Small Business Resources


Support for Women in Business


Small Business Administration (SBA)

The SBA provides small business assistance directly or through support of other entrepreneurial programs providing loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions.

Contact: Shannon Feucht
Telephone: (614) 469-6860
Address: 401 N. Front Street, Suite 200, Columbus, OH 43215
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Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

SBDC is an Ohio Department of Development program supported by the Small Business Association (SBA). Maintained by your tax dollars the SBDC provides entrepreneurial development assistance and high-end business consulting to start-up and emerging business owners free of charge.

Contact: Ariana Ulloa-Olavarrieta
Telephone: (614) 287-5858
Address: 315 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215
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Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

PTAC provides counseling and training for small business owners on selling products and services to the federal, state and local governments.

Contact: Shanda Harris
Telephone: (614) 220-9030
Address: 401 N. Front Street, Suite 200, Columbus, OH 43215
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SCORE

The non-profit arm of the SBA, focused on counseling small business owners to grow and achieve their business goals. Consulting is free and provided by volunteers with incredible business success.

Contact: Mike Hadra, Chapter Chair
Telephone: (614) 469-2357
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Rev1 Ventures

The public-private partnership whose mission is to accelerate the advancement of Central Ohio's innovation economy.

Contact: Rick Coplin
Telephone: (614) 487-3700
Address: 1275 Kinnear Road, Columbus, OH 43212
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Women Educating Women

The purpose of Women Educating Women is to provide workforce education grant dollars to micro-enterprises owned and operated by women. The dollars are to be used to upgrade business operation skills such as learning a bookkeeping software; setting up a website, learning the ropes of internet and social media marketing; getting a certification in their industry and much more.

Contact: Connie Spruill
Telephone: (614) 837-8370
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Business Certification: Encouraging Diversity, Growth and Equity (EDGE) Program

The State of Ohio’s Encouraging Diversity, Growth and Equity (EDGE) program establishes an annual goal for state agencies, boards and commissions, as well as guidelines for state universities in awarding contracts to certified EDGE businesses. The EDGE program is designed to assist socially and economically disadvantaged businesses in obtaining state government contracts in the following areas: construction, architecture and engineering; professional services; goods and services; and information technology services. (In contrast to the Minority Business Enterprise program, the EDGE program does apply to construction contracts.) The State of Ohio developed the program because it recognizes the need to encourage, nurture, and support the growth of economically and socially disadvantaged businesses to foster their development and increase the number of qualified competitors in the marketplace.

4200 Surface Road
Columbus, Ohio 43228
Phone: 614-466-8380
Fax: 614-728-5628
Email: das-eod@das.ohio.gov
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Business Certification: Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Program

The State of Ohio’s Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) program establishes a 15 percent set-aside procurement goal for state agencies, boards and commissions in awarding contracts to certified MBE businesses. The MBE program is designed to assist minority businesses in obtaining state government contracts for goods and services. (Unlike the Encouraging Diversity, Growth and Equity program, the MBE program does not apply to construction contracts.) The State of Ohio developed the program because it recognized the need to encourage, nurture and support the growth of minority businesses to foster their development and increase the number of qualified competitors in the marketplace. 

4200 Surface Road
Columbus, Ohio 43228
Phone: 614-466-8380
Fax: 614-728-5628
Email: das-eod@das.ohio.gov
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Thrive Columbus
Every Women • Every Resource

You have ambition to thrive! We have the resources! For the first time in Columbus history, leading organizations, addressing the professional and personal needs of women in Central Ohio, are uniting, under one roof, in an effort to get more women, like you, informed, inspired and engaged in the community. Thrive Columbus connects you to resources to help you achieve your personal and professional ambitions. 

 WWW.ThriveColumbus.org


Networking


Awesome Women in Business (AWIB)

A women's networking organization designed to assist women in connecting and building relationships without the pressure associated with referral selling. 

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Dames Bond

A women's networking organization created to help women leverage the resources, connections and marketing needed to ensure their business thrives and prospers. Dames Bond has been specifically designed to connect business women and consumers.

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National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)

A national organization that represents the interests of all women entrepreneurs across all industries and sizes. NAWBO is a one-stop resource to propel women business owners into greater economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide. (WSBA Partner Organization)

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Funding Resources


National Credit Union Association

The NCUA ensures that millions of consumers, businesses and communities can safely use federally insured credit unions for their financial needs.

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CreditCards.com

Local credit unions can help meet the needs of minority communities throughout the U.S.

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