Connecting Businesses with Opportunities



For over 35 years, the services of the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Youngstown State University have helped businesses start and expand throughout the region. With the addition of the Export Assistance Network and APEX Accelerator, we work together to provide business strategies, export assistance, and government contracting opportunities. Through personalized consulting, we assist in providing opportunities for business growth.

Ohio Small Business Development Center

Business Solutions

The Ohio Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides business solutions for companies to increase revenues and profits, create jobs, develop new ideas, and grow business opportunities.

  • Project Viability Analysis
  • Financial Modeling
  • Cash Flow Forecasting
  • Market Research & Strategies
  • Identifying Sources of Capital
  • Loan Proposal Assistance
  • Expansion Strategy
  • INQUISIT Business Assessment
  • BOOST! Training Course
  • Profit Mastery Training Program
  • Agribusiness Assistance

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Ohio Export Assistance Network

Global Strategies

The Ohio SBDC Export Assistance Network (EAN) helps companies plan, compete, and succeed in today’s business world with Export and International Trade Consulting.

  • International Market Research
  • Compliance and Exporting Best Practices
  • Export Assistance Grants (IMAGE)
  • Products Classification (HTS)
  • Foreign Market Entry
  • Trade Missions
  • Export Training and Networking Events
  • CGBP Training and Certification
  • Classification and Licensing Process (EAR & ITAR)
  • Documentation Assistance
  • Government & Private Export Resources
  • Ohio Export Internship Program at YSU
  • Global Investment Hub

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Ohio APEX Accelerator at YSU

Government Contracting

The Ohio APEX Accelerator at YSU prepares local businesses to compete for government contracts by connecting companies with opportunities at the federal, state, and local levels.

  • Entity Registrations
  • Market Research
  • Bid Preparation Assistance
  • Bid-Matching Services
  • Capability Statement
  • One-On-One Training
  • Agency Procurement Histories
  • Training Events
  • Business Certifications
  • Pre- and Post-Award Support
  • SBIR/STTR Assistance

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Prepare Your Business for Success!

Whether you are working with the SBDC, EAN, or APEX, you can give your company an edge toward lasting success, customer loyalty, and employee retention.

Our Partners

SBDC at Youngstown State University
100 West Wood Street
Youngstown, Ohio 44503
Mailing Address
1 Tressel Way
Youngstown, Ohio 44555



The Ohio Small Business Development Center (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. All services are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for limited English proficient individuals. Reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the SBDC at (614) 466-2711 or at our website: www.sbdc.development.ohio.gov.