Opportunities for Small Businesses & Entrepreneurs

Open Kitchen Workshops

The Open Kitchen series is aimed to provide valuable information to entrepreneurs and small businesses in the food industry. This ongoing program brings together experts from different industries to provide insight into topics such as financing, mobile food businesses, permitting and more.

Stay tuned to our events page for more Open Kitchen events.

Learn more about Food Service Operation requirements through the City of Cincinnati Health Department.

Brian Ogawa
Brian OgawaSmall Business Team

Cash Reigns Supreme Financial Seminar

Cash Reigns Supreme is a financial seminar designed exclusively for small business owners interested in growth and success. The seminar helps entrepreneurs understand, organize, and use their financial information to make important business decisions.

Stay tuned to our events page for the next Cash Reigns Supreme seminar.

Eric Denson
Eric DensonSmall Business Team

Downtown Vending Program

The City of Cincinnati’s Downtown Vending Program (DVP) enables merchandise vendors to sell from the public right-of-way in the downtown area. This program was created to encourage and support local entrepreneurs to be a part of the thriving Downtown Cincinnati business community. The Downtown Vending Lottery is held annually on the third Thursday of March at 9:30 AM at Two Centennial Plaza, 805 Central Avenue.

Application Download

Apply for food vending licenses through the City of Cincinnati Health Department.

Giovanni Rocco
Giovanni RoccoMajor Projects Team

Women, Minority & Small Business Enterprises

In conjunction with the City of Cincinnati Department of Economic Inclusion, we work to identify opportunities for minority business enterprises (MBE), small business enterprises (SBE), and women business enterprises to do business with the City. The Department of Economic Inclusion has created a certification process to ensure that these enterprise groups can participate in as many projects as possible; not just as subcontractors, but as prime contractors.

Apply here.

Department of Economic Inclusion