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grant to put cle on the tech map with 100 gigabit internet

OneCommunity and the City of Cleveland have announced their plans to install a 100 gigabit-per-second glass fiber internet pipe along the Health-Tech Corridor (HTC) in Midtown. Currently, the fastest internet in the area is 40 gigabits. 

While major research universities like CWRU and Ohio State are networked through 100 gigabit systems, the city's new high-speed internet will be the first and fastest of its kind in any major metropolitan area available for commercial use. Any office building along the network, such as the Global Center for Health Innovation and BioEnterprise, would have access to the high speed service.
 
The large, above-ground “nodes” will be located at Ideastream at Playhouse Square and CWRU at University Circle. The network would run between the two nodes and tributaries would run off of Euclid to serve other pockets in the HTC.
 
The growth of big data in today's economy means that there is demand for the movement of more information at a significantly faster pace. This is especially true for companies involved with healthcare, technology and research. The hope is that the 100 gigabit network will be a big boost to Cleveland’s economic development and will help to attract high-tech businesses to the city.
 
The $1.02 million project comes from a $714,000 grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA), $200,000 from the city and the remaining funds from OneCommunity. The HTC and CWRU are also partners in the project. Work is to begin on the project in early 2015, with completion scheduled for September.
 
“We can’t even begin to imagine the possibilities that 100 gigabit can initiate,” says Lev Gonick, CEO of OneCommunity, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing accessible high speed broadband to the region. “Harnessing the potential of this connectivity means our research and development possibilities are endless.”
 
The city and OneCommunity decided to apply for the EDA grant to boost Cleveland’s draw to technology companies considering moving here.
 
“One of the things we were noticing was places across the country were looking at bandwidth to attract companies,” explains Tracey Nichols, Cleveland economic development director. “We thought, what could we do to help us be more competitive? So we reached out to OneCommunity. We know big data is huge in the tele-tech, medical, and IT industries and we wondered how we can make Cleveland the leading edge for these trends.”
 
Nichols points out that even the growing film industry in Cleveland will find a 100 gigabit network to be an asset in transmitting edits, film and other large files. “No other place in the country is making a municipal network available to commercial businesses,” she says. “If they have a need for it, we can tie them in. We think it’s really going to bring a lot of attention to Cleveland, especially in medicine and IT.”
 
Nichols says the decision to invest in big data also shows Mayor Frank Jackson’s support for business in Cleveland. “To me it says a lot about Mayor Jackson,” she says. “As director of economic development, to walk in and say the future of medicine is big data and customized medicine and have Mayor Jackson say, ‘you’re right, let’s do it’ is really exciting to me.”

Jay Williams, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development and former mayor of Youngstown, will be in town today to talk about the impact of the project. “We’re excited about the investment that was made in the city of Cleveland,” he says. “A 100 gigabit broadband is a significant step in Cleveland emerging as a global leader and shedding that rust belt moniker that has plagued Cleveland and other cities for so long.”

Furthermore, Williams says this project is a good example of the city’s willingness to collaborate and work together for the greater good of the businesses, entrepreneurs and innovators. The move will also help the blighted and impoverished areas that exist in the area. “This is about the ability to attract global investment,” he says. “By solidifying its position as a globally competitive city, it brings together more communities to bring down costs, lower the barriers to entry.”

Today's press conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. at Explorys, a spinoff company out of the Cleveland Clinic that specializes in healthcare big data. Speakers include Mayor Jackson, Williams,  Gonick, John Foley, CIO of University Hospitals, and Stephen McHale, founder and CEO of Explorys.

lunch owl delivers healthy choices to area businesses

Almost anyone who orders lunch in at the office knows the daily discussions that go on about what to eat. The result is rarely satisfying, let alone healthy.
 
Scott Himmel was chatting with a friend who owns a Midtown tech company a few months ago about how unproductive the lunch ordering process can be. “By 10 a.m. the employees weren’t writing code, they were talking about what to order for lunch,” recalls Himmel. “By the time they decided on a restaurant, ordered and collected the money, they still ended up with greasy pizza or Chinese that put people in food comas by 3 p.m.”

The image gave Himmel an idea: “If your people are eating more nutritious food, they’re going to feel a whole lot better and be more productive,” he explains. With that, Himmel began Lunch Owl three months ago, a lunch delivery service that provides tasty, nutritious lunches.
 
Lunch Owl offers a menu that changes weekly and is designed to satisfy all tastes. The lunches are subsidized in part by the employer, while the employee pays about what he or she would pay for take-out. Employees can go on Lunch Owl’s website to choose their meals, which are then delivered fresh each day to a provided fridge. When the employees are ready for lunch, they simply go to the fridge and get their tray. When they’re finished, they put the tray, with its reusable dishware, back in the fridge for pickup.
 
Himmel explains Lunch Owl costs employers about $18 per employee per month, if they order the service twice a week. “What excites people about our model is there are two main barriers to getting a healthy lunch at work,” he explains. “One is not having access, and the other is an affordable price point. Lunch Owl breaks down both those barriers.”
 
