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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Five Questions With Brittany Nichols of House of B Jewels

House of B Jewels is a carefully curated collection of jewelry for the unique and the fashion-forward.  Established in 2014, House of B Jewels boutique specializes in timeless accessories for all occasions and offers jewelry repairs and custom pieces.    How did you get your idea for your business?  Jewelry has always been in my

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Five Questions With Diane Linston of Cleveland Cut & Sew

As one of the only African American, female-owned clothing manufacturers, Cleveland Cut & Sew specializes in quality fabrics and unique clothing designs. Styles of Imagination was established in 2015 by fashion designer, Diane Linston and serves as the flagship brand for all of Diane’s collections.   How did you know you wanted to be an

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Five Questions with Jumar Newell of LaunchArts Media

LaunchArt Media serves small businesses and brands who are looking for stand-out creative marketing. A product of Jumar’s career in corporate marketing and PR,  LaunchArt Media provides brands of various industries with memorable advertising through media and design services.   How did you come up with the idea for your business? I was working in

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Meet Cohort Eleven of the Cleveland Small Business Impact Program

Congratulations to the graduates of the eleventh cohort of our Small Business Impact Program. This 12-week business accelerator program is designed to help individuals overcome obstacles to entrepreneurship through hands-on advising and industry-specific mentoring. Over the course of the program, these entrepreneurs worked together alongside JumpStart’s Impact Program team to tackle key business issues, with

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WOVU JumpStart Fridays, Episode 19: Women Leading Innovation in Beauty

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, Camille

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