Bright Idea to Business Plan: Free classes to help you start a business

Some of the classes will be taught by Liberty Merrill, the Land Reuse Director at the YNDC.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation is providing free classes to those who want to start their own business. The classes teach the elements it takes to start a small business like cash flow, how to look at pricing and create a mission.

“It can really help to be ahead of some of the challenges you may face as you start a small business. Especially as you go from doing something you may be doing in your spare time, to thinking how do I make my entire living from this business, which is what we want to see people doing. That’s success,” says Liberty Merrill the Land Reuse Director at Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation.

Merrill will teach some of the classes, along with instructors from the Ohio State University Extension and small business owners. The classes, underwritten in part by Cortland Banks, are designed to help entrepreneurs write a business plan and learn about the resources, both financial and mentoring, available.

The classes are every Tuesday night from 6 to 9. The classes start April 5, and go through May 17.

If you want to sign-up for the classes, call Liberty Merrill at 330-480-0423 or e-mail her at, to set up a one-on-one meeting to discuss the services and fill out application materials.


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