“No one is going to join a company because of Lunch Owl,” Himmel concedes. “But it shows the company cares about its employees. And employees tend to stay in the office, eat together and talk. And it helps create a culture that promotes health and wellness.”
 
One of the more popular choices on Lunch Owl’s menu is the basil pesto turkey sandwich or the adobo grilled steak salad. Meals also come with soup or side dish. Other options include snacks like housemade hummus or black bean salsa, and two-bite deserts like the flourless dark chocolate cake bite.
 
Calling it “Pandora for lunch,” Himmel explains that once employees pick their initial likes and dislikes, their personal menus are sent to them each week. If they don’t like the choices, they can simply go on the Lunch Owl menu and change them.
 
Himmel and his staff of five create the lunches at Park Lane Villa in University Circle, during the week when the facility’s kitchen isn’t being used. Himmel is constantly tweaking his model as Lunch Owl grows. He began the company with four customers, now has 11 and is growing. Himmel cites  Embrace Pet InsuranceSS&GOnShift and Marcus Thomas as examples of the progressive companies who use Lunch Owl. He serves downtown midtown, Beachwood and Solon and is about to phase in Independence and Mayfield Heights.
 
“Our mission is to bring delight and good health to office workers across the country,” Himmel says of his long term goals. “We plan to spend a few years systematizing our model here in Cleveland and envision operating in 25 markets in the next 10 years.”

who's hiring in cle: hyland, cmsd, syncshow and more

Welcome to the latest installment of Fresh Water’s “who’s hiring” series. Twice a month we feature growing companies with open positions, what they’re looking for and how to apply.
 
Hyland
Hyland, which creates enterprise content management systems such as OnBase, experienced rapid growth in 2014 and it doesn’t look like things are going to slow down in 2015. “Our model is to help create efficiencies in our customers’ environments,” says Gail Joyce, Hyland’s manager of recruiting. “There have been new regulations in the industries we support, and our product helps automate a lot of the processes behind the scenes. It really creates effective business solutions.”
 
Healthcare is currently the largest industry that Hyland serves, while financial services is the first market the company entered and remains one of the largest today. Growth in these industries has in turn led to growth at Hyland. “We’ve scaled to the point where we have become nationally recognized as a leader, but we continue to expand our global footprint,” says Joyce.
 
The company is going into 2015 in hiring mode, recruiting about 100 positions in a variety of fields, including professional services, sales, development, support and quality assurance. “We’re seeing an expanded are of need on the professional services side because sales are driving significant revenue,” explains Joyce. “A lot of large partnerships came through this year, which is continuing to drive business.”
 
Professional services job openings include project managers, who are full-service implementation pros with technical knowledge and familiarity with the industries Hyland serves; technical consultants, who implement the service in the customer’s environment; and business consultants, who identify solutions where Hyland can enhance its offerings. Internally, the company is also looking for developers.
 
For a full list of the positions open at Hyland, visit the company's career page.
 
Cleveland Metropolitan School District
The Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) is gearing up for another recruiting campaign to hire 350 teach positions for the 2015-16 school year, as well as 31 existing openings that need to be filled immediately.
 
The Teach Cleveland recruiting campaign will tout Cleveland as a city on the rise and recruit teachers who want to make a difference. The campaign will focus particularly on black and Latino teachers, who are underrepresented in the Cleveland schools. An emphasis will also be placed on filling high-need areas like special education, math, science and bilingual education. The deadline to apply for existing openings is December 1 and work begins on January 6. To apply, click here.
 
SyncShow
SyncShow, a Rocky River online marketing and sales agency focused on improving client sales and lead generation, currently has multiple job openings, including an Account ManagerAccount Specialist, an Analytics/Technical SEO positionInbound Marketing InternWeb Project Manager, and Junior Sales Representative. Apply through the individual job pages or check out SyncShow’s careers page for more information.
 
QED
QED, a developer and advanced manufacturer of medical devices in Mayfield Village, has several engineering openings due to recent company growth. The company is looking for a manufacturing engineer with an EE background; a manufacturing engineer with a ME background; a product quality engineer; and a test technician. To apply, send resumes to human resources.
 
Expedient, Beech Brook, Consolidated Solutions and more
Expedient, a national leader in data centers, managed hosting and cloud computer services, needs an account executive and a business development specialist/assistant to outside sales. For full descriptions and application form go to Expedient’s careers page. To apply, please submit a resume, letter of interest and salary expectations.
 
Beech Brook, one of Northeast Ohio’s top behavioral health agencies, is currently hiring an assistant director for its Learning Performance Improvement department. Click here to apply online. For a full list of openings, go to Beech Brook’s careers page.
 
Consolidated Solutions, a fast paced printing, direct marketing, and apparel/promotions Company, is hiring a print production manager/CSR. For more information about open positions or to submit a resume, go to the company’s careers page.
 
Parkwood, a fast-growing private financial services company, has a number of positions open, including accounting associate, internal auditor, investment analyst, legal assistant, security guard, systems administrator/analyst and tax analyst. Visit Parkwood’s careers page for more information on these positions. Submit resumes to the recruiter.
 
