Starting Your Business

We know that for many of you starting a business seems daunting, the idea and will are there, but the ability to get it going feels impossible. Thankfully there are a bevy of resources to help you get the ball rolling.

Consider these 10 steps from the U.S. Department of Small Business Administration in getting your plan started. From small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs to existing business owners who are looking for an edge, area SBDC’s (Small Business Development Center’s) offer free face-to-face business consulting and at-cost┬átraining on topics including business planning, accessing capital,┬ámarketing, regulatory compliance, technology development, international┬átrade and much more.

The Port Authority is happy to provide additional small business resources via the Ohio University Small Business Development Center, Building Bridges 2 Careers, and the Ohio Development Services Agency.

If you are in the process of starting your own business, have general questions, or would like to know more about what services the Port Authority can provide please send us an email to