ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Entrepreneurs and small businesses have expanded resources in Belmont County. The Community Improvement Corporation of Belmont County (CIC) recently moved to a new location at 133 Woodrow Ave., St. Clairsville. This allows the CIC to offer a satellite office to many of their regional partners, including the Small Business Development Center and the Procurement Technical Assistance Center of Ohio University, the Small Business Development Center – Export Assistance Center, and the Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet).

The expansion also allows them to better serve the businesses and entrepreneurs in Belmont County with monthly workshops and meeting spaces in their new classroom. "This is an exciting time in Belmont County. There are many resources available to businesses, and we want to help businesses tap into those in order to be more successful," said Crystal Lorimor, CIC executive director. "Our partners have been very busy in Belmont County working on projects with businesses. This move helps everyone."

To add to this new knowledge and educational resource, the CIC has now partnered with the First Presbyterian Church of St. Clairsville to work together to develop a business hub of offices that will be available for lease to entrepreneurs and small businesses. Located a short walking distance from the CIC, the two organizations will be working together in the coming months to develop a unique and innovative approach to helping Belmont County.

"We have the details to work out, but we are excited at their willingness to work together to help entrepreneurs and small businesses in Belmont County," said Lorimor. "The research continually shows that to have a diversified and resilient economy, you have to have support for entrepreneurs and existing businesses. We, with our partners, are happy to provide those resources."

The CIC is a non-profit dedicated to economic development.

The First Presbyterian Church is located at the corner of Woodrow Avenue and South Marietta Street in St. Clairsville.