OnShift, a provider of staff scheduling and labor management software to the long-term care and senior living industries, needs a database administrator and has a number of other open positions. Visit the careers page to see details and apply.
 
JumpStart is looking for a media relations intern and a digital marketing intern. Visit the careers page to register and apply.
 
Folio Photonics is developing an optical data storage disc with two Terabyte capacity manufactured using a highly scalable, low-cost method. The company is looking for a CEO to drive fundraising, strategic partner development, product development, and commercial market entry efforts. The successful candidate will also build and lead a team of talented entrepreneurs, engineers and advisors. The position pays equity plus a minimal initial salary to cover basic expenses. Salary and bonus increases will be made available based on milestone achievement, most notably the attainment of outside financing. To apply and find out more information, register with JumpStart’s careers page.
 
Have hiring news you’d like to share? Email Karin at Fresh Water Cleveland and send us the information or career links!

rust belt riders' waste-to-compost business on a roll with new customers, funding

When Daniel Brown and his partners, Michael Robinson, John Stone and Mikey Ericsson, formed Rust Belt Riders last year, the purpose was to nourish their community garden. The soil needed to be enriched, and compost was the way to create a rich, growing soil.
 
“We were running a garden on E. 40th Street and St. Clair Avenue and we realized before we could grow anything with success we had to cultivate the soil,” Brown says. “A lot of gardeners in town are in the same situation. We realized that cheap, nutrient-rich soil was the common thread and that started with composting at home.”
 
With that, Rust Belt Riders was born in June. The group collects compost – fruit and vegetable peels and scraps, coffee grinds, tea bags, garden and lawn waste – from clients, who are given five-gallon buckets. The team rides bicycles around a 10 square mile area in the Detroit Shoreway, Tremont and Ohio City, picking up the buckets on a set schedule. Rust Belt Riders then delivers the compost to eight area community gardens.

The company currently has 35 subscribers, with five more coming on at the end of the month. So far, Rust Belt Riders has collected more than 18,000 pounds of compost.
 
The concept is so innovative, it earned Rust Belt Riders one of 13 spots in the SEA Change Accelerator, a collaboration that supports social enterprise businesses, access to support services and mentoring and a chance to crowd fund through Kiva Zip, a micro-lending website. “We quickly realized we had no idea what we were doing running a business,” recalls Brown. “We thought it would be worthwhile to apply and get some business acumen going.”
 
Brown and his partners went through the six-week SEA Change program, learning about business law, accounting, branding and marketing and creating a business plan.
 
“We selected Rust Belt Riders as one of the twelve participants because they are addressing a clear social issue (waste reduction/sustainability) and have high commercial potential through two prominent revenue streams: waste removal and sale of compost,” says Mike Shafarenko, manager of community engagement, web and social media at ideastream. “In our mind, that is a recipe for a strong and sustainable social enterprise down the road.” 
 
Now Rust Belt Riders are meeting with mentors Shafarenko, Bill Leamon with the Business of Good Foundation and assistant professor of marketing at Notre Dame College and Bryan Mauk of Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries

The company is preparing for a "Shark Tank" type pitch competition with the other 12 SEA Change companies in January, in which the winning company can win $50,000.
 
Rust Belt Riders will launch their Kiva Zip campaign in the next couple of months. If they raise at least $1,000 in their fundraising, the Business of Good Foundation will match $1,000. The company is also eligible to receive some of the $50,000 SEA Change will award to some of the 12 finalists in the program.

university circle inks deal with zipcar, the world's leading carsharing network

At the University Circle Incorporated (UCI) annual meeting last week, President Chris Ronayne touted the district's roots in innovation as well as impressive present-day growth. In short, University Circle is now returning full circle and has become an area that's not only rife with arts institutions and top schools, but is also spinning out some of the region's fastest-growing companies and ideas.

Ronayne also stated that innovation begins and ends, in many ways, with connectivity, something that University Circle has in spades. "The key to innovation is density, connectivity, diversity and experience," he said. "Creating an environment that is inspiring and pulls people together."

Now University Circle is about to get even better connected thanks to a new partnership with Zipcar, the world's leading carshare company. Initially, four vehicles will be available for lease in designated parking spots in the garage at 1980 Ford Road and the University Circle Inc. Lot at 10831 Magnolia Drive. The cars, which will be available 24/7 on demand, can be leased for as low as $7.50 per hour and $69 per day with gas, insurance and up to 180 miles of driving per day included in the rate. College students age 18 and older as well as community members age 21 and older will be able to take advantage of the program.

“As University Circle continues to grow, so does its need for innovative transportation,” said Ronayne in a release. “Partnering with Zipcar allows us to address this need by giving students, employees, and community members access to vehicles on a short term basis. It’s a great, sustainable solution.”

Community members, students and businesses can join Zipcar here. The Occasional Driving Plan is available for $60 a year or $6 a month, allowing users access to the four Zipcar’s in University Circle as well as more than 10,000 vehicles worldwide. UCI has also helped to establish a special university rate -- college students, faculty and staff at participating universities in the area can join for just $25 to use a set of wheels for as little as an hour or for several days.
 
