*N.E. Ohio SBDC Network News & Events

Watch for frequent updates to upcoming events 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

And More!

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

 

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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.

 

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     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

www.ohio.edu/ptac

 

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Employee Handbook Policies You Need Now!

Live Mini Webchat

November 24, 2020 – Noon-12:30 pm

Presenter: Joanna Forbes, SHRM-CP, HR Advisor, SBDC

 

Have you revised your employee handbook lately? It’s a worthwhile priority for the new year—or anytime, really. Handbooks are living documents that should be reviewed regularly, especially considering changes in this past year due to COVID-19. Please join us as we discuss:

  • Recommended Policies
  • COVID-19 Policies
  • Employee Handbook Best Practices

Register online at https://www.sbdcksut.org/register-webinars to receive your link and calendar invite.

FAQ’s

  • How to Access the Webinar? ONLINE FROM YOUR COMPUTER, VIA ACCESS LINK.
  • How Do I Get A Live Access Link? RESPOND TO THIS EMAIL WITH YOUR DESIRE TO ATTEND & WE WILL SEND YOU A LINK.
  • How Long is the Session? THIS IS 30 MINUTE-LONG SESSION.
  • The Day Of – What Do I Need to Do? CLICK THE LINK ON THE DAY OF THE SESSION FOR ACCESS.
  • Questions? EMAIL DEANNA ANY QUESTIONS YOU HAVE.
  • Is There A Fee? NO-THIS IS A COURTESY OF YOUR LOCAL SBDC.
  • Deadline to Request A Link? THE DEADLINE FOR OBTAINING YOUR LINK TO THE WEBINAR IS THE DAY BEFORE THE WEBINAR.

Contact Information:

Steve Schillig, Director, SBDC, sschil10@kent.edu

Deanna Spencer, Program Assistant, SBDC, dmspence@kent.edu

Visit our website at: www.sbdcksut.org/

 

This training program is being offered at no charge thanks to the generous support of our partners. Those partners include (in alphabetical order):

Century National Bank

Consumers National Bank

Coshocton County Port Authority

First Federal Community Bank

Home Savings Bank

Huntington Bank

Kent State University at Salem and East Liverpool

Kent State University at Tuscarawas

Park National Bank

Peoples Bank

PNC Bank

The Commercial & Savings Bank

The First National Bank of Dennison

Tuscarawas County Commissioners

U.S. Bank

Unified Bank

 

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The U.S. Small Business Administration Columbus District Office will present a FREE webinar for small business owners and entrepreneurs through ATT Connect. This webinar will provide information about financing options for your business; SBA loans, programs and services; how to apply for a loan; and, what to include in your business plan. The webinar should last about 40 minutes with a Q&A at the end. ATT Connect is a call-in and web site login conferencing system which provides an audio presentation over the phone and a video presentation over the internet. All that is needed to participate is a computer with internet access and a phone to call a toll-free number. This webinar will be offered on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. The Webinar is FREE, but registration is required so that you may receive instructions and the access code needed to participate.

The link is: https://sbawebinarwednesday.eventbrite.com

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The 2020 IMAGE Grant is Coming…

Did you know that that state of Ohio has a grant to support small-medium sized exporters? The International Market Access Grant for Exporters (IMAGE) has helped dozens of exporters across the state offset the costs required to help their products reach foreign markets.

The grant funds are allocated on a first come first serve basis, so we always encourage companies to get their application in sooner rather than later. Be on the lookout for an announcement very soon when the grant application opens. When the announcement is made we will blast out details to all on this list.

Meantime, if you have questions about the IMAGE grant, possible expenses it covers, and whether your company qualifies, reach out to our team at gbc@csuohio.edu.

Applications will close at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, 2020.

 

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