LIGHTS Regional Innovation

LIGHTS Regional Innovation LIGHTS provides expertise, training and resources to the region's workforce, entrepreneurs, companies and local communities in the 28-county territory, with an interest in building a product and/or creating a business.
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The LIGHTS team is available to help small product based businesses and entrepreneurs in coal affected regions, to realize their dreams by adding value proposition to their goods and facilitating growth that will produce revenue for the community

The LIGHTS team is available to help small product based businesses and entrepreneurs in coal affected regions, to realize their dreams by adding value proposition to their goods and facilitating growth that will produce revenue for the community

Mission: LIGHTS will create companies, high-wage jobs, and greater private investment in the coal-impacted project region by matching complex problems and opportunities facing corporations, communities, and individuals to a network of two strategically-placed Innovation Hubs and Gateways.

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02/18/2021

App in an Hour: Virtual Prototyping Workshop with Collin Meadows - 2/19 at 1pm

Have an app idea, but don't know how to build it? Join us during National Entrepreneurship Week as tech guru Collin Meadows, Founding Member of Tech304, helps you create your own app. Collin will walk you through Figma, a virtual prototyping software, and show you the tips and tricks to create your own prototype in real time. Register at https://buff.ly/2Nu8WAh

There's still time to sign up for tonight's event! Tonight, the Shawnee State University Kricker Innovation Hub will be ...
02/18/2021
Entrepreneurship in Recovery | Airmeet

There's still time to sign up for tonight's event!
Tonight, the Shawnee State University Kricker Innovation Hub will be hosting a virtual speaker series event entitled Entrepreneurship in Recovery.

The event will feature a panel of community leaders, advocates, and innovators as they talk about the challenges and opportunities they have faced in their own entrepreneurial journeys and recoveries.

Join the Hub as we host a panel of experts who will speak about their entrepreneurial journey through recovery.

02/18/2021

Growing Your Business - 2/18⋅1–2pm
To Register: https://buff.ly/3b76jwr

Bank on Your Success! Do you want to expand your business but don’t know how to finance that growth? Could your cash flow be better managed? Is new equipment, additional staff or a different location part of your future?

BB&T/Truist would like to help you grow your business. Our Growing Your Business seminar will teach you ways to make sure your business is ready for growth. You’ll learn about separation of business from personal finances, credit and borrowing options, and insurance needs.

02/17/2021

Taking Your Social Media Posts from Good to Great to Awesome
WVSU Economic Development Center and SBA
2/17⋅10-11:30am
Please click this URL to join. https://buff.ly/3rWXr3e
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Are looking for ways to improve your social media campaign? Learn how to take your social media from Good to Great to Awesome. Our team will show you examples of good social media posts and give you tips on how to take them to the next level to improve your engagement. Training provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s West Virginia District Office.

Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship with Brandon DennisonBDSI at Marshall University 2/18 at 1pm Join us during Nati...
02/17/2021
National Entrepreneurship Week

Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship with Brandon Dennison
BDSI at Marshall University 2/18 at 1pm

Join us during National Entrepreneurship Week as Brandon Dennison, Founder and CEO of Coalfield Development, shares his perspective on why social entrepreneurship is such an important strategy for the advancement of the Appalachian region. There will be plenty of time for Q and A. Dennison’s work as a social entrepreneur has been recognized by national and international social entrepreneurship organizations including Ashoka, World Bank, and DRK. In 2019, he was awarded the prestigious Heinz Award for Employment and Economy. Register at

02/16/2021

Getting Registered into the System for Awards Management
WV Women’s Business Center 2/17 at 11am
The West Virginia Women’s Business Center is hosting a valuable webinar on the System for Awards Management (SAM). Join us as Melissa Loder (SBA’s West Virginia District Office) and Sommer Straight (RCAC Procurement Technical Assistance Center - PTAC) guide you through how to register for your SAM account. They will also provide tips, FAQs, and directions on where to get additional assistance, as well as answer questions you may have.
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Meet the InvestorsRCBI at Marshall UniversityTuesday-February 16 at 2 p.m.As part of National Entrepreneurship Week, the...
02/16/2021
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Meet the Investors
RCBI at Marshall University
Tuesday-February 16 at 2 p.m.
As part of National Entrepreneurship Week, the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) at Marshall University is joining with the Appalachian Investors Alliance (AIA) to present “Meet the Investors,” a free webinar Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. to help entrepreneurs and small business owners better understand how to attract investment in their ideas or businesses.