There's also a Zipcar for Business program for local businesses that offers discounted driving rates Monday through Friday. The goal of this program is to help businesses save cash, meet sustainability goals, and reduce parking needs by providing employees with access to the cars as a way to get around town.

Users can employ their smartphones to make reservations, lock and unlock the vehicle, and even honk the horn to locate their vehicle. Reservations are available over the phone or through Zipcar's website.

women's business center, food buggy program to launch in midtown cleveland

After operating a successful Women’s Business Center in Columbus for the past two years, ECDI is about to open its own center in Cleveland. The women’s business center is designed to give women entrepreneurs the resources they need to get a business idea off the ground.
 
“Women start businesses for different reasons than men do,” explains Eric Diamond, executive vice president of lending at ECDI Cleveland. “The issue really is understanding the way women open businesses and the resources they need.  Men typically start businesses for wealth and power. We see women opening businesses for passion, creativity and to create a work life balance.  Also, we have found that men take the attitude of ‘go it alone’ when starting businesses, where women enjoy being part of a group of other women also creating their own businesses.”
 
With these factors in mind, the WBC created a center around women and the way they operate. Members of the business center have access to shared workspace, laptops and printers, while also accessing training and workshops, mentors and coaches and referrals to loans and grants. “We’re teaching women the big plans and strategies of an idea,” says Diamond.
 
The Columbus office recently received the SBA Award of Excellence and a five-year contract. Due in part to the organization’s outcomes and programs we initiated and the new programs planned. “Our Professional Advisory Network (PAN) connects experts in the community who volunteer time to assist members with their specialty areas, such as legal, marketing, and accounting,” says Diamond. “Programs such as those for women veterans, PEARL for formerly incarcerated women, and specialized training programs with proven curriculum are just getting underway.”
 
Diamond adds that testimony from members who regularly use the center for their office space meeting rooms, printing and computing needs also lead to the SBA recognition.
 
With the Columbus center’s successes, ECDI decided to open a similar office in Cleveland. “We figured out that it’s easily replicable,” says Diamond. The Cleveland Foundation recently awarded a $70,000 grant to ECDI, some of which will be used in the business center.
 
The Cleveland center, which will be located in Suite 620 of ECDI's current building at 2800 Euclid, will start with five entrepreneurs in a soft launch. If all goes well, ECDI will launch a full program in January with a four-week training program.

Meanwhile, ECDI continues its involvement in the Cleveland Culinary Launch and Kitchen (CCLK). To help food entrepreneurs get their products on the market, the CCLK is considering starting a private label brand that would be distributed to area grocery stores.
 
ECDI purchased two food buggies – smaller, more affordable and portable versions of their much larger food truck counterparts -- last week to further help the food entrepreneurs. Participants would go through the CCLK’s food accelerator program and then have the opportunity to lease one of the buggies. “It’s a great way to test the market,” says Diamond. “It’s a great year-round business because you can bring the buggies into lobbies.”
 
The program would start in early spring 2015. Right now, potential participants are being identified. “If it’s going well, we will sell the buggy to the entrepreneur at a discounted price,” says Diamond. “Then we’ll go out and buy another one.”

all aboard the west side shuffle for a safe way to bar and restaurant hop

Chris Tarr has a vision of uniting Cleveland’s west side neighborhoods into one large playground of great restaurants and tasty beers. The establishments already exist, but getting around safely, affordably and easily is another challenge.
 
After being stranded at Brew 133 in Lakewood during a snow storm last year, Tarr came up with the idea for the West Side Shuffle – a black school bus with a big white sign advertising the phone number to call to get on board -- that takes passengers from Lakewood to Ohio City and everywhere in between. The bus runs from 9pm to 2:45am on Friday and Saturday nights.
 
“I had this idea to unify all of these neighborhoods,” Tarr explains of his plan. “You should be able to go to any of the bars and restaurants in the neighborhood. People who live here love it here, and I wanted them to be more connected to the area.”
 
Tarr has been running the West Side Shuffle for the past two weekends, and by Saturday night he had turned a profit. “Saturday was fantastic,” he says. “We filled the bus two times. Some people called our number for a pickup; some people flagged us down on our route. People were very receptive, and everyone was nice and courteous.”
 
While Tarr rides the bus, collects the fares and mingles with the passengers, he employs a head driver, insured with a commercial driver’s license, and has two back-up drivers.
 
After two weekends, Tarr has already made some changes, based on riders’ requests. He is in the process of creating route maps, flyers and easier access to the Shuffle’s phone number – (216) 673-4222. He’s been working with some of the bars to create coasters with the number on them. Tarr also now allows riders to play their own music from their phones on the bus’ sound system.
 
While the normal fare is $4 cash or $6 with a credit card, Tarr has instituted a discount deal for certain bars. If riders are already on W. 25th, they can ride the West Side Shuffle to Porco Lounge and Tikki RoomPlatform Beer Co. or Jukebox for just $2.
 
As business grows, Tarr plans to expand service to West Park, W. 6th Street and W. 4th Street.

edwins restaurant and leadership institute celebrates one year of changing lives


Edwins Leadership and Restaurant Institute, the French restaurant at Shaker Square that employs ex-convicts and gives them on-the-job training and a foothold in the industry in an upscale restaurant, celebrated its first birthday on November 1st.

Founder and chef Brandon Chrostowski sees many reasons to celebrate with the success the restaurant has seen in its first year. Forty-four students have graduated from the program and 40 have gone on to work in fine dining establishments in the region. In the first class, 100 percent of the graduates had jobs within 30 days of graduation and 85 percent of the graduates still were working in their jobs six months later.
 
Edwins took in $1.4 million last year, which covered roughly 73% of the school portion of the restaurant’s model, which teaches its student employees virtually every aspect of running a restaurant. Edwins also has a long list of sponsors and supporters who believe in second chances.
 
Goals for Edwins’ second year include 75 graduates with 80 percent job retention after a year; 81 percent of total expenses covered by restaurant sales and diner contributions; and a less than five percent recidivism rate.
 
Chrostowski says the restaurant has learned some lessons in the first year as well. Smaller classes of 12 to 15 accepted every six weeks instead of 55 students starting all at once result in a higher graduation rate. “You’re going to get better results with a smaller class because you’re going to get to know the students more,” explains Chrostowski.
 
Housing, transportation and childcare are the biggest issues for Edwins students to overcome. Those issues are being resolved through the kindness of patrons and friends. A group of Ruffing Montessori School parents and teachers recently walked in to Edwins to offer their help. That group now provides childcare five days a week. Chrostowski was able to secure 30 beds on E. 130th Street and St. Clair Avenue for those employees who need a place to stay. And he recently brought on a case manager to help with additional support needs.
 
“We’re all working as hard as we can for each other to get on with the next phase of their lives,” says Chrostowski, who also credits his staff of three managers with providing guidance and support. Chrostowski is always looking for volunteers to help continue Edwins’ success.
 

clum creative media offers full service production with a youthful eye

Like many 18-year-olds, Mike Clum set off to college three years ago to earn a degree. While attending Miami University as a freshman, Clum and a friend started a radio program called The Mike Clum Show, which they produced and hosted.

“We gained much popularity on campus by creating original video content, marketing it on our show and social media,” he recalls.  “Eventually everywhere I went, people would talk about the show, ask to talk with me, and after setting the record for listeners at the station, I knew that I could take that to the real world.”
 
The success Clum experienced in his radio show and videos prompted him to see if he could make it on his own. After just one semester, he left Miami and started Clum Creative Media, a full-service media production company. That didn't go over so well with his parents, but he left school anyway. “I sort of taught myself,” he recalls.

Clum Creative Media specializes in corporate media production services, including corporate video production, web design and development, app development and digital branding. “My specialty is in visualizing the future, strategizing how to get there, and ruthlessly competing to achieve success,” says Clum confidently.

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Now 21, Clum has grown his company into a competitive corporate media production company, boasting clients such as Universal Windows Direct, Group Management Services (GMS) and King Nut. He has three employees and plenty of creative space on the top floor of Hyacinth Lofts in Slavic Village.
 
Things didn’t start off that easy. The decision to leave college was very controversial, but he knew in his gut it was what he had to do. “I think school is largely overrated, and encouraging kids to get out and start doing things without being prompted is something we should somehow focus on," he says.
 
Determined to make his production dream work, Clum took odd jobs and provided his services on the cheap. “I funded myself by selling,” he recalls of the early days, noting that his business has been self-funded from the start. “I would approach companies with prices so low they couldn't turn it down, then I would take that project and turn it into a portfolio item that I would sell for more. I continued to do that until I could slowly raise my prices equal to any company.”
 
Clum also used the traditional marketing vehicles – cold calling, direct mail and email. With his success, he hasn’t eased up. “I still consider it the beginning, and probably always will, so I'm always trying crazy and innovative ways to generate leads,” he says. “If there is a way to market my company, I'm going to try it.”

Clum sees Cleveland as the perfect networking town to grow a business. “When I was 19 I would call CEOs and get meetings,” he says. “It’s amazing here. People take my calls, let me come in, coach me, teach me things. It’s a very warm and supportive community. I don’t know if I would have found that elsewhere.”
 
While Clum says many people view his generation as entitled, his obsession with learning and hard work is what has made him successful. “I think it’s in our generation to do great things and figure it out along the way,” he says. “I’ve gotten in situations where I didn’t know how to do stuff and I learned it [by doing it].”

who's hiring in cle: blue bridge networks, cleveland 2030 district and more

Welcome to the latest installment of Fresh Water’s “who’s hiring” series. Twice a month, we feature growing companies with open positions, what they’re looking for and how to apply.
 
BlueBridge Networks
Over the past 10 years, BlueBridge Networks has emerged as a state and regional leader in data storage, becoming the first-of-its-kind Ohio-based data center facility with facilities on different national power grids.
 
With data center cloud computing facilities in Cleveland, Mayfield Heights and Columbus, BlueBridge has launched what it calls the “Ohio Cloud," offering data center services, cloud computing and infrastructure solutions across its networks.
 
