Coronavirus Update

All college departments are operational. Click the Reopening the Physical Campus Slider below for more information.

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.

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

On June 5, 2020, the US Treasury and SBA announced signed into law a new bill that made changes to the PPP. Highlights of the PPP Flexibility Act are:

  • Extends loan forgiveness coverage period from 8 weeks to 24 weeks
  • Lowers required percentage of loan used for payroll from 75% to 60%
  • Extends deferment of loan payments and allows borrowers more time to submit a loan forgiveness application
  • Will require a simplified loan forgiveness application

For the complete announcement, click here.

Please feel free to contact your SBDC advisor at Rhodes State College if you have any questions.

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.

Please find the most recent update to the CARES Act below.

Here’s the most informative document we have on the new, revamped 7(a) loan program, known as the Payment Protection Program.

The SBA is expected to begin accepting applications for both the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and the Paycheck Protection Program on Monday, April 27 , 2020.

COVID-19 SBA Financing

Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES act

This will initially be rolling out through existing 7(a) lenders. Attached are lists of all Ohio-based 7(a) lenders.

List of 7(a) Lenders

Please stay safe, stay healthy, and stay calm. We are in this TOGETHER; TOGETHER WE CAN!

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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.