Ohio Small Business Owners Learn About Intel Project Opportunities

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Small business owners on Tuesday learned about how they can benefit from the $20 billion Intel Corp. project in central Ohio.

The Ohio Chamber of Commerce teamed up with the U.S. Small Business Administration to host an event at its headquarters that brought together small business owners, Intel officials and small business resource partners to highlight growth opportunities for small businesses as Intel builds and opens its new manufacturing facilities in central Ohio.

Intel is constructing two new leading-edge chip factories in New Albany, northeast of Columbus, with completion slated in 2025. Intel has dubbed the project Ohio One, while others refer to it as the catalyst of Ohio’s silicon heartland.

“The Intel megaproject will not only bring more than 20,000 good-paying jobs to Ohio, but it will also provide enormous opportunity to businesses, communities and families in all corners of the state for generations to come,” said Steve Stivers, Ohio Chamber of Commerce president and CEO. “More than 140 existing Ohio businesses across the state are already a part of Intel’s supply chain, and the project is expected to bring additional new businesses to Ohio to support the supply chain.”

During Tuesday’s event, small business owners learned about Intel’s investment in Ohio from the corporation’s community engagement, supply chain, diversity and inclusion and workforce development officials. Attendees also received the details of subcontracting opportunities with Bechtel Corp., an engineering, procurement, construction and project management company, and Gilbane Building Co., a construction and facility management company. Both companies are involved in building the new Intel factories.

“Today, SBA was pleased to partner with the Ohio Chamber of Commerce to help local small businesses make meaningful connections to partners and resources that can help them take part in the economic growth fostered by the building of Intel’s plants in central Ohio,” said Everett M. Woodel Jr., SBA Columbus District director. “We stand ready to serve these small businesses throughout the establishment of Ohio’s silicon heartland.”

Pictured at top: An artist rendering of the planned $20 billion Intel project. (JobsOhio)

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.