Panel to Discuss Financial Freedom Through Entrepreneurship

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Minority Business Assistance Center at the Youngstown Business Incubator and partners will celebrate Juneteenth with an entrepreneurship panel discussion.

The Minority Business Assistance Center is partnering with The Youngstown Black Arts & Culture Council, PNC Bank and the Minority Business Development Division of Ohio to host the Financial Freedom Through Entrepreneurship panel discussion from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 16 at D.O.P.E. Cider House & Winery, 460 E. Federal St., Suite B.

The free discussion will commemorate the Juneteenth holiday with a focus on freedom and independence. Entrepreneurs in attendance will also have the opportunity to network and discover Black businesses in the city.

Panelists will include: Daniel Roberson, community development consultant, PNC Bank; Al Jones, Al Jones Northeast Ohio Marketing; Shaundretta Boykins, manager of Business Development & Entrepreneurship, Minority Business Development Division; Devyn Bellamy, senior marketing manager, partner GTM enablement, HubSpot; Matthew Longmire, business resource manager, Valley Partners.

“This event is to help deliver information and tools to empower and ensure a successful future for the minority community and to see the vision come to fruition,” said Stephanie Gilchrist, director of the Minority Business Assistance Center at the YBI.

“It is our vision to see our minority-owned businesses thrive, create generational wealth and

impact our communities through economic growth and wealth,” she said.

Joseph Napier, chair of the The Youngstown Black Arts & Culture Council, said he is excited to add the panel discussion to this year’s list of festivities during the organization’s weeklong celebration of Juneteenth.

“As we look back to celebrate those who have come before us, this year’s panel discussion is an opportunity to plant and water seeds amongst our current local Black business community,” Napier said.

For more information and to register for the discussion, click HERE.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.