Links to government agencies that provide assistance to inventors.
First Stop Business Connection
– A program, sponsored by the Ohio Department of Development’s Small Business Development Centers and the U.S. Small Business Administration, providing free state-level information needed to get started or continue on your entrepreneurial journey.
SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives)
– A non-profit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small businesses nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Provides free business advice and low cost practical business seminars to entrepreneurs. Assistance ranging from start-up, marketing, strategic planning, accounting and much more.
The Small Business Administration
– Provides information on protecting your ideas, marketing, business start-up, business financing, business opportunities, and laws and regulations for small businesses. Presents hundreds of guides on how to: write an effective loan proposal, deal with financial institutions, and meet necessary legal requirements.
Deparment of Energy - Invention and Innovation Program
– Offers financial and technical support to inventors and businesses for promising energy-saving concepts and technologies. Information about grant opportunities is also available.
Federal Trade Commission Home Page
– Before you market your product, be sure you will market fairly. Visit the FTC site. The FTC seeks to ensure that the nation's markets function competitively, and are vigorous, efficient, and free of undue restrictions. The FTC also works to enhance the smooth operation of the marketplace by eliminating acts or practices that are unfair or deceptive. In general, the FTC's efforts are directed toward stopping actions that threaten consumers' opportunities to exercise informed choice.