Ready to Apply?

Application opens April 1st through April 21st, 2024.

Apply

The Mobi Journey

Learn

Understand the elements of a strong business model, including finances, legal, marketing, planning, and other fundamentals.

Through six months of sessions, participants will learn best practices from industry experts in entrepreneurship and explore how to apply what they learned to their small businesses.

Plan

Develop a plan to guide their decision-making as they pursue opportunities and overcome barriers.

Participants will leverage the knowledge gained from the sessions to create a business strategy and plan with clear and actionable goals. Then, with support and resources, they will put their goals into action.

Thrive

Graduate with the entrepreneurial confidence and capital readiness needed to thrive.

Participants will activate their plans with the support of coaches to help them realize their goals. Service stipends up to $3,000 can be used for business assistance, such as financial projections, credit repair, and more. Participants can also pursue funding to reach big goals that require capital.

Want to Learn More?

Join us for a virtual info session on April 9th, 2024.

Sign Up

Program Basics

What are the benefits?

  • Six months of intensive sessions
  • Three months of post-graduation support
  • Access to mentoring to activate learning and pursue projects
  • Join a cohort of peers
  • 40 hours of training and coaching
  • Up to $3,000 service stipend for coaching and business-building services to use during sessions and after graduation

Who may be a good fit?

  • Located in an under-resourced community in the Youngstown-Warren area of Ohio
  • Emerging entrepreneurs and early-stage small businesses
  • Small businesses that have experienced barriers to economic growth
  • Social and economically disadvantaged individuals
  • Individuals who have experienced systemic injustices

What is the timeline?

  • Application Opens April 1st, 2024
  • Virtual Info Session April 9th, 2024, held from 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
  • Application Closes April 21st, 2024
  • Cohort selected April 23rd, 2024
  • Participants complete a digital needs assessment due by April 30th, 2024
  • Sessions run from May 7th – October 1st, 2024
  • Graduation on October 15th, 2024

Program Leader

Maria Brown

Bridgeway Capital

As a Senior Programs Manager, Maria Brown leads Bridgeway Capital’s small business support programs. She works closely with clients to connect them with Bridgeway’s six elements of capital readiness: guidance, peers, revenue, capacity, place, and capital to aid their entrepreneurial journey. Maria manages a network of trusted coaches and consultants in finances, legal, strategy, and marketing. She matches participants with coaches and consultants to offer business-building services that help them reach their goals and achieve operational excellence.

Our Experts

Carmella M. Williams

The Intentional Development Group

Carmella M. Williams is the Chief Engineer of Visionary Leadership for The Intentional Development Group. She uses her leadership, entrepreneurship, and business development skills to help clients leverage their talents and available resources to secure funding and achieve financial prosperity.

TaRee Avery

The Intentional Development Group

TaRee Avery is the Chief Operations Alignment Specialist for The Intentional Development Group. She uses her project management, systems development, and process optimization skills to help clients with strategic planning, executing initiatives, and achieving operational excellence.

Candice Dukes

The Intentional Development Group

Candice Dukes is the Chief Marketing Strategist for The Intentional Development Group. She uses her branding, content development, and multi-channel marketing skills to craft and implement brand strategies and development plans that help clients achieve their marketing goals.

Session Schedule

MOBI Session 1:

MOBI Goals and Expectations

Tuesday, May 7, 2024
From 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Minority Business Assistance Center
241 W. Federal Street, Youngstown, OH 44503

MOBI Session 2:

The Entrepreneurial Journey

Tuesday, May 21, 2024
From 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Minority Business Assistance Center
241 W. Federal Street, Youngstown, OH 44503

MOBI Session 3:

Digital Skills

Tuesday, June 4, 2024
From 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Minority Business Assistance Center
241 W. Federal Street, Youngstown, OH 44503

MOBI Session 4:

Business Model Foundations

Tuesday, June 18, 2024
From 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Minority Business Assistance Center
241 W. Federal Street, Youngstown, OH 44503

MOBI Session 5:

Legal Foundations

Tuesday, July 9, 2024
From 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Minority Business Assistance Center
241 W. Federal Street, Youngstown, OH 44503

MOBI Session 6:

Financial Foundations 1

Tuesday, July 23, 2024
From 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Minority Business Assistance Center
241 W. Federal Street, Youngstown, OH 44503

MOBI Session 7:

Financial Foundations 2

Tuesday, August 6, 2024
From 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Raymond Wean Foundation Offices
147 W Market Street, Warren, OH 44481

MOBI Session 8:

Marketing Foundations 1

Tuesday, August 20, 2024
From 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Raymond Wean Foundation Offices
147 W Market Street, Warren, OH 44481

MOBI Session 9:

Marketing Foundations 2

Tuesday, September 3, 2024
From 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Raymond Wean Foundation Offices
147 W Market Street, Warren, OH 44481

MOBI Session 10:

Funding Options

Tuesday, September 17, 2024
From 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Raymond Wean Foundation Offices
147 W Market St, Warren, OH 44481

MOBI Session 11:

Pulling it All Together

Tuesday, October 1, 2024
From 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Raymond Wean Foundation Offices
147 W Market St, Warren, OH 44481

MOBI Session 12:

MOBI Graduation

Tuesday, October 15, 2024
From 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Raymond Wean Foundation Offices
147 W Market St, Warren, OH 44481

Up to $3,000 service stipend for coaching and business-building services to use during sessions and after graduation.

Accelerator Locations

Minority Business Assistance Center

241 West Federal Street, Youngstown, OH 44503

YBI hosts the regional Minority Business Assistance Center (MBAC) that serves the needs of small, minority, and socially and economically disadvantaged businesses. The center provides important services, including technical assistance, professional consulting, access to capital, and assistance in obtaining contract opportunities.

LEARN MORE

Accelerator Locations

Raymond Wean Foundation Offices

147 West Market Street, Warren, OH 44481

The Raymond John Wean Foundation is dedicated to equitable community building in underresourced communities of Warren and Youngstown in Ohio’s Mahoning Valley. They leverage a dynamic combination of grantmaking, capacity building, convening, and partnerships to provoke new thinking, strengthen communities, and disrupt the status quo to achieve our vision — empowered residents creating an equitable Mahoning Valley.

LEARN MORE

Ready to Apply?

Application opens April 1st through April 21st, 2024.

Apply