513 Small Business Assist is a program designed to remove barriers that small business owners face when navigating recovery assistance programs. All eligible small businesses can receive one-on-one support with grant applications, business planning, marketing, access to funding, and much more.

Receive a Rapid Business Assessment

Small business owners will be provided with an initial recommendation of what support and services they should receive and a measure of their level of readiness to access the funding before being matched to the best organization to support their business needs.

Get One-on-One Business Advice

In preparing your business for its next step, consult a business advisor on your business plan and areas that you need support.

Relief Funding Support & Guidance

Connect to funding programs and grant opportunities best suited for your business needs and get direct support throughout the application process.

Coming Soon: Business Mentorship

Gain access to professional experts that can help you make legal, marketing, financial management, or accounting improvements to your business. If you are a vendor interested in providing mentorship services to small businesses, please respond to the

Business Mentorship Program RFQ

The 513 Small Business Assist program brings together a working coalition of organizations that are committed to helping small businesses connect with the services they need to sustain and advance their business.

513 Small Business Assist is brought to you by Hamilton County


Businesses should have been in operation prior to or on January 1, 2020.

Additional eligibility requirements for the program include:

Business has experienced reduced operations or diminished revenues due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Business has not declared bankruptcy within past three years.

Business must be located in Hamilton County.

Businesses must have 50 or fewer employees.

Does not have any federal, state, or local tax liens.

Currently open or has a plan to reopen in the next 60 days.

Frequently Asked Questions


How long should I wait to hear from someone after completing my Rapid Business Assessment?

Once your assessment is complete, we will send you a Business Report with next steps and recommendations for your business to email within 2 business days.

A representative from the organization matched to your business will follow up with you  for a one-on-one consultation within 2-3 business days after you receive and are able to review your Business Report.

Do businesses in all industries qualify?

Gambling and liquor establishments, adult entertainment establishments, or other similar businesses do not qualify for this program.

If you are considering entering and are unsure whether your business would qualify, please submit an inquiry here: 513Assist@nextstreet.com or call us at (513) 273-0503.

Can business owners with a felony record participate?


Are sole proprietors eligible?


Can non-profits apply?

No, our programs are exclusively intended to support for-profit businesses.

Can for-profit businesses owned by a non-profit organization apply?

For-profit businesses owned by non-profit organizations are eligible, as long as they meet all other requirements. The submission must be made through the for-profit business, and not the non-profit parent company.

What if I am ineligible to complete the Rapid Business Assessment, but my business still needs help – what do I do?

The community of organizations this 513 Assist has brought together have a number of services that could be helpful for you. Please see the Partners section on the 513 Assist main page to explore your options for accessing business services.

What if I have already completed the Rapid Business Assessment?

No problem! Your matched  Business Support Organization will continue working you and let you know of the new opportunities that come with 513 Small Business Assist.

If you have withdrawn or completed your services and would like to return, please contact us at 513Assist@nextstreet.com or call us at (513) 273-0503.

How will one-on-one business advising work?

Once you complete our intake process and receive the assessment, a Business Support Organization will reach out to you within five days of your entry to make sure your form is complete and that you have access to key resources, such as webinars and handouts. Following the three-week intake period, a Business Support Organization will reach out to set up time with you for a one-on-one meeting to begin providing you with consulting services.


How do I get involved in mentorship?

Referrals to the mentorship program are made by the Business Support Organization matched to you. Feel free to discuss your need for and interest in mentorship during your consultation. Please note that the Mentorship program is not yet live. Your partnering Business Service Organization will provide updates on the eventual launch of the mentorship program,

Is there a minimum credit score for participants?

There’s no minimum credit score to participate in the program, but we will want to identify businesses that will require services around building credit – and leverage that information to find the best fit for the applicant’s needs.


If a business does not qualify for a loan, are there other resources or referrals that will be made to help that business?

Our intention is to help businesses find the best opportunities for their goals. The Business Support Organization you are connected with will provide guidance on the various funding sources available to you whether it be a loan or grant opportunity.


Who is the primary point of contact for questions regarding the program?

This website is the central point of contact for all questions related to the program. If you have questions about the program, you may send an email to 513Assist@nextstreet.com or call us at (513) 273-0503.

I am having technical issues with creating an account to access your program. Who should I contact for support?

If you have any questions and/or are encountering technical difficulties, please review information to troubleshoot your situation at the following link: Submittable Help Center

For more specific technical questions please reach out to Submittable’s Customer Support Team at support@submittable.com. For questions specific to your submission, you can reply to your Business Support Organization.

I forgot my password for my assessment, how do I reset it?

Resetting your password is very easy, you can click the link below the sign-in form that says “Forgot?” If you need further assistance, please reach out to the support team at 513Assist@nextstreet.com or call us at (513) 273-0503.

Can I save the progress of my Rapid Business Assessment without completing it?

Yes, your progress through the assessment will save and you can pick up where you left off on your own schedule.

I am having issues with my account on Submittable, what should I do?

Submittable offers a Help Library and live support. If you cannot find your answer there or with the live support team, we also have a team of support staff that are available to connect you to answers. You can reach them at 513Assist@nextstreet.com or call us at (513) 273-0503.



Call us at 513-273-0503 or email at 513Assist@nextstreet.com



Founding Business Support Organizations

Additional Technical Assistance Providers

Referral Partners