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Constantino's pick-up and delivery service caters to busy downtown lifestyles

Almost a year ago, Constantino’s Market COO Andrew Revy began planning for a pick-up and delivery service at its Warehouse District location. The market, which has been a downtown presence for 10 years, wanted to find a way to serve its busy customers with an easy way to get basic groceries, stock up for a party, or simply get dinner on the go.

“Everybody needs to eat, but people don’t have time to do shopping,” says Revy. “This is all about ease and lifestyle. We have such busy lives, this has been a driving need.”

A week-and-a-half ago, Constantino’s Warehouse District launched its Fast & Fresh program, which offers online ordering with in-store pickup or delivery within a five mile radius. Users can place an order online and a personal shopper will fulfill the order. The five miles extends west to Lakewood and east to University Circle. “It’s not like if you’re two feet out of the radius we won’t deliver,” Revy says. “We’re flexible.”

If the services go well in the Warehouse District store, Revy says Constantino’s plans to expand the services to its University Circle store and eventually deliver to all of Cuyahoga County.

The service is aimed at Constantino’s existing customer base, which includes the downtown resident population and the workforce.  “Everything you would need, whether it’s milk, eggs and bread or if you’re having a party and need beer and wine and snacks, it’s straightforward shopping,” says Revy. “Everything in the store is available for delivery.”

Delivery and pick-up service is available Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Pickup hours are between 5pm and 7pm, delivery is between 6pm and 8pm. There is a $20 minimum for orders. The delivery fee is $5 or 10 percent, whichever is greater. Orders over $150 receive free delivery. The first delivery or pick-up is free.

Local artists plan for a creative community in Cleveland Heights

Shannon Morris has always been an artist. “Ever since I was little I was very creative and resourceful with materials,” she says. Morris first entered a darkroom at age 13, went to NYU for photography and today works in a variety of media and writes her blog, Electric Belle, from her Cleveland Heights home.
 
But like most creative types, Morris craved inspiration and collaboration from other artists. So in February, she started Artful, a movement to create an affordable space for local artists to come together and create, collaborate and sell their works.
 
“I’ve been thinking about this for years, to create a creative environment,” she says. “Ideally it will be studio space, a gallery space, retail and flex space. Art is supposed to be an outlet. Artists would feed off each other and share.”
 
Artful would be open to all artists. Rent will depend on the space Morris finds, but she plans to keep it affordable. She has been looking at spaces around the east side, but would like to locate in Cleveland Heights. “It just feels like Cleveland Heights is what the place is about,” she says. “We need this in Cleveland Heights because we have many artists and there is no affordable studio space. We have lots of empty buildings and a population that is deeply connected to the arts.”
 
Eventually Morris would like to add an educational element to Artful. “We would ramp up to a place to host events and education,” she explains. “Especially as the arts are dwindling in our schools, this could be a place where kids can go.”
 
Within two weeks of creating a group Facebook page, 140 people had joined Artful. Today, there are close to 160 members. Morris has been touring different vacant spaces, and has solicited advice from Artful followers for their ideas and advice about creating a business plan.
 
Last Sunday she hosted a meeting to discuss ideas for a space and ideas on how Artful can become a thriving part of the Cleveland Heights community. “The energy of the meeting was electric,” says Morris. Artists in all mediums attended, as well as local business owners, residents of all ages and business people willing to help out with the cause. Cleveland Heights city planners and Future Heights have also gotten involved.

British firm partners with CWRU to combat HIV drug resistance, opens hub in Health-Tech Corridor

Population Genetics Technologies (PGT), a Cambridge, UK-based biotech company that develops tests for infectious disease diagnostic tests, has chosen CWRU’s Miguel Quiñones-Mateu, assistant professor in the department of pathology and scientific director of the University Hospitals Translational Laboratory, to help develop diagnostic tests to determine HIV drug resistance for use in clinical management of HIV positive patients.
 
Over time, HIV patients develop resistance to different treatments and medication must be changed. “These tests are an important management tool because HIV is a chronic infection that is never quite cleared from the blood,” explains Alan Schafer, CEO of PGT. “The virus mutates very rapidly every few years and their bodies develop resistance. We need to [develop] tests so physicians have much better information about which drugs to prescribe.”
 
PGT developed its tests based on proprietary technology, called VeriTag, which enhances the sensitivity of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS). While NGS allows for precise detections of disease resistance mutations, VeriTag detects mutations at even more precise level, making patient care and drug choices much easier and effective.
 
