RISE – the Regional Incubator for Sustainability and Entrepreneurship is a comprehensive resource hub that offers assistance across the entire business development continuum.

The objective of RISE is to grow jobs and spearhead economic development by linking business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs to regional service providers with expertise in business start-up, development and acceleration.

RISE offers assistance free of charge across the entire business development continuum including, but not limited to:

  • Viability analysis
  • Business plan development
  • Environmental analysis
  • Access to capital
  • Sales and marketing support
  • Employee training and development
  • Supply chain management


The role of RISE is to provide free linkage to existing service providers and to offer direct support to fill the gaps for services not currently offered by those providers.

Direct support is provided through RISE advisors.  The advisor core includes seasoned entrepreneurs and business executives and respected BGSU academicians.  Their combined experience includes leading organizations in sales, marketing, business development, technology, engineering, materials and distribution, quality control, strategic development, consulting and business development.

Rather than reinvent services currently offered within Northern Ohio, through relationships with education, government, commerce, and a network of providers, RISE offers a variety of options to entrepreneurs and companies to accelerate growth.


RISE's unique approach is to provide the ability to take any business, regardless of the technology or industry, and focus specifically on the business development process helping to bring clarity and understanding to the entrepreneur.  In so doing, many more ideas, companies, and people at any stage of enterprise development have a place to go for assessment, advice, and direction.

RISE has developed a framework that provides any business, or potential business, with the resources and tools needed to navigate toward commercial success. Whether it is an aerial bucket manufacturer or a company developing a surgical imaging device, RISE supports the efforts of entrepreneurs and businesses in Northern Ohio to develop jobs that ensure the economic growth for the next generation.


The RISE office is located on the BGSU Firelands campus in the Cedar Point Center, room 1002, One University Drive, Huron, Ohio, 44839.

Individual counseling sessions are by appointment and should be placed in advance.  To arrange a counseling appointment or for more information contact:

Susan Joreski
Phone: 419-627-7791


Funding for RISE is provided from both private and public partners including the Randolph J. & Estelle M. Dorn Foundation, Frost-Parker Foundation, Wightman-Wieber Charitable Foundation, Erie County Community Foundation, Murray & Murray Charitable Foundation and Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church Foundation.

Located on the BGSU Firelands campus, other RISE partners include the Erie County Economic Development Corporation (ECEDC), BGSU Firelands, and Great Lakes Innovation and Development Enterprise (GLIDE).  The Great Lakes Innovation and Development Enterprise (GLIDE), an enterprise of Lorain County Community College (LCCC) in Elyria, Ohio, is a comprehensive regional innovation center and resource hub that supports all facets of the start-up, development, and growth of enterprises.  Originally created by a unique partnership of the Lorain County Commissioners, Lorain County Community College and the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce, GLIDE’s objectives are to grow jobs and spearhead economic growth in both Lorain County and the northern Ohio region. 



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