Applications Open for MOBI Youngstown-Warren

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Bridgeway Capital’s MOBI Youngstown-Warren, a program that provides comprehensive support for emerging small businesses through expert-driven education, coaching and business-building services, is accepting applications for its 2024 cohort. 

Facilitated by industry experts in strategy, finances, legal, marketing and more, MOBI helps close gaps in business fundamentals to achieve operational excellence and pursue entrepreneurial opportunities, a news release states.

The MOBI cohort will include six months of sessions in which participants will learn best practices from industry experts in entrepreneurship and explore how to apply what they learned to their small businesses. Cohort members will then leverage the knowledge gained from the sessions to create a business strategy and plan with clear and actionable goals.

Participants will activate their plans with the support of coaches to help them realize their goals. Service stipends of up to $3,000 can be used for business assistance such as financial projections, credit repair and more. Participants can also pursue funding to reach large goals that require capital.

Maria Brown, Bridgeway’s senior programs manager, will lead this year’s MOBI cohort. Brown works closely with clients to connect them with Bridgeway’s six elements of capital readiness to aid in their entrepreneurial journey: guidance, peers, revenue, capacity, place and capital. She also manages a network of coaches and consultants in finances, legal, strategy and marketing.

“I am honored to lead this year’s MOBI cohort and guide business owners on the pathway for upward mobility,” Brown said. “I’m looking forward to helping emerging entrepreneurs understand the elements of a strong business model, develop plans to guide their decision-making and graduate with the entrepreneurial confidence and capital readiness needed to thrive.”

Program experts include Carmella M. Williams, chief engineer of visionary leadership for The Intentional Development Group; TaRee Avery, IDG chief operations alignment specialist; and Candice Dukes, IDG chief marketing strategist.

“The Intentional Development Group is thrilled to be a part of this important partnership with Bridgeway Capital,” Williams said. “Together, we are aiming to unlock new and resourceful opportunities for business owners in the Youngstown-Warren area through the MOBI program.”

The program will accept applications through April 21.

Accelerator session locations include the Minority Business Assistance Center in Youngstown and the Raymond Wean Foundation offices in Warren.

A virtual info session will be held for interested applicants on April 9. For more information, to apply or to sign up for the info session, click HERE.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.