COVID Resource Network

Community conquers COVID, with access to a range of expert help.

At no cost to eligible small businesses.

As part of the CARES Act, we are funded by the Small Business Administration (SBA) to offer the COVID Resource Network (CRN), a statewide program that supports small companies that are directly impacted by COVID-19.

COVID-affected businesses that are owned and operated by an entrepreneur who is female, minority or socially or economically disadvantaged can receive assistance from experts in accounting, legal, HR, marketing, IT, ecommerce and more, at no cost.


Find out if you're eligible, see a list of services offered and learn how to get started. Jump to program details

Tap into the CRN and get your business back on track!


Tap into the CRN and get your business back on track!

Pro tip: Through membership to the ECDI Women’s Business Center, you’ll gain access to additional resources that can help you through COVID and beyond! Learn more.

Who's Eligible

To receive no-cost assistance to the CRN, businesses must be:

  • Owned and operated by an entrepreneur who is female OR minority OR socially or economically disadvantaged


  • Directly impacted by COVID-19, including

    • Loss of revenue

    • Employment loss

    • Temporary closure of business

    • Business model pivot

    • Restricted by government regulations


  • For profit (registered with the secretary of state)


  • Operational prior to February 15, 2020

Service Areas

The CRN is a curated suite of business consultants, available to provide expert one-on-one advice in these fields:

  • Bookkeeping

  • Accounting


  • Legal


  • Human Resources


  • Marketing and Web Design


  • eCommerce


  • Sales and Acquisitions


  • IT

The Women's Business Center also offers help in a range of other areas, including business planning and more. 

How to Get Started

Simply schedule a chat with a member of the Women's Business Center team to discuss your needs, so we can help match you with the best CRN resource to meet your goals. 

You'll start by completing an interest form. 


Then the Women's Business Center staff will follow up to schedule your conversation. 

How to Refer

Do you work with a small business that is female- OR minority-owned OR owned by an entrepreneur who is economically disadvantaged?

Was the business affected by COVID?

If so, please refer them to the CRN!

Two ways to refer:

1. Simply click here to send them an email

2. Or simply forward them this link:


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The WBC services are provided without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, and disability. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. To make a request or obtain more information, please contact the Columbus WBC at 614-732-0981 & the Cleveland WBC at 216-992-5655.

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