An ecosystem for acceleration
Because TechGROWTH Ohio is located at and co-funded by Ohio University, entrepreneurs have significant advantages. Not only do they have access to services and capital, they have access facilities, technical assistance and a government client base.
A TechGROWTH Ohio sister organization, the Innovation Center, provides valuable business incubation resources to fuel the economy in Athens, Ohio, and surrounding regions. Resources include:
- Area for professional use, including office space, labs and meeting space, all leased at competitive rates
- Flexible space and lease options to allow companies room to expand
- Shared access to exclusive office equipment that grants your small business team access to printing, copying, faxing, scanning, high-speed Internet, conference phones and more
Small Business Development Center
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Ohio University provides a full range of business consulting services for existing and new small businesses. Services are provided in one-on-one counseling sessions and group seminars and include business plan development, market research and training, marketing review, recordkeeping assistance, cash flow training, loan application assistance and more, at either no or low cost. The SBDC at Ohio University was recently named the Small Business Development Center of the Year in Region V by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBDC at Ohio University competed with SBDCs from throughout Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin to earn this award.
Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
Ohio University’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) has six offices covering 55 counties in Ohio and is part of a nationwide network of PTAC offices created by the U.S. Department of Defense to help businesses compete for federal, state and local government contracts. The center provides consulting services that help companies target the right government markets, identify opportunities and eligibility, understand the government contracting process and review bids and proposals.