Youngstown SBA Initiative
The Youngstown Initiative is a collaborative effort among the public sector and the local banking community that is designed to combine resources for the purpose of making capital more accessible to your business.
The following are incentives provided by The City of Youngstown contingent upon the ability to obtain supplemental financing from an approved source.
The incentives available are contingent on approval from a U. S. Small Business Administration program and a loan commitment from a primary lender.
While the program does not mandate businesses to locate within a designated HUBZone to qualify for these resources, all businesses are encouraged to explore these areas in order to benefit from all incentives available.
Targeted Locations and Business Sectors include:
Central Business District
Commercial designated areas on main corridors as defined by the 2010 Plan.
Manufacturing operations located within designated industrial sites as defined by the 2010 plan.
Technology businesses identified as a sector that involves the use of advanced materials; instruments, controls and electronics; power and propulsion; biosciences; and information technology.
Businesses that do not meet the targeted guidelines are eligible to participate at reduced levels: 10% performance grants and $20,000 demolition grants.
Funds may be used for building/site improvements, equipment, relocation expenses or working capital.
Subordinated Loan/Performance Grants –Eligible projects can receive up to 20% of the total project financing, up to $100,000. The loan will convert to a performance grant based on terms of Developer Agreement with the City.
Tax Abatements – 75% tax abatements will apply to improvements on real and personal property.
Demolition Grants – Grants of up to $50,000 will be provided to assist any projects requiring demolition of structures.
Façade Renovation Grants – City will reimburse 40% of authorized exterior renovation expenses up to $20,000. Funds will be disbursed as a loan and convert to a grant once stipulated requirements have been met.
Technical Assistance Grants – Funds up to $5,000 will be made available to assist qualified applicants with services needed to startup a small business.
SBA Loan Programs – Participating lenders have agreed to make SBA Guaranteed Loans available to borrowers within the City of Youngstown
Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber at 330.392.6140 or
Office of Economic Development, City of Youngstown, at 330.744.1708.