Supporting a Thriving Culture OF ENTREPRENEURS


Small Business Funding in York, PA

The BLOOM Business Empowerment Center offers enhanced technical support, attainable capital, and access to opportunity to instill York with a thriving culture of entrepreneurship defined by our rate of business births, specifically births of women-owned and BIPOC-owned businesses.

Since its launch, BLOOM has provided education taught by experts to over 750 entrepreneurs, awarded over $480,000 in micro-grants, financed over $600,000 in start-up and growth capital, and hosted dozens of networking and engagement events to strengthen the network of entrepreneurs in York County.

Meet the TEAM

Led by Sully, Marlena, and Lissuannette the BLOOM Business Empowerment Center leverages the whole bench of the team of the YCEA to help navigate small business paths – whether you are just starting out or are ready to expand.

Sully Pinos

Executive Director

Marlena Schugt

Program Manager

Lissuannette Rivera Mercado

Opportunity Specialist


Meet the community leaders who make up BLOOM’s Advisory Board and guide our team to best meet the needs of entrepreneurs and small businesses in York.


Access to Capital is a vital component for a business’s life span. To help startup and existing small businesses in York County accelerate and maintain their growth, the BLOOM Business Empowerment Center offers a variety of small business funding financing options that can eliminate barriers to capital. Through our educational programming services and one on one meetings, BLOOM can offer interested applicants with financial training and a step by step approach to seeking capital for their business.


Help your business improve services or expand operations with a BLOOM grant. These micro-grant programs are for existing businesses to accomplish a project that otherwise may not have been possible.

Register for a CLASS

Developed with local partners in small business development, these multi-week classes are offered at no-cost to support entrepreneurs in launching their business and small business owners in growing their business.

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Learn about our financing opportunities for small businesses that offer competitive rates and wrap-around technical assistance.

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Through partnerships with SCORE, WBCO, and more, mentorships provide opportunities to pair with existing business leaders for peer-to-peer support.

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Helping YOU Succeed

Resources that HELP YOU SUCCEED

The BLOOM Business Empowerment Center offers a variety of resources to support small business growth and foster inclusive economic development in York County. From startup to mentorship to guidance through coursework, workshops, and talent development. Ready to get started?

When do classes start?

Find our upcoming class schedule and how to register here.

I have a business idea, where do I start?

Check out our Business Plan.

How do I register a business in PA?
How can I fund my business idea?

We offering many funding opportunities. Explore our loan options.

How can I meet other entrepreneurs?

Meet likeminded individuals through our networking resources. Learn more.

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