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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Entrepreneur Insight: Kate Volzer, Wisr

Kate Volzer is passionate about helping students find success in their pursuit of higher education. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago, she began her career by serving in various student advisory roles for her alma mater while pursuing her MBA. Immersed in this work, she became aware of a significant

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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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Entrepreneur Insight: Gene Groys, The Burton D. Morgan Mentoring Program

When Gene Groys founded OnShift more than a decade ago, he was prepared to pursue his idea. However, as a first-time entrepreneur, he wasn’t exactly sure where to start. Along the path to creating the thriving and sustainable business that OnShift has become, Gene stumbled through numerous obstacles, but he credits each as a valuable

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