Important Links

Fairlawn Chamber of Commerce

The mission of the Fairlawn Area Chamber of Commerce is to provide opportunities for their members to grow their business through networking events and participating in community, government and business activities.

US Small Business Administration

Small Business Development Centers exist throughout the United States. The US Small Business Administration (SBA) manages the national program. The SBA contracts with entities in each state who are responsible for the deployment of SBDC services in that state. In the State of Ohio, the SBDC system is under the Ohio Department of Development. In turn, the Ohio Department of Development contracts with local entities to make sure SBDC services are deployed throughout the State of Ohio. The Summit Medina Business Alliance is a consortium of local governments that host this SBDC so that SBDC services are available in Summit, Portage, and Medina counties.

Development Finance Authority of Summit County

To implement economic development financing initiatives that strengthen and diversify the economy of Summit County and Northeast Ohio by encouraging investment in business, industrial, transportation, distribution and community development projects.


MAGNET is committed to helping establish Northeast Ohio as a preeminent center for manufacturing growth, where jobs are created, new products are designed and produced, and the value of companies increases.

Summit County Department of Community and Economic Development


NEOTEC is a regional multicounty economic development partnership established by the Northeast Ohio Joint Office of Economic Development (JOED) in 1996. NEOTEC is dedicated to enhancing the global competitiveness of Northeast Ohio and its businesses. They work to attract new business investment and jobs to the region by promoting domestic and international trade and strengthening the region's distinct advantages as a business location.


NorTech is a technology-focused organization that strengthens Northeast Ohio's economic vitality by accelerating the pace of innovation in the region.

S.C.O.R.E - Akron Chapter

Akron SCORE's mission is to utilize the business knowledge & skills of its volunteer counselors to successfully guide entrepreneurs & existing small businesses toward their goals in Medina, Portage, Summit and Wayne Counties. The Akron chapter was formed in 1965 and has 70 counseling professionals with diverse business backgrounds. During 2014, Akron SCORE provided services to more than 3,000 clients through face-to-face counseling and the 100 business workshops it conducted. All services provided by this SCORE chapter are FREE and CONFIDENTIAL.


Team NEO is a regional, private-sector organization that markets Northeast Ohio to the world and collaborates with its partners and others to attract new businesses, help those that are here grow, and accelerate the pace and impact of innovation in the region. Learn more about our organization and our passionate and driven team.

Ohio Means Jobs Summit County

OhioMeansJobs Summit County (OMJSC) is your local, all-in-one workforce resource center. All of our services, for both individual job seekers and businesses, are free of charge. The goals of their service-first mentality are to help individuals become equipped for their next job, and for companies to find the talent they need to grow their businesses.

Jobs Ohio

JobsOhio is a private, non-profit economic development organization that helps businesses relocate, expand, and prosper in Ohio. Decision makers worldwide are partnering with JobsOhio because they want an economic development partner that's flexible and responsive. The proactive, business-minded industry experts at JobsOhio are uniquely-qualified to help businesses grow and succeed. Their mission to accelerate job growth and increase capital investment echoes throughout all of our programs and is aimed at businesses of all sizes.

Cascade Capital Corporation

Cascade Capital Corporation's long time trademark has been "To provide meaningful financing to area companies poised to grow through investment in new operating facilities, equipment and human resources." Over the course of the past five years, Cascade Capital Corporation has approved financing for more than 150 local/regional capital expansion projects totaling in excess of $70 million through a combination of its core SBA 504 & Ohio 166 loan programs and commercial bank financing. These projects were expected to result in the creation of 1,000 new jobs.

Ohio Department Service Agency

The Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) works to support Ohio's businesses, large and small, as they maneuver in the global economy. Whether a company is established in the state and looking to expand, a technology company ready to move from the lab to commercialization, or an entrepreneur establishing a new small retail business, ODSA has resources to assist these businesses as they grow. ODSA resources include the Small Business Development Centers, the Minority Business Development Centers, and International Trade Assistance Centers, as well as the Small and Minority Business Financial Incentives Programs, and Ohio Third Frontier.

Ohio Development Service Agency - Business Loans

US Department of Commerce

The mission of the Department is to create the conditions for economic growth and opportunity.