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Business Advisory Program

Hamilton County Office of Small Business

Do you have a business in Hamilton County that was negatively impacted economically by the COVID pandemic? As we look to move beyond the effects of the pandemic, business owners still often face hurdles in securing business funding, having access to a network of business owners & mentors, and accessing the training to develop their business skills.


ECDI has partnered with the Hamilton County Office of Small Business, SBC Consulting, The African-American Chamber of Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky, and Cincinnati State to provide holistic specialized support to qualified entrepreneurs in Hamilton County through the Business Advisory Program.


Through the Business Advisory Program, eligible small business owners get holistic specialized support from agencies and experienced local business advisors:

  • One-on-one consultations with experts in fields like bookkeeping, marketing & branding, IT, business strategy and more

  • Financial readiness & loan packaging training

  • Access to affordable small business funding

  • Check-ins with a small business expert to make sure you’re meeting your goals

  • Virtual and in-person trainings and workshops

  • Themed networking events to make connections with other small business owners, business advisors and regional organizations

Eligibility Criteria

  • Small businesses located in a Qualified Census Tract or were negatively impacted economically due to the pandemic

  • Employ 50 employees or less

  • Located in Hamilton County, Ohio

  • Must have been in operation prior to March 16, 2020

  • Be a for-profit small business

Questions about the program or eligibility? Contact Tim Kehoe, at


If you’re a small business owner in Hamilton County who could benefit from no cost expert assistance, apply for the Business Advisory Program today!


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This Program is supported by, in whole or in part, federal award number 21.027 awarded to Hamilton County, Ohio by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

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Tiffany Gingrich

Transformational Mindset Coach

Thank you for connecting me to the Hamilton County Business Advisory Program and for providing invaluable resources and support in navigating it. I am now receiving assistance with updating and managing QuickBooks for my small business. Terricka Keck, my advisor, has been exceptionally friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful throughout the process. Learning to use QuickBooks and managing my bookkeeping has been a surprisingly simple and easy experience.

I've had a lot of challenges around organizing my finances and this program has helped me feel confident. As a solo entrepreneur without a financial background, I can't emphasize enough how impactful this has been. Now I feel equipped to take my business to the next level and assist more clients in leading fulfilling lives.

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