The Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet)

aka The Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet)   |   Athens, OH   |  http://www.acenetworks.org

Mission

The mission of ACEnet is to grow the regional economy by supporting entrepreneurs and strengthening economic sectors.

Ruling year info

1986

Executive Director

Mr. Larry Fisher

Main address

94 Columbus Road Building B

Athens, OH 45701 USA

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EIN

31-1129632

NTEE code info

Nonprofit Management (S50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Appalachia Ohio has been historically distressed. Our people and places have suffered under the bust and boom cycles of extractive industries for many, many generations. A decline in rural township populations and steady job losses from mine and power plant closures, as well as the off-shoring of our manufacturing base, has significantly impacted the health of our residents and eroded the economic viability of our rural townships and villages. The recent opioid epidemic plaguing our region overlays a disaster on a generational state of economic crisis. Communities are at risk socially, economically and culturally. Individuals and families are burdened by a compromised natural environment, poor health, addiction, and limited access to healthcare, fresh food and viable employment options. Although the city of Athens, home to Ohio University, implies a significant asset, there remains a larger cultural divide between the socio-economic conditions in the city and county.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Microenterprise Program

ACEnet has a demonstrable track record of success in aggregating micro-entrepreneurs in targeted sectors, main street districts and business incubators. In recent years, as ACEnet staff have worked with other microenterprise practitioners across our Appalachian counties to deal with the organization’s rural service area ACEnet has developed partnerships and training technology to reach more micro-entrepreneurs throughout the multi-county area. In the food, farm, manufacturing and arts sectors, technical assistance includes one-on-one and group sessions centering around five assistance areas: business development, marketing and distribution, product development and production, access to capital and workforce development.

ACEnet manages approximately 130,000 square feet of business incubation properties that ranges from offices, to production and assembly space to warehousing and distribution. ACEnet’s two campuses include five business incubator facilities in the cities of Athens and Nelsonville targeting microenterprise development. The ACEnet Athens Incubator campus serves microenterprises operating in the food, technology, wellness, retail, distribution and manufacturing sectors. The Nelsonville Business Incubator and the development of the Nelsonville Food Hub can accommodates service, manufacturing, logistics and food and agricultural microbusinesses.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goals are to create a culture of health and wealth in the persistently impoverished and health compromised counties of Appalachia Ohio.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet)

Board of directors
as of 5/27/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kathryn Mosher

River Willow Culinary Services

Donna Russell

Ohio University Credit Union

Ric Wasserman

Entrepreneur, Pigskin Sports Bar & Grill

Kathryn Mosher

Tri-County Career Center

Sarah Milligan

Rocky Brands

Sky Pettey

Lavelle and Associates

Mollie Fitzgerald

Athens County Economic Development Council

Paul Mass

Ohio University’s Center For Entrepreneurship

Laurie McKnight

Area 14 Workforce Development Board

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/29/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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