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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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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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How to Customize Your Facebook News Feed to Maximize Your Productivity

By admin | May 2, 2017

We love getting “tips” to help our productivity. Include Facebook as a way to help us be productive is even better! Medium shows us how to do it. “As social media marketers, we spend a lot of time on Facebook, managing our Pages, engaging our fans, finding good content, and creating ads. In this post,…

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SEO Secrets: Reverse-Engineering Google’s Algorithm

By admin | May 2, 2017

No matter how many times Google tweaks or evolves The Algorithm, from Panda to Penguin to Polar Bear, these logical and intuitive SEO tips should remain timeless. The people at Free Code Camp are SEO masters. “What have I learned from creating content for the internet? One thing is crystal clear: if you want people…

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YBI ANNOUNCES COMPANIES PITCHING AT 3RD ANNUAL ‘SHARK TANK’ EVENT

By Megan Payich | September 19, 2022

5 COMPANIES SELECTED TO PITCH THEIR IDEAS YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -The Youngstown Business Incubator has announced the five companies pitching at 2022 Shark Tank. They are Aura Beauty, a beauty company that uses AI and AR technology to deliver perfect-fit, reusable manicures to its member’s every month; YOGO Bikeshare, the first ever micro-mobility platform in the…

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YBI OFFERS NEW PROGRAM AIMED AT CONNECTING SMALL BUSINESSES WITH ANCHOR INSTITUTIONS

By Megan Payich | September 6, 2022

YBI Expands Services to Warren with New Supply Chain Diversity Director WARREN, Ohio –  The Youngstown Business Incubator has expanded their services to include a program aimed at supplier diversification. The goal of the program is to engage with the region’s anchor institutions, (e.g. hospitals, universities, government, industry) to diversify their supply chains to spur…

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YBI ACQUIRES REVOLUTIONARY TECHNOLOGY FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING CLUSTER IN OHIO

By Megan Payich | September 1, 2022

Myra Benedikt, Youngstown Area Jewish Foundation past board president; Lisa Long, financial resource development director with the Youngtown Area Jewish Foundation; Dror Danai, Xjet CBO; Barb Ewing, CEO of the Youngstown Business Incubator; James Dascenzo, YBI executive committee chairperson; Yair Alcobi, Xjet CEO; YSU President Jim Tressel; John Wilczynski, executive director of America Makes; and…

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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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YOUNGSTOWN STARTUP AIMS TO CHANGE THE WAY CONSUMERS SHOP

By Megan Payich | July 20, 2022

Four The Greater Good is taking on the responsibility for how their products are being made YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Jessica Boccio had tried everything on the market for her two young children (then ages 2 and 4) who were both suffering from eczema at the time. After numerous doctor visits and several steroid creams later,…

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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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