MBAC Invites More Minority Businesses to Launch in August

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Launch, a five-week program geared toward minority entrepreneurs interested in learning more about owning and operating a business, will be held in August.

Through the Minority Business Assistance Center, Launch focuses on those who already have started a business but need assistance in launching a product into the market or gaining access to government and state institutional contracts. The program is designed for women- or minority-owned businesses that have registered with the state of Ohio and have an existing business plan.

Industry experts will teach participants about marketing tools and strategies, partnerships, accessing capital and certifying a business as a Minority Business Enterprise.

The program will lead to an opportunity to present a business plan to lenders and procurement officers for a $5,000 grant award.

Launch is a free program and the second of three phases of the accelerator program at the Youngstown Business Incubator. The three phases of the program take entrepreneurs from startup to launching into the marketplace and then toward scaling and expanding. 

Launch has been held for five years and is hosted by the MBAC at the YBI.

The registration deadline is July 12. Classes will be held every Wednesday in August starting Aug. 2, with a pitch night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 30. Apply HERE.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.