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What Is The Southern Perry Network?

SPN is a group of Community Stakeholders working to boost and support local businesses throughout southern Perry County.  The group formed in 2018 as part of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Power grant-funded initiative that aims to help communities organize themselves to aid their small businesses to better grow and thrive in a stronger economy.


SPN is one of seven communities across five counties that have been designated Entrepreneurial Communities by Rural Action as part of the ARC Power grant.   With Rural Action’s assistance, SPN has begun the process of interviewing local businesses to identify the benefits, opportunities and barriers to operating a business in southern Perry County.  The businesses surveyed also share the needs of their individual business that prevent growth.  SPN then helps to identify and contact resources that can assist and solve these challenges for the business owner.

The map shows the initial communities where surveys are being conducted.  Survey summaries indicate the business community needs increased awareness of their services and marketing and promotion of the products and services they offer…..both to local residents and to surrounding communities.

How Can You Get Involved?

If you live in Perry County and if you are a local business owner – contact SPICE at (740)394-2200 to share your story.  How and why did you locate in Perry County?  What are the benefits of operating your business here?  What are the challenges?  How can SPN help you?

If you don’t live in Perry County but still want to get involved, then we want you also to contact SPN at the SPICE office (740)394-2200.  We would l0ve to have your input on the community and your ideas on how to improve the economic client of the area in Southern Perry County.  Perhaps you know a business we have missed?  Perhaps you could serve as a resource for a business owner?  We are trying to make linkages and you can be part of this chain.
Thank you for caring and for your interest.

If you have not been surveyed for the Southern Perry Network, please do so now! Once completed, please return to SPICE at:
115 W Main St.
PO Box 268
New Straitsville, OH, 43766
Or fax to:
(740)394-2277

Getting Started

Southern Perry Incubation Center for Entrepreneurs received a $10,000 Community Investment Grant from Rural Action to identify, interview, and promote small businesses in Southern Perry County. This grant has supported the start of the Southern Perry Network.

“This investment has brought small business, service providers and the community together. The SPN is promoting not only local businesses but also the intrinsic benefits and opportunities in the entire southern portion of Perry County.”
– Melody Borchers, SPICE Microenterprise Business Consultant


Eight Businesses Assisted with Dale Hileman Legacy Fund

SPICE was able to assist these  businesses through the generosity of the Dale Hileman Legacy Fund:

• Deliveries by Michelle
• James Lipp & Family
• J&W Landscaping and Lawncare LLC.
• K.T. Sewing Machine Repair
• Powerful Synergy Massage Therapy
• Randy’s Live Edge
• Southside Carry Out
• SPBC

Find out more about the Dale Hileman Legacy Fund at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio’s Website.


The MORPC features SPICE in an Incubator Showcase video. Melody Borchers, who was interviewed in the video, describes how SPICE and SPN have joined together to help the Southern Perry County communities.


The Southern Perry Network Appreciation Reception

On February 26th, 2020, the SPN hosted The Southern Perry Network Appreciation Reception. The SPN invited the multiple individuals, businesses, and organizations that have assisted the SPN over the last year.

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