Monday, August 24, 2009

SBDC clients featured in Columbus C.E.O. magazine article

Brian Pitzer, CEO of Vitality Distributing, pours a sample of his energy water, ávitāe, at this year’s Memorial Tournament.

Two clients of Columbus State’s Small Business Development Center, Vitality Distributing, makers of ávitāe energy water, and EcoChem, fuel distributors, have been featured in articles about “Columbus: An Entrepreneur’s Dream” in the September issue of Columbus C.E.O.

“As much as I’d love to tell you we did this on our own, I’d be lying” says Brian Pitzer, Vitality’s founder and CEO, about his success. “Programs such as the Small Business Development Center, run by Mike Bowers and Jeff Shick, TechColumbus and Rick Coplin, and certainly the entire Ohio Department of Development have been lifesavers for us as far as introductions and support go.”

“As much as I’d love to tell you we did this on our own, I’d be lying” says Brian Pitzer, Vitality’s founder and CEO, about his success.




Pitzer engaged Bowers and Shick in early strategic planning discussions, continuing financial planning and the development of production protocols. They continue to stay in touch about outreach and marketing ideas. And while the future is in no way guaranteed for Vitality and ávitāe, it certainly appears sunny.

Joshua Koch established Dublin-based EcoChem Alternative Fuels in July 2007 and now serves as the president of the company. The company manufactures a high-performance, cleaner-burning diesel fuel that addresses the three E’s: economic, environmental and energy problems.

Koch approached the Manufacturing & Technology Small Business Development Center, hoping to market his new product in June 2008. Several months of discussion, analysis and research suggested by Jeff Shick, a certified business advisor with the MTSBDC, indicated that a better market-entry strategy would be to expand the vision of the business to include production and distribution of the new fuel.

“Jeff Shick was key in the development of EcoChem’s business and marketing model,” says Koch. “He did a great job making sure we had the proper structure, as well as keeping us on track with the manufacture and commercialization of the fuel, helping us avoid mistakes.”


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Schedule a time for international dialogueColumbus State is hosting four students from Egypt through a special project called the Community College Initiative through Community Colleges for International Development. In the weeks leading up to the start of Autumn Quarter, the students are participating in an extended orientation and getting to know the campus and community members. If you would like to meet and/or present information to the students, please contact Kimberly Brazwell at ext. 2426 or The students want to meet you!

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Writing Center offers session on making research papers interestingThe Writing Center will hold a workshop titled “Making Your Research Paper Interesting” on Wednesday, August 26, from 10- 11a.m. in Nestor Hall Room 010.
The session should be of interest to students who want to write something that people will be willing to read and take seriously.

The Writing Center will teach students the tricks to identifying an audience and tailoring your argument to them; writing interesting introductions and conclusions; shaping the emotions of the reader; and keeping a reader's interest throughout a long paper. For more information about this session, contact The Writing Center.

The Writing Center will also offer a session on “Understanding MLA Documentation” on Wednesday, August 31, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in NH 010. This session will teach students about MLA in-text citations and works-cited pages.

students at ballgameBallpark puts “fun” in fundraiserStudent Ambassadors Molly Osmon and Alex Nguyen use a banner to help Columbus State Development Foundation donors find their box seats at the new Huntington Park baseball stadium August 13. Sixty-five Columbus State Clipper fans attended the scholarship fundraiser on a beautiful night and cheered the Clippers to a 7-6 win over the Indianapolis Indians.




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Christina Stillion

Stillion earns BS from Franklin

Christina Stillion, IT Support Center technician, was awarded her Bachelor of Science cum laude in Information Technology August 16 from Franklin University, graduating with a 3.67 GPA. Stillion earned her associate degree in PC Hardware in 2007 from Columbus State and is now planning to begin a master’s degree program in information systems/information security at Keller University.

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Faculty, chair make move into renovated facilitiesThree Sport and Exercise Studies faculty, Professor Tom Habegger, Ph.D., Instructor Don Laubenthal, and Associate Professor Eric Welch, as well as Johnna Kay, teaching assistant for Sport and Exercise Studies, are now located in new offices in Delaware Hall 077.

Mokie Steiskal, Ph.D., Chairperson for Hospitality, Massage Therapy, Sport & Exercise Studies, and Associate Professor Amy Hart, Travel and Tourism, are also located in the new office area. Down the hall from the offices is a classroom/lab area and meeting room for the Sports and Exercise Studies program.