Event Recap: Building A Blockbuster Personal Brand

Jacquie Chakirelis knows a thing or two about branding. Her successful career in marketing has afforded countless opportunities to build local and national audiences from scratch for her clients. She currently develops collaborative digital marketing strategies that focus on customer lifecycle engagement as Senior Digital Director for Advance Ohio, a digital marketing agency, while also

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[PODCAST] How To Get Your Next 100 Sales Leads

Did you miss this interactive discussion centered on building a healthy sales pipeline? Did you leave the session looking for even more information? If so, now’s your chance to listen to “How To Get Your Next 100 Sales Leads.” In this podcast, you’ll hear Ryan O’Donnell, the founder of Cleveland startup SellHack, explain how he

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Event Recap: How To Get Your Next 100 Sales Leads

Ryan O’Donnell understands that great ideas don’t sell themselves. As co-founder and CEO of Cleveland-based SellHack, a sales prospecting and lead generation tool, he has set out to ensure the profitability of great products and services. On September 14, Ryan led an interactive discussion, How To Get Your Next 100 Sales Leads, where he explained

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Understanding The Stages Of A Startup

At JumpStart, we often get a lot of questions from the entrepreneurs that we work with about which specific business stage their startup fits into and what exactly that means for them. Before we attempt to answer this question, we always start with the disclaimer that no two companies, or geographies, are exactly alike. Luckily

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Quick Tips For Developing Your Personal Brand

Whether you’re seeking to land more clients for your company, to grow your professional network or to simply build the foundation for future success, it is important to develop a strong, recognizable personal brand. Similar to business-level branding, personal branding allows you to establish a reputation, credibility and a unique identity for yourself, all of

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Looking For Leads? Technology Can Help

Healthy revenue begins and ends with a predictable sales pipeline. But how do you actually build that pipeline? Fortunately, technology affords businesses several highly effective options for prospecting clients and generating qualified leads. Here are a few tried and true techniques: Optimize your website for search engines Search engine optimization is a powerful and cost-effective

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[PODCAST] The Female Founders’ Guide To Funding, Business Assistance Resources And Venture Capital In Northeast Ohio

On August 18, JumpStart hosted a conversation about the many ways female founders are defying the statistics and securing funding for their businesses. The discussion centered around the approach entrepreneurs can take to leverage the funding and resources available in Northeast Ohio, including female-specific programs and capital options. Listen to the event below, recorded on

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The Female Founders’ Guide To Funding, Business Assistance Resources And Venture Capital In Northeast Ohio

Raising capital is hard enough, but did you know that only 2.7 % of venture capital investment goes to female-founded businesses? On Thursday, August 18th, JumpStart hosted an insightful panel discussion examining how female founders are defying the statistics and finding creative paths to funding, entitled The Female Founders’ Guide To Raising Capital. As part

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3 Tips To Scale Your Business To $10 Million

Achieving your first few million in sales requires a crystal clear value proposition that solves a real problem for your customers, not to mention a considerable amount of focus, dedication and hard work. But taking your sales revenue to the next level requires something more—a bulletproof strategy. The following three tips will aid in developing

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5 Tips For A Successful Investor Meeting

So, you’ve secured a meeting with a potential investor; now what? The pitch can be intimidating, but preparing a thoughtful approach beforehand will put you in a position to leave a great first impression and lay the right groundwork for a successful relationship going forward. Here are five tips to help ensure a great pitch,

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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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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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