Wayne County Economic Development Council

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Strong Incentives
Tax credits, abatements, grants, low-cost financing Foreign Trade Zone and more.

Business-Friendly Climate
Effective community and government partnerships locally and throughout Northeast Ohio.

Access to Markets
Central location with great ground, rail, water and air accessibility.

High Quality of Life
Small town hospitality and country living with big city opportunities.

Leading Ag-Bioscience Infrastructure
Premier research facilities and infrastructure.

Low Cost of Doing Business

Energy, labor and occupancy costs among the nation’s most affordable.

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Resources to Propel Business Growth

From providing loan assistance and other incentives to fast track permitting and infrastructure assistance, local governments in Wayne County are dedicated to your success.  Along with our government partners are a number of other business assistance service organizations providing a vast array of programs assistance.  And, if it's not availble, just ask.  You won't find a team more dedicated to serving your interests.  Other organizations devoted exclusively to providing assistance to businesses include: 
Business Associations

Dalton Chamber of Commerce
Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce
Rittman Chamber of Commerce
Shreve Business Association
Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce
Wayne Area Human Resources Council

Local Economic Development Organizations

The Office of Orrville Industrial Development

City of Wooster Economic Development 

Region-wide Entrepreneurial Resources
Baldwin-Wallace College Business Plan Clinic
Entrepreneurship Innovation Institute
John Carroll University Entrepreneurs Association


Akron Industrial Incubator
Beachwood Business Development Center
BrainTree Partners
Great Lakes Innovation and Development Enterprise
Kent State Centennial Research Park/FLEXMatters Accelerator
Sherwin-Williams CRADLE
Youngstown Business Incubator

Minority Entrepreneurial Support

Consortium of African American Organizations
Northesat Ohio Hispanic Camber of Commerce
National Association of Women Business Owners
Northern Ohio Minority Business Council

Small  Business Support

COSE - The Council of Smaller Enterprises is the region’s largest small business support organization and provides cost-effective group purchasing programs, advocacy on legislative and regulatory issues, and networking and educational resources to help Northeast Ohio’s small businesses grow.

SCORE offers several services to help start a small business or to make a small business more profitable including individual counseling, mentoring, workshops, and seminars. 

1st Stop Business Connection - a program sponsored by the Ohio Department of Development's Small Business Development Centers and the U.S. Small Business Administration, provides free state-level information needed to get started or continue on your entrepreneurial journey.
Small Business Development of Ohio
Small business Development-Stark
Small Business Development Center-Ashland

Regional Development Partners

ATECH - The only agricultural bioscience business development department of its kind, ATECH works to connect the vast research facilities and expertise of OSU’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences to the global marketplace.  

Fund for Our Economic Future - The Fund for Our Economic Future unites philanthropy in Northeast Ohio to support regional economic development through grantmaking, research and civic engagement.

Team NEO
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eam NEO markets Northeast Ohio to attract business investment in targeted industry clusters. It serves as a central resource, informing and serving those considering investment in Northeast Ohio.

The Northeast Ohio Technology Coalition leads the technology agenda for a 21 county region within Northeast Ohio.  Its mission is to build a vibrant and globally-competitive economy by linking and leveraging the region’s technology, entrepreneurship and innovation assets. 

BioEnterprise is a business formation, recruitment, and acceleration initiative designed to grow health care companies and commercialize bioscience technologies. Based in Cleveland, BioEnterprise’s founders and partners are The Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, Case Western Reserve University, and Summa Health System. 

CIFT - The Center for Innovative Food Technology's mission is to help members of the agribusiness sector improve their competitive position through the development and adaptation of emerging technologies, industry best practices, and novel business approaches.

Jumpstart is a venture development organization that advises, invests in, assists, and accelerates Northeast Ohio's early-stage ideas and companies.

- Economic development information and business resources for foreign trade zones, international trade assistance and logistics in Northeast Ohio.

The mission of MAGNET, the Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network, is to support, educate and champion manufacturing with the goal of transforming the region’s economy into a powerful, global player.

IdeaCrossing is a free online community resource where ideas meet capital, where deal flow flourishes, and where resources, services and support help promote growth and opportunity. Developed by JumpStart Inc., IdeaCrossing is available to all individuals and organizations with an interest in supporting and promoting entrepreneurial activity. The site is designed to facilitate introductions between entrepreneurs, investors, business mentors, and service providers. 

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