Programmed for Growth

All small businesses are different, but many must overcome the same obstacles to grow and prosper.

That’s why JumpStart has developed several structured programs designed to help all types of small business owners. No matter what kind of business you’re running, we can help you access the knowledge and resources you need to make it stronger and better.

Small Business Impact Program

Our intensive 12-week program is designed to provide focused business advising, industry-specific mentoring and collaborative learning.

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Small Business Blueprint Program

This free five-week program is designed to help new small business owners lay the foundation for business growth.

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Encore Mentoring Program

The Encore Mentoring Program matches seasoned entrepreneurs with new founders in search of advice to grow their businesses.

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Education From The Experts


JumpStart coordinates free, focused deep-dives for growing small businesses on a wide variety of topics, from capital readiness and go-to-market strategy to financial projections and growth planning.

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Creating Real Impact: The Tea Lab

“The biggest takeaway I got from the Impact Program was that, as an entrepreneur, you’re not alone in what you’re trying to do. 

There are people who will support you, give you resources, help you grow your business and give you the opportunity to succeed.”

Carlos E. Ramos, The Tea Lab

Pathways To Capital

Our small business services come with the added benefit of access to funding, in the form of grants, loans and referrals. Our Impact program has deployed more than $400,000 in grant dollars to graduates to date.

Additionally, we guide qualified entrepreneurs to business-friendly lending programs without the obstacles imposed by traditional banking institutions.

Upcoming Small Business Events

May. 31
Summer Mixer
Stop by the Crooked River Room at the Bounce Innovation Hub in Downtown Akron for…
Jun. 2
Automation Transformation
Find out how using robots, 3D printers, artificial intelligence, and more can create better facilities…
Jun. 3
Multicultural Twilight Market
On behalf of our collaboration organization, LISC Toledo, we are excited to announce the planning of the 2nd Annual…