Braintree has assembled a collection of resources to help you learn more about
starting and growing a technology-focused business.


Northeast Ohio Startup Network

Braintree is part of the Northeast Ohio startup ecosystem along with JumpStart and twelve other entrepreneurial support organizations. This means that we can reach out to them for further assistance beyond what Braintree itself can supply.
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Small Business Development Centers

Since 1985, the SBDC program has fostered a strong climate for small business growth with many local community partners. Our statewide network offers a wide range of services including:Business assessment valuationCash flow analysisFinancial projections developmentFree one-on-one business counseling, Identifying sources of capital, Inventory control, assessment, Market feasibility and research, Marketing strategy development, strategic business planning workshops, and training programs
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SCORE offers the nation's largest, network of free, expert business mentors. If you're just starting a business, SCORE mentors can provide the practical action plan, education and tools you need to open your doors and establish a customer base. Already own a business? Our volunteer mentors can help identify ways to increase profit, improve employee and customer satisfaction, and achieve work/ life balance.
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Believe in Ohio


BioOhio is a membership organization that builds and accelerates bioscience industry, research, and education in Ohio. With over 400 members, BioOhio is the lead organization for the bioscience community and the Ohio affiliate for global bioscience associations AdvaMed, BIO, MDMA and PhRMA.
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Ohio Third Frontier Program

The Ohio Third Frontier program is creating jobs and transforming the state's economy by accelerating the growth of high-tech, startup and early-stage companies. The statewide network of resources provides access to business assistance, capital and talent to help turn great ideas into thriving companies and well-paying jobs.
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Ohio Minority Business Assistance Centers

The Ohio Minority Business Assistance Centers provide technical assistance, professional consulting, access to capital and contract assistance to emerging businesses. MBAC staff work with existing businesses, start-ups, certified Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs), certified Encouraging Diversity Growth and Equity (EDGE) and socially and economically disadvantaged businesses. MBEs are defined as businesses that are at least 51 percent or more owned and controlled by one of the following groups: African American, Hispanic, Native American or Asian American. EDGE certified businesses are defined as enterprises that are owned by economically and socially disadvantaged entrepreneurs.
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Richland Area Chamber of Commerce

For more than a century, the Richland Area Chamber of Commerce has supported economic development throughout the Mansfield, OH and Richland County area and offered valuable benefits to its membership.The Chamber is a member-based organization, and area businesses and organizations are invited to learn about joining our efforts.
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Lean Startup Model

Barrett Thomas of the Richland Community Development Group is a thought leader in an analysis and planning tool referred to as the "Lean Startup" model. He has compiled a number of resources and materials to help entrepreneurs understand the process.
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First Call 211

First Call 211 is a free, confidential community service. Our mission is to provide useful information to the public and to connect members of our community with services that meet their needs. Assistance can range from simple issues, to much more complex issues, and our up-to-date database allows us to search through local services and match those in need to the proper agencies for help.
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JumpStart was formed to bring the concept of “venture development” to Northeast Ohio—a unique mix of capital investment and intensive technical assistance for entrepreneurs. For more than a decade, we have expanded our work to assist existing small business owners, as well as regional leaders in a 21 county area of Northeast Ohio.
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Downtown Mansfield, Inc.

Established in 1998, Downtown Mansfield, Inc. (DMI) is a nonprofit membership based organization whose mission is to stimulate economic development, improve the appearance and create a positive image of the downtown as a desirable place to work, live, visit, shop and invest. In order to accomplish these goals we have implemented the National Main Street Model for commercial district revitalization.
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Idea Works

Idea Works, in downtown Mansfield, offers coworking spaces, a state of the art podcast studio and the Entrepreneurs’ Kitchen for food-based businesses.
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MAGNET helps Northeast Ohio manufacturing companies in three key focus areas that drive long-term economic transformation:Innovation and CommercializationWorkforce and TalentBest-in-Class Services and Programs
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Regional Manufacturing Coalition

The Regional Manufacturing Coalition helps the manufacturers of North Central Ohio prosper through education and networking.
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Guide to Investing in a Business

Taking a leap of faith to pursue your small business dream takes courage – and cash. Before you take the leap into investing in a business, you should project your start-up costs and ongoing operational costs and learn all the state and municipal regulations that will affect you. Here is a guide from
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State of Ohio 1st Stop Business Connection

The 1st Stop Business Connection is the easiest way to learn about starting a business in Ohio. It provides free state-level information needed to get started or continue on your entrepreneurial journey. Follow our four step process and you'll be on your way.
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Ohio Secretary of State

The Ohio Secretary of State maintains a site for existing and start-up businesses.
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U.S. News & World Report: Guide to Business Lending

Small-business loans can help you start or expand an existing business. Loan programs from direct lenders and the Small Business Administration, including the SBA Paycheck Protection Program, can infuse working capital loans and other financial support when you need it the most. U.S. News & World Report provides a guide to small business lending.
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Guide to Taking your Business Online

Whether your small business is well-established, just starting out, or somewhere in between, having a dedicated website is a must.
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Resources for Women

Katie Horne reviews resources for women-owned small businesses.
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