Microbusiness owners can’t do it alone, and they don’t have to. This week, podcast host Mary McCarthy of YMT Consultants talks to Deputy Director Scot W. Hardin with the Columbus District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), about ten of the best free programs available to entrepreneurs nationwide, as well as some specific to Ohio small business owners.
“As soon as people are getting really excited about starting a business, we want to make sure the path to actually realizing that dream can be completed as painlessly as you possibly can.” ~ Scot W. Hardin
There are free programs for entrepreneurs just starting out as well as existing businesses looking to grow and level up their business.
“We do want to succeed. We put a lot of time and effort, we put our family’s future at risk. We put our financial position at risk.” ~ Mary McCarthy
In this podcast you will learn about 10 of the best free resources for microbusiness owners. A microbusiness is a small business with 20 or fewer employees.
Listen to the podcast for more details and to see if you qualify for these free programs:
- SBDC – Small Business Development Center – provides assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs, helping them realize their dream of owning a business and helping existing businesses stay competitive in a changing global marketplace.
- SCORE – acts as a resource partner of the SBA, helping entrepreneurs through mentoring, workshops, and educational resources in 300 chapters nationwide.
- Women’s Business Centers of Ohio – empowers female entrepreneurs with resources and tools to create strong sustainable businesses.
- VBOC – Veterans Business Outreach Centers – helps people transition from the military to business, as well as helping veterans and military spouses who want to start a business, buy a business, or grow their business. is a one-stop-shop for transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses looking to start, purchase, or grow a business.
- Boots to Business – this is a transition assistance program through VBOC that includes entrepreneurial education and training. It gives participants an overview of business ownership, and is open to transitioning service members (including National Guard and Reserve) and their spouses.
- SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative – a free seven-month program for existing businesses with at least $400-500,000 in sales, who want to work on their business with a paid instructor and small business owner peers who want to grow their business. For more information on the SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative in Ohio, contact Shannon Feucht at 614-469-6860 ext 244.
- MORTAR – a business accelerator in Cincinnati, Ohio that gets funding from the SBA to help under-served entrepreneurs and businesses to succeed.
- Prime – Program for Investment for Micro-entrepreneurs – helps low-income entrepreneurs who lack sufficient training and education to gain access to capital to establish and expand their small businesses
- APEG Innovation Cluster – Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth – serves Ohio’s 32 Appalachian-designated counties by creating an “ecosystem of support” for regional hubs of small businesses.
- 8(a) Business Development Program – It’s a 9-year development program for people who have a product or service they are going to sell to the federal government.
Other podcasts featuring the SBA:
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About our guest Scot W. Hardin
- Deputy District Director of the Columbus District Office, U.S. Small Business Administration
- 614-469-6860 ext. 261
About our Host Mary McCarthy
- Host, The Successful Micropreneur Podcast
- CEO, YMT Consultants
- Co-Founder of the Women’s Small Business Accelerator, Inc.
Mary McCarthy is the President of YMT Consultants, an entrepreneurial consulting and training firm in Westerville, Ohio in the Columbus area. It focuses on one-on-one work with microbusiness owners (businesses with 20 or fewer employees, including the solopreneur), assisting them to monetize and create systems for their small businesses.