Core City: Cleveland Impact Program Spring Showcase In Pictures

On May 16, our third cohort of Core City: Cleveland Impact Program participants took the stage to present their fine-tuned, demo day-style pitches to an audience of friends, family, community members and a panel of judges. We would like to congratulate each of the Core City Impact Program participants on their completion of the 12-week business assistance

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Meet The Winners Of Our Core City Pitch Competition

On April 19, ten entrepreneurs took the stage to present their business ideas to a packed house of friends, family, community members and a panel of judges at our second-annual Core City Pitch Competition. For nearly all the entrepreneurs involved, this was their first experience pitching to a large audience, and for some, their very

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

We are excited to welcome the third 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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Entrepreneur Insight: Angela Flowers, Making A Difference Consulting

While interacting daily with children in the school system, Angela Flowers became painfully aware of the insufficient and inconsistent mental health care available to students. With experience as a licensed social worker and therapist, Angela knew she had the knowledge and skills needed to tackle this problem. In 2007, Angela co-founded Making A Difference Consulting,

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Five Questions With Kareem’s Landscaping Founder Kareem Hardy

Transitioning his work ethic and skills honed as part of the landscaping team with the City of Cleveland, Kareem Hardy is successfully navigating the world of entrepreneurship. As a certified landscape designer, Kareem has a passion for creating and maintaining beautiful green residential and commercial spaces in Greater Cleveland. He also values the opportunity he

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Core City Cleveland: Entrepreneur Showcase In Pictures

On August 11, our second group of Core City: Cleveland Impact Program participants took the stage to present their fine-tuned, demo day-style pitches to an audience of friends, family, community members and a panel of judges. The event also featured a small exhibition hall, where attendees could network with alumni of the impact program and

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Five Questions With Owens Print & Creative Solutions Founder James Owens

After spending 10 years in the commercial print and graphic design industry working for big box retailers, James Owens made a decision to start working for himself. In late 2014, he founded Owens Print & Creative Solutions, a company that specializes in the quick turnaround of commercial printing, graphic design, web design and other marketing

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Five Questions With Connie’s Affogato Founder Jason Minter

Taking inspiration from his grandmother Connie’s love of cultural exploration, and a semester spent as a teaching assistant in Italy, Jason Minter founded Connie’s Affogato, an ice cream truck for adults. The affogato, consisting of freshly brewed espresso poured over locally produced gelato or ice cream, is a traditional Italian treat that Jason looks forward

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Five Questions With Making A Difference Consulting Founder Angela Flowers

As a licensed social worker, Angela Flowers has a knack for nurturing children and families that deal with difficult issues in their daily lives. While working in the school system, Angela realized that the mental health care for students was insufficient. Angela decided to tackle this problem by co-founding Making A Difference Consulting, an in-school

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Five Questions With Triogen Founder Tasheika Johnson

Tasheika Johnson understands the negative consequences that inconsistent prescription drug use can have on patients and those around them. Recognizing an opportunity to solve this problem, she created a software designed to keep physicians updated on their chronic disease/mental health patient’s medication adherence, allowing for improved healthcare. Tasheika is also part of JumpStart’s Core City:

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Five Questions With Asbestek Founder William Beard

Experience is usually the best teacher. For William Beard, his hands-on business experience as an asbestos contractor helped him to see a major opportunity for a technology-based tool that can improve process for other contractors in the industry. We recently sat down with William to talk about the idea behind his startup, Asbestek, his participation

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