WOVU JumpStart Fridays, Episode 22: Cleveland Neighborhood Progress

JumpStart and WOVU 95.9FM have partnered to bring you JumpStart Fridays, a show focused on supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs in Cleveland. Over the coming weeks, you’ll hear from local business owners, business assistance and funding experts, community organizations and more as we dive into live and honest conversations about entrepreneurship. In episode 22, JumpStart’s Lamont Mackley and

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JumpStart Welcomes Five New Startups To Its Portfolio

We are excited to introduce five new companies recently added to JumpStart’s investment portfolio. These five new companies join the 120+ innovative tech companies in our portfolio. Learn more about these groundbreaking companies:   Thrivable Thrivable is the healthcare industry’s only on-demand market research platform for teams that want to ensure the voice of the

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WOVU JumpStart Fridays, Episode 21: Bridging the Technology Divide

JumpStart and WOVU 95.9FM have partnered to bring you JumpStart Fridays, a show focused on supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs in Cleveland. Over the coming weeks, you’ll hear from local business owners, business assistance and funding experts, community organizations and more as we dive into live and honest conversations about entrepreneurship. In this week’s episode, Tondi & Terrance

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WOVU JumpStart Fridays, Episode 20: Challenges For Women In Entrepreneurship

JumpStart and WOVU 95.9FM have partnered to bring you JumpStart Fridays, a show focused on supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs in Cleveland. Over the coming weeks, you’ll hear from local business owners, business assistance and funding experts, community organizations and more as we dive into live and honest conversations about entrepreneurship. This week’s episode explores the

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Five Questions with Leatron Twitty of My Smart Home Ohio

My Smart Home Ohio is a company that specializes in the installation, sale and service of smart home and business technology, including security, energy-saving and comfort devices.    How did you get the idea for your business? My uncle needed some security cameras installed at his residence. His friend offered to pay me to install

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Five Questions with Amy Witzigreuter of Witzi’s Raw Granola

Witzi’s Raw Granola produces grain and gluten-free granolas made with organic ingredients. The Witzi’s brand offers handmade granola in a variety of flavors and is available in stores across Ohio.   How did you get the concept for your business? I was inspired to find granola to meet the dietary needs of my son. Once

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Video: Cleveland Small Business Impact Program Spring 2021 Entrepreneur Showcase

On Wednesday, May 19, the eleventh cohort of the Cleveland Small Business Impact Program participated in a virtual version of their culminating showcase event. This event was an online demo-day-style competition where program participants used their new knowledge and skills to present their pitch to a panel of judges for a chance to take home

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Five Questions With Sharia Livingston of Living Rich

Living Rich apparel is a unisex, high-quality streetwear brand that prides itself on high-end quality and affordable prices, highlighting the idea that value is determined by self—not a price tag.   How did you get your idea or concept for your business? The idea behind Living Rich literally came from a combination of my daughter

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Five Questions with Mary Johnson of Vitiman Kandie

Inspired by her own fitness journey, Mary launched Vitiman Kandie to provide an innovative line of natural herbs and juices for hopeful spirits in pursuit of improving their personal health. Her flagship cafes offer fresh cold-pressed juices, herbal supplements and healthy meals.   How did you get the idea for your business? After losing 120lbs

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Five Questions With Eduardo Rodriguez of Café Social Latinoamericano

Café Social coffee shop offers exclusively sourced coffee from Latin America and culturally inspired desserts. Eduardo offers not only a place for authentic café favorites but a place in the city for sharing and learning about Latin American cultures and ideas.    How did you COME UP WITH THE concept for your business? The name

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