JumpStart Launches New Resources for Latinx Entrepreneurs

As part of JumpStart’s ongoing efforts to make our work as inclusive and equitable as possible, I’m happy to announce two new resources to help the Latinx community engage with our services and get the help they need to help start, pivot or grow their business.   Bilingual Telephone Office Hours These office hours work

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Video: Reopening the Economy – How Entrepreneurs Are Preparing for the Future

It’s been an unprecedented spring for startups and small businesses. Some have had to close their doors, others have had to make serious adjustments to survive and a few have built a new future in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this recorded webinar, JumpStart’s Heather Hall moderates a conversation about what comes next

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Impact Program Spotlight: Rashida Vanleer-McHargh of Iron Koi

Rashida VanLeer-McHargh is the founder of Iron Koi, a certified personal training service offering private studio training, group training, in-home/in-office training sessions, event appearances and competition prep coaching. Inspired by the koi fish – Iron Koi symbolizes strength, personal determination, perseverance over adversity and inevitable success. COVID-19 made it impossible for us to connect in person

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VIDEO: What Comes Next? How COVID-19 is Changing the Future of Entrepreneurship

In the coming months, the economy will begin its long march back from an unprecedented pandemic-induced recession. Some startups and small businesses have shut down during this time while others have been forever changed by the adversity they’ve faced. Yet, some entrepreneurs are finding their future in the new opportunities revealed by this crisis. In

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Toledo’s Center of Hope Family Services Finds New Ways to Serve During a Pandemic

Toledo nonprofit Center of Hope Family Services is built on face-to-face interactions, as they help support vulnerable families and children in the city’s urban core. When COVID-19 forced this Northwest Ohio Impact Program participant to shut down their physical location, they knew they needed to reinvent their methods to serve their clients, who need their

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Current coronavirus adversity is also our greatest opportunity to create a more inclusive, sustainable future

There’s no question the breadth, depth and speed of COVID-19′s impact on our society and economy is unlike anything we’ve experienced before. I’ve been spending hours every day speaking with entrepreneurs dealing with scenarios unimaginable a few months ago. I’ve also engaged black and Latinx leaders discussing the disproportionate losses experienced due to bias, disinvestment,

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SurgiHealth Solutions Helps Hospitals Access Critical Protective Equipment

Cincinnati-based SurgiHealth Solutions supplies sterile ​processing​ products to hospitals and surgery centers. The bulk of their business comes from ​supplies needed to clean and reprocess​ surgical instruments for surgeries. Demand for these ​supplies has fallen off in the wake of COVID-19 due to the national ban on​ elective surgeries. However, demand for personal protective equipment ​(PPE)​

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Video: Making Time for Your Mental Health in an Unhealthy Economy

Life as an entrepreneur is full of stress in the best of times. Add in a global pandemic and a struggling economy and it can be a recipe for depression, substance abuse and a host of other health issues. In this recorded webinar, our panel of advisors and entrepreneurs hold an open and honest conversation

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Video: Leading From Home – Tips For Running A Successful Virtual Office

Working from home isn’t a new idea, but the COVID-19 pandemic has turned a niche concept into a necessity for the vast majority of companies. In this recorded webinar, our panel of experts unpacks how to communicate effectively with a 100% virtual team, how to set clear goals and keep employee engagement high while avoiding

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Colleges Turning to Wisr to Stay Connected with Students During COVID-19

Cleveland software company Wisr help schools build a digital network around students. The company’s software has always been popular with earlier adopters and universities looking to differentiate themselves with a strong digital presence. But the current wave of shelter-in-place orders and cancelled college visits has created a new surge demand amongst enrollment and admissions teams.

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Yellowcake Shop & Eden Couture Make Fashion Functional During COVID-19

Most retail operations are struggling right now, but fashion businesses find themselves in a unique position to turn challenge into opportunity. Foot traffic and event-based sales have all but disappeared, while demand for basic protective equipment such as masks and gowns has skyrocketed. Here are two fashion companies finding new ways to do business during

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VIDEO: Raising Capital in the Midst of COVID

The COVID-19 Pandemic has ground many businesses to a halt, but startups still need to raise capital regardless of the current economic uncertainty. In this recorded webinar, our panel of investors discusses how the venture world is reacting to current market conditions, examines how venture capital investors are evaluating new deals, walks through how deal

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