NEW PHILADELPHIA -- Eight area businesses have made significant gifts to the Ohio Small Business Development Center (OSBDC) at Kent State University at Tuscarawas to enable the office to continue providing consulting and advising services to new small businesses. The OSBDC is the lead center for the 10-county district which includes Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Muskingum and Tuscarawas.

In addition to Kent State Tuscarawas, the businesses and organizations providing funding for this fiscal year are Kent State Salem, Consumers National Bank, PNC, Coshocton County Port Authority, First National Bank of Dennison, First Federal Community Bank and First Merit Bank.

"Funding was again a challenge for our center," said Steve Schillig, OSBDC region director at Kent State Tuscarawas. "We learned early in the year that the federal sequester was to have a direct impact on our program. If it wasn't for the continued support from our longstanding contributors and the addition of several new ones this year, our organization would have been forced to cut services."

The OSBDC provides services to assist small business through advising, assistance, training and development and networking. They provide assistance to move businesses through all stages of development - from a new idea, through start-up, development and into growth and expansion.

For information about the Ohio Small Business Development Center, contact Steve Schillig at 330-308-7479, by email at or visit the OSBDC web site