Take your business to the next level.

In the challenging landscape of today’s economy, growing your small business in Ohio can be a slow and daunting process. Getting the right business advice can significantly increase your chances for long-term success.

Cultivate offers advising services to small business owners like you. And your first session with Cultivate is free.

Each Cultivate business advisor brings over 20 years of professional success in their respective fields, offering expertise, experience, and a proven track record of working with small businesses. Learn more or schedule an appointment with one of our professionals by clicking on their information below. 


Gary Ross


Rick Slarks


Matt Yerkes


Elizabeth Willford

Why Small Business Advising Matters

Running a small business means wearing many hats, making it challenging to identify problems and implement growth-oriented changes. Cultivate understands the investment of time, resources, and energy required to run your business efficiently. We offer grassroots advice to identify problem areas, address inefficiencies, and provide strategic solutions for unlocking growth.

Turning Challenges into Opportunities

Clear Unbiased Perspective

Gain insight from a neutral and objective advisor assessing your business processes.

Experienced Guidance

Collaborate with seasoned advisors with a deep understanding of your business challenges.

Market Knowledge

Stay updated on business strategies, trends, and technologies to avoid costly mishaps.

Future Growth Planning

Develop and execute a plan for substantial, long-term growth.

Save Time & Money

Professional business advice saves time, cuts costs, and helps to avoid pitfalls that could hinder success.

How to Prepare for Your Free Advising Session

Gather your questions, share information about yourself and your goals, and take notes during your session. Feel free to ask your advisor about their career path.

Schedule a free consultation with the appropriate advisor below.

How to utilize a business coach to help your business grow revenues, profits, and cash flow

Gary Ross

If you are one of the following, you will enjoy this meeting: – CEO or owner in the Business-to-Business (B2B) market – Technology, software, or services organization.

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the complexities of managing your growing company?

Rick Slark

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the complexities of managing your growing company?

Then you are in the right place. I’m Rick, and I help profitable companies navigate growth complexities, uncover hidden opportunities, and craft actionable strategies for sustainable expansion.

My Expertise:

  • Unveiling growth inhibitors and untapped opportunities
  • Tailoring roadmaps for sustainable growth
  • Leveraging industry connections for accelerated growth

Partner with me to:

  • Align growth strategy with evolving business goals
  • Optimize internal processes for expansion
  • Capitalize on emerging opportunities
  • Build a resilient and scalable business model

Experience the Difference:

  • Personalized solutions for unique growth challenges
  • Data-driven insights and strategic frameworks
  • Proven track record of empowering growth-stage companies

You can schedule a free initial conversation to learn more.

Visit a Cultivate Business Center to tour and meet to review plans that include three essentials to build a Professional Business Presence. 

Matt Yerkes

Matt Yerkes is the founder and CEO of Cultivate, a small business incubator in Central Ohio, where he manages the operations and general advising services for new and established businesses. Matt is an entrepreneur at heart and has successfully founded, managed and sold many technology-based companies. He holds a master’s degree in business from Franklin University.

Creative Marketing & Communication Strategies that captivate audiences.  

Elizabeth Willford

Elizabeth Willford specializes in helping businesses identify unique marketing goals to create tailored solutions. With over 20 years of marketing experience, Elizabeth has worked in agencies and on the client side of B2B operations. She has built and managed creative teams to produce high-impact, innovative campaigns across multi-media digital and traditional channels. Elizabeth has a BFA from Bowling Green State University.

To set up an appointment with Elizabeth email elizabethwillford@gmail.com

Renee Tyack - Capital Plus

First and foremost, Cultivate has a feeling of momentum and drive that is palpable. The office space is beautiful but moreover, it’s the programming, the people, the conversations, and the collaborations that make this place unique. It’s a community of high level performers exceeding expectations and driving each other forward. Matt Yerkes has created a place that inspires people to deliver, challenge, drive, and succeed. Matt and I have worked together for almost 2 years, I am forever grateful for the clarity he brings to complex business challenges.

Nathan Leber - Leber Design & Print

Cultivate is a wealth of knowledge and resources for any startup/entrepreneur. You get sound leadership from people that have legitimate business experience who freely give of their experiences and contacts, as well as being in a collaborative environment with real-world help. This isn't just a bunch of good ideas, it is tried and true experience paired with unparalleled generosity.

GARY L. SIGRIST - Safeguard Risk Solutions

Cultivate has helped our business grow by bringing together like-minded entrepreneurs to hear presentations on a wide range of topics, as well as providing one on one guidance from Matt that helps us on the 'business' part of our company.  One of our better business decisions was joining the team at Cultivate.