Government Resources · Small Business


Business USA
Comprehensive Federal Government web portal for small business owners that includes links to financial help, government contract opportunities, exporting advice, and easy to understand guides to federal regulations.
County Business Patterns
Economic profiles of counties and states for employment, payroll, and number of establishments by industry. Also includes Metro Business Patterns and Zip Code Business Patterns.
Portal to export-related assistance and market information including trade-leads, free export counseling, and more.
Federal Business Opportunities
One-stop site for vendors to explore information on Federal markets for business products and services.
NAICS - North American Industry Classification System
NAICS replaced the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system in 1997. The NAICS codes can be a gateway to industry data, as well as information on business competitors.
Ohio Air Quality Development Authority
Site provides resources, including financing options, for Ohio businesses to help meet air environmental requirements.
Small Business Administration
Federal assistance in buying, financing, and selling small businesses plus information on government contracting and a searchable database of business cards.
Small Business Administration - Federal Contracting
Official gateway for small businesses selling to the U.S. Government. Includes valuable information on the bidding process.
Small Business Administration - Starting a Business
Are you interested in starting a small business? Check out this very thorough web page from the Small Business Administration (SBA) covering many important topics, such as how to write a business plan, how to research business statistics, and how to market your business.
Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center (Internal Revenue Service)
IRS portal providing comprehensive tax information and forms for small business enterprises.
Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Programs
Links to government agencies offering grants to small businesses.
U.S. Business Advisor
Multi-agency, one-stop site for business issues, such as taxes, laws, regulations, and government contracting. - Government Sales and Auctions
Buy new, seized, and surplus merchandise from the federal government.


1st Stop Business Connection (Licenses and Permits)
Information on the state’s center to help business owners obtain required licenses and permits.
Ohio Development Services Agency (Business Services)
State agency site that provides information for small businesses, including a listings of programs, business grants and loans, forms, workshops, and business resources.
Ohio Secretary of State - Business Services
Visit the Secretary of State’s website for forms and guidance in starting a business. Also includes a searchable database of all registered Ohio businesses.
Small Business Development Centers of Ohio
These centers provide free, professional, in-depth and confidential business consulting and training to new and existing entrepreneurs.


Data Center (City of Cincinnati)
Cincinnati Economic Development Department site providing nice snapshot statistics on such categories as demographics, employment, retail sales and key local industries.
Doing Business in Cincinnati
City of Cincinnati site that can assist all businesses with their needs, including tax credits, small business loans, licenses, building permits and market data.
Greater Cincinnati Microenterprise Initiative
The GCMI offers entrepreneurial training classes, small business financial assistance, technical assistance, and access to other business resources.
Hamilton County Development Company (HCDC)
A private not-for-profit corporation organized to promote economic development in Hamilton County. Includes an Entrepreneurial Business Center (business incubation/coaching), as well as providing small business loan programs.
SCORE (Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky)
Uses volunteer business managers and executives to counsel and provide guidance for growth and success for small business in the Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and southeast Indiana areas.
Small Business Enterprise Program (City of Cincinnati)
Includes online application that local small businesses may use to become certified for contract work with the City of Cincinnati.