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Community and Economic Development

Our Community and Economic Development efforts seek to empower communities to achieve their goals through education and technical assistance. With a focus on agriculture and economics in urban and rural communities, the primary aim of this program is to address community development and revitalization, local economic development, and small business development.

Our Community and Economic Development Staff is available to assist with further information regarding Extension programs and events.

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Developing Better Social Economic & Sustainable Communities

- Inside the Courtroom - Q & A
Join Central State University Extension and local experts for an informational panel on our legal system. Topics include legal procedures, arrests, misdemeanors, your rights, record expungement, felonies, sentencing, and more.
Questions? Contact Anthony Barwick: abarwick@centralstate.edu

- Sealing of Criminal Records Clinic

Join Central State University Extension and the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project for a workshop on sealing criminal records. Volunteer attorneys will be available to: explore if your prior criminal record(s) can be sealed by the Court; answer questions and clarify next steps; assist with form completion and provide instructions on how to file forms with the clerk; assist with poverty waiver forms for waiving filing fees.

In order to participate, individuals must complete paperwork prior to attending this workshop. Please complete the forms below - Application for Assistance and the Rural LRC Application. The Application for Assistance MUST be returned to Central State University Extension, Attn: Anthony Barwick no later than Friday, May 4th, 2018, in order to participate in the program on May 14th.

Application for Assistance (PDF)

Rural LRC Application (PDF)

Record Sealing (PDF)

Questions? Contact Anthony Barwick: abarwick@centralstate.edu

- Crowdfunding for Entrepreneurs

Crowdfunding has completely changed the way arts and creative projects are funded, and now it’s revolutionizing the way small and start-up businesses are financed, opening up billions of dollars for entrepreneurs. Crowdfunding is a potential source of revenue, capital, and marketing for entrepreneurs.

What is crowdfunding? What are the different types of crowdfunding? How does a business use crowdfunding to recruit investors? These questions and more will be explored and discussed.

- Copyright and Trademark Protection

Businesses create valuable content, products, and services. Some of these valuable creations can be protected by state and federal intellectual property laws. What is copyright? What is a trademark? What is a tradename? These questions will be answered.

- Social Enterprise is Good Business

Many are familiar with nonprofit organizations that serve the public good. But, there are also entities, known as social enterprises, which are created to “do good” above all else. This workshop is an ideal, practical guide to social enterprise for any community group or business seeking to understand this concept and how it can work for them. What is a social enterprise? What are the differences between social enterprises and nonprofits? What is a 501(c)(3)? These questions and more will be answered.

- The Real Deal on LLCs & Corporations

The structure of the entrepreneur’s business is one of the first decisions that a founder will make. What are the options? What are the pros and cons? What steps are involved with the formation process? What are the tax consequences? These questions will be answered for the participant.

For more information about these programs, including upcoming offerings, contact your local CSU Extension County Agent.