Centers for Outreach & Engagement

2016 Impact

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Small Business Development Center:

  • Logged more than 1,030 hours with 308 customers, 70 of which are long-term, returning clients.
  • Started 20 new businesses.
  • Worked with clients to create 73 new jobs.
  • Learn more about the SBDC here.

Startup Vikes:

  • Since the inaugural event, 13 companies have been launched.
  • In 2016, 4 new companies were formed and the event sold out.
  • Planning for the February 2017 event is now underway. Learn more about Startup Vikes here.


  • In 2016, the Centers were able to engage additional University resources and marshal efforts to hold the first TEDxClevelandStateUniversity Salon on July 20th, 2016 during the Republican National Convention.
  • The October 21st, 2016 event, Reality Shifts featured 13 speakers including Connie Schultz. View the talks here.

Global Business Center

Global Business Center

Export Assistance Network:

  • The International Trade Assistance Network became the Export Assistance Network. Learn more here.
  • Served over 100 companies
  • Logged more than 1,000 hours of consulting
  • Trained over 500 employees 
  • GlobalReach program continues to add value to Northeast Ohio businesses looking to export.


  • Served 15 companies in a cohort-style program that runs October through June.
  • Current cohort is comprised of 8 diverse organizations increasing their global footprint.
  • Learn more about GlobalTarget here.

Professional Development Center

Professional Development Center

Continuing Education:

  • Provided continuing education courses in a number of different disciplines to over 405 students. Learn more about the courses and certificate programs offered here.
  • Executed 14 custom, corporate training contracts for organizations in Northeast Ohio

Thought Leadership Initiatives:

Sustainable Business Center

Sustainable Business Center

Corporate Roundtable:

  • Corporate Roundtable (#CRTcle) held 8 events.
  • Over 305 individuals attended CRTcle events, averaging 38 attendees per event.

Center Initiatives: