Small Business Resources

Small Business Development Centers

The U.S. Small Business AdministrationSmall 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 Grants

The Ohio Department of Development (ODOD), Innovate Ohio, and JobsOhio have provided six grant opportunities. Simple grant applications offered through ODOD support new businesses, restaurants, breweries, entertainment venues, and lodging operations, among others. The JobsOhio Inclusion Grant and Innovate Ohio TechCred Program provide specialized support toward operational and workforce growth.

For application assistance, email the Economic Development team or call them  at 614-342-4015.

  • Applications accepted on a rolling basis until funds are depleted.
  • Amount of individual grants to eligible businesses determined by the business’ loss of revenue in 2020.
  • Grants available up to $10,000 to new small businesses established after Jan. 1, 2020 through Dec. 31, 2020.
  • Grants offered up to $30,000 to restaurants, bars, coffee shops + other culinary businesses.
  • Grants available up to $30,000 to theatres, music venues, spectator sports venues, museums + other entertainment establishments.
  • Provides grants up to $30,000 to hotels, motels, and bed and breakfast operations.

Small Business & Entrepreneurship