YBI Appoints Payich as Youth Entrepreneurship Director

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Youngstown Business Incubator announced Wednesday that Megan Payich has been appointed the new director of its Youth Entrepreneurship program. 

Payich began at the YBI in 2021 as the development and marketing coordinator. She assumed a lead role in planning and executing all fundraising events, including the annual Shark Tank event. In 2022, she was named assistant director of the Youth Entrepreneurship program.

Payich has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from John Carroll University and completed a data analytics certification from Case Western Reserve University.

She has actively worked with startups and mentored aspiring entrepreneurs. Under her leadership, the YBI’s Youth Xperience introduced virtual reality technology to more than 500 youths in the Mahoning Valley.

“Megan has incredible insight into how technology can be used to inspire kids,” said Barb Ewing, CEO of the YBI. “She is fearless in tackling the challenges associated with understanding new products and has a real vision of where this program can grow.” 

Beyond YBI, Payich has dedicated her summers to inspiring young people through various summer camps, including YMCA’s summer camp, YWCA Girls in STEAM camp and Oh Wow! Summer STEAM camp. In these workshops, she introduced students to local entrepreneurs and STEM professionals, engaged them in 3D printing activities and guided them in how to start a digital business.  

“I am thrilled and honored to take on the role of director of Youth Entrepreneurship,” Payich said. “This opportunity allows me to combine my passion for fostering innovation and empowering young minds with my dedication to supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs.”

Tanisha Wheeler, regional director of the Minority Business Assistance Center at the YBI, said she is excited to see where the program goes under Payich’s leadership.

“Megan has shown exemplary skills in this field since joining our YE team last year. I am fully confident in her ability to take this program to the next level,” Wheeler said.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.