Economic Development

COVID-19 Information

The City of Berea Economic Development Department has begun a series of regular emails updates to assist Berea businesses in the midst of the COVID-19 public health crisis.  Click below to view the each email update.

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Small Business Administration - Economic Injury Disaster Loans

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Small Business Administration ("SBA") is now accepting applications for its Economic Injury Disaster Loan ("EIDL") from small business owners in Berea.  

Funds from an EIDL can be used to pay for normal operating expenses and working capital.  Loan applications can be completed online.  For more information about the loan program, visit the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan website

PLEASE NOTE: earlier this year, the SBA was offering an advance on EIDLs and this advance did not need to be repaid.  This EIDL Advance option is no longer available.

Small Business Administration - Debt Relief Program

The SBA Debt Relief program will provide a reprieve to small businesses as they overcome the challenges created by this health crisis.  As part of their coronavirus debt relief efforts, the SBA will pay 6 months of principal, interest, and any associated fees that borrowers owe for all current 7(a), 504, and Microloans in regular servicing status as well as new 7(a), 504, and Microloans disbursed prior to September 27, 2020.

This relief will be automatically provided as follows:

  • For loans not on deferment, the SBA will begin making payments with the next payment due on the loan and will make six monthly payments.  
  • For loans currently on deferment, the SBA will begin making payments with the next payment due after the deferment period has ended and will make six monthly payments.
  • For loans made after March 27, 2020 and fully disbursed prior to September 27, 2020, the SBA will begin making payments with the first payment due on the loan and will make six monthly payments.

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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:Campus Grille

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

All 2020 grant funds have been allocated. Please
check back in December, 2020 for the 2021 Grant Programs

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 this partnership, 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 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



2020 #bereabiznight 
February 26, 2020Registration is now closedDMC Materials
May, 2020Cancelled due to Covid-19
September, 2020Cancelled due to Covid-19

November, 2020Cancelled due to Covid-19


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 bgantz@lorainccc.edu 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: https://www.center-gateway.com/#/application_form

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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