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. Evening appointments are available.



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


Core City: Cleveland Impact Program

Are you interested in taking your business to the next level? If so, our Core City: Cleveland Impact Program can provide you with the tools to do so.

Twice a year, a cohort of five high-potential businesses join the Core City: Cleveland Impact Program, an intensive 12-week business assistance program designed to provide focused business advising, industry-specific mentoring and collaborative learning. Over the course of these 12 weeks, the cohort will work intensively on various key business issues, with significant emphasis on financial projections and capital pitches.

The Impact Program then culminates in a demo day-style competition where the entire cohort will pitch to a panel of judges for a chance to take home up to $10,000 to grow their businesses (all other cohort participants receive $2,500).

Click here to learn more and apply for the program »

Applications for the next cohort close on December 17, 2018.

Core City: Cleveland Encore Mentoring Program

JumpStart’s Encore Mentoring Program is a highly sought-after, no-cost advisory resource for entrepreneurs who are residents or have business interest in Cleveland and are looking to take their businesses to the next level. Through formal mentoring relationships, the program offers a select group of business clients the opportunity to gain rare access to key support resources, a vastly expanded network of contacts and the region’s top entrepreneurs, executives and experts.

With the creation of a formal advisory program, we have built a network of remarkable volunteers inspired by their desire and passion and the shared idea that through effective mentoring, we can impact Cleveland’s communities and unlock the full potential of our region’s most promising entrepreneurs – which in turn will lead to the accelerated transformation of our entire community.

If you’re interested in participating as an entrepreneur (mentee) or a mentor in the program, contact Lamont Mackley at

Upcoming Core City Events

Watch Our 2018 Core City: Cleveland Pitch Competition

Join us to support 10 entrepreneurs that live or own a business in the city of Cleveland during our third annual Core City: Cleveland Pitch Competition.

When: November 14, 2018 – 5:30-8 pm
RSVP: Click here to register »

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.