Business Advice, Mentoring & Training Resources
- Bad Girl Ventures
Bad Girl Ventures is an educational and micro-finance nonprofit organization focusing on female entrepreneurs. BGV enables bold women to start and sustain well-managed and profitable businesses through a 9-week business education program, guidance from mentors and coaches, and access to debt capital. Program participants value being part of a female entrepreneurship community and the access to resources and funding.
BioEnterprise is a business formation, recruitment, and acceleration initiative designed to grow healthcare companies and commercialize bioscience technologies. Founded by Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University in July 2002, the initiative has fostered over $2 billion in funding and attracted more than 350 companies. BioEnterprise provides client companies experienced bioscience management guidance, privileged relationships with world-class research and clinical institutions, access to bioscience venture capital and private equity firms, as well as knowledge of grant funding opportunities, business development and alliance support for strategic partnerships. It also provides a network of regional business capabilities including technical services, equipment, professional service providers, and flexible development space.
BioOhio focuses on accelerating Cleveland bioscience companies through connectivity, education, and resource access. The non-profit is a membership organization with nearly 400 different members. Membership includes networking, visibility, advocacy, and bioscience resource benefits as well as talent lifecycle services and savings programs. It also hosts various high-attendance events throughout the year.
ECDI’s mission is to invest in people to create measurable and enduring social and economic change, and it has helped more than 2,000 business owners and created and retained 4,000 jobs via its comprehensive suite of programs. ECDI educates, invests, and innovates with the businesses and people it inspire. The ECDI training institute provides knowledge and guidance for successful development and management of small businesses, offering a large variety of classes which are taught by professional trainers and small business experts.
- Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at Tri-C
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a program for small businesses that links learning to action. Through the program, participants will gain practical skills in topics such as negotiation, marketing, and employee management that can immediately be put into action. In addition, they will receive the tools and professional support to develop a strategic and customized growth plan that will take their business to the next level.
- JumpStart Burton D. Morgan Mentoring Program
JumpStart’s mentoring program was created in partnership with MIT’s world-class Venture Mentoring Service. Based on innovative, entrepreneur-focused lessons developed at MIT, the program is specifically tailored for a fast-paced, fiercely competitive, global startup environment. Companies entering the program receive anywhere from one to four mentors, depending on their needs. This team approach provides critical experience for companies who expect to form and effectively manage boards of directors in the future.
The NextStep program, based on the Interise StreetWise ‘MBA’™ program, is a 7-month program for businesses in the Greater University Circle area. The program provides small businesses with the know-how, training, and networks to turn growth plans into action. At the end of the program, participants walk away with an individualized Strategic Growth Action Plan™ outlining the action steps required to achieve their business goals.
- Ohio Small Business Development Center at Cleveland State University
The Small Business Development Center provides no-cost, confidential, in-depth, one-on-one counseling for businesses that will, or currently do, employ under 500 employees. Additional services include training, e-counseling, quality-based assessments, technical assistance, loan packaging guidance, and information on federal, state, and local regulations and programs.
- Ohio Small Business Development Center at Northeast Ohio Hispanic Center of Economic Development
The Cuyahoga SBDC at the Hispanic Business Center assists entrepreneurs in all phases of their business growth, and is dedicated to helping new entrepreneurs realize dreams of business ownership and existing businesses access networks and resources to increase opportunities and establish long-term economic impact.
- Ohio Small Business Development Center at the Urban League of Greater Cleveland
The Cuyahoga Small Business Development Center at the Urban League of Greater Cleveland is designed to address a wide range of clients — from current business owners, to those that are contemplating starting their own business. The CSBDC at the Urban League of Greater Cleveland offers comprehensive business management and education services; free, confidential, in-depth, one-on-one counseling and low- or no-cost training.
- Operation HOPE
The mission of Operation HOPE is silver rights empowerment, making free enterprise work for everyone. They act as a nonprofit private banker for the working poor, the underserved and struggling middle class. They are the best-in-class provider of financial literacy empowerment for youth, financial capabilites for communities and financial dignity for all.
SCORE is a nonprofit association affiliated with the SBA and dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. The counselors of SCORE Cleveland are experienced business owners and managers who volunteer their experience and knowledge to help potential and existing small business owners achieve success. SCORE Cleveland counselors provide businesses with in-depth, industry-specific business assistance to help evaluate a business idea or plan, stimulate business growth and ensure long-term stability.
- Women’s Business Centers of Ohio
Women’s Business Centers of Ohio aims to empower women entrepreneurs with resources and tools to create strong sustainable businesses. They are the only U.S. Small Business Administration-funded Women’s Business Center in the state and are part of a national network of 100 other educational centers. Powered by the Economic & Community Development Institute (ECDI), they have more than 400 members throughout all of Ohio and support each other through individualized coaching, access to business tools, free educational classes and networking events.