Lamont Mackley Joins Fellow Community Leaders for WVIZ/PBS Discussion on Diversity and Inclusion

On October 15, JumpStart’s Chief Inclusion and Outreach Officer Lamont Mackley sat down with Brian Hall from Greater Cleveland Partnership and Vanessa Whiting, Board Chair of MetroHealth and President of A.E.S Management for “An Inclusive Economy: What Does That Mean?” part of the Cleveland Connects series. Sponsored by PNC Bank and produced by cleveland.com, The

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From Light Bulb Moment To Industry Leader, Wireless Environment Illuminates Cleveland’s Culture Of Innovation

David Levine and Michael Recker were tired of the same old lighting fixtures: the kind with tangles of wires and a complicated installation process that required an electrician. So, they set out to create a simpler, more cost-effective solution: bright, efficient, wireless lighting that could be easily installed anywhere.   The Solution Wireless Environment launched

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Ohio’s First Unicorn Proves A Thriving Tech Scene Is No Fairy Tale

The CoverMyMeds team knew the answer to an unsolved problem—a problem that, to some, was a matter of life and death. The U.S. pharmaceutical sector faced a chronic issue, one that was keeping millions from receiving their medical prescriptions and costing the healthcare industry billions of dollars every year. Due to a complex, time-intensive prior

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This Entrepreneur Brings A New Groove To Downtown

Anjua Maximo was working at fashion giant lululemon while teaching fitness in Los Angeles when she was first inspired to open a boutique studio focused on fitness and personal development. When her career led her to Cleveland, Anjua decided it was time to make the dream a reality. Her first consideration: Was there even a

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OnShift’s Visionary Technology Solves Big Workforce Challenges

Mark Woodka and his partners wanted to solve the costly challenges of managing the senior care workforce. Post-acute care and senior living providers often deal with workforce shortages, high turnover rates and wage pressures that chip away at the bottom line. Mark and his team knew that the right technology could improve employee engagement, business

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Entrepreneur Insight: Chris Nickless, Vlipsy

For the last eight years of his career, Chris Nickless has been working in the growing “expressive content” space, planning, building and deploying solutions that allow people to represent themselves and communicate more effectively on digital platforms. Through this work, Nickless realized something important was missing from online communication. When speaking face to face, he

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Entrepreneur Insight: Daniel Catullo, FoodECrave

Food-related small businesses face many of the same growth challenges as every other business. However, food entrepreneurs face a few unique hurdles that can stand in their way—including how to develop an online presence to market and sell perishable goods outside their immediate geography. Often, this kind of effort simply isn’t in the budget for

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Entrepreneur Insight: Alysha Ellis, Healthy Living Kitchen

Since 2015, Alysha Ellis and her mother have been transforming the lives of Northeast Ohio residents as the creators of 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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Rust Belt Riders Is Turning Food Waste Into Gold

Daniel Brown and Michael Robinson spent many years working in the restaurant industry, seeing exactly how much food ends up in the trash. Aware of the stark reality that nearly 40% of food is wasted*, they were inspired to find a productive use for that waste.   THE SOLUTION They started by collecting compostable food

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Want Profit? Take Care Of Your Customers First

Let’s be honest, you need your customers more than they need you. Without them, your business doesn’t exist. To attract and keep these customers, you need a product or service that solves a real-world problem for them in an effective, efficient way. Of course, that’s much easier said than done. “Perfecting” a product/service takes round

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Entrepreneur Insight: Tom Barrett, 7Signal

In today’s workplace, manufacturers, universities, hospitals and many other enterprises all depend on reliable wi-fi networks. These organizations are full of mission-critical, and in some cases life-critical, equipment and processes. And while wi-fi tends to make everything run more efficiently, interference, network congestion and coverage issues can cause major headaches. Fortunately, Cleveland-based 7Signal offers a

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Five Tips For Applying What You Learned At Startup Scaleup 2017

At this year’s Startup Scaleup, you heard inspiring talks from subject matter experts, learned a thing or two about growing your own business and made valuable connections. But what happens now? How do you go about implementing all of this knowledge in a real-world setting? Here are a few tips to help you get started:

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