Resources for Entrepreneurs

LOCAL SUPPORT SERVICES

ARTS CLEVELAND – FORMERLY COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP FOR ARTS AND CULTURE

https://artscleveland.org/
Arts Cleveland aim to advance the arts and culture community in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County by securing  additional sustainable revenue for the arts and culture sector, strengthen the arts and culture learning landscape, developing cultural policies with local governments and increasing public participation in arts and culture. Programs include advocacy training and the Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute

The Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute (https://artscleveland.org/Our-Programs/AEI) is an artist-focused course designed to provide the tools needed for creative professionals to take action in building networks, investing in neighborhoods and sparking excitement in North East Ohio.  The course covers all aspects of developing your creative business, from marketing to bookkeeping and accounting.

AVIATRA ACCELERATORS

https://aviatraaccelerators.org
Enabling female entrepreneurs to build and manage businesses through mentoring, education and access to capital (formerly known as Bad Girl Ventures)

CLEVELAND CHAIN REACTION

https://www.clevelandchainreaction.org/
The Cleveland Chain Reaction Project is being produced to create jobs, investment and prosperity in Cleveland’s neighborhoods while providing education and information for entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners to benefit our community.

CLEVELAND CULINARY LAUNCH KITCHEN

CCLK is a shared kitchen and food business incubator in Cleveland, Ohio with a goal of increasing the success rate of local food businesses in Northeast Ohio.  They provide

a fully equipped commercial kitchen for rent to food entrepreneurs on an “as needed” basis.  They can quicken and improve the process of starting a food business by providing business support, Mentorship/Peer Support and networking opportunities.

MIDTOWN TECH HIVE

https://www.digitalc.org/about-us
Midtown Tech Hive is a co-work and education spce led by a diverse team with experience in technology, start ups, strategy, business and civic tech.  They partner with business, technology and civic leaders to provide strategies and programs for the local startup community.

To realize this goal, we engage technology leaders to leverage their knowledge for the civic agenda; accelerate the access, adoption and use of data-driven solutions; and develop programs such as intentional, inclusive neighborhoods where innovators can live, work and play.

ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE

http://www.ecdi.org
Assisting Ohio’s entrepreneurs through their one-stop-shop business services model, suited to meet the needs of all entrepreneurs, regardless of what business stage they’re in.

WOMENS BUSINESS CENTER

https://www.wbcohio.org/
ECDI also comprises the Womens Business Center.  The WBC at each location can guide individuals at any stage of the business process.  Through one-on-one counseling sessions with WBC staff and volunteers, you can get the direction and resources to meet your goals.  Membership is required for a small fee to access services.

https://www.wbcohio.org/events/cleveland-and-northern-ohio

FLASH STARTS


The Flashstarts mission is to recruit, develop, and fund early stage startups in becoming successful seed stage businesses. We do this through a unique system of resources, formal programming, events, and collaboration.

THE GREATER CLEVELAND PARTNERSHIP

https://www.gcpartnership.com/
The Greater Cleveland Partnership leverages private and public sector funding to support collaborative efforts to boost the economic vitality of the Cleveland Plus region. Their areas of focus include advocacy, business, economic and workforce development.

GREAT LAKES INNOVATION AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER

http://www.glideit.org/
The Great Lakes Innovation and Development Enterprise (GLIDE) helps Northeast Ohio entrepreneurs wrap sound business practices around great business ideas. GLIDE’s experienced Entrepreneurs-in-Residence provide professional business assistance to companies at every stage of development and connect entrepreneurs with the tools and resources they need to succeed.

THE HISPANIC BUSINESS CENTER

http://www.hbcenter.org/page/hbc/
The Hispanic Business Center is committed to provide educational and developmental support for the economic and business growth and advancement of the Hispanic Community in Northeast Ohio.  Services include providing professional and qualified consulting and group training services aimed at equipping business owners with the education they need to make informed business risks and make management decisions.

JUMPSTART INC


JumpStart’s mission is to unlock the full potential of diverse and ambitious entrepreneurs to economically transform entire communities.  JumpStart provides venture capital and intensive, high-impact assistance to diverse entrepreneurs and small businesses owners, working one-on-one to establish and achieve value-creating milestones of growth.

