Mentor, Ohio – Gateway to the USA



By choosing the City of Mentor, Ohio as a point of entry into the USA market, you gain an immediate competitive advantage.  Mentor offers international companies a “soft landing” by providing or arranging immediate access to trusted and affordable providers of professional services important to foreign investors.  These include:

  • Site selection assistance, including identifying affordable office, production, warehousing, wet lab, or clean room space
  • Employee recruitment and access to specialized worker training
  • Banking and accounting services, including personal banking
  • Immigration and visa assistance, business startup, intellectual property protection, and other legal services
  • Translation assistance and language training
  • Payroll and HR services
  • Housing and driver licensing assistance

We start working for you immediately by lowering the cost of doing business. Mentor and the state of Ohio provide financial assistance that includes grants based on job creation and investment, tax credits, lower-interest loans, property tax abatement, and public infrastructure improvements needed for your project. Ohio enjoys one of the lowest overall business tax burdens among the 50 states You can also immediately locate in an established Foreign Trade Zone and near a deep-water port with regular, expedited service to Europe.

Our commitment does not stop once you are established. Mentor companies enjoy a close working relationship with local government in a business-friendly atmosphere. We are a “trusted partner” committed to your success and growth. Mentor provides services directly or enjoys close relationships with providers that can help you expand or broaden your market once here. These include:

  • Introductions and networking with Northeast Ohio’s healthcare ecosystem, including hospitals and universities
  • Export & Import Assistance
  • Domestic market research
  • Identifying venture capital and angel investors
  • Partnering with higher education institutions for R&D and commercialization
  • Connecting you to a community of international companies in and around our borders to share common challenges and best practices
  • Connecting you to local consulates
  • Providing direct access to local government leadership

So, consider the City of Mentor as your gateway to Ohio’s MedTech Innovation Corridor. Whether you are an early-stage company or already have a global presence, Mentor has a wide range of services tailored to meet your needs – because everyone needs a business Mentor.



Consumers within primary retail trade area

Number of Businesses

Manufacturers, 7th Largest in Ohio

$2.5 Billion
Annual Manufacturer Shipments

Retailers, 6th Retail Sales Volume Rank in the State of Ohio with over $1.5B in annual sales

Eateries, Ranked 7th in Ohio. 1st per capita.

3.2 Million
Square Feet Retail Development

Shopping Centers

Secondary Education Graduation Rate

$172, 400
Median Home Value

MedianHousehold Income

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Settled in 1797 and incorporated in 1963. The city’s name originates from ancient Greek literature; Mentor was the tutor of Telemachus, the son of Odysseus.

Mentor is the home of the 20th President of the United States, James A. Garfield.