Core City: Cleveland Impact Program Spotlight

In February 2020, JumpStart kicked off its ninth Core City: Cleveland Impact Program. Then COVID-19 hit, forcing a switch to virtual class sessions and the cancellation of the program’s culminating showcase event. Still, Cohort Nine completed the program.

COVID-19 made it impossible for us to connect with these graduates in person, so we sat down with them via web chat to learn more about their businesses and their big takeaways from the Impact Program.


Karl Singleton of Foundation Transportation


Lisha Navarro of Elite Events & Weddings


Katie Melnick of Fizz Creative


Denisha Anderson of Cleveland Flower Walls


Rashida Vanleer-Mchargh of Iron Koi


Abbey Markiewitz & Julia Gramenz of Fetch & Co.