SBA, SBDC, SCORE and Operation Hope Join Forces to Host Business Resource Workshop for Ohio Businesses


As a result of the tornadoes that impacted many counties in Ohio on March 14, a collaborative effort is underway to support business owners with resources to help them rebuild. The Workshop, scheduled for May 22nd, will provide critical resources and assistance to those affected by the disaster.

The event, organized by the Small Business Administration, Office of Disaster Recovery and Resilience (ODR&R), hosted by the Ohio Small Business Development Center (SBDC), and features Operation Hope, will offer a comprehensive range of services to aid impacted businesses. Attendees will have access to one-on-one counseling, finance education, business mentorship, marketing services, and much more.

“We meet the business community where they are by helping them navigate our extensive resource partner network,” said Francisco Sánchez, Jr., associate administrator for the SBA’s Office of Disaster Recovery and Resilience. “Business owners can connect with our specialists to apply for SBA disaster loans and get information on the full breadth of our programs.”

Registration is open to small businesses, non-profit organizations, and the entrepreneurial community seeking to network and gain valuable resource information.

Registration is as follows:

  • May 22, 2024, Virtual 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET Register Now

To be considered for SBA’s physical damage and economic injury disaster assistance, businesses are encouraged to apply online or visit a local recovery center for in-person assistance.

Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email [email protected] for more information on SBA disaster assistance. For people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, please dial 7-1-1 to access telecommunications relay services.

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is July 1, 2024. The deadline to return economic injury applications is Feb. 3, 2025.