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ACCESS SUPPORT FOR ENTREPRENEURS
Over the past several years, many innovative companies and unique small businesses have sought RISE support to take the next big step for their business – whether that be opening their doors for the first time, securing their first storefront, hiring their first employee, buying out their owner, or even selling their business.
Want to join in? Building and growing a business isn’t always easy, but our team can help you solve many common challenges. Download the Starting your Business in Ohio guide, give our staff a call, or join the Regional Incubator for Sustainability and Entrepreneurship (RISE) for tailored, free business assistance.
SMALL BUSINESS GRANT OPPORTUNITIES
LEVERAGING PARTNERSHIPS TO BRING FINANCIAL AID TO YOUR EFFORT
ECEDC and RISE have administered several innovative public-private partnerships to bring grant funding to local small businesses when funds are available, and timing is right. Past partnerships include the Emerging Sandusky Business Grant which provided $270,000 in funding to six small businesses in downtown Sandusky thanks to H2 Property Management, the
RISE Small Business Innovation Grant Round 1 which provided $20,000 to thirteen small business making innovative pivots thanks to Dorn Charitable Fund at Erie County Community Foundation, and the RISE Small Business Innovation Grant Round 2 which provided $50,000 to small businesses recovering from COVID-19 thanks to the Erie County Commissioners.
RISE can help small businesses navigate grant and loan application processes. RISE can also help foundations and Corporate Social Responsibility teams meet their investment goals. Work with RISE to set up a grant program to meet your goals.