*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

And More!

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



This webinar is meant to address your questions about intellectual property, entrepreneurship during Covid-19— any question that you might ask a patent attorney!

Jake Ward from Ward Law Office will be joining us to give guidance about leveraging intellectual property to capitalize on your great inventions.

This webinar is for anyone who:

  • has an interesting idea for how to help address the current and future pandemics

  • invented something and just didn’t have the time to take it to the next step

  • has a creative hobby, which you now have time to explore more fully while self-isolating

This will be a very interactive event with opportunities to submit your questions and respond to real time polls so we can hear what our audience experiences are.

Also we will have a raffle for attendees to win key services including a patent usability search, product review and a design session. 

RSVP on EventBrite





Covid-19 pandemic may have put your business on hold but you can still work ON your business even if you can’t work IN it. In the third video of our new Progress, Not Panic 2020 video series, Certified Business Advisor Kevin Hammond explains in Understanding Your Money how you can develop and use financial statements to manage and grow your business.

Understanding Your Money will address pricing, sales forecasting, costs budget, profit & loss forecast, and source and use of capital. Follow the link below to view the video and get the financial statement spreadsheet.

Understanding Your Money: Progress, Not Panic Video – sbdccolumbus.com/events/progress


5 Things You Need to Apply for Funding

The Covid-19 pandemic may have put your business on hold but you can still work ON your business even if you can’t work IN it. In the fourth video of our new Progress, Not Panic 2020 video series, Certified Business Advisor Kevin Hammond explains in 5 Things You Need to Apply for Funding the various documents and types of information you will need to prepare as part of your loan package.

“5 Things You Need to Apply for Funding” focuses on debt financing and will address source and use of funds, profit and loss statements, business plan, personal financial statements and tax returns. Don’t miss the extra tips at the end of the video! Follow the link below to view the video and get the documents.

Progress, Not Panic Video Series – sbdccolumbus.com/events/progress






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





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.