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JobsOhio and Aileron Team Up to Launch New Academy for Small Business Support

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JobsOhio and Aileron have partnered to launch a new academy to assist small businesses throughout Ohio. J.P. Nauseef, president and CEO of JobsOhio, announced the initiative, which will provide intensive training and mentoring to small businesses across the state.

“Small businesses create great value in the economic environment,” said Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, who also spoke at the news conference held at Aileron, a Tipp City-headquartered non-profit education and consulting organization for businesses founded by the late businessman and philanthropist Clay Mathile.

“Small businesses are important to local communities because they are innovative and respond more nimbly to local needs — plus, the money spent in small businesses is more likely to benefit the local economy,” Husted said in a news release issued by JobsOhio. “This program will build more successful small businesses leading to stronger, more prosperous communities across Ohio.”

The JobsOhio Small Business Academy, powered by Aileron, is designed for small business owners, presidents, and CEOs of growing businesses in Ohio to enhance their leadership skills and expand their companies.

Open to small businesses across the state that are current or former clients of JobsOhio, the state’s privatized economic development organization, the academy will commence in the fall with an initial cohort of 25 organizations, according to Nauseef. 

Participants will receive scholarships, making the program accessible for them. Business owners not yet involved with JobsOhio but interested in the program are encouraged to reach out to JobsOhio for participation opportunities.

“We’re thrilled to come together with JobsOhio to uplift organizations across the state,” said Aileron President Joni Fedders. ”This program will help small business owners elevate their businesses, teams, and lives and build an organization that thrives for the long term. We’re honored to work with our partners at JobsOhio and our first cohort of small businesses, all right in our own backyard.”

The 12-month program will feature both in-person and virtual events facilitated by Aileron. Applicants will be informed of their selection in August, with the program starting on September 24.

“Partnering with Aileron to create the JobsOhio Small Business Academy will enrich the capabilities of Ohio’s small businesses, helping them upskill professional management efficiencies and scale their operations for future success,” Nauseef said in the news release. “This program not only empowers small businesses’ ability to expand, it also honors the enduring legacy of Clay Mathile, whose bold, visionary and unselfish commitment to Ohio’s economic growth continues to positively impact communities statewide.”

Fedders mentioned that the business leaders in the cohort will also have the opportunity to learn from each other throughout the program.

“Aileron was founded on the belief that small businesses improve lives and raise the quality of life,” Mike Mathile, chair of the Aileron board and son of Clay Mathile, said in the news release. “This partnership is empowering that meaningful work right here in Ohio as JobsOhio and Aileron uplift leaders, organizations, and communities across the state.”

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