Congratulations to the Ohio Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati which took home not one but TWO peer recognition awards for outstanding performance during the past year! The awards were given out November 27, 2012, at a ceremony in Dublin, Ohio. The first accolade went to the Center itself when it won the "2012 Ecomic Impact Award for Overall High Performance by a District." The Urban League's SBDC is part of District 5 in Ohio, that also includes two other SBDCs, one at BizTech in Hamilton, and the other at the Clermont Chamber of Commerce.
In addition, Shelia Mixon, Director of the SBDC and Vice President of Entrepreneurship at the Urban League received the "Collaboration Award" that recognizes the top individual in the state who creates and strengthens a collaborative relationship of partnerships with other organizations with a goal of gorowing businesses in the communities they represent.
"We won the "Economic Impact Award" as a district because we do a good job of making sure we achieve all of the goals established for the year. If one SBDC is falling a bit short in its piece of the goals, the other two centers pick up the slack and together we do what is needed to provide the resouces businesses in the community require to thrive and grow."
Dixon herself was actually nominted twice for the "Colaboration Award" for two different projects. She won for helping to bring a new SBDC to the region in Warren County.
On her personal award Dixon remarked, "We identified a need in the community for an additional SBDC. BizTech in Hamilton used the Jobs Act to create a pilot program there, and when it the new SBDC opens in January there will be 23 organizations in the Country partnering with the Center to provide the same high quality of services the other three SBDCs in the district are already providing."