The Ohio Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) provide business counseling and assistance to individuals who are either starting or growing their businesses. Ohio SBDC at the Urban League Greater Southwestern Ohio is staffed by highly trained, Certified Business Advisors®. The Center provides no-cost, confidential, in-depth, one-on-one counseling for businesses that will or currently employ under 500 employees. The Urban League’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a cooperative effort of the private sector, the educational community, and federal, state, and local governments. located at Union Institute and University (2090 Florence Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45206), SBDC partners include the Ohio Department of Development, the Small Business Administration, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and more.
To accelerate Ohio’s economy by helping people start, sustain and grow their businesses.
And how do we do this?
- Free business consulting
- Business seminars and workshops
- Connection to resources at a local, state, and federal level.
- Business assessment evaluation
- Cash flow analysis
- Financial projections development
- Strategic business planning
- One-on-One business counseling
- Identifying sources of capital
- Workshops and training programs
- Marketing strategy development
- Market feasibility and research
- Export Assistance
The first step is to complete an electronic Request for Consulting. This form will start your relationship with the Ohio SBDC Hamilton County where you will find the most up-to-date resources for your business information needs. Please note that we cannot schedule requests for individual assistance without this form. Once the form is submitted, you will be contacted by the Ohio SBDC Hamilton County to set up a consulting session.
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We have years of experience helping small businesses succeed
All our clients, their businesses, and related information are kept strictly confidential – we will not sell or provide your information to anyone without your permission.
Our business counseling services are provided free of charge to businesses and entrepreneurs.
Registration is fast, easy, and free.
Start your Business
Thinking about starting your own business in Cincinnati, Ohio? We serve the aspiring entrepreneur who needs to understand the requirements for going into business, financial management issues, marketing techniques and strategies, business plan development and implementation, and the qualifications for obtaining start-up funds.
Before meeting with the Ohio SBDC, we ask that you attend one of our information sessions and workshops. This workshop will prepare you to have a much more productive meeting with a Certified Business Advisor® (CBA).
Then we can work with you to discuss your ideas, conduct market research on your product and your customer, prepare a business plan and cash flow projections, and set realistic financial and profitability goals.
Manage your Business
Looking to manage better your existing business in Cincinnati, Ohio? We work with you to help plan and manage for success.
A business plan is a written explanation about your business, products, services, and customers. It describes how you will operate and who will manage the business.
It can also help determine the feasibility of your ideas and serve as a road map to start, expand, or re-structure a business. A business plan is first a management tool, but it is also often a requirement for obtaining loans or investors.
Grow your Business
Looking to grow your existing business in Cincinnati, Ohio? We serve the established owner or manager who wants to expand a business, solve a business problem, do strategic planning, hire new staff, add a location, develop new ideas, enter new markets, or access expansion capital.
MAGIC LAND INDOOR PLAYGROUND
As with many businesses, Magic Land Indoor Playground was started of necessity. Melissa Jasso and her husband Carlos struggled to find a safe, clean, and entertaining playground where their son could play that was close to home. The playgrounds they could see were either too far (35-minute drive), unsafe, or poorly maintained.
Melissa’s idea was to provide children with a safe and entertaining space that can be accessed year-round. To make this vision a reality, Melissa reached out to the Hamilton County SBDC to help her turn the idea into reality. Melissa worked with Certified Business Advisor Gino DiGiovanni to create a business plan, sales forecast, and cash flow projections. Through bank loans and other financing, Melissa acquired over $130,000 to finance her project. Without the help of the Hamilton County SBDC, Melissa would not have been able to turn her dream into a reality.
Magic Land Indoor Playground is open six days a week. Saturdays are reserved for private parties booked for the next several months.
GrowthWheel is a visual toolbox and online platform for decision making and action planning for startup and growth companies. It helps entrepreneurs build their businesses through a simple action oriented process that stays true to the way most entrepreneurs think and work. For us as a business advisor, the absolute flexibility of the toolbox means that it can be fully adapted to existing advisory tools and client needs, and it can even be used by clients themselves, thereby saving time for us.