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Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet)

ACEnet’s mission is to build networks, support innovation, and facilitate collaboration with Appalachian Ohio’s businesses to create a strong, sustainable regional economy.

We focus on four main strategies including:

· Operation of two business incubators in Athens (30k sq/ft) and Nelsonville (100k sq/ft) including our nationally recognized Food Manufacturing Center located at the Athens property.

· Expansion of business capacity through business counseling, training, ecommerce, and market access programs.

· Business loan funds through our sister organization ACEnet Ventures.

· Economic policy development at the local, regional, state and federal levels to support small business development.

Our staff and volunteers utilize these key strategies to maximize asset development, economic opportunity, and sustainability of our beautiful region.

If you own an existing business, are thinking of starting a new one, or are a community member looking for strategies to promote and support business development in your area, ACEnet has a variety of services and resources to offer. Our unique cluster of commercial space, business counseling and technical assistance, and wide-ranging network of partners can provide a critical framework to help entrepreneurs meet their business goals.  In addition, ACEnet Ventures can provide small business loans to offer another tool in capitalizing opportunities.

As 1 of 8 organizations in the nation selected for the Aspen Institute’s SCALE Academy, ACEnet has been looking for opportunities to expand and strengthen our services, facilities, and other resources.  Our business clients are continuing to expand and grow, and this creates a great driver for ACEnet’s work.

94 Columbus Road
Athens, Ohio 45701