The Entrepreneurs' Center (EC)

The Entrepreneurs' Center (EC) is dedicated to supporting all Miami Valley entrepreneurs. From small business, to high-tech, to research commercialization, we offer critical, free, game-changing resources to start-ups and scale-ups. The Dayton region's entrepreneurs drive innovation, diversify the region's economy, and fuel prosperity. Ready? We are. Let's get after it!

EC Resources

Small Business Development Center

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the EC provides free, confidential consulting and training to small business owners and potential entrepreneurs in Dayton and the Miami Valley. We help entrepreneurs make sound decisions for the successful operation of their business.

Resources for

High-Tech Startups

The EC’s Entrepreneurial Services Provider (ESP) program acts as an accelerator and business incubator for Miami Valley startups and early-stage technology companies back with $6 million in grants and non-dilutive capital for qualifying start-ups.


SBIR-TAP is your chance to work with experienced entrepreneurs to unlock the commercial potential of your technology. Our dedicated participants take advantage of our 18 hours of training over the course of six weeks. It's an opportunity to showcase your concepts to government and industry leaders and investors, gain valuable feedback, and gain a better chance at receiving a Phase II award.