The Core City: Cleveland Program

Core City: Cleveland offers free one-on-one business advising services to any entrepreneur or small business owner who lives or owns a business in the city of Cleveland. In these free sessions, JumpStart advisors will help you identify key tasks for your business, develop a plan for achieving them and access the people and resources you need to grow.

To make an appointment, complete the form below or call 216.456.2670. Evening appointments are available.

This program is supported by the KeyBank Business Boost & Build program, the Cleveland Foundation and the City of Cleveland.



Complete the form below to schedule an appointment with our team today and get free personalized assistance to help you grow your business. Evening appointments are available.
Call Core City: Cleveland to schedule an appointment at 216.456.2670
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Set Up A Free 1:1 Business Assistance Session

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Apply Now For The Core City: Cleveland Impact Program

We’re now accepting applications for the Spring 2018 cohort of the Core City: Cleveland Impact Program.

This intensive 12-week business assistance program provides focused business advising and industry-specific mentoring for a select group of five core city entrepreneurs—culminating in a demo day-style competition, where participants pitch to a panel of judges for a chance to take home up to $10,000 to grow their business.

Email us at to get your application. Submissions are due by January 19.

Upcoming Core City Events

Spending Smart: How To Use Your Money To Grow Your BusinessSpending Smart: How To Use Your Money To Grow Your Business
Join us for a conversation about where, when and how to allocate money to your business in order to maximize its growth potential.

When: January 31, 2018 – 5:30-8 pm
RSVP: Click here to register


JumpStart Pitch CompetitionWatch Our “Pitch Your Business Competition”
Come to support 10 Core City: Cleveland entrepreneurs as they pitch their business to our panel of judges! Each business will have four minutes to share their business idea with the potential to win $2,500.

When: April 18, 2018– 5:30-8 pm
RSVP: Click here to register

Core City: Cleveland Pitch Competition 2018

Do you live or own a business in Cleveland or one of its neighborhoods? Want to pitch your business in front of a live audience for a chance to win $2,500?

Schedule your appointment with a Core City: Cleveland advisor today!

  • To be eligible for the April 18 competition, you must first make an appointment for office hours to review your pitch with one of our business advisors no later than February 28, 2018. All finalists will be notified by March 16.
  • To make an appointment for office hours email or call 216.456.2670.
  • Any participants who have received at least $500 from JumpStart in the past will also not be eligible for the competition.

10 finalists will be selected for the competition. These finalists will then receive additional assistance from the Core City team to refine their pitches.

On April 18, all finalists will pitch at JumpStart in front of a live audience and a panel of judges. The winner will take home $2,500, while the other finalists will each receive $500.

All are invited to watch these pitches and network with event attendees–click here to register as a spectator.

Directions To Core City: Cleveland

Core City: Cleveland is headquarted in the offices of JumpStart Inc. at MidTown Tech Park, situated between Euclid and Carnigie, just east of E 66th Street.

From The West
By Car: Drive east on Euclid Ave. Right turn after E 66th Street.
By Bus: Ride the Healthline from Downtown to the E 66th Street Station.

From The East
By Car: Drive west on Carnegie Ave. Right turn after E 69th Street.
By Bus: Ride the Healthline from the Cleveland Clinic area to the E 69th Street Station.