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 all women!) will be learning and working together alongside JumpStart’s Core City: Cleveland team.

The program will culminate in a demo day-style competition where all five will use their new knowledge and skills to pitch to a panel of judges for a chance to take home up to $10,000 to grow their business.

Meet the fall 2019 Core City: Cleveland Impact Program cohort:


NDN Cleaning & Janitorial Services
Lakesha Farrow

NDN Cleaning and 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 a superior customer experience.


Maeve’s All Natural
Mimi May

While pregnant with her first child, Mimi May learned that mothers of newborns should avoid the application of cosmetics containing certain chemicals if they are breastfeeding. However, 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 percent natural, non-toxic, vegan ingredients and no synthetic fillers.


Covesa Kelly Events
Covesa Gragg

Covesa Kelly Events (CKE) is a premier event planning and design company based in Cleveland, Ohio and planning events all over the world. The company specializes in five-star customer service and memorable events for all involved and has been featured in Essence, The Knot and Today’s Bride


J.B. Grill
Barbara Bradford

Located at 6624 Harvard Ave., this 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.


Anne Harrill

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 and made for your everyday, each piece is designed with a focus on craftsmanship, comfort and functional beauty.