Schafer says PGT chose Quiñones-Mateu because of his reputation and work in understanding drug resistant viruses, including transmission and pathogenicity studies. “Miguel Quinones-Mateu is one of the world leaders in this area, really at the forefront, so we knew that he would be the best person to work with,” says Schafer. “We had enthusiastic discussions of what we could each bring to the table and it worked out to be a perfect fit. We’ll be working together in close collaboration.”
 
Schafer, who is originally from Los Angeles, was so impressed with Cleveland’s support of early stage businesses, in particular from BioEnterprise, that PGT will open offices in the Baker Electric Building in the Health-Tech Corridor. The offices will become PGT’s US operations hub and used to support the development and commercialization of the company’s portfolio of advanced diagnostic and testing kits for infectious diseases.  
 
 “As I learned more about the expertise that exists in Ohio, in Cleveland, it became clear this is where we should grow our business and take out products to market,” he says. There’s a fantastic support network for early stage businesses.”
 
While places like Boston and San Diego typically come to mind in the biotech world, Schafer sees Cleveland as having advantages over the coasts. “You’ve got all the pieces and there’s a feeling of growing and a feeling of a biotech ecosystem,” he says. “I can come with my little company and feel like I can attract good people to work in the lab.”

Cleveland Clinic Innovations, NASA form partnership to bring new tech to market, create jobs

The Cleveland Clinic and NASA Glenn Research Center have often worked together for the past 15 years on solving the problems astronauts face in space.

“We have a small but very impressive group solving astronaut health issues,” says John Sankovic, director of technology, incubation and innovation at NASA Glenn and the center’s chief technology officer. “We solve problems like how do we generate IV fluids and medications to treat astronauts during space flights or improve exercise. A lot of that work has been done at the Cleveland Clinic.” 

Earlier this month, Cleveland Clinic Innovations (CCI) and NASA Glenn officially came together in a partnership to develop products useful both on Earth and in outer space. The two organizations will now work together on Glen's  technologies to see how they can be applied to healthcare and perhaps create new businesses.

“This is a new effort at taking technologies and opening up our portfolio, and through a different lens looking at how to apply them to the biotech arena,” says Sankovic. “It’s research and technology for the benefit of all.”

In addition to the partnership with CCI, the commercial development arm of the Clinic, NASA Glenn will also join CCI’s Global Healthcare Innovations Alliance, which is a worldwide network of healthcare systems, academic institutions and corporate partners.

“The Clinic has a longstanding relationship with NASA in looking for a way to help with our shared vision of helping others,” says Brian Kolonick, general manager of the Healthcare Innovations Alliance. “There are a lot of resources going on over at Glenn and they have a lot of ideas that they’re using. There’s a way to find an intersection that may translate into helping patients here on land.”

Together, NASA Glenn and CCI expect new spinoff companies, and ultimately jobs, to come out of the partnership. “We’re really excited about what Innovations has been doing,” says Kolonick. “We’re at the forefront of looking at new business and turning these into products. We’re just getting started. NASA will assign someone to work with us directly, get to know us and see the work we do. They have a portfolio of patents available for licensing for any business.”

Nottingham Spirk, think[box] partnership will inspire innovation, bring products to market

A partnership between product design innovation firm  Nottingham Spirk and CWRU’s think[box] is designed to both inspire new inventions and bring existing ideas to fruition. CWRU announced late last month that Nottingham Spirk, known for creations like the Dirt Devil vacuum and the SpinBrush toothbrush, will work with Case faculty and students on the first floor of the new think[box] facility, scheduled to open in the fall.

The partnership was announced by John Nottingham and John Spirk, both Cleveland Institute of Art graduates, at Case’s Engineering Week banquet on February 26, during which they were the keynote speakers.
 
The idea is to build on Nottingham Spirk’s reputation for creating innovative products in the consumer and medical device fields by helping faculty members, and eventually students, fully develop their own ideas.
 
“We’re creating a partnership in innovation that they can see what the faculty are doing and what might be applicable to their work,” explains Jeff Duerk, dean of the engineering school. “They’ll be brainstorming how to take them to the next level. Nottingham Spirk is the premier design and innovation company in the United States. They’re like Reese’s Cups – they bring things together in such an obvious way. This is about how to take high-quality concepts and bring them to market faster.”
 
Bill Nottingham calls think[box] the “nexus” between Case’s seven schools and the CIA. “The greatest thing that can happen is we work together to promote more successes,” he says. “Hearing about think[box] and what they are doing to promote innovation, and hearing about the startups going on right down the hill from us, it’s really exciting.”
 
