It is important to acknowledge up front that funding a start-up can be difficult. Before you have sales and cash flow, you will need cash resources that are sometimes difficult to obtain. Your capital access plan (i.e., what cash you need, when and how you will get it, and how you will allocate it) is an extremely important first step. No-cost business advisory services through Small Business Development Centers, economic development offices and multiple other entities are available to help you create this plan. Multiple lenders, investors and grant opportunities are also available. Focusing on this planning early on will help ensure financial health throughout your business endeavor. The following resources are a good starting point, but check back with them regularly as funding streams and opportunities change regularly and quickly.
Federal programs, grants and incentives
State programs, grants and incentives
Ohio utility-based programs
To find additional incentives, programs and technical resources, see Appendix B in our "Energy & Efficiency Business Startup Guide" here.
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