Five Things You Should Know About Our 2015 Economic Impact Report

Each year, Cleveland State University works with JumpStart to prepare a report tracking the yearly economic impact of companies supported by us and our many partner organizations. This year’s report, which looks back at 2015, showed that 270 companies supported by our collaborative group generated more than $1.4 billion in economic impact for the state of Ohio.

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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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Beyond The Venture Capital Model: Job-Creation Volume, Optimum Location Are The Story Of The Future

Accelerators, incubators and venture development organizations like JumpStart have traditionally focused attention on a specific kind of business — high-tech, venture capital-backed startup. At JumpStart, we’ve spent more than a decade helping these kinds of ventures (and the entrepreneurs behind them). Along with our partners, we’ve helped more than 1,000 companies raise $1.7 billion in

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Stop Fighting To Attract New Businesses And Start Helping The Ones You Already Have

Economic developers have long used tax incentives to attract companies to their communities. By some estimates, 95% of U.S. municipalities use these incentives in one form or another, spending upwards of $50-80 billion annually. At that same time, mounting evidence seems to be showing these tax incentives produce only marginal results, leading to a growing

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Five Questions about CRM Software with JumpStart’s Resident Guru Ben Keller

Customer relationship management (CRM) software is often thought of as a tool for salespeople; but a well-customized CRM system is also critical to the success of most modern nonprofits. While these organizations may not have “customers” in the traditional for-profit sense, they do have plenty of “clients” or “constituents” whose interactions they need to manage.

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What Inspired You to Become an Entrepreneur?

For me it was 100 pounds of popcorn. Not actual popcorn, mind you, but a book I read in the second grade called “100 Pounds of Popcorn,” written by Hazel Krantz. Reading it again now, it’s a pretty standard Beverly Cleary style children’s story featuring a whole host of wholesome 50’s characters (think “Leave it

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