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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4 Inspiring Stories Of Female Entrepreneurs And Leaders

Did you know that women are the fastest growing segment of entrepreneurs? The number of women-owned ventures has increased by 45 percent over the last decade, compared to 9 percent among all businesses. In addition, women-owned businesses now comprise approximately 38 percent of the business population, employ 8 percent of the country’s private sector workforce

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JumpStart Celebrates Black History Month

Each February, the U.S. celebrates Black History Month, highlighting the rich heritage, extraordinary achievements and unique culture of African Americans throughout our nation’s history. The precursor to Black History Month began in 1926, when noted historian and journalist Dr. Carter G. Woodson launched “Negro History Week” in an effort to bring African American history front

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Three Building Blocks To Create A More Inclusive Work Environment

“Diversity is the mix. Inclusion is making the mix work.” — Andres Tapia, global diversity & inclusion solutions leader, Korn Ferry Hay Group Now that you’ve enhanced your recruiting and hiring processes to build a team which reflects diverse perspectives and experiences, you’re done, right? Well, not exactly. There’s more to be completed before your

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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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Adding An Organic Approach To Diversifying The Venture Capital Industry

Many have written about the lack of diversity in technology and venture capital, and what leaders can do to address this challenge/opportunity. While this situation is serious, and those who lead firms need to continue to make greater progress, there are also important additional ways to accelerate diversity and inclusion—to add to what existing firms

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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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