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Entrepreneurs' Center

The Entrepreneurs’ Center (EC) is a modern economic development organization that powers progress and prosperity through entrepreneurship. Annually, we work with over 1,000 brilliant entrepreneurs to start and grow companies, create jobs, generate revenue, and attract investment. The EC empowers main street and technology businesses through complimentary professional services including: business planning, mentoring, training, networking, commercialization, and capital investment. 

EC Resources


Resources for High Tech Start Ups

The Entrepreneurial Services Provider Program (ESP), a $23M initiative led in partnership with the State of Ohio and the Ohio Third Frontier Commission provides mentoring, support services, and capital to early-stage technology companies. Our ESP program supports tech entrepreneurs with big ideas – the type of entrepreneurs with the passion and dedication to see their vision from concept to growth, whose ideas will disrupt industries and transform expectations. Does this sound like you? Then your next step is to share an overview of your business and types of assistance you might need. Connect with us to get started!


For Main Street Businesses

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the Entrepreneurs’ Center, in partnership with the State of Ohio and the Small Business Administration (SBA), provides business support, access to small business programming, coaching and mentoring to more than 800 main street businesses regionally. More specifically, we provide complimentary consulting and training to small business owners and potential entrepreneurs in the Dayton Region. We are here to help owners make sound decisions for the successful operation of their business.


For Commercializing Research

Air Force Research Laboratory’s Technology Acceleration Project, a program developed and launched by the EC, in partnership with the Wright Brothers Institute, identifies, assesses and commercializes technologies that support Air Force missions. Since inception, this program has supported more than 400 small businesses across the US and has resulted in more than $320M in capital to further develop and commercialize technologies. SBIR-TAP is your chance to work with experienced entrepreneurs to unlock the commercial potential of your technology. It’s an opportunity to showcase your concepts to government and industry leaders and investors, gain valuable feedback, and increase your chance at receiving subsequent funding.

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