Executive Leadership Training Seminar offered through local collaborative effort

Hannah Ticoras
October 17, 2014

More than two dozen business leaders participated in a two-day Executive Leadership Training Seminar last month, thanks to a collaboration among local business support organizations.

The seminar, held at the Ohio University Innovation Center, was led by Todd Acuff of the American Management Association (AMA) and sponsored by TechGROWTH Ohio, Tri-County Adult Career Center, Hocking College, Business Remixed, and the Small Business Development Center.

The idea to hold the seminar came from the Business Training Center in Nelsonville. A partnership between Hocking College and the Tri-County Adult Career Center, the center provides classes, computer training seminars, and advice for start-ups and businesses looking to heighten their efficiency.

“Our mission is to provide the kind of support and services that our businesses need, whether that is attracting businesses to the area of keeping them and growing them,” said Tanya Conrath, coordinator of the Business Training Center.

Conrath began organizing the seminar after a local business approached the center about an AMA leadership seminar in Columbus. The company wanted to send some of its employees to that event, but it was going to be too expensive. By securing sponsorships from myriad small-business support organizations in southeastern Ohio, she was able to get the AMA to bring its training to Athens, making it much less expensive for participants.

The 25 participants in the seminar came from a range of area businesses, including clients of the Innovation Center, TechGROWTH, and the Small Business Development Center, as well as local nonprofits and small businesses.

The event wouldn’t have been a possibility without the cooperation of all of these organizations, Conrath said.

“We do well with collaborations because we are all out to create an innovative corridor in Southeast Ohio,” she said.