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julie and shawn warren

Meet Julie and Shawn Warren, founders of Erie Design, a family-owned and operated sign company in Lakewood.

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Erie Design

lynde vespoli

Meet Lynde Vespoli, founder of Discover My Cleveland, a destination management company with nine part-time tour directors and one fulltime employee.

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todd pownell

Meet Todd Pownell, owner of TAP by Todd Pownell, a designer jewelry firm in Midtown with a team of four.

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fred geis

Meet Fred Geis, founder of Geis Companies, a northeast Ohio design/build company with 140 employees.

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geis companies

autumn skoczen

Meet Autumn Skoczen, founder of Auts Tipse Treats, a Broadview Heights maker of the first-ever cupcake shot.

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jennifer coleman

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

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joan soskin + lauren wyeth

Meet Joan Soskin and Lauren Wyeth, co-founders of Lufthouse, a 2014 Flashstarts accelerator company.

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stephen mchale

Meet Stephen McHale, founder of Explorys, an innovation spinoff from Cleveland Clinic with 130 employees that provides the healthcare industry with a secure, cloud-based analytics platform.

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jeff battershell

Meet Jeff Battershell, founder of Keepin’ it Fresh, an embroidered product company that focuses on water conservation and the brewery industry.

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lauren steiner

Meet Lauren Steiner, founder of Grants Plus, a fundraising consulting firm with 14 employees.

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Grants Plus

kurt rote

Meet Kurt Rote, founder of Western Oncolytics, a developer of novel cancer therapies.

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moty avisar and alon geri

Meet Moty Avisar and Alon Geri, co-founders of Surgical Theater, which applies flight simulation technology to brain surgery. 

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chuck herman

Meet Chuck Herman, founder of Specialty Fitness Equipment, a fitness equipment sales company in Bedford Heights with three employees.

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steve demoulpied

Meet Steve deMoulpied, founder of PrestoFresh Grocery Delivery, a Cleveland Heights online grocer with 10 employees and plans to expand to 15-20 shortly. 

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carolyn klosowsky

Meet Carolyn Klosowsky, co-founder of Frugal Fortune, a Lakewood shop with two employees that sells fine vintage and antiques, quality pre-owned, and handmade items. 

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frugal fortune

doug bell

Meet Doug Bell, co-founder of Global Prairie, an organization with 20 employees in Cleveland.that has a simple idea: Do great work for clients so that Global Prairie can do good work in the world. 

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Global Prairie

ann king

Meet Ann King, founder of BORROW Rentals, a custom rental house for unique furniture and accessories in Cleveland with four employees. 

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Borrow Rentals

eric bockmuller

Meet Eric Bockmuller, founder of Tackk, a Cleveland company with a graphic design website that allows anyone to create anything.

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adam fleischer

Meet Adam Fleischer, co-founder of the Wine Spot in Cleveland Heights, a fine wine and craft beer destination.

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The Wine Spot

bill ayars

Meet Bill Ayars, co-founder of Perspectus Architecture, a full-service planning and architectural design firm in Shaker Square with eight principals and 36 employees. 

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lynlee altman

Meet Lynlee Altman, founder of Pinnacle Construction, a general contractor that specializes in unique, complex and safety-critical construction.

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mark kohoot

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

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alec mcclennan

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

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jon stahl

Meet Jon Stahl, founder of LeanDog, which designs and delivers high quality software and helps clients create continual improvement cultures.

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leandog, inc.

terry frick

Meet Terry Frick, founder of  Frickaccio’s Pizza Market in the West Side Market and Fairview. Frickaccio’s is the maker of the Famous Pizza Bagel, better known as the Pizagle.

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deej lincoln

Meet James "Deej" Lincoln, founder of Reclaimed Cleveland, a retail and custom furnishings company in Midtown.

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lindsay sims

Meet Lyndsay Sims, founder of Renter’s BOOM, which helps property managers develop a sound social media strategy and a plan of execution.

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renters boom

kevin goodman

Meet Kevin Goodman,managing director of business development partner and one of the original seven employeesof BlueBridge Networks, a leading total technology solutions provider in Cleveland with 15 employees and more than 30 contract employees.

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tim miller

Meet Tim Miller, founder of Abeona Therapeutics LLC, which develops gene therapy for potential cures for children with rare genetic diseases. 

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ryan clark

Meet Ryan Clark, founder of Knowta, a Shaker Heights company with three employees and five board members that provides free print services in universities and public libraries.

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anthony stedillie

Meet Anthony Stedillie, founder of CompassMD, a Beachwood-based creator of a software platform that matches individuals and doctors based on compatibility.

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tom lix

Meet Tom Lix, founder of Cleveland Whiskey.

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greg goodrich

Meet Greg Goodrich, founder of Cleveland Beer Cellars.

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mary w. farrell

Meet Mary W. Farrell, founder of Cherub’s Blanket, a home-based business in Shaker Heights that sells organic cotton baby blankets and baby clothes.

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eugene malinskiy

Meet Eugene Malinskiy, founder of DragonID, a healthcare innovation and design company in Shaker Heights with about 10 employees. 

