Free 1-on-1 Business Coaching

If you’re a business owner who has a fierce desire to learn and grow, working with an SBDC advisor is one of the best moves you’ll ever make! You and your coach will work together to ensure that you’re setting the right goals, creating smart plans to fuel massive growth, and that you put yourself in the best position possible to realize the life you had planned when you first decided that you were going to be your own boss.

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How We Help Small Business Owners and Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Business Planning

We’re big believers in planning here at the SBDC. Our consultants can walk you through a step-by-step process to develop a number of different kind of planning documents, including:

  • Business Plans
  • Strategic Plans
  • Marketing Plans
  • Sales Plans

Market Research

Before launching a new company or product, it’s always a good idea to conduct some market research to validate the concept. Our business advisers have access to premium information clearinghouses and can compile timely, relevant market information. They can assist you with:

  • Defining Your Ideal Customer
  • Investigating the Competitive Landscape
  • Researching Industry Trends
  • Analyzing Local Market Conditions

Business Financing

Whether they are referred to us by their banker or they discover us on their own, many small business owners work with one of our consultants prior to securing capital to start or grow a business. Oftentimes, we

  • help develop business plans and financial projections
  • prepare business owners for loan officer interviewers
  • advise on alternative financing such as crowdfunding, angel investors, etc.
  • Assist individuals with buying or selling a business


We have a team of experts who are ready to guide and teach you how to promote your company to your ideal customers. Most often, we focus on:

  • Branding
  • Social Media Strategies
  • Website Audits
  • Email Marketing Campaigns
  • Print, Electronic, and Outdoor Advertising Campaigns

Professional Development

While we typically work with business owners on a 1-on-1 basis, we sometimes provide customized training and support for key employees within a small business. For example, we can:

  • coach sales team members individually in the art of sales
  • train marketing team members to edit websites and manage social media platforms
  • teach owners how to interpret their business’s financial statements


Our consultants will oftentimes tour our clients’ businesses to learn more about their operations and recommend quality improvements. This looks different from one industry to another, but some of the things we often do include:

  • Analyzing Supply and Distribution Chains
  • Analyzing Financial Statements
  • Redesigning Business Processes
  • Inventory Management

Industries We Serve

  • Agriculture & Agribusiness
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesale Trade
  • Retail Trade
  • Transportation & Warehousing
  • Finance & Insurance
  • Real Estate
  • Professional Services
  • Administrative & Support Services
  • Healthcare
  • Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation
  • Accommodation
  • Food Services
  • Service Businesses

How can this be free?

The Small Business Development Center receives grant funding from the US Small Business Administration, the Ohio Development Services Administration, the City of Springfield, and the Clark County Commission to promote the creation and successful running of small businesses in Clark and Champaign Counties. In other words, your local, state, and federal government has paid for you to have access to our services … so don’t be afraid to use them!

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