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LOCATION
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Akron
Cascade Capital Corporation, Inc
A non-profit corporation partnering with the US SBA and private sector lenders to provide growing businesses with long-term, fixed-rate financing for major fixed assets, such as land and buildings....View details

Akron
SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business
SCORE mentors provide free & confidential business mentoring through local Chapters or Online Counseling . SCORE helps entrepreneurs develop business plans, explore growth opportunities...View details

Akron
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Akron Office
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing, training,...View details

Akron
Women's Network Inc
A membership organization for business owners and professional women in the northeastern part of Ohio. Ongoing networking events, mentoring, and seminars are offered to members and to the public. Contact:...View details

Ashland
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Ashland Office
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Athens
SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business
SCORE mentors provide free & confidential business mentoring through local Chapters or Online Counseling . SCORE helps entrepreneurs develop business plans, explore growth opportunities...View details

Athens
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Ohio University
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Athens
Women's Business Resource Program of Southeastern Ohio
Supports women-owned businesses through a variety of services that focus on expanding networking opportunities, including support groups, monthly networking luncheons and an annual Women in Business...View details

Cambridge
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Zane State College
Serving Belmont, Guernsey, and Muskingum counties, the SBDC network offers free, confidential, in-depth business counseling by highly trained professionals who are experts at assisting new business...View details

Canton
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Canton Office
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Canton
Stark Development Board Finance Corporation
A non-profit corporation partnering with the US SBA and private sector lenders to provide growing businesses with long-term, fixed-rate financing for major fixed assets, such as land and buildings....View details

Cincinnati
Hamilton County Development Company, Inc
Provides small loans ranging from under $100 to a maximum of $25,000 to prospective, small business borrowers and backed by the US SBA. Service Area: Adams, Ashland, Athens, Belmont, Brown, Carroll,...View details

Cincinnati
SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business
SCORE mentors provide free & confidential business mentoring through local Chapters or Online Counseling . SCORE helps entrepreneurs develop business plans, explore growth opportunities...View details

Cincinnati
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION(SBA) OFFICE OF VETERANS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT (OVBD)
OVBDs mission is to assist veterans, service-disabled veterans, reserve component members, and their dependents or survivors by helping them to learn about, access and effectively utilize all...View details

Cincinnati
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Greater Cincinnati Urban League
The SBDC offers comprehensive business management and education services including free confidential, one-on-one and eCounseling and low- or no-cost training in areas of Strategic Planning, ...View details

Cincinnati
TechSolve
Helps increase profits by eliminating waste and increasing productivity on the factory floor and in the front office. Provides implementation of manufacturing and machining solutions as well...View details

Cleveland
Glenville Development Corporation (GDC)
The GDC Commercial Development Team actively seeks, encourages and assists business locating to the area/Empowerment Zone. Services provided include micro enterprise assistance, business educational...View details

Cleveland
Growth Capital Corporation
A non-profit corporation partnering with the US SBA and private sector lenders to provide growing businesses with long-term, fixed-rate financing for major fixed assets, such as land and buildings....View details

Cleveland
Hispanic Business Center
The Hispanic Business Center (HBC) provides free technical assistance and training to start-up and existing business owners from a variety of cultural backgrounds. HBC specializes in assisting...View details

Cleveland
NEO411.biz
NEO411.biz provides referrals to entrepreneurs in Northeast Ohio via partnerships made up of key service providers throughout the region. NEO411.biz connects entrepreneurs to resources in the...View details

Cleveland
SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business
SCORE mentors provide free & confidential business mentoring through local Chapters or Online Counseling . SCORE helps entrepreneurs develop business plans, explore growth opportunities...View details

Cleveland
Small Business Administration(SBA) Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD)
OVBDs mission is to assist veterans, service-disabled veterans, reserve component members, and their dependents or survivors by helping them to learn about, access and effectively utilize all...View details

Cleveland
WECO Fund, Inc.
Provides microloans ranging from $500 to $35,000 to small business borrowers unable to obtain traditional financing. Backed by US SBA,local banks, ODoD. Service area: Cuyahoga County. Executive...View details

