Small Business Development Center



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Special Thanks to our Premier Sponsor!


Special Events

InnovateHer Regional Pitch Competition 2016 

SBA, in partnership with Microsoft, is launching a nationwide prize competition to find the most innovative products and services that help impact and empower women’s lives.  The Small Business Development Center at LCCC and the Women’s Business Center of Cleveland are proud to host InnovateHER 2016 Regional Competition.

To compete submit a business plan or use template from SBDC. Click here.  

Must be received by 10/28/15. 
Send to:

From those business plan submissions up to 10 finalists will be selected by November 4th.
Live pitch to local judges on November 12th.
Top 3 winners of the regional competition will receive prize packages.  1st place winner moves to semi-finalist round for a chance to be selected to pitch in D.C. in March for a chance to win cash prizes provided by Microsoft. 

Register here!

November 12, 2015

Co-Sponsors:  Ohio SBDC at LCCC, Women's Business Center, SBA, ECDI, LCCC


Understanding Business Lending

Are you thinking about getting  a loan for your business? Do you know what information the banker will need from you? Have you ever wondered what kind of criteria the underwriters use? Join us for this informative session and get all of your questions answered!

Register here!

October 13, 2015  3:00pm-5:00pm

Presented by Dave Jezewski, Director of Business Development for Community Star  Credit Union

The Secrets to Succeeding in Sales 

Being successful in sales is part art and part science.  First, it is NOT about selling something.  It is about the art of helping others; building relationships based on trust and understanding; being authentic, genuine, knowledgeable and focused on the needs and wants of others.  And oh yes… there is the science part as well - it is indeed also about process.  An 8-step process to be exact!  Whether you are new to sales or a veteran – you will walk away with immediately actionable tools to increase your sales success!

Register here!

October 20, 2015 8:30am-10:00am

Presented by Roxanne Kaufman Elliott, President and i3 Master Coach, ProLaureate, Ltd.


The Ohio Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) provide a high-impact, front-line program designed to facilitate small business growth, job creation and access to capital. SBDCs provide confidential one-to-one business advising at no cost, management training and education programs, and technical assistance to entrepreneurs and small business owners. Ohio SBDC Network also includes the specialty programs –International Trade Assistance Centers (ITAC) and Manufacturing and Technology and Technology Small Business Development Centers (MTSBDC). Each center is staffed with highly-trained, industry experts to assist the local small business community with growth strategies.

The Ohio SBDC is the only statewide system that works with entrepreneurs in all industries, at all stages of business growth. Through access to a wide range of services and resources, the SBDC meets the needs of the experienced and the prospective small business owner at his/her level of sophistication helping transition to the next level of business insight and understanding growth.

The Ohio SBDC Network provides assistance in:

  • Access to Capital (business loan assistance)
  • Buying or Selling a Business
  • Exporting
  • Management and HR
  • Business Plan Development
  • Government Contracting
  • Marketing Research and Strategies
  • Strategic Planning
  • and more…

Please click here to become registered with our Center. 

If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please email us at!

Services for Established Business Owners

Step 1  Click here to register with our Center

Step 2  Call 440-366-4370, or email to schedule an appointment

Step 3  Click here  to view and register for upcoming workshops and seminars designed for established companies

**New workshops are added to our schedule every month

Pre-Venture and Early Start-Up Services

Step 1  Click here to register with our Center

Step 2  Register for and attend two workshops specially designed to help early entrepreneurs through the basics. These two workshops (Business Start-Up Basics I and II) are pre-requisites to scheduling business advising sessions with SBDC Counselors

  • Click here to view our updated 2015 schedule
  • Click here to register for Business Start-Up Basics Workshops I and/or II and/or III

If you have ever attended LCCC, you may also be eligible to receive assistance from Blackstone Launchpad. For more information, visit

Step 3   Once you have attended both Business Basics I and II classes and are ready to schedule your first business advising session, please contact us at 440-366-4370 or .  We will respond within three days with appointment options.   We appreciate your patience.

Additional Services and Programs

FEBE3:  Fostering Entrepreneurial Business Education (

Blackstone LaunchPad, GLIDE and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will offer a free networking group every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., in LCCC's Desich Business and Entrepreneurship Center beginning July 10, 2013. The group is open to all and will include a presentation from a local resource or entrepreneur. Participants will have an opportunity to meet with other entrepreneurs and network with other students and alumni.

Dunkin Donuts will provide free coffee.

Click here to learn more and to register.

If you have ever attended LCCC, you may also be eligible to receive assistance from the Blackstone Launchpad! For more information, please visit


PowerPoints, Spreadsheets,
and other helpful links

Business Basics I PowerPoint
Business Basics II PowerPoint
Business Basics III PowerPoint    

Balance Sheet
Income Statement

Business Plan Template
Projections Sheet

SBA New Business and Startup Initiatives
Ohio Secretary of State

Ohio One Stop

LCCC Campus Map 


  Business Boot Camp 


     The Small Business Development Center of Ohio (SBDC) program is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBDC program is also funded in part by the Ohio Development Services Agency. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. For arrangements, call the Ohio SBDC at 440-366-4370.




October is Manufacturing Month

This series of activities for high school students through adults showcases the importance of manufacturing in Lorain County.

Events include:
  • OH Makes@LCCC Conference
  • Think Manufacturing Student Expo
  • Mechatronics Information Session
  • "What Makes What in Lorain County
Click here for a complete list of events. 

Canvas Has Replaced ANGEL

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Earn College Credit for Your Experience

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MyTuition Guarantee

LCCC students now have the opportunity to participate in the MyTuition Guarantee. This new program holds tuition and fee rates for students registering in fall 2014, spring 2015, or fall 2015 for up to three years or until the completion of a degree, whichever comes first.
Click here to learn more and to complete the Completion Pledge.