Youngstown Minority Business Outreach Initiative Seeks Participants

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The city of Youngstown has awarded a combined $37,900 in grants to five local businesses under its Minority Business Outreach Initiative and soon will award more grants.

The program, created in December by the city’s Community Planning and Economic Development Department, provides support for minority-owned businesses to help them weather the pandemic.

Additional grants to minority-owned business are being processed, says Nikki Posterli, chief of staff and department director. And to generate more participation in the program, virtual seminars will be conducted this month, in November and December.

The first seminar, entitled “Introduction to Business Model Canvas” will take place Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. The instructor, TaRee Avery, is an operations specialist and certified business adviser candidate. Register by using this link.

The Minority Business Outreach Initiative is staffed by certified business advisers who provide companies with technical assistance., Posterli says.

Carmella M. Williams LLC administers the program under a contract with the city. It is funded by Cares Act funds allocated to the city.

Pictured: Youngstown City Hall.

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