Welcome to the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Marietta.

The SBDC provides business consulting to a four county region comprised of Monroe, Morgan, Noble, and Washington Counties.  Services are provided in the three areas:

  • Pre-venture - thinking about starting a business

  • Start-up - the first two years

  • Existing - growing and expanding 


There are several services available to assist new entrepreneurs in starting a business and all are available at no cost. The following are the usual steps taken in starting a business with the SBDC’s help.

  • Contact the 1st Stop Business Connection for information on licensing and permits 

  • Attend Basis of a Successful Start Class

    • Assessment of client readiness, both personal and financial

  • Begin 1-on-1 consulting relationship with SBDC Certified Business Advisor

    • Development of a business plan

    • Identification of funding sources

    • Proposal presentation to potential funding sources

    • Funding secured

    • Getting the doors open


The SBDC Certified Business Advisor can assist the newer business owner by being a deliverer of new information and knowledge as well as an implementation facilitator, helping the client to implement new concepts and approaches in the business operation.

  • Review of existing business plan or development of a new business plan

  • Strategic Management Learning System, an SBA program, providing a year-long series of business plan implementation steps covering the following topics, one per month:

    • Cash Flow Management

    • Forecasting

    • Management Control

    • Target Marketing

    • Time Management

    • Financing

    • Human Resources

    • Inventory Control

    • Marketing Communications

    • Credit and Collections

    • Strategic Analysis

    • Knowledge Management Systems


The Integrated Quality Assessment© (IQa) tool is designed to assist companies become more successful.  It is designed to take a comprehensive, systems view of the company and its performance from multiple perspectives. IQis based upon the nationally recognized principles and the seven performance excellence criteria used by the Baldrige National Quality Program and the Ohio Award for Excellence.

  • Leadership

  • Strategic Planning

  • Customer and Market Focus

  • Information and Analysis

  • Human Resource Focus

  • Process Management

  • Organizational Results 

Personalized Responsive Assistance

Business owners having specific areas of concerns can also contact the SBDC for assistance if the above programs are not appropriate



For information contact Pamela Lankford 740-373-5150.


Pamela Lankford, Director
Ohio SBDC at Marietta
2163 State Route 821, Bldg. 6 Ste. A
Marietta, OH  45750

The Riverview Building
100 Front Street
Marietta, Ohio 45750
(740) 373-5176