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Small Business

If you are starting a business or want to learn more about how to operate a business, the Library has free resources to help you.

COVID-19 Small Business Resources

State of Ohio Assistance

The Ohio Development Services Agency offers several assistance programs, including "The Ohio Minority Micro-Enterprise Grant Program" and "Publicly Funded Daycares." Visit the Office of Small Business Relief website or call 1-833-249-6446

Federal Assistance

Since the COVID-19 crisis began, the Federal Government has enacted several loan/grant programs for small businesses, primarily through the Small Business Administration (SBA).

Local Assistance

Several local organizations are offering help:

  • The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber's COVID-19 Business Center includes a Business Response Helpline. | Their Daily Update also includes relevant notices of state/federal legislative/executive order actions.
  • Hamilton County Development Company's COVID-19 Resource Guide includes a helpful checklist, among other resources.

Related Online Resources

Business Resources

Universal Class

Access over 500 online continuing education classes including: office skills, career training, homeschooling, entrepreneurship, and health.


Award-winning library of video tutorials for learners who want to gain specific software, technology, creative, or business skills.

Cincinnati Business Courier

Includes current issues of the Cincinnati Business Courier and archives back to 1996. Also offers the Book of Lists.

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