Here's what Ohio businesses have to say about
the Business Resource Network:

 

 “The 45-minute exercise not only allowed me to rethink many aspects of my business but also forced me to think realistically.”  Marty Cohen, Owner Mickey’s Army-Navy 3/1/13  
 
“It’s nice to see people like the Business Resource Network coming to lend a helping hand.”  Heather Whisman, Owner, Awesome Town   “The AEP representatives were very professional. The BRN process has been simple, effortless and it’s a good program that more businesses need to take advantage of.”  Rick Finney, President, Finney Tire LLC   “The value I see in the Business Resource Network is that it is county and community centered and has the ability to target strong local resources as well as regional partners. I found that the BRN interview process helped me articulate my "wish list" for training and developing the talent pipeline. It also introduced me to the expanded and relevant offerings of many of the area training providers. As a busy HR Manager of a major healthcare facility, I was very pleased to find the process well organized, efficient, and directed toward understanding the needs of my business and connecting me to valuable resources.” Danialle Lynce, Manager, Human Resources, University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center
 
“The BRN can be a valuable asset to any company,” said Boylan. “In our case, we’ve successfully utilized the BRN as a cherished resource; for hiring and training, in-house safety programs, state and local funding opportunities and international distribution prospects through YSU. The BRN has become a valued partner to our organizational growth.”  Tom Boylan, Alliance Abrasives.   “I just wanted to thank you for bringing the Business Resource Network to my attention.  I never realized there were so many resources available to small businesses.  It has been wonderful to have a one stop source for so many items.”  Anne M. Watkins, Office Manager, Environmental Friendly Energy Services. 
 
“The programs and supporting associates BRN has to offer employers in our region is quite impressive.  Our company has taken advantage of several programs you had recommended.”  John D. Dance, Barclay Machine, Inc. 
 
 A safety grant from BWC funded the purchase of eight new line sewing machines, one long arm sewing machine and a serger and was the “biggest improvement the company has ever made.”  Peter is working with the SBA at Kent State Tuscarawas on succession planning, marketing and a business plan. “I was skeptical at first, but now I’m a believer.”  Peter Joel Ort, VP, Co-Owner and Plant Manager, Ort Furniture Manufacturing, Salem, Ohio
 
 “The BRN program has been a great help for Ohio International Lumber, LLC. We are a young company and finding good employees has been one way they have helped us. When it comes to getting the qualified workers the BRN for Pike County has been there to help. It is so good for us to know that all we need to do is call and she is there to help.  The BRN keeps us up on new programs that will help us grow our business and the skills of our employees. That is a program that will always be needed to keep industries growing and coming to this area.”  Ohio International Lumber, LLC.  
 
As always, your services are greatly appreciated. It is refreshing that there are people out there (like you) that actually help get results!  Rick LoSasso, Operations Manager, Tri County Tower Service Inc. 
 
After establishing our new business location several months ago, I was pleased to learn that there is a local program to help new and existing businesses to connect with the resources they need the most. In a brief meeting with Business Resource Network staff, we were able to discuss our most recent challenges and opportunities in order to identify which partner may best assist us. This program is such a valuable resource for local businesses and it only costs business owners about an hour of their time”,  Dustin Corder, Vice President, ISI Systems, Inc. 

 

And here's what the Business resource Network partners are saying:

 “I have been involved with the BRN for several years.  I have attended meetings at the BRN Mahoning County and been involved since its inception with the BRN Canton.  As a resource partner, I have found the organization to be of great value.  This “one stop shopping” is an effective way to match up the needs of the companies with the resources available to meet those needs.  This organization is important to the retention and expansion of businesses in our area.”  Steve Schillig, District Director, Ohio Small Business Development Center
 
 “The BRN has created great value for AEP (American Electric Power) in three basic areas important to the company; increased energy efficiency programming participation, identification/resolution of customer complaints, and early identification of potential economic development projects.”  David Wheeler, Director, External Affairs, American Electric Power
 
“The Business Resource Network has been the best and ONLY source in referring companies to the International Trade Assistance Center (ITAC) at Youngstown State University...From my experience, I could attest to their ultimate dedication, professionalism, passion, timely delivery, and quality value they add to local SMEs (subject matter experts).”  Mousa Kassis, ITAC International Trade Advisor
 “Our school has more knowledge concerning the needs of our local business and industry because of the efforts of the BRN…[The BRN communicates] the needs which results in assisting our school in delivering impactful and direct services and programs.” Lathe Moore, Adult Education Director, Pike County Career Technology Center
 
I write to express my satisfaction with the Business Resource Network (BRN).  The BRN has a presence in eight of the 18-county congressional district which I represent.  Since July 2012, the BRN has been a staple for economic development in those counties.  The BRN staff has worked tirelessly to both save and create jobs in Appalachia, Ohio.  I am a proud member of the BRN, and can speak directly to their professionalism, passion, and persistence in promoting business and workforce development needs.  Again, I commend the work the BRN does in our communities.  This program is an asset to Eastern Ohio."  Representative Bill Johnson, Congress of the United States
 
 “...it is indeed a pleasure to work with the Account Executives with the Business Resource Network.  I firmly believe that there cannot be too many services for entrepreneurs in a community and the Business Resource Network is a valuable resource to add to the services provided in both Adams and Brown County.  Russ Brewer, Enterprise Center Coordinator, Southern State Community College. 
 
"As the Director of the Chamber of Commerce in Adams County, I feel the information obtained by the BRN (Business Resource Network) is good information for businesses." Deana Swayne, Adams County Chamber of Commerce..." 
 
"I've been working with the BRN for the past three years and they are a great local asset.  They've helped the Mahoning Valley PTAC easily reach our program goals by introducing our services to business that we otherwise might not have reached.  They are my "go to" if I need local resource information to help my clients; they're very knowledgeable and quick to help."   Norma Webb, Program Manager, Mahoning Valley PTAC @ MVEDC
  
"The Ohio BWC, Youngstown Service Office, truly values the partnership we have developed with the BRN.  Over the past three years, our service office has received over 200 referrals through the BRN process.  The BRN is our number one referral stream.  These referrals have allowed the BWC to consult with employers on Safety and Health Services, Safety Incentive Grants, Safety Training, Discount Programs, and assist employers with claims management.  We have found the BRN representatives to be professional, easy to work with and dedicated to assisting business in our area.  Thanks for allowing us to be part of this awesome network and looking forward to working with you in the future."  David Costantino, Employer Management Supervisor, Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation