Step Out Of Your Echo Chamber To Gain A New Perspective

“I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles.” — Nelson Mandela Human beings have a natural tendency to surround themselves with those who share similar backgrounds and ideas. We’re all biologically programmed to avoid discomfort, and focusing your time and attention on those who share

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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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Five Questions With Image Voice Productions Founder Dana Simmons

Dana Simmons knows how to freeze time. For nearly two decades, the Cleveland native has preserved the memories of families and told the stories of brands through his work at Image Voice Productions, a multi-media company he founded after recognizing that he could turn his passion for photography and video into something more. Image Voice

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Five Questions With GrooveRyde’s Founder Anjua Maximo

For Anjua Maximo, health and wellness are her passion—and her career. The certified life coach also maintains an enthusiasm for enriching the lives of others—a key factor that drove the 2015 opening of her own boutique fitness studio GrooveRyde. Inspired by studios in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City, GrooveRyde is a group fitness

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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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Why Diversity And Inclusion Are Not The Same Thing

“For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument, debate.” — Margaret Heffernan, entrepreneur, author and speaker Diversity and inclusion are key drivers of organizational innovation and positive financial performance. Both terms have become well-known, so much so that they are often used interchangeably — but they are actually two very different

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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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Video: CLE 43 Focus Profiles JumpStart

CLE 43 Focus’s Harry Boomer interviews JumpStart Senior Advisor Lamont Mackley about how JumpStart’s work helps to unlock the full potential of diverse entrepreneurs and positively impacts Northeast Ohio communities. Watch the two-part interview below.

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BLK Hack Launches New Chapter To Inspire, Educate And Connect Cleveland’s Minority Entrepreneurs

In March of 2016, twin brothers Branden and Bruce Jones launched Blk hack, an educational and inspirational monthly event series designed to better connect African-Americans with the tech industry and startup space. As co-founders of streaming service FLIQs, the brothers are familiar with the tech startup community, and equally as familiar with the lack of

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A More Diverse Venture Capital Industry Is Better For All Of Us

Recently, Case Foundation CEO Jean Case published a very insightful blog post as part of Medium’s “You Tell Me” conversation series. Her piece addressed the venture capital industry’s lack of diversity and also announced the launch of the #FacesofFounders initiative — which is designed to give voice to entrepreneurs of different races, places and gender. Jean’s

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