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Small Business Resources

Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation   


Contact: Julie Messing

This center, housed in the College of Business Administration and Graduate School of Management, creates an active learning environment for both students and emerging entrepreneurs. Through coursework, an entrepreneurship major and experiential learning opportunities, students from all areas of study at Kent State are prepared for careers in entrepreneurial ventures and as future entrepreneurs.

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation also enables successful entrepreneurs to share their experiences, processes and successes, and to serve as a hub for a variety of educational and research initiatives involving students, faculty and the entrepreneurial community.

Under the guidance of faculty and Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, students will assist in providing contracted services such as market research, data acquisition and business planning to start-up companies, family businesses and others.

Kent Regional Business Alliance/Ohio Small Business Development Center – Northeast Ohio      

Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit and Wayne counties


Contact: Garvin Carrington-Matthews

211 E. Summit St.
Kent, OH 44240

Facilitates small business, high technology growth and expansion throughout Northeast Ohio by providing consulting and training programs for new and existing businesses in areas such as accounting, bookkeeping, business plan development, strategic planning, training and technology exchange.

Ohio Small Business Development Centers

Stark County              


Contact: Victor C. Pavona

Tuscarawas County          


Contact: Steve Schillig

Provides counseling and training services to lead, teach and serve Ohio small businesses.

The Ohio Manufacturing and Technology Small Business Development Center at Kent State University     

330-672-0793 or 330-672-7943

Contact: Tom Southards

Provides business consultation to small manufacturers and technology-based businesses throughout Northeast Ohio, specializing in lean business practice, small business innovation research, alternative financing, technology transfer, organizational development, sales and marketing.  Through the College of Technology, the Center provides access to computer-aided design, rapid prototyping, process improvement, and polymer product improvement on a fee-for-service basis.  The Center operates in concert with small business development centers (SBDCs) and international trade assistance centers (ITACs) to serve eighteen Northeast Ohio counties (Ashtabula, Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Guernsey, Harrison, Jefferson, Lake, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, and Wayne).
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