Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley Regional Development District
(Physical Address) 1400 Pike St. Marietta
(Mailing Address) P.O. Box 520
Reno, OH 45773
Tel: (740) 374-9436
A voluntary organization of local government political subdivisions serves to help local communities to improve the region.
Central Ohio Minority Business Association
1393 East Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43205
Tel: (614) 252-8005
Through its programs and services, COMBA provides entrepreneurial development assistance and business consulting to start-up and emerging business owners.
Eastgate Regional Council of Governments
City Centre One Building
100 East Federal Street, Suite 1000
Youngstown, OH 44503
Tel: (330) 779-3800
As part of 320 Economic Development Districts (EDD) created around the country, their key role in local economic development is to aid in the establishment of priorities for projects and investments.
Economic and Community Development Institute, Inc.
Women's Business Center
1655 Old Leonard Avenue
Columbus, OH 43219-2541
Tel: (614) 732-0895
ECDI's assisted over 6,500 individuals by supporting loans for new and established businesses. The organization also aids in developing a new business into a loan-ready client.
Enterprise Center/Women's Business Center
Ohio State University
1864 Shyville Road
Piketon, OH 45661
Kendra Conley, Coordinator
Tel: (614) 289-3727 or (800) 860-7232
Fax: (614) 292-1953
The Women's Business Center is part of an Enterprise Center sponsored by Ohio State University Extension. The Center focuses on rural transition issues and alternative income sources. In the statewide network, this Center is one of the international trade assistance centers.
Greater Columbus Women's Business Development Center
37 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215-3065
Linda Steward, Program Director:
Tel: (614) 225-6081
Fax: (614) 469-8250
The Center offers training for start-ups and existing women business owners. They specialize in procurement and international trade issues. They also offer the Women's Network for Entrepreneurial training mentoring program.
41 South High Street, Suite 1500
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Tel: (614) 224-6446 contact form
JobsOhio is a private non-profit corporation arranged to drive job creation and new capital investments in Ohio.
Minority Business Assistance Center
77 South High Street, P.O. Box 1001
Columbus, OH 43216-1001 contact form www.development.ohio.gov/bs/bs_mbac.htm
The MBAC staff assists socially disadvantaged small businesses with access to capital, bonding, MBE/EDGE certification of the state of Ohio, contract opportunities, business coaching and training.
Minority Business Development Agency Cleveland, Ohio
1240 Huron Road E., Suite 300
Cleveland, OH 44115
Tel: (216) 592-2253
Raland S. Hatchett, Executive Director
The center works with minority business enterprises to generate increased financing and contract opportunities and to create and retain jobs.
Northeast Ohio Four County Regional Planning and Development Organization (NEFCO)
175 South Main Street, Room 211
Akron, OH 44308
Tel: (330) 643-8514
Sylvia R. Chinn-Levy, AICP Program Manager for Economic Development Planning
NEFCO's regional economic development agency serve to address land-use planning, economic strategy and adjustment, comprehensive planning, brownsfields, unemployment trends, and Census updates.
Northwest Ohio Women's Entrepreneurial Network
P.O. Box 514
Maumee, Ohio 43537
Tel: (419) 536-6732
The Network sponsors training for start-up businesses and seminars for existing women business owners. They are developing an "Expert Team Review" program which allows women-owned businesses to meet with a panel of successful women business owners to discuss problems with their business plans.
Office of Small Business Administration
2 Nationwide Plaza, Suite 1400
Columbus, OH 43215
Tel: (614) 469-6860
Ohio Development Services Agency Micro-enterprise Business Development Program
77 South High Street P.O. Box 1001
Columbus, OH 43216-1001
This Corporation provides funds on a competitive basis to eligible Community Development Corporations to assist the development of local micro-enterprise businesses. Micro-enterprises are commonly defined as for-profit entities with fewer than five employees, one of whom owns the business.
Ohio Economic Development Association
17 South High Street, Suite 200
Columbus, OH 43215
Tel: (800) 632- 7763
Fax: (614) 221-1989
Ohio Minority Supplier Development Center
The Chase Building
100 East Broad Street, Suite 2460
Columbus, OH 43215
Keith L. Eakins, Jr CEO
Tel: (614) 225-6959
Fax: (614) 225-1851
Ohio Minority Supplier Development Center focuses to assist the development and maintenance of effective corporate supplier diversity programs. Their most important function is to connect corporate purchasing and procurement departments with minority business enterprises.
Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission
73 Progress Drive
Waverly, OH 45690
Tel: (740) 947-2853
OVRDC has multiple functions, one is to aid subdivisions, organizations and businesses plan and secure funding for economic development projects.
Ohio Women's Business Center
1611 Old Leonard Avenue
Columbus, OH 43219
Tel: (614) 732-0981
The Women's Business Center of Ohio (WBC) helps women to become successful business owners, whether they are new startup business of small business owners wishing to take their business to the next level.
Ohio Women's Business Resource Network
77 South High street, 28th Floor
PO Box 1001
Columbus, OH 43215
Tel: (614) 466-2682 or (800) 848-1300 Ext. 62682
Fax: (614) 466-0829
The Ohio Women's Business Resource Network is a statewide effort to assist women business assists in the promotion of small business growth, technological owners. Their mission is to promote successful women's entrepreneurship. This umbrella network promotes information sharing, technical assistance and education among participating member organizations. OWBRN seeks to provide consistent baseline services to women across the state.
Women's Development Center
42101 Griswold Road
Elyria, OH 44035
Evelyn France, Executive Director
Tel: (216) 324-3688
Fax: (216) 324-3689
The Women's Development Center provides a long-term training program. This program focuses first on personal development and then on entrepreneurship. They target primarily low-income women. The Center assists women with packaging their loans.
Womens' Entrepreneurial Growth Organization
58 West Center Street
Akron, OH 44309
Susan Hale, Director
Tel: (216) 535-9346
Fax: (216) 535-4523
WEGO has SBA microloan funds. They primarily target low-income women and provide training and counseling for start-ups.
Women Entrepreneurs Inc.
36 East 4th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Lyn Marteller, Director
Tel: (513) 684-0700
Fax: (513) 665-2052
Women Entrepreneurs Inc. is a membership organization for women business owners. They primarily provide specific seminars for growing and expanding businesses. They are also an SBA microloan technical assistance recipient. WEI provides loan packaging services by working with a variety of local lending institutions.
Women's Network, Inc.
1540 West Market Street, Suite 100
Akron, OH 44313
Marlene Miller, Director of Mentoring Programs
Tel: (216) 864-5636
Fax: (216) 864-6526
WNI is the premier mentoring program in the state. WNI's Director has worked with other mentoring programs throughout the country and provides mentoring training for the other Ohio sites. WNI presently has over 45 mentoring pairs.
Women's Organization for Mentoring, Entrepreneurship & Networking
526 South Main Street, Suite 235
Akron, OH 44311-1058
Carrie Herman, Acting Executive Director
Tel: (330) 379-9280
Fax: (330) 379-9283
WOMEN provides training and counseling for start-up and existing small businesses. WOMEN also provides mentoring opportunities for expanding businesses.
Western Reserve Business Center for Women
University of Akron
Community and Technical College
M/185V Polski Building, Room 185
Akron, OH 44325-6002
Karen Franks, Director
Tel: (330) 972-5592
Fax: (330) 972-5573
The Center assists women business owners by providing information and support to help their business ventures flourish including: Home-Based Business Assistance; Referrals, Networking and Mentoring; Sources of Financing; Business Enterprise Certification assistance; and Government Contract Assistance and Alternatives to Assisted Living. Training programs are also offered.
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