Minority business assistance centers open

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Minority Business Assistance Centers are ready to service entrepreneurs in every county with whatever needs arise.

The Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) announced Tuesday the locations and counties they’ll serve.

The organization encourages minority business owners to take advantage of the free help available. The centers focus on certifying business owners and guidance in how to conduct business with the state and creating business plans, among other things.

“This area of the state has had some real economic challenges, and this announcement today is really to underscore our commitment to this part of the state and make sure that people in the community know that the resources are here to help them get their businesses to grow and succeed over time,” said ODSA Division Chief Jacqueline Williams.

There are seven centers, including one on Belmont Avenue in Youngstown.

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