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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

Tanya Holmes grandkids helping out at  Ka-La Healing Garden

Urban farms: small but mighty

Tucked into unlikely corners across the city, small urban farmers aim to turn food deserts into oases of fresh produce and community engagement.

Design for Cleveland Cyclewerks by CIA student  Hsuan Fu Wan

Cleveland muscle: art on wheels

From screamin' sports cars to towering monster trucks, Cleveland is host to unique design stories born on the wings of transportation.

Ludgate Road exemplifies the neighborhood vibe with its sidewalks and front porches

The next must-live Greater Cleveland neighborhood is...

With affordable housing stock and easy access to amenities, the Moreland district in Shaker Heights is a tiny grid of streets that's poised to take off courtesy of a pending tax abatement program.

Sean Ammirati

New book, "The Science of Growth," models startup success

Venture capitalist and Cleveland native Sean Ammirati's new book from St. Martin's Press delves into Facebook's success over Friendster, McDonald's Golden Arches towering over White Castle and how Gmail smashed Hotmail.

Gregory Peckham

One on one with LAND Studio's Gregory Peckham

Meet Gregory Peckham, managing director of LAND Studio, a nonprofit with the mission to connect people through public art, sustainable building and design, collaborative planning, and dynamic programming.
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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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