BusinessFirst! For a Greater Dayton Region

BusinessFirst! is an award-winning business retention and expansion program designed to connect you with resources and partner agencies to help your business grow and expand in the Dayton region.

We have met with over 9,600 businesses since 2001, and you're invited to take advantage of all the benefits!

business first!Created in 2001, the organization’s mission is to retain and grow local businesses.  We help people and enterprises leverage resources and relationships to overcome barriers to growth, expand facilities, navigate regulatory processes, find quality employees, and facilitate mergers and acquisitions.

Nearly 500,000 people are employed in the greater Dayton area and there are plenty of resources available to assist in WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT, including access to job training programs and educational opportunities at community colleges, technical schools and universities.

BusinessFirst! partnerships involve industry-specific associations, colleges, and organizations to ensure that you have quick access to expert information and advice regarding everything from market research to supply chain to IT solutions.

“Tools for Business Success” provides over 600 FREE resources to help businesses and entrepreneurs succeed.  Tools for Business Success provides information on resources available to companies in the Greater Dayton Region, including: Funding Programs, Marketing and Selling Resources, How to Go Green, Cash Flow Calculation Tools, Business Planning and Assistance, and much more! Visit or