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who's hiring in cle: urbancode, dwellworks, y.o.u.

Welcome to the latest edition of Who’s Hiring in Cleveland?
There are plenty of good jobs to be found here in Cleveland. This is the latest installment in regular series of posts in which we feature companies that are hiring, what those employers are looking for, and how to apply.
IBM UrbanCode, a DevOps software product line, needs a software developer to work on its market-leading DevOps product line. Work on coding new features, bug fixes, integrations with other software development lifecycle tools, and help develop new products. Define, test, research and review code. For more information and to apply, click here.
Dwellworks, a support service provider for the relocation industry, has six open positions in a variety of disciplines, including a manager of property management to oversee the day-to-day services of portfolio properties. This job requires frequent interaction with homeowners and tenants. To apply for this position, click here. To see all of Dwellworks’ job openings, click here.
Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U), a nonprofit youth workforce development organization, is hiring a development and marketing administrator who will assist in all aspects of Y.O.U.'s development process; assist and manage all aspects of Y.O.U.'s marketing efforts; and coordinate organizational events. Send resume and cover letter here.
The Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) is transforming urban education. CMSD has teaching, administration, and other opportunities available. See the full list of openings and apply here
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new marketing agency offering free assistance to the right startups

After a career in marketing and public relations -- largely in the non-profit sector --Tom Sarago decided to hang out his own shingle and launch Spruce, a full-service marketing and PR company in Lakewood. But the non-profit mentality stuck with Sarago, so he’s offering up his services for free to the right Cleveland company -- a startup or an established company going through transition.
“It’s in my roots to always give back,” explains Sarago. “I know I have enough experience to help these businesses.” After pondering the best business advice he ever got from the COSE Best Business Advice Campaign, he came up with “never neglect a volunteer opportunity assisting an intriguing business.”
Sarago’s offer isn’t solely about helping new businesses; it’s about expanding his circle and getting the Spruce name out there. “I want to engage as many people as possible,” he says. “The business will come. This is about meeting new people and hearing new stories of companies doing great things in cleveland."

Companies are invited to contact Sarago and explain him why they should receive free help with marketing, PR, branding or strategic planning needs. Sarago is only looking for the most passionate business owners.
Sarago has recruited the talents of commercial photography studio Kalman & Pabst to also get in on the offer. The winning company leader will also receive a professional photo shoot.

The deadline to contact Sarago and tell him why you need his services is August 15. 

ideation challenge enters fourth year in attracting startup ideas to lakewood

Startup Lakewood is at it again with its annual Ideation Challenge, during which people are encouraged to present their business ideas. “People can take the next steps and validate their ideas,” says Lakewood’s entrepreneur in residence and Startup Lakewood’s director of Ideation, Mike Belsito. “Sometimes, the first step is the hardest to take -- and that's what we're hoping to encourage.”

Ideation, currently in its fourth incarnation, added some new facets to this year’s submission process. Whereas the last go-around required an executive summary, the contest now necessitates both a business model canvas (a one-page outline of the business concept) and a single-page validation plan, which outlines five assumptions about the business and a plan for validating them. “By creating a validation plan, we believe we're encouraging people to identify actual steps that they can take to determine whether their business is viable,” explains Belsito.

More information on these documents can be found on Startup Lakewood’s competition outline. The deadline to apply is August 8. From that group, four individuals or teams will be selected to give a final elevator pitch in front of business experts, investors, entrepreneurs and consultants.

Prizes include a lunch with an entrepreneur and Lakewood mayor Michael Summers; a full scholarship to a nine-week entrepreneurial course with Bad Girl Ventures; and a prize package from the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce. Past winners include Mickie Rinehart for her beer flavoring Hops Drops, Daniel Dudley for the co-working space Lakework+ and Ahmie Young’s The Parenting Shop.

However, Startup shouldn’t be thought of as an incubator for small businesses. “We believed that we could create an environment that could be helpful and serve as a connector to entrepreneurs and soon-to-be entrepreneurs,” says Belsito. “The city recognized that it wanted to be more entrepreneurially friendly and encourage people to start businesses in Lakewood.”

Further details can be acquired July 22 at an upcoming meeting to be held at University of Akron, Lakewood campus from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

new energy drink kicks all that sugar and acid to the curb

Brothers Jarred and Brandon Smith were avid hockey players in college, and like most athletes, they used sports drinks to supplement their energy needs.  
However, as a college senior, Jarred eventually began to experience acid reflux as a result of the elevated acid content in traditional sports drinks. So the brothers, graduates of Miami and Brown universities, sought to create a healthier sports drink without all that sugary acid.
Along with partner Chris Cummins, the brothers toiled for over a year creating an electrolyte-based drink, eventually unveiling NOOMA, which is shorthand for “No More Acid.”
NOOMA relies on a healthier, minimalized approach to formulation. “NOOMA doesn’t have any acid or preservatives, which gives it a light, smooth taste,” says Jarred. “It also has a very appealing formula with only 10 calories and two grams of sugar, a blend of five electrolytes with a high level of potassium. There are no GMOs, artificial flavors or sweeteners, meaning it’s gluten-free and vegan.”
Last fall the Smiths introduced NOOMA in Northeast Ohio. “We decided to bring NOOMA to Cleveland first because it is our hometown,” says management. “Being from Cleveland we know the power of this community and the support that Clevelanders give each other, something we definitely have felt since we launched last fall.”
Right now, NOOMA is headed by the Smiths and Cummins, with one other employee. The brothers wish to grow into a national brand while keeping the principles of health in the forefront, beginning with distribution in Northeast Ohio yoga studios, CrossFit gyms, and Heinen’s stores. 

homegrown bird fishing game targets nature lovers of all ages

V.L. Finley is a nature lover. After seeing the success of games like Temple Run and Candy Crush, the filmmaker decided to try his own hand at developing a game that would combine his love for wildlife with his movie background. The result is Bird Fishing, a downloadable app for Android phones where the player is a bird of prey attempting to catch fish.
“The objective of the game is to catch fish and survive for the next level,” explains Finley. “As you move up levels, you will get stronger birds. Each level is harder -- from catching the fish, flying and rewards.”
A Cleveland native, Finley moved to Phoenix to start his film company, AGP Films, after studying cinematography at Tri-C. The company makes short films based on life in Cleveland. He then decided to move back to Cleveland and dive into the app business with his wife and two other partners.
“The goal is to create a major film in Cleveland for the next 10 years and to create a major game app or sequel every year,” Finley says. “I feel this will change the way the people look at Cleveland, and the film and game app scene in Greater Cleveland.”
Bird Fishing is designed to appeal to all ages. Finley is hoping to make the game available for free download on National Geographic, zoos and national parks websites. “Bird Fishing will convert many people to the parks, hunting, fishing, birding and all things nature,” he says.
Finley is still trying to raise money through gofundme.com. The app should be available in August.

who went where? a rundown of recently filled positions

Several Cleveland area companies have some new faces on their staffs. Here’s a rundown of who has landed new positions.

After 15 years in marketing and public relations in the non-profit entertainment sector, Tom Sarago has launched Spruce, a Lakewood-based, full-service marketing and PR firm. Sarago plans to make his agency a collaborative effort with other Cleveland agencies. “A big goal is to make this a company that grows with other Cleveland PR pros’ input and support,” he says. “Spruce is my company and I am taking the bulk of the risk, but my plan for this is to be something of an agency that is driven by strong PR pros here in Cleveland. I want to engage as many people in Spruce as long as they have something to add to it.” 
Brittany Costa joined Engage! Cleveland as its program assistant. Costa is responsible for providing support across the organization’s various program areas. She originally got involved with Engage! Cleveland in 2013 as an events committee member. Costa holds a BS in education and human development from Bowling Green State University. “Through my work at Engage! Cleveland I hope that I am able to influence other young professionals and help them realize what an amazing city we live in,” says Costa. “I am excited to be working for an organization that is aspiring to attract, engage and retain young talent in Cleveland.” 

Angie Ferenchak has joined JumpStart’s entrepreneurial talent program as a senior recruiter. After beginning her career in accounting, Ferenchak found her true interest was in recruiting. In her position at JumpStart, she will help companies and organizations identify, attract and retain the right talent to help them grow.

Andrew Watterson has been named head of sustainability at KeyBank. In this position, Watterson leads the bank in the development and execution of a sustainability strategy for sustainable growth. He works with the corporate responsibility team and bank leadership. Previously, Watterson was a consultant with BrownFlynn and was chief of sustainability for the City of Cleveland.
Greg Zucca is Cleveland Heights’ new economic development director. Previously, Zucca was a program manager for Cuyahoga County’s Western Reserve Fund, an economic development fund to help rehab industrial sites and attract new business and investment to greater Cleveland. He received his master's degree in urban planning, design and development at CSU’s Levin College of Urban Affairs in 2001.

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1 million cups, a national entrepreneurial effort, comes to cle

On Wednesday, June 25, Cleveland will become the 43rd U.S. city to join the 1 Million Cups campaign, a national effort to engage, educate and connect entrepreneurs both locally and nationally -- and eventually internationally. The program, funded by the Kauffman Foundation, is based on the idea that entrepreneurs network and move their ideas forward over one million cups of coffee.

“It’s just about creating a community put together by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs, across multiple industries,” explains Jose Vasquez, owner of Quez Media Marketing and one of the organizers of the Cleveland chapter.
1 Million Cups Cleveland will host weekly meetings, during which two entrepreneurs each will deliver six-minute presentations followed by 20 minutes of Q&A with the audience. “What can we do for you? is the question to be answered at these weekly engagements,” says Vasquez. “A lot of opportunity can come from the community. This is really about entrepreneurs who need help and advice from the community.”
Vasquez explains that 1 Million Cups is different from other entrepreneurial networking organizations in that it spans multiple industries. “It brings all these communities together,” he says. “It’s really just helping people.”
The goal of 1 Million Cups is to eventually serve as a worldwide networking organization, where entrepreneurs can call upon other entrepreneurs in similar industries for advice and support.
Other Cleveland organizers include Colleen Beyer of Borrow Vintage and Eclectic Rentals; Cole Worley, a co-conductor of StartupBus and GiveCamp volunteer; and Carl Shotwell, a developer and entrepreneur at LeanDogJumpStart and LaunchHouse worked to help make Cleveland a 1 Million Cups City.
Meeting locations will change on a quarterly basis, with the first meetings being held at JumpStart’s offices on June 25th, from 9 to 10 a.m. Vasquez says they are still recruiting entrepreneurs to speak, location sponsors and coffee sponsors. The two entrepreneurial speakers have yet to be announced.

global cle takes its show on the road in hopes of attracting talent

Global Cleveland will take its Talent Attraction Campaign on the road to Washington D.C. in the hopes of enticing people to relocate to Cleveland.

On June 26, leaders from Cleveland will travel to our nation’s capital to share the many employment opportunities in our region. Attendees also will hear about the exciting things happening in Cleveland like the thriving arts and culture scene coupled with our low cost of living.

“We’re very excited to take Global Cleveland on the road to show the rest of the country -- and really, the world -- what we’re capable of and what’s attractive about Cleveland,” says Joy Roller, President of Global Cleveland.

The Talent Attraction Campaign will promote its principal tool, the online portal at globalcleveland.org that can orient job seekers toward all of the offerings that Cleveland provides. The organization is billing it as a one-stop-shop about Cleveland. In addition to highlighting the newly launched portal, the event also will focus on its virtual job fair that runs June 23-27. Local companies across many sectors have posted opportunities and Global Cleveland is working to spread the word about the job fair outside of Cleveland in hopes of attracting more people to the region.

The event organizers are looking to Clevelanders to alert those they know in the D.C. area to this event to help drive attendance. If you know someone in the D.C. area, forward them this invitation to help spread the good news.


who's hiring in cle: great lakes brewing, jumpstart, onosys...

Welcome to the latest edition of Who’s Hiring in Cleveland?
There are plenty of good jobs to be had in Cleveland. This is the latest installment in a regular series of posts in which we feature companies that are hiring, what those employers are looking for, and how to apply.

Thunder::Tech has seven open positions, including three internships, two developers, an operations administrative specialist and a graphic designer. Check out the job descriptions and apply here.
ONOSYS, the leader in mobile and online restaurant ordering software, has a number of open positions: web designer/interface developer; senior and mid-level .NET web developers; menu process specialist; and client support specialist. ONOSYS offers a fast-paced environment with room for growth and great benefits.
Great Lakes Brewing Company has four open positions: Procurement supervisorpart-time hostsupply chain planning analyst; and a part-time line cook. Apply here.
JumpStart, which partners with community leaders to spark the growth of new entrepreneurial companies, has three open positions: Data analyst, programmer and salesforce.com administrator; and traffic and program specialist in the marketing department. Interested candidates must register with JumpStart to apply for these jobs.
Ohio City Incorporated needs an executive director to guide the community development corporation as it implements its recently adopted 2014-2016 strategic vision. The director will be responsible for strategy, resource development, financial management, governance, leadership, staff management and fulfillment of the organizational mission. To apply send cover letter, resume, three to five references and a writing sample to Michael Graham.
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aeroscena introduces its aromatherapy products to the medical community

It’s a proven fact that certain smells can produce desired results. Along those lines, Aeroscena is introducing aromatherapy to clinical settings around the world to help ease nausea and anxiety associated with going to the doctor. The company makes Ascents, which utilize the science of aromatherapy to help with a variety of aims: calm, energize, focus, sleep, curb and nausea.
“The original idea was, lots of people like aromatherapy,” explains Aeroscena CEO and founder Mark Kohoot. “We looked at the research and there are lots of applications.”
Kohoot is now finding a market for Ascents in hospitals and dentist offices. Most recently he partnered with Patterson Dental, one of the largest distributors of dental equipment. Ascents calm is now being placed in dental offices around the region to reduce patient anxiety.
“We put it in waiting rooms and it dials back anxiety and makes for a better experience,” explains Kohoot, who adds that vanilla has a calming effect while lavender has an enzyme that prompts sleepiness.
A major Cleveland hospital is putting Ascents in its ICUs as part of an FDA validation study Kohoot is conducting. “We are going to measure the reduction of stress and anxiety on patients, visitors and the nurses and staff who work in the ICU,” says Kohoot. “This is a great development because it puts us on the path of being the first aromatherapy company to make a sanctioned FDA claim by the end of next year.”
Ascents nausea formula is being used in Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and is showing great promise in post-operative nausea cases.
Meanwhile, Kohoot just sealed a deal with a Chinese distributor to sell Ascents. The deal should generate about $1.5 million in annual revenue. “We've been testing for about nine months and the Chinese consumers seem to love it, buying all of the Ascents from the pilot sale test,” says Kohoot. “Every formula has sold evenly, so we haven't been able to detect any significant favorite.”
These deals all come on the heels of a $400,000 capital investment campaign, bringing Aeroscena capital raise to $1 million in four years.
“We are very pleased that the medical and dental communities, patients and the investment community have all validated our vision of inhalation therapy being an excellent new solution for patient care,” says Kohoot. “The demand for Aeroscena's production and the expanding applications have exceeded our most optimistic goals from last year, and put us on a fast track to major expansion.”
Locally, Ascents are available at Nature’s BinWhole Foods and Cleveland Clinic Wellness Store. With business booming, Kohoot plans to add at least two people to his current staff of five.

all-natural applesauce start-up something both 'mothers and kids love'

Ethan M. Holmes learned how to make applesauce from his grandfather at a young age. By the time he was 15, he had mastered the recipe and decided to go into business with it. “I looked at the market and saw an opportunity,” says Holmes. “I looked at other applesauces and they were all made with corn syrup and artificial flavoring.”
Holmes Mouthwatering Applesauce makes an all-natural product in plain and cinnamon varieties. “My goal was to take all the stuff out of it and make something mothers and kids love,” Holmes explains. “The only ingredients are apples, pears and apple cider.”
Today, at age 20, Holmes sells his applesauce at farmers’ markets, area events and through his website. He is in talks with local grocery stores and is joining the Cleveland Culinary Launch and Kitchen.
Recently, Holmes gave out samples of his sauce at Entrovation. The attendees voted the company one of the top five at the event, earning Holmes the chance to pitch his applesauce company to a panel of judges at the Innovative Entrepreneur of The Year Competition. Holmes took home $500 from the event, tying for third place.
Holmes is using the money to cover the Culinary Launch fees and inventory. “We are on our way this upcoming month to producing our first run in their facility,” Holmes says of his move to the Culinary Launch. “This will help us create a large amount of product and educate us in the licenses and procedures needed to be in retail markets.”
Holmes donates 10 percent of his profits toward fighting childhood obesity.

new collaboration aims to support entrepreneurs who focus on social enterprise, sustainability

Three organizations -- LaunchHouseCivic Commons Ideastream and Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI) -- have come together as the lead partners in supporting entrepreneurs with ideas to improve their communities.

SEA Change, a Social Enterprise Accelerator, provides up to $50,000 in funding, coaching and connections to eligible candidates trying to make a difference in Cleveland neighborhoods. “We’re funding people who have ideas to improve their communities in a sustainable way,” says Mike Shafarenko, Civic Commons director. “A number of organizations came together last November to discuss how to revive development and support of social enterprises in Northeast Ohio.”
Seven other groups are also involved, including JumpStart, Foundation Center Cleveland and Business Volunteers Unlimited (BVU). SEA Change is funded by the Business of Good Foundation, the Generation Foundation, the Burton D. Morgan Foundation and the George Gund Foundation.
Shafarenko says SEA Change emerged as the involved organizations saw a need to support the growing number of social enterprises in Cleveland. “We have a tremendous amount of talented, active people in Northeast Ohio who just don’t have the means to execute their ideas,” he explains. “The entrepreneurial spirit needs a little bit of coaching and support to take it to the next level.”
Examples of existing successful social enterprises include Edwins Restaurant at Shaker Square, which employs former inmates, Tunnel Vision Hoops, which manufactures and sells hoop houses to extend the growing season, and From the Blue Bag, which converts recyclables into works of art.
Sea Change will host training sessions on Friday, June 13 and Friday, July 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The events will provide training, one-on-one consultation and networking to help participants get social enterprise ideas off the ground.


study shows local startups are getting the funding, support they need to thrive

An annual economic impact study conducted by Center for Economic Development at Cleveland State University’s Levin College of Urban Affairs shows that companies that received support from 16 of the area’s business accelerators, incubators and other organizations generated $424 million for Ohio.
Of the 245 companies surveyed, 236 companies are in Northeast Ohio, generating $306.2 million in the region. These numbers reflect good news for the startup community in Cleveland. “Companies that start here are growing,” says JumpStart chief marketing officer Cathy Belk. “The fact that companies are growing and generating jobs reflects that those courageous folks jumping into the startup world are able to access great people, capital and the expertise -- and are able to lead their companies forward. The ecosystem here is robust and getting more robust all the time.”
Of the companies included in the latest study, 42 local businesses have participated each year over the past four years. “Over that time, they have grown payroll by $14.7 million and created and retained 134 jobs in this region,” says Belk. “This reflects that startups here are able to be successful, creating sustainable jobs for people who live here.”  
Belk wants to see these trends grow. “We want entrepreneurs to continue to decide to start companies in this area, and keep them here because of their ability to be successful here,” she explains. “We have to make sure we continue to have the successful startup programs and ecosystem in this region, ensuring companies are able to access the capital they need. And we must continue to help a broader number of small businesses -- including those that could create a significant number of jobs. These are all next steps for our community to maintain and accelerate our momentum.”


young entrepreneurs recognized at annual ceremony

Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) and Ernst & Young named Thomas W. Harvey High School junior Brandon McClain "Young Entrepreneur of the Year" during its annual ceremony. McClain is CEO of B Kind Cards, which features his original photography of Cleveland landmarks. He received $1,000 and the chance to compete in the national Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) competition in November at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.
Y.O.U. is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping at-risk teens succeed in life. The E-City program uses the NFTE curriculum to teach entrepreneurship, business and leadership skills and encourages participants to start their own companies. “They can go to school, take the E-City class, enter the workforce and pursue their own ideas,” explains Emily Bacha, development and marketing administrator for Y.O.U. “Lots of students go on to continue their businesses after taking the class.”
Y.O.U.’s E-City classes prepare students for the real business world, especially when finding a decent job or going to college can be difficult right out of high school.
“Teaching our students about entrepreneurism and how to start their own business is important because it provides another route to economic and personal success,” says Bacha. “A number of our alumni have sustained their businesses after finishing the program and the income they’re earning is helping them pay bills and pay for college.”
Eight high school entrepreneurs from Horizon Science Academy, John F. Kennedy High School, Shaw High School and Thomas W. Harvey High School had eight minutes to present their business plans to a panel of three judges on May 22 at E&Y’s new Flats-based offices.
The experience of presenting provides its own rewards in putting classroom lessons into practice. “Youth are tasked with presenting their business plans, but are rewarded with practical advice on how to grow their businesses from successful entrepreneurs,” says Bacha. “Our finalists are rewarded with financial investments in their businesses.”
In addition to McCain, Harvey senior Byron Alston, CEO of Jazzy Scarves, took second place and won $500 from Y.O.U. to put towards his business and a trip to the NFTE competition. Shaw senior and CEO of KJ’s Steam Clean Service Kevin Alexander took third place, winning $250.

who went where? a roundup of recently filled positions

Several Cleveland area companies have some new faces on their staffs. Here’s a rundown of who has landed new positions.

Katie A. Van Dyke is the new director of the Cleveland State’s Small Business Development Center at the Cleveland Heights Library Knowledge and Innovation Center (HKIC). Previously, Van Dyke worked as an entrepreneur advisor, providing assistance and advising to local businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs.

"I am so excited for this opportunity to work with entrepreneurs and small businesses in Cuyahoga County,” says Van Dyke. “Offering our free resources in conjunction with sharing space in the Cleveland Heights Public Library and HKIC is the perfect combination to create and grow the small businesses that fuel our local economy!"

Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization (DSCDO) announced that executive director Jeff Ramsey will assume responsibilities for day-to-day management of the Stockyard, Clark-Fulton & Brooklyn Centre (SCFBC) neighborhood office while continuing as executive director of DSCDO. 

Jenny Spencer was named managing director of the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood office. She is charged with ensuring continued growth in the neighborhood. Most recently Spencer worked in business attraction at Team NEO, and is excited to return to DSCDO. Spencer worked for DSCDO for four years as project manager, where she managed the Detroit Streetscape project, coordinated the grand opening for the Capitol Theatre, and launched the Gordon Square Special Improvement District. 

Slavic Village Development (SVD) has named Christopher Alvarado to executive director. Alvarado joins SVD from the City of Cleveland’s community development department, where he is a “Strong Cities Strong Communities” Fellow of the German Marshall Fund. He is also currently the board president of Bike Cleveland.

In anticipation of opening its doors in Ohio City this summer, Mason’s Creamery has hired its first employee, Young Park. Park came to Mason’s first as a satisfied customer and ended up becoming friends with owners Helen Qin and Jesse Mason. "It's pretty cool to have one of our first customers turn into a friend and now our first employee," says Qin. "It speaks to the strong sense of community that is present in Cleveland, and we're fortunate to be in a place where good help is not hard to find." 

Dix and Eaton announced the promotions of three employees: David Hertz to managing director; Stephanie Harig to account executive; and Sarah Hihn to director of human resources.

Hertz, a former journalist, has also been named to the firm’s leadership committee. He has been a member of the company’s media relations group since joining the firm in 2006, and has 20 years of journalism experience when counseling clients on media relations, media training, crisis communications and corporate communications strategy.

Harig joined Dix and Eaton in 2013 after interning with the firm and is now a communications generalist and a member of the firm’s investor relations practice area. Hihn came to Dix and Eaton in 2006, manages benefits administration, retirement savings, performance review, succession planning, employee relations and recruitment.
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