Business Enterprise Center

Educational and Counseling Assistance for New and Existing Businesses

Additional Resources

The Business Enterprise Center at Wright State University-Lake Campus provides free, comprehensive counseling and management training to new and existing small businesses.

The goals of the BEC are the following:

  • integrate business training and business development in West Central Ohio
  • provide comprehensive short and long-term training to new and existing businesses
  • promote and support assistance from Center volunteers in specific areas pertaining to all aspects of business operations
  • direct and assist special project groups or agencies within the Center's service area of Auglaize, Mercer, and Van Wert Counties
  • information obtained while assisting a small business will remain confidential

High quality, customized business and industry training is available through the Business Enterprise Center at a reasonable cost.  We have access to a wide range of experts in fields as diverse as supervisory training to PLC training. Please contact Julie Miller for more information. The BEC partners with federal, state and local agencies as well as being a member of several training consortiums.


The Business Enterprise Center at Wright State University- Lake Campus strives to increase small business success by providing

For Existing Businesses

  • Advertising Planning & Analysis
  • Breakeven Analysis
  • Brochure/Graphics Development
  • Budgeting
  • Cash Flow Analysis
  • Computer Training
  • Educational/Management Program
  • Equipment Modernization
  • Expansion Finance Planning
  • Financial Planning
  • Recordkeeping Procedures
  • Tax Analysis

For New Businesses

  • Brochure/Graphics Development
  • Budgeting
  • Business Plan Analysis
  • Computer Training
  • Educational/Management Program
  • Financial Requirements Planning
  • Market Analysis
  • Recordkeeping Procedures
  • Seminar Presentations
  • Tax Analysis

For Prospective Entrepreneurs

  • Business Plan Development
  • Financial Requirements
  • Market Analysis


Throughout the year, the Business Enterprise Center at Wright State University's Lake Campus offers seminars and colloquia on a variety of topics, including:

  • Microcomputer Fundamentals
  • Sales & Marketing Techniques
  • Beginning CNC Programming
  • Effective Delegation in Business
  • Pre-Business Planning
  • Spreadsheets& Database
  • Graphics & Word Processing
  • Basic Tax & Legal Requirements
  • Basic Blueprint Reading
  • OSHA & Safety Training

The BEC also offers consulting in the following areas:

  • Desktop Publishing / Communications
  • Computer Systems Design & Analysis
  • Federal, State & Local Tax Analysis
  • Office Management & Personnel
  • Statistical & Financial Analysis
  • Current BEC Course Schedule


The following workshops are offered through the Lake Campus Business Enterprise Center. Registration for the following non-credit courses is currently underway at the Lake Campus. There are no prerequisite requirements. Seating is limited and participants must pre-register in order to attend. For registration information, please call Rachel Stoker at the Lake Campus at 419-586-0355.

"STARTING RIGHT” (Pre-Business Seminar Held Monthly)
Each month the BEC hosts the Starting Right class for individuals planning to start a small business. This two-hour class gives you information to help you decide if business ownership is right for you and can assist you in starting your business the “Wright Way.” After attending the Starting Right class, you are entitled to free individualized business counseling. We can help with most issues pertaining to financials for your business—cash flow, pricing, supply costs, record-keeping, etc. We also assist with your Business Plan, some marketing and advertising features, demographics, HR issues, etc. Please call Rachel Stoker at 419.586.0355 or send an e-mail to for more information about this highly informational class. 

 We recommend all new business owners attend this class. 

  • Dates: May 21, June 18, July 16, August 20
  • Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Room: 126 Trenary Hall
  • Cost is $35 per business

Summer Classes

Before you start making money in business, you need to figure out how you will record, track, and manage each of your hard-earned dollars. QuickBooks, the #1 recommended accounting software for small business helps your business do just that. QuickBooks makes it easy to organize all of your financial data in one central location so that you can manage your money, pay your bills, and track payments from your customers efficiently. Always know exactly where your business stands with QuickBooks. Join Ron Kremer for 12-hours of software training on this highly rated accounting software to help improve your bottom line! All participants who complete the workshop will receive a certificate.

  • Dates: August 24, 25, 26 & 27
  • Time: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Instructor: Ron Kremer
  • Room: 196 Dwyer Hall
  • Cost: $125 per person

Microsoft Excel is widely recognized as the best spreadsheet software application for businesses. In this series of classes, you will learn how to create a spreadsheet, input necessary data, create charts and reports, and learn how to use Excel formulas in basic to complex computations. Join Carla as she delves into the world of references, charts, and functions! Certificates of completion will be printed for all participants completing the total 12-hour workshop (both sessions).

