Local Business Information Guide
Table of Contents
Local Web Resources
- America’s Small Business Development Center
The ASBDC represents America’s Small Business Development Center Network — the most comprehensive small business assistance network in the U.S. and its territories. The mission of the network is to help new entrepreneurs realize their dream of business ownership, and to assist existing businesses to remain competitive in the complex marketplace of an ever-changing global economy. Hosted by leading universities, colleges, and state economic development agencies, and funded in part through a partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, approximately 1,000 service centers are available to provide no-cost consulting and low-cost training.
- Center for Working Class Studies at Youngstown State University
CWCS at YSU was the first academic program in the U.S. to focus on issues of work and class. CWCS members have been at the forefront of “new working-class studies,” an international movement that brings together academics, artists, activists, students, and others who are interested in the history, experiences, stories, and politics of the working class. Mission: To increase awareness of and respect for working-class life and culture through education, the arts, media, and research.
- Steel Valley Voices: An Ethnic Community Archive
Steel Valley Voices (SVV) collects and shares the stories and memories of the Youngstown area’s diverse communities. This digital archive makes letters, documents, photographs, and other materials available to anyone with an interest in Mahoning Valley history and culture.
- Working-Class Perspectives
A weekly blog offers commentaries on contemporary issues in working-class life, politics, education, and the economy, by Center members and other experts on social class.
- De-facto Unemployment Rate
Beginning in spring 2009, the Center has maintained and updated an analysis of the real unemployment rate in the United States.
- Worker Portraits
During the 2006-2007 academic year, Sherry Linkon and Alyssa Lenhoff coordinated a project to create an exhibit and report on how work is changing in the Mahoning Valley. “Worker Portraits: Faces of Strength” involved YSU journalism students in writing profiles of individual workers, and CWCS affiliate Rosemary D’Apolito conducted research on demographic patterns. In April 2007, the resulting exhibit opened at the Youngstown Historical Center, featuring a dozen profiles, with beautiful photographs by Steve Cagan, and an accompanying booklet.
- Cleveland State University: Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs: Center for Economic Development
The Center for Economic Development conducts research and offers technical assistance on urban and regional economic issues of interest to local, state, and national policymakers. Primary areas of research include regional economic analysis, economic impact analysis, workforce development, tourism and urban development, strategies for regional economic growth, and the role of urban universities regional development. Emerging areas of research include innovation and entrepreneurship.
- Crain’s Cleveland Business
Presents breaking business news five days a week and contains all news articles from each week’s print issue.
- Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness: Cluster Mapping Project
The Cluster Mapping Project uses detailed county level data and statistical techniques to profile regional economies and their performance over time, with a special focus on clusters. Clusters are geographically concentrated groups of interconnected companies, universities, and related institutions that arise out of linkages or externalities across industries. Regions and clusters are analyzed at various geographic levels including states, economic areas, and metropolitan areas.
- Mahoning Valley Economic Development Corporation
A partnership of public and private interests focused on the revitalization and diversification of the Mahoning Valley in Northeastern Ohio. MVEDC, working with commercial lenders and government agencies, provides a wide array of financing loan programs, as well as services and resources designed to encourage location, retention and expansion of businesses.
This community-driven site is offered to provide information about Youngstown, Ohio and the surrounding areas called the Mahoning Valley.
- Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative
MVOC is a broad-based community organizing effort that seeks to reweave the fabric of communities in Mahoning, Trumbull, and Columbiana Counties. MVOC uses a model of broad-based organizing that blends both institutional (a membership base of churches, schools, neighborhood associations, unions, etc.) with direct door to door grassroots organizing. Currently MVOC works with more than 60 churches, neighborhood organizations, unions, and other grassroots groups.
- MyTown Business Development Center
The MyTown Business Development Center was created by the Mahoning Youngstown Community Action Partnership (MYCAP) in September 2006. Mission: To identify and increase opportunities for minority, female and disadvantaged business owners to participate in the free enterprise system through financial education, capital access, bonding programs and procurement of contracts. They offer programs, services and resources designed to assist new and existing business owners with their growth and development.
- The Ohio Small Business Development Center at YSU
Locally, the Ohio SBDC program is a partnership of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Youngstown State University and the Ohio Department of Development. The Center serves residents of Ashtabula, Mahoning and Trumbull Counties. Its mission is to provide professional, in-depth consulting and training to existing and new business ventures, and to foster a strong and successful business community.
- Ohio Urban University Program
Ohio’s urban universities, working together through the Ohio Urban University Program (UUP), are an important public policy and economic development resource for the State. The research products of the UUP have addressed nearly every major economic development initiative of the State including Business Tax Reform, Tax Code Restructuring, Program Development and Evaluation, Economic Development Strategy, and Land Reuse and Redevelopment. Created by the Ohio General Assembly and the Board of Regents in 1979, the UUP is the oldest statewide inter-university program in the United States. Led by Cleveland State University’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, the eight university research centers of the UUP have developed a base of knowledge and expertise in economic development, public policy, public management, and fiscal policy that is recognized and valued nationally, as well as statewide.
- The One-Stop of Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana Counties
The mission of the One Stop System is “to offer coordinated workforce development and direct customer service to employers and job seekers – at one accessible location – to promote ongoing regional economic development through effective partnerships.”
- Public Service Institute at Youngstown State University
The PSI at YSU was created by the YSU Board of Trustees in 1985 to coordinate, promote and stimulate public service programs and activities offered by the University to the community. The University’s investment in the Institute, in staff, resources and facilities, has yielded a range of services that otherwise would be unavailable in this area. At present, the Institute consists of two Centers: The Center for Human Services Development and The Center for Urban and Regional Studies. The Institute works with community organizations, as well as with University departments, to facilitate the extension of University resources into the community where they might be needed.
- Regional Property Information System: Mahoning County, Ohio
Comprehensive collection of regional demographic, economic, housing, and real property data.
- PSI PowerPoint Presentations
- Center City Youngstown Business Survey: A Framework to Coordinate Economic , Workforce and Community Development: Executive Summary (September 2009)
- Measuring the Economic Impact of Pension Reductions and Health Care Cuts on the Salaried Retirees of Delphi Packard Electric Systems Resident in the Mahoning Valley, Ohio (September 2009)
- Economic Impact Study of Youngstown State University’s FY2009-2010 Construction Expenditures of $50 Million on the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman Metropolitan Statistical Area (June 2009)
- The Role of Northeast Ohio Central Cities in the Regional Economy, 2000-2007 (November 2008)
- A Comparative Evaluation of Business and Innovation Climate Indicators in the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, MSA (June 2007)
- Traditional Economic Indicators (June 2006)
- The City of Youngstown: An In-Depth Look A Community Perspective (March 2004)
- Smoky Hollow Housing Market Analysis: Smoky Hollow’s Place in the Youngstown Market (June 2003)
- The Mahoning Valley Advanced Manufacturing Initiative: Assessing the State of Advanced Manufacturing Cluster Establishments in the Mahoning-Shenango Valley (January 2006)
- High Technology Industry Cluster Establishments in the Mahoning Valley (November 2002)
- Transition, Stagnation, and Turnaround of Mid-Sized Urban America Before and After the Economic Restructuring Period: A Comparative, Competitive Performance Assessment of the Youngstown-Warren, MSA (1970-2000) (August 2001)
- Retail Business Trends in the City of Youngstown (August 2000)
- Building on Youngstown’s Strengths: Five Year Strategic Plan (June 2000)
- The Economic Impact Study of Youngstown State University on the Mahoning and Shenango Valleys (March 2000)
- State of the Economy in the Economic Region: Ashtabula, Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull Counties (May 1999)
- Economic Impact of the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport (October 1999)
- Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) of Ohio
Within the Entrepreneurship and Small Business Division, the Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) are considered the gateway for small business owners and entrepreneurs to access support services. The mission is to accelerate Ohio’s economy by helping people start, sustain and grow their businesses. The SBDCs are staffed with highly trained business advisors who offer FREE counseling to help with your specific business needs. The 36 centers across Ohio are in your local communities to guide you to the right resources and services to help your business grow and succeed. The SBDC business advisors are the experts to assist pre-venture, start-up and existing businesses.
