VIDEO: When To Wind Down Your Business

Whether it’s due to the COVID-19 pandemic or other circumstances, most entrepreneurs will face winding down a business at some point. In fact, more than half of all U.S. small businesses close within five years of launch. In this recorded webinar, our panel of mentors and entrepreneurs discuss how to know when the time is

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JumpStart’s Core City: Cleveland and Northwest Ohio Impact Programs Will Split Prize Money Equally and Eliminate Upcoming Showcase Events

In February 2020 JumpStart kicked off its third Northwest Ohio Impact Program and its ninth Core City: Cleveland Impact Program. Then COVID-19 hit our communities and we were forced to pivot our approach for these two cohorts, continuing to teach virtual class sessions while altering curriculum to meet the rapidly evolving needs of all the

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Mezu Supports Coronavirus Prevention Efforts Across The U.S.

Cleveland’s own Mezu is a growing software startup known for their popular payment app, which enables people to use their money with efficiency, ease and total privacy.  Now, the JumpStart portfolio company is also spearheading a national donation campaign to support the CDC during the COVID-19 crisis. Mezu will be foregoing any fees and allowing

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VIDEO: Keeping Your Customers Close – Tips for B2C Businesses

The COVID-19 crisis has hit direct-to-consumer businesses especially hard. Many are highly dependent on foot traffic for their sales and those who can rely on e-commerce still face a wall of distraction and new competition. In this recorded webinar, our panel of experts offers guidance to help these B2C businesses stay close to their customers,

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VIDEO: Extending the Runway: Financial Decisions to Make Right Now

In times of economic crisis, understanding the financial fundamentals of your business is more important than ever. In this recorded webinar, a virtual panel of CFOs and CPAs offer guidance to help startups and small businesses slow their cash burn and weather this period of uncertainty. If you’d like to ask a question we didn’t

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VIDEO: Renegotiating Contracts In A Crisis

When businesses are struggling to survive, there’s no such thing as a settled contract. In this recorded webinar, we assembled a panel of experts to offer their advice on how to renegotiate contracts during tough economic times, whether you’re a vendor, a customer, or both. If you’d like to ask a question we didn’t address

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BoxCast sees massive spike in demand during COVID-19

Cleveland-based BoxCast is one of the rare companies experiencing a massive uptick in business during the COVID-19  pandemic. The company specializes in live-streaming technology, which has made them very popular with organizations who are canceling in-person events and gatherings all around the world in an effort to stop the spread of the COVID-19. Here’s an

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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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