PIKETON, Ohio — What started out as a business management project for University of Rio Grande students has grown into a popular resource tool for business owners, community officials and economic development specialists throughout Appalachian Ohio.
For nearly one year, listeners have been tuning into weekly podcasts spanning a variety of business management and economic development topics such as farmers markets, marketing, small business development, technology, computer networking, entrepreneurship, tourism, money management and grants.
The OSU-RIO Collaboration podcast program, co-hosted by Patrick Dengel, business development specialist, with the Ohio State University South Centers, and Jason Winters, director of MBA Small Business Entrepreneurship at the University of Rio Grande, is posted every Wednesday on BlogTalkRadio.
The podcast can be accessed at www.blogtalkradio.com/a-patrick-dengel.
“The podcasts started out as a community service project for MBA students at University of Rio Grande to teach them marketing, networking, and new technology implementation,” said Dengel.
“Since the program’s launch in February of 2010, we’ve had over 2,900 listeners tune into our 40-plus shows. Our goal with the podcasts is to emphasize small business development, support continuing education, and promote southern Ohio.”
Not only have the podcasts become useful educational tools for students, but they have also become an important resource tool for community leaders, Chamber of Commerce officials and small businesses.
They tune in to weekly programs and share the podcasts with colleagues and constituents. The podcast program was recently honored with an Innovation Award in Technology by the State of Ohio Small Business Development Program that oversees all Small Business Development Centers though out the state.
“The award shows an excellent working relationship between two great universities and, most importantly, demonstrates the quality of people responsible for the success of this educational service,” said Dengel.