Breaking Ground

Here on our Breaking Ground pages, we'll check in with those brick-and-mortar development stories our readers love as well as what's hot with local entrepreneurs and new programs. You'll also find our regular "Who's Hiring" listings here.

Semifinalists announced: 21 businesses make the cut in Cleveland Chain Reaction season seven
Greater Cleveland Partnership’s (GCP) Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) announced yesterday, Tuesday, July 9, that 21 businesses will advance to the semifinals in season seven of Cleveland Chain Reaction, a neighborhood economic development project and small business pitch competition. Find out who made the cut!
Uplifting neighborhoods: Mandel Foundation programs produce community, CDC leaders
The Mandel Foundation's Neighborhood Leadership Development Program (NLDP) has been producing neighborhood leaders since 2006. The younger Community Development Corporation Leadership Program (CDCLP) successfully empowers CDC leaders to create positive change in the communities they represent. Both programs are now looking for the next cohort of community leaders.
Health equity on stage: ‘Bike Vessel’ screening, discussion, and community bike ride with Mayor Bibb
The Saint Luke's Foundation, The City Club of Cleveland, Bike Your Neighborhood Cleveland, and the Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival will present a free film screening of “Bike Vessel” this Friday, with a community bike ride with Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb on Saturday, to raise awareness, spark inspiration, conversation, and promote health equity through cycling.
Seeds of Literacy to expand program with $25,000 Spectrum Digital Education grant
Seeds of Literacy, which helps 1,500 adults each year on their path to earning their high school equivalency, was recently awarded a $25,000 Spectrum Digital Education grant to expand its virtual classroom, hire additional tutors, and buy equipment to serve adults in literacy needs and earning their GEDs.
Classically Lake View Concert series to feature chamber music by Black composers
Oberlin Conservatory of Music rising senior Damian Goggans and musicians from the Cleveland Orchestra will perform the works of forgotten Clevelander, 19th Century composer Justin Holland, at Lake View Cemetery's Classically Lake View chamber music concert series on Sunday, July 7.
 Literary Cleveland launches anthology written by unhoused Clevelanders
This Thursday, June 27, Literary Cleveland will release its new print anthology of poems, stories, and essays written by Cleveland teens experiencing homelessness. The anthology was created and curated by artist RA Washington under his Amplify Fellowship. The free launch party will be held at Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry's 2100 Lakeside Men's Shelter.
Saint Luke’s Foundation Resident Advancement Committee awards grants to resident-led organizations
Earlier this month, the Saint Luke’s Foundation’s 10-member Resident Advancement Committee (RAC) awarded $40,257 in grants to seven organizations operating in the St. Luke’s footprint. The investments address social determinants of health—including educational attainment, financial stability, healthy eating and active living, safe and affordable housing, social connections—to help strengthen the four neighborhoods.
Entrepreneur alert: Applications open for Cleveland Chain Reaction
Applications are now open for the seventh season of Cleveland Chain Reaction, the small business pitch competition to help entrepreneurs build their businesses in Cleveland neighborhoods, hosted by Greater Cleveland Partnership’s COSE. Freshwater talks to last year's winner, Saidah Farrell, who shares her tips for pitching Marshmallow of the Month Club. Find out how you can apply and take your small business to the next level!
Saint Luke’s Foundation awards $1.46m in grants to 11 organizations
The Saint Luke's Foundation announced this week that it has granted more the $1.4 million in grants to 11 area organizations that are working toward strengthening Cleveland neighborhoods.
Make way! Davis High School students board Flotsam & Jetsam to clean the Cuyahoga
Davis Aerospace and Maritime High School students who are interested in maritime careers were on the Cuyahoga River and Inner Harbor last week, helping the Port of Cleveland and Argonaut clean debris out of the Cuyahoga River and the Inner Harbor.
Mt. Pleasant beautiful: Group to host second annual neighborhood cleanup
Clean and Beautiful Cleveland Block 2 Block will hold its second annual Beautify Mt. Pleasant event this weekend, when volunteers will pick up litter, clean up the neighborhood, and tend to the flower beds that were installed last year on tree lawns along Kinsman Road between E. 131st and E. 154th Streets.
Exploring grief: CIA student copes with loss through her paintings
Maddie Cantrell a painting major and rising senior at the Cleveland Institute of Art, lost both of her grandparents suddenly. This week, she opens her exhibit "Living with Grief” at Hospice of the Western Reserve's bereavement center as part of a project through the CIA Creativity Works—a self-initiated internship for visual art and craft + design majors designed to support professional development.
The Big Clean: Volunteers haul away nearly three tons of trash in neighborhood competition
Now in its seventh year of friendly competition, The Big Clean between volunteers in the City of Euclid and the Collinwood neighborhood spent last Saturday picking up trash and debris in a massive spring cleaning. Read on to find out which community won and how much total trash was collected.
MCPC, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Cleveland Zoological Society to hold E-Recycling event
As part of its ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship and community engagement, MCPC will be holding its fourth annual E-Recycling event in partnership with Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Cleveland Zoological Society this Friday at the Zoo. People can bring their electronics to the event for safe and environmentally-responsible recycling, while also helping the Metroparks Zoo's gorilla conservation fund.
Who’s Hiring in the #CLE: Enterprise, Cleveland Restoration Society, Shaker Heights
Need a job? Check out the latest edition of FreshWater Cleveland's “Who’s Hiring” series, where we feature growing companies with open positions, what they’re looking for, and how to apply.
The 1806 total eclipse of the sun: Cleveland's last moment of totality
The last time Cleveland experienced a full eclipse of the sun was June 16, 1806. While there are apparently no first-person accounts of the event, Western Reserve Historical Society historian John Grabowski shares his insights.
Another world: Local creator releases Myrwoods D&D campaign setting book
With a degree in games and simulation from the Emerging Technology and Business Design department at Miami University, Cleveland Heights resident, game designer, and Dungeons & Dragons pro Deckard Manne is releasing his Myrwoods D&D campaign book on Kickstarter next week—suited for gamers at all levels or people who enjoy delving into mythical fantasy worlds.
Q&A: CMNH curator Emma Finestone talks stone tools, science narratives, 'Eve' author Cat Bohannon
"Eve" author Cat Bohannon will be at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History tonight to discuss why moving past the framework of the male norm in science, research, and business yields benefits not just for us all. CMNH curator Emma Finestone shares her thoughts on the subject in this Q&A.
Holden Forests & Gardens receives $1.8 million to expand regional forest landowner support
Holden Forests & Gardens last week announced that it received $1.8 million from the USDA Forest Service to connect forest landowners with emerging climate markets. The grant is the largest climate investment in history.
Signs of progress: NEO making gains in becoming smart manufacturing hub
MAGNET's first progress report card on its Blueprint for Manufacturing in Northeast Ohio was released last week. The report shows the area has exceeded industry goals, increased investment and products, and diversified top talent, among other milestones.