Nottingham sees the potential between the two organizations as unlimited. “There are going to be disruptive innovations that come out of think[box] based on the CWRU and Nottingham Spirk collaboration,” he says. “Our success is only as good as our relationships.”
 
The details of programs with students under the partnership have yet to be worked out, says Duerk, but should be soon.
 
  

Great Lakes Neurotechnologies offers 'crash course in biomedical engineering' for HS students

Great Lakes NeuroTechnologies (GLNT), which develops biomedical technologies for research, education, and medical communities, wants to introduce high school students to the many careers available in biomedical engineering. So the company is hosting a “Crash Course in Biomedical Engineering” on Wednesday, April 1st from 4 pm to 6:30 pm at its Valley View Offices.

“We recognize that biomedical engineering is just a huge area of growth, it’s just booming,” says Lori Grimm, marketing manager for GLNT. “It’s a vast field and people may not know just what it’s about, so we’re launching this course to give people an idea.”

GLNT researchers and engineers will lead discussions in a five areas: medical device development; biomedical research; software programming; product manufacturing; and biomedical career paths. While targeted at high school seniors, the event of open to all high school students. Students will also have the chance to talk to the speakers.

"We want to educate seniors in biomedical engineering to inspire them to move on and explore careers in the field,” says Grim. “Lots of kids hear ‘biomedical engineering’ and it sounds intimidating. But actually, it’s s really exciting field.”

Grim admits the motivation is somewhat “selfish” on GLNT’s part, as the hope is that the event will attract students to the field and in turn bring more qualified applicants to the Cleveland area. “Some areas, like research, we don’t have much of a problem,” says Grim, adding that GLNT just hired four new researchers. “But software engineers, that’s a little bit tougher.”

The program is also part of GLNT’s ongoing mission to give back to the community and educate students on STEM subjects. Additionally, the company gives away two $1,000 scholarships annually to Northeast Ohio high school seniors planning on studying biomedical engineering in college.

The Crash Course event is free, but registration is required by March 23. Contact Sara Rini to register or for more information. The application deadline for the scholarships is April 30. 

Local furniture designers gain national notice in Spike TV's 'Framework' finale

For the past 10 weeks, Northeast Ohio furniture designers Jason Radcliffe and Freddy Hill have competed against 12 other contestants on Spike TV’s furniture design-build reality competition “Framework.” The two made it all the way to the show’s finale. 
 
Ultimately, Hill placed second last night and Radcliffe placed third. Jory Brigham from San Luis Obispo, CA won the competition, taking home the $100,000 prize, $20,000 worth of tools from Ace Hardware and a chance to have a line of furniture with CB2.
 
Jason RadcliffeRadcliffe, owner of custom furniture design company 44 Steel and founder of the Cleveland furniture show The F*Sho, and Hill, owner of Freddy Hill Designs AKA the Bomb Factory Furniture in Lakewood, have known each other for years and have collaborated on projects together in Cleveland. The fact that they came together on “Framework,” and both made it to the finale, was a coincidence.
 
“Freddy and I work together all the time,” says Radcliffe. “He’s a great woodworker and I’m a great steel worker. Basically if he needed a steel item I did it for him and if I needed a wood item he did it for me.”
 
But the two each took different routes on the show. Radcliffe played the straight and narrow. Hill, however, earned a reputation for being a jerk. “I’m a real prick, but I’m not the person you see on the show,” says Hill. “I never criticized anyone’s character but I didn’t shy away from criticizing people’s work. It I thought it stunk, I told them. It really worked by the end, but it was a character. When they would call ‘cut’ I’d walk up and smack someone on the shoulder and say, ‘Hey, great job.’”
 
Both Hill and Radcliffe say the show was taxing. “It was grueling,” says Radcliffe. “We were running around, all stressed out, working against a clock and then you hurry up and wait. I was living on Red Bull and Coke. Halfway through, I thought, 'I’m done with this. I don’t care anymore.' I’d been married for two months and I wanted to go home.”
 
Freddy HillHill felt the same. "It was a miserable experience, to be honest,” he says. “You’re overworked, eating terrible food and stressed out. Two weeks into it, a piece of bone broke in my jaw and I had to have emergency surgery. I had won the first two, then plummeted to the bottom on the next three. It was not enjoyable. It was just hard.”
 
But dreams of putting Cleveland on the map for furniture design kept both Radcliffe and Hill going all the way to the finale. “One thing Cleveland does well is very honestly display industrial design,” explains Hill. “Environment is going to influence you to some degree. It’s a great time to be a designer in Cleveland.”
 
