ZANESVILLE -- Diane Newell was looking for information to help her employees and her business bottom line.
Dick Reese and Joshua Shaffer wanted to know how to go about starting their own businesses.
The local trio were among about two dozen residents and business community members and representatives who attended Tuesday's small business seminar hosted by Zane State College.
The two-hour workshop, presented by the staff of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, provided information on tax incentives, loan programs, export sales and federal procurement resources geared toward small businesses.
"There can not be an economic recovery without a thriving small business sector," said Brown during a video presentation.
More than 30 of the small business workshops have been conducted across the state in the past two years and have helped connect 2,500 Ohioans with information and agency representatives.
He also said small businesses find themselves squeezed by rising costs, particularly when it comes to health care, and it's important to provide those businesses the tools they need to succeed.
That comment made Newell perk up and begin taking notes.
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