Our Mission | Our Values
WHO WE ARE
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.
WHAT WE DO
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.
WHY WE DO IT
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 – Executive Director
Brittany Young – Chief Operations Officer
Japhia Franklin – Executive Admin/Office Manager
Deborah Dogba – Director of Program Development
Pierce Robinson – Director of Innovation
Board of Directors
Founder | The Start Center
Michael B. Yanney
Founder | Burlington Capital
Founder | Teammates
Nebraska Department of Economic Development
Founder | Scooter's Coffee
Co-Founder | B² Interactive
“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