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 acess 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 Requireemnts
  • 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. Seminars are held the fourth Thursday of the month at the Lake Campus. We recommend all new business owners attend this class.

  • Dates: February 19, March 12 and April 16
  • Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Room: 127 Trenary Hall
  • Cost is $35 per business

Spring 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: March 2, 3, 4 & 5
  • Time: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Instructor: Ron Kremer
  • Room: 194 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: February 10 & 12; 5-8pm {6 hours}
  • Intermediate to Advanced Series: February 17 & 19; 5-8 pm {6 hours}
  • Instructor: Carla Hirschfeld
  • Room: 192 Dwyer Hall
  • Cost: $65 per person for each series ~ or ~ $125/person for all four classes within the two series!

What is your primary business goal? To Make a Profit! Without turning a profit, your business will fail. Learning to price your product or service is the first step in becoming financial solvent. Ron Kremer will lead this seminar on what to consider when setting a price on your knowledge or skills. You will learn the various components critical in establishing the right balance between breaking even or truly becoming profitable and making a sustainable living.

  • Date: Thursday, February 26
  • Time: 6:30 to 9 p.m.
  • Instructor: Ron Kremer
  • Room: 226 Dwyer Hall
  • Cost: $45 per person

Are you or your organization’s supervisors communicating the proper message to your employees? Is miscommunication causing work delays, higher waste costs or increased tension in the workplace? This class will show how you can be a successful leader by learning how to communicate more effectively within your organization. You will learn about the communication circle, why active listening is an important component to good communication and learn how to deliver more direct, clear messages. This class is interactive with small group and lively learning activities. Carla can help you become more confident in your communication skills!

  • Dates: March 10 and March 12; 5-8pm {6 hours}
  • Instructor: Carla Hirschfeld
  • Room: 192 Dwyer Hall
  • Cost: $65 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. This class is for new Access users or Access users just starting to build their databases.

  • Dates: February 24 & 26; 5-7:30 pm  {5 hours}
  • Instructor: Carla Hirschfeld
  • Room: 192 Dwyer Hall
  • Cost: $60 per person


Coming in Late Spring/Summer: Software: QuickBooks and Excel, Supervisory Module, Financial: Understanding Financial Statements

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