SpringBoard provides entrepreneurs with the guidance, the expertise, the facilitators and the road map needed to start or grow their business. This section of the website will enable SpringBoarders and other Cincinnati entrepreneurs to explore and access links, videos and people who can assist them in their creative endeavors.
Small Business Accelerators, Incubators, and Training Resources
A business incubator for life sciences companies
The Brandery is a seed stage consumer marketing venture accelerator.
Flywheel is a social enterprise hub that serves those that are considering social enterprise, interested in designing their own social enterprise, and operating a social enterprise.
Minority Business Accelerator
The Minority Business Accelerator is focused on reducing disparity in the region’s business community by driving economic activity for African-American and Hispanic-owned companies and increasing employment in underemployed segments of the region.
Small business counseling for Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky
Classes and Workshops
Girl Develop It
Girl Develop It offers courses for women that focus on coding, leveraging existing technology, and having something to show for it (aka building sweet websites).
NKU Chase College of Law Small Business & Nonprofit Law Clinic
The Small Business & Nonprofit Law Clinic provides legal services to entrepreneurs, small businesses, and nonprofit entities in the local community.
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Small Business Financing and Funding Resources
Micro-loans for start-ups
Bad Girl Ventures
Bad Girl Ventures is a highly localized micro-lending organization focused on funding woman-owned start-ups in the Greater Ohio region
The Cincinnati Development Fund (CDF) is a non-profit lending institution established in 1988 to finance affordable housing development and community revitalization in the Greater Cincinnati Area.
FUEL provides an entry point for emerging leaders to access resources to help launch their great ideas for the Greater Cincinnati region. FUEL not only provides funding, but also connections to volunteers, community leaders, and logistical support to help their ideas become real.
Greater Cincinnati Microenterprise Initiative
GCMI provides business training, Business Coaching, Access to Capital, and supportive resources to low to moderate income individuals or business owners.
Over-The-Rhine Chamber of Commerce’s Business First Grant Program
Businesses that are selected through the Business First Grant Program’s competitive process will be awarded a matching grant up to $20,000 for tenant improvements (TI) and furniture, fixtures and equipment (FFE).
Sam Adams – Brewing the American Dream
Financing for food, beverage, and hospitality industry businesses
Small Business SpacesThe Cogswell Building
Entrepreneurs in Cincinnati blog
The Entrepreneurs in Cincinnati blog curates weekly articles published in the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Business Section as “The Entrepreneurs”
A free web publishing resource that hosts hundreds of amazing publications, including Google’s Think Quarterly.
Facts Matter is a new online gateway to information about the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region. Facts Matter provides users with specific data about how our regional community is doing in the critical areas of population, the status of children and youth, educational attainment, health, the economy, and social relations.