Beginning in September, select small business professionals will work in-house with LeanOhio through an entrepreneur-in-residence (EIR) program where they will spend one year assisting with Lean Six Sigma projects, events, and meetings involving state government agencies. The goal is to strengthen the connection between small business and state government. And, Ohio agencies will gain insights into private sector best practices and challenges – while entrepreneurs and their businesses will gain experience and tools from leaders in process improvement.
For an overview of the program see here or below for more information:
What’s in it for you and your small business?
- Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification
- Strengthened employee leadership and Lean Six Sigma skills
- Learning and networking with a network of Lean practitioners
- Improved understanding of government programs, processes, and resources
- Exposure to multiple state agencies
- An insider’s perspective on how government works
Who is eligible for the entrepreneur-in-residence program?
- Must be a resident of Ohio
- Must be a small business professional
- Must have approval from his/her company to participate in the EIR program
- Must successfully complete a background check for determination of suitability for state government
- Must have private-sector leadership experience in identifying continuous improvement efforts and managing project teams and sub-projects that cover all phases of project management
- LeanOhio will make reasonable efforts to attract participants from entrepreneurs of various backgrounds, including female entrepreneurs, MBEs (Minority Business Enterprises), and EDGE businesses (Encouraging Diversity, Growth and Equity).
For a timeline, including the responsibilities of an EIR see here.
To apply to be an entrepreneur-in-residence click here; applications will be accepted through July 10, 2015.
COSE supported legislation (House Bill 218) that allowed for this pilot program. The bill passed the Ohio General Assembly on November 19, 2014 and Governor John Kasich signed it on December 2, 2014.