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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Five Questions with Thomas Eynon of Eynon Software, LLC

Eynon Software offers tailored software engineering solutions to small businesses in Ohio. Founded in 2017 by Eynon, a former paratrooper and software architect with more than twenty years’ experience, the company helps customers simplify processes, lower costs and automate repetitive tasks. Eynon envisions their new product Daccta as the Shutterstock of data conversion; enabling simple,

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3 Tips For Pitching Potential Customers

One of the most common mistakes entrepreneurs make when presenting for the first time is placing the focus on themselves rather than on their prospective customer’s needs. In these situations, entrepreneurs typically do an excellent job of explaining their product or service, but they fall short when it comes to truly connecting with their audience.

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Three Ways to Win Over An Investor’s Industry Expert

As an entrepreneur, sooner or later you will find yourself pitching an investor who brings in their own industry expert to provide an objective assessment of your business. Regardless of the amount of time and effort you have invested in the relationship up to this point, this expert’s opinion can literally make or break your

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7 Must-Read Mentoring Articles

Mentors provide startups an advantage, and there’s proof. According to stats reported by the Startup Genome Project, startups are seven times more likely to raise investment money and three-and-a-half times more likely to grow user numbers for their products and services if they have helpful mentors. However, other aspects of the process aren’t so clear-cut:

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Introducing StartupNEO.org: The Easiest Way For Entrepreneurs To Access Resources In Northeast Ohio

Have you ever wondered what types of organizations and resources are available to help Northeast Ohio’s tech entrepreneurs grow their ventures, reach their goals and achieve their dreams? Look no further! We’re thrilled to announce the launch of StartupNEO.org, the Northeast Ohio Startup Network’s easy-to-navigate directory of local space, capital, advice, support and connections needed

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Tips For Tracking Your Supplier Diversity Data

Last month, JumpStart Accounting Manager Nancy Schlairet and I flew to Las Vegas to present at Advantage 2017, Sage Intacct’s annual gathering of its accounting system’s users and partners. The slogan for this year’s gathering was “Lead the Future,” a phrase that could just as easily be applied to what JumpStart is trying to do

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Revealed: 17 Secrets To Small Business Success

Every small business is different. However, there are some basic principles that stay the same no matter who you are or what kind of business you’re trying to grow. In this episode of the JumpStart Podcast, Larry Fulton, Owner of LEFCO Worthington, Constance Hill-Johnson, MPA, Owner and Managing Director of Visiting Angels Living Assistance Services,

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