Small Business Resources
Start Up Assistance
Small Business Development Centers
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 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.
- Applications accepted on a rolling basis until funds are depleted
- Grants capped at $25,000 for companies within some of Ohio’s key industries.
- For businesses who identify as OR support suppliers who identify as minority-owned, women-owned, veteran-owned, and/or owned by an individual with a disability.
- Eligible projects include: advanced manufacturing, automotive, energy and chemicals, financial services, healthcare, food and agribusiness, logistics and distribution, technology and military, among others.
- Eligible costs include land, building, leasehold improvements, infrastructure, site development, environmental remediation, employee training, engineering services, and information technology, among others.
- Applications accepted August 1 – August 31, 2021.
- TechCred asks employers to identify the specific skills they need and the number of employees they want to upskill toward a more advanced position. Then, in partnership with a training provider, the employer can apply online at TechCred.Ohio.gov and the state will reimburse up to $2,000 for the training upon completion of a credential.
- Credentials include business technology, healthcare technology, IoT and cybersecurity, military and smart transportation, construction technology, information technology, manufacturing technology, and robotics / automation.