Five Questions With Communion Social Lounge Founders Michael and Sharece Curry

Two local winemakers, Michael and Sharece Curry, had gotten tired of the traditional dive bar environment and experience all too common in their neighborhood. Seeking to provide a different kind of nightlife to an urban locale, they founded Communion Social Lounge, an upscale Garfield Heights-area lounge, offering house-made sweet and fruit-infused wines, hand-crafted cocktails, small

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Five Questions With Revival Body Care Founder Nicole Dzurko

Passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and frustrated by the lack of high-quality, chemical-free beauty products on the market, Nicole Dzurko set sights on making her own. Revival Body Care, which began in 2015 as a small operation in her home kitchen, has quickly morphed into a thriving local and ecommerce business offering a comprehensive

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Five Questions With Cathy’s: Gourmet Ice Cream Sandwiches Founder Cathy Greene

Disappointed by an ice cream sandwich experience at a festival a few years back, Missouri-native, and avid baker, Cathy Greene devised a culinary experiment—pairing her own freshly baked, made-from-scratch cookies with all-natural ice cream.  Right away she knew she was on to something big—something that would ultimately turn into her own business, Cathy’s: Gourmet Ice

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Meet Our Core City: Cleveland Impact Program’s Spring 2018 Cohort

We are excited to welcome the fifth 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 next three months, these five individuals will be learning and

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Stella Lewis Aims To Give East Cleveland A Tremendous Outlook On Life

As a former Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department corrections officer, Cleveland resident Stella Lewis has a deep understanding of the challenges offenders face when returning home from prison. For many individuals and their families, this re-entry into society is accompanied by strong feelings of both optimism and anxiety. Starting over is a difficult journey for anyone

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Edward Griffith And Courtney Ivy Are Changing The Sneaker Game

Most entrepreneurial ideas stem from a problem that an individual has faced in their own life. For Sneak Peek CEO Edward Griffith and CFO Courtney Ivy, that story is no different. The two college friends spent many of their days at the University of Toledo brainstorming potential business ideas and thinking through countless “problem and

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Chioma Onukwuire Is Making Authentic African Fashion More Accessible

Case Western Reserve University graduate student Chioma Onukwuire grew up in Houston, Texas—a long way from her family’s native country of Nigeria and the traditional African clothing designed and produced there. “When I was growing up, getting African fashion was just a nightmare,” she said. “We would have to call our cousin in Nigeria to

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Charisma Curry Is Making Life Easier For Busy Families

As a child, Charisma Curry saw the struggles her own mother faced while trying to balance her work schedule with her parental responsibilities as a single mother. So, when Charisma became a mom herself, she was already aware of the challenges that lie ahead. Still, this understanding didn’t make the actual experience of balancing work,

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Urban Kutz Barbershop Takes Top Prize At The Core City: Cleveland Entrepreneur Showcase

On December 6, Core City: Cleveland Impact Program participant Waverly Willis pitched his business, Urban Kutz Barbershop, during the program’s culminating entrepreneur showcase—taking home the top prize of $10,000 to grow his business. At Urban Kutz, Waverly juggles duty as a part-time marriage counselor, psychiatrist, spiritual advisor, voice of reason and expert listener, all while

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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 Urban Kutz Barbershop Founder Waverly Willis

Waverly Willis juggles duty as a part-time marriage counselor, psychiatrist, spiritual advisor, voice of reason and expert listener, all while being a full-time professional barber at Urban Kutz Barbershop, a business he founded in May 2008. Voted Best Barbershop by Cleveland’s Hotlist, Willis takes pride in providing an upbeat, diverse and enjoyable atmosphere for all

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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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