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kelli klus

Meet Kelli Klus, founder of Swell Skin, a Cleveland-based manufacturer of a skin healing, face treatment skin care line with two employees. 

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Swell Skin

bill trainor and wayne wallace

Meet Bill Trainor and Wayne Wallace, founders of Mutual Capital Partners Funds (MCPF), a two-person venture funds firm in Cleveland.

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jewels johnson

Meet Jewels Johnson, founder of Sugar Plum Cake Company, a web-based custom order bakery with four employees that specializes in creating delectable goodies from scratch.

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ryan o'donnell

Meet Ryan O’Donnell, founder of Sociagram, a cloud-based video communication platform with four employees.

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rich rodman

Meet Rich Rodman, founder of Crowdentials, a company with five employees in Cleveland that makes regulatory compliance software for the JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) Act. 

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scott maloney

Meet Scott Maloney, founder of K2M Design, a high-growth entrepreneurial architecture firm with 38 employees.

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K2M Design

rachel downey

Meet Rachel Downey, founder of Studio Graphique, a brand development and design firm on Shaker Square with nine employees. 

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c. ethan smith

Meet C. Ethan Smith, founder of Roads Ahead et al, an apparel company based in East Cleveland with one employee.

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debbie donley

Meet Debbie Donley, founder of Vocon, an architectural firm with more than 120 employees in its Cleveland and New York offices.

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tami schneider

Meet Tami Schneider, founder of Cleveland Yoga, a yoga studio with locations in Beachwood and University Circle with four full-time employees, 21 part-time employees and 21 independent contractor teachers. 

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Cleveland Yoga

trevor shaw

Meet Trevor Shaw, founder of Barkudo, a mobile marketing company with three employees.

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ariane kirkpatrick

Meet Ariane Kirkpatrick, founder of AKA Construction Management Team, Inc., a construction company and commercial cleaning company with 47 employees.

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chan q. wang

Meet Dr. Chan Q. Wang, founder of Zuga Medical, a bio-tech company with four employees.

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Zuga Medical

scott kim

Meet Scott Kim, founder of Accent, a restaurant in University Circle.

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tammy wise

Meet Tammy Wise, founder of WISECHAPTER3, which helps businesses move from organic to deliberate growth.

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anne van hauwaert

Meet Anne van Hauwaert, founder of Anne van H. Boutique.

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kendall embrescia

Meet Kendall Embrescia, founder of Squirt & Skootch, an offbeat stationery company.

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tom embrescia

Meet Tom Embrescia, founder of Second Generation, Ltd. and .JOBS.

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sam kinkopf

Meet Sam Kinkopf, founder of Frisson Media.

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Frisson Media

jillian neimeister

Meet Jillian Neimeister, co-founder of Birdtown CrossFit in Lakewood.

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bruce bolton

Meet Bruce Bolton, founder of CourseBuffet in downtown Cleveland.

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matt wilhelm

Meet Matt Wilhelm, founder of enCompass Group in Tyler Village.

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jack bialosky

Meet Jack Bialosky, Sr., founder of Bialosky and Partners Architects.

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felice pierce

Meet Felice Pierce, founder of Revolve Fashion.

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joe pulizzi

Meet Joe Pulizzi, founder of the Content Marketing Institute.

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ryan anderson

Meet Ryan Anderson, co-founder of Anderson|Biro.

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jason therrien

Meet Jason Therrien, founder of thunder::tech.

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jeremy flack

Meet Jeremy Flack, founder of Flack Steel.

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Flack Steel

james gasparatos

Meet James Gasparatos, founder of  Gigfinity.

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laura bennett

Meet Laura Bennett, co-founder of Embrace Pet Insurance.

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jim hickey

Meet Jim Hickey, founder of Arras Keathley, a strategic brand development and marketing communications firm.

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Arras Keathley

brian stone

Meet Brian Stone, founder of Two Ravens Fencing School.

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steve presser

Meet Steve Presser, founder of Big Fun Toy Store in Cleveland Heights and Cleveland.

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anne hubben

Meet Anne Hubben, a creative career coach and recruiter.

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rick pollack

Meet Rick Pollack, founder of  MakerGear.

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emmett mcdermott

Meet Emmett McDermott, founder of 12five9, a web design firm in Ohio City.

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nan webb

Meet Nan Webb, founder of Murray Hill Bolt & Spool.

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mark goren

Meet Mark Goren, founder of Point to Point.

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Point to Point

kathleen colan

Meet Kathleen Colan founder of Your Story Social LLC.

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dawn hanson

Meet Dawn Hanson, founder of the Fairmount Group.

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patrick walker

Meet Patrick Walker, founder of 4Walls.

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dave lazor

Meet Dave Lazor, founder and CEO of Lazorpoint.

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todd goldstein

Meet Todd Goldstein, co-founder of LaunchHouse.

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john c. williams

Meet John C. Williams, founder of Process Creative Studios.

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dan t. moore

Meet Dan T. Moore, founder of the Dan T. Moore Co., parent company to 14 manufacturing companies.

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brandt evans

Meet Brandt Evans, founder of Pura Vida in Public Square.

