When Do You Stop Being A Startup?

At what point does your business lose the startup label? Does it happen during a moment of sudden realization that your company has outgrown its first space? Or is it the day you no longer rely on venture capital to keep the lights on? At JumpStart, we have a less abstract, more concrete answer to

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Five Questions With Asbestek Founder William Beard

Experience is usually the best teacher. For William Beard, his hands-on business experience as an asbestos contractor helped him to see a major opportunity for a technology-based tool that can improve process for other contractors in the industry. We recently sat down with William to talk about the idea behind his startup, Asbestek, his participation

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JumpStart Employee Spotlight: Nick Worner

JumpStart Content Marketing Specialist Nick Worner is a professional writer—but he’s also picked up a few other tricks along the way. Over the last decade, Nick has worked in a diverse range of disciplines including print journalism, public/media relations, technical writing, non-profit strategic communication and most recently, content marketing. Over the years he’s also pulled

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Three Tips For Naming Your Startup

When it comes to naming your startup, there is no formal methodology, or set of hard and fast rules to follow. This can make the process as frustrating as it is fun. Undoubtedly, giving the world a name to go along with the face of your company will be one of your most important early

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The Art Of Pivoting

In the beginning, a new venture is essentially a collection of hypothesis. Even with market research in hand, at its core, a business plan is mostly an educated guess about what customers want. As a result, the chances are extremely high that one or more aspects of your original business plan will be flawed in

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[PODCAST] Making Sense Of Small Business Certifications: How To Navigate The Certification Maze And Drive Business Growth

On Wednesday, May 18, JumpStart and the Women’s Business Center of Ohio welcomed a panel of successful business owners for a discussion about women-owned, minority and disadvantaged business certifications. The group explored the pros and cons of each certification type, and discussed how to leverage these certifications to gain additional business. This event was sponsored by the

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[PODCAST] The Well-Being Of The Citizen

On Tuesday, April 19th, Citizens Bank and Growth Opportunity Partners hosted a conversation about the best ways companies can position themselves to become anchor businesses in their community. The discussion centered around Cleveland’s historical assets, how those assets have changed throughout the city’s history and how companies can use them as a key driver in business growth. Listen

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Five Questions With hand-n-hand Founder Deborah Armstrong

Upon meeting Deborah Armstrong, one thing is clear—she is absolutely passionate about helping others. That’s why she founded hand-n-hand, a company that makes neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) swaddling blankets to provide a better experience for parents holding their premature babies. Deborah is also part of JumpStart’s Core City: Cleveland Impact program, an intensive business assistance program

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National Small Business Week Spotlight: JumpStart’s Own Entrepreneurs

Now in its 53rd year, National Small Business Week celebrates the positive impact entrepreneurs and small businesses have on the economy. In honor of this week, we’ve been profiling a group of local small businesses that are connected to our work. In our final entry, we are focusing on businesses owned and operated by our own hard-working

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