  • Dates: Basic to Intermediate Series: July 20 & 22; 5-8pm {6 hours}
  • Intermediate to Advanced Series: July 27 & 29; 5-8pm {6 hours}
  • Instructor: Carla Hirschfeld
  • Room: 196 Dwyer Hall
  • Cost: $65 per person for each series ~ or ~ $125/person for all four classes!

Wish you knew a better way to organize your busy life? Join Carla as you work through Microsoft Outlook to keep your schedule in order. In this course you will learn how to utilize e-mail, online calendar, task manager, contact manager, and the journal and note taking options. Share lists and calendar with your colleagues, schedule meetings with less hassle, and exchange folders! Make your software work for you! This class is for new and current users wanting to expand their Outlook knowledge. 

  • Date: May 20, 2015
  • Time: 5-8pm
  • Instructor: Carla Hirschfeld
  • Room: 196 Dwyer Hall
  • Cost: $45 per person

Microsoft Access is widely recognized as one of the best database software applications. In Session 1, you will learn the differences between databases and spreadsheets and which application should be used in specific situations. You will set up a sample database. You will learn how to input data into the database. In Session 2 you will learn to how to place format masks, create labels, streamline data, complete mail merges using MS Word, and more. The basic classes are for new Access users and the experienced class is for those who want to take Access even further than simple databases.

  • Dates: Basic Series: June 15 & 17; 5-7:30 pm  {5 hours}
  • Dates: Experienced Series: July 13 & 15; 5-7:30 pm  {5 hours}
  • Instructor: Carla Hirschfeld
  • Room: 196 Dwyer Hall
  • Cost: $65 per person

This class will teach you every day work skills to build cohesive teams. You will learn how to handle conflicts professionally, problem solve, and empower and motivate team members. Challenge and encourage your team members! Don’t miss out on this three-hour, local opportunity to learn how to supervise effective teams. This class is open to new and experienced managers and supervisors. 

  • June 24, 2015; 5:30-8:30 (3 hours)
  • Instructor: Carla Hirschfeld
  • Room: 177 Dwyer Hall
    Cost: $45 per person

Discover how to be an effective performance coach to the employees you supervise. Your own work atmosphere will perform better if each member of the group is coached appropriately. This class will teach you to ask the questions which causes a new thinking processes, understand others weaknesses and strengths and generate new possibilities. Learn to truly listen and support vital work relationships and create a sustainable work structure. Anyone wishing to improve their professional relationships are welcome. 

  • Class Date: August 5, 2015; 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. {3 hours}
  • Instructor Carla Hirschfeld
  • Room: 177 Dwyer Hall
    Cost: $45/person

Coming this Fall: Software: Quickbooks & Excel; Preparing Department Budgets

For more information about our classes & services OR to register for any classes, please call Rachel Stoker at (419) 586-0355 OR email


For more information about how the BEC can help your new or existing business, call Administrative Support Coordinator Carol Jones.

Phone: 1-800-237-1477 ext.8355
Fax: (419) 586-0358

Office Hours
All appointments are arranged on an individual basis for your convenience and to ensure confidentiality.

BEC Staff

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Retired Associate Professor of Accountancy of WSU
Handles tax, record-keeping, and accounting issues for BEC clients




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BEC Director
Head of Customized Business and Industry Training





BEC Support Coordinator
Carol Jones

Supported By:

  • U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Ohio Department of Development
  • Celina-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce
  • Coldwater Chamber of Commerce
  • Ft. Recovery Chamber of Commerce
  • St. Marys Chamber of Commerce
  • Van Wert Chamber of Commerce
  • Wapakoneta Chamber of Commerce

Advisory Board Members

Chamber of Commerce Representatives:

  • Pam Buschur, Celina
  • Randy Diller, Fort Recovery
  • Kate Gribble, Van Wert
  • Kelly Kill, St. Marys
  • Jack Hartings, Coldwater
  • Dan Graf, Wapakoneta
  • Jim Coons, Minster/New Bremen/New Knoxville

Economic Development Directors:

  • Nancy Bowen, Van Wert County
  • Bob Thompson, Rockford Area Economic Development Center (RAEDC)
  • Greg Myers, WAEDC-Wapakoneta
  • Wayne York, New Bremen
  • Todd Fleagle, City of St. Marys
  • Sharon Larue, City of Celina
  • Jared Ebbing, Mercer County

At-Large Representatives:

  • Rob Albers, Auglaize County
  • John Bergman, Auglaize County
  • Evelyn Dennis, Auglaize County
  • Mike Broering, Mercer County
  • Rod Stover, Mercer County
  • Don Hess, Mercer County
  • Louis Ehmer, Van Wert County
  • Jim Grant, Van Wert County
  • Dee Whitcraft, Van Wert County

Phone: 1-800-237-1477 ext.8355
Fax: (419) 586-0340