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Ohio Small Agribusines Information Summit, Connection Information Support Growth Success, Hosted by Central State University Extension - Community & Economic Development, Featuring Executive Greetings from CSU President Dr. Jack Thomas, Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, Dean/Director 1890 Land-Grant Programs Dr. Michelle Corley, Ron Todd II, Michael Rutherford, Everett Woodell, Jr., and Eric Seabrook. Also featured representatives! Host: Anthony Barwick. US Small Business Administration, USDA Rural Development, the Minority Business Development Division of Ohio Department of Development and others. Due to demand, we will be re-airing the Summit through Dec. 30, 2021. To view register at

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Ohio Small/Agri -Business Summit Speakers - Executive Greetings:
Dr. Jack Thomas, Central State University logo
Dr. Jack Thomas
Central State University
Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, United States House of Representatives logo
Joyce Beatty
United States Representative for Ohio's 3rd Congressional District,
Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus

United States House of Representatives
Dr. Michelle Corley
Dr. Michelle Corley
CESTA 1890 Land-Grant Programs-Extension at CSU
Central State University
Frank LaRose, Ohio Secretary of State logo
Frank LaRose
Secretary of State
State of Ohio
Michael Rutherford, United States Department of Agriculture logo
Michael Rutherford
Business Program Director Rural Development
United States Department of Agriculture
Ron Todd, Office of the Governor - State of Ohio logo
Ron Todd
Minority Affairs Liaison Office of the Governor – Mike DeWine
State of Ohio
Everett Woodel, Jr., United States Small Business Administration logo
Everett Woodel, Jr.
District Director, Central and Southern Ohio District Offices
United States Small Business Administration
Eric Seabrook
Eric Seabrook
Deputy Director Minority Business Development Division
Ohio Department of Development
Featured Presenters:

The Inaugural Ohio Small/Agri Business Information Summit is excited to feature federal and state leaders to share the newest resources and programs available to support, sustain and grow Ohio’s small businesses.

Allison DeSantis, Office of the Ohio Secretary of State logo

Allison DeSantis
Director of Business Services and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
Office of the Ohio Secretary of State

Allison DeSantis is an accomplished attorney who has spent much of her career in public service focused on business and regulatory law. Since 2008, she has served as the Director of Business Services for the Ohio Secretary of State’s office. In this role, Allison has overseen efforts to improve the quality of services provided to the business community through a number of innovative modernizations. Allison’s knowledge and experience led the International Association of Commercial Administrators (IACA), a professional association for government administrators of business organization and secured transaction systems, to elect her president in 2015 and 2020. As a member and past president of IACA as well as a member of the Notary Public Administrators, Allison has continued to build on her expertise in the areas of business registry law, technology, and notary law. Allison earned both her undergraduate degree in communications and juris doctorate from the University of Dayton.

Monique Cox-Moore, Office of the Ohio Secretary of State logo

Monique Cox-Moore
Director of Community Engagement & Initiatives
Office of the Ohio Secretary of State

As Director of Community Engagement & Initiatives, Monique works each day to connect Secretary LaRose to the various ethnic communities and various organizations throughout the state. She works to teach these groups about the various business resources our office offers and inform them about important election related information. Monique also oversees the operation of the Minority Affairs & Veteran Affairs Divisions.

While at the Secretary of State’s Office Monique has developed new programs including Styling for Democracy, a barbershop & beauty salon poll worker initiative, as well as work to educate the reentry community on their voting rights at citizens of Ohio.

Previously Monique worked for former Secretary of State Jon Husted as his Statewide Minority Outreach Coordinator, Greater Stark County Urban League as their Chief of Staff & the Stark County Board of Elections as their Fiscal Officer & Poll Worker Coordinator Monique was raised in North Canton and currently lives there with her husband and their three beautiful children.

Jennifer Brown, United States Department of Agriculture logo

Jennifer Brown
Business Program Specialist
Rural Development
United States Department of Agriculture

Jennifer Brown started her career with the United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development in October 2000. She resides in SW Ohio with her husband and kids on their first-generation farm.

Jennifer has held many positions over her 20+ years with the agency, she has knowledge and experience with Single Family Housing, Multi-Family Housing, Community Facilities along with her current position in Business Programs.

She has worked in Business Programs since December of 2014 and currently oversees and administers the Value-Added Producer Grant for Ohio. Jennifer graduated with an Associates Degree from Southern State Community College in Agriculture Production.

Jerome Jones, United States Small Business Administration logo

Jerome Jones
Lender Relations Specialist
United States Small Business Administration

Jerome W. Jones is a Lender Relations Specialist with The U. S. Small Business Administration. Prior to joining the SBA Jones was a Certified Business Advisor with The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Columbus State Community College and Managing Member of The Danash Group, LLC. He has also served as VP of Lending with the Economic and Community Development Institute, the Vice President of Business Services at Telhio Credit Union where he was responsible for the business loan department, Vice President of Community Development Lending for Key Bank, and a senior loan officer for Community Capital Development Corp.

