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Employers big and small seek IT talent at job fair

Developing Cleveland's workforce means finding and nurturing home-grown brainpower and fostering relationships. To that end, an upcoming tech-centric job fair will give local IT talent a chance to meet and impress Northeast Ohio employers seeking out new talent and staff.
The name of the free event, Linking IT Talent to Opportunity, says it all. Scheduled for April 20 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the Independence Civic Center, 6363 Selig Blvd., the job fair is set to connect over 200 IT professionals, college students and recent graduates with two dozen companies needing software engineers, technical consultants, web developers and other technology-related employees. The job event is presented by Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) and the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (NOCHE) as part of TechWeek 2016OHTec’s annual initiative to promote and support the regional IT industry.
"This is our attempt to connect talent with opportunities, and make sure that talent stays here," says Vince Adamus, GCP's vice president of real estate and business development.

Though most participating businesses delve directly in software and network solutions, Sherwin-Williams and Medical Mutual will also be on hand, illuminating the regional need for tech talent across various industries, Adamus says.
About 67 percent of software jobs nationwide are with non-tech businesses, according to a 2011 Georgetown University workforce report on science, engineering, technology and math (STEM) employment in the U.S.
"Larger companies have an IT component they're hiring for," says Adamus.
GCP's networking effort, now in its fifth year, will offer attendees a range of entry- to mid-level positions. Job hunters are expected to dress professionally and bring their resumes for short meet-and-greets with hiring managers.
"Companies are not just gauging interest levels here; they're actually looking to hire," Adamus says.
As businesses expand in conjunction with a falling unemployment rate, would-be IT workers can fill a widening tech vacuum projected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to have 1.4 million unfilled positions by 2020. The local numbers tell their own story. In 2014 alone, Cuyahoga County employers advertised more than 6,000 open software development jobs.
Ultimately, career fair proponents want to keep jobseekers in town, whether they're fresh from school or seasoned professionals seeking a new and exciting occupation.
"The IT segment is growing quickly," says Adamus. "We want to assist and facilitate that growth." 

Flashstarts Labs offers a fast track to starting a business

The technology and software business startup accelerator Flashstarts will now offer a way for companies in the formulation phase a way to speed up the process.

Starting today, the organization will begin taking applications for Flashstarts Labs – a way for startups to prepare for the accelerator program.

“It’s a formalization of something we’ve been doing for the last couple of years, where we can work with teams before they are accepted in to the accelerator,” explains Flashstarts co-founder and CEO Charles Stack.  “A lot of teams are missing something – skill sets, market validation, strategy, a co-founder – this will help them get into the accelerator program.”
The idea behind the Labs is to offer the fastest path between business concept and startup formation. Companies accepted into the three-month program will receive access to more than 40 mentors, consulting, business tools and office space in StartMart, Flashstarts’ 35,000-square-foot entrepreneurial co-working space in the Terminal Tower.
Stack explains that in Flashstarts’ three-year history, he has found that a lot of startups need help getting things organized. “We learned that a lot of people and ideas need a high-speed on-ramp,” he says. “Now we have StartMart, so we have a lot of space to bring in Labs. When a good idea bubbles up from the goo, we grab it and put it in the accelerator.”
There's room for 50 people in the Labs, and accelerator companies will be chosen from the Labs teams. "I don't know how many we'll pick for the accelerator, but we will pick from these teams,” Stack says. “We will spend a lot of time working with these teams.”
Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis. Selection criteria will include uniqueness, market opportunity, team background, and likelihood of success.

Casey Foundation grant will help young adults develop skills, find meaningful jobs

Towards Employment, the non-profit organization that helps low-income people find jobs through training and job readiness programs, recently announced that Cleveland is one of five cities to receive part of a $6 million grant over a four year period from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The focus will be on helping young adults, age 18 to 29, develop employable skills, build careers and find jobs.

Towards Employment is the lead organization in a collaborative effort on the jobs front. Other organizations include Cuyahoga County; the local OhioMeansJobs and the local Fund for Our Economic Future. The program, which is just in the planning stages now, will be called Generation Work and will be a part of the pilot program TalentNEO
“In this planning stage, the collaborative will be working with many partners - providers, funders and employers - to help young adults find more opportunities to prepare for the workforce and find jobs,” explains Towards Employment executive director Jill Rizika. “There is high need in the community because the unemployment rate [among youth] is higher. We will work with employers to work with what young adults have to bring.”
Best practices that serve young adults’ needs, like mentoring, internships and access to on-the-job training, will be promoted, says Rizika, especially in industries that show demand for qualified employees. The collaborative will work together to help create more comprehensive programming in the community.
“Our collaborative will look at best practices and encourage broad application of them throughout the community,” Rizika says. “No one agency or system can deliver all of the aspects of the comprehensive model by itself  - something that for the young adult job seeker and the employer seems seamless.”
Towards Employment will receive $100,000 in the first, year, and the grant will increase by another $100,000 for three subsequent years. After the fourth year, the Casey Foundation will assess whether to renew the grant for another four years.
The other cities receiving part of the Casey Foundation grant are Hartford, Indianapolis, Philadelphia and Seattle.

