SBA Columbus District October Updates: Updated Links

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Protect Your Business

Cybersecurity tips for small businesses. Hashtag #BeCyberSmart

Small employers often don’t consider themselves targets for cyberattacks due to their size or the perception that they don't have anything worth stealing. However, small businesses have valuable information cybercriminals seek, including employee and customer data, bank account information and access to the business's finances, and intellectual property. 

Protect and secure your small business data with the following tips: 

1. Protect against viruses, spyware, and other malicious code
Make sure each of your business’s computers are equipped with antivirus software and antispyware and update regularly. .

2. Secure your networks
Safeguard your Internet connection by using a firewall and encrypting information. If you have a Wi-Fi network, make sure it is secure and hidden. 

3. Establish security practices and policies to protect sensitive information
Establish policies on how employees should handle and protect personally identifiable information and other sensitive data. Clearly outline the consequences of violating your business’s cybersecurity policies.


Barbara Smith, Owner of Journey Steel Manufacturing, stands with Steve Rogers, an apprentice in her mentorship program.

Ohio is the third largest manufacturing state, providing more than 700,000 jobs in the state! In honor of Ohio's Manufacturing Month, we are highlighting small business manufacturer, Cincinnati-based fabrication and erection company, Journey Steel. 

Owner Barbara Smith launched the business in 2009, using SBA resources every step of the way in her business growth. To help prepare for government contracting, she tapped an SBA-powered Procurement Technical Assistance Center and Journey Steel became certified as woman-owned small business in 2012 and as an 8(a) business in 2015.

In 2017, Smith accessed an SBA-backed line of credit to help her expand and in 2018, she enrolled in SBA's Emerging Leaders program, geared toward small business growth acceleration.

Smith is translating her success into an opportunity for others and opening doors for women and minorities in ironworking via Journey Soaring Impact, a vocational program she established to train at-risk inner city high school seniors for construction industry careers. It provides safety training, ironworking skills and soft skills, giving them an opportunity to enter an ironworking apprenticeship and become an ironworker.

Tap into SBA resources to take your manufacturing small business to the next level → 

Upcoming Events

Oct. 3 Getting Down To Business With The DOD (Athens)

1:00 p.m., Ohio University Inn, 331 Richland Ave., Athens

Oct. 4 Getting Down To Business With The DOD (Columbus)

8:00 a.m., Columbus State Conference Center, 315 Cleveland Ave., 4th Floor, Columbus

Oct. 17 Protect Your Small Business: Cybersecurity Training

8:30 a.m., Highlights for Children, 1800 Watermark Dr., Columbus

Oct. 22 Go Mobile: Food Truck Style!

5:30 p.m., Ohio SBDC, 320 North Grant Ave., #1068, Columbus

Oct. 24 Finance Options For Business

8:00 a.m., Email

Oct. 29 How to Fund Your Small Business

3:00 p.m., NEWORK Co-Working Space, 14 N. Park Pl., Newark

Oct. 29 Home-Based to Marketplace: How to Get Your Food Product to Your Customer

6:00 p.m., Ohio SBDC, 320 North Grant Ave., #1068, Columbus