The Ohio Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the Entrepreneurs' Center helps people start, sustain and grow their businesses.

A member of the Small Business Development Centers of Ohio Network, we provide management and technical assistance to small businesses in the greater Dayton region and Ohio.

Consulting services: Kim Woodbury, director of the Ohio SBDC at The Entrepreneurs Center, is one of the network’s 120 highly trained,Certified Business Advisors® (CBAs) throughout the state. These CBAs provide free, confidential, in-depth business consulting in areas such as:

    • Business management
    • Government regulations
    • Financing
    • International trade
    • Product development

The Ohio SBDC’s consulting services and regular training programs for businesses at all stages of development help to nurture individuals who will contribute to the economic health of the region through job creation – the goal and purpose of The Entrepreneurs Center.

Background: The SBDC of Ohio program was created in 1985 through a partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Ohio Development Services Agency. This program fosters a strong climate for small business growth through:

  • A statewide, integrated system of small business service, advocacy and awareness
  • More than 40 partnerships with chambers of commerce, colleges and universities, economic development organizations and Edison Centers

Today, these federal, state and local partnerships contribute more than $10 million in cash and resources to support small business development.

If you own a small business or are thinking about starting one, contact the Ohio SBDC at The Entrepreneurs Center for no-cost, confidential, professional counseling.

The Small Business Development Center of Ohio (SBDC) program is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBDC program is also funded in part by the Ohio Development Services Agency. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.


Step 1: Check your credit report and credit score ( To review and improve your score contact Consumer Credit Counseling with Lutheran Services

Step 2: Download the information from the First Stop Business Connection

Step 3: Review the information and fill in the questionnaire on starting a business (from First Stop Business Connection)

Step 4: Sign up for a New Business Information Session

Step 5: Contact the SBDC at the Entrepreneurs' Center to schedule an appointment for business counseling