The Toledo Business Growth Collaborative is a network that consists of existing small business assistance organizations in the Greater Toledo community. Working together, these organizations are dedicated to finding and filling gaps in the service continuum and connecting their clients to the resources they need. Join us to learn more about these organizations and how they can benefit you and your business.
Power of Collaboration: The Toledo Business Growth Collaborative
Amy is responsible for managing the Ohio Third Frontier Entrepreneurial Services Provider (ESP) line-of-business program for the Northwest Ohio region and collaboration efforts with other economic development organizations focused on small business growth and sustainability. Her responsibilities include entrepreneur engagement, collaborator and partner relations, deal flow management, programming, adoption of standard methodologies, resource deployment and surveys. Additionally, Amy plays an instrumental role in leading the Toledo office though managing operations, coordinating efforts and working with JumpStart leadership and other key stakeholders.
Jill R. Badger is the Interim Director of the Small Business Development Center. She was a SBDC financial counselor for 6 years. Jill’s work has focused on startups and childcare businesses. Her past positions include 5 years as an accountant at The Andersons Inc. in Maumee, Ohio and 5 years as an accountant at OmniSource in Toledo, Ohio.
Jill holds an MBA degree from Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, Michigan. She has a BA in accounting from Baker College Muskegon, Michigan. She has also earned the Certified Business Advisor (CBA) designation from The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation Graduate Program.
Jill is the Chair of the Ohio Child Care Resource & Referral Association (OCCRRA) board of directors, she is a member of the City of Toledo’s Incentive Committee and is the SBDC representative of the Business Growth Collaborative.
Jill lives in Bedford with her two daughters.
Sabrina Weaver moved to the Toledo area in 2012 after growing up on the east coast and living in New York and California. Ms. Weaver has held various strategic financial leadership positions with Owens Corning, Owens-Illinois, ANN Inc, Arrow Electronics, Hilton Hotels, and Morgan Stanley in Corporate Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Investor Relations, Real Estate Finance and Financial Planning and Analysis. Sabrina is passionate about making a difference in people’s lives and has previously served on the boards of Women in Manufacturing and Downtown Perrysburg Inc. She also led efforts to foster a more diverse and inclusive culture at Owens Illinois by launching the company’s first employee resource group, Women at O-I. Currently, a finance leader at Owens Corning, Sabrina elevated their Women’s Inclusion Network while leading the group in 2018. Ms. Weaver holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University. She enjoys traveling, skiing, working out, and spending quality time with her family.
Olivia Holden is the Executive Director of ASSETS Toledo, a non-profit corporation that serves persons who are interested in starting a business or need the skills to continue in business.
ASSETS Toledo teaches the basics of setting up and running a business that is taught during a 13- week training course. To date over 1000 persons have attended the classes of which 842 have started their business and remain in business today.
She serves on the Board of the Toledo Lucas County Seagate Convention Center and Huntington Center; Appointed by Governor Ted Strickland to the State of Ohio Minority Business Advisory Council; Unison Behavioral Health Group Board member; and a member of the University of Toledo MBE Diversity Council.
Olivia attended the University of Toledo, Human Resources/Paralegal; University of New York at Albany majoring in nursing; Capital University, Columbus, OH, Certified Business Analyst; Notre Dame University, Certified Business Executive.
She is a mediator certified by the Supreme Court of Ohio.
Olivia has over 1000 children of which two are her biological children, Kim and Rebekha and 5 grandchildren. She is a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Toledo, Ohio.
The Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI) a Columbus, Ohio-based 501(c)(3) non-profit economic development organization founded in 2004 announce that James Matzinger will serve as the Community Outreach and Lending Specialist located at the at the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. ECDI is the third largest US Small Business Administration (SBA) intermediary micro-lender in the nation, serving Ohio; and a US Treasury designated Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). ECDI is committed to assisting disenfranchised and underserved communities throughout the state.
Jim has provided consulting engineering, technical assistance, new product, process, and project development, creative problem solving, and business start-up consulting and commercialization assistance to firms all across northwest Ohio. Prior to his role with EISC, Matzinger worked in research and development for 30 years with LOF/Pilkington where he obtained five United States Patents covering encapsulated glass, composites and molding processes.
Matzinger graduated from The University of Toledo with an associate’s degree in mechanical engineering technology, bachelor’s degree in business and technology development and a master’s degree in economic development.
David Topoleski is a reference librarian and manager at the Toledo Lucas County Public Library. He has worked with public libraries in North Carolina, Michigan, and Ohio for over twenty years and he is passionate about helping people find success with/through: community resources; career and workforce development; non-profit and business creation and management; and building personal finance and investing knowledge.
Jay is the Founder and President of JCSP LLC (2005), a business consulting firm specializing in business development, governmental affairs, capital acquisition and business advisory services. This includes developing business in the government and public arenas, arranging financing through traditional and non-traditional sources for businesses that need financial capital. Advisory services include implementing turnaround strategies and monitoring all aspects of business operations to reduce cost and gain greater efficiencies, and assisting Clients in developing and implementing their supplier diversity initiatives. He currently holds the role of Vice President at the Toledo African American Chamber of Commerce.
Jay enjoyed a twenty-three year career in banking with significant management level positions at First National Bank of Toledo (now Fifth Third) and National City Corporation (now PNC) and was also the Former City of Toledo Chief of Staff.