By 1808Delaware

Ohio Wesleyan University (OWU) is poised to enhance its role as a regional hub of innovation with the recent appointment of Phillip Smith as the new director of the Delaware Entrepreneurial Center (DEC OWU). Smith, who officially joined the university staff on January 16, brings a wealth of experience and a track record of success to this crucial role, setting the stage for a new chapter in the center’s development.

Unique Collaboration Fuels Growth

The DEC OWU, which opened its doors in the fall of 2018, stands as a testament to innovative collaboration, being the first of its kind in the nation. It represents a strategic partnership among Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware County, and the City of Delaware. This unique alliance aims to nurture entrepreneurial talents and serve as a beacon of progress and innovation in the region.

Smith’s Vision and Expertise

Smith’s appointment comes at a crucial time for DEC OWU. His responsibilities encompass a wide range of strategic and operational aspects, including the creation and execution of a business development plan, cultivating new partnerships, and overseeing all center programming. His previous tenure at the Simon Kenton Council, Boy Scouts of America, and leadership roles in various media-related companies, including Farmer+Yoakam Advertising Agency, have equipped him with the skills to elevate DEC OWU to new heights.

Commitment to Entrepreneurial Success

Smith’s overarching mission is to bolster the visibility and impact of DEC OWU, aiding both budding entrepreneurs and Ohio Wesleyan students in achieving their aspirations. His approach emphasizes change, meeting needs in innovative ways, and fostering sustainable growth. The center, located at 70 S. Sandusky St., Delaware, offers rentable office spaces, a conference center, and a shared work area, along with educational programming aimed at entrepreneurial success.

Phillip Smith’s Fresh Perspective on Entrepreneurship

In Smith’s words: “My work experience spans a wide variety of companies and industries, all with one underlying goal: to affect change and meet needs in new and effective ways for positive sustainable growth.” His enthusiasm for his new role at Ohio Wesleyan University and the broader region is palpable, signaling an exciting era for DEC OWU.

The Delaware Entrepreneurial Center’s Continuing Journey

The DEC OWU is more than just a physical space; it’s a crucible for ideas and innovation. With Smith at the helm, the center is poised to expand its influence and continue its journey as a leading force in fostering entrepreneurship. For more information about the Delaware Entrepreneurial Center at Ohio Wesleyan University, visit

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