We know small businesses and entrepreneurs often aren’t able to afford expert advice when getting started or seeking to expand. Expert advice is critically important so we have created Advising Hours in partnership with the Fostoria Learning Center and our experts who have volunteered their time and expertise to assist you.
Advising Hours offer free 30 minute advising sessions each month for small businesses and entrepreneurs at the Fostoria Learning Center.
An appointment is required.
Meet our Advisors:
General Business Advising
1st Wednesday of each month from 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Don Mennel, retired CEO of Mennel Milling, the seventh largest grain milling company in the world and headquartered in Fostoria. Don brings a wealth of business knowledge and experience to our advising hours team.
1st Thursday of each month from 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Partners of Lange, Gordon, Rannigan & Claus, LLC
The seasoned legal team at Lange, Gordon, Rannigan & Claus bring a wealth of experience assisting businesses and start ups of all sizes. Whether you need help with forming your legal business entity, employee policy or other business related legal questions, they can assist.
Branding & Marketing Advising
1st Friday of each month from 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Jason Yoakam, owner of JYoakam Communications brings creative and proven branding and marketing skills to our advising team. Jason has worked with businesses of all sizes on brand creation and management, web design and development and ad campaigns both video and print and much more.
2nd Thursday of each month from 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Israel Wright, owner of Airborne Financial Group brings a comprehensive financial background to our accounting advising hours. Mr. Wright’s specialty is resolving and preventing financial trauma and tax obligations. He has taught accounting at the university level for many years as well as accounting, Quickbooks and tax workshops at the Fostoria Learning Center.