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The Small Business Development Centers Network of Ohio is the premier technical assistance program for Ohio’s businesses. The network is provided through a partnership between the Ohio Department of Development, 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.
Small Business Development Centers


There are 36 funded Centers throughout Ohio staffed by highly trained, Certified Business Advisors®. Centers provide free, confidential, in-depth, one-on-one counseling for businesses that will or currently employ one to 500 employees. Services include training, e-counseling, quality-based assessments, technical assistance, loan packaging guidance, and information on federal, state, and local regulations and programs

International Trade Assistance Centers      


International Trade Assistance Centers 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 Small Business Development Centers


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

Recent Events
Automotive Recovery Workshops
Auto The Ohio Auto Supplier community needs to take advantage of programs designed to help modernize, innovate and diversify their business.To help manufacturers and suppliers take full advantage of proven strategies and activities that can increase their productivity and profitability, the Ohio Department of Development held workshops where manufacturers and suppliers learned how to modernize, innovate and diversify their business.  In addition, attendees learned about funding available through the Ohio Department of Development to help pay for the cost of improving their operations at this critical time. Click here to see video and slides from these workshops.
Ohio Business Matchmaker

Ohio Business Matchmaker

Ohio Business Matchmaker was a unique event where over 1,200 small businesses and government buyers of goods and services came together on March 18th, 2009 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Wright State University's Nutter Center.
WHIO-TV Coverage of the Event (Used with permission.)

Up Coming Events

Keys to Success 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Vern Riffe Center
3rd Floor – Capitol Theatre
77 South High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Click here to download the Keys to Success nomination form

If you have questions, please contact the Ohio Department of Development’s Entrepreneurship and Small Business Division at
(614) 466-2718 or (800) 848-1300.

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Business Impact:

Since 1991, the Small Business Development Centers of Ohio Network has:
  • Helped more than 200,000 Small Businesses
  • Created and Retained 185,441 Jobs
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Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The Ohio SBDC program is also funded in part by the Ohio Department of Development. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. For arrangements, call the Ohio SBDC at 614-466-2711 or (800) 848-1300 ex. 6-2711.    IC
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