GRANTS

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EMERGING SANDUSKY BUSINESS GRANT

HELPING BRING NEW, LOCAL BUSINESSES
TO THE DOWNTOWN DISTRICT

H2 Property Holdings, in partnership with the City of SanduskyErie County Chamber of Commerce, Erie County Economic Development CorporationRISE,  Lake Erie Shores and Islands and the Sandusky Register created the Sandusky Business Grant Initiative to help bring new, local businesses to the downtown district.

Select businesses will receive a grant that will pay a portion of their rent expenses and tenant improvements, allowing their business the financial room to grow into their potential over a period of several years in a high quality space in a prime location.

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SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATION GRANT

SERVING OVER 240 LOCAL ENTREPRENEURS
ACROSS ALL STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT

The top industries served by RISE are Food & Beverage, Retail, Consumer Services, and Tourism, Art & Entertainment. The ongoing 2019–20 pandemic of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) began to impact Ohio in March 2020 and the implications were felt for businesses almost immediately. The RISE Small Business Innovation Grant program is designed in response to this pandemic.

PROGRAMS

RISE PROGRAM

MENTORSHIP AND ASSISTANCE
TO GET YOUR BUSINESS STARTED

Our business advisors help you to wrap sound business practices around great business ideas and get your idea up and running.

Along with that we can help you prepare to access funding in the Northeast Ohio entrepreneurial ecosystem. Programs are highly competitive with limited funds, but we will walk you through available programs to help you start your business like the Ohio 3rd Frontier or local Revolving Loan Funds and other Economic Development Programs.

BEAR PROGRAM

EXPANDING & STRENGTHENING 
BUSINESSES

We and our partners are committed to providing companies with support long after they’ve settled in Erie County. Our Business Expansion and Retention (BEAR) program is designed to help existing businesses across the County as they expand, grow and strengthen their market position.

The BEAR program takes a proactive approach to learn more about the needs and barriers of the existing business community. Making sure that businesses are operating at optimum capacity and are happy with the local business environment is our priority for economic development.

The BEAR program relies on continuous outreach to capture businesses’ thoughts, ideas, concerns, future plans and insights into the local community. Our staff then responds quickly to your company’s immediate program and resource needs.​

Finally, your feedback provides actionable data that helps guide ECEDC’s economic development polices and activities. By learning about your business, we can support you with customized services for expansion, recruitment, training, financing and supply-chain management.

LET'S CONNECT

247 Columbus Ave., Suite 126
Sandusky, OH 44870

Phone: (419) 627-7791

Email: office@eriecountyedc.org

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ABOUT ECEDC

A private non-profit organization serving our community through comprehensive economic development programs. We're here to help individuals and businesses start, stay, and grow in Erie County.