Business Resources

Whether you are starting a new business or expanding an existing firm, make sure you tap into the rich array of resources available to Clinton County businesses.

Local resources
Regional resources
State & Federal resources

Local Resources:

| Wilmington-Clinton County Chamber of Commerce

For more than 60 years, the Wilmington-Clinton County Chamber of Commerce has worked to promote business through collaboration and communication, enhance economic and community development, and serve as a catalyst for improving the overall quality of life in the community and region.

The Chamber provides support to more than 290 businesses that improve our area economy and enhance the quality of life for all our residents. Member services include, but are not limited to: networking, marketing, referral, discount, and advocacy opportunities.

Contact Wilmington-Clinton County Chamber of Commerce Director Dessie Rogers at 937-382-2737 or info@wccchamber.com

| Clinton County Economic & Business Development Office

The Clinton County Economic Development Office can assist new, existing, or expanding businesses in Clinton County. Support includes local, state, federal incentives/abatements, local tax issues, state economic development issues, utilities and infrastructure.

Contact the Clinton County Commissioners at 937.382.2103, email Commission@clintoncountyohio.us

| Clinton County Regional Planning Commission

Established in 1971 under ORC 713.21, the Clinton County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) is a commission comprised of citizens and elected officials tasked with: “preparing plans on long range programming; promoting understanding of and recommending administrative and regulatory measures to implement plans; contracting if needed to facilitate planning activities; reviewing, evaluating and making comments on amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and zoning amendments; providing planning assistance to other units of local government; and, administering the County Subdivision Regulations.”

The CCRPC embodies its slogan “Communities Working Together.” The CCRPC is an agent of regional cooperation and interagency dialogue, a guardian for the future and efficient utilization of resources and, as noted in our charter Resolution, an advocate for the “physical, social and economic development” of the County and its Citizens.

Contact the Clinton County Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Taylor Stuckert at 937-382-3582 or staff@clintoncountyrpc.org or visit clintoncountyrpc.org.

| Clinton County Land Reutilization Corporation

The Clinton County Land Reutilization Corporation (CCLRC), or “land bank,” was created in 2016 in order to return vacant and abandoned properties to productive use throughout Clinton County. Over many years, a number of blighted, abandoned, tax-delinquent properties have had an adverse effect on neighborhoods in every part of the county.

The land bank has received over $1 million through the Neighborhood Initiative Program (NIP), to work on cleaning up vacant, blighted properties in nine target areas: Wilmington, Blanchester, Midland, Martinsville, Clarksville, Port William, Sabina, New Vienna, and Lumberton. The land bank is overseen by a 5-member board that meets monthly on the first Wednesday of each month in the law library of the courthouse, and is administered by the CCRPC.

Contact the Clinton County Land Bank at 937-382-3582 or landbank@clintoncountyrpc.org, or visit clintoncountylandbank.com.

| Clinton County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Travel and tourism is an integral driver in a community’s economic health. As the destination marketing organization for Wilmington and Clinton County, the Clinton County Convention & Visitors Bureau’s mission is to promote travel and tourism to the area, thereby generating visitor spending.

Whether your business wants to tap into the market of tourists coming into the community, or its planning on hosting a convention, conference, or large meeting, contact the Clinton County Convention & Visitors Bureau for assistance.

Contact the Visitor’s Bureau at 937-382-1965

| Main Street Wilmington

As an affiliate program of Heritage Ohio and Main Street America, Main Street Wilmington promotes historic preservation and economic development with the goal of maintaining a cultural downtown district that attracts entrepreneurs and retains businesses, serving as a vital hub for housing, shopping, dining, and entertainment.

Downtown beautification and design projects include a historic marker walking tour, Operation Storefront, flower baskets, and improved wayfinding. Events include the annual Wine Walk, 3rd Friday Mural Parties throughout the summer months, the Wilmington Art & Soul Fest, a Craft Beer Rally & Chili Cook-Off, a Downtown Children’s Halloween Party, the Holidazzle Illuminated Parade on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and Shop Small Saturday (a national promotional effort).

Contact Main Street Wilmington Co-Directors Darcy Reynolds and Ruth Brindle at 937-382-2737 or info@mainstreetwilmington.com, or visit mainstreetwilmington.com.

