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Ohio Business Gateway
The purpose of the Ohio Business Gateway is to make state resources available to small business owners. This official initiative of the Ohio state office provides a huge amount of information such as advice on how to stay compliant with state business regulations, advice on obtaining all required licenses and permits, and helping with finding employees, as well as information on employment law, etc.
Ohio Small Business Association
The Ohio Small Business Association has been monitoring the needs of Ohio small businesses since 1978, with a view to creating solutions to problems and generating growth. OSBA membership provides business-business discounts through the Associated Buying Cooperative, a platform for voicing concerns and opinions to policy makers in Ohio, and access to various insurance and workers compensation packages, etc.
Akron Global Business Accelerator
The Akron Global Business Accelerator offers 200,000 square feet of modern, multi-use space at below-market rates. The Accelerator provides a wide variety of technical, administrative, marketing, and professional services that a business may not be able to secure or afford. The Accelerator is staffed by professionals with deep entrepreneurial experience and expertise. High-tech companies from around the globe take advantage of key business services including: business development assistance; consultation on business operations; marketing and sales assistance; access to government grants and loans; help procuring investment capital; and networking activities.
BioEnterprise is a business formation, recruitment, and acceleration initiative designed to grow health care companies and commercialize bioscience technologies. Based in Cleveland, BioEnterprise's founders and partners are Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, Case Western Reserve University, Summa Health System, and Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron. Additional technology partners include NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland State University, NorTech, and BioOhio. Companies include emerging medical device, biotechnology, and health care services firms. Each year, the BioEnterprise groups choose a select number of companies on which to focus. The resources and networks of the BioEnterprise partners are directed to help those companies achieve greater levels of business success.
Business Advisers of Cleveland
Business Advisers of Cleveland (BAC) provides free business consultation and coaching for entrepreneurs and small business owners with personalized private sessions and at seminars throughout Northeast Ohio. BAC offers entrepreneurs, owners, and managers an opportunity to receive advice and free, unbiased answers to their business-related questions. Areas of consulting expertise include: (1) planning for a new business; (2) marketing a product or service; (3) selecting a lawyer or accountant; and (4) guidance in obtaining financing. BAC public seminar topics include "Entrepreneurship 101," "What I Need to Know to Grow," "How to Write a Business Plan," and "The Art of Marketing."
Civic Commons is a new way to bring communities and residents in Northeast Ohio together with conversation and emerging technology. Civic Commons is focused on building conversations and connections that have the power to become informed, productive collective civic action. A commons is a shared public space devoted to the public good; Civic Commons is a space where people can learn more about their shared interests and act on them together. Civic Commons is social media for civic good.
Community Partnership for Arts and Culture
Community Partnership for Arts and Culture's (CPAC) mission is to strengthen and unify Greater Cleveland's arts and culture sector. CPAC positions arts and culture as a driving force in building a vibrant community, particularly where community priorities and funding decisions are determined. The organization also informs community decision-making through credible research that demonstrates the contribution arts and culture makes to the economy, education, and quality of life.
CPAC offers the Artist as Entrepreneur Institute, an intensive business course designed for creative individuals and arts-based business owners. The program covers topics that impact an artist's daily operations, from creating a personal brand and marketing, to intellectual property, writing a business plan, and accounting.
Entrepreneurship.org and Entrepreneurship.gov
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce created these twin Web sites as a "comprehensive resource for entrepreneurs, policymakers, and researchers -- foreign and domestic." The sites feature information on venture startup and growth, publications and articles, economic policies, access to financial capital, intellectual property, business mentors, new research in the field of entrepreneurship, and new/emerging markets.
Entrepreneurs for Sustainability (E4S)
The vision of E4S is individuals, organizations, and networks working together with an entrepreneurial spirit toward bold goals that reflect an emerging sustainable regional economy that creates wealth, environmental health, and affirms and sustains life for all. E4S facilitates the exchange of ideas and information among entrepreneurs who are interested in developing new products, services, and ways of doing business that contribute to a sustainable economy.
