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Cliffs Lake and Shrimp Ranch

Owned and operated by Nathan Hogue and Waite Frye, Cliff's Lake is a pay lake and bait house business located in Scioto County. Although business was good, Nathan and Waite foresaw the need to diversify their business into a multiple enterprise operation in order to continue to be profitable.

One area they were interested in exploring was aquaculture. With water resources already on site, they sought a way to effectively use those resources. Nathan and Waite partnered with the OSU South Centers SBDC and Aquaculture Program and soon became collaborators on a funded research project. The project involved adopting technology for freshwater prawn production - developed in Kentucky - to farms in Southern Ohio. After a successful fall harvest, they have plans to further expand their shrimp and catfish culture operation. They have even changed their name to Cliff's Lake and Shrimp Ranch.

Clientele repeatedly commented on the scenic location of the pay lake and the... Read More

Daily Reporter 03/10/06.

After serving nearly 20 years in the military, David Tibbs established Vertical Horizons One, Inc. in 2001 to perform studies and analyses for government and other nonprofit organizations.

Tibbs, chairman and chief executive officer of the company, said he did so simply because he believed it was his duty.

'My father, a former Tuskeegee Airman, instilled in me that service to one's country and to your fellow man was what life was all about,' Tibbs said, adding that he saw a need to improve public-sector management.

VHO provides research and development services such as Web-based security, laser hardened materials, heavy engineering, and health sciences.

Tibbs said he has received tremendous support from the SBA.

'VHO is part of the SBA 8(a) Business Development Program, and SBA has been very supportive in providing timely information and guidance. SBA helped steer us on the right path toward... Read More

Once Again SBA Helps Dreams Come True!

With help from The Small Business Administration, my wife and I were able to achieve both of our dreams. My wife, Dr. Paige Phillips, had been working as an associate veterinarian for three years and as a relief veterinarian for two years. Her love for animals made it such that she had a difficult time working for owners of practices who, in an effort to save time or money, did not practice the best medicine possible at all times. It was very important for Paige to reach her goal of always practicing the best medicine and continually improving the lives of companion animals. The only true way to make this happen was to own her own veterinary clinic, and manage it accordingly.

From a business perspective, I had always wanted to own and operate my own company. With a background in finance, I was able to put together a comprehensive business proposal to purchase an existing veterinary clinic in West Milton, Ohio, and, with the help of the SBA, to secure the appropriate... Read More

Daily Reporter 3/10/06

As a young child in a family of 25 brothers and sisters, Sallie Sylvester had the ambition to excel and develop her life to the fullest, she says. She turned that drive intoa career in 1977 when she started her first business, and now is enjoying success with Sallie's Wholesale & Construction Inc.

The company is a small wholesale construction material supplier and contractor, performing general and subcontracting services in the building and highway industry. It provides equipment, maintenance services and construction materials to general and sub-contractors. The company also assembles and installs equipment, and offers a labor pool of general and skilled employees. Its highest annual sales figure was $2.5 million, according to Sylvester.

She said her company has been helped by several of the SBA's training programs, including its 'Basic Executive 7j Training' and 'Advanced Executive 7j Training,' and she encouragesall small... Read More

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