For more information, on yong adult job training, contact the Youth Resource Center. For more information on Generation Work, contact Rizika.

Who’s Hiring in Cle: Rape Crisis Center, Neighborhood Progress BlueBridge Networks 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.

Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
Founded in 1974, the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center supports survivors of rape, sexual abuse and sex trafficking; promotes healing and prevention; and advocates for social change. Each year, 50 full time staff and more than 100 volunteers provide services to nearly 20,000 people in Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula Counties.
 The center recently received the largest grant in its history – more than $1.4 million through the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA).  The grant allows the center to expand and enhance its counseling, advocacy and outreach services.
“Cleveland Rape Crisis Center’s highlight of 2015 is the transformative changes that are taking place as a result of receiving this additional funding,” says Jennifer Schlosser, the center’s director of community engagement. “We’ve grown from 29 employees in September to 50 employees in December, allowing us to expand and enhance the services we offer survivors.”
That expansion includes three positions. “We’re expanding and enhancing our core services to reach more people in more places, making our region healthier, safer and stronger,” says Schlosser.
The center is looking for a development director, a community outreach specialist and a victim specialist. To apply, email resumes and cover letters to the hiring manager.
Cleveland Neighborhood Progress
Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, a non-profit organization that collaboratively builds thriving neighborhoods through innovative programs, is searching for a climate resilience/urban greening coordinator to lead many aspects of the organization’s climate resilience work. Send cover letter and resume to Lynn Friedel by Friday, Dec. 18.   
BlueBridge Networks
BlueBridge Networks, a top-ranked datacenter services and technology solutions provider, needs a data center operations manager to manage a complex facility accommodating a wide array of state-of-the-art computer and communications equipment in a rapidly changing collocation environment. The company also needs a data center sales engineer, a network engineer, a systems engineer and an IT sales executive. To apply, send resumes and salary requirements to the hiring manager.
Cleveland Institute of Art
The Cleveland Institute of Art needs a director of communications to oversee CIA’s brand message and content generation. The director will manage all communications plan activities and maintain internal and external relationships. Send resumes, cover letters and salary requirements to human resources by Thursday, Dec. 31.
Jurinnov, Ltd.
Jurinnov,  a technology firm that works with companies’ IT and legal departments, needs an IT systems analyst to perform reviews, backup monitoring and tape cataloging, as well as troubleshooting and provide support for desktop hardware and software, including PCs, printers, laptops, peripherals, and handheld devices. Applicants must complete a survey before applying.
Arbor Park Village
Arbor Park Village, an affordable housing development in Cleveland’s Central neighborhood, is looking for a maintenance technician and a groundskeeper/cleaning technician. Send resumes to Mary Ellen Gardner.

Global Ambassadors Language Academy                                  
Global Ambassadors Language Academy (GALA), a new, international, dual language immersion K-8 nonprofit charter school in Cleveland, has several open positions, including family support liaison; a literacy coach who is bilingual in Mandarin and English; an assistant principal who is bilingual in Mandarin and English; and several K-1 certified teachers, Many of the teaching positions require people who are bilingual in English and/or Spanish and Mandarin. For a full list of job descriptions and to apply, click here.

NewBridge Cleveland
NewBridge Cleveland Center for Arts and Technology, a social change organization that provides youth arts education and market-driven, adult career training, needs a part-time ceramics teaching artist to Instruct and mentor students in artistic skills as well as social, cultural, developmental awareness through NewBridge’s after-school/summer programming. To apply, send cover letter, resume and NewBridge job application to the hiring manager.

Career on Wall Street leads entrepreneur home to start MarkersA

Born and raised in Cleveland’s Glenville neighborhood, Reginald Cash left home for New York City 14 years ago to pursue a career in financial services. A University School graduate, Cash earned a degree in economics from Columbia University and went on to become the one of the youngest directors of investor relations on Wall Street – working for both Deutsche Bank and UBS – raising billions in capital.

