Five Questions With Diane Linston of Cleveland Cut & Sew

As one of the only African American, female-owned clothing manufacturers, Cleveland Cut & Sew specializes in quality fabrics and unique clothing designs. Styles of Imagination was established in 2015 by fashion designer, Diane Linston and serves as the flagship brand for all of Diane’s collections.   How did you know you wanted to be an

Read Story

Meet Cohort Ten of the Core City: Cleveland Impact Program

We are excited to welcome the tenth 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 course of the three-month program, these entrepreneurs are learning

Read Story

Meet Cohort Nine of the Core City: Cleveland Impact Program

We are excited to welcome the ninth 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 entrepreneurs will be learning and

Read Story

Océanne Takes Home The $10,000 Prize At Core City: Cleveland Spring Entrepreneur Showcase

On Wednesday, May 15, Core City: Cleveland Impact Program participant Anne Harrill delivered the winning pitch for her business, Océanne during the program’s culminating entrepreneur showcase—taking home the top prize of $10,000. Inspired by Anne’s childhood in France, and her journey to the American Midwest, Océanne’s jewelry is designed with a focus on craftsmanship, comfort and functional

Read Story

Five Questions with Anne Harrill of Océanne

Océanne is a line of minimalist modern jewelry by French designer, Anne Harrill, handmade in Cleveland, Ohio. With an aesthetic that merges both the maker utility of the rustbelt and the enduring beauty of French design, Océanne is a tribute to Anne’s childhood in France and her journey to the American Midwest. Inspired by life’s small pleasures

Read Story

Five Questions with Covesa Gragg of Covesa Kelly Events

Covesa Kelly Events is a Cleveland-based premier event planning and design company with a passion for weddings. The company specializes in five-star customer service, delivering love, trust, respect and a little bit of magic to each client. The company has been featured in Essence, The Knot and Today’s Bride for its exceptional professionalism, attention to

Read Story

Five Questions with Lakesha Farrow of NDN Cleaning & Janitorial Services

NDN Cleaning & Janitorial Services provides professional commercial cleaning to a variety of businesses ranging from office and medical buildings to salons and storefronts. The company offers customized schedules to fit client needs and takes pride in providing exceptional and affordable services with superior customer experience. We recently sat down with Lakesha to talk about

Read Story

Five Questions with Barbara Bradford of J.B. Grill

Established in 2015, this Harvard Ave. soul food spot is a cornerstone in the Cleveland community and has been recognized for its outstanding American cuisine, excellent service and friendly staff. The restaurant is known for its modern interpretation of classic dishes and its insistence on only using high-quality fresh ingredients. We recently sat down with

Read Story

Five Questions with Mimi May of Maeve’s All Natural

While pregnant with her first child, Mimi May learned that while mothers of newborns should avoid the application of cosmetics containing certain chemicals if they are breastfeeding, companies are not required to report many of the chemicals they are using. Mimi launched Maeve’s All Natural to offer the safest products on the market, with 100

Read Story

Meet Our Core City: Cleveland Impact Program’s Spring 2019 Cohort

We are excited to welcome the seventh 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 women (yes, cohort seven is

Read Story

PearlFlower Catering Takes Top Prize At Spring Core City: Cleveland Entrepreneur Showcase

On May 9, Core City: Cleveland Impact Program participant Tiwanna Williams pitched her business, PearlFlower Catering, during the program’s culminating entrepreneur showcase—taking home the top prize of $10,000 to grow her business. Inspired by both the kitchen skills and strong work ethic of her two grandmothers, in 2010 Tiwanna left behind a nursing career to pursue one of

Read Story

Five Questions With PearlFlower Catering Founder Tiwanna Williams

Inspired by the kitchen skills (and work ethic) of her two grandmothers, Tiwanna Williams left behind a nursing career to pursue her passion for cooking and hasn’t looked back. After receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback catering for friends, Tiwanna founded PearlFlower Catering in 2010. PearlFlower focuses on creating personalized menus using locally sourced ingredients. Recently, the

Read Story