Small Business Support


Youngstown, OH

Located in the northeastern part of the state, Youngstown is equidistant from Cleveland and Pittsburg. Once a thriving steel industry town, Youngstown has lost 60% of its population since the 1970’s. These days, the city is focused on leveraging its assets: the downtown riverfront, local university and hospitals, industrial employers, and local entrepreneurs.

When the pandemic hit, 59.8% of Ohio small businesses did not have an online presence. This eliminated the opportunity for them to engage and sell products with their customers during shutdowns. Through our webinar training, “E-tail Strategies: Get Your Business Online!”, local entrepreneurs and business owners in Youngstown received training and resources to help do just that – get their business online!

The real difference is the team at Retail Strategies. Having their team recruiting on our behalf is wonderful. It isn’t just another tool in the toolbox.
Sharon Woodberry
Director, Economic Development
I really enjoyed the meeting with Laura Marinos and Jennifer Gregory of Retail Strategies! They were very informative and supportive. They gave me so much information and tips for taking my business to the next level in the marketing area where I lack tremendously. I finally decided on a new name so I will be putting their tools into action soon!
Stacy Grant
Business Owner

About Our Team

Our president, Jenn Gregory, founded a consulting firm specializing in solutions for community development, downtown revitalization, retail recruitment, non-profit board development, governmental relations, and public affairs.

Elliott Cook, our retail real estate expert, has worked with retailers, brokers, and developers to find best fit businesses for communities.

Contact us or any of our team members to learn more about the next steps we can take together to revitalize your community.