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Understanding Money: The Ins and Outs of Financing Your Small BusinessWV Women’s Business CenterTuesday-February 16 at 1...
02/15/2021
Understanding Money: The Ins and Outs of Financing Your Small Business

Understanding Money: The Ins and Outs of Financing Your Small Business
WV Women’s Business Center
Tuesday-February 16 at 12 p.m.

Join the WV Women’s Business Center and small business consultant Joe Brouse for this informative seminar to help you understand the different types of funding for small businesses and the right time to use them. Starting, growing, and expanding your business can require different types of capital at different times. Learn what you can expect and how to prepare to make the most of financing opportunities, plus the various programs to help you get funding.

What you need to know and how to prepare for obtaining financing for your small business

This week is #natlEshipWeek! An annual celebration of entrepreneurship across the US. We are proud to be a partner and s...
02/15/2021

This week is #natlEshipWeek! An annual celebration of entrepreneurship across the US. We are proud to be a partner and support entrepreneurs in our region! Reach out if you would like our support with starting or growing your business!

#smallbusiness
#smallbusinessinnovation
#shoplocal
#shopsmall
#appalachianbusiness
#makeyourideashappen

Happy National Inventors' Day to all our amazing clients and future clients!Reach out if you want support with your idea...
02/12/2021

Happy National Inventors' Day to all our amazing clients and future clients!

Reach out if you want support with your idea and business model.

#makeyourideashappen
#smallbusiness
#shoplocal
#smallbusinessinnovation
#appalachianbusiness

02/10/2021
Shawnee State University Kricker Innovation Hub

Shawnee State University Kricker Innovation Hub

As media outlets continue to highlight the devastation created by the opioid crisis, people in recovery from substance use disorder are taking the reins of social enterprise to help drive their nation’s economic revitalization.

Join Taryn Strong, co-founder of the She Recovers Foundation, and others on February 18th as they discuss their entrepreneurial journey through recovery.

New job posting for the WV SBDC’s Business Navigator position is now available! To apply, please click on the link https...
02/03/2021

New job posting for the WV SBDC’s Business Navigator position is now available! To apply, please click on the link https://buff.ly/3thOdQt

If you are looking for something delicious for your valentine, while supporting an amazing organization, please consider...
02/02/2021

If you are looking for something delicious for your valentine, while supporting an amazing organization, please consider ordering!

It's February and Love is in the air! Our Red Velvet Bundt is sure to be your February Favorite this year and every year after!

💞💘Our Red Velvet Bundt features a rich velvet and subtle chocolate flavor that is truly one of our best flavors yet!💘💞

Whether you want a cozy Valentine dessert with your special love💘 or a thoughtful gift for someone special! We have the perfect dessert for the occasion!💝

💝❤️ALL FEBRUARY LONG, we have the #SharetheLove campaign to send a bundt to our Frontline workers, teachers, caregivers, mental health and addiction professions! Show your appreciation for all the hardwork they have expressed last year and let them know the love they show goes a long way! ❤️💝

To place your order, use our QR Code or the link below
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#FLAVORRELEASE #newflavor #newflavoralert #SharetheLove #redvelvetcake #redvelvet #frontlineworkers #frontlinehero #teachers #nurse #doctor #nursepractitioner #caregiver #mentalhealth #behavioralhealth #valentines #ValentinesDay2021 #valentinesdaygift #happyanniversary #supportingwomen #womeninrecovery #supportingwomen #givinglove #gift #giftideas

Junior PioBiz is a competition for high schoolers to prepare a 3 minute presentation on a product or service that solves...
02/01/2021
Junior PioBiz

Junior PioBiz is a competition for high schoolers to prepare a 3 minute presentation on a product or service that solves a problem to win cash prizes and a 3-credit hour class at Marietta College Deadline to register is 2/8. For more information:

What is Junior PioBiz? Junior PioBiz is a business idea competition for high school students that is sponsored by the Riverview Credit Union Mid-Ohio Valley Entrepreneurship Expo (MOVEE). The competition simply consists of identifying a problem that is worth solving and describing a new product or s...

02/01/2021
techintern.development.ohio.gov

The Diversity & Inclusion Technology Internship Program can connect you with the best and brightest upcoming talent to fill your tech needs. From creating mobile apps to building out websites, developing social media platforms, implementing new software, conducting market research and enhancing cybersecurity, the program can help with virtually any tech need and pay the salary of college interns – to keep your business on the move. Companies can hire up to three interns and be reimbursed up to $30,000.

