The BLOOM Business Empowerment Center, through the York County Economic Alliance (YCEA), and partners Crispus Attucks, Susquehanna SCORE, Fulton Bank, York NAACP and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) announce the open registration for the next track of the BLOOM Small Business Development Program. This program is funded in part by York County Community Foundation’s Racial Equity Fund.

The BLOOM Small Business Development Program is a series of cohort-based classes offering resources for future and existing business owners in various areas. All classes will include resources to help businesses with prospective clients, funders, stakeholders. This program is offered through the BLOOM Business Empowerment Center, whose objective is to accelerate small business ownership and success, promote Pathways to Prosperity for talent development, and advance representation in leadership and access to opportunities.

There is no cost for either track but registration is required. Classes run for six weeks from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday evenings via Zoom. Other topic specific sessions will be offered throughout each track of the program.

The Alphabet Soup of Having a Business is for future and existing business owners with 2 years or less of operations will launch on April 21 and run through May 26. Sessions include legal, accounting, marketing and presenting skills. Registration is available here.

Small Business Tune Up Sessions is for businesses with over two years of operations will open in the Fall.

Participants must attend all classes in their track may be eligible to apply for a YoCo BLOOM grant offered by YCEA to help with their business in York County. Participants will also have an opportunity to connect with a mentor from Susquehanna SCORE, be featured in YCEA marketing efforts for business development, and have an opportunity to attend networking events. Details on services can be found here:

The York County Economic Alliance (YCEA) launched the BLOOM Business Empowerment Center, a hub of enhanced technical support, capital, and resources to accelerate small business startup, growth, and success for business owners in York County, last month.