RISE – the Regional Incubator for Sustainability and Entrepreneurship is a comprehensive resource hub that offers assistance across the entire business development continuum. The objective of RISE is to grow jobs and spearhead economic development by linking business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs to regional service providers with expertise in business start-up, development and acceleration. 

RISE offers assistance across the entire business development continuum. Consultations and many of the services are offered free of charge. Examples of RISE services include:

  • Viability analysis
  • Business plan development 
  • Environmental analysis 
  • Access to capital 
  • Sales and marketing support 
  • Employee training and development 
  • Supply chain management 


The RISE office is located on the BGSU Firelands campus in the Cedar Point Center, Room 1002, One University Drive, Huron, Ohio, 44839.

To arrange a counseling appointment or for more information contact:

Sarah Ross



Funding for RISE is provided from both private and public partners including the Randolph J. & Estelle M. Dorn Foundation, Frost-Parker Foundation, Wightman-Wieber Charitable Foundation, Sandusky/Erie County Community Foundation, a Norwalk area Foundation and Murray & Murray Charitable Foundation. 

Located on the BGSU Firelands campus, RISE partners include the Erie County Economic Development Corporation (ECEDC), BGSU Firelands, Norwalk Economic Development Corporation and Great Lakes Innovation and Development Enterprise (GLIDE). The Great Lakes Innovation and Development Enterprise (GLIDE), an enterprise of Lorain County Community College (LCCC) in Elyria, Ohio, is a comprehensive regional innovation center and resource hub that supports all facets of the start-up, development, and growth of enterprises. Originally created by a unique partnership of the Lorain County Commissioners, Lorain County Community College and the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce, GLIDE's objectives are to grow jobs and spearhead economic growth in both Lorain County and the northern Ohio region.

Updated: 12/05/2022 05:08PM