March 17, 2015: YNDC, OSU Extension to offer business-planning series

The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation and Ohio State University Extension – Mahoning County will present a free seven week intensive business planning course geared to help those starting small businesses in the city of Youngstown.

Participants will complete the class with a business plan outline as well as resources to refine a plan and apply for financing if necessary—including a special YNDC financing opportunity. Financial and credit counselling is available and is recommended to help participants prepare for business success. While the classes are free, participants should commit to attending the entire series. Workbooks and class materials will be provided.

The classes will occur from from 6-9 p.m. from March 17 through April 28 at Iron Roots Urban Farm, 822 Billingsgate Ave. Iron Roots is located off Canfield Road on the South Side of Youngstown.

The program, “Bright Idea to Business Plan: Tools for Building Small Businesses in Youngstown,” includes the following sessions:

Week 1: March 17 – “Why Me? Why This? Defining Your Vision Mission, Values, and Goals”

Week 2: March 24 – “What Do I Need to Succeed?

Week 3: March 31 – Workplans and Workflows  Day to Day

Week 4: April 7 – Where Do I Fit? Doing Market Research

Week 5: April 14 – Selling It; Market Strategies

Week 6: April 21 – Will I Make Money? Projecting Your Finance

Week 7: April 28 – Bring It All Together; Business Plan Presentation

Contact Liberty Merrill at YNDC to fill out an application. Merrill can be reached at 330-480-0423 or via email

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