Jones is also very active in the Central Ohio community, having served on the United Way of Central Ohio Finance Committee and the City of Columbus Loan Review Committee, as well as having served as a board member of the Columbus Urban League. Jones is a recipient of the SBA Financial Services Champion Award, is a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional, a Certified Business Advisor and attended Jackson State University and Franklin University.

Barry Darryl Peel, United States Small Business Administration logo

Barry Darryl Peel
Economic Development Specialist and Veteran Representative
United States Small Business Administration, Columbus District Office

Barry Darryl Peel is an Economic Development Specialist and Veteran Representative with the U.S. Small Business Administration, Columbus District Office. Barry is responsible for creating and maintaining relationships with banks, chambers, economic development agencies, small businesses and small business assistance agencies. Barry brings over 20 years' experience working with small businesses, especially Minority, Women and Immigrant owned.

Barry has held positions as Vice President of Operations at South Central Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council, Business Development Specialist with Economic Development for the City of Columbus and Purchasing Manager at Honda Manufacturing of America. He is also a 21 year veteran of the U. S. Air Force.

Barry holds a MBA in Information Systems Management and a MBA in Healthcare Administration.

Originally from East Orange, New Jersey, Barry has found a second home in Columbus for 20 years and is married with a 20 year old son.

Stacy Cornett, Ohio Department of Development logo

Stacy Cornett
Manager of Minority Business Development Division
Ohio Department of Development

Stacy Cornett is the Manager of Minority Business Development Division in the Minority Business Development Division at the Ohio Department of Development. Stacy manages the State of Ohio’s seven Minority Business Assistance Centers. In her role, she assists minority-owned and disadvantaged businesses with certification, business plan evaluation, contracting opportunities and assessing capital opportunities.

Stacy has more than 21 years of experience in Minority & Disadvantaged Business Certification, Diversity Equity & Inclusion, and the Human Resources arenas, working for the State of Ohio’s Department of Administrative Services and the State of Ohio’s Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Agency. Stacy is also an adjunct faculty member teaching within the business management technologies department facilitating business and human resource courses in class, online, and evenings at Central Ohio Technical College.

Stacy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio and a Master of Science Administration in Human Resources from Central Michigan University in Point Pleasant, Michigan. Recently, Stacy completed a Certificate in Public & Nonprofit Leadership Program at the OSU John Glenn College of Public Affairs. Stacy is also a member of The National Coalition of 100 Black Women Central Ohio Chapter.

Shaundretta Boykins, Ohio Department of Development logo

Shaundretta Boykins
Business Solutions Manager
Office of the Minority Business Development
Ohio Department of Development

Shaundretta Boykins is the Manager of Business Solutions in the Minority Business Development Division at the Ohio Department of Development. Shaundretta manages the State of Ohio Minority Business Direct Loan Program, Women’s Business Enterprise Loan Program, Minority Micro Enterprise Loan Program and the Minority Business Bonding Program. In her role, she assists minority-owned businesses with access to capital and services to help them develop and grow.

Shaundretta has more than 20 years of experience in the banking industry, working for financial institutions such as Chase and US Bank and Firstmerit. She has 3 years of experience in the non-profit/ Community Development Financial Institution lending and social services industries. Shaundretta has held every position in the banking center and has experience in business consulting and development, from start-ups to growth stage businesses. Shaundretta has handles multimillion/multibillion books of and has worked with small businesses to establish financial controls and restructure their debt to maintain business operations.

Shaundretta has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology/Sociology and African and African American Studies The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Shaundretta is also a member of The Ohio State University Columbus alumni chapter.

Shaundretta is originally from Cleveland, Ohio by way of Birmingham, Al and currently lives in Columbus, Ohio.

Dr. Siddhartha Dasgupta, Central State University Extension logo

Dr. Siddhartha “Sid” Dasgupta
Professor & Associate Extension Administrator
College of Engineering, Science, Technology, and Agriculture
Central State University Extension
Central State University

Dr. Siddhartha “Sid” Dasgupta is a mathematician, statistician, agricultural economist, and agricultural marketing specialist. He has worked 25 years in agriculture from cotton farming in west Texas, trout farming in Idaho, catfish farming in Arkansas, and small scale and limited resource farms in Kentucky and Ohio. He has worked at 1862 and 1890 Land-Grant programs, and have been a professor, extension specialist, and researcher. He has over 70 publications and brought in over $4 million dollars’ worth oof competitive grants. What excites Sid is discovering pathways where limited resource farms become profitable while improving the supply of nutritious food to their local communities. This drives him to develop extension programs for agriculture and supporting programs for other industries.

