Start a Business

We understand that opening or starting a business can be a confusing and complicated process. To support you during your journey, we have developed the Plain City Business Start-Up Guide. We are committed to your success and offer many opportunities to help you thrive. The start-up guide features valuable tips and resources, carefully selected to assist you in your pursuit of business ownership. We hope that you will find the information beneficial as you navigate through this exciting yet challenging chapter.

In addition to the start-up guide, we strongly encourage you to reach out to our dedicated staff, who stand-by ready to provide guidance and support tailored to your unique needs. Whether you have questions, require clarification, or simply seek to discuss your plans, our team is here for you.

Start-up Services 

Marysville Entrepreneurial Center
The services of the Marysville Entrepreneurial Center (MEC) are now available to Plain City residents, business owners, and entrepreneurs at no cost! The MEC specializes in helping entrepreneurs, start-ups, and small businesses refine their business concept, develop business plans, implement successful marketing techniques, and set successful business strategies. The MEC can also connect users to local attorneys, bankers, marketing consultants, IT providers, HR professionals, and others.

Chaz Freutel, Manager

Small Nation
Small Nation is widely recognized for its innovative and "out-of-the-box" approach to empowering small businesses, start-ups, and small towns, enabling them to achieve remarkable success. With its unique methodology and comprehensive support, Small Nation has established itself as an exceptional resource for individuals and businesses in our area who aspire to surpass limitations and accomplish what may seem impossible. Their dedication to fostering growth and prosperity sets them apart, making them a valuable partner for those seeking to unlock their full potential.

Need Work Space? 

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Are you in need of a productive and inspiring workspace? Look no further than Brick House Blue - The Station. This unique facility, a charming 1800s-built home, has played a vital role in serving our community as the water billing department and the original firehouse. Now, it has transformed into a hub of opportunity.

Brick House Blue - The Station offers a range of amenities to cater to your professional needs. With 14 private offices, open coworking areas, a huddle room, and well-equipped meeting/event spaces, this facility is designed to support remote workers, local businesses, and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Whether you require a dedicated office space to focus and collaborate, a vibrant coworking area for networking and inspiration, or a versatile venue for hosting meetings and events, Brick House Blue - The Station has you covered.

Other Resources

Community Capital Development Corporation (CCDC)
CCDC is recognized as one of Ohio's most active certified development companies. Since 1981, they have been dedicated to assisting small businesses in securing financing for their growth and expansion endeavors. As a certified entity by the Small Business Administration, CCDC serves as a vital link between borrowers and the most suitable lending resources. This strategic connection empowers small businesses, granting them a competitive edge in today's fiercely competitive marketplace.

ECDI is dedicated to assisting entrepreneurs at all stages of their journey and helping them enhance both their businesses and business skills. ECDI offers a range of services to cater to the diverse needs of entrepreneurs. They provide free support, including mentoring, training, and more, ensuring that all entrepreneurs have access to valuable resources.

Richwood Marketing
Richwood Marketing is a provider of creative services, specializing in serving small businesses in rural communities, including Richwood Bank business customers and other community banks. Their comprehensive range of services encompasses website design, graphic and logo design, photography and videography, content creation, digital marketing, and brand messaging.

SCORE is made up of experienced volunteer business professionals that provide free and confidential advice and mentorship to entrepreneurs on starting, managing, and growing a business.

Small Business Administration 
The U.S. Small Business Administration provides help with SBA services including funding programs, counseling, federal contracting certifications, and disaster recovery. They can also connect you to partner organizations, lenders, and other community groups that help small businesses succeed.

Small Business Development Center at Columbus State Community College
Part of America’s SBDC national network, the SBDC at CSCC supports 9 counties in the Central Ohio Region and provides entrepreneurs with advising, training, specialty services, and more.  They host a program called B.A.S.E., which stands for the Basis of a Successful Enterprise. B.A.S.E. will help you discover what it will take for you to build a business around your dreams and passion. Not just any business, but a business that will allow you to live, thrive, and become a successful entrepreneur.

Questions? Please direct questions to Jason Stanford, Development Manager, via email or by calling 614-873-3527 ext 119.