94 Columbus Road
Athens, Ohio 45701
- ACEnet is a community-based economic development organization
located in rural, southeastern Ohio. Our purpose is to work
with others in the area to create a healthy regional economy with
many successful businesses and good jobs. Our goal is for
people with low incomes to move out of poverty permanently through
employment or business ownership. during the last five years
we have been researching, designing, and implementing a strategy we
call sectoral business networks. The key activity that drives
this strategy is to bring together groups of small businesses to
access high-value niche markets. We currently work with small
businesses that serve two market sectors: specialty food products and computer services.
A new food service facility was just recently opened. ACEnet
also works with schools in Athens, Meigs, and Vinton counties to
implement an entrepreneurship curriculum called Computer
Opportunities Program (COP). Students learn basic business
principles and how to use computers and the Internet to implement a
business. The business itself may or may not be
- May require high school diploma or GED, experience in the business
- Skills will vary according to the type of business. Math,
computer, accounting, communications and interpersonal skills would
be needed by all.
- Typical day will vary according to business. ACEnet
employees may spend the day working with clients, providing training
and workshops, assisting in finding financial resources.
"Quote from Business Representative" Lee
This company supports the
STW program by being a middle/high school guest speaker, being a mentor for
middle/high school students. Topics include business, communication,
economic development, internet and may be by presentation or interactive.