HCDC’s Business Center is a nationally-recognized startup business incubator in Southwest Ohio that helps entrepreneurs launch successful technology-oriented businesses through coaching, connections, innovative programming, access to capital, and a diverse learning environment.

Established by HCDC in 1989, the Business Center is one of the largest and most successful business incubators in the country. More than 300 innovative and scalable businesses have participated in HCDC’s incubation program including more than 60 current resident businesses that call the Business Center home. Over the past 25 years, our resident companies have created more than 2,300 jobs and generated $500 million in economic activity. Approximately 300 people come to work at the Business Center on any given day. Hundreds more engage in Business Center programming, meet-ups, and forums every year.

We’ve got graduates all over the world – check out our local map of graduates!

Our Mission

The Business Center has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs grow their business through one-on-one business coaching, access to capital, connections, resource referrals, programs, and affordable, flexible office/lab space.


Mentoring, Coaching, and Networking

  • On-site business coaching
  • Mentoring and networking programs including Morning Mentoring and eKickstart
  • Expert connections with our partners in Queen City Angels, CincyTech, the State of Ohio, SBA, and others
  • Access to financing
  • Assistance in applying for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Awards
  • Most importantly, we offer a community filled with entrepreneurial camaraderie

About the Business Center

  • 70,000+ square feet of rentable space
  • Conveniently located in Norwood
  • Plenty of complementary parking
  • Secured facility that is available 24/7
  • Flexible office rentals that include co-works (shared workspace), lab rooms, dock access, kitchenettes,conference rooms and meeting space
  • Entrepreneur-friendly leasing terms available
  • Shared tenant resources include A/V equipment, internet and WiFi
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Client Success Stories…

“I’d to thank HCDC for all it did for us early on in our business. We started the business back in 2009, and at that time we were two guys and an idea. At that stage of a company’s lifecycle, you encounter lots of challenges and don’t have answers. The HCDC Business Center really served as an advisory board for us, to provide us with advice and guidance when we needed it, to give us the encouragement and support when we didn’t quite see the light at the end of the tunnel.”
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Austin Allison

Founder of DotLoop (now owned by Zillow)

“We benefitted tremendously from incubating at the HCDC Business Center. While the affordable rent and fast internet services were great, the bigger drivers were: Informal networking with other entrepreneurs; Being equidistant to anything in Greater Cincinnati; Exposure to local investors and banks; The availability to tap the expertise of mentors and coaches. Would we go with the Business Center again if we had to do it all over again? Hands down, no doubt!”

Brian Taylor

CEO, Scenario Learning, 2008 Business Center Graduate

“The Business Center is Greater Cincinnati’s greatest entrepreneurial asset. The incubation program gave me the foundation and the encouragement that I needed to succeed.”
tom reed intrexon

Thomas Reed

Founder Intrexon Corp., 2004 Business Center Graduate

“Working with HCDC has been very easy. I can always call Angie [Loan Officer Angela Howard] with any questions. She even gave me her personal cell number for me to reach her when she was out of the office. Most people have heard of the SBA, but without them, the bank won’t come in, and you won’t get state and local investment.”
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Kenny McNutt

MadTree Brewing Partner, SBA 504 Loan Borrower

“HCDC walked me through the SBA 504 loan process every step of the way, which I really needed since I had never purchased commercial real estate before. They also helped me out with a tricky leased land situation that helped pave the way for future commercial real estate purchases.”
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Steve Dorgan

President, Wray Precision, SBA 504 Loan Borrower

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