About Us and Welcome to the Small Business Development Center

For those who don’t know about us, you may be asking “So, what does the SBCD do?”  We’re glad you asked!  The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is your local connection to a network of centers across Ohio and the nation that is dedicated to providing most, if not all, of the necessary resources you’ll need to get your start-up company off the ground and growing into a profitable organization. Here in our local office, we give you the assistance you need to move through all stages of business development - from your idea, through start-up, development and growth and expansion. We work hard to maximize and leverage available financial and other resources that provide support and assistance to individual entrepreneurs for a successful outcome. So now that you know let’s talk!


We Help to Grow Your Business

Our SBDC can help you start and grow your company into a successful entity with high-impact, front-line programs, and services.

Each service is designed to facilitate your company’s growth. Multiple services are available to help you across the many needs you encounter. We can help you to obtain the proper permit, licenses, or forms, help with community demographics, economic development activities, international trade leads and assistance, and technology resources. Click on any of the links below to get started with your SBDC connection.


Our mission is to accelerate business success.     

Our vision is to be the resource for business expertise.     

Our values are         

  • Positively impacting the economic environment         

  • Dedication to service and serving the business community         

  • Providing guidance through advice and leadership


We are built on 4 strategic pillars to ensure collaborative success

  1. Enrich Quality of Services: Design key services and processes to ensure flexibility and responsiveness

    to evolving client needs.

  2. Maximize Economic Impact: Drive activities that engage high performing clients and refine processes

    that ensures the capture of quality impact.

  3. Strengthen Our Team: Invest to develop key skills, increase communication across the SBDC network,

    and share and implement best practices.

  4. Enhance Visibility: Continued development of activities and messaging to engage targeted, impact generating, client segments.  Multiply outreach through identification and outreach to top referrers.



Follow These Simple Steps, and You’re on Your Way to Becoming an SBDC Client. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.   

  1. Complete the Form - Download your Advising Form  - Get started with advising by submitting this form

  2. Email Completed Form - Send your completed Advising Form to sschil10@kent.edu or bring it with you to your first meeting.  (HINT: Think about how you plan to go to market: what you will sell, who are your customers, where you’ll begin operating. These serve as discussion points for your first meeting.) >> Download and fill out the advising form >> Click the link  

  3. Call for Appointment - Give Steve Schillig a call to schedule your initial meeting at 330-308-7479


Additional Resources of Interest to Our Clients


SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCE CENTER – Research material, reference data and more available to you


WORKSHOPS  – See what classes & workshops are being offered to help you in your success


BUSINESS & PARTNER RESOURCES – Exporter information and forms NEWS - Keeping you up-to-date through press announcements


THE PINK PARTY – Women in Business Event Read more information in our partner resources when you click



Contact Us Today! Call Steve Schillig at the  Small Business Development Center at Kent State University at Tuscarawas Email: sschil10@kent.edu Phone: 330-308-7479

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The Ohio Small Business Development Center (SBDC) program is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBDC program is also funded in part by the Ohio Development Services Agency. All services extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for limited English proficient individuals. Reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact SBDC at 330.308.7479 or visit our website: www.sbdc.development.ohio.gov. SBA’s participation or support is not an endorsement of any product, service, or entity. Kent State University at Tuscarawas (SBDC) reserves the right to cancel any course or activity due to insufficient enrollment or for other unforeseen reasons. In the event a program is canceled, the University (SBDC) is not responsible for any related costs, charges or expenses.