Microbusiness Development Program

Due to COVID-19, all Microbusiness Development Classes will be conducted virtually via teleconferencing software. For more information, please contact Edward Akinyemi (419-522-1611 Ext 127).

Always wanted to start a business? Need funding to kickstart your idea?

You've always wanted to start your own business, but you don't know where to start. Maybe you're a farmer that wants to start a business to grow and sell food in Mansfield. You might be scared, though, that your idea isn't good enough or that you don't have what it takes to make it a success.

If you are serious about starting your own business and being your own boss then our Microbusiness Development Course is perfect for you. This program is made possible by the generous support from the Ohio Community Development Corporation Association (OCDCA).

Click here to register for the Microbusiness Development Course!

Are you a minority own business in the Mansfield Area? Click the link below to complete the survey to keep your business connected to our community.

Survey for Minority, Female, and Black Owned Business

What is it?

If you want to start your own business, you have to know the fundamentals of entrepreneurship. In our Microbusiness Development Course, we will teach you these lessons and more.

As you're going through the program, we will also help you write a business plan so that you have both the knowledge of how to run your business and a living and breathing document to help you jump-start this.


Customer Discovery, Interviews, and Relationships

First Principles

The Lean Startup Method

Local Business Owners



Compliance: business formation and taxes

Business Certification

Hypothesis Development

Bookkeeping and point-of-sales systems


Lifestyle changes as an entrepreneur

Financial literacy for businesses

Resources in the community & Continued learning

 Click here for the full curriculum of the course!

How are we different?

We are an Asset-Based Community Development corporation with years of experience convening and collaborating with constituents in the community. We focus on people's gifts and assets, not their deficits.

We don't work in silos, which means that by connecting with us you also connect with our community partners, the supportive services they offer, and our range of other programs.

Minority Business Assistance Center (MBAC)

The strength of this program comes from how we leverage our partnerships with other organizations. In addition to the incredible support from the Ohio Community Development Corporation Association (OCDCA), a key partner for this program is the Akron Minority Business Assistance Center (MBAC), hosted by the Akron Urban League. NECIC has partnered with the Akron MBAC to bring business counseling services to Richland County. This includes assistance with business certifications like Women Business Enterprise (WBE), Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Veteran Business Enterprise (VBE), and more. Please click the button below to find out more about these services and opportunities.

Minority Business Assistance Center (MBAC)


Click here to register for the Microbusiness Development Course!



Registration is open for 2021! Register quickly before spots fill up! We will run seven cohorts in 2021, so don't worry if you missed enrollment for one cohort, you can always register for another one. We did this in order to give more people the opportunity to participate. Please click the button below to view the schedule for this year.

Schedule for 2021

There will be two classes per week, Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30-6pm, with each class lasting 90 minutes. The fee to register is $10.

Click here to register for the Microbusiness Development Course!