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4 Challenges Women in Entrepreneurship Face and How to Overcome Them

By Megan Payich | May 3, 2022

On average, women-owned companies grow by 84% compared to men-owned companies, growing by 78% since launching. Yet, men still account for the vast majority of business owners.  Many women are choosing to make their own paths in today’s competitive business environment. Progress has been made but inequality still exists, with women of color having to…

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Not Everyone is College Bound and THAT’S OK.

By Megan Payich | April 5, 2022

The “college for all” message seems to be doing more harm than good. Far too many students from all demographics are making choices that result in failure.    The narrative of graduating high school, attending a four-year university and accepting a well-paying job right after is not a reality for most Americans anymore. College graduates…

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COVID-19 Business Resources – 1st Edition

By Corey Patrick | March 19, 2020

The Youngstown Business Incubator has compiled a list of resources to help you keep up to date on COVID-19 resources. These links should provide you up to date information as things are changing rapidly.  At this time, Ohio is not listed on the SBA Disaster site, however when that gets updated, please follow the link…

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The Trip of Impact – A Reflection from Barb Ewing

By Corey Patrick | January 15, 2020

The experience of going to Montgomery, Alabama and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice was a watershed event for the Youngstown Business Incubator.  The fact that we were there just days before the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech made the entire experience event more impactful for us.  The…

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Guest Blog: Why employee motivation should be your first concern!

By admin | November 30, 2018

Employee Motivation Motivation as a term is derived from the Latin word “movere” which means movement. It relates to the factor that affects someone’s behavior. Employee motivation is seen as the level of commitment, energy, and creativity that an employee brings to the organization or job. All these are related to the question on what…

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Freshmade 3D: Success through Partnerships

By admin | October 16, 2018

  Rich Wetzel, CEO and Co-Founder of Freshmade 3D, is a result of the 3D Printing entrepreneurial ecosystem currently growing in the Youngstown area. A graduate of Youngstown State University, Rich spent the summer of his senior year interning at MakerBot and soon began working at the Youngstown Business Incubator in 2014 as the Additive…

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The Positive Effects of 3D Printing

By admin | August 15, 2018

What makes the utilization of 3D printing on a global scale so exciting is that the technology is being used in nearly every industry in extraordinary ways. You may be surprised to discover that you may be using or looking right at 3D printed works in your daily life, without even recognizing it. Ponder the…

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Israeli Company, PrintCB, Establishes U.S. Operations via YBI

By Corey Patrick | May 10, 2018

In early 2017, the Youngstown Business Incubator (YBI) began their Israeli-YBI collaborative, an initiative designed to attract Israeli companies to northeast Ohio, specifically the YBI’s downtown Youngstown campus. Since that time, the program has really proven its necessity for companies seeking a larger market. Numerous companies have shown interest in the program and Northeast Ohio’s…

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10 Takeaways From the 2018 World Incubation Summit that Startups Should Hear, Too

By admin | April 16, 2018

So, I love learning about my ‘industry’ and how we can create stronger, better startups. If you’re a startup founder, serial entrepreneur or an incubator employee and love learning – keep reading! If you’re none of the above and still love learning, read away – you won’t be disappointed. A couple weeks ago I had…

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YBI In the News

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

YBI’S LAKE TO RIVER SMALL BUSINESS SUCCESS (L2RSBS) PROGRAM LAUNCHES IN ASHTABULA COUNTY

By Megan Payich | August 2, 2022

YBI ANNOUNCES NEW BUSINESS PROGRAM COORDINATOR TO ASSIST EMERGING AND SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT IN ASHTABULA COUNTY Ashtabula, OH- YBI is expanding their services to Ashtabula County with the addition of a new Business Program Coordinator, Ginny Pasha, who will work directly with entrepreneurs to support small business development in the eastern corridor of Ohio through…

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APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR YBI ‘SHARK TANK’ EVENT

By Megan Payich | June 27, 2022

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR YBI ‘SHARK TANK’ EVENT YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Local and regional entrepreneurs will have a chance to earn prize money to fund their business ideas at the 3rd Annual “Shark Tank” pitch competition and fundraising event hosted by the Youngstown Business Incubator and sponsored by Leonard J. Fisher Family, Vince & Phyllis…

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YBI ANNOUNCES 6 ‘SHARKS’ FOR SHARK TANK EVENT

By Megan Payich | June 27, 2022

YBI ANNOUNCES 6 ‘SHARKS’ FOR SHARK TANK EVENT YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Youngstown Business Incubator announced the six “sharks” that will serve on the panel at the 3rd Annual Shark Tank Event October 6 at Mr. Anthony’s Banquet Center: Ray Mancini, Entrepreneur and Boxing Legend, Ellen Tressel, Philanthropist, Herb Washington, CEO/Founder of HLW Fast Track…

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YOUNGSTOWN BUSINESS INCUBATOR ANNOUNCES DEFENSE INNOVATION HUB WITH SUPPORT FROM U.S. REPRESENTATIVE TIM RYAN

By Megan Payich | February 2, 2022

ACME General Corp. establishes technology development center at YBI Youngstown, OH – Youngstown Business Incubator (YBI) is announcing that the City of Youngstown, with the support of U.S. Representative Tim Ryan, is welcoming defense innovation firm ACME General Corp. to work on next-generation software platforms and tools in support of development of next-generation national security…

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YBI’s WE Launch Graduates 4 from Virtual Accelerator

By Corey Patrick | August 24, 2020

YOUNGSTOWN, OH: On Wednesday, August 19, 2020, the Youngstown Business Incuabtor’s Women in Entrepreneurship Program held its pitch event for its staple accelerator program, WE Launch. WE Launch is a 9 week program designed for women entrepreneurs to launch their business to the next level. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the program looked a little different…

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JIM COSSLER ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL RETIREMENT FROM YOUNGSTOWN BUSINESS INCUBATOR

By Corey Patrick | August 18, 2020

YOUNGSTOWN, OH: Jim Cossler, former CEO now Huntington National Bank Entrepreneur in Residence at the Youngstown Business Incubator has announced his retirement, effective January 2021.  Jim’s history with the incubator dates back over two decades. Cossler first joined the Incubator in 1998 in the role of CEO after leaving the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber of…

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COVID-19 Business Resources – 1st Edition

By Corey Patrick | March 19, 2020

The Youngstown Business Incubator has compiled a list of resources to help you keep up to date on COVID-19 resources. These links should provide you up to date information as things are changing rapidly.  At this time, Ohio is not listed on the SBA Disaster site, however when that gets updated, please follow the link…

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YBI Announces Partnership with Wisconsin-based gener8tor

By Corey Patrick | December 6, 2018

Youngstown, OH — The Youngstown Business Incubator (YBI) announced a partnership yesterday with gener8tor, a nationally ranked accelerator that invests in high-growth startups. The partnership will bring gener8tor’s gBETA and gALPHA Programs to Youngstown, with a primary focus on the Additive Manufacturing industry. Based out of Madison, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis, gener8tor is a nationally ranked,…

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Accupoint Software Graduates from Digital Incubation Program

By Corey Patrick | November 27, 2018

Youngstown, OH — The Youngstown Business Incubator is pleased to announce the graduation of Accupoint Software from their Digital Incubation program. Accupoint, founded in Youngstown in 2007, is a global provider of innovative compliance management systems to the oil and gas industry. Accupoint’s integrated solution family expands operational awareness, improves efficiency and helps manage today’s…

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