Columbus
Central Ohio Manufacturing Small Business Development Center
Ohio Manufacturing and Defense Transition (OMDT) MSBDCs serve as the initial point of contact for information, resources, referrals and counseling for small manufacturing businesses and defense-dependent...View details

Columbus
Community Capital Development Corporation
Provides small loans ranging from under $100 to a maximum of $25,000 to prospective, small business borrowers and backed by the US SBA. Service Area: Franklin, Delaware, Fairfield, Licking, Union,...View details

Columbus
Ohio Statewide Development Corporation
A non-profit corporation partnering with the US SBA and private sector lenders to provide growing businesses with long-term, fixed-rate financing for major fixed assets, such as land and buildings....View details

Columbus
Ohio Women's Business Development Council, Inc
Provides private-sector certification for women business owners, as well as training in e-commerce and procurement issues. Contact: Linda Steward, Program Director...View details

Columbus
SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business
SCORE mentors provide free & confidential business mentoring through local Chapters or Online Counseling . SCORE helps entrepreneurs develop business plans, explore growth opportunities...View details

Columbus
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION(SBA) OFFICE OF VETERANS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT (OVBD)
OVBDs mission is to assist veterans, service-disabled veterans, reserve component members, and their dependents or survivors by helping them to learn about, access and effectively utilize all...View details

Columbus Region
Central Ohio Small Business Development Center
The Ohio Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Columbus State Community College is a public-private partnership supported by the US Small Business Administration, the Ohio Department of...View details

Dayton
CountyCorp Development
CountyCorp Development is a private not-for-profit, Certified Development Company committed to supporting economic development and business expansion in Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami,...View details

Dayton
Ohio Manufacturing and Technology Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Serves as the initial point of contact for information, resources, referrals and counseling for small manufacturing businesses and defense-dependent industries. View Ohio SBDC contact information. Contact:...View details

Dayton
SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business
SCORE mentors provide free & confidential business mentoring through local Chapters or Online Counseling . SCORE helps entrepreneurs develop business plans, explore growth opportunities...View details

Dayton
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Dayton Office
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Defiance
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Defiance Office
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Elyria
Women's Development Center
A long-term training program that focuses first on personal development and then on entrepreneurship. The center targets primarily low-income women and also assists women with packaging loan...View details

Fremont
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Fremont Office
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Hamilton
Certified Development Company of Butler County, Inc
A non-profit corporation partnering with the US SBA and private sector lenders to provide growing businesses with long-term, fixed-rate financing for major fixed assets, such as land and buildings....View details

Kent
Kent Regional Business Alliance
Provides small loans ranging from under $100 to a maximum of $25,000 to prospective, small business borrowers and backed by the US SBA. Service Area: Ashtabula, Geauga, Trumbull, Portage, Columbiana,...View details

Kent
Kent Regional Business Alliance (KRBA)
The Kent Regional Business Alliance (KRBA) is a team of Northeast Ohio organizations dedicated to promoting small business in Ohio. KRBA provides services (including free business consulting)...View details

Kent
Kent State University Manufacturing Small Business Development Center
Ohio Manufacturing and Defense Transition (OMDT) MSBDCs serve as the initial point of contact for information, resources, referrals and counseling for small manufacturing businesses and defense-dependent...View details

Kettering
Dayton Manufacturing Small Business Development Center
Ohio Manufacturing and Defense Transition (OMDT) MSBDCs serve as the initial point of contact for information, resources, referrals and counseling for small manufacturing businesses and defense-dependent...View details

Lima
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Lima Office
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Lorain
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Lorain Office
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Mansfield
Braintree Business Development Center
Braintree Business Development Center is a regional entrepreneurial organization that supports small business in Northeast Ohio by providing the following: Capital Access—Braintree can assist...View details

Mansfield
SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business
SCORE mentors provide free & confidential business mentoring through local Chapters or Online Counseling . SCORE helps entrepreneurs develop business plans, explore growth opportunities...View details

Marietta
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Marietta Office
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Maumee
Women's Entrepreneurial Network
Sponsors multiple networking groups, an annual women business owners conference, and training opportunities. WEN has a creative and flexible mentoring program that works for all members. Contact:...View details

Mentor
Mentor Economic Assistance Corporation
A non-profit corporation partnering with the US SBA and private sector lenders to provide growing businesses with long-term, fixed-rate financing for major fixed assets, such as land and buildings....View details

