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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 free mobile-enabled website that lists all Shaker businesses (even home-based) so that businesses and residents can focus their spending 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.

Heights-Hillcrest Regional Chamber of Commerce
The City of Shaker Heights is a member of the Heights Hillcrest Regional Chamber of Commerce (HRCC). Membership benefits include networking events, professional development, health insurance, business referrals, energy savings and discounted office supplies.

Shaker Life  
Advertise your business in Shaker Life magazine, which is published quarerly and distributed free to Shaker's 40,000 residents.

The Dealership
The Dealership, a former car dealership where deals are done, networks are created and collaborations are forged, is a shared office entrepreneurial hub at 3558 Lee Rd. The Shaker Heights Development Corporation operates the space where individuals and small businesses can rent an office, join the co-work space and come to the many events and programs that will be held there. Amenities include high-speed fiber internet, conference/meeting rooms, kitchen facilities and free bike and car parking. The Dealership is easily accessible by bike, public transit and car. For more information, contact the Shaker Heights Development Corporation at 216-491-1425 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Bad Girl Ventures
The Bad Girl Ventures 9-week education program helps women starting or running a business get the tools and knowledge they need to succeed. Plus, the top 10 finalists from each class compete for a chance to at a $25,000 loan.

The Economic Community Development Institute
The Economic Community Development Institute is partnering with the City of Shaker Heights to extend our Ignition micro finance fund to fund small business working capital and marketing needs.

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.

Small Business Administration
Since its founding on July 30, 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions, and other forms of assistance to small business. A new loan program created in partnership with Cuyahoga County and the Small Business Administration (SBA) is now available to Shaker Heights businesses that qualify for an SBA loan. For help determining the best incentive program for your business needs, contact the Economic Development Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 216-491-1335.

Small Business Development Center
The Ohio Small Business Development Centers Network is the premier technical assistance program for Ohio's small businesses. Please visit our local Ohio SBDC Center located in the Knowledge and Innovation Center at the Cleveland Heights Public Library at 2340 Lee Road.

Hispanic Business Center
The Hispanic Business Center is committed to providing professional and qualified consulting and group training services aimed at equipping business owners with the education they need to take informed business risks and make management decisions.

Shaker Business Women Roundtable
Shaker Business Women Roundtable is a group of female business owners in and around Shaker Heights. The group provides members with the opportunity to network, exchange experiences and discuss challenges of their business with other female business owners.

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.

Cleveland Culinary Launch & Kitchen
Cleveland Culinary Launch & Kitchen is a shared kitchen and food business incubator in Cleveland, Ohio. 

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