To learn more, join the webinar on February 3, 2021 at 1 p.m. or visit https://buff.ly/2NYaZc5

Entrepreneurship in Recovery - Join the Shawnee State University Kricker Innovation Hub as they host a panel of experts ...
01/27/2021
Entrepreneurship in Recovery | Airmeet

Entrepreneurship in Recovery - Join the Shawnee State University Kricker Innovation Hub as they host a panel of experts who will speak about their entrepreneurial journey through recovery. 2/18 at 5:30pm

Join the Hub as we host a panel of experts who will speak about their entrepreneurial journey through recovery.

The Future of Social Audio - Syncify Co-Founder Jack Hughes will join the Kricker Innovation Hub and discuss the future ...
01/27/2021
The Future of Social Audio | Airmeet

The Future of Social Audio - Syncify Co-Founder Jack Hughes will join the Kricker Innovation Hub and discuss the future of social audio for this virtual journey series event. Event is tomorrow (1/28) at noon!

Syncify Co-Founder Jack Hughes will join the Kricker Innovation Hub and discuss the future of social audio for this virtual journey series event.

Morning Dew Hop Farm is a small biodiverse farm raising hops, honey, mushrooms, and fresh produce. Please consider suppo...
01/26/2021
A loan to Charles

Morning Dew Hop Farm is a small biodiverse farm raising hops, honey, mushrooms, and fresh produce. Please consider supporting them in purchasing equipment to get closer to achieving their goal of opening a craft nano-brewery!

A loan of $15,000 helps regenerative farm to purchase brewing equipment for a craft nano-brewery using our estate-grown hops.

PIoBiz workshop: Where do worthy entrepreneurial ideas come from? 2/4 at 4:30pm. Please register to attend: https://buff...
01/26/2021

PIoBiz workshop: Where do worthy entrepreneurial ideas come from? 2/4 at 4:30pm. Please register to attend: https://buff.ly/2Mkx2Nk

Visit MOVEE's website to see the lineup of speakers!
01/19/2021
MOVEE Program

Visit MOVEE's website to see the lineup of speakers!

The 2020-21 Mid-Ohio Valley Entrepreneurship Expo presents Learning from Challenges: How to Adapt and Become a Resilient Business

The Diversity in the Tech Sector Working Group of the FCC’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACD...
01/06/2021
A Road Map to Tech Jobs - Virtual Summit

The Diversity in the Tech Sector Working Group of the FCC’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE) and the FCC’s Media Bureau are co-hosting this virtual summit. The event will be convened virtually and will be open to the public on the Internet via live feed from the FCC’s web page at https://buff.ly/JlbnqO and on the FCC’s YouTube channel.

The Diversity in the Tech Sector Working Group of the FCC’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE) and the FCC’s Media Bureau are co-hosting this virtual summit. The event will be convened virtually and will be open to the public on the Internet via live feed from the FC...

12/22/2020
Sweet Life Baking Co

Last call for these goodies!

❄️Last Call for Bundt Cakes for your Holiday Celebrations! Grab an Orange Cranberry Bundts to replace your Christmas morning cinnamon rolls! Grab Chocolate Mint Bundts for the cherry on top of your Christmas feast! Or grab your favorite flavors for the best stocking stuffers this year!!❄️

Hurry and Order Now!! Use our QR code or use our link below:

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‼️‼️Last Day for Delivery Wednesday, December 23,2020 ‼️‼️

#LASTCALL #hurry #buynow #happyholidays #winterwonderland #holidaycelebrations #zoomholidays #mayyourdaysbemerry #merryandbright #thebestwaytospreadchristmascheer #merrychristmas #shoplocal #localfoods #supportlocal #zanesville #zanesvilleohio #zanesvillestrong #whyibuy_challenge

Happy Holidays from our family to yours.  See you next year!..And please keep shopping local through the holidays! .#sma...
12/18/2020

Happy Holidays from our family to yours. See you next year!
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And please keep shopping local through the holidays!
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#smallbusinessinnovation
#smallbusiness #appalachianbusiness
#shoplocal #shopsmall
#makeyourideashappen

Rounding out our small business highlights is an amazing business that is looking to support those with aphasia and othe...
12/18/2020

Rounding out our small business highlights is an amazing business that is looking to support those with aphasia and other speech and language disorders. Follow them on Twitter and Facebook. And download their app! www.spokenaac.com
Spoken - Tap to Talk AAC

For the rest of the month, we will be highlighting at least one small business from our region. We invite you to follow ...
12/18/2020

For the rest of the month, we will be highlighting at least one small business from our region. We invite you to follow them on social media and visit their business pages to purchase some of their beautiful creations.

