Whether it is a quaint store in the historic downtown or a high tech manufacturer on the industrial corridor, Berea is a great place to do business. Berea businesses are treated by the residents and local government as partners, all striving to make Berea a better, more dynamic community.
The City of Berea Economic Development provides existing businesses with support to retain and expand their workforce and operations. Likewise, the Economic Development Department showcases Berea's numerous strengths and advantages to local, regional and international businesses intent on expanding.
With a vast array of business resources at the local, county, state and national level, the Economic Development Department is devoted to connecting businesses with the resources that best fit their needs.
City of Berea Business Development Grants
The City of Berea has developed several innovative
grant programs to assist businesses with:
- Building Improvements
- Digital Marketing
- Exterior Signage
- Rent Reimbursement
- Sustainability Consulting
- Many other programs
Click to download 2019 Berea Business Grant Application.
Partnership with the Baldwin Wallace University Digital Marketing Clinic
The City of Berea Economic Development Department has partnered with the Baldwin Wallace University Digital Marketing Clinic ("DMC") to help Berea business with their digital marketing efforts. Through this partnership, the DMC has created the Berea Biz Resource Portal website which contains digital marketing resources, tactics and best practices for Berea businesses.
In conjunction with the DMC and the Berea Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Department hosts four Small Business Development Seminar throughout the year. These free seminars are frequently referred to as #bereabiznight and at each seminar a student in the DMC will present information about a specific area of digital marketing. All seminars start at 6:30 p.m. and are held at the Baldwin Wallace University Center for Innovation and Growth, 340 Front Street, Berea, Ohio 44017.
|2019 #bereabiznight Seminar Schedule|
|February 6, 2019||Registration is Closed||Get Noticed with Hashtags|
|March 20, 2019||Registration is Closed||Google My Business Tool|
|September 25, 2019||Click Here to Register||DMC Materials|
|November 20, 2019||Click Here to Register||DMC Materials|
|DMC Materials from Past #bereabiznight Seminars|
|Facebook's Hidden Features|
|Thinking Inside the Inbox: Email Marketing Tips|
|Online Reviews: the Good, the Bad & the Ugly|
|Scheduling for Success: Making a Winning Content Calendar|
Partnership with the Small Business Development Center at Lorain County Community College
Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) are sponsored by the United States Small Business Administration and provide free services to businesses, including:
- Mentoring and Coaching;
- Market research;
- Business planning;
- Access to funding;
- Access to resources; and more
The SBDC at Lorain County Community College holds office hours once a month at the City of Berea Business Outreach Office at 173 Front Street, Berea, Ohio 44017.
Interested businesses, should contact Beth Gantz at firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.
Developing Relationships With Businesses
We have worked to develop relationships with several local and national agencies that are geared towards helping businesses thrive
- 10,000 Small Businesses
- Aerozone Alliance
- Aviatra Accelerators
- Berea Chamber of Commerce
- Economic and Community Development Institute ("ECDI")
- Small Business Development Centers (“SBDCs”)
- Hispanic Business Center ("HBC")
- Women’s Business Center of Ohio
- National Development Council ("NDC")
- And many more!
If your business is interested in finding out more about any of these organizations, please contact us.Aerozone Alliance Map
Please contact us to find out how we can help.