Vision

The vision of the Bloom Empowerment Center is to offer enhanced technical support, attainable capital, and access to opportunity which instills York with a thriving culture of entrepreneurship defined by our rate of business births, women owned businesses, and minority business enterprises. The Bloom Empowerment Center was conceptualized to provide access to capital, resources, and education to accelerate small business startup, growth, and success.

What this means

Through a suite of services, the Bloom Empowerment Center will include opportunities for grants, loans, business classes, fellowships, and mentorships. To date, we have launched the efforts around grants, workforce pathways, Small Business Classes and training. Our small business classes that launched July of last year directly served women and minority entrepreneurs which further aligns line with our Bloom Empowerment Center goals:

 

  • 175 Participants
  • 45% Live or own a business in the City of York
  • 61% women
    56% persons of color.
    57% of registrants own a business, 43% are looking to launch a business within the next year or two.
    Data from July 15 to present

Suite of Services

Bloom Small Business Development Program

Program Details

Together with partners Crispus Attucks, Shippensburg Small Business Development Center (SBDC), York NAACP, Fulton Bank and Susquehanna Score, we launched a multi-week training program to assist entrepreneurs. ​Through the proposed sessions we hope to connect them to the resources necessary to support their business lifecycle. There is no cost for this program.

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Gold Sponsor:

 

Details & Registration

The 101 Start Up Level Classes: The Alphabet Soup of Having a Business will begin April 21 and end May 26.

The 201 Growth and Maintenance Classes will being September 8 and end October 13.

All sessions will run for 6 weeks and will take place on Thursdays from 5:30pm to 7:30pm via Zoom. Classes can be offered in Spanish if requested.

Bloom Workshops

Program Details

Workshops where we’ll take an in-depth dive with experts that will give business owners the opportunity to ask direct questions to presenters about their unique business needs

Sponsored by:

 

Upcoming Workshops

Let’s talk about Financial Literacy and 5 C’s of Credit
Presented by Community First Fund and M&T Bank
Saturday, May 7, 10am to 12pm

Accounting Bootcamp
Presented by Mike Doweary, Quartey & Associates
Saturday, May 21, 10am to 12pm

More workshops will be announced throughout the year.
All classes are offered at no cost.

Bloom Grant Program

The Bloom Grant Program was created in 2018 by a class of summer interns, to offer unique funding opportunities through this small business grant program. Grant rounds have been hosted for women-owned businesses, Downtown York specific businesses, York County Trail Town Businesses, WBCO, graduates of the YCEA’s small business development program, YCEA member businesses throughout York County and more.

Upcoming Grant Cycles

List of Cycles

Winter Q1
Small Business Class Participation
York County Trail Towns

Summer Q3
Countywide Small Business
Downtown York

Fall Q4
WBCO
Small Business Class Participation

Previous Award Rounds

Since 2018, $313,478 for 116 small businesses/organizations in York County, Downtown York, Trail Town communities, women-owned businesses, start-up entrepreneurs, and to graduates of our small business development courses, with 53% of grants going to businesses owned by persons of color and 65% going to women owned businesses.

Bloom Pathways

Looking for your next career or training opportunity? Find your next pathway at www.yocopathways.com to view opportunities from hundreds of employers and training program providers! 

Bloom Business Series

Downtown Inc has partnered with PNC for a series of workshops that help merchants keep up to date on best practices for customer service, social media and more. After expanding 2019-2021, the Business Series will enjoy another full schedule in 2022, thanks to the support of PNC.

Business Series events are FREE and open to the public, though pre-registration is required. While geared toward downtown businesses, anyone is welcome to attend.

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Loans

The BLOOM Business Empowerment Center will offer options for loans to small businesses across York County. To learn more about the process and share what your financing needs are, please complete the Inquiry Form below and a team member will reach out.

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