VIDEO: Leading Your Business Through An Economic Crisis

With little warning, the COVID-19 outbreak has created a serious threat to many of the businesses JumpStart supports. On March 26, we assembled an online panel of business experts from our Burton D. Morgan mentoring program to discuss this threat and provide real and practical advice for business owners during this time of uncertainty. Below

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Four Tips for Managing Your Business in Uncertain Times

The 2020 COVID-19 outbreak has kicked off an unexpected chain of disruptions to our lives, our businesses and our economy. There’s no perfect roadmap for businesses trying to navigate the months ahead, but there are ways to help cope through the uncertainty. We pulled in Anne Richie and Heather Hall, two of our highly experienced

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Pride & Knowledge: A Conversation About Black History Month With JumpStart’s Lamont Mackley

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. As our 2020 celebration comes to its conclusion, we sat down with JumpStart’s Chief Inclusion and Outreach Officer Lamont Mackley for a conversation about life before Black History Month, how the celebration

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Meet Our Third Northwest Ohio Impact Program Cohort

Cohort three of our Northwest Ohio Impact Program is officially underway! Over the next three months, these five entrepreneurs will be learning and working together with our team. The program will culminate in a demo day-style showcase on May 12, where all five will use their new knowledge and skills to pitch to a panel

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Meet Cohort Nine of the Core City: Cleveland Impact Program

We are excited to welcome the ninth 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 entrepreneurs will be learning and

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Meet Our Newest Portfolio Company: MedPilot

In early February, Cleveland AI startup MedPilot announced it has raised $1.5M in its latest funding round, bringing its total capital raised to $3.6M. JumpStart provided funding for this latest round alongside Cleveland attorney Jon Pinney, North Coast Angel Fund, Valley Growth Ventures, Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health and Hudson River Capital. READ MORE ABOUT MEDPILOT’S LATEST

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[PODCAST] Founders Unfiltered featuring Hoa Pyles McManus, Co-Founder of SHARE

Hoa Pyles McManus is the co-founder of SHARE, one of Ohio’s most exciting startups (and a JumpStart portfolio company). SHARE is a micro-transit company but Hoa actually started out in the healthcare industry, using the compassion and communication skills she gained to build a product and service that will make a positive impact on people’s

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Meet Our New Head of Human Resources and Culture

We’re excited to introduce the newest member of JumpStart’s team, John Grace. He is an HR expert with years of experience in all types of businesses, from small startups to Fortune 500 companies. As JumpStart’s Partner of HR & Culture, he will be providing coaching and leadership development training to our team, while leading employee

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Daron Henderson Takes $10K Grand Prize At Core City: Cleveland Entrepreneur Showcase

On Wednesday, December 4, Core City: Cleveland Impact Program participant Daron Henderson delivered the winning pitch for his business, Lo-Key Entertainment during the program’s culminating entrepreneur showcase—taking home the top prize of $10,000. Lo-Key Entertainment offers a variety of premium entertainment services including DJing, uplighting, photo booths and promotional printing. DJs from Lo-Key have performed all over the

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Jera Stewart Wins $10,000 Grand Prize At Our Fall 2019 Northwest Ohio Entrepreneur Showcase

On Tuesday, December 3, Northwest Ohio Impact Program participant Jera Stewart delivered the winning pitch for her business, Jera’s Heavenly Sweet, during the program’s culminating entrepreneur showcase—taking home the top prize of $10,000. Located in downtown Toledo, Jera’s Heavenly Sweet creates incredible treats baked from scratch daily. Jera provides genuine and consistent customer service to her customers

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Five Questions with Vicki and Stephen Kotris of Cleveland Cookie Dough Company

Cleveland Cookie Dough Company is a mobile business serving edible cookie dough, ice cream sundaes and more via its mobile food truck, nicknamed “Chip.” Recently named the second-best food truck in Cleveland by Cleveland Scene, the company publishes its mobile locations on its website and also offered a variety of catering options for individual clients.

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