Business Resources

Business Resources  

Business Assistance/Counseling/Advise 
Small Business Development Center @ YSU 330-941-2140, and YSU students give existing businesses help -> Find a Mentor -> Mentor Matchmaker-> In Middle –‘Search for a mentor’ 
Minority Business Assistance Center-Youngstown Business Incubator 
Valley Partners has a Business Resource Manager on staff to help with business plans for loans  

Business Incubators &/or Small Business Programs Locally 
BRITE Energy Innovators/BRITEbase, BRITEelevate 
Common Wealth Kitchen Incubator 
Oak Hill Collaborative Makerspace, Connecting to Internet, Computer Classes 
Youngstown Business Incubator/YBI’s Women Owned We Create, We Launch, We Thrive, Minority Business Assistance Center 
YSU College of Business/SBA's T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders in the Youngstown area (YSU) 

Business Plans 
Business Plan Templates from SCORE -fill in the blank 
Gale Business: DemographicsNOW -statistics -Tutorial video on business page under Services -over 800 examples of different types of businesses  

Business Source Complete -keyword a company, industry, or issue  
Mergent Archives -Digital Corporate Manual Collection (ex/past annual reports of public companies) 
Mergent Intellect -Company  
Reference Solutions -Tutorial video on business page under Services -website is good at finding suppliers for hard-to-find products ex/Extruded plastic with ISO #  
-must register with email and password only to search by details  

S&P Global Net Advantage -Publicly traded companies, annual reports, market cap (what a company is worth), stock price 
Weiss Financial Ratings Series -Financial literacy, stock and bond prices, banks, credit unions, insurance companies, Medigap
ValueLine , opens a new window

LegalForms ex/operating agreement for an LLC tells how a business operates, people leave, people join, selling the business
Small Business Source, opens a new window -NOLO Books and all other business topics

Start Up
1st Stop Business
Ohio Sec of State Business, opens a new window
IRS-Small Business, opens a new window
Licenses and Permits/County, Local Township, and Zoning Board

When looking for a business to open, people often want to know what to do in a certain position like a manager, accountant, or another position. They are often looking for information that is not always available from the competition/other companies.  This is when you should use the websites below to look for associations that contain the companies.  (ex/Hershey’s chocolate statistics -> chocolate association) 

Other Resources 
Occupational Outlook Handbook -Trends, Description of Jobs, Demand 
O*Net Online -Task, Technology, Skills, Work Activities, Work Context, Knowledge, Education, Abilities, Associations