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
The Brandery is a seed stage consumer marketing venture accelerator.

City of Cincinnati

Fifth Third Bank Entrepreneurship Institute

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.

Greater Cincinnati Venture Association

Metro Innovation

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. 

Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

Small business counseling for Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky

UC Small Business Institute


Urban League of Greater Cincinnati

Xavier X-Lab

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).

The Cincinnati Public Library | Small Business Workshops

The Bird Haus

Legal Resources

UC Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic

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.

Marketing Resources

Article :: “How to Define Your Target Market” | Inc.

Article :: “How to Write a Marketing Plan” | Inc.

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

Cincinnati Development Fund

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 Cincinnati
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

Article :: Comparison of Crowdfunding Websites |

Small Business Spaces

The Cogswell Building

Accounting Resources

Ohio Sales Tax Resources for Online Sellers

Other Resources

Entrepreneurs in Cincinnati blog
The Entrepreneurs in Cincinnati blog curates weekly articles published in the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Business Section as “The Entrepreneurs”

The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau

Heart, Smarts, Guts, and Luck (HSGL)
A free web publishing resource that hosts hundreds of amazing publications, including Google’s Think Quarterly.

2010 Cincinnati Census | Statistical Neighborhood Approximations

Facts Matter
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.

GOOD | The Small Business Collaborative