Expert Office Hours: March 2, 2018 - Innovate New Albany

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Expert Office Hours: March 2, 2018

March 2, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

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5216 Forest Drive
New Albany, OH 43054 United States

Need business advice? Meet the experts.

When it comes to bootstrapping your startup, we know there are always more questions than answers. Innovate New Albany is home to 30 small businesses with entrepreneurs and leaders who share their business expertise at no cost during our monthly Expert Office Hours.

Am I missing any necessary business documentation?
How can I make a (quality) company website on a budget?
What is the best way to spend my money to ensure success?

The experts will answer your questions about finance, design, web development, marketing, business, and more!

Schedule your 30-minute session below:



Jurgita Fumo | Eventspot, LLC

Jurgita Fumo is the Founder of Eventspot LLC. She has 12 years of experience in corporate and individual event/meeting planning. Jurgita loves helping others and she has created a business that enables her to do that professionally!

Eventspot helps businesses, non-profits, and even families create and execute unique, personalized events. If you have a business, ask Jurgita how you can raise your profile above the noise of the “regular marketing programs” everyone one else is running.

Great questions to ask Jurgita:

  • Can you create events that will help reach my sales goals?
  • Can you help me create events that will communicate my organization’s unique positioning in a crowded marketplace?
  • Can you create events to help employees understand their efforts are appreciated?
  • Can you free me up to spend quality time with my event guests?
  • Can you free me of the burden of managing multiple vendors so everything is on time and my goals are met on event day?

Schedule 30 minutes with Jurgita using the form below.


Emily Journey | WP Artisans

Emily Journey is a national WordPress Trainer. She works with companies all over the United States and calls Central Ohio her home. She teaches professionals to manage and update their company websites. Her training clients include Marketers, IT Management, Real Estate Agents, Administrative Support Staff, Website Managers, and independent business owners of all types. “When you understand technology, you can leverage it to make a greater social impact and increase sales.”

Have questions about your business website?

Below are topics you might discuss with Emily:

  • WordPress for business
  • Website problems
  • How SEO really works
  • What to look for in a website developer
  • Website Security

Schedule 30 minutes with Emily using the form below.


Andrew Cooke | Cooke Demers, LLC

Andy is a principal with Cooke Demers, LLC, a general practice law firm in downtown New Albany. Licensed in Ohio in 1988, Andy focuses his practice on small business litigation and transactional law. His practice includes appointment as Special Counsel to the Attorney General of Ohio and work for the Ohio Department of Commerce, Ohio Casino Control Commission and the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

Andy and his wife Beth, a clinical professor at The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law, live in New Albany and have a daughter and a son that attend New Albany High School.

Andy received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, his Juris Doctor from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law and studied international law at the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

Questions for Andy:

  • Liability – How do I protect myself and my business?
  • Business Entities – What is available and why should my business care?
  • Written Contracts – When and why should my business use them?
  • Red Tape – What should my business be filing?
  • Great Ideas – What is IP and how is it protected?
  • Attorneys – Should my business love them or hate them (and how do I manage the cost)?

Schedule 30 minutes with Andrew using the form below.


Rick Mescher | Porter Wright

Rick Mescher is a partner in Porter Wright’s Intellectual Property and Technology practice groups. His practice involves all aspects of intellectual property law and focuses on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications. Rick has extensive experience with domestic, international, and foreign patent applications, as well as technology transfer and licensing. Prior to law school, Rick was a design engineer for satellite imaging instruments. He has been an adjunct faculty member of the Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law since 2006, and currently teaches patent preparation and prosecution. From 2000 to 2005, Rick taught patent practice and procedure at the University of Dayton School of Law, and from 1997 to 1999 he taught patent law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Questions you might ask Rick include:

  • What factors should I weigh in deciding whether to obtain a patent?
  • What is the value of securing registrations for patents, trademarks, or copyright?
  • How can I best protect my own or my business’s intellectual property on a limited budget?
  • Do I own intellectual property rights for things I created while employed by another person/company?

Schedule 30 minutes with Rick using the form below.


Kevin Hammond | Ohio SBDC

Kevin Hammond has been a business management consultant for 13 years, mostly focused on small businesses and start-ups. Kevin has been on the SBDC team for almost ten years as a consultant. Prior to consulting Kevin was in financial services at Chase Manhattan. Kevin has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Ohio Dominican University and an MBA from Capital University.

The Ohio SBDC is part of America’s SBDC national network comprised of over 1000 Centers across the U.S. including 28 in Ohio. The Ohio SBDC Network provides one-on-one advising, by Certified Business Advisors, at no cost and conduct no or low cost business training.

Schedule 30 minutes with Kevin using the form below.



*Please note that if you register and don’t attend, that time slot doesn’t get filled, keeping other entrepreneurs from getting expert advice. If you have registered and need to cancel, please email Neil Collins at

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March 2, 2018
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