Now that the “Framework” is over, Radcliffe is busy promoting a Los Angeles version of his F*SHO, the LA*SHO, which will feature many of his competitors on the show, including Hill, and designers on HGTV’s “Ellen’s Design Challenge.”
 
Back in Cleveland, Radcliffe created the annual F*SHO to showcase up-and-coming fabricators, designers, companies and students in the area. “It’s bringing new light to what people are doing in Cleveland, bringing makers to light,” he explains. The location changes each year. “It’s always a random, obscure, usually abandoned building. It brings to light a space in need of a home. It brings to light the space of the building itself.”
 
Radcliffe held a finale watch party at Kenilworth Tavern in Lakewood. His work can be found around the region in places like Lola BistroTrentina and Lilly Chocolates. His furniture is for sale at New York’s ABC Carpet + Home, and online retailer Rypen. One of Radcliffe’s most popular pieces is the mouse desk, which Madonna purchased.

While Hill's work is mostly on commission, it can also  be purchased at Wine & Design in Tremont and Hazel Tree Interiors in Akron. He also has a handbag business and sells them at NOTO in Akron. Hill's work is featured in Tremont's Studio Le Beau and Akron's Nuevo restaurant. One of Radcliffe's and Hill's many collaborative efforts include the tables upstairs at the Ohio City Mitchell's Ice Cream.
 
Hill is also working on a project in California with Brigham. The two watched the finale together.

Community Financial Centers aim to help Clevelanders achieve financial security

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress wants Clevelanders to have a better understanding of their finances. So, in partnership with Charter One and other local organizations, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress will now offer individualized financial planning and management services through its Community Financial Centers.

“While Cleveland has a lot of programs, none of them support the needs really well,” explains Cleveland Neighborhood Progress vice president of economic opportunity Evelyn Burnett. “We wanted to give them something that addressed the quality issue.”
 
Community Financial Centers are built around the premise that all residents, regardless of income, deserve high quality financial coaching and counseling services. Services focus on financial planning, budget management, savings, credit building and planning for the future.

CFC aims to offer Cleveland residents a leg up towards financial stability. Cleveland remains one of the poorest cities in the country despite our improving national reputation. Many of our citizens suffer from financial insecurity that stands in sharp contrast to the near-constant stream of positive news coming out of downtown. 

"We don’t do cash advances. We aren’t a predatory lender," states the CFC website. "We aren’t even a bank. We’re a team of financial managers, collectively dedicated to helping individuals take better control of their finances. That means we aren’t here to take advantage of you or sell you something—we’re here to answer your questions, and provide you the resources you need to bring more financial stability into your life."

"CFC's services are different because we commit ourselves to individual success, and we’ll do everything we can to help you change your financial situation for the better."

The financial centers will be staffed by people with strong financial planning backgrounds who know how to navigate the different areas of managing money. People at all income levels with just about any financial concern – whether it’s retirement planning or paying the rent on time each month -- can benefit from the centers. “It’s all about relationships,” says Burnett. “It’s built around trust and we will navigate the financial road with you.”

“More than half of the adult population in the U.S. could benefit from better financial advice to improve their money management,” said Joel Ratner, CEO of Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, in a release. “By offering programs and services targeted to residents with different levels of financial knowledge in convenient settings such as their employer or neighborhood library, we feel that we can reach more people and make a real impact on their financial future.”
 
Initially, the Community Financial Centers and the advisors will be housed through employers and non-profit organizations. The Cleveland Public Library is the first institution to incorporate a center for its employees. The City of Cleveland was also an early supporter of the Community Financial Centers. Funders include Saint Luke’s FoundationCuyahoga Community CollegeUnited Way of Greater ClevelandJP Morgan ChaseWoodforest National Bank and Third Federal Foundation.
 
The service is free. Individuals who want to make an appointment can do so on the Community Financial Centers website.

LendULink helps parents secure college loans at better rates

As a business student at Ohio State, Steve Muszynski began thinking about the loans his parents had taken to pay for his college education, and his sister’s schooling before him. While the loans were paid back and Muszynski’s parents had planned for them, it made him start thinking about how parents pay for their kids’ eduation.

Muszynski graduated and went to work for General Electric’s financial management program. But he kept thinking about the struggles parents and students go through to pay back the trillions of dollars in student loans taken out each year.
 
“The interest rate on college loans is about nine percent,” says Muszynski. “Only 11 percent of households have savings for college and 42 percent of households are saving in a regular bank account.”
 