BlueBridge has grown both in size and capabilities since its formation in January 2004. “BlueBridge is in the business of keeping businesses and institutions in business through multiple data center services,” says Kevin Goodman, managing director and partner. “BBN is about best-in-class data centers where high availability, reliability and security are paramount.”
 
Today, the company has experienced rapid expansion and boasts big name clients like the Cleveland Museum of Art, which hired BlueBridge to build a cloud-based storage solution that would provide long-term archival preservation of the institution’s digital assets.
 
As a result of its record growth and expansion, BlueBridge is looking to fill several positions:
 
Network administrator to analyze, install, configure, maintain and repair the BlueBridge network infrastructure.
 
Systems engineer to ensure the stability, integrity, and efficient operation of the in-house information systems that support core organizational functions as well as any external customers.
 
Data center sales engineer to work directly with the sales team to provide technical assistance and design validation during the data center sales process.
 
To apply, send a resume and cover letter to the hiring manager.
 
The Cleveland 2030 District
The Cleveland 2030 District (C2030D) is a nonprofit organization that seeks to create high-performance building districts throughout Greater Cleveland, with the goal of dramatically reducing the environmental impact of building construction and operations while increasing Cleveland’s competitiveness and building owners’ return on investment. The organization is looking for an executive director to execute overall day-to-day operations and effectively manage staff and contractors and lead marketing initiatives and public relations communications. For more information, click here. To apply, send resume to cleveland2030job@gmail.com
 
Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI)
ECDI, whose mission is to invest in people to create measurable and enduring social and economic change, needs to fill two positions. The manager of the women’s business center in Cleveland will be responsible for developing programming that provides for the technical assistance and training, and developing connections in the community which will help foster these businesses.

The lending manager at ECDI Akron will oversee start-up activities, including hiring and managing staff, and building relationships with local funders to provide monetary support to ECDI. This position will evaluate and recommend approval of business loans, and will provide technical assistance to applicants while reviewing the application materials and documentation. For both positions, send resumes to Renee Jordan, human resources manager.
 
Bostwick Design Partnership, Ohio City Incorporated and more
Bostwick Design Partnership, an architecture design firm with a focus on collaboration and creativity, has two open positions in its Cleveland office. The firm needs an interior designer with five to 10 years of experience. Bostwick is also looking for an architect with a focus on specifications and codes. In their Erie, PA office, the firm needs a licensed architect with a focus on healthcare to service as the director. Applicants for all positions should send their resumes to Rick Ortmeyer, principal.
 
Ohio City Incorporated needs a Near West Recreation manager to use Near West recreation programming as a tool to attract and retain families to Cleveland’s Near West Side neighborhoods. Send cover letter and resume to the hiring manager with a subject heading of Near West Recreation. Deadline to apply is Friday, November 7.
 
The Cleveland Foundation needs a program officer. To apply send cover letter, including salary requirements, and resume to resumes@clevefdn.org by Monday, November 17.
 
Beck Center for the Arts needs a part-time accounts payable clerk. Send resume and cover letter to Hope McGuan.
 
Because I Said I Would, a social movement and nonprofit in Lakewood dedicated to bettering humanity through promises made and kept, has two open positions: the executive coordinator to the founder and the fulfillment and product manager. For either job, send resumes to the HR manager with “Fulfillment & Product Manager Application” and your name in the subject line.
 
The Music Settlement needs a maintenance assistant to help the director of buildings and grounds with electrical, plumbing, carpentry, landscaping, event build-up and tear-down, and more. Retirees encouraged to apply. Using the form on the Music Settlement’s website, send a cover letter explaining why you feel you are a good fit to join our team, along with your resume.
 
Trinity Cathedral, the cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of Cleveland, needs an events and hospitality manager. To apply, send letter of interest, resume, references, and salary requirements with a subject heading of “Events & Hospitality Manager Search” to the HR department.
 
The Keep it Local Project needs a business member representative and a part-time scheduler. Email Keep it Local to apply.
 
Providence House has several positions open, including a family advocate and a crisis nursery coordinator. Visit the organization’s careers page for a full listing and application instructions.
 
Have hiring news you’d like to share? Email Karin at Fresh Water Cleveland and send us this information or career links!

everykey the winner of magnet's product-focused pitch competition

EveryKey, creator of a high-tech wristband that wirelessly syncs with various electronic devices, was the winner of the Incubator at MAGNET's first product-focused pitch contest.

EveryKey was pitted against five other hardware-creating entrepreneurs during the ProtoTech competition held Oct. 21 at the Ariel International Center in Cleveland. The nascent Case Western Reserve University-based company took home $12,000, funds that will be sunk into an invention that holds all of the wearer's online passwords and is designed to lock and unlock doors.

Chris Wentz, CEO of EveryKey, was thankful for the opportunity to put his product before a panel of investors, development specialists and peers interested in supporting physical technology. Now that the contest is over, the startup will concentrate on its Kickstarter campaign, set to launch Oct. 29.

