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Our Friendly Advisors Help You to Maximize Many Support Services


We offer a wide variety of support services and advising to small businesses in surrounding counties including Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Stark, Tuscarawas and Wayne.  Our experienced advisors utilize a business coaching process to assess the business situation and work with the entrepreneurs to think through problems, identify the need, find options and pinpoint solutions. Our team of friendly advisors provides a wealth of knowledge, support, and counseling on many business topics.

Call 330.308.7524 to schedule an appointment. 

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Support Services and Advising


We work with entrepreneurs in all industries at all stages of business growth. Through initial access to a wide range of services and resources, the SBDC meets the needs of the experienced and the prospective small business owner to help transition them to the next level of business insight and growth. Our SBDC and the Ohio SBDC Network provides assistance in:  

Business Start-Up

When starting a business, there are so many considerations to think about. Our skilled and experienced counselors for Business Start-up can help you navigate these areas and more.

  • Registering with the Secretary of State

  • Business Plan Development

  • Feasibility analysis

  • Buying or Selling a Business

  • License & Permits

  • Government Regulations

  • Strategic Planning


Accounting is an area of the business where many fall short but not knowing the in's and out's of what to do can be tragic for your company's health and growth. Let our team dive in with you to offer counseling and support in these areas and much more. 

  • Taxes

  • Sales Tax

  • Auditing

  • Quick Books

  • Bookkeeping


The world of finance can be overwhelming and exciting. Especially true for business owners is the need to balance financial strategy for growth with the nuts and bolts of running a company for profitability. Let our highly skilled and experienced Financial Counselors get your business on the right track. Includes these areas and so much more. 

  • Financial Strategy

  • Financial Analysis

  • Buying & Selling a Business

  • Access to Capital

Human Resources

  • Workplace Training

  • Corrective Action

  • Compensation Plans

  • Wage & Hour guidance

  • Personnel Forms

  • HR Retainer Program

When it comes to staffing and dealing with employees, our expert SHRM certified Human Resource counselor can help you understand and navigate through all HR scenarios including

  • HR for New Businesses

  • Employee Handbooks

  • Policies & Procedures

  • Workplace Investigations

  • Performance Management

  • Job Descriptions

Marketing / Sales

Marketing & Sales can be thought of as the "engine" that propels your company forward. While sales include operations and activities involved in promoting and selling goods or services.  Marketing is the process or technique of promoting, selling, and distributing a product or service. Often the lines are blurred and they do overlap. We offer counseling in these areas and much more.

  • Marketing Plan Development

  • Branding

  • Positioning

  • Website

  • Social media

  • Content Development

  • Lead Generation

  • Public Relations

  • Channel Identification

  • Business to Business (BtoB) Marketing

  • Business to Consumer (BtoC) Marketing

  • Target Marketing

  • Trademarks

  • Technology

Other Industry Experts

We continue to add subject-matter, and industry experts to our list of consultants available at no-cost for our clients. We respond to the business trends in our target area with services to match your needs. Some of those include (but are not limited to) these:

  • Manufacturing

  • Banking

  • Food Service

  • Exporting

  • Legal - Patents & Trademarks

  • Product Development

  • Inventory

  • Cost Control

  • Other



Meet Your First Contact!

Holly Bolinger, SBDC Center Director                

PH: 330.308.7524        



To get started, for more information or to schedule an appointment:

Contact Holly at the Small Business Development Center to schedule an appointment.  Call: 330.308.7524 or email at



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