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Entrepreneurship

Photo Bob Perkoski
Photo Bob Perkoski
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. Born in the minds of big thinkers, ideas are the rising tides that lift entire populations.

In Cleveland, good ideas lead to an ever-growing array of new businesses filling needs across a wide spectrum. From mobile restaurants to got-to-have-it smartphone apps, small start-ups are the lifeblood of a progressive economy. But good ideas can grow, too, blossoming into major companies that employ hundreds.

So, what's your big idea?

Entrepreneurship Features

follow you, follow me: the social media mavens we can't get enough of

In Cleveland’s ever-evolving social media community, there is a wide variety of contributors to the civic dialogue. We've complied a list of some of our favorite voices -- a mix of up-and-comers and seasoned vets from different corners of the web who are using their blogs, podcasts and Twitter feeds to give the city a voice.

the next must-live cleveland neighborhood is...

Larchmere Boulevard might just be Cleveland’s best-kept secret. This classic commercial strip has never earned the attention of Coventry, W. 25th Street or East 4th Street, but it offers one of the best examples of a “complete” neighborhood in the region, chock full of retail and residential within a walkable, transit-friendly neighborhood.

stack the deck: tips from the pros on what makes a great sales pitch

Thanks to a bevy of new accelerators and incubators -- all grooming startups to be the Next Big Thing -- the art of the pitch is more important now than ever. Whether it’s a casual elevator pitch or an intense 20-minute address to potential investors, there are some definite dos and don’ts to giving an effective pitch.

5th street arcades welcomes a windfall of new retail

As recently as last year, the Colonial and Euclid Arcades downtown suffered from 40 percent vacancy. But oh, how fortunes have changed. The once-moribund properties, rebranded as 5th Street Arcades, have gone from half-empty to almost full. Fresh Water photographer Bob Perkoski spent some time in the arcades window shopping with his camera.

high school entrepreneur programs are molding tomorrow's titans of business

Tomorrow's economy-boosting titans are today's middle and high school students, and there's no good reason to make them wait until college or later to start honing their business acumen. Fortunately, area programs aimed at would-be high school entrepreneurs are providing experience that will serve them well regardless their future paths.
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adam fleischer

adam fleischer

City: Cleveland Heights

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bill ayars

bill ayars

City: Cleveland

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lynlee altman

lynlee altman

City: MidTown

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mark kohoot

mark kohoot

City: Downtown

Meet Mark Kohoot, founder of Aeroscena LLC, a Cleveland company with three employees that develops Ascents clinical aromatherapy.

alec mcclennan

alec mcclennan

City: Emerging Neighborhoods

Meet Alec McClennan, founder of Good Nature Organic Lawn Care, a Cleveland landscaping company with 25 employees.

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