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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Five Questions With Getting Our Babies To College 101 Founder Jowan Smith

Paying for college is difficult for many families, but the burden is often far greater for single parents, and even more so for single parents that head low-income households. Jowan Smith doesn’t want the dream of obtaining a college degree to be out of reach for any child, no matter their family’s financial situation. This

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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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Entrepreneur Insight: Alysha Ellis, Healthy Living Kitchen

Since 2015, Alysha Ellis and her mother have been transforming the lives of Northeast Ohio residents as the creators of Healthy Living Kitchen, a foundational vehicle aimed at empowering individuals to make healthy food and lifestyle choices that can be sustained throughout their lives. Healthy Living Kitchen offers cooking classes and educational workshops that help

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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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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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Five Questions With Healthy Living Kitchen’s Founder Alysha Ellis

Put simply, Alysha Ellis is transforming lives. In 2015, The Cleveland State MBA student teamed with her mother to found Healthy Living Kitchen, a foundational vehicle aimed at empowering individuals to make healthy food and lifestyle choices that can be sustained throughout their lives. Healthy Living Kitchen offers cooking classes and educational workshops that help

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KeyBank Business Boost & Build Program: Frequently Asked Questions

We are extremely excited to announce a new partnership with KeyBank Foundation. The “KeyBank Business Boost & Build Program, Powered by JumpStart” initiative is designed to stimulate economic growth and workforce development by fostering small business success in communities throughout Ohio and upstate New York. Below we have answered some of the questions you’re likely

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Five Questions With Original Cleveland Watch Company Founder Amparo Vega

After hanging up her badge five years ago, former Cleveland police officer Amparo Vega knew a relaxing retirement wasn’t for her. Instead, she decided it was time to launch a new career—as a founder and owner of her very own company. In 2015, the Collinwood native founded Original Cleveland Watch Company, a designer of creative,

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