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LeanOhio Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is LeanOhio?

LeanOhio is an office within the Ohio Department of Administrative Services. Our mission is to make government services in Ohio simpler, faster, better, and less costly. Using continuous improvement methods such as Lean and Six Sigma, Ohio's state agencies are cutting red tape, removing inefficiencies, improving customer service, and achieving measurable results.

2. Who is eligible for the Entrepreneur-In-Residence (EIR) Program?

Must be a resident of Ohio

Must be a small-business professional

Must have approval from their company to participate in the EIR program
 • Must have approval from their company to participate in the EIR program

Must successfully complete a background check for determination of suitability for state government
 • Must have private-sector leadership experience in identifying continuous improvement efforts and managing project teams and sub-projects that cover all phases of project management
   
  LeanOhio will make reasonable efforts to attract participants from entrepreneurs of various backgrounds, including female entrepreneurs, MBEs (Minority Business Enterprises), and EDGE businesses (Encouraging Diversity, Growth and Equity).

3. What is MBE and EDGE?
"Minority Business Enterprise" means an individual, partnership, corporation, or joint venture of any kind that is owned and controlled by U.S. citizens and residents of Ohio, who are and have held themselves out as members of the following socially and economically disadvantaged groups: Blacks, American Indians, Hispanics, and Asians. An EDGE participant must be a small socially and economically disadvantaged business enterprise owned and controlled by U.S. citizens who are Ohio residents.
   

Additional information about MBE/EDGE Certification

MBE 1-page overview (PDF)

EDGE 1-page overview (PDF)

4. What is considered a small business?
According to ORC 107.63, "small business" means an independently owned and operated for-profit or nonprofit business entity, including affiliates, with fewer than 500 full-time employees or gross annual sales of less than $6 million, and has operations located in the state.

5. How can I apply to be an EIR?
Online applications will be accepted online through lean.ohio.gov/eir from Monday, June 1, through Friday, July 17, 2015.

6. What is the time commitment for an EIR?
The term of residence will be one year. The EIR will be expected to work at LeanOhio 10-20 hours a week. Click for a timeline of duties.

7. What are the roles and responsibilities for the EIR?
- Assist with Lean improvement events, training, planning, presentations, and more
- Plan and conduct workshops to share best practices to the LeanOhio Network
- Provide guidance on public-private partnerships and implementation of strategies designed to improve private-sector engagement

8. What is Lean Six Sigma Green Belt training?
Green Belt training is two weeks of in-class training focusing on Lean Six Sigma tools and methodologies. This training has been designed to fit the needs of State agencies through the use of hands-on activities and presentations. Additional information can be found here.

9. What is a Kaizen event?
Kaizen is a Japanese term meaning change for the better. It is a philosophy, methodology, and tool set for analyzing, understanding, and improving processes. In a Kaizen event, staff map the current process, identify inefficiencies, and build a new process that is far simpler, faster, better, and less costly. LeanOhio consultants have facilitated more than 60 Kaizen events. Additional information can be found here.

10. How does this program handle salaries and expenses accrued while in-residence?
Salaries and expenses are to be paid by the private-sector employers. The EIR will report to the LeanOhio office in Columbus, Ohio.
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EIR Links:
EIR Home
Photos
Meet the EIRs
More Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Program Timeline
Memorandum of Understanding
Legislative Language (download)

Contact:
For more information, contact Michael Buerger at LeanOhio.

Michael.T.Buerger@das.ohio.gov 
1-614-466-6023

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