*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  – 614.466.2711 – Export@development.ohio.gov
  • The Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) – satellite office in the Bounce Innovation Hub, Ste. 601A; 
  • 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
  • Veteran’s Business Outreach Program (Indiana, Michigan, Ohio) – http://www.vetbizcentral.org ; (810-767-8387)
  • U.S. Small Business Administration, Cleveland District Office – Cleveland District Office; 1350 Euclid Avenue, Suite 211, Cleveland, Ohio  44115 – www.sba.gov

We’re Here to Help Businesses Get Assistance

The Ohio Development Services Agency has many resources to help business owners make it through the current crisis and prepare for a strong future. Here are some of the resources, and most of them are offered at no cost to businesses.

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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The Akron, Ohio PTAC is currently being rebuilt.  Our Akron office is redirecting temporarily to the Youngstown PTAC.  For contact with a PTAC, please visit radelisio@ysu.edu

  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 YSU Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) can be your guide.

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.
Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) give 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!

Future PTAC Akron satellite office: 

Bounce Innovation Hub

526 S. Main St., Ste. 601A

Akron, OH 44311

www.ohio.edu/ptac

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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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Business Certifications

 

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Certifications

The Minority Business Development Division and Minority Business Assistance Centers can help businesses become state-certified in four different programs:

 

https://development.ohio.gov/business/minority-business/certifications

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CERTIFICATION WORKSHOP SERIES

 

Learn how to apply for State, Local, and Federal certifications

and what documentation is required.

 

Thursday, June 9th      Certification Information Workshop

@ 9am via Zoom         Receive information on the documentation required to apply for certifications

 

Thursday, June 23rd    Certification Application Lab

@ 9am via Zoom         Receive instruction on how to complete the certification applications

Both workshops will cover the following certifications:

  • State Certifications – MBE/EDGE, VBE, WBE

  • SBA/PTAC – WOSB, SDVOB, 8(A), HUBZone

  • Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) – DBE/ACDBE, SBE

  • Richland County Regional Transit Authority – DBE

  • Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) – SBE, MBE, WBE

Did you know?

Government agencies and corporations often set goals for

conducting business with, and buying from, certified companies.

Becoming certified will increase your business’s appeal!

 

Register in advance for this Zoom meeting at:

mbaceventregister

 

 

 

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Veterans have the character, discipline and skills needed to succeed as small business owners and entrepreneurs. Wondering what it takes and how you can prepare? Enroll in Boots to Business Reboot.

Boots to Business Reboot is an entrepreneurial education and training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The course provides an overview of entrepreneurship and applicable business ownership fundamentals. Veterans of all eras, Active Duty Service members (including National Guard and Reserve), and spouses are eligible to participate.

The program is facilitated by subject matter experts from the SBA and their extensive network of skilled business advisors. Participants that complete an in-person or online B2B Reboot course can elect to further their study through one of many B2B online courses, offered at no cost to Service members, Veterans and military spouses. If you’ve already attended an in-person or online B2B Reboot course, visit https://sbavets.force.com/ to sign up for one of the online B2B follow-on courses.

For more information, contact: abron@vetbizcentral.org

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