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Giving Structure to Your Business

Stark County Minority Business Association (SCMBA) provides numerous services to its member organizations to assist them in growing their establishments, creating jobs to enhance economic growth in our region, and procuring loans and contracts to stabilize their organizations. These services include:

Lunch & Learns

Monthly Networking Opportunities


1 on 1 Consults

Plans, Projections, Preparations, and more!

Grant Sourcing

Identifying grant opportunities,
and reviewing grant applications

Contract Opportunities

Connecting minority businesses with potential contract opportunities


Training and general business guidance

Cash Mobs

Coordinated efforts to financially support minority-owned businesses

Book an appointment with one of our reps.

Elise Watkins

Marketing & General Consultation

Lydia Lee

ERA, YEP, Workshops, Business Plans,
Capability Statements & General Consultation

Skyler Parks

Access to Capital, MBAC, State Certification, Strategic Partnerships & General Consultation

Lunch & Learn!

The Lunch & Learn series is an opportunity not just to educate, but elevate minority business owners through networking, speaking, and relationship-building over lunch. Each session features a round table discussion, accredited speakers, and a guaranteed learning experience. Our Lunch & Learn events are held on a bi-monthly basis

What is ERA?

Expanding Resources for All (ERA) is a mentorship program developed in 2019 with the intention of serving minority businesses that have been in business for one or more years. The program offers valuable workshops taught by professionals and knowledgeable mentors to educate and enhance minority businesses located in Canton, OH and Massillon, OH. Each year, a select group of businesses are chosen via application to learn business fundamentals through workshops, mentorships, and receive grant funding that can be used for their businesses. Develop a better understanding of the organizational structure. Fine-tune presentation skills and professional branding. Enhance the reputation of the Protégé business. Minimize apprehension and maximize potential. Increase business growth and revenue.

The children are our future!

Our Youth Entrepreneurship Program, fondly known as YEP, is a free entrepreneurship program for middle schoolers in under-resourced communities. 12 students received entrepreneurship training from influential business leaders in Stark County. Students created their own businesses and participated in a pitch competition. Each student received a monetary reward to apply to their education, a free laptop, and 100 shares of Hall of Fame Village stock that was gifted by the sponsors of this program.

Knowledge is key!

Our workshops are done on a periodic basis.
Please check our calendar for current opportunities.

Look out for the next Cash Mob!

With a focus on coming together to support our members, the Stark County Minority Business Association now offers a fun way to do it. We call them Cash Mobs!
The purpose of these mobs is to raise support for local businesses and overall community awareness about local minority-owned businesses.