Existing Business Resources

In the ever-evolving landscape of entrepreneurship and business, staying well-informed and connected is key to success. Whether you're a startup, an established business, or an aspiring entrepreneur, leveraging the right resources can make a significant difference in your journey. We've compiled a diverse range of business resources to help you along the way.

Library Business Resources and Information
Business Page, opens a new window: Includes events, items from our collection, resources and tutorials for how the databases work

List of Resources, opens a new window: A list of businesses resources available from the Library

Elevator Speech 
Your elevator speech is a concise and compelling introduction to your business. HubSpot offers valuable examples and tips to help you craft an impactful elevator pitch. Check it out., opens a new window

Employment of Employees
One Stop Business Guide:, opens a new window Provides free state-level information needed to get started or continue on your entrepreneurial journey

One Stop Jobs:, opens a new window Find workers' compensation, training programs, and restored citizens information

O Net Online:, opens a new window Research job descriptions and keywords

Financial Support
Façade Grant Programs: Investigate local opportunities in cities such as Struthers, Youngstown, and Warren

Competitive Grants: Research opportunities from organizations like Amber Grants, opens a new window, Cartier Women's Initiative Awards, opens a new window, J. P. Morgan Chase, opens a new window, FedEx Small Business Grants, opens a new window, The Halsted Grants, opens a new window, Kauffman Foundation, opens a new window, Social Ventures, opens a new window, Tory Burch Foundation Fellows, opens a new window

Contracting your representative at local, state, and federal level and asking them about grants for your business.
This website, opens a new window will tell you who the representatives are for you.

Safety Intervention Grant, opens a new window -Bureau of Workers Compensation

Safety Council of the Regional Chamber
ex/discounts on Bureau of Workers Compensation premiums by attending meetings
They, opens a new window may have other programs, opens a new window that may help you too.

Ohio Chamber of Commerce Business Grants List, opens a new window

Additional financial resources for loans and grants include:
City of Warren Loan and Tax Abatements, opens a new window
City of Youngstown Business Services, opens a new window
Score Business Loans Education, opens a new window
Ohio Department of Development, opens a new window (Microlending Program $10000-45000 with 0% interest)
Kiva Microlending, opens a new window ($1000-10000 with friends/family)

Government Contracting
The APEX Office at YSU specializes in government contracting. Learn more at apex-ysu.org., opens a new window

Internships from Youngstown State University (YSU)
Williamson College of Business Administration Internships:, opens a new window Opportunities related to business fields of study for students in their junior or senior year or enrolled in the MBA program

Micro-Internships:, opens a new window Coordinated by the Williamson College of Business Administration, these are short-term, paid assignments in marketing, operations, sales and research

Nonprofit Internships:, opens a new window The Center for Nonprofit Leadership provides students with academic programming and professional development experiences for pursuit of a career in the nonprofit sector

Score's Find a Mentor:, opens a new window Search by keyword, location, communication method, expertise, industry and language

Business Plans Help
Valley Economic Development Partners, opens a new window
YSU Small Business Development Center, opens a new window

Succession Planning
Visit Score.org, opens a new window. Click on the magnifying glass and type in your search “succession planning”.

You can also get templates and recorded webinars with Score's Succession Planning guide., opens a new window

Ohio Means Jobs, opens a new window
YSU Training Centers, opens a new window
YSU IT Workforce Accelerator, opens a new window
Build Your Future: Ohio's Construction Industry, opens a new window (brochure on building trades with associations)

Additional Resources
Basic Information on Operating Agreements, opens a new window

State of Ohio Business Certifications, opens a new window
Minority Business Entrepreneurship (MBE)
Encouraging Diversity Growth & Equity Program (EDGE)
Woman Business Enterprise Program (WBE)
Veteran-Friendly Business Entrepreneurship Procurement Program (VFBE)

June 2024