A Service For Self-Employment Training and Support

Assets Toledo
2200 Jefferson Ave. - 1st fl
Toledo, Ohio 43604
P: 419.251.9870
F: 419.243.8002
Assets Toledo, a non-profit organization serving small business owners with self-employment training and support.
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November 1997
A meeting was held at Toledo Mennonite Church with representatives from the Northwest Ohio MEDA(Mennonite Economic Development Associates) chapter, Toledo Mennonite Church, Friendship Baptist Church, and Metro Toledo Churches United to discuss a microenterprise program in Toledo. Led by Howard Good and Kevin Stout of MEDA. A Feasibility Study Steering Committee was formed.

February 1998
Members of the Steering Committee begin to meet with an agreement on a vision for a microenterprise program in Toledo modeled after ASSETS (A Service for Self Employment Training and Support). Members: Nancy Atkins (Metro Toledo Churches United), Phil Ebersole (Toledo Mennonite), Steve Elzinga (Toledo Mennonite), Marcus Goodwin (Friendship Baptist), and Frank Ulrich (NW Ohio MEDA).

March 1998
Phil, Marcus, and Frank meet for further planning, and to take steps on how the feasibility study could be conducted. A preliminary report is given to the NW Ohio MEDA spring meeting.

April 1998
Marcus Goodwin and Phil Ebersole attend an Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) Conference in Washington, D.C. Meet with MEDA members and others working in microenterprise development.

Fall 1998
Sub committee of Phil, Marcus, and Frank, along with consultation with Kevin Stout, agree to ask Marcus to do the feasibility study. Marcus begins work with Kevin providing assistance. Interviews with community development corporations, Small Business Development Center, city, and other leaders.

January 1999
Feasibility study completed, with recommendation that there is a need for such a training and mentoring program in Toledo. Program will be called ASSETS Toledo. A board of directors is formed with Marcus Goodwin appointed as chairperson. Steps are made toward incorporation, and non-profit status.

March 1999
Marcus, Phil, and Frank present update of the program, and over $22,000 in funds are raised at the NW Ohio MEDA spring meeting. A $15,000 matching grant is made by MEDA.

Summer 1999
Phil Ebersole hired as Executive Director effective September 1, 1999. Board decides to hold first class, Building a Business Plan, January 11-April 4, 2000.

January 2000
First class held with 25 persons registered; led by 25 volunteer presenters.

December 2000
ASSETS completes first year of program with 63 participants, 43 graduates, 20 business start-ups or reinforcements, and 11 full/part-time jobs created.

October 2002
Olivia Holden hired as Executive Director.  

2200 Jefferson Ave. - 1st fl, Toledo, Ohio43604
P: 419.251.9870, F: 419.243.8002

Mission Statement

Our Mission is to assist self-motivated individuals in Northwest Ohio who have a personal vision for self-employment and small business initiatives, but limited resources, by providing hands-on-training, peer networking, and support network and capital.


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