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Ready to start (or continue to grow) a small, main street business? Have a game-changing technology or research, but aren’t sure how to scale or commercialize? As an entrepreneur, finding the right resources and connections for your business is key when you’re managing multiple priorities.

Start a Small Business

From food trucks and freelancers to makers and manufacturers, we have resources and solutions for every stage of every main street business!

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Launch a High-Tech Startup

Big, technology-enabled idea? Check! Addressable market of $250+ million? Check! Launching in the Dayton Region? Check! The EC has the program for you!

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Commercialize Research

If you received one or more Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contracts from the federal government and are ready for commercialization, the EC is here for you!

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We get it.

As entrepreneurs ourselves, we understand each business venture encounters unique challenges.

And that’s our specialty at the Entrepreneurs’ Center – we focus on you, your goals to develop a plan of action to take your business to the next level. Whether you’re just starting out and need development and operational guidance or ready for capital investment and need help connecting to the right partners, our experienced team is ready to help you with business planning, mentoring, networking and more. And we have relationships with leading investors and institutions, both locally and nationally.

Did we mention our services are free?

And that we’re located at The Hub Powered by PNC Bank in the historic Dayton Arcade, a truly inspiring and innovative space we share with the University of Dayton? All true. We also have over a decade of success working with brilliant entrepreneurs as well as corporations, higher education institutions and the Department of Defense.

Our mission is to power progress and prosperity by empowering the development and growth of early-stage businesses like yours.

We’re excited to partner with you to take the next step in achieving your goals. After all, putting entrepreneurs at the center of what we do has always been our thing.

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