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Small Business Development Center

Small Business Development Center

We are excited to reopen campus, but we want to do it safely. Click here to access important dates, new procedures, and resources as we define the “new normal” for students, staff and faculty at Rhodes State. All offices at the College will continue to operate remotely but adhering to regular business hours, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. Evening appointments available upon request.

Small Business Relief Grant

The Ohio Small Business Development Centers provides free, professional, in-depth and confidential business consulting and training to new and existing entrepreneurs.

COVID-19 Alert: Business Assistance

As a valued client of the SBDC at Rhodes State College and an important business in Ohio, your continuation is very important to us.

Our offices are currently closed to on-site clients, but we continue to work remotely through e-mail, online meeting platforms, text and telephone. Please feel free to contact your dedicated advisor with any questions or concerns we can assist you with.

We will do our best to help you with your issues as they arise due to COVID 19. We will try to keep you apprised of information as quickly as it become available to us.

$125 Million Grant Program Will Help Ohio Small Businesses

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted today announced a $125 million grant program to help small businesses that have been harmed by the effects of COVID-19.

The grants will provide $10,000 to small businesses in Ohio with no more than 25 employees. The program will be administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency.

Eligible businesses that are approved to receive grants can use the money for a variety of expenses, including mortgage or rent payments; utility payments; salaries, wages, or compensation for employees and contractors; business supplies or equipment; and other costs.

To ensure the grants are spread throughout the state, $500,000 will be set aside for businesses in each of Ohio’s 88 counties. As businesses in each county are approved for funding, the $10,000 grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. When a county’s allocation is depleted, businesses in that county will be eligible to receive grants from the remaining funds in the overall grant program. If businesses in a county do not deplete the county’s allocation within 21 days after the application period opens, the remaining funds will become available to businesses statewide.

“Small businesses and their employees are an important part of the fabric of life in Ohio, and these funds will help sustain them now so they are with us for years to come,” said Lydia Mihalik, Director of the Development Services Agency.

The application opens November 2 at Funding for the program is contingent on approval by the Ohio Controlling Board.

Restaurants and Bars Can Apply for Assistance Program

The state of Ohio has created a $37.5 million fund to help bars and restaurants that have been hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund will provide $2,500 grants to eligible liquor permit holders in Ohio.

The application for the Bar and Restaurant Assistance Fund will be available at starting November 2. Businesses applying for funding will be required to establish a registration ID with the state of Ohio. To create a new OH|ID, which provides users with secure access to State of Ohio services and programs, click here.

Permit holders may apply for the liquor assistance funding as well as the Small Business Relief Grant. Funding for the program is contingent on approval by the Ohio Controlling Board.

For more information

Visit Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov/BusinessHelp or email BusinessHelp@Development.Ohio.Gov.


The District Ohio 3 Small Business Development Center is located in Keese Hall on the campus of Rhodes State College.

Ohio Small Business Development Center
Rhodes State College
4240 Campus Drive - Keese Hall
Lima, Ohio 45804
(419) 995-8184 
(419) 995-8096 FAX


The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Rhodes State College is affiliated with the United States Small Business Administration (SBA), the Ohio Development Services Agency, and the Rhodes State College Workforce Development and Innovation/Continuing Education.

Small Business Association  


The Small Business Development Center of Ohio (SBDC) program is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBDC program is also funded in part by the Ohio Development Services Agency. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Kathleen Krier, 4240 Campus Drive, Lima, Ohio 45804, (419) 995-8464.