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Small Business Development


YNDC's small business development program is designed to help new and established entrepreneurs in Mahoning County reach their business goals, with all services beginning with a one-on-one intake meeting. Please contact Liberty Merrill at 330.480.0423 to see if our services are right for your business!

This program has three components:

One-on-One Technical Assistance and Resource Referral: YNDC staff are available to meet one-on-one on an ongoing basis with entrepreneurs working to start their businesses. These meetings can cover a wide variety of topics including creating business plans, testing idea feasibility, doing market research, and exploring lending options, and are tailored to each entrepreneur. Staff can also refer entrepreneurs to partner programs to access other local services.

Small Business Courses: YNDC offers business planning courses on a variety of topics scheduled evenings and weekends to accommodate working business owners. The 7-week Bright Idea to Business Plan is a FREE intensive business planning class presented several times a year and geared to help those starting small businesses in the city of Youngstown.

Financial Counseling: Any existing or aspiring business owner living in Mahoning County can take advantage of free financial counseling to help them resolve credit issues, reach financial goals, and prepare them to seek financing for their new business. All confidential counseling meetings are conducted one-on-one to create personalized action plans for each entrepreneur.