The Small Business Development Center, Kent State University at Stark is a fully funded, non-profit organization that is devoted to helping small businesses grow and individuals start new businesses. We do this through training programs and consultation sessions which are scheduled in advance.
Our Certified Business Advisors are available to meet with clients individually. to discuss their particular needs and issues. Our business advisors are able to counsel on a wide range of topics. One-on-One counseling is by appointment only.**
**Note: Clients who are considering starting a business must attend the Small Business Orientation seminar before scheduling an individual counseling appointment.
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) receives funding from four
1. The Small Business Administration (SBA) provides primary funding and
oversees the services we provide.
2. Another funding partner is the Ohio Development Services Agency, which
also oversees our processes and accreditation on a national level.
3. The Stark Regional Planning Commission (SRPC) provides funding that
helps the SBDC deliver services to those individuals and business owners
throughout the county who are economically disadvantaged.
4. Lastly, The Corporate University, Kent State University at Stark
hosts the SBDC. Kent State Stark provides the infrastructure for
the SBDC to operate and to access facilities and educational
programs that are of benefit to our clients.
All counselors within the SBDC are required to complete a rigorous certification program to become a Certified Business Advisor (CBA) before they can begin meeting with clients. Additionally, counselors must renew their certification on an annual basis by completing 30 hours of coursework each year.