Meet Cohort Eight Of The Core City: Cleveland Impact Program

We are excited to announce cohort eight of the 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 five businesses will be learning and

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Zobaida Falah Wins The $10,000 Grand Prize At Our First Northwest Ohio Entrepreneur Showcase

On Tuesday, September 17, Northwest Ohio Impact Program participant Zobaida Falah delivered the winning pitch for her business, CURE during the program’s culminating entrepreneur showcase—taking home the top prize of $10,000. Zobaida Falah created CURE with a goal to “Make Healthy Taste Good” while funding projects to help end world hunger. The company’s CURE bar is

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Five Questions with Wes Grudzien of Marketplace Ninjas

Marketplace Ninjas develops strategies for sellers on Amazon to outperform all competition. Founder Wes Grudzien would like to increase his staff and joined the Northwest Ohio Impact Program to gain as much knowledge as possible and solidify his business model. What inspired you to create your business? Marketplace Ninjas actually sprang off from a local

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Five Questions with Blair Johnson of BMJ Enterprises

Blair Johnson and BMJ Enterprises have been renovating homes since 2014 and recently expanded into property management and maintenance. Blair would like to provide more jobs locally and joined the Northwest Ohio Impact Program to help him develop a plan to scale his business. What inspired you to create your business? It started off with

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Five Questions with Moni Featchurs of Premier Screenings

Launched by entrepreneur Moni Featchurs, Premier Screenings provides inflatable movie-style screens for any outdoor or indoor event. The City of Toledo took notice of the business and became a client in an effort to attract more people to city parks. Moni joined the Northwest Ohio Impact Program to gain new insights on the best way

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Five Questions with Zobaida Falah of Cure

Zobaida Falah created Cure with a goal to “Make Healthy Taste Good” while funding projects to help end world hunger. The company’s Cure bar was the first snack bar to include the superfood black seed and Zobaida joined the Northwest Ohio Impact Program to improve her understanding of strategic partnerships and managing a staff. What

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Five Questions with Nilanna Thompson of Nilanna’s Studio Nails & Spa

Founded by Nilanna Thompson in 2016, this full-service nail spa (complete with a wax and eyelash boutique) has grown rapidly by gaining the trust of each visitor. Nilanna joined the Northwest Ohio Impact Program to develop her business skills for long term success. What inspired you to create your business? I’ve been inspired by nail

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Canton Work Space Takes Home The $10,000 Prize At Inaugural Stark County Entrepreneur Showcase

On Wednesday, August 14, Stark County Impact Program participant Neil Weakland delivered the winning pitch for his business, Canton Work Space during the program’s culminating entrepreneur showcase—taking home the top prize of $10,000. Weakland founded Canton Work Space In 2018 with an ambition to unite small businesses, startups and remote workers in a cooperative environment. Canton

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Five Questions with Neil Weakland of Canton Work Space

In 2018 Neil Weakland  founded Canton Work Space, a coworking and office space in Downtown Canton with an ambition to unite small businesses, startups and remote workers in a cooperative environment. Canton Work Space looks for compatible businesses and service partners to help their members grow their businesses and careers. What inspired you to create your business?

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Five Questions with Larissa Smith of FishMySpot

Founded in 2018 by three Northeast Ohio natives with a passion for fishing new locations, FishMySpot is a sharing economy platform that connects pond owners to people who want to fish privately and are seeking new experiences. Pond owners generate a passive income and anglers gain a unique fishing experience while FishMySpot builds a connected

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Five Questions with Vinay Saujani of P&P Digital Health

P&P Digital Health is a healthcare technology company that offers innovative solutions to healthcare and life science organizations to help drive better patient outcomes. The company offers a unique platform connecting patients with local mental health providers while helping with the continuation of care, so they stick with their treatment. What separates P&P Digital Health

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Five Questions with Glenn Werstler of Recastio

Recastio offers a simple and secure solution for businesses who want to use in-house digital display advertising to engage viewers but are conscious of network security. Founder Glenn Werstler is a Canton native who was first introduced to computer technology when serving in the U.S Air Force. He has been a web developer and digital

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