BB2C and Buckeye Hills Regional Council Love Start-ups


They love them so much they are offering financial support for spots in the Makerspace.

Buckeye Hills Regional Council awarded Building Bridges to Careers (BB2C) funding to support 10 individuals and 5 small manufacturing or start-up businesses. Individual and business scholarship recipients would participate in a full year of Epicenter programs with a rolling start date.  Applicants can be accepted into the program up until July 2020.

Individual scholarships would cover a 1-year makerspace membership, with participation in a required minimum of 2 classes per month and 2 Epicenter hours per week (or 25 hours per quarter) required for independent project work. Participating individuals would receive training based on the individual plan or the small business plan created before participation in the program. At the end of the year, participants would receive a certificate of participation which will list all completed classes, micro-credentials earned for equipment mastery, and descriptions of projects completed independently in a portfolio. Individuals will be referred to other area workforce development training facilities to further their education as appropriate, and/or would be supported in their efforts to secure employment. Small businesses or individuals starting businesses would receive support in building and growing their business, including referrals to other area resource providers.


In order to be eligible for funding, an individual or organization must:

  1. Applicants must have their current residence, existing business and any tentative future principal place of business located in one of the following counties in Ohio ( Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Perry, and Washington).

  2. Individual applicants must be 16 years and older.

  3. Existing business applicants must demonstrate need for the scholarship.


You will apply for this scholarship as an individual seeking to gain or improve upon employability skills, an individual seeking to build upon an entrepreneurial idea, or an existing business seeking to improve a process or grow the business.

Follow the links below for application that applies to your interest. You can email the application to Pamela Lankford at, drop off the application to the BB2C Epicenter at 107 Lancaster Street, or mail the application to PO Box 4095, Marietta, OH 45750.

Epicenter Business Scholarship Application

Epicenter Individual Scholarship Application


After completion of the application, an interview with Epicenter and LIGHTS staff, as appropriate, will be scheduled in order to determine the applicants goals and use of this scholarship. These interviews, along with applications, will be used to determine recipients of the available scholarships.

Upon notification of receiving the scholarship, applicants will be asked to sign an agreement stating their ability to participate in the minimum number of hours and classes. The first step will be to meet with Epicenter and LIGHTS staff, as appropriate, to develop an individualized plan for the year long experience.