Working together, these organizations are dedicated to finding and filling gaps in the service continuum and connecting their clients to the resources they need, wherever those resources are found.

ASSETS Toledo | 419-251-9870 | [email protected]

ASSETS Toledo is a non-profit organization formed in 1999, whose goal is to assist individuals in Northwest Ohio who have a personal vision for self-employment. This is provided through a 13 week, 50 hour course offered three times a year on Tuesday and Thursday from 7pm to 9pm. The classes are taught by volunteer business professionals and culminate in the creation of a complete business plan. The course teaches the basics of starting and running a small business. Graduates of our program are eligible for our other services.

CIFT (Center for Innovative Food Technology) | 419-535-6000 x106 | [email protected]

Since 1995, CIFT has provided technical services to help ensure the safety and stability of food products entering the marketplace in food processing, agribusiness, and agricultural industries. In addition to entrepreneurial and existing small business support, CIFT manages the Northwest Ohio Cooperative Kitchen (the NOCK) to support the growth of food entrepreneurs in the region.

ECDI[email protected]

In partnership with the Toledo Port Authority, ECDI will be providing Greater Toledo area entrepreneurs with small business loans up to $500,000, business and financial coaching, and access to training programs. For more information on how ECDI can help you start or grow your business, please contact April Welch at [email protected].

Northwest Ohio Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce | 419-877-2747 | [email protected]

The Northwest Ohio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s purpose is to enhance, educate, nurture and network Hispanic business while preserving Latino culture.

LISC | 419-419-0828 | [email protected]

With residents and partners, LISC forges resilient and inclusive communities of opportunity across America – great places to live, work, visit, do business and raise families. LISC Toledo’s economic development initiatives boost the health of neighborhoods by investing in the physical and social assets of a community’s business districts.


The MBDC, a minority business incubation center, launched in 2009 at The University of Toledo to foster an environment that offer’s assistance for minority-owned, early-stage firms. The primary objective is to identify these emerging early-stage businesses and cultivate their growth, sustainability and economic development in the Toledo Community by providing office space, training, important entrepreneurial and technical services and mentoring and a network of professional advisors.

SBDC | 567-420-1229 | [email protected]

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers assistance to entrepreneurs in all stages of the business lifecycle, whether they are beginning their business endeavor or are looking to grow their existing operation. The SBDC provides no-cost confidential counseling centered around financial education, cash flow analysis, business plans, market research, marketing and business management.

Toledo African American Chamber of Commerce | 419-407-6697 | [email protected]

The Toledo African American Chamber of Commerce is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan origination of Northwest Ohio’s Businesses, and Corporate Partners formed to accelerate economic development and entrepreneurship.

Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority | 419-243-8251 | [email protected]

The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority has been in existence since 1955. As the first port authority established in the state of Ohio, it has been connected to the local community for 65 years and counting. When most people think of the Port Authority, the words “airport” and “seaport” come to mind; however, the organization has evolved over time and has become one of the region’s leaders in economic development. The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority is “More Than A Port.”

Toledo Lucas County Public Library | 419-259-5244 | [email protected]

The Toledo Lucas County Public Library strives to provide outstanding reference assistance and referral and, as part of the Toledo Business Growth Collaborative (BGC), to specifically provide business assistance. The primary ways we deliver this assistance include: providing one-on-one and group research assistance and training programs to the public (including to the BGC clients and its members); referring the public to expert assistance in the collaborative and throughout the community; and through providing access to high-quality print, electronic, and human resources.

Toledo Regional Chamber Of Commerce | 567-420-1238 | [email protected]

The Minority Business Assistance Center (MBAC) at the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce supports the growth and sustainability of small, minority, and disadvantaged businesses in the Toledo Region by providing them with technical and professional assistance, access to capital and bonding, and connection to business opportunities.

Women of Toledo | 567-970-7172 | [email protected]

Women of Toledo effectively offers programs and services that help tackle issues critical to women’s economic advancement and interrupt various biases in the workplace, marketplace, community, and family. We are teaching diverse groups of women to lean in with our organization for support.  We show them how to connect with other women and build new skills and resources while creating mentorship and peer networking circles to share ideas, offer support, or seek advice.