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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

Chef Eric Rogers

Local Chef fires up brand, gives back to communities

From Cajun-Creole eats to fresh juices, chef entrepreneur Eric Rogers is taking his "Fix" brand to the next level and beyond while keeping it all in the 216.

Owner Debbie Brink of Pure Enchantment

Local: seven all natural beauty product lines

Beard balms, sugar scrubs, essential oils and bath bombs — that's just for starters in this go-to roundup of handcrafted personal care products developed, made and sold in Northeast Ohio.  

Old City Libations

Cleveland insider: the real story behind Old City Libations

While Cleveland Hustles rocked the little screen, what played out behind the scenes as Old City Libations rose in Gordon Square was a story long in the making and not always soft as soda pop.  

Tracey Halvorsen and Amy Goldberg at graduation 1993

A look back: two CIA grads reflect on their time in Cleveland – a 'well made place'

Two Cleveland Institute of Art graduates took the lessons they learned in the 216, became pioneers in web design and now helm one of Inc.'s fastest growing companies.

Slavic Village Recovery Project - after image

Cleveland insider: a clear solution in the war against blight

Ridding the city streets of zombies—long abandoned vacant properties—has become one local entrepreneur's ongoing battle. His fiercest weapon is a product that literally changes the face of foreclosure.
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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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