Women in Entrepreneurship

The Women in Entrepreneurship (WE) Program creates economic opportunities for women through entrepreneurial education and training, mentoring, and networking. Building on the YBI’s tradition of promoting and cultivating entrepreneurship in the Mahoning Valley, the WE Program provides quality education and training for women entrepreneurs.


Advancing women entrepreneurs

The mission of the WE Program is to promote the growth and creation of women and minority owned enterprises as a channel for creating personal and community wealth.

Women on the fast track to success

Women in Entrepreneurship offers three accelerator programs at YBI:


WE Create

WE Create is Phase I of the WE Accelerator Program. This first phase is a four-week program that offers four workshops and educational sessions to help women who are ready to enter the world of entrepreneurship, but need help developing an idea. This program offers a $500 grant to assist in getting started.

WE Launch

WE Launch is Phase II of the WE Accelerator Program. It includes nine weeks of classes that teach the fundamentals of owning and operating a business. Its primary focus is to assist women who have started their own business, but need assistance in launching their product into the market. This program includes a competition that offers a chance to win a $5,000 grant.


WE Grow

WE Grow is Phase III of the WE Accelerator Program. It gives women four weeks of marketing strategy and tools to grow their existing businesses, and offers a $1,000 grant to assist with marketing services.

WE Resources

Coworking space


Accelerator Classes


Commercialization of products

Marketing strategy

Funding resources

WE Highlights


Carmella Marie

Carmella Williams is the owner of Carmella Marie a Natural Hair Care Product line and winner of the Spring 2016 WE Launch Program's $5000 Grant Award.


RedHead Brands

Marisa Sergi, owner of RedHead Brands, LLC and winner of the Fall 2016 WE Launch Program's $5000 Grant Award.


The Xperience Winery and Lounge

Meet Hannah Ferguson winner of the WE Create 4-week Program. Hannah is an aspiring entrepreneur that creates wine and is looking forward to opening a winery, The Xperience Winery and Lounge, a place to relax and enjoy the taste of her wine.

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