May 22, 2019

Importance of Tools
 

Without question, “the right tool for the job” is an adage that holds as true now regarding digital tools, as it did with physical tools. Having the tool that lets you do exactly the thing you need is not only empowering, but also challenging. Find...

May 16, 2019

Through our blogs, we spend a lot of time talking about how to improve your small business, the benefits of LIGHTS, and how we can help you develop a business or idea, but I bet you'd like to see some proof of success. Look no further!

The remainder of this blog will be...

Small businesses make up an important segment of our community that leads to economic growth. They create local opportunities, variety in goods and services, jobs and support our towns in thriving. When you have the opportunity to purchase from them or a larger busines...

April 24, 2019

In 2017, David Kilroy became the LIGHTS' program's first VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) member. He worked hard, learned a ton, and ultimately got a longer term job out of the experience. In his blog post, David talks about how an entrepreneurial mindset helpe...

As a business owner, it’s not a matter of if you’ll need funding but when.  So what options exist for financing?

As you start your business, it’s important to develop a relationship with a banker because this will be your advocate when it’s time to apply for a busi...

April 2, 2019

This coming Friday is Portsmouth's first Startup Weekend! As such, we feel it important to share a bit more information concerning just what they are, why they are important, and how you can get engaged with the entrepreneurial ecosystem Please take a look:

Techstars St...

March 22, 2019

Have a Product Idea?

Finally! You’ve found the perfect idea. That one which is going to make it for you, fulfill your dreams, inspire others, and fill your wallet. Great! 🙌


Now what?
 

You’ve come down off that euphoric moment, you start to doubt your idea, you realize...

March 13, 2019

If you read my last blog, you know that I am new to LIGHTS. Being new to any job comes with its learning experiences, awkward encounters, misunderstandings, and mistakes. It's all fine and part of the process! One of my first mistakes was being woefully unprepared for...

March 1, 2019

Success isn’t Easy
 

Starting a business is hard, very hard. I don’t write this to dissuade you, nor anyone else interested in starting a business, but to just preface that startups are a lot of work, and a lot of joy, but ultimately a risk. Things only become more comp...

February 22, 2019

Recently, a committee of interested community members met to explore the concept of a business incubator in Ironton, Ohio. While discussing some potential downtown locations, they made a decision to test the idea of business incubation services at Ohio University South...

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