Since 2015, Alysha Ellis and her mother have been transforming the lives of Northeast Ohio residents as the creators of Healthy Living Kitchen, a foundational vehicle aimed at empowering individuals to make healthy food and lifestyle choices that can be sustained throughout their lives.

Healthy Living Kitchen offers cooking classes and educational workshops that help the community better understand the importance of eating whole foods and the positive impact proper nutrition can have on an individual’s health and overall wellness.

Alysha has worked closely with other local business assistance organizations, including Operation HOPE and the Hispanic Business Center. She is also graduate of JumpStart’s Core City: Cleveland Impact Program, an intensive business assistance program designed to support the development and growth of businesses located within Cleveland’s core neighborhoods.

But even before the Impact Program, she began by taking advantage of Core City: Cleveland office hours–one-on-one sessions with JumpStart experts that have already helped hundreds of entrepreneurs and small business owners set goals, solve problems and make crucial connections.

“The Core City program has given me a lot of confidence in the work environment as a female Hispanic entrepreneur. I’m able to say to myself, “Look, I got this!” I have the abilities, the resources and now the partnerships and relationships to really push my business forward, “said Alysha. “I really feel like I now embody what an entrepreneur is.”

In the video below, Alysha discusses her overall Core City experience, the impact it has had on her business and how it’s transformed the way she thinks about entrepreneurship.

To learn more about starting your own Core City: Cleveland journey, schedule a one-on-one office hours consultation with one of our business advisors by emailing CoreCity@jumpstartinc.org.

This post is part of JumpStart’s “Insight” video series, a monthly feature introducing you to Northeast Ohio investors, entrepreneurs and organizations dedicated to helping entrepreneurs succeed.