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Journal Opinion: Nurturing Entrepreneurship

Journal Opinion: Nurturing Entrepreneurship

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Promoting local entrepreneurship is one of the lesser-known aspects of the work done by the Youngstown Business Incubator. This work plays a critical role in creating a more diverse and vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem.  On Oct. 19, at the annual YBI Shark Tank event, more than $50,000 was awarded to startups. Before a packed house, the fundraiser brought in more than $300,000 for the incubator. Six celebrity sharks heard pitches from five entrepreneurs selected from more than 60 who applied to compete. The sharks were Marty Bushey, managing partner of Aztec Capital Management; Danny Catullo, founder of Perishable...

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BACKYARD BANGER – The Alternative to Expensive Outdoor Kitchens is Finally Here

BACKYARD BANGER – The Alternative to Expensive Outdoor Kitchens is Finally Here

The innovators over at BY Banger LLC have answered the long-anticipated call for an economical, full-feature, outdoor kitchen with doorstep delivery, and… they’re launching on Indiegogo Oct 11th! “I couldn’t believe there were not any great solutions out there when I was first approached. It was easy deciding to join the team. Besides the product being incredible and probably going to revolutionize a new category in the patio furniture industry, the team is very accomplished and knows how to follow through so I knew my efforts would be realized.” Says Khoa Dang, logistics manager for BY Banger.  Without the luxury of...

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Backyard Banger’s Outdoor Kitchen Wins Big at Sold-Out Shark Tank Event

Backyard Banger’s Outdoor Kitchen Wins Big at Sold-Out Shark Tank Event

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — After winning the $30,000 grand prize at the Youngstown Business Incubator’s Shark Tank event, Ty Aloe, CEO of Backyard Banger, may have bitten off more than he could chew. “You’re all invited to my house,” declared the self-proclaimed outdoor cooking enthusiast to the crowd of nearly 700 who gathered Thursday night at Mr. Anthony’s in Boardman. By all accounts the turnout was impressive, with many noting the connection between the large crowd and the community’s enthusiasm for the entrepreneurship supported by YBI. “We couldn’t sell anymore tickets,” said Barb Ewing, CEO of YBI. “We exceeded our goal...

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