Updated 12:20 p.m. Tuesday: Cleveland Heights City Councilman Mark Tumeo announced Monday night that the city has reached an agreement with Cleveland State University to open the Small Business Development Center in City Hall Wednesday.
The center is funded by the Ohio Department of Development and the U.S. Small Business Administration, and it will provide various resources and counseling to local businesses in the region, especially those on the east side of Cleveland, Tumeo said.
The Small Business Development Center will move from , as Beachwood is shuttering its 6-year-old Business Development Center, said Vince Adamus, economic development director for Beachwood. The city decided last year to close it this month, citing the tough economy.
The center will be staffed with a director and two graduate students in the Masters of Business Administration Program at CSU. They will provide technical and writing support, outreach and strategic planning to small businesses, Tumeo said.
Howard Thompson, economic development director for Cleveland Heights, said the center will also assist small businesses with business planning, research and sales, and more details will be announced soon.
“It’s a great thing for Cleveland Heights. It’s part of our growth and focus on bringing more jobs into the city,” Tumeo said.
Mayor Ed Kelley said Thompson has been working on this project for about two or three months since he first heard the center was leaving Beachwood. Kelley said the center will assist businesses established in Cleveland Heights and help attract new companies.
"We're grateful to work with Cleveland State on this, and we look forward to having a solid professional relationship with the Cleveland State folks for many years to come," Kelley said. "Howard (Thompson) is doing a great job … From start to finish, he made it happen."
More details from Monday night's city council meeting will be available on Cleveland Heights Patch later today.
Beachwood Patch Editor Nikki Ferrell contributed to this report.