Daron Henderson Takes $10K Grand Prize At Core City: Cleveland Entrepreneur Showcase

On Wednesday, December 4, Core City: Cleveland Impact Program participant Daron Henderson delivered the winning pitch for his business, Lo-Key Entertainment during the program’s culminating entrepreneur showcase—taking home the top prize of $10,000. Lo-Key Entertainment offers a variety of premium entertainment services including DJing, uplighting, photo booths and promotional printing. DJs from Lo-Key have performed all over the

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Five Questions with Vicki and Stephen Kotris of Cleveland Cookie Dough Company

Cleveland Cookie Dough Company is a mobile business serving edible cookie dough, ice cream sundaes and more via its mobile food truck, nicknamed “Chip.” Recently named the second-best food truck in Cleveland by Cleveland Scene, the company publishes its mobile locations on its website and also offered a variety of catering options for individual clients.

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Five Questions with Daron Henderson of Lo-Key Entertainment

Lo-Key Entertainment offers a variety of premium entertainment services including DJing, uplighting, photo booths and promotional printing. DJ’s from Lo-Key have performed all over the country alongside famous entertainers such as Will.I.Am, Kevin Hart, Rickey Smiley, Russell Simmons, Deray Davis, D.L. Hughley and Outkast.   What inspired you to create your business? I played the piano my

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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 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 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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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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Océanne Takes Home The $10,000 Prize At Core City: Cleveland Spring Entrepreneur Showcase

On Wednesday, May 15, Core City: Cleveland Impact Program participant Anne Harrill delivered the winning pitch for her business, Océanne during the program’s culminating entrepreneur showcase—taking home the top prize of $10,000. Inspired by Anne’s childhood in France, and her journey to the American Midwest, Océanne’s jewelry is designed with a focus on craftsmanship, comfort and functional

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Five Questions with Anne Harrill of Océanne

Océanne is a line of minimalist modern jewelry by French designer, Anne Harrill, handmade in Cleveland, Ohio. With an aesthetic that merges both the maker utility of the rustbelt and the enduring beauty of French design, Océanne is a tribute to Anne’s childhood in France and her journey to the American Midwest. Inspired by life’s small pleasures

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Five Questions with Covesa Gragg of Covesa Kelly Events

Covesa Kelly Events is a Cleveland-based premier event planning and design company with a passion for weddings. The company specializes in five-star customer service, delivering love, trust, respect and a little bit of magic to each client. The company has been featured in Essence, The Knot and Today’s Bride for its exceptional professionalism, attention to

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Five Questions with Lakesha Farrow of NDN Cleaning & Janitorial Services

NDN Cleaning & Janitorial Services provides professional commercial cleaning to a variety of businesses ranging from office and medical buildings to salons and storefronts. The company offers customized schedules to fit client needs and takes pride in providing exceptional and affordable services with superior customer experience. We recently sat down with Lakesha to talk about

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Five Questions with Barbara Bradford of J.B. Grill

Established in 2015, this Harvard Ave. soul food spot is a cornerstone in the Cleveland community and has been recognized for its outstanding American cuisine, excellent service and friendly staff. The restaurant is known for its modern interpretation of classic dishes and its insistence on only using high-quality fresh ingredients. We recently sat down with

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