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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. 

Features

Case Manager Shelly Bishop workis with Erik Wells, trainee in the Vocational Training Center program in Cornucopia's state-of-the-art commercial kitchen

In the Interest of good: Social enterprises that make an impact, inspire community change

Social enterprises strive to not only raise money, but to also make a change in the communities and the people's lives they serve.

Amy Martin

Why I won't write emails like a man

Amy Martin posted an essay on LinkedIn, which quickly went viral.

Rock Hard Guitar Pics

Rock Hard featured on WKYC

Last May, Fresh Water published a story on Jerry Mearini and the Rock Hard Guitar Picks he developed, combining his love of rock and roll with his physics knowledge. Our media partner WKYC Channel 3 picked up the story.

The La Salle Theater on 185th Street

From guitar picks to pop-ups: the top Fresh Water stories of 2015

A lot has happened this year in Cleveland. From new businesses to innovative ideas,  Fresh Water looks back at the top 10 stories of 2015.

Aeneas Alldredge's drum class at John F. Kennedy High School’s Ełagle Academy

Taking Root: Five new residents share how they came, or came back, to CLE and why they love it

Whether they grew up here and left or are just experiencing Cleveland for the first time, five residents share why they came here and what they love about the city.
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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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