After a while on Wall Street, Cash’s hometown and his entrepreneurial spirit kept drawing him back. “After I had some professional success, my Cleveland roots started calling at me,” he recalls. “In Cleveland, it’s pretty important to give back to the city itself. That part of me never really left. It was tugging at me to build something and build something in Cleveland.”
So earlier this year Cash moved home and started MarkersA – a company created around an investor relations tool that aggregates financial data for real time communication. Cash came up with the idea based on his job experiences.
“I could relate information very quickly and I know who was the best person to receive it, who needed it when,” he explains. “I learned very early that I kind of had a knack for that. So, I created a tool that aggregates that information, identifies the relationships among information and provides some hints on who would be best placed with the information.”
Cash says he’s found the investment industry is behind the times in communications. “Right now, we [investor relations] report out earnings every three months,” he explains. “That idea is really dated. We communicate in real time and that’s the expected rate of communication. Financial communications have to join the world of real time communications.”
MarkersA does just that. “We want to be the tool where a company can begin to communicate with their shareholders, their stakeholders in real time,” Cash says. “We aggregate and bring all that information into one place.”
In fact, MarkerA has caught the attention of some big Cleveland players, Cash says. KeyBank, Parker Hannifin, Invacare and RPM International are all interested in the product. “The reception that we’ve had from local companies has been great,” he says.
Cash met with Flashstarts' Charles Stack about his business idea. While he didn’t go through the accelerator program, he was one of the early tenants of StartMart. “I was one of first people to raise my hand and say ‘I want to be a part of this,’” Cash says. “We’re excited. The space is great – it’s really turning into a great community. Moving back to Cleveland, we’ve been able to get audiences with larger companies. People want to invest in our ecosystems and I don’t think we’ve been turned away yet.”
Cash already has three employees and is looking for more. 

Who's Hiring in CLE: MidTown Cleveland, QED 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.
MidTown Cleveland Inc.
Business is booming in MidTown, from restaurants and new office developments to historic redevelopment and premier healthcare providers.
University Hospitals’ plans for its Rainbow Center for Women’s and Children’s Health on East 57th Street and Euclid Avenue is slated for completion in May 2016. Hemingway Development is developing more than 240,000 square feet of innovative office space geared at entrepreneurs with its MidTown Tech Park. The Agora Complex is home to offices and a new restaurant. There’s a new police station and plans to create plenty of green space.   

“MidTown’s right in the middle between downtown and University Circle,” says Dan Fashimpaur, the chair of MidTown Cleveland’s board of trustees. “It’s becoming more of an attractive area. And we’re setting the table for a lot more aggressive growth going forward.”
In preparation of that aggressive growth, MidTown has assembled a search committee to find its next executive director. “We’re looking for a high-powered, energetic individual who’s going to fight fires,” says Fashimpaur. “We need someone who is going to establish relationships with the city and foundations. Someone who thinks outside of the box to scale growth in MidTown.”
The executive director will be responsible for community engagement and collaboration; strategy development; performance management; finance; and fund development.
Send resume, cover letter highlighting qualifications and three to five professional references to Virginia Houston at Strategy Design Partners by 5 pm on Friday, October 30.  
Quality Electrodynamics
Quality Electrodynamics (QED), has several positions open as the global developer, manufacturer and supplier of advanced medical equipment electronics grows and prepares to move to its new 77,000 square foot space in Mayfield Village. Some of the open positions include a manufacturing engineer with an electrical engineering background; a product quality engineer; and a quality assurance (QA) inspector.
Send resumes to human resources.
Cleveland Office of Sustainability
The City of Cleveland Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, which leverages the city’s assets by collaborating with the community to improve the economic, environmental, and social well-being of its citizens, needs an executive assistant.
The assistant is responsible for assisting and providing support to a variety of projects. Responsibilities include working collaboratively with Office of Sustainability staff as well as staff from all city departments and divisions as needed to support the implementation of sustainability.
Submit a resume, cover letter and three references outlining experience and qualifications by Sunday, November 1 to Jenita McGowan, chief of sustainability, Mayor’s office room 227, 601 Lakeside Ave Cleveland, OH 44114.
The Music Settlement
The Music Settlement, which offers music therapy, early childhood education, and music instruction to people of all ages and levels of experience, has three open positions: controller; operations and publicity assistant for the Bop Stop; and maintenance assistant.  Apply through the Music Settlement’s careers page.
The Cleveland Foundation
The Cleveland Foundation needs a  gift planning officer to assist in the development and execution of strategic cultivation and fundraising activities that contribute to the growth of the endowment of the foundation.
The gift planning officer interacts daily with external constituents with a primary focus on the cultivation of relationships with professional advisors and other wealth management professionals and their clients to establish new funds and planned gifts.
Send resume and cover letter indicating salary requirements to the hiring manager by Friday, Nov. 6.


