Five Questions with Frechic Burton, Jason Garrett and Kamron Khan of CoCreative

CoCreative is a branding and marketing agency specializing in serving nonprofits and government entities. The agency offers brand strategy/identity, photography and social media management services as well as hourly rental space in its Downtown Cleveland office for meetings, events and offsite work.   What separates CoCreative from the competition? CoCreative has the unique ability to

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Five Questions with Ambershaun Byrd of Abyrdseyephoto Productions

Abyrdseyephoto Production is an inner-city photography studio that serves the community through corporate and event photography. Abyrdseyephoto focuses on capturing candid, off guard portraits that reveal your true character (a-byrdseye-view), presenting a creative, professional, convenient and amazing experience for customers.   What inspired you to create your business? I’ve had a love for taking pictures

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Five Questions with Ethan Holmes of Holmes Made Foods, LLC

Holmes Made Foods is the company behind Holmes Mouthwatering Applesauce. Shaker Heights native Ethan Holmes launched the business when he was just 15 years old, using his grandfather’s applesauce recipe. Today, Holmes Mouthwatering Applesauce is available across the nation in stores such as Acme Fresh Market, Giant Eagle, Heinen’s, Lucky’s Market, Target, Whole Foods, Kroger, Marc’s

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Five Questions with Jera Stewart of Jera’s Heavenly Sweet Bakery, LLC

Jera’s Heavenly Sweet is a made-from-scratch bakery with traditional style customer service. They produce and sell cookies, cakes, pies, breads, brownies, cake balls, candy and a variety of pastries—always made the old-fashioned way. Heavenly Sweet also provides made to order desserts and custom-made cakes and cookies.   What inspired you to create your business? My

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Five Questions with Antonio Coleman of Game Speed Performance Academy

Game Speed Performance Academy provides professional training to maximize athletic performance. The business offers many training services, including 6-8-week post-rehabilitation programs for athletes. Sessions are structured to include dynamic warm-ups, flexibility, coordination and balance exercises; with a strong emphasis on movements to build stability, accuracy and speed.   What has been your biggest takeaway from the Core

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Five Questions with Tiffany McMorris of Elegant Beauty Salon

Located in West Toledo, Elegant Beauty Salon provides high standards of excellence and the most updated professional haircuts, colors, nail services and skincare needs. Elegant Beauty Salon is known for attentive client care, inviting interiors and premium products.   What inspired you to create your business? I have been doing nails since I was 15

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Meet Our Newest Portfolio Company: Axuall

On September 25, Cleveland startup Axuall closed a $3 million seed financing round. JumpStart led the round with an investment from our Evergreen Fund, and we were joined by large group of prominent investors including  Zapis Capital Group, M25, North Coast Angel Fund, Kettledrum Ventures and Drummond Road Capital. Read more about Axuall’s seed round in Crain’s Cleveland Business We’re excited about Axuall because

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Meet Cohort Two Of The Northwest Ohio Impact Program 

We are excited to announce cohort two of the Northwest Ohio Impact Program! This 12-week business assistance program is designed to drive economic impact in the city of Toledo by helping individuals overcome obstacles to entrepreneurship through hands-on advising and industry-specific mentoring. Over the next three months, these five businesses will be learning and working together alongside JumpStart’s Northwest Ohio team

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Meet Cohort Eight Of The Core City: Cleveland Impact Program

We are excited to announce cohort eight of the Core City: Cleveland Impact Program! This 12-week business assistance program is designed to drive economic impact in the city of Cleveland by helping individuals overcome obstacles to entrepreneurship through hands-on advising and industry-specific mentoring. Over the next three months, these five businesses will be learning and

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Zobaida Falah Wins The $10,000 Grand Prize At Our First Northwest Ohio Entrepreneur Showcase

On Tuesday, September 17, Northwest Ohio Impact Program participant Zobaida Falah delivered the winning pitch for her business, CURE during the program’s culminating entrepreneur showcase—taking home the top prize of $10,000. Zobaida Falah created CURE with a goal to “Make Healthy Taste Good” while funding projects to help end world hunger. The company’s CURE bar is

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Five Questions with Wes Grudzien of Marketplace Ninjas

Marketplace Ninjas develops strategies for sellers on Amazon to outperform all competition. Founder Wes Grudzien would like to increase his staff and joined the Northwest Ohio Impact Program to gain as much knowledge as possible and solidify his business model. What inspired you to create your business? Marketplace Ninjas actually sprang off from a local

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