Links & Resources

Small Business Administration
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Small Business Assistance

Small Business Development Centers
Whether you’re starting your business, expanding your business, or just looking to stay in business, the Small Business Development Centers of Ohio (SBDCs of Ohio) can help with professional guidance by connecting you with research, financing sources, and training opportunities.

Sponsored by the Ohio Department of Development (ODOD) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the SBDCs of Ohio provide free, professional, in-depth and confidential business consulting and training to pre-venture, start-up, and existing small businesses through its network of 38 centers (including international trade, technology and manufacturing) throughout the state.

To find a center nearest you visit the SBDCs of Ohio website.

The ODOD also offers the “1st Stop Business Connection,” providing free state-level information needed to get started or continue on your entrepreneurial journey.

Small Business Administration’s SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives)
For free and confidential small business advice visit SCORE at
Business Plan Assistance

Developing a business plan is a crucial first step towards owning your own small business. The Small Business Administration (SBA) advises that every business plan contain a description of the business as well as marketing plans, financial plans and management objectives.

SCORE, an SBA resource partner, offers a variety of business plan templates online.

Ecommerce has an educational walk through guide for business plans that you may find useful.

Small Business Training
Visit for SBA’s virtual campus with free training courses, workshops and more to assist entrepreneurs.

Compliance and Tax Assistance

Internal Revenue Service
A resource from the IRS for small businesses and the self-employed.

Department of Labor
Find compliance assistance for small businesses.