Muszynski started thinking that there had to be a better way to pay for college. He did just that when he formed LendULink in 2013. “Two years ago I left GE wondering, if a lender knew you’d pay back your loan, would you get a better rate,” he says. He formed the company, enrolled in Bizdom’s accelerator program and has been growing LendULink ever since.
 
LendULink offers the only college savings account in the country that pre-qualifies households for low interest rate future college loans.
 
LendULink offers two deposit-model savings programs. Participants make monthly deposits -- $300 for the two-year program and $500 for the one-year program – to pre-qualify for a low interest rate on a college loan. Savers must keep a minimum balance in the account, but they can access their money at any time otherwise.
 
While there are government 529 accounts – tax-free government college savings accounts – the money can’t be touched if you need it. “529s are recognized as the best way to save for a child’s college education, and I agree,” says Muszynski. But 529s are most effective if parents start when the kids are young. LendULink’s programs are designed for parents who start saving in their kids’ teen years.
 
“We’re the only program geared toward the parents who are saving when the kids are in high school,” says Muszynski. “Business has been good, but with challenges because we are really pioneering a new space: when the kid is in high school, parents are having that ‘oh crap’ moment. Our target is to help parents pay for college education.”
 
Muszysnki admits it’s been a challenge finding banks for the program, but he says at least a couple of banks are coming on in the next month, with even more by the end of the year. He says demand from investors has been high and LendULink is popular in the credit unions.
 
LendULink recently received a $25,000 grant from The Innovation Fund, which awards money to technology-based entrepreneurial businesses in Northeast Ohio. “We will be using the funds for technology development on our CollegePricer product, which projects out a user’s future financial aid package for almost any college using a user’s own financial circumstances,” says Muszynski. “This tool will really help families compare the true cost of college.”

Students compete for prize money, showcase their businesses at annual Demo Day

When Malia Minarik, a junior at Magnificat High School, took Deborah Barlow’s Metals and Jewelry class last year, she found she had a knack for making jewelry. She gave a ring she made to her friend, Alexis Schweibinz, who was learning about entrepreneurship at the school. “She loved it,” recalls Minarik of her gift to Schweibinz.
 
By Thanksgiving break, Minarik had taught Schweibinz metal arts and the two had decided to make a business of their craft with ASMM Jewelry and Metal Arts. The pair target their classmates, setting up a table during their lunch periods and relying on word of mouth. “We’re aimed at high school students because we are affordable,” says Minarik.
 
ASMM Jewelry will be among 10 high school competitors in the Veale Foundation Youth Entrepreneurship Forum’s annual Demo Day at LaunchHouse this Thursday, March 5. The 10 businesses will present their business plans in front of judges, peers, family and supporters to compete for a $1,000 grand prize.
 
The Veale Foundation started the annual business plan competition four years ago as part of its mission to foster and promote entrepreneurship in high schools around Northeast Ohio. “It’s been a great run so far,” says executive director Cynthia Bailie. “We’re always looking to bring entrepreneurship opportunities to the schools.”
 
Thursday’s event is among area independent schools, and the competing companies are at various stages of development. The Veale Foundation holds a similar event in May with Youth Opportunities Unlimited’s  E-CITY (Entrepreneurship Connecting, inspiring and Teaching Youth) program.
 
Last Saturday, the teams participated in an executive coaching day at LaunchHouse to finalize and polish their presentations. Coaches affiliated with LaunchHouse gave tips and tricks to the students. “It was really helpful,” says Minarik. “We got really good insight into our presentation and information that was helpful to us as a business.”
 
Ethan Silverman, a freshman at Montessori High School at University Circle and owner of All Around the Apple, also will be competing on Thursday. He repairs cracked iPad and iPhone screens and provides diagnostic services. Silverman will even advise his customers on what to get when they’re looking at new phones.
 
“I’ve always been a tech guy and I’m good with phones,” explains Silverman, who started the company after his friend broke a phone and went to Silverman for help fixing it. While he couldn’t fix it himself, he learned how to and All Around the Apple was founded.
 
Silverman has served about 20 people so far. His goal is to have two customers a week. He prides himself on his competitive pricing -- $10 to $30 cheaper than bringing it to the Apple Store. “But it’s not about price, it’s the convenience. I’ve gone to people’s houses, to coffee shops,” he says. “My best strategic quality is I can do the repair wherever you want.”
 
Silverman also found the coaching helpful and is prepared for the competition. “We ran through the presentation and did more editing and organizing,” he says. “I have to present the business and little more, show what the business is.” Interested customers can email Silverman if they would like a quote.
 
