Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Edison welcomes Minnich as SBDC Director and Workforce Sales Development

Edison Community College is pleased to announce and welcome Lori Minnich as the Director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and workforce sales development. Minnich will be responsible for providing consultation for small business start-ups and growing businesses throughout the Upper Miami Valley and surrounding counties. Additionally, she joins the Edison’s Business and Industry sales team.

“I was drawn to the role of SBDC Director because it allows me to combine my past business experiences and education,” said Minnich. “It’s a really nice blend of previous positions that I’ve held and enjoyed.”

Minnich comes to Edison as a seasoned entrepreneur, owning two successful small businesses. She began her first business venture managing corporate health and wellness programs for Fortune 500 companies and smaller local businesses, coordinating their efforts to reduce rising health care costs and improve employee health and wellness.

Following her initial business venture, Minnich provided expertise and services as an interior decorator, for both commercial and residential clients in Las Vegas and throughout Ohio.

Minnich holds a Masters of Education from Bowling Green State University. Additionally, she has completed numerous certifications in Corporate Training, Six Sigma, AGILE Process Design, Sandler Sales Training and GrowthWheel business certification.

“We are very excited about having Lori as part of our team,” said Peggy Wiggins, Director of the Business and Industry Center at Edison. “Her past experiences as a small business owner and a corporate trainer will be invaluable as she works with not only start-up businesses but others that are thriving and growing. She has many ideas for both our SBDC and corporate clients.”

Outside of work, Minnich is an active member of Troy Noon Optimist and volunteers her time in the community with D.R.E.A.M animal rescue, Troy Strawberry Festival and 4-H programs. Ms. Minnich resides in Troy with her two daughters.

The Ohio Small Business Development Centers Network is the premier technical assistance program for Ohio’s small businesses. The SBDC at Edison provides no-cost, confidential, in-depth, one-on-one counseling for businesses that will or currently employ under 500 employees. Additional services include training, e-counseling, quality-based assessments, technical assistance, loan packaging guidance, and information on federal, state, and local regulations and programs.

To set up an appointment for business consultation, contact Lori Minnich at For a complete list of services and training opportunities offered by the Business and Industry Center visit

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