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Entrepreneurial Resources

Baldwin-Wallace College Business Plan Clinic - The Baldwin-Wallace Business Clinic is a community outreach program for small business owners and new business entrepreneurs. Their goal is to coach clients through the development of their business plan, they also offer other services for clients, which include an in depth review of their existing business plan or a feasibility study for a start-up business idea.

Business Plan Archive - In partnership with the Library of Congress, the Center for History and New Media, and the University of Maryland Libraries, the Archive collects and preserves business plans and related planning documents from the Birth of the Dot Com Era so that future generations will be able to learn from this episode in the history of technology and entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurs for Sustainability - E4S is a diverse network of over 4,000 leaders who are putting the principles of sustainability into action. Their core principles include Connect, which includes E4S Third Tuesday Network Events to bring together communities; Learn, which provides valuable entrepreneurial resources; and Do, which implements services around the region.

IdeaCrossing - IdeaCrossing is a free online community portal designed to help entrepreneurs find both the intellectual assistance and funding they need to launch and grow new business ventures. IdeaCrossing also serves the Angel and Venture Capital community by identifying and screening new investment opportunities. The site also provides greater visibility to the valuable assets located throughout any region, including universities, economic development organizations, service providers, and chambers of commerce.

John Carroll University Entrepreneurs Association - The Entrepreneurs Association is comprised of over 200 private companies. Its members are seeking to grow their businesses and act as a force for positive change in the Cleveland area. Several resources are available to the Entrepreneurs Association members, such as mentoring opportunities, career services, and numerous partner organizations.

National Association of Women Business Owners - NAWBO works to strengthen the wealth-creating capacity of its members and promote economic development, create innovative and effective changes in the business culture, build strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations, and transform public policy and influence opinion makers. They offer many resources including educational activities, business referrals and leadership training.

NEO411.BIZ - A source of information for entrepreneurs starting or growing their business in Northeast Ohio., a service of Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE), assists in locating and accessing the most beneficial resources in terms of management, funding, and other specialized areas such as intellectual property and I.T. workforce information. NAWBO offers many resources for women business owners in Northeast Ohio through the Cleveland chapter as well as through the national NAWBO connection. Through the alliances with other business organizations, women's organizations, national and local corporate partners and, most importantly, the NAWBO members throughout the country, members can take advantage of educational activities, business referrals, leadership training, and many other opportunities.

NEOinc - The Northeast Ohio Incubator Collaborative (NEOinc) provides coordinated services to entrepreneurs desiring to start or grow technology-oriented businesses in the 21 counties of Northeast Ohio. Formed by the Edison funded incubators in Northeast Ohio (Akron Global Business Accelerator, Braintree, GLIDE, MAGNET, and the Youngstown Business Incubator), NEOinc is an entry point into the entrepreneurial support network that exists across Northeast Ohio.

NEOSA - NEOSA membership-based organization that promotes the advancement of the Technology Community and I.T. Industry of Northeast Ohio. The organization is intended to provide a forum for sharing business and technical experience among industry professionals, promote attractiveness of the Northeast Ohio area, and support its members in marketing their products and services worldwide.

SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business - With its 10,500 volunteer counselors, SCORE offers free and confidential small business advice for entrepreneurs. Together, their volunteers have more than 600 business skills and are working or retired business owners, executives, and corporate leaders who are interested in sharing their wisdom and lessons learned in the business.

TechLift - TechLift, a NorTech initiative, is dedicated to enhancing Northeast Ohio's technology entrepreneurial companies by providing unique services, entrepreneurial mentorship and access to resources. TechLift was created through Northeast Ohio's successful proposal to Ohio's Third Frontier Program Entrepreneurial Signature Program and is focused on Northeast Ohio's Technology Signature: Advanced Materials, BioScience, Information Technology, Electronics, and Advanced Energy. - YEA offers a comprehensive, interactive program that immerses students in many facets of the business world. The program engages its participants by having them form companies, design and fabricate new products, develop a sales and marketing campaign, maintain a company financial record, and participate in a new product business trade show.


