Marion’s Business Accelerator Now Accepting Applicants

2017 Recap

The first annual business plan competition was a celebration of local business and entrepreneurship. With help from volunteers, and the hard work of the applicants, the event was a success!


Make Marion a Regional Magnet for Small Business Ownership and Entrepreneurial Activity


To promote the startup and expansion of Small Businesses in Marion, by providing high quality training and mentorship to entrepreneurs.

Our Story

The Forge was founded in 2017. Our goal is to support small business and entrepreneurs in Marion, OH. As we grow, the goal is to make The Forge an asset to the community, a place where ideas transform.

Leadership Class of 2017

Through the Marion Area Chamber’s leadership program, 27 of us from all different backgrounds came together and worked to create The Forge. We wanted to make a difference for small business in Marion, OH.


Our Business Classes

Marion Technical College developed our business classes to best fit the needs of small business entrepreneurs. During the classes you will build your business plan.

The business classes at Marion Technical College are open to both applicants and all others. These classes are a resource for our community.

Annual Business Plan Competition

Details regarding the competition will be available soon. Register soon, classes start October 24th.

Community Resources

Use your Marion Public Library card to access a catalog of small business, management, and software courses. No card? Stop by the library to sign up.

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