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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 admin | 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 admin | 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 The great technological feats that made missions like Apollo 13 possible, while valuable at their time, became outdated rather quickly.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 admin | 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 admin | 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 admin | 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 admin | 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

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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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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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YBI Expands Free Commercialization Service Offerings

By Corey Patrick | October 24, 2018

On June 26, 2017, the Youngstown Business Incubator was awarded a grant from Burton D. Morgan Foundation for the development of a commercialization program for additive manufacturing technologies. Through a partnership with America Makes and Team NEO, outreach was conducted to downselect potential assets for commercialization. Once assets were identified, they were put through a 3 phase program; America Makes Commercialization Tool, a…

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4 Students Complete YBI & Burton D. Morgan Foundation Commercialization Internship

By Corey Patrick | October 8, 2018

On June 26, 2017, the Youngstown Business Incubator was awarded a grant from Burton D. Morgan Foundation for the development of a commercialization program for additive manufacturing technologies. Through a partnership with America Makes and Team NEO, outreach was conducted to downselect potential assets for commercialization. Once assets were identified, they were put through a 3 phase program;…

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WE Grow Graduates 9 Women Looking for Growth Opportunities

By Corey Patrick | October 1, 2018

On Tuesday, September 25th, the Youngstown Business Incubator’s (YBI) Women in Entrepreneurship Program completed its first 4-week WE Grow class, held at the Youngstown Public Library. WE Grow is designed for women entrepreneurs that are eager to take their business to the next level. Through the 4-week program, participants attend lectures and complete coursework pertaining…

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Gene Groys on Angel Investing

By admin | 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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