Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) provide a vast array of technical assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. By supporting business growth, sustainability and enhancing the creation of new business entities, SBDCs foster local and regional economic development through job creation and retention. As a result of the no cost, extensive one-on-one, long-term professional business advising, low-cost training and other specialized services SBDC clients receive, the program remains one of the nation’s largest small business assistance programs in the federal government. The SBDCs are made up of a unique collaboration of Small Business Administration federal funds, state and local governments, and private sector resources. Small Business Development Centers
Workforce development is an economic development approach that enhances a region’s economic stability and prosperity by focusing on people. There are a number of organizations leading workforce development efforts in the Columbus region. Whether you are a job seeker or a business seeking workforce development assistance, you can find available programs through the links below.
OWD provides information and tools to Ohio’s workforce system. They interpret federal and state law and serve as primary policy-makers for workforce programs. The office administers federal programs that create a comprehensive statewide workforce system of employment services, hiring support and tax credits, and labor market information to employers and workers.
The Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio is the Governance and Policy Board for Area 11, Columbus, and Franklin Counties Workforce Development. They are the central hub of connectivity in the workforce system. Their mission is to partner with area businesses and organizations on workforce needs so that people are fully employed at their ability and potential in the thriving central Ohio economy.
The Center for Workforce Development partners with the community to address workforce and economic development needs through innovative approaches to continuing education, career counseling, talent development, customized training, industry sector strategy, organizational performance, business consulting, entrepreneurial development, and anything else your business may need.
Established in 1908, the agency serves people in the two most important aspects of their lives; family and work. This agency is located in Franklin County and is one of only a half dozen Jewish Family Services nationally. They provide a unique blend of mental health and career services to create an effective combination of empowering tools for clients.
Education & Training
Ohio Labor Market Information
Education Training provides links to colleges, career centers, apprenticeship information and financial aid information. Click here for more information.
Educational Institutions Information
College Navigator has links to colleges, universities & trades schools in the United States. Visit University System of Ohio for links to public and private universities and colleges in Ohio. Ohio Energy Pathways links education and training opportunities in the University System of Ohio with jobs in green industries across the state.