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The following links and resources are especially valuable for individuals who are considing starting a business or who have just started their business.

The Work Station:Center for Human Resource Development offers integrated and comprehensive employment related services, training, and support systems for employers, job seekers, and the community. Specific resources include veterans services, IRS information, job seeker and training services, employer services, and tax assistance services.  

The Ohio Department of Development provides information regarding business and industry, research, and technology in the state of Ohio. From the ODOD website, one can access information on how to secure business loans and grants, start a new business, find a business site, receive tax credits for a business, establish international trade, and more. 

1st Stop Business Connection is a program sponsored by the Ohio Department of Development's Small Business Development Centersand the U.S. Small Business Administration. This online resource allows entrepreneurs to create free business information kits that contain basic information on state-level regulations and necessary forms. 

Entrepreneur Ohio's website contains important information regarding the services and resources offered through the Small Business Development Centers of Ohio Network (SBDC Network). A partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Ohio Department of Development, the SBDC of Ohio program spurs small business growth through strategic partnerships, services, and advocacy. 

Tri-County Adult Career Center focuses on training high school students from Athens, Perry, and Hocking counties in one of seventeen technical or applied programs. Through a two or four year tech prep program, students are prepared for the workforce or for continued education at a two or four year institution. Students who make their way through Tri-County's programs face enhanced employment and career enhancement opportunities.       

The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs: Small Business Development Center provides business development and consulting services to companies in South East Appalachian Ohio. Businesses with fewer than 500 employees and less than $10,000,000 in revenue are eligible for free and low cost assistance from the Voinovich School's Small Business Development Center. Their website contains links to online resources, and information on services provided, workshops, and events.

Ohio University Credit Union is Ohio's first state chartered university credit union, which now has over 22,000 members and $203 million in assets. The OU Credit Union returns profits to members in the form of better rates, lower service charges, and convenient services. The organization is committed to offering members a broad range of products and services through cost-effective measures and at reasonable rates.   

Microsoft Elevate America is an ambitious program focused on strengthening the U.S. economy and increasing global competitiveness by improving educational access and enhancing workforce readiness skills. The initiative provides no-cost vouchers for Microsoft e-learning courses and other services. The specific resources offered through the initiative vary by state depending on each partner agency's priorities.    

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services offers services to Ohio individuals and families that include unemployment compensation, health care, cash assistance, food assistance, child care, child support enforcement and administration, and employment and training assistance. In addition to these services, ODJFS also provides assistance to Ohio employers in the form of workforce, incentive, loan, and grant programs.    

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) Program gives Ohio employers a tax credit for hiring individuals from eleven target groups of disadvantaged job seekers. The tax credits provided through the program range from $1,200 to $2,400 for all target groups, with a maximum credit of up to $9,000 per eligible employee. More information about the program and each of the WOTC target groups can be accessed from the link provided above.   

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