Middletown
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Middletown Office
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Milford
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Milford Office
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

New Philadelphia
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) New Philadelphia Office
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Newark
SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business
SCORE mentors provide free & confidential business mentoring through local Chapters or Online Counseling . SCORE helps entrepreneurs develop business plans, explore growth opportunities...View details

North Canton
SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business
SCORE mentors provide free & confidential business mentoring through local Chapters or Online Counseling . SCORE helps entrepreneurs develop business plans, explore growth opportunities...View details

Painesville
Northeast Ohio PTAC Supersite
Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) help businesses sell goods and services to the local, state, and federal goverments by providing marketing and procurement information and technical...View details

Painesville
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Painesville Office
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Piketon
Ohio State University-Piketon Manufacturing Small Business Development Center
Ohio Manufacturing and Defense Transition (OMDT) MSBDCs serve as the initial point of contact for information, resources, referrals and counseling for small manufacturing businesses and defense-dependent...View details

Piketon
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Piketon Office
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Springfield
Clark County Development Corporation
A non-profit corporation partnering with the US SBA and private sector lenders to provide growing businesses with long-term, fixed-rate financing for major fixed assets, such as land and buildings....View details

Springfield
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Springfield Office
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

The Plains
Enterprise Development Corporation
Provides small loans ranging from under $200 to a maximum of $35,000 to prospective, small business borrowers and backed by the US SBA. Service Area: Adams, Ashland, Athens, Belmont, Brown, Carroll,...View details

Toledo
Lake Erie Manufacturing Small Business Development Center
Ohio Manufacturing and Defense Transition (OMDT) MSBDCs serve as the initial point of contact for information, resources, referrals and counseling for small manufacturing businesses and defense-dependent...View details

Toledo
Lucas County Community Improvement Corporation (LCIC)
Assists businesses seeking incentives to stay or relocate to Lucas County by providing job development and business financing opportunities including processing Lucas County?s Economic Development...View details

Toledo
SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business
SCORE mentors provide free & confidential business mentoring through local Chapters or Online Counseling . SCORE helps entrepreneurs develop business plans, explore growth opportunities...View details

Xenia
Greene County Development Corp
A non-profit corporation partnering with the US SBA and private sector lenders to provide growing businesses with long-term, fixed-rate financing for major fixed assets, such as land and buildings....View details

Youngstown
Mahoning Valley Economic Development Corporation
A non-profit corporation partnering with the US SBA and private sector lenders to provide growing businesses with long-term, fixed-rate financing for major fixed assets, such as land and buildings....View details

Youngstown
SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business
SCORE mentors provide free & confidential business mentoring through local Chapters or Online Counseling . SCORE helps entrepreneurs develop business plans, explore growth opportunities...View details

Youngstown
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Youngstown Office
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details



Statewide and Nationwide Small Business Resource Partners
LOCATION
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Statewide
Ohio Manufacturing and Defense Transition Lead Office
Ohio Manufacturing and Defense Transition (OMDT) SBDCs serve as the initial point of contact for information, resources, referrals and counseling for small manufacturing businesses and defense-dependent...View details

Statewide
Veterans Business Outreach Program (VBOP)
The Veterans Business Outreach Program (VBOP) is designed to provide entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling and mentoring, and referrals for eligible veterans...View details

Nationwide
Foundation for the Advancement of Marketing Excellence in Entrepreneurs ( FAMEE)
FAMEE is a nonprofit organization that offers online marketing courses tailored to the interests and needs of small and medium sized businesses. Access to online courses, support materials and...View details

Nationwide
SBDCGlobal.com
SBDCGlobal.com is a free, multicultural, web-based trade platform that links the advisors and small business clients of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) networks in the United States,...View details

Nationwide
SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business
SCORE offers free, confidential small business advice for anyone looking to start, grow and succeed in business. With a national volunteer network of over 13,000 business mentors and 350 chapters,...View details

Nationwide
Veterans Virtual Incubator (VetBizGo)
VetBizGO is a resource and referral community tailored to supporting Veterans in Business. Content promotes awareness, access and use of thousands of no and low-cost federal, regional and local...View details

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