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 or Carol Jones at 419-586-0902.

"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. 

 We recommend all new business owners attend this class. 

  • Dates: May 19, June 16, July 21 or August 18
  • Time: 5:30-7:30
  • Room: 126 Trenary Hall
  • Cost is $35 per business

Upcoming Classes


Resume & Interviewing
Is your resume a little out of date? Are your interviewing skills a little rusty? Allow Carol and Rachel to get you up-to-date with current resume formatting trends. Learn the “do’s” and “don’ts” of interviewing. Create or refresh your resume to clearly reflect your skills and abilities. Prepare yourself to ace an interview while presenting yourself professionally. All ages, majors, and careers are welcome to attend. This class is FREE to current Wright State University students and Alumni! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to prepare yourself now for a better future!

Class Date Options

  • Thursday, June 23rd from 4-6pm
  • Saturday, June 25th from 9:30-11:30am
  • Thursday, August 4th from 4-6pm
  • Saturday, August 6th from 9:30-11:30am

Room: 229 Dwyer Hall
Instructors: Carol Jones & Rachel Stoker, Wright State University - Lake Campus
Cost: $35/person; ***FREE to WSU Students & Alumni***


TECHNOLOGY SKILLS - Take both presentation classes for $75!

Presenting with Technology
Does your job require presentations? Whether you’re presenting alone or in a group it’s important your information is displayed professionally and clearly. Carla will use Microsoft PowerPoint and Prezi to demonstrate how to create professional slides for your message. Learn how to properly format slides, create a sensible flow of information, and display presentations in a visually pleasing manner. This class is available to those looking to improve their visual aid presentation abilities. All skill levels welcome!
Class Date: June 13th
Class Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Room: 192 Dwyer Hall
Instructor: Carla Hirschfeld
Cost: $40/person OR take both presentation classes for $75

Presenting: Public Speaking
At number five, public speaking makes the list of top fears of Americans. Do you have a fear of public speaking? Join Carla as she explains how to master public speaking and grow your confidence. You will learn how to present yourself professionally, receive tips to put yourself at ease, deliver your message with confidence and dynamic, and give your speech without relying on notes or cues. Transform your fear into positive energy and overcome your presentations! All skill levels welcome!
Class Date: June 14th
Class Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Room: 192 Dwyer Hall
Instructor: Carla Hirschfeld
Cost: $40/person OR take both presentation classes for $75

Access Database
Microsoft Access is widely recognized as one of the best database software applications. The Basic classes will cover the differences between databases and spreadsheets and which application to use for each specific situation. You will set up a sample database and learn how to input data in the fields. The Experienced class will explain how to place format masks, create labels, streamline data, complete mail merge using MS Word, and more. New Access users should take both sets of classes while those who already know the program should take the experienced class to take their Access skills even further.

Dates: Basic: March 14 & 16 from 5-7:30pm (5 hours)
           Experienced: March 21 & 23 from 5-7:30pm (5 hours)
Room: 192 Dwyer Hall
Instructor: Carla Hirschfeld, Wright State University - Lake Campus
Cost: $65/person for each level ~or~ $115/person for both levels



Excel for Business
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 charges 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/Intermediate: May 16 & 18; Time: 5-8pm; {6 hours}
          Intermediate/Advanced: May 23 & 25; Time: 5-8pm {6 hours}
Room: 192 Dwyer Hall
Instructor: Carla Hirschfeld, Wright State University - Lake Campus
Cost: $65/person for each level ~or~ $125/person for both levels

Microsoft Publisher
Microsoft Publisher is a user-friendly program used to produce professional results. This layout and design tool creates documents such as flyers, catalogs, invitations, certificates, newsletters, and marketing materials. Carla will teach the basics such as resizing pictures and objects, adding text boxes, and basic formatting. You will learn more complex features involving layering pictures, using mail merge, editing in tables, and utilizing drawing tools. This three hour class will allow any skill level of user to make professional documents for all occasions! 

Class Date: July 11th
Class Time: 5:30-8:30pm
Instructor: Carla Hirschfeld
Room: 192 Dwyer Hall; Wright State University-Lake Campus
Cost: $55/person

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: August 1, 2, 3, & 4
Time: 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Instructor: Ron Kremer
Room: 196 Dwyer Hall
Cost: $125 per person

Business Series Workshops

Payroll 101 - Part of Finance Series
Is payroll part of your job responsibilities? Do you know all the aspects of payroll? Join Ron as you learn the skills required to perform basic and advanced payroll functions. You will explore subjects such as earnings, deductions, insurance, pensions, remittances, and more! Keep your business financials organized. Participants can expect to have a sound understanding of payroll upon completion of this class. This course is geared toward owners and employees in accounting/billing departments.
Class Date: June 2
Class Time: 5:30-7:30
Room: 119 Trenary Hall
Cost: $40
Instructor: Ron Kremer

Preparing/Working with Budgets - Part of Finance Series

Are you in charge of budgeting at the office? Do you have a project or idea but you’re not sure how much it will cost? You need a budget! Ron will teach the components of a budget to make your plans a reality. You will learn how to generate a budget using income, expenses, how to estimate project costs, and how to modify your budget to fit your needs. This class is for anyone who is new to budgets as well as those who handle budgets on a daily basis. All levels of learners are welcome! 
Class Date: July 7
Class Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Instructor: Ron Kremer
Room: 119 Trenary Hall
Cost: $40/person

Chamge Management – Part of Finance Series
Effective leaders understand how to manage change, an essential skill when working in a rapidly changing business environment. Carla will reveal the external and internal forces that cause change, such as leading new initiatives, working toward cultural changes, launching new products, and entering new markets. You will understand how others react to change and effective change techniques. Learn how change can be positively achieved! 

Class Dates: August 8
Class Time: 5:00-7:30 (2.5 hours)
Instructor: Carla Hirschfeld
Room: 229 Dwyer Hall
Cost: $50/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, or call Carol Jones at 419-586-0902 or


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, M.B.A.

Lake Campus Admin
Development Officer, Western Ohio Educational Foundation, Director, Business Enterprise Center
Dwyer Hall 106, 7600 Lake Campus Dr, Celina, OH 45822-2921
937-775-8375, 419-586-0375

Carla J. Hirschfeld

Lake Campus Engineer & Computer Sci
Adjunct Instructor, Computer Science/LC
Dwyer Hall 230, 7600 Lake Campus Dr, Celina, OH 45822-2921
937-775-8310, 419-586-0310

Carol M. Jones

Lake Campus Engineering Technology
Program Facilitator
Trenary Hall 125, 7600 Lake Campus Dr, Celina, OH 45822-2921
937-775-8402, 419-586-0902

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

Lake Campus Business Technologies
Adjunct Faculty
Trenary Hall 122, 7600 Lake Campus Dr, Celina, OH 45822-2921
937-775-8338, 419-586-0338

Rachel Ann Stoker, B.S.

Lake Campus Admin
Office Assistant 2
Trenary Hall 123, 7600 Lake Campus Dr, Celina, OH 45822-2921
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)