“Entrepreneurs are willing to work 80 hours a week to avoid working 40 hours a week.”

– Lori Greiner (Shark Tank)


Entrepreneurship assistance

The Ohio Small Business Development Center Network is the premier technical assistance program for Ohio’s small businesses. The network is provided through a partnership between the Ohio Development Services Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and selected Ohio chambers of commerce, colleges and universities, and economic development agencies. Today, these federal, state, and local partnerships contribute more than $10 million in cash and resources to the support of small business development in Ohio.

International trade assistance

International Trade Assistance is provided at selected SBDC locations to serve as the first point of contact for new-to-export businesses, as well as those expanding into new areas. Services include export readiness assessment, international marketing plans, market research, export compliance education, and access to export financing.

Manufacturing and Technology assistance

Manufacturing and Technology Small Business Development Centers serve as the initial point of contact for information, resources, referrals, and counseling for small manufacturing businesses. Centers also offer commercialization assistance to technology-based small businesses.

Specific services
  • Business, marketing & strategic planning
  • Idea development, funding preparation & operations analysis
  • Commercialization of new products and technology
  • Exporting assistance