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.

Starting a business
Local resources
Regional resources
State & Federal resources

| Starting A Business?

Starting a business requires a lot of planning, financial decision making, and paper work. Early missteps can lead to early business challenges. Make sure you have crossed all of your “t’s” and dotted all of your “i’s” and get your business off to a strong start.

To help you get started, check out this step-by-step plan to getting your business up and running.

| Local Resources

Wilmington-Clinton County Chamber of Commerce

For more than 50 years, the Wilmington-Clinton County Chamber of Commerce has worked to create an environment in which businesses of all sizes can thrive and grow by serving as the community’s leading advocate for businesses. Now, more than ever, the Chamber continues to be an active, productive, and effective force in bringing economic development and job growth to our community.

The Chamber provides support to more than 180 businesses that improve our area economy and enhance the quality of life for all our residents. The Chamber assists in efforts to attract new businesses and raise the visibility of our members across the region. The Chamber also promotes opportunities for our business leaders to make meaningful connections through our monthly Economic Network Alliance and supporting the formation of industry roundtables to promote the sharing of best practices and ideas for innovation among our members.

Contact Wilmington-Clinton County Chamber of Commerce Director Dessie Rogers at 937-382-2737 or

| 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

| 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 Vistor’s Bureau at 937-382-1965

| Wilmington Public Library

The Wilmington Public Library offers a rich array of resources for small business owners. Tap into computer training and literacy classes along with business databases to explore new markets and understand trends.

Take advantage of these library resources:

Job & Career Accelerator Learning Express Library
Occupational practice exams
Software Tutorials
Basic computer classes
For those who would like an in-person instructor, instead of a self-directed online course
Basic and Intermediate Computer Skills
Word & Excel
Assistance navigating and explaining the SBA, SCORE, American FactFinder, etc. websites
Business Source Premiere
Industry & Company Research
Industry Trends
Market Research
Explore Ohio
Monographs on writing a business plan, obtaining funding, taxes, marketing, small business start-up etc. for the small business owner
Meeting/Conference Rooms
Electronic Access to numerous business magazines, including Business Week and Time
Wall Street Journal
Printing, copying, and faxing service
Free WiFi and Computer access
For more information, contact Wilmington Public Library Assistant Director Pam Ade at

| Southern State Community College Enterprise Center

The Enterprise Center of Southern State serves as an entrepreneur and small business support center. The center is staffed by a Certified Business Advisor® and offers FREE consulting and referral services to pre-venture, start-up or existing businesses.

The Enterprise Center also utilizes the services of many other reputable agencies such as local Chambers of Commerce, area Economic Development offices, the Small Business Development Center, SCORE and others.

You can use the Enterprise Center to get customized workforce training for your employees as well as open enrollment classes for yourself! To find upcoming workshops offered through the Enterprise Center, visit Workshops & Trainings.

Contact SSCC Enterprise Center Coordinator Russ Brewer at or 937.695.9002

| 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 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 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

For more information contact Jim Hill, Business Incubation Manager at The Entrepreneurs Center | 937-281-0116

| State & Federal Resources

State Representative Cliff Rosenberger, 91st District

Cliff Rosenberger
Phone: 937-716-9869

U.S. Small Business Administration

Martin Golden
Phone: 614-469-6860 ext. 287
More info on SBA Resources

U.S. Department of Agriculture: Rural Development

Randel Monhemius
Phone: 614-255-2424

Jobs Ohio

Daryl Revoldt
Phone: 614-224-6446
More info on resources from Jobs Ohio

Ohio Development Services Agency

Jennifer Poklar
Phone: 614-728-0961

Jim Laipply
Phone: 614-644-1637
More info on the Ohio Development Service Agency

Ohio Historical Society, Office of Historical Preservation

Nathan Bevil
Phone: 614-298-2038

Ohio Department of Transportation, Jobs and Commerce

Melissa Taylor
Phone: 513-260-5189

A. Fred Vogel
Phone: 614-312-9639
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

State Treasurer’s Office

Marcie Longmecker
Phone: 513-460-9724