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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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Crooked River Skate Park

but wait, there's more! 10 huge projects clevelanders are eagerly anticipating

A fresh energy is crackling all across the 216, from ambitious new developments taking shape downtown and in University Circle, to bike-friendly avenues and the transformation of blight into pedestrian-friendly green space. But the fun’s just getting started. We rounded up 10 of the most exciting projects on the horizon that have us shaking with anticipation.

SOUP Cleveland

SOUP's on: meal-based micro-grant program for creative projects takes root in cleveland

Based on the dinner-party model, Cleveland SOUP provides financial support for innovative, locally based initiatives that touch on sustainability, public art and diversity. As garnering funds can often be one of the tallest hurdles for independent upstarts, SOUP has helped offset those costs in more than 60 cities.

Jason Estremera working with Amber and Rachel of Pink Java at the Hispanic Business Center

what's working: agencies boost prospects of cleveland's rising number of latino entrepreneurs

Northeast Ohio has a number of resources available for an expanding Latino populace searching for work and business opportunities. These services, say their providers, can keep immigrant brainpower in the area while acting as a talent magnet for the Latino and Spanish-speaking diaspora. 

Working on Browns banners at Morgan Litho

groundbreaking from the start: how local companies helped shape the world

From Charles F. Brush to John D. Rockefeller, Cleveland has been home to entrepreneurs with innovations that helped shape the world. We take a look at some of Cleveland’s ground breaking companies -- some old, some new -- to see what makes the company unique, how it achieved its success, and where they stand today. 

Cleveland Bagel Co.

from bust to boom: how the city's brand is on the rise, within our borders and beyond

There has been a flood of new businesses that tout the city through an assortment of Cleveland-themed apparel and products or by integrating the city name right into the company’s branding. Many point to the recent recession as the dawn of this entrepreneurial movement, which coincided with a newfound pride of place.
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Entrepreneurs + Innovators Founders

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.

jennifer coleman

jennifer coleman

City: Campus District

Meet Jennifer Coleman, founder of CityProwl, which produces urban walking tours 

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