*N.E. Ohio SBDC Network: Seminars, Workshops & Webinars


Watch for frequent updates to training schedules of N. E Ohio SBDCs and the Cleveland District Office of the Small Business Administration…

  • The Northeast Ohio Trade & Economic Consortium (NEOTEC) at KSU, Kent, Ohio – www.neotec.org
  • The Small Business Development Center at Kent State Stark – North Canton, Ohio – www.cantonsbdc.org
  • The Manufacturing & Technology Small Business Development Center (MTSBDC) at Kent State University – 330.672.0793 – call for info.
  • The Export Assistance Network (formerly ITAC – the International Trade Assistance Center) – 614.466.2711 – Export@development.ohio.gov
  • The Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) – satellite office in the Bounce Innovation Hub, Ste. 601A, 526 S. Main St., Akron, Ohio – www.ohio.edu/ptac
  • The (Akron) Small Business Development Center (Summit Medina Business Alliance) – www.akronsbdc.org
  • Summit Medina Business Alliance Satellite Office in Kent – 330.678.8108 – smcgann@akronsbdc.org
  • Minority Business Assistance Center at the Akron Urban League – www.akronurbanleague.org; 234.542.4149
  • U.S. Small Business Administration, Cleveland District Office – Cleveland District Office; 1350 Euclid Avenue, Suite 211, Cleveland, Ohio  44115 – www.sba.gov




Scroll down to discover about our network and the training opportunities they have to offer…








Ohio SBDC Export Assistance Network

The Ohio Development Services Agency’s Export Assistance Office has a new name for its specialized export service centers, called the Ohio SBDC Export Assistance Network. These services are available at seven regional Ohio Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) located across the state.

Formerly known as International Trade Assistance Centers (ITACs), the Ohio SBDC Export Assistance Network will continue to offer the same great service to help grow your business internationally.

Export services include:

  • No-cost, confidential counseling from Export Assistance Network Directors
  • In-depth market research in more than 40 countries to help small businesses build local relationships and identify quality distributors
  • International marketing grants to encourage more investment into market development; and export-trained internships to support export growth.

For more information, click here.





       At Ohio University


Government at all levels purchases billions of dollars’ worth of products and services each year. The process of contracting with the government can be confusing and frustrating. The Ohio University Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) can be your guide.

OU PTAC offers help:

  • determining your company’s suitability for contracting
  • securing necessary registration and certification eligibility
  • researching procurement histories
  • identifying bid opportunities
  • preparing proposal and audit documents
  • troubleshooting contract performance issues

For a specific list of services offered, click here.

Best of all – all services are provided at no cost to Ohio businesses.
The Ohio University Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) gives small businesses the tools and training required to successfully compete in the government marketplace. PTAC offers help in every aspect of the government contracting process, from getting started to post-award assistance. PTAC helps entrepreneurs who are new to government contracting, as well as seasoned contractors, all at no cost to you!

PTAC Akron satellite office: 

Bounce Innovation Hub

526 S. Main St., Ste. 601A

Akron, OH 44311

Office: 330.252.0571





September is National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month (NPM), recognized each September, provides an opportunity to remind us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. This NPM will focus on planning, with an overarching theme: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.  Learn more

Emergency preparedness for Small Businesses:

An estimated 25 percent of businesses don’t open again after a major disaster, according to the Institute for Business and Home Safety. Protect your small business by identifying the risks relevant to your location, both natural and man-made. Then, keep your plan of action updated.  Preserve your equipment and business records by referencing this IRS guide on protecting your information before an emergency strikes. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) also offers an emergency preparedness checklist and toolkitLearn more


How to Sell Your Product or Service to the Federal Government: Seminar in Cleveland Sept.14th

Each year, our government spends billions of dollars in goods and services purchases from private firms. The SBA works to create an environment for maximum participation by small, disadvantaged, and woman-owned businesses in federal government contract awards and large prime subcontract awards. SBA administers several programs and services that assist small businesses in meeting the requirements to receive government contracts, either as prime contractors or subcontractors. These include the 8(a) Business Development Program, SAM, HUBZone Program and SUB-Net. Find out how these programs can help your business.

WHEN: Sept. 14, 2018 10am to 12pm  WHERE: 1350 Euclid Avenue, Suite 211, Cleveland, OH  44115

This program is free, but please register ahead of time HERE









US Small Business Administration to Participate in Small Business Seminar

Monday, September 24th 2018

8:30 to 11:30 am

Stark State College

Business and Entrepreneurial Center Room 101

6200 Frank Ave NW, North Canton, OH 44720

Designed to Help Your Small Business Start, Grow and Succeed!

Come learn about SBA loan programs, exporting assistance, free business counseling and how you can sell goods and services to the Federal Government. USDA will also provide an update on Rural Development Programs.  

Hosted by Congressman Bob Gibbs (OH-7).  For additional information or to RSVP please contact Jennifer McWilliams in Congressman Gibbs’ Office at  Jennifer.McWilliams@mail.house.gov or 419-207-0650.



Learn Strategies for Contracting

Success from Local Businesses on

National PTAC Day

September 26, 8 to 10 am

Lakeland Community College

Holden University Center

Kirtland, Ohio

-Hear from a panel of local small businesses who have been successful at competing for and winning government contracts and sub-contracts at local, state and federal levels.

-Hear from the government’s side of things as representatives from NASA and Cuyahoga County discuss what they are looking for when working with small businesses.

In addition, participants will have the opportunity to learn how to:

  • Find qualified employees utilizing Lakeland’s Career Services department.
  • Tie into degree and certificate programs through Lakeland’s Recruitment Center.
  • Finance business expansion through the Lakeland Small Business Capital Corporation of Ohio’s SBA 504 loan program.
  • Get additional services to help their business provided by the Cleveland District’s office of the Small Business Administration.

Event is free but you must pre-register HERE



Shooter, intruder training offered to small businesses


The Ohio Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Kent State University at Stark will offer a preparatory hostile intruder, active shooter training to area small businesses on Oct. 18.

Presented by Eastlake police officer and decorated U.S. Marine Corps veteran Steve Tryon of Eagle Protective Services, the training will educate small business owners and employees about how to respond during an active shooter or hostile intruder incident.

The program will take place from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Kent State University at Stark Conference Center, 6000 Frank Ave. NW. A continental breakfast will be offered at 7:30 a.m.

Tryon will present the ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evaluate) model of response that he has taken one step further to fit the workplace, discussing what a business workforce should do while waiting for law enforcement to respond to an active shooter situation.

Accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the Small Business Development Center, Kent State University, at 330-244-3290 or aschwitz@kent.edu. Call 330-244-3239 for TDD only.

The Small Business Development Center is hosted at Kent State University at Stark by The Corporate University.