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:

  • promote and support entrepreneurs with experienced business consultants in many areas pertaining to business operations
  • assist agencies and organizations especially those located in our service area of Auglaize, Mercer, and Van Wert Counties
  • be a conduit and provider of essential business training and development in West Central Ohio
  • be a confidential, practical asset to the business community (we do not take the place of your accountant or lawyer but we can help minimize those costs)
  • provide advanced technical training in specialized areas of manufacturing with a blend of online classes and hands-on validation labs

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 Carol Jones 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 Prospective Entrepreneurs

  • Business Plan Development
  • Financial Requirements
  • Choice of Business Organizations
  • Market & Demographic Analysis

For New Businesses

  • Business Plan Assistance
  • Budgeting
  • Financial Requirements Planning
  • Market & Demographic Analysis
  • Recordkeeping Procedures
  • Tax Assistance
  • Brochure Development
  • Computer Training

For Existing Businesses

  • Breakeven Analysis
  • Brochure Development
  • Budgeting
  • Cash Flow Analysis
  • Computer Training
  • Educational/Management Program
  • Expansion Financing Options
  • Financial Planning
  • Recordkeeping Procedures
  • Tax Assistance & Analysis


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

  • Pre-Business Planning (Starting Right)
  • Computer Fundamentals & MS Word
  • Supervisory Series
  • Excel & Access
  • QuickBooks Software
  • Financial Statements & Recordkeeping Series
  • Basic Blueprint Reading


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: September 17, October 15, November 19, December 10
  • Time: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Room: 126 Trenary Hall
  • Cost is $35 per business

Fall 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, 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: December 14, 15, 16, 17, 2015
  • 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: December 8 & 10, 2015; 5-8pm {6 hours}
  • Intermediate to Advanced Series: December 15 & 17, 2015; 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 and contact manager, and the journal and note taking options. Share your lists and calendar with 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: September 29, 2015
  • Time: 5:00-8:00 pm
  • 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 and learn how to input data. 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.

  • Dates: Basic Series: October 13 & 15; 5:00-7:30 pm  {5 hours}
  • Dates: Experienced Series: October 20 & 22; 5:00-7:30 pm  {5 hours}
  • Instructor: Carla Hirschfeld
  • Room: 196 Dwyer Hall
  • Cost: $65 per person for each level; $115 for both levels

The challenge with conflict lies in how you choose to deal with it. Would you like to learn how to handle these sensitive people and situations? Carla will describe how to approach communication, emotions, behavior, understanding, and how to view conflict as an opportunity. Pinpoint the problem, evaluate your circumstances, and take your next steps in resolving the conflict. This class can help employees & employers. Workplace harmony is just a class away!

  • November 17, 2015; 5:30-8:30 pm {3 hours}
  • Instructor: Carla Hirschfeld
  • Room: 177 Dwyer Hall
  • Cost: $45 per person

Developing a department budget requires thorough understanding of the process and the department. Join Ron to learn how to set objectives, gather information, analyze inflow & outflow, progressively update budgets, and utilize data. Any skill level can attend this class. Expand your knowledge of department budgets, the importance of factors and variables, and planning for the upcoming fiscal year. Don’t miss out on this beneficial and informational class!

  • Class Date: October 26 & 28, 2015; 7:00-9:00 p.m. {4 hours}
  • Instructor Ron Kremer
  • Room: 177 Dwyer Hall
  • Cost: $55 per person

*WSU-LC can cancel any class with little notice due to low enrollment.
*If campus closes due to inclement weather, classes may be rescheduled depending on availability. 

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 Office Assistant, Rachel Stoker at 419-586-0355 or email

To discuss training for your company at the Lake Campus or on-site at your facility, contact Program Facilitator, Carol Jones at 419-586-0902 or email

Office Hours
One-on-one counseling appointments are scheduled individually to ensure convenience and confidentiality. Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enter the double-doors located on the west side of Trenary Hall. 

BEC Staff

Julie M. Miller

Lake Campus Admin
Development Officer, Western Ohio Educational Foundation, Director, Business Enterprise Center
Dwyer Hall 106, Lake Campus, Celina, OH 45822
937-775-8375, 419-586-0375

Carla J. Hirschfeld

Lake Campus Engineer & Computer Sci
Adjunct Instructor, Computer Science/LC
Dwyer Hall 230, Lake Campus, Celina, OH 45822
937-775-8310, 419-586-0310

Carol M. Jones

Lake Campus Engineering Technology
Program Facilitator
Dwyer Hall 230, Lake Campus, Celina, OH 45822
937-775-8402, 419-586-0902

Ronald A. Kremer, M.B.A., C.P.A.

Adjunct Faculty
Trenary Hall 122, Lake Campus, Celina, OH 45822
937-775-8338, 419-586-0338

Rachel Ann Stoker, B.S.

Lake Campus Admin
Office Assistant 2
Trenary Hall 123, Lake Campus, Celina, OH 45822
937-775-8355, 419-586-0355

Free Counseling Supported By:

  • Area Banks, Cities, & Villages
  • Local Economic Development Agencies

With the support of these Chambers...

  • Celina-Mercer County 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
  • Logan O’Neill, Minster, New Bremen, New Knoxville
  • Josh Hines, Wapakoneta
  • Tim Dicke, St. Mary’s
  • Susan Munroe, Van Wert

Industrial Development Directors:

  • Greg Myers, WAEDC-Wapakoneta
  • Jared Ebbing, Mercer County
  • Angela Hamberg, New Bremen
  • Cynthia Leis, Van Wert
  • Susan Crotty, St. Marys

Mayors/Village Administrators:

  • Don Farmer, Van Wert Mayor
  • Ron Gelhaus, St. Henry Village Administrator
  • Jeff Hazel, Celina Mayor
  • Amy Joseph, Rockford Village Administrator
  • Eric Thomas, Coldwater Village Administrator
  • Wayne York, New Bremen Mayor

At-Large Representatives:

  • Ken Goettemoeller, Auglaize County
  • John Bergman, Auglaize County
  • Rod Stover, Mercer County
  • Jack Hartings, Mercer County
  • Pete Prichard, Van Wert County

Resources (sound business advice as well as availability of low interest loans by certain local lenders) (lots of help for starting and financing your own business) (help center provides extra assistance) (volunteer business leaders help mentor and advise other new business owners)