Meet the Participants of the Cleveland Small Business Impact Program’s Historic 20th Cohort

As JumpStart enters our 20th year, we remain steadfast in our mission of unlocking the full potential of entrepreneurship to transform our communities. Launched in 2016, JumpStart’s flagship Small Business Impact Program is the region’s leading business accelerator that provides hands-on advising and industry-specific mentoring to local entrepreneurs. The 12-week program focuses on helping participants

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Entrepreneur Spotlight: Dawn Miller of Art Bound Studio

Entrepreneurship is not always predetermined. Sometimes, opportunities present themselves and enterprising individuals see a chance to make a career move. Owner and lead tattoo artist of Toledo-based Art Bound Studio, Dawn Miller is a perfect example of an accidental – but no less deserving – entrepreneur. In 2019, Dawn stumbled into the tattoo industry quite

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Small Business Saturday: Shop with Toledo-Based Impact Program Graduates 

Small Business Saturday – a day when consumers are encouraged to support local small businesses in their communities – is celebrated the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Small Business Saturday has become a cherished tradition since it was founded in 2010. It has been cosponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration since 2011. Presented as a contrast

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Small Business Saturday: Shop with Cleveland-Based Impact Program Graduates

Small Business Saturday – a day when consumers are encouraged to support local small businesses in their communities – is celebrated the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Small Business Saturday has become a cherished tradition since it was founded in 2010. It has been cosponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration since 2011. Presented as a contrast

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Entrepreneur Spotlight: Hermes Ortiz of Ortiz Art Drafts Designs

Like much in life, entrepreneurship often depends on knowing the right people. In Northeast Ohio’s Hispanic-Latino business community, the old adage rings especially true. Hermes Ortiz, owner of Ortiz Art Drafts Designs, is purposefully intertwined with his community. These days, Hermes is an established business owner, and he serves as an ambassador of sorts for

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Small Business, Big Conversations: James Barnes of Immaculate Cleaning Co.

James Barnes is building an empire, one mop bucket at a time. A Cleveland-area native, James’s entrepreneurial spark ignited early, propelling him into a journey of creating a business centered around his customer’s every need. It wasn’t long before 2011 saw the rise of Immaculate Cleaning Co., quickly becoming the gold standard for janitorial services

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Celebrating Black Brewers Day: A Toast to Ohio’s Brewing Pioneers

In the heart of Ohio, where the craft beer industry thrives, there’s a brewing revolution quietly gaining momentum. It’s a movement driven by passion, innovation and dedication to breaking barriers. This movement is embodied by the Black brewers who have been reshaping the brewing landscape in the Buckeye State. JumpStart is proud to join the

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Meet the Participants of the Cleveland Small Business Impact Program’s 19th Cohort

JumpStart’s Small Business Impact Program is a 12-week business accelerator that provides hands-on advising and industry-specific mentoring to participants. The program focuses on helping these entrepreneurs overcome key business issues, with a significant emphasis on financial projections and capital pitches. Throughout the program, participants will have the opportunity to work closely with the Impact Program

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Entrepreneur Spotlight: Brady Payne of Cleveland Rugby League

Savvy entrepreneurs know that identifying a gap in the market is a crucial first step in building a successful business. When Brady Payne’s high school friend and former football teammate, Monté Gaddis, approached him with the idea to create a North American professional rugby league, Brady’s interest piqued. A college athlete, sports enthusiast and enterprising

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