Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Identify growth strategies for your small business.

SBDC at LCCC LogoThe Ohio Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) provide a high-impact, front-line program designed to facilitate small business growth, job creation and access to capital. SBDCs provide confidential one-to-one business advising at no cost, management training and education programs, and technical assistance to entrepreneurs and small business owners. Ohio SBDC Network also includes the specialty programs –International Trade Assistance Centers (ITAC) and Manufacturing and Technology and Technology Small Business Development Centers (MTSBDC). Each center is staffed with highly-trained, industry experts to assist the local small business community with growth strategies.

Meeting Your Needs

The Ohio SBDC is the only statewide system that works with entrepreneurs in all industries, at all stages of business growth. Through access to a wide range of services and resources, the SBDC meets the needs of the experienced and the prospective small business owner at his/her level of sophistication helping transition to the next level of business insight and understanding growth.

The Ohio SBDC Network provides assistance in:

  • Access to Capital (business loan assistance)
  • Buying or Selling a Business
  • Exporting
  • Management and HR
  • Business Plan Development
  • Government Contracting
  • Marketing Research and Strategies
  • Strategic Planning
  • and more…

Getting Started

Established Business Owners

Step 1  Register with our Center

Step 2  Call 440-366-4370, or email to schedule an appointment.

Step 3  See upcoming workshops

**New workshops are added to our schedule every month

Pre-Venture and Early Start-Up Services

Step 1 Register with our Center.

Step 2  Register to attend one of our many specialty workshops.

If you have ever attended LCCC, you may also be eligible to receive assistance from NEO LaunchNET. For more information, visit

Step 3   Contact the SBDC us at 440-366-4370 or  We will respond within three days with appointment options.   We appreciate your patience.

Additional Services and Programs

FEBE³:  Fostering Entrepreneurial Business Education (
A free networking group every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. in LCCC’s Desich Business and Entrepreneurship Center. Dunkin Donuts will provide free coffee.

Learn more and register.

SBDC Upcoming Events

September 27, 2017
Business Model Canvas
  10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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October 2, 2017
 YouTube Workshop
 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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October 4, 2017
Intro to Entrepreneurship-Lorain Center-201 W. Erie
10:00 am – 11:30 am

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October 4, 2017
Marketing Class: Facebook for Business
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

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October 6, 2017
 Business Legalese
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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October 9, 2017
 Business Model Canvas – Medina
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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October 10, 2017
 WAVE for Your Small Accounting Needs
 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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October 11, 2017
Marketing Class: Instagram for Business
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

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October 12, 2017
Intro to Entrepreneurship
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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October 12, 2017
E3 – Empowering Entrepreneurs through Education Growth
 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

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October 17, 2017
Overcoming the Challenges of Marketing a More Mature Business
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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October 18, 2017
Marketing Class – Introduction to Canva
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

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October 18, 2017
Marketing Class – Introduction to Shopify
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Contact Us


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Templates, Spreadsheets, and other helpful links

Balance Sheet
Income Statement

Business Plan Template
Projections Sheet

SBA New Business and Startup Initiatives
Ohio Secretary of State

Ohio One Stop

A Special Thanks to SBDC Premier Sponsors




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. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. For arrangements, call the Ohio SBDC at 440-366-4370.