“It’s an incredible experience for the students,” says Bailie. “They get real world experience and they loved it. The teachers love it too.”

Who's hiring in CLE: University Tees, Deliver Me Food, Market Garden Brewery and more

Welcome to the latest installment of Fresh Water’s “who’s hiring” series, where we feature growing companies with open positions, what they’re looking for and how to apply.
 
University Tees
University Tees was born in 2003 out of Nick Dadas’ and Joe Haddad’s need for quality t-shirts to promote a college fraternity business when they were sophomores at Miami University. Their desire and vision for quality, promotional shirts quickly turned into a student-run business, and Dadas and Haddad eventually won a business plan competition at Miami.

Twelve years later, University Tees is going strong. The company’s custom shirts and other casual wear are on 180 college campuses nationwide and they have license agreements with 150 campuses. UTees’ success resulted in two additional companies, 717 Ink, which is a contract textile printer, and On Point Promos, which does printing, promotional products and embroidery.
 
“We are three companies under one roof,” explains HR director Nate Stansberry. The three companies employ 300 contractors, mostly students in sales, around the country, and 70 employees are housed in the Lakewood offices.
 
“The company has grown 300 percent in the last two years,” says Stansberry. “I’m employee number six and the company literally has grown 10 times since I’ve been here. We’re in an under-served space.”
 
That growth continues, as University Tees is hiring again. “The most challenging is finding people who are interested in screen printing,” says Stansberry. “We have a lot of one-off positions – we are looking for talented people who find it challenging to work for us in an entrepreneurial environment.”
 
University Tees' busy times are the beginning of the school year, when they need first and second shift workers. They are slower in the summer months. Current openings include an operations team member to work on order processing, vendor and supplier relations, and relations with licensing partners; and a graphic designer. For more information on these two positions, click here. To apply, contact Nate Stansberry.
 
717 Ink needs a press operator; catcher in the shipping and handling department; a pre-press artist; a puller; a receiving/ shop floater; and a screen cleaner. For more information about these positions, click here. To apply, email the hiring manager.
 
Deliver Me Food.com
Deliver Me Food.com delivered 10,000 meals in 10 hours to hungry customers during one of Northeast Ohio’s many frigid spells recently. The online restaurant ordering and delivery service needs a few more drivers to keep the lunches and dinners coming to diners’ doors. Drivers earn between $9 and $12 per run and average two to three runs per hour. Must have a reliable car, smart phone, insurance and a professional attitude. To apply, email Dave.
 
Market Garden Brewery
As Market Garden Brewery begins its expansion into distribution, the company is looking for an assistant brewer with a positive and outgoing personality. Ideal candidates should have some experience in chemistry, biology or chemical engineering. The assistant brewer must have a passion for craft beer -- both learning and teaching.; the ability to work collaboratively with others; is able to handle widely varied work load, such as moving 175 pound kegs, cleaning draft lines, working on wet conditions both cold and hot; and have an interest in representing Market Garden Brewery at festivals and beer events. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and pass a background check. Interested applicants can send resumes to the hiring manager.

Enterprise Community Partners
Enterprise Community Partners creates and advocates for affordable homes in thriving communities linked to jobs, good schools, health care and transportation. The organization lends funds, finances development and manages and builds affordable housing, while shaping new strategies, solutions and policy. The organization needs a state and local program policy program director to work with the Ohio team to identify policy priorities for the market and create strategies to achieve them. The program director will work as part of Enterprise’s national state and local policy team, which will be overseen by a national coordinator and include other market based program staff focused on local policy efforts.
 
For more information on the position, click here. To apply, visit Enterprise’s careers page.

Mitchell’s Ice Cream
Mitchell’s Ice Cream needs to fill both full and part time kitchen utility and ice cream maker positions in its Ohio City kitchen and shop. Two shifts are scheduled seven days a week. The Mitchell’s kitchen is a team environment, making ice cream, sauces and other duties. Click here for a full description of open jobs. Download an application here.
 
LaunchHouse
LaunchHouse, a co-working space, business accelerator, entrepreneurial community and event space in Shaker Heights, needs a front desk manager intern and community manager.  The front desk manager will work 15 to 20 hours per week and provide general support and administrative duties; lead tours; help set-up and attend LaunchHouse events; and write blogs focused around entrepreneurship for the website. To apply, send resume and cover letter to the hiring manager.

The community manager is driven, self-motivated, charismatic and organized. The qualified person will work with the marketing department to create marketing plans; represent LaunchHouse in the community by attending networking events, expos and conferences; serve as relationship management with potent LaunchHouse accounting department regarding various payment needs; research and use different avenues for expanding awareness of LaunchHouse; and act as a liaison. Please contact Stephanie to apply. Applicants should include resume and one writing sample.

