Butler County small-business supporter named best in nation

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Butler County small-business supporter named best in nation

Butler County’s Small Business Development Center is the best in the country, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The small business center works with the various Butler County chambers to help companies start and grow, with offices in Middletown and Hamilton.

“It is really an honor to be recognized for helping business get started and grow in the community,” said David Riggs, director of Butler County’s SBDC.

In 2015, the SBDC devoted a total of 1,109 counseling hours, helping small businesses generate more than $2.8 million in new sales, creating 115 jobs and retaining 187 jobs, according to the state.

The center also served 98 individual long-term clients and connected companies to $3,036,099 in capital.

Riggs attributes the center’s success to working closely with Butler County’s chambers of commerce.

The Butler County-based SBDC competed against nearly 1,000 SBDCs nationwide to earn the honor.

Riggs and his team will attend an award ceremony in Washington, D.C., next month.

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