(SBDC) provide business counseling and assistance to individuals who are either starting or growing their business. Each center is staffed with highly-trained, Certified Business Advisors to help small businesses and entrepreneurs with development and growth to increase sales and create jobs in their local communities.
The Minority Business Assistance Centers (MBACs) provide MBE and EDGE entrepreneurs with management, technical, financial and contract procurement assistance in addition to loan and bond packaging services. The services are available without cost to businesses located throughout Ohio. The centers provide important services including technical assistance, professional consulting, access to capital and assistance obtaining contract opportunities. A primary objective of the program is to identify emerging businesses and cultivate their growth and sustainability.
UBIZ Connect, a new revenue and jobs accelerator funded by a generous grant from Chase will provide small businesses room to grow and technical assistance to speed their development. The member-based group will invite up to 12 high-potential existing businesses to set up shop in the Urban League’s downtown Cleveland headquarters and receive specialized support to help them grow revenue and create jobs.
UBIZ Connect will encourage participating businesses to become collaborative partners, sharing ideas and resources. The exchange will help entrepreneurs expand their industry knowledge, build new business relationships, network and gain new client prospects.
Capital Access Fund of Greater Cleveland (CAF) is an $8 million programmatic initiative that seeks to provide African American and other minority business owners in Greater Cleveland with access to capital and pre- and post-loan counseling to ensure the success of those borrowers. CAF is born out of a unique collaboration of local and national institutions that are leaders in each of their fields, coming together to provide a viable, local solution to the national challenge of lack of access to capital for African American and other minority businesses.
For more information and loan eligibility call 216.812.3162 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.