Cleveland Heights Business Incubator to Join Tech Center at Library

Small Business Development Center to relocate to space adjacent to future Heights Knowledge and Innovation Center

The Cleveland Heights Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will move to the Lee Road branch of the Heights Library.

The move will give entrepreneurs easy access to the technology and resources the library provides, said spokesperson Sheryl Banks, including the upcoming Heights Knowledge and Innovation Center (HKIC).

The SBDC and HKIC will open in the second floor of the Arts Center, where Dobama Theatre is located.

HKIC will be a computer lab with iPad rental, study rooms, software for music, movies and graphic design, a resource room with business and technology books and magazines and more.

Banks called the SBDC, run by Cleveland State University and the City of Cleveland Heights, and library's partnership ideal: "Entrepreneurs and small business owners and home businesses will have resources at their fingertips," she said.

This will be the SBDC's second move in as many years: in March 2011, the center, founded in Beachwood in 2010, moved from its first home in Beachwood to Cleveland Heights City Hall after Beachwood officials decided to take a different direction in its economic development initiatives.

Both the SBDC and the HKIC will open June 2, said Banks, though not all resources may be immediately available.

Garry Kanter April 05, 2013 at 10:53 AM
I see. So these future big deal "Job Creators" who will claim "We Built That" are sponging off the taxpayers in whatever city is desperate enough to house them? I guess none of these Movers and Shakers have internet access or restrooms in their own homes.
Nina Woolf April 05, 2013 at 04:52 PM
The organization is an excellent resource for entrepreneurs that are just starting out and existing small business owners. It also provides valuable experience to grad students at CSU. Understanding the value it brings to the community shows open-mindedness and forward thinking that is so often missing in local municipalities and individuals alike.
Garry Kanter April 05, 2013 at 06:23 PM
Maybe you could enumerate some of those "excellent resources" and the "value it brings to the community"? Because I'm not familiar with what those might be. Are you involved with this organization in any way?
michaelschwartz April 05, 2013 at 06:26 PM
Whoa Nina, you sound a bit too much like some PR robot with your response. Let me educate you a little bit as you seem to have no problem "educating" other posters. The CHUH schools already have a small business center at Coventry School known as Open office. I would like to ask you a little question. How many of these small business centers should there be? 10? 20? How about one in every empty closed school subsidized by the taxpayers? Nina, you have been working in the nonprofit sector a liitle to long as you are out of touch with what's going on. The city needs no more than one.
Nina Woolf April 05, 2013 at 10:17 PM
Michael - no, I do not speak for the organization in any way, and my opinion is, in fact, my own. To my knowldge not only is the Open Office a coworking space for entrepreneurs rather than a resource center per se, is it also for-profit and actually creates revenue for the city. Also, a simple Google search will tell you that SBDC is paid for through state programs. So other than rent it's probably not going to cost much (plus how much is WiFi these days?) Lastly I'd like to add that CH/UH/Shaker have developed a great network of entrepreneurs in the recent years - not the worst thing in the world to invest in. As long as there's demand for it (I'm going to have to trust their judgment on this) - why shouldn't these centers expand and multiply? PS I am in for-profit industry - just for the record.
Garry Kanter April 05, 2013 at 10:31 PM
I'll ask again: Maybe you could enumerate some of those "excellent resources" and the "value it brings to the community"? Because I'm not familiar with what those might be. Are you involved with this organization in any way?
Ralph Solonitz April 06, 2013 at 03:38 AM
more dollar stores are needed...maybe 2 for a dollar stores. I see lots of empty stores soon at severance as businesses will follow the walmart right outta cleveland heights and into the oakwood space. New construction is not the answer...rehab and renovation is what neighborhoods need. fill existing empty stores with people. Improve blighted properties...just look at Cedar and taylor ...the multi use building across from melt. it belongs in east cleveland. sad.
michaelschwartz April 06, 2013 at 01:01 PM
Is that a new check cashing place across from the high school in the old Pizza Hut space? If so, Heights High could not have a more disasterous gateway perception across the the street. I mean really, that whole area is looking like East Cleveland.
Carol April 07, 2013 at 01:32 PM
Jobs are needed to improve any city, the more support they get the better. Ownership is what installs pride. I was in the projects on East 55th and watched these aimless kids wandering around. They broke a glass bottle out of sheer boredom, then looked at me guiltily. They need attention, and a purpose. So unless you guys come up with some ideas on creating jobs around here, I suggest you divert your energies away from criticizing Nina.
Garry Kanter April 07, 2013 at 02:06 PM
Your's is the old "It's better than nothing" non-explanation. I haven't "criticized" anyone. I asked what are the resources and benefits. A question you avoided, as well. This is about alleged "entrepreneurs", not at-risk kids, anyways. Shaker has their "Launchpad" or whatever. What has that accomplished for all the tax $ it's gotten? How many of these things do we need?
Michael Lawrence April 10, 2013 at 06:13 AM
I don't know how these are paid for or if it would cost me money as a citizen of CH but it doesn't sound like a bad idea. I was interested in this a couple years ago when they first arrived to the heights. What does something like this center cost to use?


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