 

| Regional Resources

Small Business Development Center

Existing businesses face challenges every day. The team at the Small Business Development Center helps businesses through the difficult times and prepares them for the positive times. SBDC counselors are business owners, professionally trained in all aspects of running, maintaining and growing a successful business. SBDC services include, but are not limited to, assisting small businesses with financial, marketing, production, organization, engineering and technical problems and feasibility studies

Contact Earl Gregorich at the SBDC at Wright State University at earl.gregorich@wright.edu or (937) 775-4761

| SCORE of Greater Cincinnati

SCORE provides seasoned, volunteer business professionals that offer timely, trusted and relevant advice, for free, to area small-business entrepreneurs. Whether you are just trying to better understand how to start a business or, you could use some expert advice on an existing business, SCORE has expertise and resources to assist build and strengthen your business.

To request free services complete this form: Free Business Counseling
For more information on SCORE business seminars

| Small Business Administration

Since its founding on July 30, 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses. SBA provides assistances primarily through its four programmatic functions:

Access to Capital (Business Financing)
SBA provides small businesses with an array of financing for small businesses from the smallest needs in microlending — to substantial debt and equity investment capital (venture capital).
Entrepreneurial Development (Education, Information, Technical Assistance & Training)
SBA provides free individual face-to-face, and internet counseling for small businesses, and low-cost training to nascent entrepreneurs and established small businesses in over 1,800 locations throughout the United States and US territories.
Government Contracting (Federal Procurement)
In keeping with the mandate of Section 15(g) of the Small Business Act, SBA’s Office of Government Contracting sets goals with other federal departments and agencies to reach the statutory goal of 23 percent in prime contract dollars to small businesses. This office also provides small businesses with subcontracting procurement opportunities, outreach programs, and training.
Contact Bonnie Deer at bonnie.deer@sba.gov or 513/684-2814 Ext.207

| The Entrepreneurs Center Offsite Incubation

Recently, the Dayton Entrepreneurs Center expanded its offerings to include entrepreneurs who are located at satellite and off-site locations around the region. This expansion of services was funded in part by a grant to the Dayton Development Coalition through Ohio’s Third Frontier Entrepreneur Signature Program (ESP).

Through this offsite incubation initiative, TEC will work with clients to identify actions and services that move the entrepreneur toward growth, profitability, and sustainability. One challenge with business incubation is that clients often do not know what services they need to move their business forward. TEC will provide the analysis necessary to determine what the entrepreneur really needs at its present phase of business development.

Web Site http://www.tecdayton.com/

For more information contact Jim Hill, Business Incubation Manager at The Entrepreneurs Center jhill@tecdayton.com | 937-281-0116

| State & Federal Resources

State Representative Shane Wilkin, 91st District

Shane Wilkin
Phone: (614) 466-3506
E-mail: Rep91@ohiohouse.gov
http://www.ohiohouse.gov/shane-wilkin

U.S. Small Business Administration

Martin Golden
Phone: 614-469-6860 ext. 287
E-mail: Martin.Golden@sba.gov
http://www.sba.gov/about-offices-content/2/3138
More info on SBA Resources

U.S. Department of Agriculture: Rural Development

Randel Monhemius
Phone: 614-255-2424
E-mail: randy.monhemius@oh.usda.gov
http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/OHHome.html

Jobs Ohio

Daryl Revoldt
Phone: 614-224-6446
E-mail: revoldt@jobs-ohio.com
http://jobs-ohio.com/
More info on resources from Jobs Ohio

Ohio Development Services Agency

Jennifer Poklar
Phone: 614-728-0961
E-mail: jen.poklar@development.ohio.gov

Jim Laipply
Phone: 614-644-1637
E-mail: james.laipply@development.ohio.gov
http://development.ohio.gov/
More info on the Ohio Development Service Agency

Ohio Historical Society, Office of Historical Preservation

Nathan Bevil
Phone: 614-298-2038
E-mail: ohpo@ohiohistory.org
http://www.ohiohistory.org/ohio-historic-preservation-office

Ohio Department of Transportation, Jobs and Commerce

Melissa Taylor
Phone: 513-260-5189
E-mail: melissa.taylor@dot.state.oh.us

A. Fred Vogel
Phone: 614-312-9639
E-mail: fred.vogel@dot.state.oh.us
http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/JobsAndCommerce/Pages/default.aspx
More info on services provided by the Ohio Department of Transportation Department of Jobs and Commerce

Office of the Ohio Consumer’s Council

Ray Foeller
Phone: 614-466-9471
E-mail: ray.foeller@occ.ohio.gov

State Treasurer’s Office

Marcie Longmecker
Phone: 513-460-9724
E-mail: marcie.longmecker@tos.state.ohio.gov