VIDEO: Renegotiating Contracts In A Crisis

When businesses are struggling to survive, there’s no such thing as a settled contract. In this recorded webinar, we assembled a panel of experts to offer their advice on how to renegotiate contracts during tough economic times, whether you’re a vendor, a customer, or both. If you’d like to ask a question we didn’t address

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VIDEO: Leading Your Business Through An Economic Crisis

With little warning, the COVID-19 outbreak has created a serious threat to many of the businesses JumpStart supports. On March 26, we assembled an online panel of business experts from our Burton D. Morgan mentoring program to discuss this threat and provide real and practical advice for business owners during this time of uncertainty. Below

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Four Tips for Managing Your Business in Uncertain Times

The 2020 COVID-19 outbreak has kicked off an unexpected chain of disruptions to our lives, our businesses and our economy. There’s no perfect roadmap for businesses trying to navigate the months ahead, but there are ways to help cope through the uncertainty. We pulled in Anne Richie and Heather Hall, two of our highly experienced

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Pride & Knowledge: A Conversation About Black History Month With JumpStart’s Lamont Mackley

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. As our 2020 celebration comes to its conclusion, we sat down with JumpStart’s Chief Inclusion and Outreach Officer Lamont Mackley for a conversation about life before Black History Month, how the celebration

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Hispanic Heritage Month 2019: Talking Culture, Community and Curiosity with Marcia Moreno

Each year from September 15 to October 15, the U.S. celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month. The celebration spans two months because Sept.15 marks the anniversary of independence for five Latin American nations (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua). Mexico and Chile also celebrate their independence later in the month while Columbus Day—also known as

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Fundamentals Of Business Growth

For many, JumpStart is synonymous with early-stage tech investing — providing assistance and capital to early-stage tech businesses that have significant growth potential. While this is true, it may surprise some that we also work with many non-tech entrepreneurs — the kind that may not attract venture capital, but also have great potential to create

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Personal View: Becoming A Startup Hub Is Hard. We Need To Do It Anyway

Right now, Greater Cleveland is doing some very appropriate economic soul-searching. We’re asking ourselves some hard questions about what it’s really going to take to “win the future.” This soul-searching extends to our startup ecosystem, which is why our absence from the list of rising startup hubs in a recent Center for American Entrepreneurship study

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Four Ways To Bridge The Employer-Employee Divide And Create Jobs

There are so many people in our communities who want better employment and economic opportunities, yet continue to fall farther behind, either through lack of awareness of the career pathways and skills required, or a lack of connectivity to employers seeking candidates with those skills. This odd dichotomy between business owners who have good jobs,

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Corporations Can Use VC To Find Their Way In A Rapidly Changing Economy

Young startups versus the Fortune 100. Can you think of two cultures further apart? From size and market power to financial stability, these two groups of companies seem to exist in completely different universes. But the relationship between these two ends of the spectrum is changing fast. The reason: technology-driven market disruption. Startups are behind

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#PressforProgress: Five Ways To Win With Women On The Team

Back in March, I was invited by Cintrifuse, a Cincinnati-based fund of funds, to speak at their International Women’s Day event on a panel alongside some of our region’s most vocal advocates for change. The conversation centered on the theme of this year’s celebration — #PressforProgress. Despite an abundance of statistics that validate the business

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