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steve manka

Meet Steve Manka, founder of Manka Design Studio, a public art firm in Midtown.

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gordon daily

Meet Gordon Daily, founder of BoxCast.

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lissette rivera

Meet Lissette Rivera, founder of SafeCare, a monitoring agency of healthcare workers.

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chris anna sterling

Meet Chris Anna Sterling, co-founder of Luscious Verde.

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joelle prochera

Meet Joelle Prochera, founder of Coach Joelle, Inc., a life and executive coach.

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werner minshall

Meet Werner Minshall, founder of Minshall Stewart Properties.

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yuval brisker

Meet Yuval Brisker, founder of TOA Technologies.

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stephanie sheldon

Meet Stephanie Sheldon, founder of Parfait, Indie Foundry, and Kiss and Bite.

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jill akins

Meet Jill Akins, founder of Van Auken Akins Architects LLC.

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andy halko

Meet Andy Halko, founder of Insivia.

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carlton jackson

Meet Carlton Jackson, co-founder of Tunnel Vision Hoops.

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tim smith

Meet Tim Smith, founder of Community Greenhouse Partners.

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jeff friedman

Meet Jeff Friedman, founder of Webtego, a web development company.

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aaron lemieux

Meet Aaron LeMieux, founder of Tremont Electric.

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gene groys

Meet Gene Groys, founder of OnShift.

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megan jenny

Meet Megan Jenny, founder of The Cleveland Cupcake Company.

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sharie renee

Meet Sharie Renee, founder of Cosmic Bobbins.

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Cosmic Bobbins

lori devore

Meet Lori DeVore, founder of DeVore Technologies.

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brian willse

Meet Brian Willse, founder of Boondock Walker, a brand strategy firm in Cleveland.

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Boondock Walker

christine lobas

Meet Christine Lobas, founder of Studiothink.

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kazell pugh

Meet Kazell Pugh, founder of TLC Springwater.

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TLC Springwater

kirk zehnder

Meet Kirk Zehnder, president and CEO of Earnest Machine.

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Earnest Machine

sherri foxman

Meet Sherri Foxman, founder of Party411 Events.

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Party 411

shelley freed

Meet Shelley Freed, co-founder of Ashton Business Solutions.

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michelle martin

Meet Michelle Martin, founder of Insight Learning and Wellness Center.

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connie and mike ozan

Meet Connie and Mike Ozan, co-founders of TWIST Creative, a design agency in Ohio City.

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TWIST Creative

julia briggs

Meet Julia Briggs, founder of Blue Star Design.

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trevor clatterbuck

Meet Trevor Clatterbuck, founder of Fresh Fork Market.

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Mike Belsito

Meet Mike Belsito, co-founder of eFuneral.

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Kim Metheny

Meet Kim Metheny, owner of Metheny Weir, a decorative painting company.

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Lisa Dunn

Meet Lisa Dunn, owner of Revive Store, a fair-trade retailer in Cleveland Heights and Lyndhurst.

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Mike Kaplan

Meet Mike Kaplan, founder of the Glass Bubble Project, a glass blowing studio in Ohio City

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Jon Snyder

Jon Snyder is founder, president and CEO of Neuros Medical. The Willoughby firm's platform technology,  Electrical Nerve Block, is focused on eliminating chronic pain in a variety of applications.

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Neuros Medical

Charity D'Amato

Meet Charity D’Amato, founder of Chartreuse, a design studio.

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Dave Umina

Meet Dave Umina, founder of, a food delivery service.

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Doug Hardman

Meet Doug Hardman, founder and CEO of SparkBase, a loyalty marketing program for merchants.

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Claude Kennard

Claude Kennard is founder of Metaloy, which is inventing processes that allow the refining industry to re-use some of its chemical by-products, saving both money and the environment.

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David Allen Moss

David Allen Moss is the Founder of MossMedia, a Cleveland-based collaborative of creative and technical talent that specializes in brand strategy, content creation, interactive design, and media production.

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Bob Schmidt

Bob Schmidt is the founder of Orbital Research, whose core technologies are aerodynamic controls and microdevices for the aerospace, defense, transportation, medical, and wind turbine industries.

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Johnny Wu

Meet Johnny Wu, founder of Media Design Imaging (MDI), a branding and video production firm.

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christopher clark, sunflower solutions

Christopher Clark is founder of Sunflower Solutions, a company that brings advanced energy to the developing world.

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Jason Therrien

Jason Therrien founded Thunder Tech while still in college. Today it is a leading integrated marketing agency that combines advertising, public relations, design and digital marketing under one roof. Clients include mid-market to Fortune 1000 firms in both B2B and B2C categories.

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Thunder Tech

David Stack

MusicStack is an online marketplace where record stores list their inventory of records and CDs for sale. Consumers can easily search the website for rare and hard-to-find items they have been looking for. MusicStack currently aggregates the inventory of over 1,100 record stores from all over the world, or approximately 25 million titles.

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ashish roy

Ocular Concepts is an integrated marketing and design company that specializes in strategically creative marketing solutions that effectively connect with clients’ sales processes and business objectives.

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Ocular Concepts

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