Entrepreneur Insight: Chris Nickless, Vlipsy

For the last eight years of his career, Chris Nickless has been working in the growing “expressive content” space, planning, building and deploying solutions that allow people to represent themselves and communicate more effectively on digital platforms. Through this work, Nickless realized something important was missing from online communication. When speaking face to face, he

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Five Questions With Our Favorite Things Boutique Founder Lisa McGuthry

Decades ago, Lisa McGuthry’s grandmother sold peanuts at baseball and football games in Cleveland Municipal Stadium. She grew her operation by employing many neighborhood children and provided many with their very first job. In 2002, Lisa decided to take a page from her grandmother’s book when she founded her own business, Our Favorite Things Boutique,

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Five Questions With Backattack Snacks Founder Lauren Back

Poor snacking habits aren’t easy to shake, and most of us are no stranger to the struggle of finding alternative, guilt-free options that are just as delicious as they are nourishing. To help change that, husband and wife team Brian and Lauren Back founded BackAttack Snacks. Their company offers tasty, healthy snacking alternatives, including certified

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Later-Stage Startups Still Face Challenges On The Way To Success

For every startup, raising a Series A funding round is a major milestone. A seven-figure infusion of cash may not put the entrepreneurial valley of death permanently in the rearview mirror, but it definitely fuels the opportunity to turn a big idea into a company with customers, revenue and growth momentum. Most startups never make

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Entrepreneur Insight: Daniel Catullo, FoodECrave

Food-related small businesses face many of the same growth challenges as every other business. However, food entrepreneurs face a few unique hurdles that can stand in their way—including how to develop an online presence to market and sell perishable goods outside their immediate geography. Often, this kind of effort simply isn’t in the budget for

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Cleveland Council On World Affairs Hosts Entrepreneurs From Latin America And The Caribbean

Each year, the Cleveland Council on World Affairs (CCWA) coordinates programs with the U.S. Department of State that bring hundreds of international visitors–professionals, students and government leaders–to the Cleveland area. It’s all part of the organization’s mission to foster global awareness of Northeast Ohio as a hotbed of innovation and entrepreneurship. This year, CCWA has

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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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Core City: Cleveland Open Mic Night Offers Inspiration To Entrepreneurs

Two minutes isn’t a very long time, but it’s all the time local entrepreneurs and small business owners had to present their elevator pitches during our recent Core City: Cleveland Open Mic Pitch Night. In a casual atmosphere, without any pressure to compete, more than a dozen participants polished their skills in front of a

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New $25k Startup Competition Seeks CWRU Student And Alumni Founders

Late in the summer, Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) partnered with university trustee and venture capitalist Bob Pavey, JumpStart and the Morgenthaler family to introduce the new Morgenthaler-Pavey Startup Competition. Designed to identify and support high-potential startup companies coming out of CWRU, the annual competition is currently seeking applications from ventures whose founding teams include

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Midwest ZIP Codes May Provide Entrepreneurial Edge

By Judy Stringer, Crain Content Studio-Cleveland Not so long ago, Ohio entrepreneurs were often urged by outside investors to relocate to Silicon Valley, where a well-established startup ecosystem increased the odds of getting the right leadership, talent and funding to propel an idea forward. Today, the notion that Silicon Valley is the only place to

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Meet Our Core City: Cleveland Impact Program’s Fall 2017 Cohort

We are excited to welcome the fourth cohort to our Core City: Cleveland Impact Program! As the name implies, the 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. The free program accepted five aspiring entrepreneurs

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