The primary methods used by the SBDC to assist small business owners are training and counseling. Each Small Business Development Center provides staff members with unique skills and entrepreneurial backgrounds. By scheduling an appointment for an onsite counseling session or by requesting an online chat or video session, a business owner can work with a fellow entrepreneur that is a Certified Business Advisor and may have directly related industry experience.

Here are just a few examples of topics commonly discussed in counseling sessions:

  • Business assessment valuation
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Financial projections development
  • Free one-on-one business counseling
  • Identifying sources of capital
  • Inventory control assessment
  • Market feasibility and research
  • Marketing strategy development
  • Strategic business planning
  • Workshops and training programs



The SBDC has a robust library of courses on a multitude of business topics. You may be hiring your first employee, building a website or trying to figure out Quickbooks. Your SBDC has a class for all those challenges plus hundreds more. You can join a live class at an SBDC location near you or you may want to view available online courses. Either way, the Ohio SBDC staff is here to help.

Resource  Guidance

From time to time your business challenge may need expert advice from a trained professional in specific field. Lawyers, accountants and financial advisors are examples of some professionals the SBDC may refer you to for additional advice. There are many items that should only be handled by professionals. Such as: