*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 – [email protected]
  • 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 – [email protected]
  • 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…







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





How to Sell Your Product or Service to the Federal Government: Seminar in Cleveland, Friday, Jan. 10

10 am to 12 noon, 1350 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland Ohio, Suite 211 44115

Each year, our government spends billions of dollars in goods and services purchases from private firms. The SBA works to create an environment for maximum participation by small, disadvantaged, and woman-owned businesses in federal government contract awards and large prime subcontract awards. SBA administers several programs and services that assist small businesses in meeting the requirements to receive government contracts, either as prime contractors or subcontractors. These include the 8(a) Business Development Program, SAM, HUBZone Program and SUB-Net. Find out how these programs can help your business.

This program is free, but pre-registration is required: REGISTER HERE





We are pleased to announce the following lender training events hosted by the USDA Farm Service Agency(FSA), USDA Rural Development (RD)Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). These training sessions are intended to provide the most recent updates on the loan guarantee assistance available through these agencies. The FSA staff will provide information on the loan guarantees available for farm ownership/farm operating along with other agricultural related programs. RD staff will provide information on the business loan guarantees available and the loan guarantees available for renewable energy development and energy efficiency improvements. The SBA staff will provide updates to their business loan guarantee programs and additional assistance which can be provided. The SBDC will provide information on the resources and services available through their office.

DATE: Wednesday, JANUARY 15th

TIME: 9:00 – 9:30 / Sign In, Continental Breakfast

9:30 AM – 12:00 PM – Training/Seminar


LOCATION: SBDC at Kent State University at Stark


6000 Frank Ave NW, North Canton, OH 44720


Directions and Map

(if you Google, it will take you to wrong building)

There is NO charge but you must REGISTER at www.cantonsbdc.org, or email Amy Schwitzgable @ [email protected], or call



Should you have any questions, please contact:

Andy Huey with FSA at 614-255-2458 or via email at [email protected] or

Randy Monhemius with RD at 614-255-2424 or via email at [email protected].    





Are you an owner or executive of a veteran-owned small business trying to accelerate your success in the Federal Marketplace?

Apply to VIP GROW Today!

January 21 – 23, 2020

VIP GROW is a 3-day, 27-hour comprehensive certification program designed for veteran-owned small businesses to increase their ability to win government contracts.  Instructed by seasoned executives from industry and government, VIP is the first-ever national center to train SDVOSBs and VOSBs to succeed in Federal contracting. Receive instruction on more than 20 topics taught by highly experienced industry and government professionals including:

·    Reducing risk to veteran-owned companies, their customers, and teaming partners

·    Accounting/Budgets/Developing Rates

·    Compliance Contracting Teaming, Joint Ventures, RFIs

·    Financing/Capital Management

·    Human Resources

·    Insurance

·    Marketing – Proposals & Capture Management

·    Program Management/Internal Controls

VIP GROW is offered at NO COST to participants!






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 [email protected].