- U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. Small business is critical to the economic recovery and strength, to building America’s future, and to helping the United States compete in today’s global marketplace. Although SBA has grown and evolved in the years since it was established in 1953, the bottom line mission remains the same. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam.
- Wick Neighbors, Inc.
In 2001, leadership from Youngstown State University and the Wick Avenue area religious and cultural institutions recognized the potential for reinvestment in the Smoky Hollow neighborhood. In June 2002, Wick Neighbors was created from a broad-based leadership to serve as the catalyst for the area’s redevelopment by developing a vision, a reinvestment strategy and by enhancing the “sense of shared place,” of community and the quality of life.
- Youngstown 2010
Youngstown 2010 began as a process to engage and educate the community about the importance of planning and the planning process, as well as create a vision and plan to help revitalize Youngstown well into the future. The City of Youngstown and Youngstown State University coordinated this planning process with help from nearly 200 volunteers, neighborhood organizations and businesses.
- Youngstown Area Development Corporation: Minority Contractors Business Assistance Program
A private, not-for profit community development organization whose goals are to improve the economic and social life of minority persons in the Youngstown area and in the process improve the quality of life for all the residents of Youngstown. YADC’s founders had been engaged in business, professional, civil rights and labor activities for many years.
- Youngstown Business Incubator
YBI is a non-profit corporation, funded in part by the Ohio Department of Development. Its primary mission is to accelerate the startup and growth rates of scalable technology-based businesses in the greater Mahoning Valley. Although YBI will work with firms possessing a broad range of proprietary technologies, its current focus is on developing B2B software application companies.
- Youngstown Central Area Community Improvement Incorporation
MISSION: To revitalize the Central Business District through the zealous pursuit and promotion of the downtown development activities. PURPOSE: To promote jobs and activity in Downtown Youngstown… through the encouragement and support of commercial, retail, and residential activities; through the creation of an Arts & Entertainment District; through the creation and promotion of a safe and clean downtown environment; through the development of promotional and public relations.
Non-profit organization dedicated to using the Internet to enable citizens across the US to actively take part in their communities. We make available video of local government meetings along with digital copies of their agendas when possible.
- Youngstown Historical Center for Industry & Labor
The Youngstown Historical Center of Industry & Labor provides a dramatic overview of the impact of the iron and steel industry on Youngstown and other Mahoning Valley communities.
- Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation
TheYNDC is a multifaceted neighborhood development organization launched in 2009 in partnership with the City of Youngstown and The Raymond John Wean Foundation to catalyze strategic neighborhood reinvestment in neighborhoods throughout the city.
- Youngstown Office of Economic Development
YOED offers a variety of programs and services tailored to support business development at every level. Services include business retention and relocation programs as well as business finance programs.
- Youngstown SCORE
The Youngstown, Ohio Chapter of SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” is part of a national nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of the nation’s small business. Youngstown SCORE provides free and confidential business counseling tailored to meet the needs of small business and personal objectives. It also offers workshops, for a modest fee, for both start-up entrepreneurs and in-business small business owners.
- Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber
The Youngstown/Warren, Ohio Regional Chamber is a private, not-for-profit business membership association. It is an action organization designed to meet business and community needs. Whether it’s through business development and networking opportunities, access to up-to-date economic and market data, or free advertising opportunities, member companies capitalize on contacts and resources provided by the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber.