Meet Our Team: Mery Sanchez, Latino/Hispanic Deal Flow Analyst

As the Latino/Hispanic Deal Flow Analyst, Mery Sanchez helps Latino entrepreneurs develop business plans and business ideas, and guides them through the process of building their companies. She is responsible for connecting clients with other support resources in the community that can also contribute to this process. Mery is passionate about providing Northeast Ohio’s Latino/Hispanic

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Meet the Participants of the Northwest Ohio Small Business Impact Program’s 10th Cohort

JumpStart’s Small Business Impact Program is a 12-week business accelerator that provides hands-on advising and industry-specific mentoring to participants. The program focuses on helping these entrepreneurs overcome key business issues, with a significant emphasis on financial projections and capital pitches. Throughout the program, participants will have the opportunity to work closely with the Impact Program

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Rise Above the Rest: How To Outrank Your Competitors Using Google Ads

Pop quiz: How do new customers find your business? Other than word-of-mouth from your devoted clientele (you have that, right?) and any traditional advertising campaigns you’re running, chances are high that you were Googled. Nowadays, it’s absolutely essential for small businesses to rank high in Google search results to attract new customers and grow their

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Celebrating Women’s History Month: The Importance of Supporting Women-Owned Businesses

March is Women’s History Month, a time to honor the countless contributions and accomplishments of women throughout history. One way to celebrate Women’s History Month is to support women-owned businesses. Not only is it a way to uplift and empower women, but it also has tangible benefits for society as a whole. Here are four

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Meet the Participants of the Cleveland Small Business Impact Program’s 17th Cohort

JumpStart’s Small Business Impact Program is a 12-week business accelerator that provides hands-on advising and industry-specific mentoring to participants. The program focuses on helping these entrepreneurs overcome key business issues, with a significant emphasis on financial projections and capital pitches. Throughout the program, participants will have the opportunity to work closely with the Impact Program

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Don’t Wait, Update! Why Small Businesses Need to Optimize Their Google Business Profile Right Now

Stop me if you’ve heard this one… Knock, Knock. Who’s there? Nobody… because your customers couldn’t easily find you online. **Pause for uproarious laughter.** As a small business owner, you hopefully already have a website and social media presence to promote your products or services online. However, these tools alone aren’t necessarily enough to attract

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Entrepreneur Spotlight: Saidah Farrell, Marshmallow of the Month Club

Business growth looks different for every entrepreneur. For some, it could mean product diversification or entering new markets, for others it could mean opening a storefront or upgrading technology. For Saidah Farrell, owner of Marshmallow of the Month Club, growing her company that creates subscription boxes of artisan marshmallows, freshly baked graham crackers and chef-inspired

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Mentoring Minute: A Conversation with Mark Hoersten

The Entrepreneurship Education Consortium (EEC) is ramping up for its Spring 2023 Tech Side Hustle. Offered each semester to member colleges and universities in Northeast Ohio, Tech Side Hustle is an extracurricular program designed to attract, coach, and fund student entrepreneurs. Participating student cohorts are paired with experienced local mentors like Mark Hoersten, who guide

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Profit Plan vs. Budget: Creating A Profit Plan with Purpose

As a small business owner, chances are you’ve been told countless times how important it is to have a business plan or a budget for your small business. Budgets are the worst! Hopefully, you don’t use one for your business. What you really need is a Profit Plan which shows how your business is going

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5 Content Ideas to Post on Your Business’s Social Media Pages

Struggling to figure out what to put on your business social media pages? Regularly updating your social media is important to help keep your business fresh in people’s memory and on their feeds. Here are 5 fantastic ideas that will help you stay active on Facebook, Twitter, and more.   1. Share Industry News No

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