Minority Business Assistance Center - MBAC

The Ohio Development Services Agency (DSA) partnered with Youngstown Business Incubator to host regional Minority Business Assistance Centers (MBAC). The center serves the needs of small, minority, and socially and economically disadvantaged businesses. The center provides important services including technical assistance, professional consulting, access to capital and assistance obtaining contract opportunities. The Youngstown MBAC will service Ashtabula, Trumbull, Mahoning, Columbiana, Jefferson, Belmont, and  Monroe counties.



A primary objective of the program is to identify emerging businesses and cultivate their growth and sustainability. The realization of this objective will strengthen the minority business community, support job creation and further economic growth in Ohio. Professional MBAC staff work with owners of existing businesses, certified Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs), certified Encouraging Diversity Growth and Equity (EDGE) and socially and economically disadvantaged businesses. MBEs are defined as businesses that are at least 51 percent or more owned and controlled by one of the following groups: African American, Hispanic, Native American or Asian American or Woman. EDGE certified businesses are defined as enterprises that are owned by economically and socially disadvantaged entrepreneurs.

a program for every stage of business

The Minority Business Assistance Center offers a 3 Phase Business Accelerator Program for interested parties. The accelerator program starts with entrepreneurs in the idea stage and works with entrepreneurs all the way up to the point where they are looking to grow their business and take it to the next level. 

Need Resources? we've got you covered.

The MBAC provides MBE and EDGE entrepreneurs with management, technical, financial and contract procurement assistance in addition to loan and bond packaging services. These services are available at no cost to businesses located throughout Ohio.

In addition to these services, MBAC also has an extensive collection of local resources which you can find below. 

mbac services

Accounting Services

Identifying Local Resources

Contract Procurement assistance

Federal, State, & Local Certification Application Assistance

loan packaging assistance

two locations for your convenience

Our MBAC Staff is devoted to helping you take your business to the next level. To make it easier for you, we've got two offices to better serve you!

youngstown office

241 W. Federal street Youngstown, OH 44503

warren office

125 W. Market Street Warren, Oh 44481