Océanne Takes Home The $10,000 Prize At Core City: Cleveland Spring Entrepreneur Showcase

On Wednesday, May 15, Core City: Cleveland Impact Program participant Anne Harrill delivered the winning pitch for her business, Océanne during the program’s culminating entrepreneur showcase—taking home the top prize of $10,000. Inspired by Anne’s childhood in France, and her journey to the American Midwest, Océanne’s jewelry is designed with a focus on craftsmanship, comfort and functional

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Five Questions with Anne Harrill of Océanne

Océanne is a line of minimalist modern jewelry by French designer, Anne Harrill, handmade in Cleveland, Ohio. With an aesthetic that merges both the maker utility of the rustbelt and the enduring beauty of French design, Océanne is a tribute to Anne’s childhood in France and her journey to the American Midwest. Inspired by life’s small pleasures

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Five Questions with Covesa Gragg of Covesa Kelly Events

Covesa Kelly Events is a Cleveland-based premier event planning and design company with a passion for weddings. The company specializes in five-star customer service, delivering love, trust, respect and a little bit of magic to each client. The company has been featured in Essence, The Knot and Today’s Bride for its exceptional professionalism, attention to

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Five Questions with Lakesha Farrow of NDN Cleaning & Janitorial Services

NDN Cleaning & Janitorial Services provides professional commercial cleaning to a variety of businesses ranging from office and medical buildings to salons and storefronts. The company offers customized schedules to fit client needs and takes pride in providing exceptional and affordable services with superior customer experience. We recently sat down with Lakesha to talk about

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Five Questions with Barbara Bradford of J.B. Grill

Established in 2015, this Harvard Ave. soul food spot is a cornerstone in the Cleveland community and has been recognized for its outstanding American cuisine, excellent service and friendly staff. The restaurant is known for its modern interpretation of classic dishes and its insistence on only using high-quality fresh ingredients. We recently sat down with

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Five Questions with Mimi May of Maeve’s All Natural

While pregnant with her first child, Mimi May learned that while mothers of newborns should avoid the application of cosmetics containing certain chemicals if they are breastfeeding, companies are not required to report many of the chemicals they are using. Mimi launched Maeve’s All Natural to offer the safest products on the market, with 100

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3 Tips For Pitching Potential Customers

One of the most common mistakes entrepreneurs make when presenting for the first time is placing the focus on themselves rather than on their prospective customer’s needs. In these situations, entrepreneurs typically do an excellent job of explaining their product or service, but they fall short when it comes to truly connecting with their audience.

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Accelerate success by promoting open exchange of ideas

Last summer, I attended the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s annual Diversity Professionals Conference, where I had the opportunity to participate in a series of interactive sessions that put a spotlight on how cultural orientations shape an individual’s perception of the world and how these orientations can play out in a workplace setting. One of my key

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Meet Our Core City: Cleveland Impact Program’s Spring 2019 Cohort

We are excited to welcome the seventh cohort to our Core City: Cleveland Impact Program! This 12-week business assistance program is designed to drive economic impact in the city of Cleveland by helping individuals overcome obstacles to entrepreneurship through hands-on advising and industry-specific mentoring. Over the next three months, these women (yes, cohort seven is

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JumpStart Celebrates Black History Month

Each February, the U.S. celebrates Black History Month, highlighting the rich heritage, extraordinary achievements and unique culture of African Americans throughout our nation’s history. The precursor to Black History Month began in 1926, when noted historian and journalist Dr. Carter G. Woodson launched “Negro History Week” in an effort to bring African American history front and

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JumpStart Talks Blockland On The Sound Of Ideas

The Blockland Solutions Conference was a resounding success, attracting more than 1700 people to Cleveland to learn more about the future of blockchain technology and how Cleveland can play a critical role in that future. Coming out of the conference, the community is already asking “what’s next for Blockland?”—the grassroots community initiative that organized the

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Consult 2 Code Takes Home The $10,000 Prize At Core City: Cleveland Fall Entrepreneur Showcase

On Wednesday, December 5, Core City: Cleveland Impact Program participant Angel Washington delivered the winning pitch for her business, Consult 2 Code, during the program’s culminating entrepreneur showcase—taking home the top prize of $10,000 to grow her business. Inspired to start her own company after working for years in the medical coding and billing field, Angel

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