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Expert Office Hours: November 3

November 3, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am

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5216 Forest Drive
New Albany, OH 43054 United States

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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:




Ram Gudimetla | Data Management

Ram Gudimetla is an 18 year IT veteran. He has played key IT leadership roles at major US Insurance Companies and Banks, with a specific focus on leveraging data to monetize its inherent value. Ram has built Data Warehouses and Data Lakes for various organizations using state of the art technologies like Big Data and The Cloud.

Ram can help you understand your business use cases and suggest ways to leverage your existing data and infrastructure to generate a significant “bang for your buck.” Ram’s focus is on open tools and The Cloud. He is skilled at saving money through multiple avenues.

Ram’s current business, Data Lake Solutions, is committed to its mission of “Building Data Lakes from Swamps.”

Schedule 30 minutes with Ram



Susan Fortner | Bowers PR

Susan has 20+ years of experience in public relations and marketing. She opened her own public relations firm with a partner firm in Cleveland. Bowers PR manages accounts throughout the country specializing in health care, talent, banking, and packaged and soft goods. In addition the firm is recognized as a broker/partner with QVC, HSN, and Evine shopping networks.

Fortner has won awards and sits on the accreditation board to advance candidates in the Accreditation in Public Relations process. In 2013 Susan received special honors for her work in crisis management.

Schedule 30 minutes with Susan




Lindsay Stencel | Lindsay Karas Stencel Law LLC

Lindsay Karas Stencel Law LLC is a small business-focused legal group, working with entrepreneurs, start-ups, existing firms, investors and business sellers and acquirers to properly and efficiently document transactions, contracts and other legal agreements that may be need from time to time.

Lindsay Stencel has vast legal experience in the small business space, particularly with start-ups and foundational business agreements. Ms. Stencel has served as the Chief Legal Counsel of NCT Ventures for the past 10 years, and is also a partner there. At her firm, she has a true passion for assisting entrepreneurs, small businesses and investors in efficiently documenting business agreements, contracts, partnerships, investments and exit transactions. Ms. Stencel has a dual JD/MBA from The Ohio State University and is licensed in Ohio, Michigan and New York.

Schedule 30 minutes with Lindsey



Blake Williams | Buckeye Interactive

Blake founded cheers studios, a boutique branding, design and development firm, in 2015. His team recently merged with Buckeye Interactive, and Blake is now a part of the Buckeye Interactive engineering team.

Buckeye Interactive partners with small businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations to build digital solutions that help them grow and succeed. We specialize in web and application design and development, digital marketing, and content strategy.

Schedule 30 minutes with Blake




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



Robert Morgan | porterwright

Bob’s intellectual property practice includes the selection and clearance of trademarks, the prosecution of applications for registration before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the representation of clients in inter-partes proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. He also assists with brand protection and rebranding efforts as well as the monitoring and enforcement of clients’ foreign and domestic intellectual proprietary rights. In addition, he counsels clients on advertising, social media, telemarketing, and email marketing matters, and the administration of contests, promotions, and sweepstakes. 

A substantial portion of Bob’s practice is dedicated to the enforcement of clients’ intellectual property rights on the Internet, including matters relating to domain name infringement, negotiated domain name acquisition, and copyright violation. Bob also assists clients with computer law matters including online agreements, transactions, site terms and conditions and privacy policies, and software licensing agreements.

Schedule 30 minutes with Bob

Ron Lachey | The Lachey Company

The Lachey Company is a business advisory firm that partners with our clients to support their growth and increase their bottom line by providing the following services:

– Chief Financial Officer Services
– Tax Credits and Incentives Services
– Tax Compliance and Consulting Services

Our mission is to deliver value that our clients can measure. We want to be viewed as part of your team and provide services that will contribute to your success. The professionals at The Lachey Company have worked in various capacities at Big 4 accounting firms which allows us the unique ability to serve our clients in many capacities. Our skill sets and structure enables us to create value for an entrepreneur with a concept, a company experiencing rapid growth, or the largest publically held companies. The depth of experience from our various backgrounds enables us to provide our clients with valuable resources that will deliver bottom line results.

Schedule 30 minutes with Ron

*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


November 3, 2017
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