Meet the Participants of the Cleveland Small Business Impact Program’s 17th Cohort

JumpStart’s Small Business Impact Program is a 12-week business accelerator that provides hands-on advising and industry-specific mentoring to participants. The program focuses on helping these entrepreneurs overcome key business issues, with a significant emphasis on financial projections and capital pitches.

Throughout the program, participants will have the opportunity to work closely with the Impact Program team and fellow entrepreneurs to tackle their challenges together. The program culminates in an exciting demo day-style competition where program participants will have the chance to pitch their businesses to a live audience and a panel of judges. The winning pitch is awarded a $10,000 grand prize, while all other participants will receive $2,500 to help grow their businesses.

The participants of the Small Business Impact Program come from diverse backgrounds and industries, but they all share the same goal of building a successful business in Northeast Ohio. We are excited to introduce you to this cohort’s participants and share their stories as they work toward achieving their entrepreneurial goals.


Tiffany Knight
Blasian Fusion

Blasian Fusion, LLC is a Cleveland-based, family-owned business that takes the egg roll to the next level. Their unique twist on the classic appetizer transforms it into a full meal, perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Blasian Fusion is committed to using only the freshest, highest-quality ingredients in their recipes to provide families with delicious, convenient and healthy meal options. Their mission is to continue a family tradition of bringing people together over unforgettable meals, with the egg roll as the star of the show.


Brady Payne
Cleveland Rugby League, LLC

Cleveland Rugby League, LLC is a professional sports organization dedicated to fostering the growth and development of Rugby in Northeast Ohio. Founded in 2018 by Monte Gaddis, Cleveland Rugby League’s mission is to bridge cultural gaps through this exciting sport while growing and establishing itself as a premier Rugby club.


Crystal Ficklin
CNT Trucking

CNT Trucking operates an assorted fleet of late-model, brand-name trucks and trailers. The company boasts several certifications, including Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Female Business Enterprise (FBE), Cleveland Small Business (CSB), and Local Producer Enterprise (LPE) with the City of Cleveland. Additionally, CNT Trucking is a Small Business Enterprise (SBE) recognized by the Ohio Department of Transportation (O.D.O.T).


Anna Batyreva
Happy Bear

Happy Bear Apiary began with a simple desire for honey in some tea and a love for beekeeping. Starting with only two hives, Anna ended her first season with six, and after producing 200 pounds of honey, began selling to friends and family. Passionate about the challenges and fascination that come with raising 30,000 bees in a box, Happy Bear’s micro-batched local honey and beeswax candles can be ordered online or found at local farmers’ markets.


Joseline Menjivar
Guardian Care

Formerly I Love Healthcare LLC, Guardian Care is a provider of home care services for the developmentally disabled in Cuyahoga County. With a team of compassionate caregivers, they are committed to helping individuals lead more fulfilling lives by providing personalized support and assistance. With a focus on dignity and respect, they strive to make a positive impact on the lives of those they serve.


Jeffrey Jones
It’s a Wrap, LLC

It’s a Wrap, LLC specializes in transforming the look of cars, trucks, motorcycles and boats with their wide range of services. Based in Akron, they offer expert wrap and audio customization services, as well as vinyl building graphics and window perforation for businesses. With a focus on quality and affordability, It’s A Wrap helps companies showcase their unique brand and reach potential customers through effective, can’t-miss advertising solutions.


Sherrie Rey
Ree’s Bar of Beauty

Ree’s Bar of Beauty is a specialized skincare, post-operative care and body contouring business that offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere with trained specialists. Their services are tailored to provide the best treatments they see fit for their clients. The team at Ree’s Bar of Beauty is dedicated to providing exceptional care and customized services to ensure clients achieve their desired results.


Deborah & Neicya Aaron
Skin District

Skin District is a black, female and kid-owned (you read that right) business that offers a unique and customizable self-care experience. At Skin District, all products are hand-crafted in small batches right in front of you, ensuring a seamless and unforgettable shopping experience. Their products are all-natural and chemical-free, curated to help your skin and hair flourish using properties you already know and love.