Entrepreneur's Idea Exchange
The Entrepreneur's Idea Exchange is a bi-monthly informal meeting to share and receive critique and practical feedback on individuals' business ideas. Hosted by The University of Akron College of Business Administration, attendance is open to all without any prerequisites. Meetings are held on the third Thursdays of odd-numbered months.
Fund for Our Economic Future
The Fund for Our Economic Future is a collaboration of philanthropic organizations and individuals that have united to strengthen the economic competitiveness of Northeast Ohio through grantmaking, research, and civic engagement. Begun in 2004, the mission of the Fund is to encourage and advance a regional competitiveness agenda which will lead to long-term economic revitalization that strengthens the region's core cities, encourages inclusion, and enhances Northeast Ohio's quality of life. (The Fund defines Northeast Ohio as a 16-county region with a population of more than four million people that includes the cities of Akron, Canton, Cleveland, Mansfield, and Youngstown.) The vast majority of the Fund's grantmaking goes to regional economic development organizations that accelerate, attract, and grow companies in the region.
Great Lakes Innovation
and Development Enterprise
The Great Lakes Innovation and Development Enterprise (GLIDE), founded in 2001, is a comprehensive regional innovation center, resource hub, and business incubator that supports all facets of the start-up, development, and growth of enterprises. Created by a partnership between the Lorain County Commissioners, Lorain County Community College, and the Ohio Department of Development, GLIDE's objective is to grow jobs and spearhead economic growth in both Lorain County and the Northern Ohio region.
IdeaCrossing is an online resource available to all individuals and organizations with an interest in supporting and promoting entrepreneurial activity. It helps entrepreneurs find the business assistance, mentoring, and investment capital they need to launch promising new business ventures. Additionally, IdeaCrossing serves the angel and venture capital community by identifying and screening new investment opportunities. IdeaCrossing is about creating the connections that build businesses.
JumpStart launched a new initiative, JumpStart America, in 2011 to build robust public, private, and philanthropic partnerships in all 50 states with the goal of aggregating more than $2 billion to create or accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship programs across the United States. JumpStart America also serves as a national center for public policies and programmatic best practices that support high growth entrepreneurship. Most important, JumpStart America will accelerate the economic impact of 100,000 new and existing firms across the U.S., creating hundreds of thousands of new private-sector jobs.
JumpStart Entrepreneurial Network
The JumpStart Entrepreneurial Network provides access to the resources entrepreneurs need to grow their early-stage companies. By engaging with the Network, entrepreneurs are connected -- based on their needs -- with four of the region´s pre-seed and seeds funds, six physical incubators located in Northeast Ohio, numerous business advisors, and an online community built for entrepreneurs.
JumpStart's vision is to increase the economic impact and sustainability of Northeast Ohio's entrepreneurial ecosystem, while leveraging the organization's experience and expertise to catalyze entrepreneurship nationally. JumpStart's primary resource is intensive entrepreneurial assistance delivered by former successful entrepreneurs; JumpStart also selectively invests in the highest potential companies through one of its programs. JumpStart works to develop other ecosystem elements the companies need to grow, such as advocating for additional capital and service resources. Northeast Ohio's progress has been recognized nationally, which has given JumpStart the opportunity to pilot new work engaging with communities outside of Northeast Ohio to catalyze their entrepreneurial ecosystems. JumpStart maintains a specific focus on economic inclusion and activities that increase the success of minority and women entrepreneurs in growing high-impact companies.
and Growth Network (MAGNET)
The mission of Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (MAGNET) is to support, educate, and champion manufacturing with the goal of transforming the region's economy into a powerful global player. MAGNET: (1) through consulting services, assists manufacturers in adopting innovative manufacturing strategies; (2) provides a clearinghouse for individual manufacturers seeking assistance in the areas of productivity improvement, global access, and product innovation; (3) manages a business incubator; and (4) serves as the voice of manufacturing, advocating for manufacturers in dealing with regulatory agencies and in influencing public policy.