Who's Hiring in CLE: IBM UrbanCode, NewBridge 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.
IBM UrbanCode
Companies around the world in the gaming, retail, banking and technology fields have turned to IBM UrbanCode for help in supporting their DevOps needs. A leader in its field with headquarters in Cleveland, IBM UrbanCode continues to save its customers money with automation tools that enable organizations to deliver software to production faster while reducing errors.

“Organizations are finding that they can save money and increase customer satisfaction by simplifying and speeding up their entire software development and delivery process by using IBM UrbanCode software,” says Tracy Gavlak, IBM UrbanCode’s business operations specialist.
UrbanCode was acquired by IBM in 2013 but they still have a start-up vibe. “The Cleveland office is great because we have retained a startup feel,” explains Gavlak. “It's a professional yet relaxed atmosphere in a bright and fresh office space just a block from Playhouse Square.”

To keep up with demand for its software, IBM UrbanCode is looking to fill 23 positions on its software development team. The developers will code new features, do bug fixes and perform integrations with software development lifecycle tools. Qualified candidates may even help develop new products as they design, test, research and review existing code.
Open positions include senior Java software developer; software development manager, software tester and a business development representative. Qualified candidates should have a computer science degree or equivalent, Java coding experience, be a self-motivated strategic thinker with an analytic and problem solving skills and a passion for writing code. Register and apply online on IBM UrbanCode’s careers page.
C.TRAC, marketing solutions provider specializing in interactive marketing, database management and related support services, is looking for a development lead to develop and deliver solutions that answer client needs using salesforce marketing cloud and related interactive capabilities. Experience managing projects from whiteboard to delivery is critical. This person will lead the development team and collaborate with account service and technical solutions teams. To apply, please send resumes to the hiring manager.
NewBridge, an arts and technology vocational training center for youth and adults, has four open positions, including a chief program officer/director of student experience, a student employment specialist, a student recruitment specialist and an administrative assistant. Email resume, cover letter and NewBridge application form to the hiring manager.
The Neighborhood Leadership Development Program (NLDP), which is dedicated to enhancing the leadership abilities of engaged Clevelanders who are committed to creating a city and region which works for everyone, is looking for a graduate support manager to provide support and resources to NLDP graduates to enhance the development of their leadership skills and expand networking opportunities to create positive change in Cleveland. The manager will develop and maintain a broad based multi-faceted graduate support program using a variety of strategies. For questions or to apply, send resume and cover letter to Yuolanda Murray by Friday, September 25.
Terves, Inc., a materials science company producing engineered composites used in the oil and natural gas well completions and defense industries, has a variety of open positions, including an executive assistant to provide support to the COO and a project manager to manage all aspects of product development projects from feasibility to pilot scale production. To apply, email resume to the hiring manager.
OnShift, a provider of staffing solutions software for long-term care and senior living facilities, currently has 15 open positions, including front end and back end software developers and a marketing communications manager.   Click here to create a profile and submit an application.
Complion, an early stage software company whose cloud-based software stores critical clinical trial documentation for hospitals and medical centers, needs a director of marketing, a software product manager, an inside sales executive and a software developer. Email resumes to Rick Arlow  
SplashLink, an online resource for the water industry focused on connecting water challenges all over the world with expertise, solutions and the tools to manage projects from conception to deployment, needs collaborative and internet-savvy associates to provide research, data-entry and related support to assess water industry information and input applicable content; and identify and capture pertinent contact information to aid SplashLink’s sales team. Send cover letter and resume to Michele Kilroy by Thursday, October 8.  
Software Answers
Software Answers, which helps improve the learning of K-12 students through its software suite, ProgressBook, needs a technical support analyst to provide technical support to customers. Candidate must have knowledge of SQL and Microsoft Office applications and have one year of customer service experience. Email resume to the hiring manager.
Jakprints, a custom printer, needs a designer and two production operators. Email resumes to the hiring manager.

Who's Hiring in CLE: RageOn, LaunchHouse, the Cleveland Foundation 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.
Want a t-shirt covered with images of pizza? Or how about a tote bag with images of your own artwork? Since April 2014, RageOn has steadily grown as the one of the largest all-over print online stores. The e-commerce site specializes in custom print designs as well as apparel featuring the unique work of artists and designers.
Now RageOn is moving quickly into a new realm. “We’ve invented the world’s fastest and simplest custom printing with the simplest technology,” says founder Mike Krilivsky. “We’re expanding our technology base. It’s something we think will change of lot of aspects of the world as we know it right now.”
The new technology will allow RageOn to create custom products at an affordable price. “We can do custom creations without spending a lot of money,” he explains. “Anyone with access to a phone or a computer can create something and monetize it in seconds.”
Krilivsky continuously accepts resumes for any position, to keep a lookout for the best talent. “We always want to keep the door open to awesome talent,” he says. “The best way to do that is always make sure the new technology means he has some specific needs. “A lot of our positions require several different hats. That’s life at a startup.”
RageOn is currently hiring for 12 different positions. But with the new technology, Krilivsky has some specific needs – primarily a director of engineering, a senior designer and a director of marketing. “We’re making awesome products that people love and want to use,” he says. “Now we need some great people to do it.”
But Krilivsky warns that applicants have to have an entrepreneurial spirit to work at RageOn. “We don’t want to hire people who want a job – we want to hire people who want to change the world,” he says. Apply through RageOn’s website. For a complete list of open jobs and requirements, click here.
LaunchHouse, the entrepreneurial community in Shaker Heights, is looking for a front desk manager to work directly with the executive team on a variety of tasks. This is an opportunity for those who think outside the box and want to be part of a growing company that could lead to extended opportunities. Responsibilities include customer service, answering phones, event setup, writing a blog and other support tasks.  
Send resume and cover letter to the LaunchHouse team.
The Cleveland Foundation
The Cleveland Foundation needs a donor relations officer to cultivate relationships within an assigned portfolio of donors to inspire and engage their philanthropic interests and goals. Requirements include a bachelor’s degree and five to seven years of experience in a service environment where responsibilities included providing professional advice and personal service to a diverse group of high-profile donors/clients.
To apply, send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to the hiring manager by Friday, August 28. Candidates selected for an interview will be contacted the week of August 31.
BioEnterprise, an organization that creates and grows companies in bioscience and healthcare, needs a director of health IT talent development, a new position at BioEnterprise. Apply through JumpStart.
Ohio CAT
Ohio CAT, the exclusive authorized dealer of Caterpillar equipment and engines in Ohio, northern Kentucky and southeast Indiana, has five openings in its Broadview Heights facility. The jobs include equipment field service technician; project manager in the power systems division; emergency vehicle technician, oil and gas service and sales rep; compact power sales rep.  For complete job descriptions and to apply, visit the Ohio CAT careers page.
Empower Gas & Electric
Empower Gas & Electric, which has partnered with the City of Cleveland to deliver low cost, high impact energy efficiency services for enrolled aggregation customers through the Cleveland Energy$aver program, needs a Northeast Ohio community solutions director to implement on-the-ground energy efficiency programming. To apply, send resume and cover letter to the hiring manager.
The Vue
The Vue, Beachwood’s newest modern metropolitan apartments, is looking for an ambassador. The job is for six month and offers free rent at the Vue in exchange for Tweeting, Instagramming, blogging and serving as The Vue ambassador. Deadline to apply is Tuesday, August 25. To apply, submit resume and a 150-word essay explaining why you are the perfect ambassador. Also express your interest on your social media channels, tagging #HireMeVue in your posts.
Technical Assurance
Technical Assurance, a national building envelope consulting group that manages building enclosure consulting and design for assignments of any size or scope, is expanding its CAD production capabilities, including an AutoCAD operator in its Willoughby headquarters. The goal is to add depth to the department with a variety of experience levels.  Ideal candidates have experience with managing multiple projects, ability to operate in a fast-paced production environment, have a keen attention to details, and most importantly be a team player. To learn more about other open positions or to apply directly, please contact the hiring manager.
Software Answers
Software Answers needs a senior application developer with a solid understanding of web-based development on Microsoft technologies who also has a passion for developing quality software applications to work on its ProgressBook suite – applications to promote academic achievement in grades K-12. Apply through JumpStart.

Techies and creatives pool their talents to help 19 nonprofits at GiveCamp

Since 2010, coders, developers, graphic designers and social media experts have come together on the LeanDog barge for a summer weekend. They gather for Cleveland GiveCamp – a nationwide program to help non-profits with the technical projects – websites, apps and development jobs -- they couldn’t otherwise afford to do.
This year, on July 17-29, 200 volunteers came out to complete 19 different projects. “We did a lot of websites,” says organizer Amy Wong. “A lot of non-profits can’t afford $10,000 to $15,000 for a website. Absolutely no one gets paid to do this. It’s probably one of the most organized, professionally done events around.”
There is an organizing committee, project troubleshooters, project managers for each project, general volunteers and social media pros making sure each challenge is met by the end of the weekend.
All of the 19 projects help worthwhile causes, says Wong. But two particular projects stood out this year. Veggie U, an organization that teaches nutrition education to elementary school students, wanted to develop a game to teach third graders healthy living education. Nineteen GiveCamp volunteers, including a 3D animator and five people with game development experience, developed Veggie Worms.
“As a small nonprofit we would never have been able to afford the expertise required for a specialized application like this, as our funds are required for operations and getting our program into elementary and special needs classrooms,” says Vicki Jenkins, Veggie U marketing manager. “It's always been a goal of ours to involve parents in our program and let them know what their children are learning in school. We felt a game that could be played together and discussed at home would be both fun and educational.”
Jenkins was thrilled with the game and the volunteers. “GiveCamp was an intense, exhilarating experience. I personally learned quite a bit and met some amazing professionals,” she says. “Without their help we never could have considered a custom game.”
Volunteers for a project for the Cleveland Cultural Gardens, which encompasses 29 gardens and eight gardens in development along MLK Boulevard and East Boulevard in Rockefeller Park, built an app for visitors to navigate the gardens. The app uses GPS to help users to find a particular garden and then provides information about it.
“The app is terrific,” says Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation (CCGF) board member and GiveCamp volunteer Dan Hanson. “It lets anyone with a PC, tablet or smart phone access the map and plan a trip in advance or, if at the Gardens, use GPS to determine location and where they want to go next. Once we have all the data entered, a visitor will be able to stand in front of a statue and the app will use GPS to let them know which Garden they are in, which statue they are looking at and some details about each. “

Hanson says GiveCamp was quite an experience. “The three days were long and intense but working with the GiveCamp volunteers was a blast. They were tremendously talented and dedicated. The app they created is not just for the CCGF – it is for the entire city and region. Locals and visitors can all now maximize their visit to this unique destination.”
Eight developers and a geo-mapper worked on the CCGF project. As an all-volunteer organization, the Gardens would not have been able to develop the app without GiveCamp.

MAGNET to share the secrets of attracting and retaining employees in the manufacturing industry

A frequent concern in the manufacturing industry is how to attract and keep talented people. “It’s the number one thing we hear from manufacturers,” says Matt Fieldman, vice president for external affairs for MAGNET. “It’s probably the number one thing plaguing Northeast Ohio employers in general.”

So next Thursday, August 6, MAGNET will host a free seminar to address workforce needs in the manufacturing industry – sharing the secrets of successful manufacturers in the region and telling some not-so-pleasant truths about hiring the right people.
“Develop Your Workforce for Growth” will feature three speakers from successful area manufacturers who will share their secrets to successful hiring and retention of top talent. Reggie Stover, vice president of people and talent for Fairmount Santrol will share Fairmount’s best practices and strategies for talent retention and Kenton Woodhead, material manager of Royal Plastics will discuss the challenges of addressing the incumbent workforce.
Bill Swan, training coordinator of Swagelok, will talk about Right Skills Now, a collaborative pilot program created between MAGNET, Tri-C and Swagelok that offers accelerated training for manufacturing jobs. After completing the program, graduates can choose to either stay at Swagelok or take a job elsewhere.

“It’s the chicken-or-the-egg problem: How do you get the job without experience,” explains Fieldman. “The idea is let’s create fast-track training programs where we develop the workforce.”

Fieldman says the program is designed to give workers a leg up in securing mid-level manufacturing jobs. “The average salary in the manufacturing world is $55,000 for a middle skills job that is 9-5 and 40 hours a week,” he says. “We can help scale up people for whom college is not an option or white collar isn’t the right path. This program makes these jobs inclusive and accessible to people.”
MAGNET plans to expand the Right Skills Now program across Northeast Ohio. “This is real talk, this is tough love for some manufacturers,” says Fieldman of Thursday’s seminar. "You can’t get experienced people and not pay. If you want entry-level people, you have to be prepared to train them. That’s where MAGNET comes in: we help small- and medium-size manufacturers attract, retain, and develop their people for the long term.”

The speakers will be followed by a brainstorming session. The seminar runs from 9 am to 11:30 am at Lakeland Community College Holden University Center. Registration is preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.

Porath Print Solutions helps nonprofits and small businesses with free seminars

As a small printing company in Warrensville Heights, Porath Print Solutions has seen its share of struggles and issues in the non-profits and small businesses the 16-person company has served since 1968. So this year, Porath chief problem solver Gerry Engelhart decided it was time to start sharing his knowledge with a bi-monthly seminar series.

“Our boss is a very community-oriented person,” says Porath’s Rachel Gordon. “We all kept seeing our clients, especially  non-profits, coming to us with printings and mailings and we realized we’re not giving them the bigger picture of what different organizations were doing to raise money. It could be much easier for them on the front end if they knew some things. ”
So Porath started a series of free breakfast seminars to educate organizations on how to organize fundraising campaigns. “The first two were just about fundraising – how to connect with your current donors,” says Gordon. “It’s so [much] less expensive to keep the supporters you have than to find new ones.”
Now, Porath will team up on Tuesday, June 30 with Simone Cameron of Cleveland Heights marketing firm the Annek Group to host another free seminar on social media. “Social Media: The Basics” will cover all the things Porath learned while implementing its own social media strategy. “A few months ago we didn’t have a social media presence at all,” says Gordon. “Then we connected with Simone and now we have Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and an e-newsletter.”
Seminar attendees will learn about the importance of multi-channel marketing and how and when to use the different social media outlets. “For us, it was kind of a revelation,” says Gordon of Porath’s own foray into social media. “As we’re learning about this we realized there are definitely other people going through the same thing. There are basic questions that are overwhelming.”
Gordon says the seminar is just Engelhart’s way of giving back. “He’ll make time for anyone,” she says. “For us, it’s helpful because it just keeps us fresh and it keeps the ideas flowing.”
The free seminar is from 8 am to 9:30 am on June 30 at the Porath offices, 21000 Miles Parkway in Warrensville Heights. A light breakfast will be served. Register or call (216) 626-0060 for more information. Guests are encourage to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Cleveland Food Bank.

So much going on at the 5th annual Tech Week, OHTec made it 10 days

The annual OHTec Tech Week has grown so much in the past four years that this year’s event is actually 10 days long. The event features leading companies, products and guest speakers in Cleveland’s tech industry.  “There are big things added this year,” says OHTec executive director Brad Nellis.

Between 4,000 and 5,000 people are expected to attend the 16 events during OHTec Tech Week this year – double last year’s attendance and Nellis estimates about 10 times the attendance than its first year. “Every year it’s been a record,” he says. “What we’re really most proud of is that it’s such a vibrant industry in Northeast Ohio.”

The week kicks off this Thursday, April 9 with serial entrepreneur Ray Dalton, founder of Aurora-based PartSource. Dalton will speak on the development and success of his medical replacement parts business at the Aloft Hotel.

New this year is a partnership with the Great Lakes Science Center (GLSC), which will host Yuri’s Night Space Party, which celebrates the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin. People celebrate around the world and in Cleveland with a big party on Saturday, April 11 at the GLSC.

Outer space appreciation continues with the always-popular Space Apps Challenge on Friday, April 10th through Sunday, April 12th at NASA Glenn Research Center. “It’s a hackathon kind of thing,” says Nellis. “Teams come in Friday night and they come back Saturday and start writing software.”

Two events will both encourage students to explore STEM careers and offer networking opportunities to those who want to get into the field. Nellis and Tim Needles, founder/CEO of Onix Networking, will speak at Tri-C’s Speed Networking event on the state of Northeast Ohio’s tech industry. Employers will also be present to talk about potential job opportunities.
Goodyear STEM Career Day on Saturday, April 18 at the University of Akron targets 1,500 students, parents and counselors who are interested in STEM careers. “Obviously, it raises awareness of the IT industry,” says Nellis. “We want kids to understand what great careers there are in tech.”
Tech companies will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas, products and services to IT executives at the fourth annual Pitch Night at Lockkeepers in Valley View on Monday, April 13. “It raises awareness of these IT executives that there are really good companies right here in Northeast Ohio,” says Nellis of the event. “It’s a mix of early stage companies and later stage companies. The audience votes on best pitch, most intriguing product and product most wanted. It’s a great way to make it interactive.”
And, of course, there is the ninth annual OHTec Best of Tech Awards, which will be held on Thursday, April 16th at Red Space.
There are many additional events going on during the 10 day tech celebration. The events require registration and some events have admission fees. Click here for a full calendar and to register.

who's hiring in cle: wheedle, triple analytics 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.
John Weston knows how hard it is for bars and restaurants to draw customers. For the past seven years, the entrepreneur and president of Prime Marketing and Management Group Weston has tried just about every gimmick to bring patrons to establishments like Barley House, Town Hall and Harry Buffalo.
“It’s a pain in the butt to get people in,” says Weston. “The only network we had was social media, and that takes hours and hours of scrolling to find target customers. I thought, what if there’s a platform for restaurants that want to get the word out?”
So Weston and his partners, Brian Stein and Evan Cooper developed the Wheedle app. Wheedle, or the process of persuading someone to do something or give you something, allows users to enter details about the kind of evening they are looking for. Participating restaurants and bars can then respond with offers that match the request. The app is free for customers and establishments only pay if an offer is accepted.

