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Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center Grand Opening

Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center is Open for Business

Thursday, August 31st, marked the grand opening of the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center to begin supporting entrepreneurship, venture acceleration, job creation, and workforce development to achieve greater regional prosperity.

This center has been realized through collaboration of the U. S. Economic Development Agency, State of Ohio, Pickaway County, City of Circleville, Pickaway Progress Partnership, Southern State Community College, The Robert W. Plaster Foundation, OhioHealth, Berger Health, DuPont, Universal Technology Corporation, Huntington Bank, American Electric Power, and Columbus 2020.

The center supports 1) entrepreneurship education, business incubation, venture acceleration, and a community for entrepreneurs, 2) workforce development solutions including internships and custom curriculum and certification ‘factories’, and 3) research for grant writing, analytics, contracts, and academics.  Onsite resources are OCU’s School of Business and Government®, Pickaway Progress Partnership, Universal Technology Corporation, and accounting, banking, legal, and marketing services.

 

Dr. Dolly Plaster-Clement

Grand opening speakers included Ohio Senators Bob Peterson and Troy Balderson, Ohio Representative Gary Scherer, Jeannette Tamayo, Regional Director of the EDA, Steven White for Senator Rob Portman, Joe Gilligan for Senator Sherrod Brown, Joe Bengoechea on behalf of Congressman Steve Stivers, Pickaway County Commissioner Brian Stewart, City of Circleville Mayor Don McIlroy, Director of Pickaway Progress Partnership Ryan Scribner, Steve Austria of Zaino, Hall & Farrin, Southern State Community College President Dr. Kevin Boys, Ohio Christian University President Dr. Jon Kulaga, and Plaster Foundation Executive Director, Dr. Dolly Plaster-Clement.

Ohio Christian University President Jon Kulaga, officiating the new center’s naming, stated that “The new Free Enterprise Center is a great example of what can be accomplished when private, public, government, corporate, and non-profit stakeholders come together to affect positive change in a region. We are thrilled to be the campus site for the center – and look forward to seeing how we can collaborate with its various partners to a be a positive force for change in Pickaway County and beyond.”

Southern State Community College President Kevin Boys declared that "Southern State Community College is delighted to partner with Ohio Christian University on this important initiative. The synergy between our institutions will enable both of us to accomplish much more than we could individually, and all in the interest of achieving increased economic prosperity in our region."