Economic Development

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Whether it is a quaint store in the historic downtown or a high tech manufacturer on the industrial corridor, Berea is a great place to do business. Berea businesses are treated by the residents and local government as partners, all striving to make Berea a better, more dynamic community. 

Supporting Businesses

The City of Berea Economic Development provides existing businesses with support to retain and expand their workforce and operations. Likewise, the Economic Development Department shoSalon Front and Centerwcases Berea’s numerous strengths and advantages to local, regional and international businesses intent on expanding.

With a vast array of business resources at the local, county, state and national level, the Economic Development Department is devoted to connecting businesses with the resources that best fit their needs.

City of Berea Business Development Grants

The City of Berea has developed several innovative
grant programs to assist businesses with:Plum Picks

  • Building Improvements
  • Digital Marketing
  • Exterior Signage
  • Rent Reimbursement
  • Sustainability Consulting
  • Many other programs

2022 Berea Business Grant Application

Business Email Updates

The City of Berea Economic Development Department has begun a series of regular emails updates to notify Berea businesses of various programs, grants and updates.  Click below to view the each email update.

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Partnership with the Baldwin Wallace University Digital Marketing Clinic

The City of Berea Economic Development Department has partnered with the Baldwin Wallace University Digital Marketing Clinic ("DMC") to help Berea business with their digital marketing efforts through a wide variety of programming.  

Through this partnership, Berea businesses are able to participate in a free 30 minute "Quick Consult" meeting with DMC staff.  At a Quick Consult, DMC staff can help with small Social Media, Email, or Website issues.  If you are a Berea business and would like to schedule a Quick Consult, please click here.  

If a digital marketing issue cannot not be adequately addressed in a 30 minute Quick Consult, the DMC also offers another free program to Berea businesses: DMC on Demand. Through the DMC on Demand program, Berea businesses can receive immediate and short-term support for digital marketing projects that may take up to 10 hours to complete.

Berea businesses that are looking for assistance with an even more in-depth digital marketing issue, like a comprehensive strategy to launch a new website, email campaign, or social media initiative, the City of Berea and the DMC have teamed up to offer the DMC Grant.  Through the DMC Grant, a team of students takes a semester long, deep dive into the business and helps to position the business for future digital marketing success.  In order to participate in the DMC Grant, a Berea business must first be approved for a City of Berea Business Grant, please click here to download Berea Grant Application. 

As an effort to provide more digital marketing resources to Berea businesses, the DMC has created the Berea Biz Resource Portal website which contains digital marketing resources, tactics and best practices for Berea businesses.

Social Media 2In conjunction with the DMC and the Berea Chamber of Commerce, the City of Berea Economic Development Department hosts four Small Business Development Seminar throughout the year. These free seminars are frequently referred to as #bereabiznight and at each seminar a student in the DMC will present information about a specific area of digital marketing. All seminars start at 6:30 p.m. and are held at the Baldwin Wallace University Center for Innovation and Growth, 340 Front Street, Berea, Ohio 44017.

DMC Materials from Past #bereabiznight Seminars
Monetize your Marketing
Digital Marketing Tune Up
Google My Business Tool
Get Noticed with Hashtags
Facebook’s Hidden Features
Thinking Inside the Inbox: Email Marketing Tips
Online Reviews: the Good, the Bad & the Ugly
Scheduling for Success: Making a Winning Content Calendar

Partnership with the Small Business Development Center at Lorain County Community College

Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) are sponsored by the United States Small Business Administration and provide free services to businesses, including:

  • Mentoring and Coaching;
  • Market research;
  • Business planning;
  • Access to funding;
  • Access to resources; and more

The SBDC at Lorain County Community College holds office hours once a month at the City of Berea Business Outreach Office at 173 Front Street, Berea, Ohio 44017.  

Interested businesses, should contact Beth Gantz at to make an appointment.

Partnership with the Ohio University Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

The purpose of the PTAC is to assist Ohio businesses to sell goods and services to local, state and federal government.  Through the partnership with the City of Berea, the PTAC will hold office hours once a month at the City of Berea Business Outreach Office, 173 Front Street, Berea, Ohio 44017 to assist businesses to identify, compete and submit for government contracts.  Assistance can come in the form of one-on-one training, direct counseling, marketing and more.

If you are interested in speaking with PTAC, please register here:

Developing Relationships With Businesses

We have worked to develop relationships with several local and national agencies that are geared towards helping businesses thrive

If your business is interested in finding out more about any of these organizations, please contact us.Aerozone Alliance MapAerozone Alliance Map

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