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A Generation at 241 W. Federal Street

By admin | September 19, 2017

A closer look at the history of the Youngstown Business Incubator building The year is 1952. Bakeries, printing companies, jewelers, outfitters, performing arts centers, and other establishments line the sidewalks filled with people moving hastily, occasionally stopping to peer in large glass windows. Downtown Youngstown is its own entertainment district, a myriad of sights, sounds,…

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Cloud-Based Technology in Transportation — How one startup is leveraging opportunity

By Nicole Dascenzo | August 22, 2017

Cloud-based technology in transportation — How one startup is leveraging opportunity With issues of poor communication, unrelenting competition, high driver downtime, and capacity growth, the transportation industry is under pressure to increase driver efficiency and satisfaction. For transportation companies, cloud computing and field services software offer potential for disruption in business agility, revenue growth, operations…

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Additive Manufacturing…in space?

By Nicole Dascenzo | August 11, 2017

Space – the final frontier. It’s all that we have left to explore. The great technological feats that made missions like Apollo 13 possible, while valuable at their time, became outdated rather quickly. Today, we have additive manufacturing at our fingertips to produce parts and products more quickly. But it’s never been used for space…

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So Good Entrepreneurship – it really is so good

By Nicole Dascenzo | July 27, 2017

The name speaks for itself. YBI’s newest program, So Good Entrepreneurship, is really, really good. Social entrepreneurship is the new big thing, as it should be. Popularized by companies such as TOMS, Warby Parker and Patagonia, social entrepreneurs run for-profit businesses that place a strong focus on giving back. Whether through product, as seen in…

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Advice from a 16-year-old CEO | How Zandra A. Cunningham turned her dream into a reality!

By Nicole Dascenzo | July 11, 2017

Meet Zandra. When she was just 10 years old, she began her journey to start her own business. How did her idea start, you might ask? A simple “no” from her father when she asked him to buy her a tube of lip balm. After this, she decided to learn how to make her own lip…

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Lessons for Entrepreneurs Amid Rust Belt Culture Development

By admin | June 27, 2017

Redefining the Cultural Landscape As the city of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley continue to reach toward a revitalized identity, shaping the region’s distinct cultural landscape has been a result of collective and mutual support from business leaders, educators, young professionals, and community members alike – creative efforts that are augmented by the arts community.…

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YBI/Jet Creative Announce Marketing Partnership

By admin | June 14, 2017

A partnership between Youngstown Business Incubator (YBI) and marketing firm Jet Creative will give entrepreneurs their own quality website and marketing materials at discounted rates. The announcement comes with the unveiling of YBI’s new website, also designed and produced by Jet, which features simple navigation, a fresh look and detailed information for entrepreneurs, manufacturers, and…

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Reaching your customer in an increasingly digitized world

By Nicole Dascenzo | June 14, 2017

How to get your customer to see you when you can’t see them Taking out an advertisement in a local newspaper simply won’t cut it anymore. Ads on the internet are getting easier and easier to dodge. As subscriptions to daily print newspapers continue to drop and online ad blockers become more prominent (and customers…

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Why Social Media is a Necessary Evil for your Business

By Nicole Dascenzo | June 14, 2017

The best ways to reach the best audience Social media has undeniably taken over the way that people communicate. Gone are the days of sending a letter or even an email to a friend to communicate online. While more traditional forms of communication are absolutely still existent – and used, – it is becoming increasingly…

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YBI In the News

Following are prominent mentions of YBI and our portfolio companies in the news media.

Gene Groys on Angel Investing

By Brittany | May 2, 2017

Here at the YBI we surround ourselves with the best, the brightest, and arguably some of the busiest. Gene Groys, one of our Entrepreneurs in Residence, represented the YBI on Friday as he participated in a panel discussion on Angel Investing, hosted by Dan Hampu of The Bit Factory, and again today, Gene is participating…

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Cutting edge 3D Printing

By Brittany | May 2, 2017

Strangpresse LLC, a Youngstown Business Incubator Portfolio Company, is proud to be part of the NIAR (National Institute for Aviation Research) at Wichita State University. Strangpresse Models 19 & 30 polymer pellet-fed extruder heads are both part of the Research Center. The Model 30 is mounted on a large robotic arm and gantry crane structure,…

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