Ashland University to Host March 6 Business Development Forum

Ashland University to Host March 6 Business Development Forum

3/1/19 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University’s Corporate Connections Program will host a business development forum intended to help local businesses attract talent, maximize networking through collaboration and impact innovation in the region. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Wednesday, March 6, at 7 p.m. in Room 115 of the Dauch College of Business and Economics on the AU campus.

Dr. Dan Lawson, associate vice president and chief corporate relations officer at AU, will serve as emcee for the event, which will include representatives from Team NEO and Jobs Ohio. The forum will include a question-and-answer session as well as group discussion.

“We are both honored and excited to have Team NEO and Jobs Ohio providing this opportunity for our community,” Lawson said. “Ashland is filled with great small businesses and restaurants that give the city its warm and welcoming atmosphere. Our hope is by bringing Team NEO and Jobs Ohio to Ashland, we can help further our economic development.”

Team NEO is passionate about Northeast Ohio, and they empower people to seek professional excellence and personal development no matter what it takes. Northeast Ohio’s Jobs Ohio is their affiliate, which is “a private, non-profit corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion efforts.” Regionalism, innovation and collaboration are at the forefront of their mission.

Those speaking at the forum will include Steve Fritsch, director of Network Engagement, who collaborates with local partners throughout the region to develop tools and programming that will build our regional economic development network’s capacity to fill and serve its business development pipeline; Jacob Duritsky, vice president of strategy and research, who coordinates research for the Cleveland Plus region’s business attraction efforts to better serve the information requirements of Team NEO’s various partners and communities engaged in targeted and sustainable region-wide economic growth; and Bill Koehler, chief executive officer of Team NEO, who is focused on seeing Northeast Ohio grow and thrive by collaborating with partners and others to attract new businesses and accelerate the impact of innovation in the region.

Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, comprehensive private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Religiously affiliated with the Brethren Church, Ashland University ( deeply values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###