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Local Entrepreneurs Share Five Tips for Success   Businesses are sprouting up everywhere; from local mom-and-pop shops, to national chains, to global empires, there’s no doubt that this is the age of the entrepreneur. Shows such as Shark Tank and The Profit validate the American dream and are encouraging men and women of all ages to bring the ideas they have to market. As this phenomenon continues, it’s safe to say that many are opting to create their dream job rather than following traditional career paths. Two such entrepreneurs are J.D. Hyman and Ben Caplan, founders of local business, Rooster Printing. Officially launching in the beginning of July, J.D. and Ben are on a mission to provide convenient, modern, quality products to clientele while offering a range of services, including printing, branding, and business consulting. As they build their company, Ben and J.D. share these tips for entrepreneurial success: Take advantage of every opportunity and connection, remembering that the value of a person is not directly dependent on what they have to offer you.If you desire to change someone’s life, it’s important to change yourself first.Don’t get stuck in the “when I grow up” mindset because at some time you must grow up. Instead really evaluate where you want to be in life and what legacy you want to leave behind.Use every opportunity to learn, grow, and share.If you don’t know what you want to do with your life, look at what you can do without noticing a change a time because that is what you are put on this earth to do.If you were to ask J.D. and Ben how they connected, both would say through a mutual friend; but it’s deeper than that - they share a similar purpose. They are called to lead, and business is the means through which God will use them. Both founders are passionate about entrepreneurship and enjoy the idea of being their own boss. Yet before they connected, they had separate journeys. J.D., an OCU graduate, initially pursued marketing but changed when he learned more about business under the tutelage of Ohio Christian University business professors - Dr. David Garrison and Professor Dale Lear. Then as he furthered his education, attending classes in the AGS MBA program, his resolve to enter business was solidified due to the influence of the Business Program Director, Dr. Debra Grimm. He realized that he wanted to make a difference and work at a fulfilling job. While J.D. pursued higher education, Ben took a different path and after graduating high school entered the workforce. As he went to work everyday, he began to realize that he had higher aspirations, and the alternative of being in control of his future became more appealing. Fortunately, he had the opportunity to witness entrepreneurship first-hand since his father owned his own business. But what really made him choose entrepreneurship was this question Steve Jobs asked a group of graduates– “Are you willing to die for what you’re about to do?” There’s just one more tip J.D. and Ben wanted to share: Don’t be afraid to create your future.

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Internet Safety Advocate Speaks On Campus image

Internet Safety Advocate Speaks On Campus

Internet Safety Advocate Speaks On Campus image

Published: April 17, 2019

Ohio Christian University was happy to host Donna Rice Hughes Monday, April 15th in both chapel and as a Distinguished Speaker in the School of Business and Government. Rice Hughes is the President and CEO of Enough Is Enough and has been working since 1994 as a pioneering leader on the frontlines of U.S. efforts to make the Internet safer for children and families. Her three-pronged strategy connects the technology industry, the public, and the legal community in helping protect children online. She was awarded the 2013 Women In Technology Award for Social Impact as well as the 2014
Ohio Christian University was happy to host Donna Rice Hughes Monday, April 15th in both chapel and as a Distinguished Speaker in the School of Business and Government. Rice Hughes is the President and CEO of Enough Is Enough and has been working since 1994 as a pioneering leader on the frontlines of U.S. efforts to make the Internet safer for children and families. Her three-pronged
Ohio Christian University was happy to host Donna Rice Hughes Monday, April 15th in both chapel and as a Distinguished Speaker in the School of Business and Government. Rice Hughes is the President
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2019 Business Competition Gives Students Real World Experience

2019 Business Competition Gives Students Real World Experience image

Published: April 15, 2019

On April 9th, Ohio Christian University’s School of Business and Government hosted the annual awards banquet for its Business Plan Competition. Five finalists in the competition were awarded recognition as well as cash awards for their business plans. This annual competition gives Business students a chance to put into practice what they are being taught in classrooms. Its purpose is to give students a real-world opportunity to develop a business plan and present it to a panel of distinguished businesspersons. This year’s first-round competition judges were Dr. Monty Lobb, Dean, and
On April 9th, Ohio Christian University’s School of Business and Government hosted the annual awards banquet for its Business Plan Competition. Five finalists in the competition were awarded recognition as well as cash awards for their business plans. This annual competition gives Business students a chance to put into practice what they are being taught in classrooms. Its purpose is to give
On April 9th, Ohio Christian University’s School of Business and Government hosted the annual awards banquet for its Business Plan Competition. Five finalists in the competition were awarded
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Faith and Work Seminar a First on Campus

Faith and Work Seminar a First on Campus image

Published: April 10, 2019

On Saturday March 23rd, Ohio Christian University hosted the Faith
On Saturday March 23rd, Ohio Christian University hosted the Faith
On Saturday March 23rd, Ohio Christian University hosted the Faith
2019 Annual Business Plan Competition image

2019 Annual Business Plan Competition

2019 Annual Business Plan Competition image

Published: April 5, 2019

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State Representative Rick Carfagna Visits Campus image

State Representative Rick Carfagna Visits Campus

State Representative Rick Carfagna Visits Campus image

Published: March 11, 2019

On Friday, March 8th, State Representative Rick Carfagna (Chair, Finance Subcommittee on Higher Education) visited Ohio Christian University (OCU). He was welcomed to the president’s office by Dr. Jon Kulaga (President), Ted Perry (Chief Financial Officer) and Craig Brown (Chief Relationship Officer) where the group discussed multiple partnerships related to micro-credentialing, entrepreneurship and workforce development for regional incumbent industry. Rep. Carfagna received a campus tour from OCU students, then ended his time on campus with a meeting in the Robert W. Plaster Free
On Friday, March 8th, State Representative Rick Carfagna (Chair, Finance Subcommittee on Higher Education) visited Ohio Christian University (OCU). He was welcomed to the president’s office by Dr. Jon Kulaga (President), Ted Perry (Chief Financial Officer) and Craig Brown (Chief Relationship Officer) where the group discussed multiple partnerships related to micro-credentialing,
On Friday, March 8th, State Representative Rick Carfagna (Chair, Finance Subcommittee on Higher Education) visited Ohio Christian University (OCU). He was welcomed to the president’s office by Dr.

