A new advisory program is in the works at the Upper Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce. The business development committee has been working on this new initiative for some time and is confident it will provide members with a very valuable resource: one on one mentoring for their businesses.

A new advisory program is in the works at the Upper Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce. The business development committee has been working on this new initiative for some time and is confident it will provide members with a very valuable resource: one on one mentoring for their businesses.

The group of advisors involved in the program will be working with chamber members not only on a one on one basis, but will also have the opportunity to be featured speakers at the chamber's regular "Ask-The-Expert" breakfast and lunch events. The committee has received many applicants and referrals for potential advisors in various areas of business expertise and is in the process of interviewing and selecting the advisors for the program.

As committee members consider the advisor candidates they will be taking into consideration several factors: trustworthiness, experience with start-ups and small businesses, expertise in a given field, one-on-one communication skills, references from local businesses and professionals, and involvement in the community.

"I believe this is a very important step in the development a broader network of education and assistance for those who are looking to start or grow a business in the Upper Arlington community. We have hopes that this group of advisors will bring the knowledge and momentum to help us move on to even bigger initiatives, such as partnering with the UACIC to create an incubator program," said Heidi Nail, chair of the business development committee.

The Business Development Committee is busy putting processes in place and meeting to lay out goals and tactics to create its mission for the Chamber 2011 Action Plan.

The current committee members include Nail committee chair; Dan Elbaz - Guernsey Bank, Duff Dyer - The Willms Financial Network; Charlie Groezinger SGO Designer Glass; and Wesley Newhouse Newhouse, Prohater, Letcher & Moots.

"The resources we can provide new startups and existing businesses will be assistance in all aspects of business such as; management practices, human resources, financial, marketing, legal and tax issues, and IT consulting," said Becky Hajost, president. "Programs such as this are so important as communities recognize that real job growth over time, and it comes from the expansion of businesses already in the community and the potential for new ones."