Akron Global Business Accelerator - The Akron Global Business Accelerator (AGBA) offers upscale office, lab and manufacturing space with state of the art conferencing facilities and IT services. The Accelerator offers support and counseling services including: cash flow management, financing, marketing and sales, business plan development and much more. Attention is given to assisting new companies commercializing advanced materials, electronics and instrumentation, and information technologies.

BioEnterprise - BioEnterprise is a business formation, recruitment, and acceleration initiative designed to grow health care companies and commercialize bioscience technologies. They offer a full range of services to support the development and growth of healthcare businesses, such as management support, clinical collaborations, investment capital and other start-up funding, business development, and a network of regional resources.

Braintree Center for Business Innovation - Braintree is a non-profit business incubator that assists business start-ups and emerging companies in North Central Ohio. They offer counseling, customer referral, access to capital, and training opportunities. Tenants are offered a series of services including a support system of successful entrepreneurs, flexible space, links to accounting, financial and legal professionals, one-on-one business consulting, and networking opportunities with other small businesses. Braintree is part of the Northeast Ohio Incubator Collaborative (NEOinc).

Great Lakes Innovation and Development Enterprise - GLIDE is a comprehensive regional innovation center, resource hub, and business incubator that assists entrepreneurs in growing their business at all stages. Their services include business and idea assessments, technology and staffing support, access to legal counsel, educational resources, business management mentoring, access to capital, and strategic business guidance. GLIDE is part of the Northeast Ohio Incubator Collaborative (NEOinc).

MAGNET - The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network acts as the voice for and to the region's manufacturers, as well as the "one stop shop" for public and private resources needed by those companies in order to compete around the world. MAGNET's consulting services consist of industry experts who assist manufacturers of all sizes and segments to become more productive, profitable, and innovative every day. MAGNET is part of the Northeast Ohio Incubator Collaborative (NEOinc).

Sherwin-Williams CRADLE - The Creative Research And Development Laboratory Environment Technology Incubator Laboratories offers 12,000 square feet of state-of-the-art chemistry laboratory, office, and meeting space in Valley View, Ohio. The facility is set up for eight to 12 small technology companies and features 24-hour access to a secured building, furnished private offices, on-site parking, and high-speed Internet access.

Youngstown Business Incubator - The Youngstown Business Incubator is a non-profit corporation that accelerates the start-up and growth rates of scalable technology-based businesses in the greater Mahoning Valley. The YBI's current focus is on developing business to business software application companies, although they will work with firms possessing a broad range of proprietary technologies. YBI is part of the Northeast Ohio Incubator Collaborative (NEOinc).

Angel Funds

BlueTree Allied Angels - Allied Angels is a regional group of accredited investors who invest in regional early-stage companies. The group offers several entrepreneur benefits, including a large capital source, a broad pool of knowledge and contacts, an efficient process and structure, and additional capital connections.

Ohio TechAngels Fund - The Ohio TechAngels Fund is a contributed capital and "sidecar" angel fund with over 100 members and partners from throughout Ohio. The Fund is interested in engaging qualified entrepreneurs who are developing promising, high-growth Ohio businesses, predominantly in the life sciences, information technology, and physical sciences market sectors.

North Coast Angel Fund - The North Coast Angel Fund is a contributed capital and "sidecar" pre-seed investment fund with a focus on early-stage technology investments. Targeted industries include biosciences, advanced materials, electronics and controls, information technology, and energy and power/propulsion. NCAF is interested in investments where there is an opportunity and a willingness to leverage the members' significant experience and expertise.

ARCHAngels - The Akron Regional Change Angel Network is a regional forum that has introduced investors to market-driven, technology-based investment opportunities within Northeast Ohio. The network invests in promising technology companies that can leverage the region's strengths in health care, information technologies, polymers and other advanced materials.