Opportunities for Ohio Small Business Owners

Date: January 17, 2023

High school tech internships open for applicants

The High School Tech Internship pilot program is an opportunity for  Ohio  employers to receive reimbursement for establishing a recruitment pipeline by hosting high school interns in tech-related roles. The goal of the program is to provide businesses with the tech talent they need while also providing students with valuable work experience at an early age.

Businesses looking to host interns should notify their local educational entity (school district, educational service center, business advisory council, etc.). A business entity cannot participate without partnering with an educational entity.

Interns will be expected to perform job duties similar to what is expected of an entry-level employee in technology roles that focus on software development, data, cloud and IT infrastructure, cybersecurity, and other technology-focused roles. Businesses will be reimbursed up to 100% of the wages paid to interns to encourage employers to hire high school students in technology roles. Businesses are also eligible to earn bonuses for each student that earns a credential.

Internships can start at any time once the educational entity has received notification of approval for funding, but no students can be placed after June 15th. Internships must be completed by October 1st.

For more information, please visit the program website on the Ohio Department of Education’s Website.


January Application Period for TechCred is Open

The TechCred program helps businesses address their workforce needs by upskilling current and prospective employees. Businesses of all sizes, from any industry, are eligible for up to $30,000 per round and up to $180,000 per year.

2023 Application Periods for TechCred:

  • January 3 – 31, 2023
  • March 1-31, 2023
  • May 1-31, 2023
  • July 3-31, 2023
  • September 1-29, 2023
  • November 1-30, 2023

As a reminder, the current application period for businesses opened January 3, 2023, and will close January 31, 2023, at 3:00 PM. Apply now at TechCred.Ohio.Gov.

“2022 was a banner year for the TechCred program with hundreds of employers and thousands of employees participating,” said Lydia Mihalik, director of the Ohio Department of Development. “With six application periods coming up in 2023, we will continue to boost the skill level of Ohio’s workforce and help businesses grow.”

“The TechCred numbers speak for themselves,” said Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner. “Ohio’s economy and workforce continue to be strengthened by the thousands of tech-focused credentials earned by employees through this successful program.”

Individuals and training providers interested in learning more about the program can visit: TechCred.Ohio.Gov.


Ohio EPA Launches Improved and Updated Permit Wizard 

Ohio EPA is excited to announce the release of a new and improved version of our Permit Wizard Application. Permit Wizard is an easy-to-use online application that helps new and existing small businesses in Ohio identify necessary environmental permits, licenses, or registrations anonymously.

Permit Wizard takes users through a short series of general questions about their operations. It then provides a summary of the required permits, licenses, or registrations that will likely be needed, along with contacts and links to helpful resources. Permit Wizard is available online at: https://ohioepa.custhelp.com/app/permit_wizard

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