MAGNET – MANUFACTURING ADVOCACY AND GROWTH NETWORK

https://www.manufacturingsuccess.org/
MAGNET’s mission is to help manufacturers grow and compete in Northeast Ohio, especially the 98% of startup to medium-sized manufacturers that drive our economy.  MAGNET rolls up its sleeves to provide hands-on support ranging from new product design to operations and brings education and business together to create tomorrow’s manufacturers.  MAGNET also has an incubation center for manufacturing businesses.

North East Ohio Food Truck Association

https://www.neofta.org
The NorthEast Ohio Food Truck Association, NEOFTA, was created in 2016 as a non-profit in order to unify northeast Ohio food trucks in a professional, collective industry association in order to advocate for, educate and communicate with its members and the community.

SCORE

http://www.score.org/
Education and mentoring services for small businesses to help them grow and succeed through education and mentorship

SEO CHANGE OHIO

http://seachng.org/

SEA CHANGE
is a collaborative initiative that provides coaching, connections and capital to people who have big ideas to improve their community.  Their mission is to connect resources, funders, innovators, and mentors to accelerate ideas from concept to successful social enterprise.

OHIO SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/oh/cleveland
The SBA Cleveland District  is home to twelve Ohio Small Business Development Centers and five chapters of SCORE, a volunteer organization that provides free business counseling.  In addition, the Cleveland District delivers and oversees the Agency’s 8(a), SDB, and HUBZone government contracting programs for small businesses in the area.

CLEVELAND NEIGHBORHOOD PROGRESS

A list of all local Community Development Corporations

NETWORKING

Join our IngenuityLabs Ignite! talk series during our Spring, Summer or Fall sessions for informal entrepreneurial education aimed at creatives and makers in the local region.

Techpint is a popup tech conference held in venues across northeast Ohio twice a year. Events regularly draw crowds of up to 400 hackers, hustlers & designers for an evening of connections, inspiration and pints.

The following are some useful event calendars for local networking events

https://www.ecdi.org/events/cleveland

Other potential sources for networking events include

www.eventbrite.com

www.meetup.com

MAKER RESOURCES

http://engineering.case.edu/sears-thinkbox
Sears think[box] is a world-class public-access innovation center and makerspace that helps aspiring entrepreneurs and university researchers to create real-world impact from idea to innovation.  Think[box] houses a complete ecosystem for venture creation including everything from design and ideation resources to prototyping and fabrication equipment, as well as the legal and business expertise needed to launch your startup in their incubator.

TECHCENTRAL MAKERSPACE

https://cpl.org/subjectscollections/techcentral/makerspace/
The TechCentral MakerSpace is a creative and collaborative design and fabrication space that allows you to turn your ideas into reality. The MakerSpace is available to all Cleveland Public Library and CLEVNET member library card holders. To access the TechCentral MakerSpace, you will need a library card in good standing and a Photo ID.

CLEVR

GalaxyVR

Ultimate Team Up

Soulcraft/Praxis/Brick/UpcycleParts Shop

LEGAL

Legal resources

This list is a great resource for businesses and individuals looking for low cost and free legal advice for your business.

https://www.small-business-forum.net/forumdisplay.php/14-Legal-amp-HR
This small business forum page may help with legal questions before needing to engage in legal counsel.

https://www.jumpstartinc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Forming-a-Business.pdf
A helpful guide from Jumpstart Inc. to assist entrepreneurs in answering some basic questions regarding structure, decision-making and dispute resolution for their startup. Provided by Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs.

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

GOVERNMENT RESOURCES

FIRST STOP BUSINESS CONNECTION

https://business.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gateway/business/start/

This resource is for business owners and other individuals who have questions about starting or managing small businesses, and/or who want referrals to local counselors.

ODOD (ODSA)

http://development.ohio.gov/

The Ohio Development Services Agency helps improve access to capital and support for small- and minority-owned businesses

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION

https://www.tax.ohio.gov/Business.aspx

Main source for all tax related matters for you and your business

SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTERS (SBDCS)

http://development.ohio.gov/summary_35sbdc.htm

The Ohio SBDC Network includes specialty International Trade Assistance Centers, Entrepreneurial Services Provider Program, Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program (MEP) and Manufacturing and Technology Small Business Development Centers.  

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS FUND

http://www.cdfifund.gov

The CDFI Fund was created for the purpose of promoting economic revitalization and community development through investment in and assistance to community development financial institutions (CDFIs).