*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





Upcoming Events




Special Upcoming Outreach Event:

SBA Cleveland to Participate in Business Showcase Seminar on February 12, at the Akron Canton Airport

Interested in Starting or Expanding Your Small Business?

This Seminar, hosted by Senators Sherrod Brown and Robert Portman, will provide you with the opportunity to learn about SBA loan programs, options for exporters, and federal procurement offerings.  There will also be panel discussions, including one on technical assistance — counseling services to assist your businessand one on credit considerations — how to get a “yes” for your SBA loan.

In addition, the USDA will be on hand to discuss Rural Development programs.  Following the general small business session, there will be breakout sessions on selling your goods or services to the Federal Government, Selling Your Goods and Services Internationally, and a breakout room where you may visit small business bankers.  Also, ample time will be available for attendees to network with the presenters and other participants.

WHEN: February 12, 8:30 am to 1:00 pm WHERE: Akron-Canton Airport, North Canton, Ohio

Please RSVP at rsvp@brown.senate.gov. Indicate your participation in one of the concurrent breakout sessions below:

  • Government Contracting Certifications
  • Banker’s room – visit your small business bankers
  • Sell Your Goods and Services Internationally

Food will be available on site for purchase.

For validated parking, please park in either the Long-Term A or Long-Term B lot.



SBA Office Hours at The Dealership

Stop by to discuss your business and plan with a representative of the U.S. Small Business Administration. There is no agenda for this informal session – it is an opportunity for you to see what the SBA has to offer, whether any of our programs are a fit for you, whether you would qualify for a small business loan, and what your next steps might be. Please email Raymond.graves@sba.gov if you plan to attend. RSVP is not required, but is recommended.  February 13, 3:30 – 4:30: 3558 Lee Road, Shaker Heights, 44120



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

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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.








WHAT: A matchmaking event which will link small businesses with financing need to active and engaged lenders

WHERE: CSU College of Business  1860 E. 18th St., Cleveland, OH  44115

WHEN:  Wednesday, March 14, 2018 9 am to 12 pm

WHO:  You are an existing small business OR an entrepreneurial business with a written business plan, and a defined financial need.

This is a free event at the Cleveland State University College of Business.

  • Speak with multiple SBA lenders over the course of a single morning.  Interviews are private and one-on-one.
  • Introduce yourself and your business needs, get critical feedback from lenders, and begin the loan application process.

Participating lenders are all actively making loans backed by the US Small Business Administration.

You must have a completed business plan to participate in this event, and it is highly recommended that you work with a local Small Business Development Center, Women’s Center, or SCORE Chapter to prepare yourself.  You should bring multiple copies of your business plan to the event.

RSVP to niah.duncan@sba.gov or 216-522-4826  RSVP is required to attend this program.

SBA Cleveland District Office

1350 Euclid Ave # 211 Cleveland, OH 44115 Phone: 216-522-4180 https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/oh/cleveland