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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. 


The Refugee Services Collaborative is a group of Cleveland organizations joined to better serve the refugees resettling in Northeast Ohio

Reshaping the Rust belt through immigrant talent

America's former industrial heartland, which includes Cleveland and nearby cities like Detroit, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, looks to reclaim its past through the attraction of foreign-born residents. 

Night Market

Night Market Cleveland brings the nighttime culture of Taiwan and China to Cleveland

Along with promoting Asiatown and Asian culture in Cleveland, Night Market Cleveland is helping launch the careers of a small army of entrepreneurs and artists.

CIA PRISM convocation ceremony 2015 welcoming new students

CIA celebrates campus unification in vibrant Uptown district

For the first time in four decades, CIA is united under one roof, opening a whole new set of possibilities for the innovative art school.


Taking Cleveland's entrepreneurial community to a higher level

StartMart, the vision of serial entrepreneur Charles Stack, aims to create the kind of environment that will propel startups to success.

Beachland Ballroom - Photo Bob Perkoski

This Weekend in Cleveland: Salute to Summer and more

The dog days of summer are here. Get all your last hurrahs. This weekend, explore the newest happenings on Waterloo Road, celebrate Guide to Kulchur’s expanded location, soak up the late summer sun at MIX and more!
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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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