Small Business Hearing - June 4 2020

Columbus Small Business Agenda Rollout
Columbus Small Business Agenda Rollout

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther Small Business Assessment Announcement
Mayor Andrew J. Ginther
Small Business Assessment Announcement

City Chat

Accelerate Columbus Scale up and Grow Graduation Ceremony

Reimagining Small Business Initiative
Reimagining Small Business Initiative

Five ID Studio Titan Mixer Bottle 
Five Id Studio - Titan Mixer Bottle

Ohio Small Business Development Centers

Rev1 Ventures

Columbus Urban League

YMT Consultants

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Economic Development Division
111 N. Front Street, 8th Floor 
Columbus, Ohio 43215



COVID-19 SMALL BUSINESS RECOVERY GRANTS Applications are now open for COVID-19 small business recovery grants of up to $20,000. Grants through the Columbus-Franklin County Small Business Recovery Fund are available to local small businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically those in underserved communities and/or minority-owned businesses, disadvantaged businesses and veteran-owned businesses.

Applications opened Monday, March 7, 2022 and are being accepted in waves, opening every six weeks through Saturday, September 3, 2022, or until all funds are awarded. Go to to determine eligibility and apply. - learn more

Welcome to the Office of Small Business and Entrepreneur Development. 

The Office of Small Business and Entrepreneur Development serves as a catalyst for inclusive neighborhood-based economic development by providing concierge-style resource navigation services to aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners.

The mission of the Office is to provide facilitated assistance aimed at assisting aspiring and existing entrepreneurs to start, grow, and expand viable businesses through the use of economic development tools such as grants, loans, and specialized technical assistance while aiding in the stabilization and revitalization of our traditional urban neighborhoods and corridors.

Small Business Ecosystem Assessment The City of Columbus partnered with Next Street and Development Strategies to assess the small business ecosystem in Columbus in order to identify gaps and opportunities for supporting a thriving and inclusive ecosystem.  Click here to download the summary

Access our City Chat  video to learn more about the Small Business Ecosystem Assessment.

Advisory Committee members and public and private sector leaders across the small business and entrepreneurial ecosystem came together with the City of Columbus and Next Street to analyze the findings and ultimately prioritize four strategies that will guide the transformation of the Columbus small business ecosystem into a primary driver of economic inclusion.

The Columbus Small Business Agenda is a city-sponsored strategic and collaborative multi-agency effort to prioritize inclusive entrepreneurship and small business development as a viable and sustainable method of achieving economic empowerment and mobility.

Accelerate Columbus In 2018 the Economic Development Division of the Department of Development launched a supportive network of entrepreneur support organizations as an outcome of its Reimagining Small Business Initiatives.  The network delivers structured programs under Accelerate Columbus branding through a cadre of partnering organizations.  To learn more, please visit one of our partners by clicking below:

Ohio Small Business Development Centers at Columbus State Community College
YMT Consultants
R. L. Underwood & Associates
Ohio Minority Business Assistance Center hosted by Columbus Urban League 

GOLDMAN SACHS 10,000 SMALL BUSINESSES INITIATIVE The City of Columbus is happy to partner with Goldman Sachs and Columbus State Community College in bringing the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative to the city. This initiative will provide a great opportunity for business owners to gain access to tools and knowledge to grow their business while building a powerful professional network- all at no cost to the business owners.

Eligible businesses have at least $150,000 in revenues, at least four employees and have been in business at least two years. Business owners can visit

Neighborhood Commercial Revitalization Program The Neighborhood Commercial Revitalization (NCR) program offers Technical Assistance, Capital Improvements, Financial Incentives as well as Planning and Design within seven designated business districts. The NCR Program is an innovative and exciting approach for stimulating investment in these districts. It builds upon the economic base of these areas to create an environment conducive to business growth and expansion.

Neighborhood Commercial Revitalization Program Map
Exterior Storefront Renovation Grant
Interior Renovation Grant

Small Business Concierge If you would like to know more about our services, projects, and current programs, please click here to view our most current brochure.