sbdcimageOur mission at the Ohio Small Business Development Centers is to accelerate Ohio’s economy by helping people start, sustain, and grow their businesses. We provide high-impact, front-line programs designed specifically for your business. SBDC’s also provide confidential business advising with one of our certified and trained business counselors. These counselors can help with anything from creating a business plan to management training. The Ohio SBDC Network also includes specialty programs through the Export Assistance Centers, Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC), Minority Business Assistance Centers (MBAC), and the Latino SBDC. Each center is staffed with experienced counselors that understand the local small business community.

The Ohio SBDC is a statewide system that works with every type of entrepreneur in any industry. Through access to a variety of services, resources, and local organizations, your local SBDC meets the needs of the experienced and prospective business owners alike.  The SBDC can work with individuals considering starting a business, and can also work with existing business owners who have 500 employees or less.

Confidential One-on-One Advising

The Ohio SBDC Certified Business Advisor utilizes a coaching process to assess the business and work with the entrepreneur to identify needs, find options, and pinpoint resolutions. Our advisors can also assist with acquisition of capital by leaders, investors, or other funds.

Training and Education Programs

The SBDC offers low or no cost courses, seminars, and workshops to provide the latest information on a range of business related topics. These programs are designed to educate business owners and employees alike. From marketing to management, the Ohio SBDC is here to help your small business succeed.

Program Overview as a whole

The SBDC program is a vital resource to Ohio small businesses. SBDC’s engage in outreach activities designed to link programs and services to reach into entrepreneurial communities and work with a variety of economic development players. SBDC’s also work to maximize available financial resources. We have a determination to provide support and assistance to each entrepreneur to ensure they have the best opportunities available to them. Each entrepreneur is important to us, no matter how big or small.


The Small Business Development Center is located in the College of Business and Economics building on Ashland University’s campus, in Ashland, Ohio.  Appointments are available by appointment.  Please contact SBDC business advisor; Michalina Lacy at: 419-207-6910 or by emailing her at: mlacy@sbdc6.com, to set up your appointment.  The SBDC at AU covers the following counties: Ashland, Crawford, Huron, Knox, Marion, Morrow, Richland, and Wyandotte.