish and achieve milestones of growth.

Scheduling & Contact

RISE has offices located at the Norwalk Economic Development Corporation, 12 Benedict Avenue, Norwalk, OH 44857 and on the BGSU Firelands campus in the Cedar Point Center, room 1002, One University Drive, Huron, Ohio, 44839.

Individual counseling sessions are by appointment and should be placed in advance.  To arrange a free counseling appointment or for more information contact:

Nick Smith, Assistant Director Norwalk Economic Development Corporation

Nick Smith
Phone: 419-668-9858

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Funding & partners

Funding for RISE is provided from both private and public partners in Erie and Huron Counties.

RISE partners include the Erie County Economic Development Corporation (ECEDC), Norwalk Economic Development Corporation (NEDC), BGSU Firelands and Great Lakes Innovation and Development Enterprise (GLIDE).
The Great Lakes Innovation and Development Enterprise (GLIDE), an enterprise of Lorain County Community College (LCCC) in Elyria, Ohio, is a comprehensive regional innovation center and resource hub that supports all facets of the start-up, development and growth of enterprises. Originally created by a unique partnership of the Lorain County Commissioners, Lorain County Community College and the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce, GLIDE’s objectives are to grow jobs and spearhead economic growth in both Lorain County and the northern Ohio region.

Scheduling & Contact

Individual counseling sessions are by appointment and should be placed in advance. To arrange a free counseling appointment or for more information contact our staff.

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12 Benedict Avenue
Norwalk, OH 44857