The Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy: The Voice of Small Business in the Federal Government
From the Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy
Small businesses are the engine of the economy. In Toledo there are nearly 11,000 small businesses employing 44 percent employees. Small business accounts for 77 percent of all businesses by number and generates more than $4.7 billion in payroll. Seventy-six (76) percent of small businesses in Toledo have fewer than 20 employees.
By Sabrina D'Onofrio, Export Assistance Network Director
The International Market Access Grant for Exporters is coming to a close this Friday, Feb. 28 at 3 p.m. The IMAGE Grant is a program funded through the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP). STEP is funded through the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of International Trade. The SBA provides guidance on the IMAGE grant that offers financial assistance for small businesses to promote their products and services in international markets. The IMAGE grant will provide 50 percent reimbursement up to $10,000 per fiscal year for qualifying activities.
On Feb. 6, the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Toledo Small Business Development Center held the first-ever Drivers Ed class. The series was designed specifically for young professionals entering C-suite and ownership-level positions in their businesses, and focuses on teaching them to not just sustain the business model of previous generations, but to grow. The series continues on March 5 at 8 a.m. with Accounting for Fuel Efficiency at the University of Toledo's Nitschke Technology Commercialization Complex.
On Feb. 6 at 8 a.m. at the Toledo Club, the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce, alongside the Toledo Small Business Development Center, will hold its first-ever Drivers Ed class. The class, part of a 10-course series, will challenge attendees to step into a new future in both their C-suite and ownership positions, as well as in their companies as a whole. Each class is built with one concept in mind: growth.
On Jan. 24, the graduating class of Export Success 2020 began its journey to create export plans, learn how to become masters in exporting abroad and/or fine tune their existing export process. The 10-session course, hosted by the Export Assistance Network at the Small Business Development Center at the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Regional Growth Partnership, is characterized by dedicated student companies and seasoned mentors. Meet some of our mentors and learn how they can assist you in growing your business through exporting overseas:
On Jan. 9, the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Regional Growth Partnership (RGP), along with key northwest Ohio-based exporters and future exporters, met at Manhattan's Pub 'n Cheer to discuss the impact exporting abroad can have on local business, what exporting means to the global economy, and how business owners not currently exporting can take advantage of local resources and begin to export abroad.
For companies exporting or are looking to export, the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce can connect you with the resources you need to succeed. Keep reading to find out what tools are available to you right here in northwest Ohio.
This Saturday, Nov. 30, you might still be feeling full from too much turkey or pie, and you might be feeling exhausted by the bombardment of international retailers as they tempt you into buying something you may or may not need. However, with American Express' Shop Small Saturday, you can feel good about purchasing from local small businesses.
By Amanda DePerro
On Nov. 14, 2019, the Small Business Development Centers of Ohio celebrated its Ohio 2019 Recognition Award Program, where the Ohio Small Business Development Center at the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce took home three awards for the phenomenal work it does for small businesses throughout the Toledo Region.
By Amanda DePerro
On Sept. 30, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) marked the end of its fiscal year. Throughout the year, the SBDC upheld its mission to support entrepreneurs of all backgrounds and scales, whether the entrepreneur was in his or her first steps of planning a business or whether the small business had been an established part of the northwest Ohio community for decades.