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Resources for Northern Ohio Manufacturers

Ohio's Edison Technology Centers

MAGNET is one of seven Ohio Edison Technology Centers located around the state. These centers provide a variety of product and process innovation and commercialization services to both established and early-stage technology-based businesses.

[blue square]BioOhio: Statewide center focused on promoting bio-life sciences industry in Ohio. 

[blue square]EISC/CIFT: Statewide center focused on food technology, particularly in processing/packaging. 

[blue square] Edison Materials Technology Center: Statewide organization focused on advanced materials and materials processing including all traditional metals, all forms of composites, rubber, biomaterials, PEM and Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, and nanomaterials.

[blue square]Edison Welding Institute: Internationally recognized institution focused on materials joining technology.

[blue square]MAGNET: Regional center for Northern Ohio, providing manufacturing process and productivity improvement services, product design and development services and fee-for-service training.

[blue square]PolymerOhioA networking group committed to the global competitiveness and growth of Ohio's polymer industry. 

[blue square]TechSolve: Regional center for Southern and Central Ohio, providing advanced manufacturing process and system services and productivity improvement training.

The Business of Manufacturing

[blue square]Edison Manufacturers Network: The Ohio Department of Development and Ohio Edison Centers are sponsoring the Edison Manufacturers Network, an online communication portal between buyers and sellers of manufactured parts and machining services. This free and secure network facilitates prompt and accurate sourcing that complements any business procurement process.

[blue square]Links to Economic Assistance: Find out who are your local and regional Ohio Dept. of Development representatives and how to get in touch with them.

Entrepreneurial Support

[blue square] The Incubator at MAGNET: The Incubator at MAGNET provides a comprehensive package of business assistance services to support the growth of technology-oriented companies.

[blue square]JumpStart Entrepreneurial Network: By completing one online form, entrepreneurs can get connected to four of the region's pre-seed and seed funds, six physical incubators located across all Northeast Ohio, numerous business advisors, and an online community built for entrepreneurs.

[blue square]NEO Inc: The Northeast Ohio Incubator Collaborative (NEOinc) provides coordinated services to entrepreneurs desiring to start technology-oriented businesses in the 21 counties of NE Ohio.

Government Entities

[blue square]U.S. Small Business Administration, Cleveland District Office: The SBA's many programs and services are available through the Cleveland District Office, which serves 28 counties in northern Ohio. The Cleveland District Office assisted more than 5,342 people through training, counseling and business-development programs during fiscal year 2008. During that same period, we approved 1,312 loans, totaling $224 million. We help Ohio's entrepreneurs get into business and stay in business!

[blue square]Ohio Department of Development: Working with our partners across business, state and local governments, academia, and the nonprofit sector, the Ohio Department of Development works to attract, create, grow, and retain businesses through competitive incentives and targeted investments.

[blue square]Ohio Dept. of Development Small Business Development Centers: The SBDCs are staffed with highly trained business advisors who offer FREE counseling to help with specific business needs. The 39 centers across Ohio are in local communities to guide businesses to the right resources and services to assist pre-venture, start-up, and existing businesses. Find your local center.

[blue square]Ohio Third Frontier: Created in 2002, the Ohio Third Frontier is an unprecedented commitment to create new technology-based products, companies, industries and jobs. In May 2010, voters approved the Ohio Third Frontier extension through 2015, indicating Ohio voters understand that technology and innovation will lead to economic prosperity both today and for future generations.

[blue square]Cuyahoga County New Product Development & Entrepreneurship Loans: The Cuyahoga County Board of Commissioners created the New Product Development and Entrepreneurship Program to assist entrepreneurs and small business in bringing innovative ideas to the marketplace. The program is administered by the Department of Development in partnership with MAGNET. Our common goals are to encourage innovation, support entrepreneurs, diversify and grow small businesses and create manufacturing jobs in Cuyahoga County.

[blue square]Northeast Ohio Trade & Economic Consortium (NEOTEC): A 10-county regional economic development partnership with the goal of attracting capital investment and jobs to Northeast Ohio through the administration of Foreign-Trade Zone 181, by providing international trade assistance to promote international commerce, and through the development of a world-class logistics system.

[blue square]International Trade Assistance Center (ITAC): This division of NEOTEC provides export assistance services to small- and medium-sized businesses throughout Northeast Ohio in order to promote growth through exports.

[blue square]U.S. Internal Revenue Service Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center, Cleveland Division: When you're running a business, you don't need to be a tax expert, too. But you do need some tax basics. IRS Small Business Advantage gives you the information you need to stay tax compliant so your business can thrive. Cleveland Office: Stakeholder Liaison, Internal Revenue Service, 1240 East 9th St., Cleveland; Phone: (216) 522-8243; E-mail:

Professional and Non-profit Organizations for Manufacturers

[blue square]Cleveland Engineering Society: The CES serves the educational and professional development needs of technical professionals and their employers, encourage young people to pursue careers in science and engineering, and foster the exchange of information and ideas to advance development and recognition of the region as a technology center.

[blue square] Institute for Sustainable Business Practice: A resource center based at Baldwin Wallace College in Berea offering consulting services for area businesses, peer-to-peer sharing for business managers, and educational programs that can benefit northeast Ohio organizations and the community.

[blue square]Ohio Business Development Coalition: Ohio Means Business: The OBDC is a public/private-funded nonprofit organization charged with attracting business investment and expansion opportunities to the State of Ohio. The OBDC site contains a wealth of information and links about the how to build or expand a business in the state, including essential information on tax reform, economic development incentives, targeted industry segments, and more.

[blue square]Precision Metalforming Association: PMA is the full-service trade association representing the $113-billion metalforming industry of North America. Its nearly 1,000 member companies also include suppliers of equipment, materials and services to the industry.

[blue square]National Association of Manufacturers: NAM is the nation’s largest industrial trade association representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states.

[blue square]Ohio Manufacturers Association: Member-supported organization that works directly with members of the Ohio General Assembly, state regulatory agencies, the judiciary community and statewide media with the sole focus of improving business conditions for manufacturers in Ohio.

[blue square]Manufacturers Alliance (MAPI): Originally known as the Machinery and Allied Products Institute, MAPI was formed as a result of the Depression-era National Industrial Recovery Act to help stabilize the industry at a time of unprecedented stress. Seventy-five years later, MAPI retains its original acronym and still is devoted to serving manufacturers through a focused program of economic research and peer learning.

[blue square]WIRE-Net: WIRE-Net was organized in 1988 to help manufacturing businesses—and jobs—stay in the Cleveland-area community at a time when plant closings and downsizing were commonplace. This membership-based organization provides support for manufacturing improvement and human resource management, training and education, advocacy for new investment in Cleveland, real estate services and expansion opportunities.

[blue square]Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition: The Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition is a united group of industry,academic, and government leaders working collectively to strengthen Ohio’s fuel cell industry and to accelerate the transformation of the region to global leadership in fuel cell technology.

[blue square]BioEnterprise: 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 Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, Case Western Reserve University, Summa Health System and BioInnovation Institute in Akron.


[blue square]hiVelocity Manufacturing Innovation: hiVelocity tells the story of the new economy in Ohio. It's a narrative of creative people and businesses and what they are doing to create jobs for today and tomorrow. Every other Thursday, hiVelocity will present original stories, video and photography to tell that story, from Cleveland to Cincinnati, Marietta to Maumee and parts in between. Get hiVelocity free in your e-mailbox each week by signing up here. hiVelocity is made possible through the support of the Ohio Business Development Coalition.

Need more information? Contact Linda Barita, voice (216) 391-7766.