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Senator Rob Portman Visits OCU, Speaks with Students image

Senator Rob Portman Visits OCU, Speaks with Students

Senator Rob Portman Visits OCU, Speaks with Students image

Published: September 1, 2015

Senator Rob Portman Visits OCU, Speaks with Students   “I’m Rob Portman. I work for you.”   That’s how Senator Rob Portman introduced himself to a room full of community leaders, students, and press at Ohio Christian University this afternoon.   Ohio Christian University was pleased to welcome Sen. Rob Portman to campus today for a roundtable discussion on economic development and human trafficking awareness. Economic leaders from Fayette, Ross, Pickaway, and Franklin counties were present to discuss how the region’s role in business and workforce
Senator Rob Portman Visits OCU, Speaks with Students   “I’m Rob Portman. I work for you.”   That’s how Senator Rob Portman introduced himself to a room full of community leaders, students, and press at Ohio Christian University this afternoon.   Ohio Christian University was pleased to welcome Sen. Rob Portman to campus today for a roundtable discussion on
Senator Rob Portman Visits OCU, Speaks with Students   “I’m Rob Portman. I work for you.”   That’s how Senator Rob Portman introduced himself to a room full of community
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Married to the Family Business

Married to the Family Business image

Published: July 21, 2015

Generally speaking, most people become an entrepreneur because they have created a product or service that will add value to a community. However, some people who enter entrepreneurship as a result of their relationships. Mandy Way, a recent MBA graduate from OCU, is a part of this category. Upon marrying her husband, Cameron Way, she became joint manager of Way Farms, a local produce company in Waverly, OH. Since it was founded in 2003 and became an LLC in 2008, Way Farms has been very successful, due to the support of its community and competency of its managers. Their goal - to
Generally speaking, most people become an entrepreneur because they have created a product or service that will add value to a community. However, some people who enter entrepreneurship as a result of their relationships. Mandy Way, a recent MBA graduate from OCU, is a part of this category. Upon marrying her husband, Cameron Way, she became joint manager of Way Farms, a local produce
Generally speaking, most people become an entrepreneur because they have created a product or service that will add value to a community. However, some people who enter entrepreneurship as a result
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School of Business and Government Hosts Distinguished Speaker Series

School of Business and Government Hosts Distinguished Speaker Series image

Published: April 15, 2015

On March 31st the School of Business and Government hosted Dr. Jay Richards and Dr. Anne Bradley as a part of the Distinguished Speaker Series.Dr. Anne Rathbone Bradley is the Vice President of Economic Initiatives at the Institute, where she develops and commissions research toward a systematic biblical theology of economic freedom. She is a visiting professor at Georgetown University, and also teaches at The Institute for World Politics and George Mason University. She is an editor of and contributing author to IFWE’s recently released book, For the Least of These: A Biblical Answer
On March 31st the School of Business and Government hosted Dr. Jay Richards and Dr. Anne Bradley as a part of the Distinguished Speaker Series.Dr. Anne Rathbone Bradley is the Vice President of Economic Initiatives at the Institute, where she develops and commissions research toward a systematic biblical theology of economic freedom. She is a visiting professor at Georgetown University, and
On March 31st the School of Business and Government hosted Dr. Jay Richards and Dr. Anne Bradley as a part of the Distinguished Speaker Series.Dr. Anne Rathbone Bradley is the Vice President of
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Employment Basics for Student Workers

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Published: October 21, 2014

On Friday, October 10th, the Ohio Christian University Career Services Department presented training for 117 work-study students called the Basics of Employment. This training covered essential information to help students be successful in their jobs.  The three-hour training presented topics that focused on transferable and personal skills that students will carry over into their careers.Some of the topics covered were:The impact of their role in upholding the University missionThe impact of tardiness and absenteeismThe impact of lost productivity employers incur while students are
On Friday, October 10th, the Ohio Christian University Career Services Department presented training for 117 work-study students called the Basics of Employment. This training covered essential information to help students be successful in their jobs.  The three-hour training presented topics that focused on transferable and personal skills that students will carry over into their careers.
On Friday, October 10th, the Ohio Christian University Career Services Department presented training for 117 work-study students called the Basics of Employment. This training covered essential
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Career Services Offers Workshop Blitz

Career Services Offers Workshop Blitz image

Published: September 25, 2014

On Tuesday, September 23, Career Services offered the first Workshop Blitz to OCU students. There were 38 students in attendance for the three-hour event.  The Blitz offered students an opportunity to participate in a multitude of workshops all held in one evening to help prepare them to enter the workforce.One portion of the workshop featured Lori Bentz from Brooks Brothers Clothing, Jeffersonville, Ohio, illustrating proper dress attire to wear for an interview. Students participated in a tie tying competition as well as a scarf tying demonstration. Students also had a demonstration
On Tuesday, September 23, Career Services offered the first Workshop Blitz to OCU students. There were 38 students in attendance for the three-hour event.  The Blitz offered students an opportunity to participate in a multitude of workshops all held in one evening to help prepare them to enter the workforce.One portion of the workshop featured Lori Bentz from Brooks Brothers Clothing,
On Tuesday, September 23, Career Services offered the first Workshop Blitz to OCU students. There were 38 students in attendance for the three-hour event.  The Blitz offered students an opportunity