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    Cultivating Cleveland’s Small Business Community


    On April 27th, JumpStart’s Core City: Cleveland Program brought together 11 entrepreneurs and businesses to compete in the Pitch Your Business Competition. To kick-off the competition, the competitors were addressed by Mayor Frank Jackson, who stressed the importance of cultivating small businesses for the health of the City. The co-winners of the competition, W.O.W and Athar Audio, received a $1,000 prize to help advance and grow their businesses. Other businesses received $500 to further advance their enterprises.

    W.O.W Established in 1998, as Women On Wheels, Inc., now Workers-On-Wheels, has grown to help create jobs in Northeast Ohio, provide quality service and do so in an environmentally conscious manner that caters to major corporations, various types of public and private institutions and some residential homes.

    Dennis Athar of Athar Audio, is a Slavic Village native that invented the Lucid Speaker system in 2012. The portable speaker replaces large speaker systems used for performances, and through physics and timing provide clear and discernable audio to all audience members. 

    The Core City program is a pilot initiative to help drive inclusiveness into Cleveland’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. The program was established to assist entrepreneurs and small business owners in underserved areas of Cleveland. Through a series of workshops and open office hours, culminating in the Pitch Your Business Competition, entrepreneurs and business owners received mentoring and guidance on business planning, marketing, and investment pitching. 

    The Core City program over the course of the past 6 months has assisted over 152 businesses and entrepreneurs. The four workshops have seen diverse participation with 58% of the attendees being women and 82% being minorities. The program was sponsored by Fifth Third Bank, Cleveland Foundation, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, Inc., and JumpStart, Inc.