SBA Columbus District March Updates

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Columbus District Office  -  March 2018

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Women's History Month

Nationwide, women own an estimated 11.6 million businesses employing nearly 9 million people and generating nearly $1.7 trillion in revenues. More than 300,000 women small business owners live in Ohio, providing local jobs and economic stability through their small businesses. 

The SBA helps women entrepreneurs launch new businesses and compete in the marketplace. Connect with training and funding opportunities specifically for women at:

In Ohio, women interested in starting a small business can access the Women's Business Centers of Ohio. With offices in Cleveland and Columbus, the WBC provides business coaching, mentoring, one-on-one counseling, workshop programs, networking opportunities and more!

SBA Serves Small Business Resources to Caterer

Angela Petro

Angela Petro’s self-described weaknesses of non-conformity and questioning the status quo became her biggest strengths when she began the path to small business ownership. After working for a hospitality business for a short time, she and a friend struck out into the catering industry, with their small business, Two Caterers. 

That small business fulfilled Angela’s desire to become her own boss and, with the help of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 504 and 7(a) loan programs, she has been in the catering business for 20 years, and branched out into opening her own local restaurant chain, Sweet Carrot. 

Petro recently opened a restaurant in the Polaris shopping area of Columbus. Her previous experience with accessing SBA’s resources has made the process for obtaining this new location better... Read More of Angela's Story

In Other News

Emerging Leaders Cincinnati

Cincinnati Small Business Owners,  ACCELERATE Your Business Growth With SBA's Emerging Leaders Program! 

Register for more information:

March 6 Information Session 

March 7 Information Session


Eligibility and Requirements

Developed by SBA and drawing on the experiences of advisors and business leaders in urban communities across the country, this comprehensive curriculum provides the tools to catapult your company to the next level and help it emerge as a force in your community.

Do I qualify to participate?

This training is for established business owners and is not for start-ups or people who are thinking about starting a business. The Emerging Leaders Initiative advanced training series is open to small business owners and executives that:

  • Have annual revenues of at least $400,000
  • Have been in business for at least 3 years
  • Have at least one employee, other than self

What are the key program highlights? 

  • Customized training for “C” (CEO, COO, etc.) level executives with demonstrated business sustainability of at least 3 years in business and annual revenue of at least $400K 
  • Participant recruitment begins in February through SBA’s local district offices and classes typically begin in April
  • A three-year strategic growth action plan with benchmarks and performance targets to help the participant emerge as self-sustaining businesses that creates jobs and build communities
  • Includes 100 + hours of professional specialized training and peer-to-peer counseling delivered over the course of seven months
  • Specialized areas of training include:
  • Growth Strategies Plans
  • Financing and Access to Capital
  • Government Contracting
  • CEO Mentoring

Upcoming Events

March 6 Emerging Leaders Info Session

9:00 a.m., Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, 201 Dayton St., Hamilton

March 7 Emerging Leaders Info Session

9:00 a.m., HCDC, 1776 Mentor Ave., Norwood

March 7 Contractor Performance - From the Government's Perspective

1:00 p.m., Webinar

March 8 Doing Business with Government 101

10:30 a.m., Webinar

March 13 Doing Business with Counties

10:30 a.m., Webinar                                                                                       

March 14 Developing an Effective Capability Statement

10:30 a.m., HCDC, 1776 Mentor Ave., Norwood

March 15 Small Business Development

9:00 a.m., Montgomery County Business Solutions, 1435 Cincinnati St., Dayton

March 15 Doing Business with Ohio Cities

10:30 a.m., Webinar

March 20 Disaster Preparation Workshop

10:00 a.m., SBA Columbus Office, 401 N. Front St., Suite 200, Columbus

March 20 Doing Business with State of Ohio

10:30 a.m., Webinar

March 21 SBA Programs & Services

11:00 a.m., Webinar

March 21 Making the Most of the Matchmaker

10:30 a.m., Webinar

March 22 Small Business Development

9:00 a.m., Cultivate, 3989 Broadway, Grove City

March 22 Disaster Preparation Webinar

10:00 a.m., Webinar

March 22 Doing Business with National Guard

10:30 a.m., Webinar

March 23 Small Business Workshop Featuring Rep. Warren Davidson

8:30 a.m., The Crystal Room, 845 W. Market St., Troy

March 27 Doing Business with Ohio Health

10:30 a.m., Webinar

March 29 Developing an Effective Capability Statement

10:30 a.m., Webinar