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YOUNGSTOWN – The Youngstown Business Incubator has launched a new program to engage the region’s flagship institutions across multiple sectors – from hospitals to government to industry – to help diversify their supply chain and grow the local economy.

The new Director of Supply Chain Diversity, Karrington Griffin, will work directly with anchor institutions to integrate local small businesses into their supply chains.

The program will also focus on helping small and medium-sized businesses, especially those in economically disadvantaged populations, adopt new technologies to increase their competitiveness, help with customer acquisition, and create the infrastructure needed to successfully apply. bidding opportunities, loans and more.

“Today more than ever, supplier diversity is a critical component of business success,” said Griffin. “It’s my job to help these small businesses scale and transition into partnerships with larger companies that are starting or improving their supplier diversity program.”

Additionally, working with the Fowler Center for Business as the Global Benefit Agent at Case Western Reserve University, CWRU students will receive training to help businesses in the project area “technological activation” their businesses.

Services include online accounting services, search engine optimization, “No code” website and application development, social media / marketing, use of video conferencing services, creation of online sales and marketing platforms.

The first event, Brick and Mortar to Click and Order, will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on September 15. It is open to any small business looking to enable technology for their business. Register at

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