Huntington: Seeds for Growth

Come Join Us!

We are proud to announce our first in-person event, with the Small Business Seeds for Growth event which will be held on June 15, 2022, at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Conference Center – Main Building, Cincinnati, Ohio, from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm. The Business Development & Entrepreneurship Division at the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio is excited to partner with Huntington National Bank, to produce this event. This event aims to connect under-resourced small businesses to capital and other resources while creating and building trust and transparency with the help available in the city of Cincinnati.

Event highlights:

  • Huntington Marketplace Shopping 
  • Lunch Buffet
  • Panel sessions with Small Business Owners: Best Practices Post COVID Business Growth
  • Panel sessions with Resource Partners: The Value of Resources Partners to Grow your Business
  • Fireside Chat with Huntington National Bank
  • Resource Partner Pathway
  • Swag bag
  • Network Opportunity

Event Highlights

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Huntington Marketplace Shopping

During this event, small businesses can showcase their brand, identify future suppliers and purchasers, and expand their network. Besides learning about the company, attendees will have the opportunity to obtain the product for free!

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Resource Partner Pathway

The Resource Partner Pathway provides the opportunity for networking and relationship-building between resources partners and businesses. You will learn what these resources offer to scale and excel in your small business.

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Small Business Owner Panel

During this panel, we will cover the topic “Best Practices Post COVID Business Growth,” which is an excellent opportunity to encourage sharing ideas, business best practices, and discussion around how other businesses were able to excel Post COVID.

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Community Partner Panel

This interactive discussion with the topic “The Value of Resources Partners to Grow your Business” is an excellent opportunity for how small business resources can help your business grow.

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Fireside Chat with Huntington National Bank

During this fireside chat with Huntington Bank Representatives will discuss the resources they provide and how small businesses can work with them.


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April Ferguson


Apro Accounting, LLC

Terry Bolden

Terry A. Bolden

Deputy District Director
Columbus District Office

U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA)


Larry Brown

Procurement Counselor

Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)


Gino DiGiovanni

Certified Business Advisor

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)


Bo Griffin


Griffin Fire & Pipe


Ryan Hazard

Branch Manager| Assistant Vice President

Huntington Bank

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Willie Hill

Executive Director

Greater Cincinnati Microenterprise Initiative



Sean G.L. Johnson

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

Senior Project Manager
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

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Kevin Jones


Huntington Bank

Southern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Region


Christie Kuhns, Esq.

Interim President & CEO

Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio

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Cathy Lindemann


Evolution creative solutions

Pete Mcconney

Peter E. McConney


Premier Mail & Fulfillment, LLC


Sheila A Mixon

Senior Vice President

Business Development & Entrepreneurship

Executive Director

Women’s Business Enterprise Council Ohio River Valley


Nicole Pickard

Lead Economic Development Specialist

U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

Utsey Shelton

Utsey Shelton

Small Business Advisor

Economic Empowerment Center (EEC)

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Wanda Walker-Smith


Small Business Development Center (SBDC)


Eric Williams

Certified Business Advisor

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

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Samuel Wright, III

Vice President

Lift Local Business Program Manager

Business Banking at Huntington Bank

Small Business Marketplace

Our Partner Participants


Please see below the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the event.

Yes. It will be located at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Conference Center – Main Building, Third Floor 3520 Central Parkway, Cincinnati OH 45223-2690. 

Yes! Please see below for Parking Instructions: – ENTERING GARAGE

  1. The Cincinnati State Clifton Campus Map (see attachment) provides visual directions to the Central Parkway Garage entrance.
  2. Continue travelling to the 5 th Level (if there are no spaces on the 5 th Level, park a couple of levels above or below the 5th Level).
  3. PARKED ON 5tgh LEVEL: There will be a sign marked with the 10,000 Small Businesses logo @ the exit of the garage in the LEFT HAND CORNER as you face the campus buildings directing you to Advanced Learning and Technology (ATLC) building
  4. NOT PARKED ON 5tgh LEVEL: Locate the ELEVATOR or STEPS in the LEFT HAND CORNER as you face the campus buildings; go to 5th Level and exit the garage following the sign marked with the 10,000 Small Businesses logo to the Advanced Learning and Technology Building (ATLC) building
  5. There will be a 10,000 Small Businesses logo sign directing you the elevator, and signage throughout providing directions to your assigned

Despite vaccination status, masks must be worn at all indoor university events (except for eating or drinking while maintaining distance).

Yes, there is an Agenda that you can see on our Event website.

We will contact you directly regarding your participation in the program.

It is free. You will be provided with a coupon ticket to purchase in the Huntington Marketplace Shopping at the registration.

Yes! We encourage you to take your time to visit each table and see how the resources that are available in the city can help your business.

Please contact us at [email protected], and for better assistance, write the purpose of your question, and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

Here is how to get in touch:

  • Email us at [email protected] for help with registration or sponsorship questions.
  • Leave us a message at 513-559-2218.
  • Want to learn more about the Business Development & Entrepreneurship Division? Join our mailing list to hear about our upcoming events, programs, and business opportunities by visiting our website at

General Contact Information

Business Development & Entrepreneurship Division

3458 Reading Road

Cincinnati, OH 45229