Marion’s Business Accelerator is now accepting applications for the 2018 class and Business Plan Competition. Reserve your spot by applying today!


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.

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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.

Class Schedule & Syllabus Outline

  • October 24th –

  • October 31st –

  • November 5th –

  • November 12th – 

  • November 19th – 

  • November 26th –

Annual Business Plan Competition

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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