Small Business Resources
The following list includes many resources for small business owners and entrepreneurs. Be sure to review them - many of these organizations offer grants, loans, and business education.
Shop Shaker is a marketing initiative to encourage businesses and residents to spend their dollars locally. Contact the Economic Development Department at 216-491-1335 with questions and to get your Shop Shaker window cling to prominently display on your storefront window.
Shaker Heights Development Corporation (SHDC)
The Shaker Heights Development Corporation is a community improvement 501(c)( 3) nonprofit corporation created to help the City realize its strong vision for the future.
Heights-Hillcrest Regional Chamber of Commerce
The City of Shaker Heights has been an active member of the Heights Hillcrest Regional Chamber of Commerce (HRCC) since 1949. Membership benefits include networking events, professional development, health insurance, business referrals, energy savings and discounted office supplies.
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Small Business Administration
Small Business Development Center
The Ohio Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) Network is the premier technical assistance program for Ohio's small businesses. Please visit one of our local Ohio SBDCs:
- Cleveland State University SBDC Knowledge and Innovation Center at the Cleveland Heights Public Library at 2340 Lee Rd., 216-321-1633
- Urban League located Downtown/Mid-town: 2930 Prospect Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115, 216-622-0999
- Hispanic Business Center located on the West Side at 2511 Clark Ave., Cleveland, OH 44109, 216-281-4422; you do not need to be Hispanic to utilize HBA services
The Economic Community Development Institute
The Economic Community Development Institute (ECDI) supports loans for new and established businesses, including SBA loans. Many of their other services can help develop a new business into a loan-ready client. ECDI’s loans range from $500 to $350,000 and show a large variety in their clients and the uses for the loans. Equipment-based loans are currently very popular, but others use the funds for entrepreneurial ventures and other operating costs. ECDI provides the tools, technical assistance and support for businesses to succeed.
Hebrew Free Loan Association
The Hebrew Free Loan Association makes interest free loans to Northeast Ohioans.
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at Cuyahoga Community College is a practical business management education program that helps you develop the skills you need to grow your company. If you are selected to participate, you also will receive a series of one-on-one business advising sessions from dedicated professionals to help develop a tailored plan for growth.
Cleveland Culinary Launch & Kitchen
Cleveland Culinary Launch & Kitchen is a shared kitchen and food business incubator in Cleveland, Ohio.
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