Meet Cohort 16 of the Cleveland Small Business Impact Program

JumpStart’s Small Business Impact Program is a 12-week business accelerator designed to help individuals overcome the obstacles of entrepreneurship through hands-on advising and industry-specific mentoring. Over the course of the program, these entrepreneurs will work together, alongside JumpStart’s Impact Program team, to tackle key business issues with significant emphasis on financial projections and capital pitches.

The program will culminate in a demo day-style competition on Wednesday, December 7th, where program participants will pitch their business to a live audience and panel of judges. The grand prize pitch will take home $10,000, and all other participants will receive $2,500 to help grow their businesses.

Get to know each participant and their businesses below.


Adenike Mosley Brown
Gourmet Girl Custom Cakes

Gourmet Girl Custom Cakes creates wedding and celebration cakes that provide customers with a custom creation that is inspired by their personality, style, and uniqueness. Gourmet Girl believes that a cake should not only be a culinary experience, but also a true reflection of those being celebrated.


Luis Roman
Hola Island Provisions

Hola Island Provisions is a local sandwich shop that specializes in Caribbean hot-pressed sandwiches and empanadillas that are “Abuela approved.”


Latoria Eason
iSlay Cakes

iSlay Cakes is a mother-daughter team with a common goal of creating delicious custom cakes to wow you and your guests. In addition to creating cakes, they also offer cake decorating classes to teach you the iSlay Cakes way.


Sarde Steele
Pleasant Picnic

Pleasant Picnic provides both indoor and outdoor luxury picnics for all occasions. Whether you are looking to celebrate a birthday or anniversary, or want to create an unforgettable date night, Pleasant Picnic is here to help bring your vision to life.


Unique Younger
Unique’s Passion

Unique’s Passion specializes in fruit arrangements, trays and baskets for all occasions. Owner, Unique Younger is passionate about providing hand-carved patterns of fresh, colorful and edible fruit art for all your event needs.


Simone Woods
Urbane Vodka

Urbane Vodka is a premium spirit manufactured from the finest selection of local grain and RO water. Because of its pristine distilling process, Urbane Vodka is measured at 91 proof and its astonishingly smooth taste will amplify any cocktail with balance and finesse. Urbane constitutes a powerful, personal endeavor ending in a one-of-a-kind superior spirit.