Business Journal launches minority business directory as part of DEI platform – Business Journal Daily

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — As part of The Business Journal’s ongoing commitment to supporting businesses of all stripes, we’ve launched the Minority Business Directory, a free resource highlighting area entrepreneurs of color.

The directory, open to all minority business people, is free to register and will be free to access when launched later this year. No matter your industry – whether it’s retail, professional services, construction, crafts or any other industry – we want to help you showcase what you have to offer. offer in the Mahoning and Shenango Valleys.

Registration can be done at in just a few minutes. After you register, a Business Journal employee will contact you to verify your information. And in addition to giving entrepreneurs a place to market their business, we’re also giving everyone who signs up a free one-year digital subscription to The Business Journal. Registration is free and there is no obligation to purchase ads.

The directory is part of our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, or DEI, platform aimed at diversifying the range of voices featured in the stories and videos we create. As more business leaders sign up, our journalists will also have a resource that will expand the field of potential story sources. The registration page also features a form asking respondents for stories and companies they would like to see covered by The Business Journal.

“We can’t tell stories we don’t know,” says Josh Medore, Special Projects Editor, who led the effort to create our DEI program. “Good journalism grows from good relationships and to better cover the Valley’s business community, we are working to foster relationships that will help us better cover the region’s minority business community.”

Over the past few months, Business Journal staff have worked to develop a diversity, equity and inclusion platform to guide the effort to achieve our mission of supporting business growth, industry and quality of life in northeastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania. This mission cannot be accomplished without serving all sectors of the community equally and equitably.

Part of our work has been to create a statement on diversity, equity and inclusion – which can be read HERE – with advice from other news outlets and community stakeholders. And going forward, Business Journal staff will participate in training that will help us better recognize the challenges people of color face, better address these issues in our coverage, and enable us to update and improve our DEI policy.

Through these efforts, Youngstown Publishing Co. is committed to fostering an inclusive and thriving business community that reflects the diversity of our region. It is work that must be done and it is work that cannot be done alone.

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