Business Assistance

The Ravenna Chamber of Commerce welcomes you to Ravenna, the seat of Portage County. Located in the heart of Northeast Ohio, Ravenna plays a vital role in Ohio's business and industry growth. Ravenna captures that small town spirit in its thriving city center. The Ravenna Chamber is composed of business and professional people working together to make the Ravenna area a better place to conduct business as well as a great place to live and work.

The Portage Workforce Connection provides employment and training services for the residents and businesses in Portage County, Ohio and surrounding areas. Cities served within Portage County include Aurora, Kent, Ravenna and Streetsboro.

Geauga Ashtabula Portage Partnership, Inc. (GAPP, Inc.) is a non-profit entity formed under the auspices of the Boards of County Commissioners of Geauga, Ashtabula, and Portage Counties to administer the Workforce Investment Program for the three county areas. GAPP is directed by the 33 member Workforce Investment Board in partnership with the County Commissioners of the three counties. GAPP, Inc. serves as both the Fiscal and Administrative Entities for the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Federal Program.

166 Direct Loan

Provides loans for land and building acquisition, expansion or renovation, and equipment purchase.

Innovation Ohio Loan Fund Program

Provides loans for acquisition, construction, and related costs of technology, facilities, and equipment purchase.

Ohio Capital Access Program

Encourages state chartered financial institutions to make loans to for-profit or nonprofit small businesses that are creating or retaining jobs by establishing a unique reserve account at lending institutions. The state, the lender, and the business each make a small contribution to the account. The reserve account is available to the lender for recovery of losses associated with any loan the lender has enrolled in the program.

Ohio Enterprise Bond Fund

Provides loans for land and building acquisition, construction, expansion or renovation, and equipment purchases for eligible businesses.

Minority Business Direct Loan Program

Provides fixed, low-interest rate loans to certified minority-owned businesses that are purchasing or improving fixed assets and creating or retaining jobs. 

Minority Business Bonding Program

Provides bid, performance, and payment surety bonds to state certified minority-owned businesses that are unable to obtain bonding through standard surety companies.

Regional 166 Direct Loan

Provides loans for land and building acquisition, construction, expansion or renovation, and equipment purchases for eligible businesses. Twelve local economic development agencies administer the program.

Research & Development Investment Loan Fund Program

Provides loans commitment to Research and Development activities.

Rural Industrial Park Loan

Provides direct loans and loan guarantees to rural, distressed local communities and other eligible applicants committed to creating well-planned industrial parks.

Urban Redevelopment Loan

Provides low-interest loans to municipalities or designated nonprofit economic development organizations to acquire real estate for assembly into developable parcels and remediate any brownfield contamination site to entice private business investment in distressed urban locations.

Volume Cap

Provides allocations to eligible issuers the ability to issue tax exempt Private Activity Bonds up to a state limit known as “Volume Cap” that is determined annually on a per capita basis for projects consisting of multi-family housing, single-family housing, exempt facilities, manufacturing, and student loan bonds.

Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network (MAGNET) is an Ohio Department of Development Edison Technology Center serving the motor vehicle and parts manufacturing industry. MAGNET is a provider of Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) services through the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency of the United States Department of Commerce.