Three Tips For Naming Your Startup

When it comes to naming your startup, there is no formal methodology, or set of hard and fast rules to follow. This can make the process as frustrating as it is fun. Undoubtedly, giving the world a name to go along with the face of your company will be one...

The Art Of Pivoting

In the beginning, a new venture is essentially a collection of hypothesis. Even with market research in hand, at its core, a business plan is mostly an educated guess about what customers want. As a result, the chances are extremely high that one or more aspects of your original business...

[PODCAST] Making Sense Of Small Business Certifications: How To Navigate The Certification Maze And Drive Business Growth

On Wednesday, May 18, JumpStart and the Women’s Business Center of Ohio welcomed a panel of successful business owners for a discussion about women-owned, minority and disadvantaged business certifications. The group explored the pros and cons of each certification type, and discussed how to leverage these certifications to gain additional business. This...

[PODCAST] The Well-Being Of The Citizen

On Tuesday, April 19th, Citizens Bank and Growth Opportunity Partners hosted a conversation about the best ways companies can position themselves to become anchor businesses in their community. The discussion centered around Cleveland’s historical assets, how those assets have changed throughout the city’s history and how companies can use them as a key...

Five Questions With hand-n-hand Founder Deborah Armstrong

Upon meeting Deborah Armstrong, one thing is clear—she is absolutely passionate about helping others. That’s why she founded hand-n-hand, a company that makes neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) swaddling blankets to provide a better experience for parents holding their premature babies. Deborah is also part of JumpStart’s Core City: Cleveland Impact program,...

Is Your EcDev Board Room Filled With Old, White Men?

Inclusion is an emerging trend in economic development, and for good reason. After all, isn’t the whole concept of economic development to develop processes and policies to improve the economic, political and social well-being of ALL people, thus reducing inequalities? Yet with all of this increasing focus on inclusion, when...