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Retention and Attraction
Available Commercial Properties SBA HUBZone Empowerment Program
Workforce Development Vacant Property Initiative Fund
Workforce Training Grants

OhioMeansJobs | Cleveland-Cuyahoga County

Various Locations, see Official Website

This collaborative city and county workforce system helps local businesses stay competitive.  OhioMeansJobs | Cleveland-Cuyahoga County oversees training programs and can supply businesses with information concerning hiring and financial incentives that businesses can benefit from including:

  • Research and labor market industry information
  • Recruitment and screening
  • Employee training and retention
  • Layoff aversion and assistance
  • Tax credits
  • Federal bonding

Workforce Training Grants

216.664.3073 – Weekdays 8 am to 5 pm – Fax: 216.664.2951

Grant money for employee training is available to Cleveland businesses through OhioMeansJobs | Cleveland-Cuyahoga County, a comprehensive group of partners which include government, education and supportive service providers that offer workforce development assistance. Grants are available for training dollars for existing as well as new workers and can include money for on-the-job training. In order to apply for the grant, the business must submit a completed application and contact OhioMeansJobs | Cleveland-Cuyahoga County at the above phone number. The employer is responsible for up to 50% of the cost associated with the program.

SBA HUBZone Empowerment Program

Cleveland Area HUBZone Map

HUBZone Program Website

The HUBZone Empowerment Contracting program provides federal contracting opportunities for qualified small businesses located in distressed areas. Fostering the growth of these federal contractors as viable businesses, for the long term, helps to empower communities, create jobs, and attract private investment. The US SBA:

  • regulates and implements the program
  • determines which businesses are eligible to receive HUBZone contracts
  • maintains a listing of qualified HUBZone small businesses Federal agencies can use to locate vendors
  • adjudicates protests of eligibility to receive HUBZone contracts
  • reports to the Congress on the program's impact on employment and investment in HUBZone areas

Vacant Property Initiative Fund

216.664.2406 - Weekdays 8 am to 5 pm - 601 Lakeside, Room 210

These loans are designed to overcome barriers to the re-use of abandoned, idled or underutilized commercial and industrial properties. Eligible applicants include private developers and businesses, and non-profit CDC’s.  -more

Department of Economic Development
Tracey A. Nichols, Director
601 Lakeside Ave, Room 210
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

P: 216.664.2406
F: 216.664.3681
Relay Service: 711
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Mission Statement


To provide assistance to businesses expanding within or locating to the city of Cleveland including financing, workforce solutions and technical assistance that will encourage investment in the community to enhance the lives of our citizens.

- Economic Development