C-Trac
C-TRAC, an innovative marketing solutions provider specializing in interactive marketing, database management and related support services, has four open positions: a UX developer, an account director, an account manager and an account coordinator. For more information on each of the positions, click here. Please send resumes to the hiring manager.

State Farm
State Farm insurance agency in Parma needs an office representative with excellent organization, communication and customer service skills to solicit interest in insurance and other financial products. For more information, contact Lauren M Banaszak or apply online.

Victory Center to house new coworking space in the Health-Tech Corridor

Coworking spaces are a growing trend in business hubs across the country. Now the Health-Tech Corridor (HTC) will soon be home to an 18,000 square-foot coworking space in the Victory Center on Euclid Avenue. Scheduled to open this summer, the space will be owned and operated by Pittsburgh-based The Beauty Shoppe, an established flexible office space operator.
 
“This is exactly the project we’ve been looking for for quite a while,” says HTC director Jeff Epstein. “We hired JumpStart to do a market assessment and we had heard about coworking spaces popping up around the country. The Beauty Shoppe owners are big believers in philosophy of coworking. Everybody should have access – from small businesses and entrepreneurs to work-at-home businesses.”
 
Memberships will start at $150 a month, which will include a shared desk, 24/7 access to the offices, conference rooms, internet, coffee and free parking. Different package configurations are available. All types of businesses will be welcome.
 
The Victory Center provides ideal workspace for people looking for places other than a coffee shop to do their work and meetings. “The thought was, this is a great location for business startups at Case, people from the suburbs who want to be around other people,” explains Epstein. “The street-front access brings a lot of energy to the area and the location is minutes from Case, the hospitals, and downtown with ample parking.”
 
The coworking setup also offers options to companies just starting out. “It adds life and vibrancy and a tremendous amount to small businesses who don’t know what the future will hold in three to six months,” Epstein says. “The cost is affordable without committing to a lease.”
 
The space will also serve as a venue for programming, classes and events.
 
The project is a collaboration between BioEnterprise, the City of Cleveland, the Cleveland Foundation, the HTC, MidTown Cleveland and JumpStart. Additional financing for the project will come from an investment by The Beauty Shoppe, a loan from ECDI, reduced rent from the Victory Center’s owners and a grant from the Cleveland Foundation. Students from The Cleveland Institute of Art helped design the space through an additional Cleveland Foundation grant.

Fayvel makes personalized kids' shoes into a trading game

Growing up, Erin Slater was a sticker fanatic “I have fond memories of trading stickers with my neighbor and friend,” she recalls. Little did she know, that childhood passion would turn into a business model as an adult.
 
Earlier this month Slater launched Fayvel, a line of colorful children’s shoes made with a blank canvas. The kids can then attach Frieze Tags –embroidered patches with industrial Velcro backings in a variety of themes. The Frieze Tags can easily be attached to and removed from the shoes and traded with friends. The tags are available in themes, from fairies and superheroes to sports and outer space.
 
“Kids personalize the shoes and it encourages creativity,” says Slater, who has a background in product management and two daughters, aged five and seven. “It’s injecting personality into their shoes.”
 
Slater came up with the idea eight years ago. She spent countless hours researching her idea through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office at the Cleveland Public Library. “I spent a lot of time on the seventh floor of the library downtown,” she says. “The librarians are trained and use the same databases as the USPTO to research my idea.”
 
Slater then leased co-working space at LaunchHouse before recently moving to an office in Beachwood. “I wanted to work in shared space,” she says. “They have great internet and white board space, and Dar Caldwell had great advice.”

Slater chose the name “Fayvel,” which means "bright one" in Yiddish because the term resonated with the brand's concept of empowering kids to personalize their shoes and harness their imaginations for creativity. 
 
While the shoes are currently available through the Fayvel site, Slater has talked to major retailers about carrying the brand. The shoes are available in sizes 10 through two and will be available in kids’ sizes three and four in May. The Frieze Tags come in sets out four around 10 different themes, with more on the way.

organizations come together to encourage girls to consider tech careers

In grade school, girls are often considered uninterested in math and science, and therefore not encouraged. But leaders at OneCommunityCase Western Reserve University and BlueBridge Networks see the potential for young women to thrive in a techie environment.

On Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14, the three organizations will come together to host the inaugural Innovation Olympiad on CWRU’s campus. The event invites girls age 13 to 18 to explore STEM subjects and the Internet of Things (IoT) in an innovation challenge. It is designed to inspire creativity, innovation and collaboration. The girls will break into teams to brainstorm their ideas and compete for prizes. Organizers are expecting 80 to 100 participants.
 
“We come to work at OneCommunity thinking about the possibilities in connectivity,” says Jane Passantino, chief marketing officer for OneCommunity. “The ideas are limitless when you think about inspiration, greatness and thought. I hesitate to guess what they will come up with.”
 
The idea for the Innovation Olympiad came after OneCommunity CEO Lev Gonick heard about Cisco’s IoT World Forum Young Women’s Innovation Grand Challenge. He wanted to something similar on a local level to encourage girls to consider tech careers.
 
BlueBridge managing director Kevin Goodman and client services director Nicole Ponstingle, who both also serve on the Northeast Ohio Rite Board (Regional Information Technology Engagement Board), got involved with the Innovation Olympiad because of their dedication to making sure the region has plenty of incoming IT talent.
 
“Our concept is to encourage young leaders in general,” says Goodman. “In this case specifically, it’s encouraging young girls in innovative entrepreneurial leadership.” Ponstingle adds, “As a woman in technology, when I heard about this it obviously excited me. We really have to push the technology option as a viable career path for women.”
 
Lisa Camp, associate dean of strategic initiatives at Case School of Engineering, sees the Olympiad as a great way to fuel the pipeline of skilled talent in Northeast Ohio. “One of the reasons Case Western is excited to be involved is we’re seeing the next generation coming up with wonderful, creative ideas,” she says. “This is an opportunity to inspire young women to think about STEM, think about Internet of Things. When given the opportunity, young woman want to participate.”

Goodman agrees that the Olympiad is a good way to foster tomorrow’s leaders in the region. “We are looking forward to the magic and art of innovation occurring at the  Case Campus -watching the ideas the participants will come up with,” he says. “The wave of the future as well as in the now, the IoT has  power and ability to change and improve the quality of life in some many ways. Areas such as education energy, exercise and fitness, transportation, home living, smart cities and many other areas are going to be positively affected. What an exciting time to be participating in this arena of technology.”
 
Organizers will provide opening remarks on Friday, while Saturday will involve breakout groups among the participants and a second break out session for parents. The teams will present their ideas in a “Shark Tank” like setting and prizes ranging from $250 to $1,000 will be awarded to the top four teams. The Olympiad is free and open to the public. Registration, however, is required by Sunday, March 1.

demore's sauces keep customers coming back for more

Marrion Demore has always loved improving on commercial bottled barbeque sauce. “I used to have really big family cookouts and I’d just doctor up some Open Pit to make it taste better,” Demore recalls. “People always said, ‘you should market this.’ I never gave it much thought until the economy went down hill. Then I knew I had to make it from scratch.”
 
Today, Demore calls himself the Rock and Roll Star of Sauce. In 2009 he began experimenting with homemade sauce, trying his various versions out on friends and family. Two years later, he had perfected his flavors and launched Demore’s Fusion Sauce in 2011 “There were a lot of taste tests and a lot of money being blown on bad batches, he says of his two-year journey. “It was important to me that my sauce was all natural, with no preservatives.”
 
Demore makes and bottles four versions of his sauce – mild, medium, flaming and hickory smoke. He uses ghost peppers, ground into a powder, to add the heat to his flaming sauce and buys his bottles from Cleveland Bottle and Supply. In addition to being all-natural, all varieties are also low in sugar and sodium. “It’s more sauce with less calories,” he says.
 
Demore describes his company as a grass-roots effort. He recently launched an online store on through his Facebook site. Last November he began handing out free samples and selling his sauce on Saturdays at Zagara’s Marketplace in Cleveland Heights, where he sells 15 to 20 bottles a week.
 
“A tell-tale sign to me us when you have a taste-testing and people buy it,” Demore says. “I let people try it and tell them about it. It keeps me motivated and keeps me going when people walk away with a bottle. Ninety-five percent of people are going to enjoy one of my sauces when they try it.”

While Demore still makes his sauce in his home kitchen, he has gone to the Cleveland Culinary Launch and Kitchen (CCLK) for advice and guidance. “Cleveland is very supportive once you plug yourself in,” he says. “Even though this is not high-tech, the platform is here. It gives you more confidence with the product to know there are people you can call for mentoring and that kind of thing.”
 
Demore is always thinking of new flavors and ideas. He is currently testing coconut and pineapple sugars in sauces and he is working on dry rubs.
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