I have started my own design business, and over the last year I have learned of some local resources for entrepreneurs. Here are some organizations and websites that have helped me in my journey.
SCORE offers free one-on-one mentoring. I have been meeting with a mentor from SCORE for a year now, and he has been incredibly helpful in teaching me about basic business operations and marketing. He has also referred me to other resources.
The website of the US Small Business Administration is extremely helpful. I have completed many of their online trainings.
Women’s Business Center of Ohio
I just recently attended a writing class with the Women’s Business Center, and I was really impressed. Although their offices are in Cleveland and Columbus, they do hold events in Toledo. They are having a resource fair at the main library on September 20th from 2-7pm.
Toledo Lucas County Library
The library has been an amazing resource for me. At the suggestion of my SCORE mentor, I met with their business technology specialist to learn about the research databases accessible through the library’s website. These databases contain a lot of information, but I have used it primarily to learn about potential customers and competitors. The library also has a great selection of business books.
Assets offers a 13-week 50-hour training course for new entrepreneurs that meets Tuesday and Thursday evenings. I have not taken this training myself, but I have heard from a friend that it’s very good.
I have just learned of this website. It offers lots of articles, guides, and courses. I plan on spending more time there later.
Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce and Small Business Development Center
This website offers a ton of local information and even some video trainings. The SBDC also offers free one-on-one counseling.
Check out the Entrepreneurial and Business Network section of this website. They have a list of lots of local resources for businesses.
This is a free app that provides quick little business trainings. I think it’s fun to go through if you have a couple free minutes.
I hope you find this list helpful. Do you know of any other Northwest Ohio resources? Please mention them in the comments.