Business Resources

A list of resources for the 17 Ohio counties we serve.
OraganizationClient FocusWebsite
Greater Cincinnati Microenterprise InitiativeStart-up (0-2years) / Low to Moderate Income / 0-5 employeeshttp://www.gcmi.org/
Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio Established & Growth Oriented / Seeking financing / Needs Systems / 2-3 years in business / Sales in excess of $100k+https://www.ulgso.org/
Ohio State University South Center Endeavor Center – Pike County SBDCStart-up (0-2years) Low to Moderate Income 0-5 employees Established & Growth Oriented Seeking financing Needs Systems 2-3 years in business Sales in excess of $100k+https://southcenters.osu.edu/small-business
Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky African American ChamberMinority Owned businesses 1- 10 employees with various revenue rangeshttps://theaachamber.com/
Cincinnati USA Hispanic ChamberHispanic/Latino Businesses http://www.hispanicchambercincinnati.com/
SBDC Export Assistance CenterSmall to large more established companieshttps://www.ohiodec.org/ohio-export-assistance-network-at-wright-state-university/
Department of Commerce – SBASmall to large more established companieshttps://www.sba.gov/advocacy/department-commerce-and-us-small-business-administrations-office-advocacy-will-hold-webinar
Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC)Small to large more established companieshttps://development.ohio.gov/bs/bs_ptac.htm
Cincinnati StateSmall to large more established companieshttps://www.cincinnatistate.edu/
Center for Entrepreneurship & Commercialization PartnershipSmall to large more established companieshttps://business.uc.edu/faculty-and-research/research-centers/entrepreneurship.html
Small Business AdministrationSmall to large more established companieshttps://www.sba.gov/
Hamilton County Development Center (HCDC)Small to large Business Orientation / Business Incubationhttps://hcdc.com/
Pike County Chamber of CommerceSmall to large companieshttp://www.pikechamber.org/
Pike County Community Action Agency – Workforce DevelopmentIndividuals who need training Employmenthttps://www.pikecac.org/workforce-business-development
Ohio Cooperative Business Development CenterSmall to large companieshttps://u.osu.edu/osubusinessdevelopmentnetwork/services-provided-by-program/ohio-cooperative-development-center/
Business Resource Network (BRN) PartnershipSmall to large companieshttps://www.thebrn.net/
TechGrowth Voinovich School of Leadership & Public Relations Ohio UniversitySmall to large companieshttps://www.ohio.edu/voinovich-school/projects/techgrowth-ohio
Lights Regional InnovationSmall to large companieshttps://www.lightsregionalinnovation.com/
Gailla Economic DevelopmentLarge companieshttp://www.growgallia.com/home.aspx
Chillicothe / Ross County Chamber of CommerceSmall to large companieshttp://chillicotheohio.com/
Jackson County Economic Development PartnershipIndividuals who need training/re-traininghttp://www.jacksoncountyohio.com/
USDA Rural DevelopmentSmall to large companieshttps://www.rd.usda.gov/
ABCAP – Business DevelopmentStart-ups to Mid-size businesseshttp://www.abcap.net/
Economic Community Development Institute (ECDI)Start-up to Mid-size businesseshttps://www.ecdi.org/locations/cincinnati
SCOREStart-Up to Small Businesseshttps://www.score.org/
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)Small Businesseshttps://www.lisc.org/greater-cincinnati/
Economic Development Alliance of Southern OhioStart Up to Medium Businesseshttp://www.economicdevelopmenthq.com/
Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth (APEG)Small to Large Businesses https://apeg.com/
Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet)Start-Up to Large Businesseshttps://acenetworks.org/

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Certification Resources

Applying for Certifications

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State Tools for Business

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MBE / EDGE Business Tool Kit

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Common Questions

These services are available without cost to businesses located throughout Ohio.

MBEs are defined as businesses that are at least 51 percent owned and controlled for more than a year by an Ohio resident and U.S. citizen who belongs to one of the following ethnic groups: African American or Black, Asian, Latino, and Native American.

EDGE certified businesses are defined as enterprises that are owned by economically and socially disadvantaged entrepreneurs.

WBEs are defined as businesses that are 51 percent owned and controlled by a woman who is a U.S. citizen and has an established residency in the state of Ohio or a reciprocal state.

VFBEs must meet one of the these criteria: at least 10% of its employees are veterans or on active service; at least 51% of the applicant business is owned by veterans or persons on active service; if the applicant business is a corporation 51% of which is not owned by veterans or persons on active service, at least 51% of the board of directors must be veterans or persons on active service; the business is certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business or a Veteran-Owned Small Business and the owner(s) of the business meets the definition of veteran as defined in Ohio Administrative Code.

Yes, we have a satellite office at the Ohio State University Endeavor Center located in Piketon, Ohio. The primary focus of this office is in providing MBAC services to business in the Appalachian counties we serve across Southern Ohio.

You will need to complete the client intake form HERE. Once you have completed the client intake form you will receive a welcome letter from the MBAC Program Administrator informing you of the next steps in the process. You will be instructed to complete a Business Assessment Form and assigned a business counselor who will work with you on your journey of becoming state certified.

  • You can visit the ABOUT US page of our website.
  • You can call us at 513-751-9900 and speak with a Counselor who will be able to provide additional information to you.
  • You can visit our:
    Cincinnati office at 2303 Gilbert Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45206; or our
    Piketon Office at 1862 Shyville Road, Piketon, OH 45661 513-475-7145

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