Free Networking & Career Development Event: April 2, 2020

Whether you are seeking growth at work, personal growth, or both, the tools you need are right here in your community! Please join us for the first session in our free professional development series.

What: Networking & Career Development
When: April 2, 3-5 p.m.
Where: Room C200

This event is free, but registration is required. RSVP here.

For any questions or to register a group, please call Audrey Lehman at 419.267.1418 or email at

Program outline:
3-3:30 p.m.-Registration & Networking
3:30-4:10 p.m-First Presentation
4:10-4:20 p.m.-Break
4:20-5 p.m.-Second Presentation

Discover NSCC Day: Nov. 9, 2019

Discover NSCC Day on Saturday, November 9 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. provides a great way for everyone to explore how the College can help connect students to education, training, and access to career opportunities.

“Northwest State offers great education and training for students of all ages,” said Terri Lavin, director of admissions. “At Discover NSCC Day, we will have activities all across campus. Discover NSCC Day is a great way for students to see first-hand some of the many great things we do to help change lives through education,” Lavin continued.

Some of the fun, hands-on activities scheduled include testing specimens in the medical assisting lab, investigating a mock crime scene, “escape rooms,” 3-D printing and chemistry exploration, an all-ages obstacle course, and observing simulations in the state-of-the-art nursing lab.

In addition to enjoying the numerous activities, attendees can also apply for an opportunity to win one of two $500 scholarships. NSCC student services representatives from advising, admissions, financial aid and more will be available to answer questions and share valuable information.

The alumni relations department is also offering special “Re-Discover NSCC Day” activities on campus for alumni, family and friends. Alumni events include coffee and donuts, a meet & greet with NSCC President Dr. Michael Thomson and other NSCC representatives, plus a special luncheon at 11:30 a.m. in Room C200. The Re-Discover NSCC event is free, but registration is required.

Discover NSCC Day is a free event, and is open to the public. For more information on the event, visit or call the NSCC Admissions Office at 419.267.1320.

Entrepreneurship Forum: Nov. 5, 2019

Northwest State Community College celebrates the spirit of entrepreneurship and the power of small businesses in hosting its sixth annual Entrepreneurship Forum on Tuesday, November 5 from 10:00 a.m. to noon in the Voinovich Auditorium. This FREE event is open to all residents of Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding and Williams Counties with an idea, concept or business plan, as well as those who simply want to attend and enjoy the presentations and discussion.

Providing Valuable Experiences
The 2019 Entrepreneurship Forum provides budding entrepreneurs the opportunity to present their ideas to a panel of experts from the region and to network with those experts – both very valuable experiences! Three awards of $250 in funding will be awarded to presenters that day, courtesy of JumpStart|NextTech Ohio, First Federal Bank and The State Bank & Trust Company.

Helping Aspiring Business Owners by Removing Barriers to Market
“Small business is so important to local community development and growth. Quite simply, it is the backbone of our economy,” said Lisa Becher, business faculty at Northwest State. Becher is also the State of Ohio Small Business Development Center consultant and a local business owner.

She has created an event that helps aspiring business owners by removing barriers to market. “Our goal is to empower individuals and break down the barriers that stop people from starting down the path of business ownership. The team can assist with patents, legal structure, funding, available space and other needs. This is an opportunity to network and create relationships,” Becher continued.

Panelists Scheduled for the 2019 Entrepreneurship Forum

  • Defiance County: Floyd Culver, President/CEO, Chamber of Commerce
  • Fulton County: Matt Gilroy, Executive Director, Economic Development
  • Henry County: Joel Miller, Executive Director, Chamber of Commerce; April Welch, Executive Director, Economic Development
  • Paulding County: Jerry Zielke, Executive Director, Economic Development
  • Williams County: Megan Hausch, Executive Director Economic Development
  • Northwest State Community College: Lisa Becher, Business Faculty, State of OH Small Business Development Center Advisor, Local Business Owner
  • Dave Dorner, mentor and consultant to start-up businesses, former director at Rocket Ventures and executive director of Oregon Economic Development
  • Dave Figley, Commercial Lender, First Federal Bank
  • Brandon Gerken, SBA Lending Manager, The State Bank & Trust Company
  • Ray Meiers, Intellectual Property Attorney, Black, McCuskey, Souers & Arbaugh LPA
  • Adam Salon, Partner, Entrepreneurial Services, JumpStart|NextTech Ohio

How to Register
Register by calling Lisa Becher at 419.267.1264 or email The event is free to attend, but registration is required for everyone. Lunch will not be provided to attendees, but guests are encouraged to visit the NSCC Café (2nd floor ‘C’ building) for meal and snack options.

“Upon registration, presenters will be provided a template for presentation and free consultation services from the Small Business Development Center,” Becher said.