The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs is funded through the Small Business Administration, Ohio Development Services Agency, and Ohio University (OU). This funding enables the SBDC to provide no-cost, confidential business assistance by Certified Business Advisors to for-profit businesses in our area. In addition to hosting the SBDC, the Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs provides businesses access to TechGrowth Ohio, an assistance program for technology-based companies, and Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC), a program to assist businesses secure government contracts.
Located in rural Appalachia, the Ohio University SBDC serves a 13 county region, including: Athens, Meigs, Hocking, Perry, Fairfield, Licking Washington, Morgan, Noble, Monroe, Muskingum, Guernsey, and Belmont counties. We understand that businesses within this thirteen county footprint face unique challenges. Not only are we situated within rural Appalachia, where infrastructure may be limited, but several of our counties are federally designated as economically depressed or at-risk. The Ohio University SBDC also operates the Export Assistance Program in 20 counties. In addition to the thirteen counties listed above, the Export Assistance Program assists businesses with exporting in Scioto, Lawrence, Jackson, Gallia, Pike, Ross and Vinton counties.
As part of the national SBDC network, the OU SBDC is one of over 1,000 centers nationwide and one of 28 centers within the State of Ohio. Our Certified Business Advisors provide no-cost, one-on-one advising, and business training in a variety of topics.
The Ohio University SBDC was recognized with the Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award for the SBA’s Region V for 2017. The OU SBDC was chosen as the top center out of approximately 90 centers throughout six states: Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Read the article via Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.