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Chemical Bank Awards $5K to YBI’s Minority Business Center

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Chemical Bank awarded a $5,000 grant to the Minority Business Assistance Center at the Youngstown Business Incubator.

The center, led by YBI director of diversity and inclusion Carmella Williams, provides technical assistance, counseling, capital access and contract opportunities to small businesses owned and operated by people of color.

“We are very grateful to have the support of Chemical Bank for our MBAC program as we continue to elevate entrepreneurs,” said YBI CEO Barb Ewing in a release. “We have seen much success since the start of this program at the beginning of the year and we are looking forward to the road ahead.”

In addition to those in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties, the Minority Business Assistance Center here serves business owners in Ashtabula, Belmont, Jefferson and Monroe counties.

“Chemical Bank is dedicated to giving back to the communities we serve,” states Ky Pegues, CRA Market Manager for Chemical Bank’s Mahoning Valley region. “By supporting the wonderful efforts of the Minority Business Assistance Center, we are assisting minority and underprivileged businesses’ entrepreneurship and development in the Mahoning Valley.”

Pictured: Ky Pegues, CRA Market Manager, Chemical Bank Mahoning Valley; Barb Ewing, CEO, Youngstown Business Incubator; Carmella Williams, Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Youngstown Business Incubator; and Dan Segool, Business Banking Development Officer, Chemical Bank Mahoning Valley.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.