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Business Enterprise Center

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About the Business Enterprise Center

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


  • 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.
  • Provide 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. We partner with federal, state and local agencies, as well as being a member of several training consortiums.


In addition to apprenticeship programs, non-credit Classes, and SkillsTrac, the Business Enterprise Center at Wright State University—Lake Campus strives to increase small business success:

For Prospective Entrepreneurs

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

For New Businesses

  • Business Plan Assistance
  • Budgeting
  • Financial Requirements Planning
  • Market and 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 and Analysis


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

  • Pre-Business Planning (Starting Right)
  • Computer Fundamentals and MS Word
  • Supervisory Series
  • Excel and Access
  • QuickBooks Software
  • Financial Statements and Recordkeeping Series
  • Business Management

Staff Directory

Carla J. Hirschfeld

Lake Campus Engineer & Computer Sci
Adjunct Instructor, Computer Science/LC
Dwyer Hall 230, 7600 Lake Campus Dr, Celina, OH 45822-2921

Carol M. Jones

Lake Campus Admin
Program Mgr Bus Dev BEC
Trenary Hall 125, 7600 Lake Campus Dr, Celina, OH 45822-2921

Free counseling supported by:

  • Area banks, cities, and villages
  • Local economic development agencies

With the support of:

  • 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

Chamber of Commerce Representatives

  • Abby Balster, St. Marys
  • Stacy Beougher, Celina
  • Logan O’Neill, Minster, New Bremen, New Knoxville
  • Susan Munroe, Van Wert

Industrial Development Directors

  • Greg Myers, WAEDC-Wapakoneta
  • Jared Ebbing, Mercer County
  • Angela Hamberg, New Bremen
  • Stacy Adams, Van Wert
  • Mike Burkholder, St. Marys

Mayors/Village Administrators

  • Jerry Mazur, Van Wert Mayor
  • Ron Gelhaus, St. Henry Village Administrator
  • Jeff Hazel, Celina Mayor
  • Amy Joseph, Rockford Village Administrator
  • Eric Thomas, Coldwater Village Administrator

At-Large Representatives

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



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