The program, part of the Ohio Small Business Development Center in the state's Department of Development, is affiliated with the Ohio Women's Business Resource Network, a consortium of 11 women's business development centers.
For women starting a business, the program offers a One-stop Business Permit Center where they can request a start-up packet that includes information on the types of licenses and permits they may need to start a business in Ohio.
Also available are packets with information about low-interest, business expansion loans available to women who have been in business at least one year.
Other benefits provided by the Women's Business Resource Program include:
- A calendar of workshops aimed at women entrepreneurs and listings of networking organizations.
- Referrals to the Ohio Women's Business Resource Network which, through member organizations, provides training, technical assistance, networking and mentoring to female entrepreneurs.
- A directory of nearly 5,000 Ohio women business owners. Last published in 1996, the listing is available on disk for $25 a copy. An updated version is expected before the year 2000 and will be distributed free to businesses listed in the directory.
- A statewide list of Women's Business Enterprise certifying agencies in Ohio.
- "Market Your Assets: Procurement Opportunities for Women Business Owners." The Department of Development, through this program, provides access to management, technical, financial and procurement assistance; business-related education, training, counseling and information; network listings to identify qualified women-owned businesses; and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise assessment and referrals.
For more information on the Women's Business Resource Program, contact program manager Melody Borchers or administrative assistant Nina Cammon at 466-4945.