We have featured Athens Photographic Project before for their work in the community, as well as for their beautiful star creation! Visit them at the Dairy Barn Pop-up Holiday Bazaar to purchase a multitude of products! Also follow them on Instagram and Facebook! www.athensphotoproject.org

To all our clients with LLCs, if you haven't had your annual meeting yet (and documented it - meeting minutes), you have...
12/18/2020

To all our clients with LLCs, if you haven't had your annual meeting yet (and documented it - meeting minutes), you have until the end of the year!

#smallbusinessinnovation
#smallbusiness
#shoplocal
#shopsmall
#appalachianbusiness
#makeyourideashappen

For the rest of the month, we will be highlighting at least one small business from our region. We invite you to follow ...
12/17/2020

For the rest of the month, we will be highlighting at least one small business from our region. We invite you to follow them on social media and visit their business pages to purchase some of their beautiful creations.

Who doesn't want to feel like a Queen?! Tina's Tiaras supports you in achieving that! Follow her on Instagram and Facebook. www.tinastiaras.com

For the rest of the month, we will be highlighting at least one small business from our region. We invite you to follow ...
12/16/2020

For the rest of the month, we will be highlighting at least one small business from our region. We invite you to follow them on social media and visit their business pages to purchase some of their beautiful creations.

Questionable Press is a fun and unique letterpress printer that creates cards, posters, animal sculptures and a lot more! Check them out here on Instagram and Facebook. www.questionablepress.com

For the rest of the month, we will be highlighting at least one small business from our region. We invite you to follow ...
12/16/2020

For the rest of the month, we will be highlighting at least one small business from our region. We invite you to follow them on social media and visit their business pages to purchase some of their amazing products.

Sweetgypsybrand sells handcrafted bath products. Visit them on Instagram and Facebook!

For the rest of the month, we will be highlighting at least one small business from our region. We invite you to follow ...
12/15/2020

For the rest of the month, we will be highlighting at least one small business from our region. We invite you to follow them on social media and visit their business pages to purchase some of their amazing products.

Jennings Java Coffee Roasters LLC is an artisan coffee roaster that is making a name for themselves throughout the region! Follow them on Instagram and Facebook and try their roasts! www.jenningsjava.com

For the rest of the month, we will be highlighting at least one small business from our region. We invite you to follow ...
12/15/2020

For the rest of the month, we will be highlighting at least one small business from our region. We invite you to follow them on social media and visit their business pages to purchase some of their beautiful creations.

Talcon-Quinn is a brilliant artist that creates sustainably sourced jewelry, leather goods and herbal remedies. Follow her on Instagram and Facebook. www.talcon-quinn.com

For the rest of the month, we will be highlighting at least one small business from our region. We invite you to follow ...
12/14/2020

For the rest of the month, we will be highlighting at least one small business from our region. We invite you to follow them on social media and visit their business pages to purchase some of their beautiful creations.

Dresden & Company is a direct sales company that provides opportunities for entrepreneurship through sales of locally crafted products. Follow them on Instagram and Facebook. www.dresdenandcompany.com

For the rest of the month, we will be highlighting at least one small business from our region. We invite you to follow ...
12/14/2020

For the rest of the month, we will be highlighting at least one small business from our region. We invite you to follow them on social media and visit their business pages to purchase some of their beautiful creations.

BB2C: Building Bridges to Careers BB2C Makerspace supports existing and future entrepreneurs through their workshops, makerspace and incubator. Follow them on Instagram and Facebook. www.buildingbridgestocareers.org

Address

340 West State St
Athens, OH
45701

General information

LIGHTS Innovation Hubs are located in Athens and Zanesville with several Gateways positioned throughout the region in Athens, Somerset, Portsmouth, South Point, and Nelsonville. The Hubs provide facilities, equipment, and engineering/design expertise to support emerging solutions and products in a wide range of industry sectors most centered on advanced manufacturing opportunities. The Gateways introduce makers and innovators to the existing and growing Innovation Ecosystem and provide opportunities for the unemployed and underemployed to participate where they live -- right in their backyard.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(740) 593-2439

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Brad Sampson, Greg Adams, Greg Offenberger, Trina Pinkerton Ellis, Lisa Ball, Lisa Pinkerton and any other Beverly/Waterford/Marietta friend. I know this is in Zanesville tomorrow night, but it will be awesome!!!