NorTech is a regional nonprofit technology-based economic development organization serving 21 counties in Northeast Ohio. As a catalyst for growing Northeast Ohio's emerging technology industries, NorTech is leading efforts to develop regional innovation clusters that create jobs, attract capital, and have a long-term, positive economic impact. Based on the region's unique strengths and assets, NorTech drives the development of regional innovation clusters by: (1) attracting new members to the cluster by promoting Northeast Ohio's technology story to audiences inside and outside the region; (2) building relationships among cluster members for funding, research, and business opportunities; (3) creating market-driven roadmaps with regional partners that define a vision and path to execution for Northeast Ohio's efforts to generate economic growth and jobs in multiple technology industry sectors; (4) engaging with federal and state government and policy leaders to develop strategies that enhance cluster growth; and (5) collecting, reporting, and utilizing data that creates and influences cluster growth. Currently, NorTech is focused on two industries in Northeast Ohio: advanced energy and flexible electronics.
Northeast Ohio Incubator Collaborative
The Northeast Ohio Incubator Collaborative (NEOinc) provides coordinated services to entrepreneurs desiring to start technology-oriented businesses in Northeast Ohio. It was formed by several of the Edison-funded incubators and technology centers in Northeast Ohio, namely, the Akron Global Business Accelerator, Braintree Partners in Mansfield, the Great Lakes Incubator for Developing Enterprises (GLIDE) in Lorain County, the Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (MAGNET) Incubator in Cuyahoga County, and the Youngstown Business Incubator.
Individually each NEOinc member provides high-quality managerial and facility services to entrepreneurs including business concept assessment and coaching; links to appropriate sources of funding; links to business specialist resources such as attorneys, HR specialists and accountants; low-cost office, lab and manufacturing space; shared office facilities and equipment; and flexible lease terms.
SCORE offers individual counseling, mentoring, workshops and seminars to help start a small business or to make a small business more profitable. Its counselors are all experienced and successful executives, managers and business owners who want to give back to the community the benefit of their years of experience. Akron SCORE Chapter #81 serves Medina, Portage, Summit, and Wayne counties, with its main office in Akron. Canton Regional SCORE Chapter #580 also serves Northeast Ohio.
The International Entrepreneurs (TiE) Ohio is the 50th chapter of the global TiE network, the world's largest organization for fostering entrepreneurship. TiE Ohio is poised to fulfill a critical niche in Northeast Ohio's business development landscape by focusing specifically on immigrant, international, and minority entrepreneurs within the region, and by encouraging other such entrepreneurs to consider Northeast Ohio as a place to launch their new businesses. TiE Ohio provides focused support to entrepreneurs through mentoring, networking, and business education programming.
USASBE (United States Association
for Small Business and Entrepreneurship)
The United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) is the largest independent, professional, academic organization in the world dedicated to advancing the discipline of entrepreneurship. With over 1,000 members from universities and colleges, for-profit businesses, nonprofit organizations, and the public sector, USASBE is a diverse mix of professionals that share a common commitment to fostering entrepreneurial attitudes and behaviors.
USASBE is built around four pillars that guide the ongoing development of its organization. The pillars include:
1. entrepreneurship education
2. entrepreneurship research
3. entrepreneurship outreach
4. public policy
By fostering advances in each of these areas, USASBE supports the development of entrepreneurship educators who in turn will create the next generation of entrepreneurs.
WIRE-Net strengthens manufacturing to create healthy communities and fuel economic growth. The organization provides expertise that is responsive to manufacturing-related businesses and their employees. WIRE-Net connects leaders to each other and engages them in their communities. WIRE-Net exclusively serves manufacturers and works to strengthen the business climate for manufacturing in Northeast Ohio. It raises industry awareness of available resources to help stimulate business and neighborhood investment, foster job creation, and improve business retention.
Youngstown Business Incubator
The Youngstown Business Incubator (YBI) helps accelerate emerging businesses by providing an array of services such as facilities, equipment, resource networks, entrepreneurial counseling, and networking opportunities. YBI helps technology entrepreneurs by: (1) assisting with commercialization process; (2) counseling on marketing strategies; (3) identifying funding resources; (4) facilitating networking opportunities; (5) providing access to physical infrastructure; and (6) seeking collaborative opportunities.
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