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February 20, 2023 | Tom Ballard

Additional help is on the way for Dayton entrepreneurs

Two new programs aimed to help Dayton, Ohio entrepreneurs include SOAR, "Side Hustle without the Hustle,” and “Pitch AM.”

Start-up support organizations in Dayton, OH launched two new programs last week. According to an article in Dayton Inno, one of the new initiatives is focused on early stage entrepreneurs and the other is designed to help accelerate rising start-ups.

  • The Dayton chapter of nonprofit Aviatra Accelerators, which is dedicated to woman-owned small businesses, has created a new bi-monthly program of workshop-style events for potential women entrepreneurs in the city. Named SOAR, the program will focus on a variety of topics including marketing, U.S. Small Business Administration loans, business law, self-care, and mindset. There’s also a sibling program named “Side Hustle without the Hustle” that is designed to provide information to help entrepreneurs quickly establish a second income stream business. Aviatra Accelerators, which also has locations in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, has helped more than 3,000 women entrepreneurs create 15,000 jobs and receive millions in funding. Its alumni have generated a cumulative total of over $1 billion in earned revenues.
  • The Entrepreneurs’ Center (EC) has launched a new morning pitch series called “Pitch AM” to give Dayton start-up founders the opportunity to connect with the things they need most in the early stages of development – funding, strategic partners, mentors, and employees. According to the Dayton Inno article, the EC works with more than 1,000 entrepreneurs to start and grow companies, create jobs, generate revenue and attract investment. For 2023, it reported an operating budget of $7.8 million.

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