Dayton Startup Week event offers seminars, advice for small business owners

Whether you are struggling to start a local business or need help expanding your company, Dayton Startup Week may be your answer.

The third annual event started Monday and goes through Friday, and is being held at the Steam Plant building on East Third Street. It features more than 75 free seminars to help entrepreneurs launch a new business, expand their brand or take the next step in funding or growth.

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“We are on track to see close to a thousand people during the course of the week, so we are by far demolishing the rate we saw the first year and last year,” said Tiffany Ferrell, organizer and marketing and communications manager for the Wright State Research Institute.

Carlos Portis of Dayton will be attending seminars and launching his new business, Texted Cards, at this week's event.

“Seeing a lot of the fun things that people are working on here in the Dayton community is very, very inspiring,” said Portis. “It’s a great opportunity to be able to network.”

Mile Two startup founder Jeff Graley said Dayton Startup Week is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs in any stage of development.

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“I think that’s pretty cool—the diversity of folks that are either just starting up or are four or five years ahead of us that have done it,” he said. “They have been through the same struggles, challenges, and celebrations as you grow.”

The Dayton Startup Week seminar schedule and registration can be found here:

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