Meet The Participants Of The Cleveland Small Business Impact Program’s 18th 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. At the end of the program, the graduates take part in an exciting demo day-style competition and have the chance to pitch their businesses to a live audience and panel of judges. The winning pitch is awarded a $10,000 grand prize, while all other entrepreneurs receive $2,500 to help grow their businesses.

These local entrepreneurs may 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.


Molly & Chris Allen
Ready Set! Coffee Roasters

Ready Set! Coffee Roasters is a remarkable small-batch coffee roaster that goes above and beyond to redefine the art of coffee. Founded by a dynamic sibling duo, this coffee hub brings together specialty blends and carefully sourced beans from over 10 countries, including Ethiopia, Brazil and Colombia.


Idayat Sambo

CoverMeCutee is a local clothing brand dedicated to providing stylish and modest clothing options for Muslim women. Founded by Idayat Sambo in 2019, CoverMeCutee’s mission is to empower women to express their individuality and faith through their clothing choices without compromising style.


Teressa Johnson
Paws Play

Paws Play is a veteran-owned doggie daycare offering overnight boarding, full-service grooming, birthday “pawties” and daycare options. The first venue of its kind in downtown Cleveland, Paws Play is focused on providing a secure and enjoyable environment for your beloved four-legged companions.


Carasai Ihentuge
Yum Village Cleveland

Yum Village, originating from Detroit, has expanded to Cleveland, bringing the vibrant flavors of West African and Caribbean cuisine to the city. Led by chef and owner Godwin Ihentuge, Yum Village offers a contemporary dining experience that seamlessly blends traditional recipes with a modern twist.


Ciera Sanders
I Care HealthCare LLC

I Care HealthCare LLC is a trusted local home healthcare agency. Specializing in providing top-notch daily living assistance, prioritizing homemaker and personal care services for seniors, veterans, and individuals with special needs—all from the comfort of their own homes.


Marcy Jones
Go Bare Skin Clinic

Go Bare Spa specializes in a wide range of body treatments including male and female Brazilian waxing, airbrush spray-tanning, eyebrow design/shaping, full body waxing and much more. In addition, Go Bare Spa offers medical-grade facials, chemical peels, skin-lightening and brightening treatments.


Jacquelyn Willis
The Darby Creative House

The Darby Creative House is a full-service creative agency consisting of a talented team of artists, thinkers and creators. Their main objective is to curate brand experiences that resonate with audiences on a profound level. They specialize in crafting those indescribable, must-experience moments that transcend words alone.


Paula Stewart
Mixology Incorporated

Mixology Incorporated is a mobile beverage and bartending company based in Cleveland. Founded in 2018 by Paula Stewart, Mixology Incorporated’s mission is to combine delicious drinks with vibrant presentations in the form of colorful concoctions. Together with her enthusiastic team, she delivers premium service at corporate events, private parties, weddings and special occasions.