Starting a Business

As a client of the Ohio SBDC you and your business are our number one priority. We exist solely to help you to start, sustain and grow your small business.
For entrepreneurs we take your business from idea stage to an actual legal entity selling products and services and garnering your first customer.
We guide and assist with determining the viability of your idea, developing your business concept and business plan.

Start-Up Process

A lot of critical decisions must be made when starting a business. The success of your business and your ability to obtain financing now and in the future will depend on the foundation you establish today. To ensure it’s a stable one we’ve created a three-step process.

Step 1

B.A.S.E Workshop

B.A.S.E Workshop:  This one-evening workshop sets the stage for business ownership. Evaluate your initial concept, determine readiness, learn how to identify and target customers, and explore goal setting. Business structure and funding will also be discussed.

Business Tax Workshop: This one-evening workshop will provide you with an overview of federal and state business taxation rights, requirements, and responsibilities, and is suitable for entrepreneurs in both the pre-venture and startup phases. The Tax Workshop is not required to qualify for BizStart 2.0. Can be attended before or concurrently with BizStart 2.0.

Step 2

BizStart 2.0

This four-week program will walk you through the process of validating your business model. Working with an advisor, you’ll explore entrepreneurship, planning and market research, marketing, sales, business operations, business plans, financing, and legal entities. (This is an invitation only course. Must attend B.A.S.E Workshop to be considered)

Step 3

Meet with an Advisor

After completing steps 1 & 2 you will be assigned to an Ohio SBDC Certified Business Advisor. Your Advisor will coach you through the development, launch and growth of your business. Meetings with Advisors are by appointment only.

The Online Business Start-Up Model

This Online Business Startup Model is a great, self-paced tool to take you from IDEA to BUSINESS OWNER.

The Start-Up Model is a NO-COST, entrepreneurship training series designed by the SBDC to guide you through the development of your business.
Visit our Start-Up Model page to learn more and attend the series.