Help for Small Businesses

The Federal Government has many initiatives to help small businesses with technical and financial assistance. Some helpful websites:

The U.S. Small Business Administration
The IRS's One Stop Small Business Resource

Federal Procurement

Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) help small and disadvantaged businesses sell goods and services to local, state and federal governments. In addition to services like marketing, one-on-one training and help with information resources, PTACs offer: bid-matching services, product and procurement histories, military specifications, and trade events where firms can meet government buyers. These services are provided at no cost to businesses.

Local Procurement Technical Assistance Centers

Toledo PTAC Center
Rob Puppos
Director Toledo PTAC Center University of Toledo Research & Development Bldg
Room 1020F
Toledo, Ohio
Phone (419) 530-3809
Web Page:

Lucas, Ottawa, Erie Counties
Richard G. Archer, Jr., Director
Bowling Green/Toledo PTA Center
Bowling Green State University
Jerome Library, Room 140B
Bowling Green, OH 43403
Phone (419) 372-9257
Fax (419) 372-0101
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Lorain County
Community Improvement Corporation of Lake County
391 W. Washington St.
Painesville, OH 44077
Phone (440) 357-2290 #30
FAX (440) 357-2296
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Local Small Business Development Centers

Small Business Development Centers were established by Congress to help those who wish to start up businesses of their own. They are excellent resources for critiquing business plans, explaining taxes, insurance, licensing and networking.

Lucas County
Small Business Development Center
Toledo Chamber of Commerce
300 Madison Ave Ste 200
Toledo, OH 43604-1575

Ottawa/Erie Counties
Ohio Small Business Development Center
Terra Community College
2830 Napoleon Rd
Fremont, OH 43420-9670
419-334-8400 x210
800-826-2431 x210

Lorain County
Small Business Development Center
Lorain County Chamber of Commerce
6100 S Broadway Ste 201
Lorain, OH 44053
440-233-6500 x224

Cuyahoga County
Small Business Association
The Federal Building
1240 E. Ninth St
Cleveland, OH 44199