Build a Business: Small Business Development Center

Cleveland Heights LibraryOur Mission:

To accelerate Ohio's economy by helping people start, sustain and grow their businesses.

The Small Business Development Center within the Monte Ahuja College of Business at Cleveland State University provides low to no-cost, confidential, in-depth, one-on-one counseling for businesses that will or currently employee under 500 employees. In addition to individual counseling, we offer training, e-counseling, quality-based assessments, technical assistance, loan packaging guidance and information about federal, state and local regulations and programs.

Our services include, but are not limited to:

Access to Capital Financing Problem Solving · Business Plans
Loan Package Development Marketing Strategies
Financial Wellness Checks Financial and Cost Analysis
Sale/Purchase of Businesses Business Valuation
Local/Regional/National Associations, Trade Shows, and Demographic data
Publications Industry Financial Standards
New Market Channels Industry Trends
Market Penetration Studies  

All services are free and confidential.

For more information or to make an appointment with a business adviser, contact Katie Van Dyke, Director at: 216-687-6902 or

You can also visit our SBDC web site at:

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 Department of Development.