Entrepreneurial & Business Network

Local Business Resources

Whether you are researching the possibility of starting a business, have already started or are well on your way, the Toledo Region’s business network offers a variety of resources and tools to help you make the most of your venture.

Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce
Regional Growth Partnership
EPIC Toledo
Toledo Small Business Development Center
Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority
Better Business Bureau
Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT)
Minority Business Assistance Center
Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Government
Women of Toledo
Northwest Ohio Regional Economic Development (NORED)
University of Toledo Center for Family and Privately-Held Business
University of Toledo Launchpad Incubator
ProMedica Innovations
Big Fab Lab
Toledo-Lucas County Public Library
The Toledo Ramp

Local Associations and Organizations

The Toledo Region is also home to many associations and organizations that enhance the quality of life while promoting accessibility and opportunity in the business community.

Downtown Toledo Improvement District, Inc.

Downtown Toledo Improvement District (DTID) is a 501(c)3 Special Improvement District. They improve, build and energize the downtown as a viable business, cultural, residential and recreational community through marketing, business advocacy and hospitality services.


Led by a network of corporate and civic leaders from the community, ConnecToledo is a 501(c)3 organization committed to the redevelopment of downtown Toledo. This is accomplished by connecting public and private investment to facilitate the implementation of the Downtown Toledo Master Plan and other community priorities.

Partnering with the Downtown Toledo Improvement District through a contract for services, ConnecToledo maintains programs for marketing/communications, business advocacy, residential attraction, business attraction including pre-development activity, and an ambassador program focused on hospitality, cleaning and safety.

Destination Toledo

Destination Toledo exists to shine a spotlight on the region. Their expert knowledge, insightful planning and passion helps attract meeting, convention and tourism business to Lucas County and the Greater Toledo Region.

AAA of Northwest Ohio

AAA Northwest Ohio is the official page for Northwest Ohio AAA Club Members.

The Academy of Medicine of Toledo & Lucas County

The Academy of Medicine is actively engaged in the support and enhancement of medical care in Toledo and Lucas County.

Associated General Contractors of Northwest Ohio

The Associated General Contractors of Northwest Ohio (AGCNWO) is a full-service trade membership organization dedicated to furthering the ever-changing agenda of commercial construction contractors, improving job site safety, expanding the use of cutting edge technologies and techniques and strengthening the dialogue between contractors and owners. AGCNWO represents nearly 350 firms employing over 12,000 professionals.

The Employers’ Association

The Employers’ Association serves regional employers in their efforts to build great cultures by providing Human Resource Management Information and Consulting, Training and Development and Workplace Wellness.

Home Builders Association of Greater Toledo, Inc.

Since 1943, the HBA of Greater Toledo has been protecting consumers by demanding that a strong code of ethics is upheld by its members. This ensures that when you chose an HBA member for your project you have the best in the business.

Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio

The Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio (HCNO) is a member-driven regional hospital association that represents and advocates on behalf of its member hospitals and health systems. HCNO also provides collaborative opportunities for its members and community partners to improve the health and well-being of Northwest Ohio’s residents.

Leadership Toledo

Leadership Toledo connects individuals with the community, engaging and involving them with initiatives that make the Toledo region a great place to live, work, and enjoy.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

With residents and partners, LISC forges resilient and inclusive communities of opportunity across America – great places to live, work, visit, do business and raise families.

Mechanical Contractors Association of N.W. Ohio

The Mechanical Contractors Association of Northwest Ohio represents over 80 signatory mechanical contractors doing business in northwest Ohio. They are the voice of quality construction and system maintenance in this region.

Toledo Bar Association

The Toledo Bar Association's mission is to advance the professional and personal lives of their members through outstanding services, unmatched collaborative opportunities, and professional development.

Northwest Ohio Realtors

Northwest Ohio REALTORS®, an association of real estate professionals, is one of the nearly 1,600 real estate boards in the country which make up the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), the largest trade association in the world.

Professional Remodelers Association

The Professional Remodelers Organization is a group of professional home repair and remodeling experts who provide a wide variety of services to area residents. Their goal is to collect the most qualified and highest rated contractors and home repair experts in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan area, and to connect them with local homeowners and businesses who need their services.

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