Entrepreneurs + Innovators

Sweet journey: Fear’s Confections celebrates birthday with chocolate, local art, scavenger hunt
Confection lovers from across Northeast Ohio are invited to drop in to Fear's Confections this weekend to experience the hand-made sweets and nerdy, rockabilly vibe that define the shop that offers “sweets to die for” and participate in a neighborhood scavenger hunt.
Custom orders: MAGNET tailors its services to bring Cleveland builders to market
When MAGNET hosts its annual Mspire pitch competition—Ohio's only pitch challenge exclusively for manufacturing-focused entrepreneurs—the organization adapts to its individual entrepreneurs to offer the services they need to scale up and get to market. 
From steam powered to Space Age: IngenuityFest is back in full force
IngenuityFest 2022 returns this weekend, bigger and better than ever with an expanded footprint. The annual festival this year brings returning favorites and new exhibits, as well as shows off the community partnerships that have been forged in the past two years. 
Applications are now open for season five of Chain Reaction small business competition
Fox 8's Kenny Crumpton announced this morning on "Kickin' it with Kenny" that applications are now open for season five of Cleveland Chain Reaction—the small business pitch competition that connects entrepreneurs to capital and mentors and creates new businesses in Cleveland neighborhoods to stimulate job growth and prosperity. 
#People of CLE: Angie Schmitt, public transportation activist
Meet Angie Schmitt, an author, entrepreneur, and advocate for safe, accessible, affordable, and reliable public transportation in Cleveland. 
Delicious traditions: SoCo Tahini brings bold flavors to CLE
Dana Harary always searched for the tahini she loved when she came from Israel to Cleveland visit her mother. Now living in Northeast Ohio, she and her partners founded SoCo Tahini—with flavors so good, even chef Doug Katz uses it at Zhug.
Don’s Lighthouse: The North Coast legacy created by a German immigrant and entrepreneur
Cleveland Masterworks: In the early 1900s Otto and Elma Poschke made their mark in Cleveland running a refreshment stand at Edgewater Park. That stand evolved into a restaurant that would eventually become Don's Lighthouse Inn—still a hotspot today in the Edgewater neighborhood.
Expanding manufacturing innovations: MAGNET pitch competition now covers all of Northern Ohio
For seven years, MANGET's annual MSPIRE event has stood as the only pitch challenge for Northeast Ohio’s manufacturing-focused entrepreneurs. This year, the competition expands to all of northern Ohio, in a partnership with Toledo-based ProMedica Innovations. Who will pitch the most innovative hard tech, advanced materials, product, or technology this year?
Where recovery meets community: Renovated Stella Maris Coffee Shop is a sober place for a cup of joe
After closing during the pandemic, the newly renovated Stella Maris Coffee Shop on Washington Avenue is back in business and offering workforce development for its employees in recovery, as well as a tasty cup of coffee or tea for the patrons. 
It’s all a Blur: Lake Erie Ink’s teen writers reflect on life today in new anthology
Lake Erie Ink, a Cleveland Heights writing space for youth, last week released its sixth annual teen anthology, "Blur," depicting the voices and reflections of area teenagers.
A rising tide: SCORE works with Community Development Corporations to uplift local businesses
While small businesses in Cleveland are still recovering from COVID-19, nonprofit SCORE Cleveland is teaming up with area Community Development Corporations to offer the resources and tools that can help these businesses recover.
Inspiring the uninspired: Destination Dream Foundation aims to motivate youth through the arts
Artist and entrepreneur Jada Renee has fond memories of her grandparents’ home on Forest Avenue in the Buckeye neighborhood. Today she has embarked on an ioby crowdfunding campaign to transform the property into INDI Art House — a place dedicated to youth workforce development programming, mental health, and the arts. 
Growing roots: Gateway 105 Farmers’ Market returns to Glenville, in a new home and location
After 10 years of operating out of tents on a lot on East 105th Street and Ashbury Avenue, The Famicos Foundation is now running The Gateway 105 Farmers' Market in a new enclosed building down the street in Glenville.
Perfect pairings: Good Company joins Buildings & Food Hospitality Group
Buildings & Food Hospitality Group's Will Hollingsworth has brought Brett Sawyer's Good Company restaurant under the umbrella of companies that also includes Hollingsworth's Prosperity Social Club and the Spotted Owl locations.
The Metro45 Café Food Truck: A social enterprise on wheels
With a mission of serving those who are experiencing homelessness or struggling with employment, Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry's Metro45 Food Truck is hitting the streets again this summer.  
Puzzle pieces: CDCs a critical part of a neighborhood network for small businesses
Cleveland's Community Development Corporations and a network of supporting organizations joining together on the march to economic progress in city neighborhoods. Learn how this cooperation evolves into great projects. 
Now we’re cooking: Chefs Jill Davis and Karen Small embark on a new joint culinary concept
Two well-known Cleveland chefs and restaurant owners—Karen Small of the Flying Fig and Jill Davis of Toast—are embarking on a new culinary project together.
Landing a reboot: CycleWerks co-founder transitions into launching a new e-bike breed
Scott Colosimo launched his e-bike career with Cleveland CycleWerks in 2009, but now he's on to bigger and better things with the LAND District—a new business and a new generation of transitional vehicles. 
Innovative thinking: 25 visionaries to pitch their ideas at Accelerate civic pitch competition
Cleveland Leadership Center's annual Accelerate civic pitch competition is coming in February, and 25 innovators and entrepreneurs are armed with creative new ideas in six categories to vie for the $5,000 prize.
Celebrating 50 years of rocking the falafel on Coventry
Crowds came out to Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights last Friday to wish Tommy's  owner Tommy Fello a happy 50th anniversary of the iconic restaurant.