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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

The Dealership

The Dealership partners with ECDI, expands a unique local resource

The Economic and Community Development Institute has teamed up with The Dealership to offer an array of programming, co-working and financial services to area businesses and the Shaker Heights community at large.  

Air Force personnel may make use of sweat sensor tech produced by the HPHS COE.

OFRN projects highlight a bright future for Ohio's tech-based economy

Several projects at the Ohio Federal Research Network's centers of excellence are already showing great promise in creating jobs and generating research dollars throughout the state.

The Putzfrau

Q & A: Frank Samsel

The founder of Samsel Supply in the Flats chats about his days as a pioneer in the effort to clean up the Cuyahoga River.

Ruth Dennis puzzle

First person: piecing together a singular Cleveland story

Two mysterious jigsaw puzzles led Fresh Water editor Erin O'Brien down a curious path that ultimately concluded right back in the 216.

Chuck Perez of TRD Leather

Motorcycle dreams part three: leather heaven

In this last installment of a series that takes a closer look at motorcycle dreams, Cleveland style, we meet Chuck Perez, whose handcrafted CLE-made leather goods garner national attention — call that the real deal.
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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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