“We want to have the Match.com functionality for the hospitality industry,” says Cooper. You have people marketing to you.”
Wheedle has been beta testing the app since its soft launch in October. After some tweaks and gathering feedback, the team is ready for a full regional launch this spring. In anticipation of the re-launch, the company is developing its internal development team.
Currently Wheedle needs a technology lead to oversee the outsourced development of its iOS and Android apps while the company prepares to bring development in-house over the next year. The ideal candidate will have Django/Python and mobile app development experience.  Contact Brian Stein for more information or to apply.
Triple Analytics
Triple Analytics, a digital health startup that uses data analytics to help care providers personalize the treatment of chronic conditions, is looking for a front end developer, a senior software engineer and a web designer.
The front end developer will work with the lead developer, product manager, and designer to wireframe, storyboard, and develop user experience

The senior software engineer will work with the team to define, design, implement and test big feature development; coordinate the development team to architect and build large distributed systems; and improve security and big data management while scaling our platform.
The web designer will manage and update Triple Analytics’ website layout and design slide decks and promotional material.
For detailed information about these jobs, click here. To apply for all three jobs, contact the hiring manager.

Quo is building an exciting new way to find an apartment. Our data driven personalized concierge service is in limited beta and seeking an energetic and thoughtful part time junior developer (front-end and back-end) with experience in PHP (ideally Laravel), MySQL, HTML, CSS, Javascript, API integration (Google Maps, Facebook, Foursquare). This position offers constant exposure to our founders and an opportunity to impact all facets of the business, an entrepreneurial mind is a huge plus. Send resumes to the hiring manager.
The Music Settlement
The Music Settlement needs a clinical music therapist to plan and conduct data-based music therapy services at community locations and at the settlement. The therapist will provide clinical music therapy services for children and youth with severe emotional and behavioral disturbances in a residential treatment setting. The music therapist is also involved in ongoing research projects at the residential treatment center. Attach cover letter and resume to application.
The Cleveland Foundation
The Cleveland Foundation is looking for a gift planning officer to assist in the development and execution of strategic cultivation and fundraising activities that contribute to the growth of the endowment of the foundation. The officer interacts daily with external constituents with a primary focus on the cultivation of relationships with professional advisors and other wealth management professionals and their clients to establish new funds and planned gifts.  Send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to the hiring manager by February 13.
Pervasive Path Consulting
Pervasive Path Consulting helps clients make the most of mobile. Whether for customer engagement, or to drive internal process efficiency, Pervasive helps their clients figure out what they should do, how they should do it and then prepare the organization to be successful in their mobile initiatives. The company needs mobile application developers who have at least three years’ experience in developing web and mobile applications. Send resumes to the hiring manager.
BlueBridge Networks
BlueBridge Networks, a regional leader in data storage, with data center services, cloud computing and infrastructure solutions across its networks, has several technical positions open: a network administrator ; a systems engineer; and a data center sales engineer. To apply send resume and cover letter to the hiring manager.
Apex Construction & Management
Apex Construction and Management, a small general contractor, needs an estimator/project manager. Candidates must be able to read blueprints and take off quantities independently, be computer literate and self- motivated.  Experience of estimating software such as PlanSwift is a plus but not necessary. Candidates must be well organized, have strong knowledge of commercial construction especially interior renovation work. 
Applicants must also be able to serve as project manager during summers. Duties include scheduling, purchasing, coordination with subcontractors and suppliers, expediting submittals, document control, change order processing, attendance at jobsite and owner/architect meetings. Send resume and salary requirements to the hiring manager.
Quasar Energy Group
Quasar Energy Group needs a project development analyst to conduct research and analysis of new and existing project opportunities to support successful business development and project management activities of the broader project development team. To apply, contact human resources.
JumpStart Inc. is looking for a partner of entrepreneurial services, access to capital. The ideal candidate is an experienced investment expert who will provide subject matter expertise, assess client needs/priorities and deliver high impact services with an emphasis on helping companies gain access to follow-on capital. For more information and to apply, click here.
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