Southeast Ohio Entrepreneurs and Supporters Gather to Grow Zero Waste Business

The Plains, OH—Entrepreneurs, recycling-based businesses, and people who support the growth of business in southeast Ohio will gather at Eclipse Company Store on September 6th at 6 pm to tackle this question: What recycling-based businesses can we grow in southeast Ohio to get us closer to zero waste?

Rural Action and the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University are co-hosting the event, “Getting to Zero with Business Ventures”, with support from the Sugar Bush Foundation and USDA Rural Utilities Service.

“Southeast Ohio faces big challenges to reaching zero waste, but we also have many innovators who are getting us closer to zero by developing new products and services that reduce waste.. We want to support these zero waste innovators and help their businesses or business ideas grow,” said Erin Sykes, Rural Action’s Zero Waste program director.

At the end of the night, event attendees will have the opportunity to sign up to work on some of the business ideas that emerge. Going forward, they will receive technical support from Rural Action and the Voinovich School to help them take their idea to the next level with the hope that they will eventually move from idea to action.

Dinner will be provided and a cash bar will be available.  Registration is free but required at by August 30th. Call 740-677-4047 to register or visit

Rural Action is a member-based sustainable community development organization. Their mission is to foster social, economic, and environmental justice in Appalachian Ohio. Learn more about Rural Action at You can also keep up with their work on Facebook, Twitter, Linked in, and Instagram.

Rural Action is an equal opportunity provider and employer. This material is based upon work supported under a grant by the Rural Utilities Service, United States Department of Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Rural Utilities Service.



Erin Sykes
Zero Waste Program Director