WOVU JumpStart Fridays, Episode 1: Diving Into Diversity Equity and Inclusion In Cleveland’s Tech Ecosystem

JumpStart and WOVU 95.9FM have partnered to bring you JumpStart Fridays, a show focused on supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs in Cleveland. Over the coming weeks, you’ll hear from local business owners, business assistance and funding experts, community organizations and more as we dive into live and honest conversations about entrepreneurship. In episode one, JumpStart’s

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Meet Cohort Ten of the Core City: Cleveland Impact Program

We are excited to welcome the tenth cohort to our 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 course of the three-month program, these entrepreneurs are learning

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Diversity in the workplace

No matter how cautious or forward-thinking, few organizations had plans in place for simultaneously dealing with a global pandemic, an economic shutdown and political and social unrest. Our natural instincts lead us to stick with the basics, set aside the nonessential and ride out the storm until conditions improve. But if the status quo does

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JumpStart Celebrates Juneteenth, America’s Liberation Day

This Juneteenth, in partnership with our leadership and board, we, as a diverse staff, acknowledge the continued struggle for equity in America. Individually and as a team, we are committed to learning the history and supporting local Black businesses and events commemorating this important holiday. For many African Americans, June 19, 1865, represents America’s true

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Core City: Cleveland Impact Program Spotlight

In February 2020, JumpStart kicked off its ninth Core City: Cleveland Impact Program. Then COVID-19 hit, forcing a switch to virtual class sessions and the cancellation of the program’s culminating showcase event. Still, Cohort Nine completed the program. COVID-19 made it impossible for us to connect with these graduates in person, so we sat down

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Six Questions with Entrepreneur-in-Residence Ron Stubblefield

Earlier this month, Leaders from the Economic Community Development Institute (ECDI), the Hispanic Business Center, The Presidents’ Council, The Urban League of Greater Cleveland and JumpStart announced Ron Stubblefield as the group’s first shared Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR). A nationally recognized lawyer, scholar, economic development professional and entrepreneurial advisor, Stubblefield acts as a collaborative resource between all

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JumpStart’s Commitment to Taking Action Against Systemic Racism

Like so many other Americans, I was deeply saddened and disturbed by the death of George Floyd, alongside the growing list of injustices that have sparked a national conversation about the impact of systemic racism on our society. We’ve had these conversations before, only to fall back into the same patterns. But something feels different

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Impact Program Spotlight: Karl Singleton of Foundation Transportation

Launched in 2013, Foundation Transportation caters to business executives and VIP clientele. Run by President and CEO Karl Singleton, the company strives to be a one-stop-shop for a luxury transportation experience, offering top-of-the-line luxury vehicles paired with professional and veteran fleet chauffeurs. COVID-19 made it impossible for us to connect in person with Karl and

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Impact Program Spotlight: Katie Melnick of Fizz Creative

Fizz creative is an award-winning strategic design & branding studio founded on the concept that the best brand connections occur beyond the logo. Run by Katie and Jasen Melnick, the company specializes in developing strong, confident visual systems that create more memorable businesses. COVID-19 made it impossible for us to connect in person with Katie

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Our Public Commitment to Fighting Systemic Racism

Earlier this week, JumpStart released this public statement amidst the ongoing unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd: JumpStart stands with all Black and Brown Americans, for whom systemic racism has been an ever-present barrier to individual and collective progress. Our mission is to unlock the full potential of diverse and ambitious entrepreneurs to

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Impact Program Spotlight: Lisha Navarro of Elite Events & Weddings

Lisha Navarro’s Elite Events & Weddings is a one-stop-shop for event coordination and planning services. Coordinators consult with each client to discover their vision and budget and consider all the senses: sight, smell, sound, touch and taste to create an unforgettable experience that meets the needs of every client. COVID-19 made it impossible for us

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