Arleesha Wilson Takes $10K Grand Prize At Core City: Cleveland Fall 2020 Entrepreneur Showcase

On Wednesday, December 3, Core City: Cleveland Impact Program participant Arleesha Wilson delivered the winning pitch for her business,  the Law Office of Arleesha Wilson, during the program’s culminating entrepreneur showcase—taking home the top prize of $10,000. Known as “The People’s Esquire,” Arleesha launched her law firm three years ago with the goal of bridging the

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Video: Core City: Cleveland Impact Program Fall 2020 Showcase

On Wednesday, December 2, the tenth cohort of the Core City: Cleveland Impact Program participated in a virtual version of their culminating showcase event. This event was an online demo-day-style competition where the seven program participants used their new knowledge and skills to present their pitch to a panel of judges for a chance to

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Video: Northwest Ohio Impact Program Fall 2020 Showcase

On Tuesday, December 1, the fourth cohort of the Northwest Ohio Impact Program participated in a virtual version of their culminating showcase event. This event was an online demo-day-style competition where the seven program participants used their new knowledge and skills to present their pitch to a panel of judges for a chance to take

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VIDEO: The Power Of Collaboration In The Toledo Business Growth Collaborative

The Toledo Business Growth Collaborative is a network that consists of existing small business assistance organizations in the Greater Toledo community. Working together, these organizations are dedicated to finding and filling gaps in the service continuum and connecting their clients to the resources they need. In this recorded webinar from Global Entrepreneurship Week 2020, JumpStart’s

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Angela Flowers Built A Business To Change Kids’ Lives

Angela Flowers has spent her career counseling at-risk kids challenged with mental health and social issues. Her years working in Cleveland’s public schools showed her the power of providing intervention directly in the learning environment. That set the stage for her to develop a business model to bring specialized support to as many kids as

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Video: The Money – Finding The Funding To Grow And Scale Your Business

In this recorded webinar, JumpStart’s Adam Salon hosts a discussion on the different types of funding available to entrepreneurs starting a business. From grants to loans to venture capital, our panel of experts discusses what financial considerations you need to think about right from the start. This webinar is part three of “Launch! presented by

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Video: The Market – Where Big Ideas Become Viable Businesses

Businesses start with an idea, but they grow only when customers are willing to pay for their products and services. In this recorded webinar, our panel of experts discusses entering the market, including topics such as: How to identify and refine your target market How to validate your business concept How to figure out the

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Northwest Ohio Impact Program Spotlight: Cohort Three

In February 2020, JumpStart kicked off its third Northwest Ohio Impact Program. Then COVID-19 hit, forcing a switch to virtual class sessions and the cancellation of the program’s culminating showcase event. Still, Cohort Three completed the program. COVID-19 made it impossible for us to connect with these graduates in person, so we sat down with

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Video: The Concept – Every Great Company Starts as an Idea

In this recorded webinar, our  panel of experts discusses turning  a big idea into a  viable business, touching on a variety of topics to consider during the conceptualization phase of entrepreneurship including: Local resources available for you along your entrepreneurial journey How to create a business plan, including milestones to keep you on track and

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Impact Program Spotlight: Nicholas Harper of Eden Couture

Eden Couture is the Toledo area’s premier bespoke clothier. Specializing in a personalized shopping experience, owner Nicholas Harper and his team of skilled tailors work with high-quality materials to ensure every customer has the sharpest look and the perfect fit. COVID-19 made it impossible for us to connect in person with Nicholas and the rest

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Impact Program Spotlight: Na Tasha Shabazz of The Taste Wine Bar

The Taste Wine Bar is Toledo’s first self-serve wine bar, with 20 wines on tap every day is a wine tasting. Established as a place where customers can feel comfortable (and not intimidated) when ordering and buying wine, Taste’s casual atmosphere allows you to sample and learn about wines at your own pace. COVID-19 made

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Core City: Cleveland Impact Program Spotlight

In February 2020, JumpStart kicked off its ninth Core City: Cleveland Impact Program. Then COVID-19 hit, forcing a switch to virtual class sessions and the cancellation of the program’s culminating showcase event. Still, Cohort Nine completed the program. COVID-19 made it impossible for us to connect with these graduates in person, so we sat down

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