Anthony Barwick, Central State University Extension logo

Anthony Barwick
Program Leader, Community and Economic Development
Central State University Extension
Central State University

Anthony is the Program Leader for Community and Economic Development. A Dayton, OH (Jefferson Township) native, Anthony is a business executive with over a decade of procurement and contracting experience within the public, private, for-profit/non-profit, municipal, state, and governmental sectors. He is sought for his expertise in professional consulting, global business, diversity inclusion, business counseling & development, project management, and identifying emerging businesses for cultivating growth, scale, and sustainability.

Anthony has a successful record as a results-driven, fiscally proficient, operational expert, and strategic management professional. He holds an M.A. in Business Management from Antioch University – McGregor College of Business; B.A. in Mortuary Science (Funeral Director/Embalmer) from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science; and B.A. in Sociology from the University of Cincinnati. He was Honorably Discharged from the Ohio Army National Guard of six years, and a current minority and veteran owned business owner.

Paige Alost, Central State University Extension logo

Paige Alost
Community and Economic Development Educator, Southwest Region
Central State University Extension
Central State University

Paige is the Community and Economic Development Educator for Central State University Extension’s Southeast Region, based in Athens, OH. Alost is a branding and product development leader, co-founding several award-winning projects, including the 30 Mile Meal local food brand, the Regional Flavor Learning Cluster program, Ohio’s Windy 9 Motorcycle Touring project and Bon Appetit Appalachia, a culinary tourism campaign for the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Prior to joining CSUE, Alost was the Executive Director of the Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau and a former Associate Director of Admissions for Ohio University. She is the current President of the Ohio Travel Association.

Alost also brings 14 years of non-profit business management experience, including finance, staff development and board governance. She has resided in Ohio for the past 20 years, and her family is actively involved in 4-H, FFA, and Ohio’s horse show circuit. Alost is a graduate of Louisiana State University and a native of Baton Rouge, LA.

Ambrose Moses III, Central State University Extension logo

Ambrose Moses III
Extension Educator, Community and Economic Development
Central State University Extension
Central State University

Ambrose Moses, III is an Extension Educator who works with individuals, communities, businesses, and organizations across Ohio. As the first County Agent for America’s newest 1890 Land-Grant Institution, he uses the Cooperative Extension Service as a vehicle to educate and empower those he serves to influence and change their communities for the better.

Ambrose has actively participated in the 1890 Extension Leadership Academy and is continuing to build upon his Innovation Skill Building Experience (ISBE) project which is Urban Ag Blockchain project which explores use cases for blockchain solutions and technology to address challenges faced by Extension’s targeted communities.

Ambrose is a licensed attorney, specializing in business law, nonprofit law, and estate planning. He is a recipient of the U.S. Small Business Administration Legal Assistance Champion of the Year Award and the 2020 OhioMBE Frank W. Watson Advocacy Award. He holds a Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University College of Law and a B.A. in Criminology from The Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences. His current projects and extension activities include serving as a Delegate to the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN), and developing the PRiMR: Extension Disaster Management Education program.

Eric Smith, Central State University Extension logo

Eric Smith
Community and Economic Development Educator, Northwest Region
Central State University Extension
Central State University

Eric serves as Extension Educator, Community & Economic Development, Northwest Ohio Region.

For over two decades, Eric has been living his purpose to "build flourishing communities in which ALL people can thrive." Eric uses design thinking to help civic leaders, small businesses and family farms engage in, and direct, their future.

Eric has coordinated and led award-winning workforce development, neighborhood revitalization, and business and farm development programs both internationally and across Ohio.

Eric has a Master's in Community Development. He also holds professional certifications, including Energizing Entrepreneurial Communities. His affiliations include the Great Lakes Urban Restoration Network, which he directs.

Amber Twitty, Central State University Extension logo

Amber Twitty
Community and Economic Development Educator, Southwest Region
Central State University Extension
Central State University

Amber is an Extension Educator for the Southern Region. She is a management professional who has worked in all aspects of community development and planning projects to help people move towards self-sufficiency. She also has extensive experience in workforce development programming for hard-to-serve and non-traditional workers, such as veterans and returning citizens.

Amber previously served as a member of the Health Collaborative’s Consumer Council in the areas of strategic planning for the Greater Cincinnati region, an executive board member of the Diversity Compliance Coalition and a board member for Rugby Ohio. Appointed by the Mayor of Cincinnati, Amber serves on the City of Cincinnati Human Services Advisory Committee.

Amber is a Walnut Hills High School alumna who also pursued higher education from the University of Cincinnati with a focus in Business Finance from the Carl H. Lindner College of Business. She is certified by the U.S. Department of Justice National Institute of Corrections as an Offender Workforce Specialist and in Emotional Intelligence and Diversity from the Emotional Intelligence and Diversity Institute at UCLA. She has been recognized for her impactful work in the economic inclusion space.