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Entrepreneurs + Innovators

Sam McNulty and  Andy Tveekrem - photo Bob Perksoki

American author Napoleon Hill said that, "Ideas are the beginning points of all fortunes." True, but good ideas aren't just one-man money-makers -- they can serve as triggers for the kind of economic development that turns around entire blocks, neighborhoods, even cities and regions. In Cleveland, good ideas lead to an ever-growing array of new businesses filling needs across a wide spectrum. From food trucks to got-to-have-it smartphone apps, small start-ups are the lifeblood of a progressive economy. 

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Cleveland Pride Parade

This weekend in Cleveland: Night Market, Pride, Waterloo Arts Fest and more

This weekend, feast on authentic Asian cuisine at the first-ever Night Market, celebrate LGBTQQA progress at Cleveland Pride, explore Waterloo Arts Fest, play free pinball in Coventry and more. 

Startup Scaleup in Gordon Square

Startup Scaleup brings 1,200 entrepreneurs to Gordon Square

JumpStart's inaugural Startup Scaleup offered talks, networking and resources in a day-long event at Gordon Square.

Waterloo

How artists kept 33 Cleveland businesses open through construction chaos

Inspired by a project in the Twin Cities, Waterloo Arts District leaders used art projects to draw new customers and keep businesses alive.

PorchFest 2011 - Photo Patrick Shepherd

This weekend In Cleveland: Wade Oval Wednesday, PorchFest and more

This weekend, enjoy the kickoff of WOW’s free summer concert series, view 30 bands on 30 porches at PorchFest and dust off your dancing shoes for free vinyl dance parties at Beachland and B Side.

HackCLE

Hack for good: How can we use technology and open data to spark change?

A group of civic hackers explored how transparency can be used to monitor the new consent decree and address disparity.
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Entrepreneurs + Innovators Founders

julie and shawn warren

julie and shawn warren

City: Lakewood
Meet Julie and Shawn Warren, founders of Erie Design, a family-owned and operated sign company in Lakewood.
lynde vespoli

lynde vespoli

City: Cleveland
Meet Lynde Vespoli, founder of Discover My Cleveland, a destination management company with nine part-time tour directors and one fulltime employee.
todd pownell

todd pownell

City: MidTown
Meet Todd Pownell, owner of TAP by Todd Pownell, a designer jewelry firm in Midtown with a team of four.
fred geis

fred geis

City: Streetsboro
Meet Fred Geis, founder of Geis Companies, a northeast Ohio design/build company with 140 employees.
autumn skoczen

autumn skoczen

City: Broadview Heights
Meet Autumn Skoczen, founder of Auts Tipse Treats, a Broadview Heights maker of the first-ever cupcake shot.
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