About Us

Our Mission | Our Values


The Start Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that uses economics to empower communities with long-term economic sustainability. We are an entrepreneurial and economic growth agency that welcomes all people from all walks of life.

Our vision and hope, is that by helping communities and families apply sound financial practices, they can achieve financial success in business and in life.


The Start Center is an urban and community-based entrepreneurship center focused on wealth creation in urban communities. We use advocacy, mentorship, and training to provide families with the resources needed to achieve long-term economic sustainability. Through entrepreneurship training, talent development, and financial education, we empower individuals to start building legacies and secure financial futures.

Our agency is committed to the growth and development of inner city communities and their potential for prosperity. We believe that entrepreneurship and economic gardening are the keys that will unlock this prosperous future amongst economically-challenged demographics. We provide business acceleration programs, financial education courses, as well as classes that develop talents and strengths for the workforce.


The Start Center uses hands on economic gardening in inner city communities to support growth and long term economic sustainability. We believe that entire communities are impacted and are better off when entrepreneurs are able to take action.


Julian Young – Chief Executive Officer

Brittany Young – Chief Operating Officer

Pierce Robinson – Director of Innovation

Olivia Goss –  Operations Assistant


Board of Directors

Julian Young

Julian Young

Founder | The Start Center

Michael B. Yanney

Michael B. Yanney

Founder | Burlington Capital

Tom Osborne

Tom Osborne

Founder | Teammates

Nisha Avey

Nisha Avey

Nebraska Department of Economic Development

Don Eckles

Don Eckles

Founder | Scooter's Coffee

Bill Hipsher

Bill Hipsher

Co-Founder | B² Interactive

Press Mentions

“Leadership training and development programs key community resources” (November 22, 2019)
by David Kubicek, Midlands Business Journal

Giving a Boost to Entrepreneurs in North Omaha (July 18, 2019)
by Karsten Strauss, Forbes Magazine

“The Start Center partners with Scott Technology Center, launches initiatives to close economic gap” (November 24, 2017)
by Becky McCarville, Midlands Business Journal

“The Start Center set to replicate model for youth in other metros” (December 12, 2014)
by Michelle Leach, Midlands Business Journal

Teacher’s Journey Inspires New Entrepreneurs (December 2, 2014)
by Lena Tillett, WOWT

Start Center program aims to help women, minorities launch their businesses full time (December 1, 2014)
by Paige Yowell, Omaha World-Herald