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The Sky’s The Limit For Adrian O’Dell

26 Oct , 2020  

Written by Cheyla Bradley

As a new group is scheduled for our Microbusiness Class on October 21, we would like to introduce another African American businessman who has benefited from working with course instructor, Edward Akinyemi.

Adrian O’Dell is currently one of Edward’s clients through MBAC, the Minority Business Assistance Center. His business is called ARO Aerial Inc., an Aerial Photography/Videography Business in Mansfield City and surrounding areas.” More…

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NECIC Welcomes New Recruitment Coordinator

28 Sep , 2020  

Crystal Weese‘s new role as NECIC’s Recruitment Coordinator is through the Area 10 Workforce Development Grant, with a goal to connect residents of color to our workforce partners.

The Coordinator is responsible for the outreach to minority owned businesses and African American males to inform them of the services of the Ohio Means Jobs Centers in Richland and Crawford counties.

The sub-reward that is granted to the Richland Area Chamber is to hire someone to train local businesses for a community opportunity/connecting employers and businesses in web base platform across the state. More…

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Stories From The North End: Meet Sam Dunn

10 Sep , 2020  

“Drove a prison bus” isn’t likely on Sam Dunn‘s resume.

You’ll find customer service, masonry, banking, and city councilmen, but you won’t find “prison bus.” Yet, he’d tell you it had been one of his favorite jobs of all time.

It started the way most of Sam’s ideas start, as a solution to a problem. NECIC‘s elder program was providing activities, lunches, and speakers to the older population of Mansfield city. Part of that group, Sam learned, no longer drove, leaving them isolated from the community. He fixed the problem by buying a retired prison bus to provide transportation. More…


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North End Farmers Market Is Returning

20 May , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff

NECIC has shared the good news that the North End Farmers Market will indeed be open for the the coming season.

The North End Farmers Market is a part of NECIC’s North End Local Foods Initiative (NELFI). Established in 2014, it focuses on providing fresh, healthy food for North End residents, as well as boosting the local economy by helping North End residents launch their own small market business. More…

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Don’t Cancel Your Ambitions During COVID-19: If Fact, Why Not Start A Business?

17 Apr , 2020  

Almost all in-person events have been postponed or canceled and yes, many people are at home because of remote working or feeling the pain of being temporarily (hopefully) unemployed.

Mansfield’s North End Community Improvement Corporation (NECIC) is asking whether or not this might not be a good time to set the stage for success in a post-COVID-19 world. To that end, NECIC is beginning the second round of its Microbusiness Development Program this May,

What kind of opportunity comes from being stuck at home? More…

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NECIC Annual Meeting Highlights Successes, Looks Forward

3 Mar , 2020  


The Board of Directors of the North End Community Improvement Collaborative (NECIC) invited the public to attend its Annual Meeting held recently at their downtown Mansfield office.

Founder and Executive Director, Deanna West-Torrence, discussed the successes of the prior year. New initiatives launched in 2019, such as the Urban Farm/Mansfield Microfarm Project, the African American Leadership Initiative, and the Microbusiness Development program, were highlighted. More…

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NECIC Offers Self Help Legal Clinics

14 Feb , 2020  

The law can be confusing for a lot of us – the use of phrases like “herewith” and “be it ordained” seem to exist only to keep everyday people from understanding legal documents and proceedings. Even so, most people need to have some foundational knowledge of legal language to help them at some point in their life.

The North End Community Improvement Collaborative (NECIC) wants to help with this issue. They are holding a series of workshops that will provide people with basic legal information, and give them the opportunity to reach out for assistance later. More…

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NECIC Re-Launches Microbusiness Development Program

1 Feb , 2020  

Recently Downtown Mansfield, Inc. touted the fact that 15 new businesses opened in downtown Mansfield during 2019 – An accomplishment that we can all feel great about. It says a lot about the faith that we citizens have that Richland County is a great place to live and work.

Opening a business can be daunting if you don’t know the ropes, and that’s where the North End Community Improvement Collaborative (NECIC) comes in. They created a Microbusiness Development Program, which they are expanding and re-launching for 2020, to provide guidance and instruction for those interested in starting a business. More…

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NECIC Steps Up As Local Minority Business Assistance Center

16 Jan , 2020  

The North End Community Improvement Collaborative (NECIC) has been tapped as the Minority Business Assistance Center (MBAC) for our area. They are able to offer professional support in a variety of ways, providing minority businesses with resources that include technical assistance, marketing know-how, access to funding, and connections to business opportunities. More…


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NECIC Will Continue The Leadership Journey in 2020

3 Jan , 2020  

The North End Community Improvement Collaborative (NECIC) is focused on bringing economic vitality and community engagement to Mansfield’s North End, which also includes growing the next generation of leaders. The organization is now focused on 2020.

In 2019 NECIC founded AALI (African American Leadership Initiative), and this program’s mission is to identify and cultivate African American leaders in Mansfield and Richland County. AALI is made up of multiple facets, including webinars, speakers, and social events. More…

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NECIC Offers Grants To Foster North End Development

26 Nov , 2019  

The North End Small Grant Program is offered by the North End Community Improvement Collaborative (NECIC) in order to help recipients connect people, promote neighborhood pride, encourage community involvement, and support volunteerism. In this way the grant funds are used to provide a public benefit to the whole North End community. More…

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NECIC Launches The Open Table

16 Nov , 2019  

Open Table is one of the newest initiatives from the North End Community Investment Collaborative (NECIC) and one that they are extremely enthusiastic about. Spearheaded by Community Organizer Kay Smith, the Open Table initiative is a mentoring program targeting youth who are aging out of foster care, with the goal of giving those young people a close-knit network of trusted support during this potentially vulnerable time of transition. More…

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NECIC Meet The Candidates Night On Tuesday

29 Oct , 2019  

North End Community Improvement Collaboration (NECIC) will hold a Meet the Candidates night on October 29 at 6:00 PM. The event will be held at the Steelworkers Union Hall (1595 Longview Avenue, Mansfield); this is a larger venue than that used in previous years.

Those attending will hear from the candidates and have an opportunity to ask them questions. NECIC has not indicated whether all candidates will be in attendance; however those invited are as follows: More…


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NECIC Hosting Paint, Sip and Vibe

15 Oct , 2019  

The North End Community Investment Collaborative (NECIC) is hosting a Sip’n Paint social as part of its AALI (African American Leadership Initiative).  The event will take place on Friday, October 25 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM. For just $15 ($10 for AALI members) NECIC will provide painting supplies and a free drink. More…


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Neighbor Up Night Moves

5 Oct , 2019  

The Neighbor Up Night, held by the North End Community Investment Collaborative (NECIC), has moved from the second Wednesday to the third Wednesday of the month for October 2019; the next Neighbor Up Night will take place on October 16 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. More…