*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 Akron Global Business Accelerator, Ste. 601A, 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: 

Akron Global Business Accelerator

526 S. Main St., Ste. 601A

Akron, OH 44311

Office: 330.252.0571







Free SBA Loan Seminar to be Held in Cleveland, August 17th 2017

Small business owners, as well as individuals interested in starting a business, can discover how to obtain financing for their venture by attending this free U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) seminar from 10:00 am to noon. You will learn about financing options available through SBA. Participants will also have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with an SBA specialist and make counseling appointments with SCORE, “Counselors to America’s Small Business”, a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. Registration is required — please register HERE

The session will take place at 1350 Euclid Avenue, Lower Level Amphitheater, Cleveland Ohio  44115.  More information can be obtained by contacting SBA at 216-522-4180 or timothy.ensch@sba.gov.

SBA’s programs and services are provided to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. Contact: patricia.welsh@sba.gov or 216-522-4180.




SBA Cleveland District Office

banner for Understanding Federal Certificates

SBA and ODOT representatives will introduce certifications and programs for small, women and disadvantaged businesses to assist you in finding opportunities with Federal government agencies and the Ohio Department of Transportation.

•Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
•8(a) Business Development Program
•HUBZone Contracting Program
•Small Business Enterprise
•Small Disadvantaged Business
•Veteran and Service-Disabled Business
•Women Owned Small Business

WHEN: August 17, 2017; 10 am to noon  WHERE: Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway, Community Room A, Medina OH, 44256

Seating is limited, please register HERE

For further information, contact Lisa Washington at lisa.washington@dot.ohio.gov or 419-373-4461






IRS TO HOLD SUMMER WEBINARS: Join Great Lakes and Midwest Stakeholder Liaison for Two Live Web Conferences to Help Small Business Owners Understand Their Tax Responsibilities

Attend one or both of the 45 minute virtual events from the comfort of your office.  Hear informative tax law updates for businesses:

Form W-9, Form 1099-Misc, Penalties, and Backup Withholding: This presentation will focus on the purpose/importance of certain independent contractor forms. Date: Wednesday, July 19, 2017  Time: 11:00am – 11:45am Eastern Time  Click on this link to register: https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/1154/21250

Review Methods to Pay Your Tax Liability: This presentation will focus on various methods your business can use when paying your tax liability. Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 Time: 11:00am – 11:45am Eastern Time  Click on this link to register: https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/1154/21251

Each Web conference will end with a Question and Answer period held during the 45 minute presentation.

Once you receive your registration link, please do not share as the link is unique to your registration. However, please share the preceding information/invitation with the embedded registration links with your colleagues and business associates and encourage them to register using their own information.

Questions: E-mail SBSE.SL.Great.Lakes@irs.gov

Do you require real time closed captioning? If so, closed captioning must be requested 1 week in advance of each event. For viewers who are deaf or hard of hearing, closed captioning displays the words that describe the audio portion of this program. Captions are available in English only. Please send an e-mail to: SBSE.SL.Great.Lakes@irs.gov










Timothy A. Dimoff, CPP, Founder and President of SACS Consulting & Investigative Services, Inc.  Dimoff is board certified by ASIS as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) in security management, recognized worldwide as the highest acknowledgement accorded a security practitioner.

Michael P. Mandato, with over 30 years of experience in the Information Technology Industry, is currently the Executive Vice President of System Care Inc., which provides Information Technology Solutions to businesses of all sizes.


Tues., Aug. 22, 2017

 9 to 11 a.m.

(Sign in:  8:45 a.m.)

At: Tolloty Technology Incubator 

Kent State University at Tuscarawas

1776 Tech Park Dr. NE, Ste. 106

New Philadelphia, Ohio  44663


Fee:  $20/per person, per class 

Register now!  Seating is limited!

 Bring your business card to win an opportunity to have an assessment completed at your place of business at no charge!


All attendees must register online.

To register, click on the below hyperlink:



 If you have any questions, please contact Deanna Spencer at dmspence@kent.edu or 330.308.7522.

Hosted by:  SBDC at Kent State University at Tuscarawas





Find Your Path to Surety Bonds with the Surety Bond Guarantee Program: Webinar to be held Tuesday, August 29th

The U. S. Small Business Administration’s Surety Bond Guarantee Program can help your small business obtain contract bid, performance and payment bonds! Please join us if your small business has… Limited Financial Resources, No Prior Bonded Work Experience, Been in Business Less than Three Years, Been Previously Denied Bonding, Desire to Increase its Current Contract Bonding Capacity

Join us for a Webinar discussing…Contract Bonds

  • What They Are & Why They Are Required
  • Your Potential Bonding Capacity
  • Ways to Maximize Your Surety Credit

And…SBA’s Surety Bond Guarantee Program

  • Contract Bond Guarantees Up to $6.5 Million
  • The SBA Advantage
  • Costs & Getting Started

Tuesday, August 29th: 10am to 11am

Tamara E. Murray, Underwriting Marketing Specialist, Presenter

Hosted by U.S. Small Business Administration, Cleveland District Office

Sonya Wagasky, Business Opportunity Specialist

216-522-4168  sonya.wagasky@sba.gov

Cleveland District Office

This is a FREE webinar, Registration is not required.  Access the webinar 5-10 minutes prior to the start time. Click or copy the link below into your browser to attend.

Webinar access: https://connect16.uc.att.com/sba/meet/?ExEventID=87462470

To connect by phone only, dial 888-858-2144 and enter meeting code 6250167# — presentation is not viewable in phone only mode.