Starting & Managing Your Business
As part of its mission to help business owners start, succeed and grow, SBA, Small Business Admisistration, has developed numerous online tools and guides to help small businesses get information and answers they need quickly and efficiently. For example, these 10 Steps to Starting a Business and these 10 Steps to Hiring you First Employee guides are essential reading. SBA Direct is another useful tool that pesonalizes business owners' experience on the SBA.gov website. Then there are the Licenses and Permits Tool and the Loans and Grants Search Tool. For more online tools that can take your small business to new levels click here.
Special Small Business Services
Available Through the SBDC
Manufacturing and Technology Small Business Development Centers (MTSBDC)
provides management counseling and education services. Consulting is free, in-depth, and confidential service, however fees may be charged for training, market research services, assessments, and project development and production.
Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) of Ohio:
Consulting and technical assistance for companies that want to sell goods or services to the U.S. Government. Services include: utilizing E-Commerce to successfully work with the government, Bid Matching, “Buy History” information and assistance with Military Specifications (MILSPEC) and Federal Acquisitions and Regulations (FAR).
International Trade Assistance Centers (ITAC):
Consulting and assistance services for companies that want to become involved in international trade (export).
Minority Contractors’ Business Assistance Programs (MBAC):
Management, technical, financial, contract procurement assistance, finance and bonding packaging for minority-owned businesses.