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Youngstown

Downtown Youngstown
Downtown Youngstown

Youngstown is a player again.

While the transition from heavy manufacturing to high tech has not come without its bumps, this northeastern Ohio community is steadily turning smokestack industries into green jobs. Thanks to a host of emerging new economy businesses, Youngstown feels -- well, young again. If anybody doubts it, the city even made the coverof Entrepreneur Magazine's August 2009 issue as one of the 10 best cities to start a business.

At the same time, locals point to assets like Youngstown State University, Mill Creek Park -- one of the country's largest municipal parks systems -- the Butler Institute of American Art (housing more than 20,000 individual works) and the recreational opportunities, music and arts as key threads that are sewing the fabric of Youngstown together again.  

Youngstown Features

Ohio's rural biz incubators thrive with best practices, clear results

Ohio is home to a host of smaller and rural business incubators. Despite dispersed populations and limited local markets, many are getting results similar to their urban counterparts--on much tighter budgets.

Ohio's supercomputer: 154 trillion calculations per second

A massive computer cluster housed in the Ohio Supercomputer Center operates at staggering speeds--and businesses large and small around the state are using the digital giant to break through technological barriers.

State funds bridge hard times, pave a path to success for Ohio entrepreneurs

Ohio Third Frontier's generous funding programs bolster startups from the pre-seed stage, over the "valley of death," and through commercialization.

The money guide

As a companion to our main feature, hiVelocity outlines some of Ohio's state-sponsored funding opportunities for the innovative and savvy.

Founder Focus: Nikita Eelen of AMVONET

The young powerhouse talks about juggling a burgeoning business and a new wife while furthering his education in quirky Alliance, Ohio.
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Youngstown Founders

Marv Schwartz of Visualized Energy

Marv Schwartz of Visualized Energy

City: Youngstown

"The average savings is about five percent of their utilities bill."

Scott Andrews of Pixsi

Scott Andrews of Pixsi

City: Youngstown

Scott Andrews is founder of Pixsi, a mobile marketing services company.

Mike Broderick of Turning Technologies

Mike Broderick of Turning Technologies

City: Youngstown

Mike Broderick is co-founder of Turning Technologies, a response technology software developer.

Anne Behner of Visual Impact Imaging

Anne Behner of Visual Impact Imaging

City: Youngstown

Anne Behner is founder of Visual Impact Imaging, a landscape design software developer.

Derek Haake of Campus Shift

Derek Haake of Campus Shift

City: Youngstown

Derek Haake is founder of Campus Shift, a free online marketplace of textbooks and notes for students.

Dylan Marsh of Fyrware

Dylan Marsh of Fyrware

City: Youngstown

Dylan Marsh is founder of Fyrware, a software development startup.

Jeff Cianciola of Accupoint Software

Jeff Cianciola of Accupoint Software

City: Youngstown

Jeff Cianciola is founder of Accupoint Software, a web-based tool to improve management systems effectiveness.

Andrea So-Trgovcich of Wellness Integrated Network

Andrea So-Trgovcich of Wellness Integrated Network

City: Youngstown

Andrea So-Trgovcich is founder of Wellness Integrated Network, a website platform that helps users manage diet and nutrition.

John Centofanti of Creative Stream Marketing

John Centofanti of Creative Stream Marketing

City: Youngstown

John Centofanti is founder of Creative Stream Marketing, a marketing, communications and creative agency.

Elijah Stambaugh of the Learning Egg

Elijah Stambaugh of the Learning Egg

City: Youngstown

Elijah Stambaugh is a teacher and founder of The Learning Egg. His first product, The Lightning Grader, creates tests and automates the grading and assessment process for teachers.

Youngstown Companies

1.
Visualized Energy

Visualized Energy

City: Youngstown
Industry: Energy,Energy & Utilities,Energy Efficiency,Software
2.
Accupoint Software

Accupoint Software

City: Youngstown
Industry: Entrepreneurial Programs,Entrepreneurship,Software
3.
Ticket Crush

Ticket Crush

City: Youngstown
Industry: Entrepreneurial Programs,Entrepreneurship,Marketing,Software
4.
Equipment Appraisal Services

Equipment Appraisal Services

City: Youngstown
Industry: Entrepreneurial Programs,Entrepreneurship,Marketing,Software
5.
M-7 Technologies

M-7 Technologies

City: Youngstown
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing,Entrepreneurial Programs,Entrepreneurship,Manufacturing Innovation
6.
Pixsi

Pixsi

City: Youngstown
Industry:
7.
CampusShift

CampusShift

City: Youngstown
Industry: Business Incubators,Entrepreneurial Programs,Entrepreneurship,Shopping,Software
8.
Toaster Pop

Toaster Pop

City: Youngstown
Industry: Apps,Entrepreneurship,Technology
9.
Revere Data

Revere Data

City: Youngstown
Industry: Entrepreneurship,Technology
10.
M7 Technologies

M7 Technologies

City: Youngstown
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing,Entrepreneurial Programs,Entrepreneurship,Technology