Clients are encouraged to take advantage of SCORE Columbus FREE business resources which include:

Proprietary Business Brief Library

SCORE'S BUSINESS BRIEFS cover topics like starting a small business, business incorporation, financial issues, marketing & advertising, taxes, technology and etc. And are researched and written by our own expert counselors. Click here to access these FREE resources.

Regional Resources

Our valuable links to local and state resources help you locate the nearest chamber of commerce, information research database, loan and funding for your business, specialized state & national business centers, small business software & website information.

Local Chambers of Commerce

Columbus Chamber of Commerce, 150 S Front St #200, Columbus, (614) 221-1321

Clintonville Area Chamber-Commerce  4219 N High St, Columbus, (614) 262-2790

Dublin Chamber of Commerce, 129 S High St, Dublin, OH 43017  (614) 889-2001

Gahanna Area Chamber of Commerce  1000 Creekside Plaza, Gahanna, (614) 471-0451

Grandview Area Chamber, 2015 W 5th Ave #140, Columbus, (614) 486-0196

Greater Powell Area Chamber,  50 S Liberty St #170, Powell, OH 43065 (614) 888-1090

Madison Perry Area Chamber of Commerce,  5965 N Ridge Rd, Madison, OH 44057 (440) 428-3760

Upper Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce, 2152 Tremont Center, Upper Arlington, (614) 481-5710

Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce, 99 Commerce Park Dr, Westerville, OH 43082  (614) 882-8917

Worthington Chamber-Commerce  25 W New England Ave, Worthington, (614) 888-3040

Public Libraries

Columbus Metropolitan Library  Excellent databases like ReferenceUSA on 12 million U.S. companies, organizations, and agencies. Search the business database by company name, sales volume, SIC codes, number of employees, product lines, and more.  Also access full-text articles from over 2300 journals with Business Source Premier.  Note: Library card is required to access

Delaware County District Library, Databases for business information like ReferenceUSA and full-text articles.  Note:  Library card is required to access. 

Upper Arlington Public Library  Databases for business information like ReferenceUSA and full-text articles through Business Source Premier.  Note: Library card is required to access

Census Business Builder - data to determine the best location for your business

Other Regional Resources

Small Business Administration  SBA provides a number of financial assistance programs for small businesses that have been specifically designed to meet key financing needs, including debt financing, surety bonds, and equity financing.

SBA Loan Programs  Get the latest information here on SBA loans and other information available for small businesses.

   Fees for 7(a) SBA Loans Made to Veteran Owned Small Businesses Effective October 1, 2016 

   Non Veteran 7(a) and 504 SBA Fees Effective October 1, 2016

Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC)  Helps Ohio's businesses seeking to compete for federal, state, and local government contracts. 

    Federal Government Contracting Process     

    Doing Business with the Defense Logistics Agency

    Steps to Starting and Finding Federal Government Contracting Opportunities    

Minority and Female Business Certification Process  The mission of EBO is to promote the inclusiveness of minority and women owned businesses within the city’s procurement process and to facilitate the equitable awarding of contracts to minority and women owned business enterprises

Export Assistance The U.S. Commercial Service offers a wide variety of products and services to help U.S. companies increase international sales, identify potential markets, meet buyers, partners, agents and distributors, navigate export channels, and much more. Let us help you expand your business today!

Ohio Export Division The Global Markets Division is extending Ohio’s economic reach into the global marketplace. Ohio’s trade managers and network of international offices in Canada, Mexico, Belgium, Chile, Brazil, Israel, South Africa, Southeast Asia, China, Japan, and India promote the exports of Ohio goods and services and work to solidify Ohio’s position as a premier location for investment.

Start a business in Ohio – provides individuals with the benefits of business expansion, business relocation and capital investment in Ohio.

Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) The WBENC certification for women-owned businesses is one of the most widely recognized and respected certifications in the nation.

Women Business Centers  SBA Office of Women's Business Ownership

Ohio Department of Veteran Services Complete information for veterans on business loans and other benefits.

Non-Profit Checklist Guide to starting a nonprofit organization in Ohio

Free Financial Assessment from who is a SCORE Foundation partner to determine which options are open to you based on your credit score and other factors.  

Access Business Development and Finance provides growing businesses with long-term, fixed-rate financing for major fixed assets, such as land and buildings. A certified development company [CDC] is a nonprofit corporation set up to contribute to the economic development of its community or region. CDCs work with the SBA and private-sector lenders to provide the financing to small businesses. 

Crowds Unite  The biggest crowdfunding review site in the world.   A guide  through the crowdfunding process from start to finish. 

Gust provides simple, powerful tools for finding and working efficiently with angel and venture capital investors throughout the funding process

Ohio's Project CSI Ohio's Common Sense Initiative [CSI] will review Ohio’s regulatory system to eliminate excessive and duplicative rules that stand in the way of job creation and business growth. Gov. John R. Kasich launched CSI Ohio on January 10, 2011, to reform our state’s regulatory policies. We are working each and every day to make Ohio a jobs and business-friendly state because we know that excessive, duplicative and costly business regulations can put Ohioans out of work.

Health and Safety Information for Small Businesses NIOSH is an excellent resource center for health and safety issues that can occur in the workplace.