"This competition meant so much to us," says Wentz, 23. "There were a lot of great companies here with some great ideas."
The ProtoTech pitch contest, co-sponsored by NASA Glenn Research Center, concentrated on tech-driven wares and the startups aiming to bring those products to market. The competition was introduced in July by MAGNET executive director Dave Crain with the intention of highlighting manufactured creations rather than IT or service-based ventures.

ProtoTech's second-place winner was RoboNail, designer of an app-operated robotic roofing installation machine.

The other ProtoTech finalists were:

* Advanced BioSensors-Ohio, creator of a "Continuous Glucose Monitor" for diabetic patients.

* Axenic, maker of non-toxic liquid-based solutions that clean organic waste.

* FGC Plasma Solutions, creator of a fuel nozzle designed to save money and reduce emissions.
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* Real Time Imaging Technologies, designer of a low-dose dental x-ray imaging system.
 

who's hiring in cle: makergear, western reserve historical society, onshift and more

Welcome to the latest installment of Fresh Water's "who's hiring?" series. Once a month or so, we feature growing companies with open positions, what they're looking for and how to apply.
 
MakerGear
Business is booming at MakerGear, a Beachwood company that designs, engineers and manufactures desktop 3D printers and accessories. The firm has seen its M2 3D printer rank as Amazon’s top-rated for the entire year and just started shipping to China, potentially a huge leap for business.

To help address its month-long backlog of orders, the company is currently looking for a mechanical engineer with Cartesian machine design experience. This is a hands-on environment where you will be involved in product design, prototyping and testing. Solid modeling experience is required. “We’re hoping to hire a handful of engineers by the end of the year,” adds company founder Rick Pollack. For more information, click here. To apply, send resumes here.
 
Western Reserve Historical Society
Take a ride back in Cleveland history as a carousel operator. Western Reserve Historical Society is looking for a full-time carousel operator to man the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel when it opens in November. Apply online here.

University School
University School is seeking a part-time relationship manager who will support the public relations requirements of University School’s Entrepreneur Institute and its initiatives. Responsibilities include developing and maintaining corporate and foundation partnerships, and marketing strategy and implementation. Interested candidates can send their resume, cover letter, or application to email the recruiting manager. 

OnShift, Parker Hannifin and more
C.TRAC currently has three open positions. The marketing solutions provider needs an account director, technical solutions architect, and UX Developer. Information on all three positions can be found here. Send resumes here.
 
Junior Achievement needs a fundraising specialist to maintain and grow relationships with existing corporate and individual donors as well as proactively identify and develop new sources of financial support to meet annual fundraising goals, primarily through execution of special event fundraisers. For more information, click here. To apply, send resume and salary requirements here.

OnShift, the leader in staff scheduling & labor management software for long-term care and senior living, is looking for a database administrator to Design, install and maintaining complex databases in a server based environment. The job includes all aspects of backup/recovery, security, integrity, performance tuning and data modeling. To apply, go to OnShift’s careers page.

Parker Hannifin is looking for people to join its accounting trainee program. The program’s purpose is to hire, develop and retain accounting professionals. Through a systematic process of division training and mentoring, trainees are introduced to the Parker accounting ranks and quickly begin to play a significant role in day to day operations of the business. For more information and to apply, click here.
 
Sherwin-Williams needs a recruitment specialist. For more information and to apply, click here.
 
American Greetings is looking for a graphic/card designer in its creative division: "Standing in front of a greeting card display - looking up and down the rows of cards and taking in all the different colors, sizes, shapes, art techniques, layouts, and lettering styles - you're looking at the work of a Designer. That's not to say that the Designer singlehandedly does all the work behind each of those individual attributes, but he or she does pull it all together' into a cohesive card expression that resonates with our consumer. A Designer thinks 'big picture' while using a small canvas - actually, hundreds of them, displayed together." For more information, click here.
 
PR Newswire needs a Manager of Inside Sales. For more information and to apply, click here.
 
Case Western Reserve University has an opening for a wellness coordinator to support the medical director in developing a culture of wellness within the university. For more information and to apply, click here.
  
Have hiring news you’d like to share? Email Karin at Fresh Water Cleveland and send us this information or career links!
 

cwru's think[box] breaks ground on new $30m innovation center

With fireworks and smoke machines, and science experiments galore, CWRU officials on Thursday officially broke ground on the new home to thinkbox, a collaboration and innovation center housed in the former Lincoln Storage Building, now known as the Richey-Mixon Building.
 
The CWRU board of trustees voted unanimously last Sunday, October 12 to approve the renovations with the $25 million out of a $30 million goal. Phase I is due to be completed in August 2015.
 
Phase I includes renovations to the first four floors. A glass skyway will connect the athletic center to the thinkbox entrance. The first floor will be a community floor with a bike station. “It will be a younger-feeling creative space that suits our students’ lifestyle,” explains thinkbox manager Ian Charnas. “The second floor will be the ideation floor with amenities such as whiteboards and meeting rooms modeled after Stanford d. School in California.”
 
Floors three and four are dedicated to some real hands-on innovation. Three will house a prototyping floor and a small metal shop, will offer tools for nearly every metal project conceivable. “We’re sending an email out, saying 'come enjoy several thousand square feel to do your projects and get messy.'”
 
Charnas expects thinkbox to both attract and retain innovative thinkers to Cleveland. “This is helping to build industry in the region,” he says. “Most of our students are recruited from outside of Cleveland, and even Ohio. This is a big golden carrot to keep these folks in the area.”
 
The announcement was made during Case’s homecoming celebration. Case president Barbara Snyder was accompanied by the major donors to make the announcement amid smoke machines and fireworks displays on monitors. Instead of a ribbon-cutting, the group flipped a giant old-fashioned power switch.
 
Students dressed in white lab coats embroidered with thinkbox and blue hard hats made commemorative chocolate coins using liquid nitrogen, with the help of Sweet Designs Chocolatier and Piccadilly Creamery. A laminar flow fountain – the kind where the liquid leaps about – dispensed punch that shot from a white display case into guests’ glasses.
 
Charnas says they hope to raise the remaining funds in the next year and shoot straight into phase II renovations, which will include the remaining top three floors.
 
 

top entrepreneurs talk about why cle is the best place to grow a business

At the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) annual conThrive!, in Cleveland October 1-3, top entrepreneurs came from around the world to talk about best practices, how to grow a company and the potential stumbling blocks in being an entrepreneur.

While conference attendees – all EO members – are successful in their own rights, two local business owners highlighted why Cleveland is one of the best places in the world to grow the thriving business. Brendan Anderson, co-founder and managing partner, of Evolution Capital Partners, a small business consulting and investing firm, shared what the top one percent of entrepreneurs are doing differently than everyone else.
 
“The top one percent has figured out a way to find access to capital and free up their time to focus on their goals,” Anderson explains. He cites four main components – current financial statements; a solid plan; transparency; and accountability as critical to success. “Once you got all these things, you can attract the people you never dreamed you could,”

Anderson elaborates on these points. “Generate financial statements as often as daily, and the core parts are shared with all interested parties,” Anderson says. “Come up with a plan. Some plans start small and then turn into bigger plans. The plan should list were you are going, what you are doing and why. Outline a transparency, talking about the information you have and sharing it. Finally,, accountability is important. If you are being transparent and everyone knows what they are individually responsible for then you can get the right people in the right seats.l Once you got all these things, you can attract the people you never dreamed you could.”
 
Anderson also emphasizes the amount of support for entrepreneurs in Cleveland. “I think this is a great place to be an entrepreneur because of organizations like the EO,” he says. “We have pockets of entrepreneurs who are willing to share and give. I would never be where I am today without the EO.”
 
While EO members must gross at least $1 million in yearly revenues, Anderson points out the wealth of incubators and accelerators available to smaller companies. The key is the willingness in Cleveland to mentor and share advice among entrepreneurs.
 
“You got to be a continuous leader – keep your head up and keep meeting people,” advices Anderson. “In the entrepreneurial community, most of us remember how painful it was to have the door slammed in your face, having banks say no.”
 
Mike Berlin, founder of Briteskies, an IT tech services company that helps customers bring their products to the online market, also sees Cleveland as having a wealth of resources for the entrepreneur. “There is a great support network here,” he says. “There are a significant number of large companies we can work with here. Organizations like COSE are a good resource. They do a good job of promoting small businesss.”
 
Basically, Anderson and Berlin see Northeast Ohio as full of valuable resrources. “The Northeast Ohio EO gave me the opportunity to so what I’m doing,” says Berlin. “I’m not sure if I could do it anywhere else. There are big companies here who have taken the leap with us, and there’s a willingness of mentors to partner million-dollar companies with small upstart companies.”
 
Almost 500 people from as far away as Australia and China came to the EO Thrive! conference earlier this month to hear Anderson’s and Berlin’s thoughts on entrepreneurship. Other keynote speakers included Jodi Berg of Vitamix and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

northeast ohio automotive sector expected to outpace U.S., report says

In a report released Sunday by Team NEO, the automotive industry in Northeast Ohio is expected to hold a lot of promise in the upcoming decade. According to the report, the area has the second-largest Tier I auto production markets in the country, meaning the suppliers here make the parts the go directly on the vehicles, second only to Detroit.

Team NEO predicts the Gross Regional Product (GRP) in automotive to grow by 79 percent to become a $4.5 billion industry by 2024. Employment is also expected to grow by 19 percent. Jacob Duritsky, managing director of research for Team NEO, attribute the predicted growth to the area’s diverse mix of auto manufacturing.
 
“No one has a crystal ball, but based on our industry mix, the trend is pretty steady,” Duritsky says.  Add to the mix the jobs brought back to the Avon Lake Ford plant and the scheduled manufacture of Ford’s medium trucks, the F650 and F750, as well as tremendous investment in Ford’s Brookpark and Lordstown plants and Honda’s presence in the state, automotive has a strong hold in an industry that is expected to decline elsewhere in the country.
 
Automotive is one of only two manufacturing industries in Northeast Ohio to grow in the next 10 years. The other is food manufacturing. “We’re experiencing manufacturing employment, essentially, to remain flat,” says Jenny Febbo, Team NEO vice president of marketing and communications. “Automotive is one of only two expected to grow.
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