JumpStart Inc.

Raising capital is hard enough, but did you know that only 2.7 % of venture capital investment goes to female-founded businesses?

On Thursday, August 18th, JumpStart hosted an insightful panel discussion examining how female founders are defying the statistics and finding creative paths to funding.

This event, sponsored by Fifth Third Bank, featured an all-star line-up of entrepreneurs, investors and change makers including Michelle Murcia (West Capital Advisors), Reka Barabas (Bad Girl Ventures), Wayne Wallace (Mutual Capital Partners), Natasha Pongonis (OYE! Business Intelligence), Audrey Wallace (Komae) and Cathy Belk (JumpStart).  

Direct download: Female-Founders-Final-ReEdit.mp3
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On Wednesday, May 18, JumpStart and the Women’s Business Center of Ohio welcomed a panel of successful business owners for a discussion about women-owned, minority and disadvantaged business certifications.

The group explored the pros and cons of each certification type, and talked about how to leverage your certifications to gain additional business.

Sponsored by the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative in partnership with Cuyahoga Community College.

Direct download: OverLunch-51816-FINAL.mp3
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On Tuesday, April 19th, Citizens Bank and Growth Opportunity Partners hosted a conversation about the best ways companies can position themselves to become anchor businesses in their community.

The discussion, sponsored by Citizens Bank, centered around Cleveland’s historical assets, how those assets have changed throughout the city’s history and how companies can use them as a key driver in business growth.

Direct download: WellBeingOfTheCititzen_FINAL.mp3
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From introducing a new product to entering a new market, a comprehensive approach to market research can help reduce the risks involved in growing your business. 

On Tuesday, March 8, JumpStart's Market Research Analyst, Jaclyn Sommers, hosted an informative seminar on how to validate product and target market assumptions across varied industries and technologies, and the importance of market research for startups and small businesses.

Sponsored by Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative in partnership with Cuyahoga Community College.

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In this presentation, Joe Pulizzi, author of the new book Content Inc., details how many of today's most successful businesses started, and how they have become some of the fastest growing businesses on the planet. Better yet, the presentation breaks down what you can learn from these companies, and how you can use these strategies to grow your business.

Direct download: Pulizzi-Final.mp3
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On Tuesday, January 19, Citizens Bank and Growth Opportunity Partners hosted a discussion with Dr. Ken Mayland on economic forcasting in 2016.

 Dr. Mayland discussed the data and trends related to job growth, impact of a rising interest rate environment, GDP growth and general economic trends, and how the changing economy could influence the financial strategy for your business this year.

Direct download: Podcast-GrowthOpps-KenMayland.mp3
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To take your business to the next level, you need to grow; and to grow you need highly effective marketing and sales strategies to improve your bottom line.

Building these kinds of strategies takes a comprehensive understanding of the market, including your customers’ needs and the unique value your product or service brings. With so much on the line, it can sometimes be hard to know where to begin.

On Wednesday, May 20, JumpStart hosted an open discussion on how to get started evaluating, planning and executing successful marketing and sales strategies for small businesses.

Sponsored by Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative in partnership with Cuyahoga Community College.

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For young businesses, financial forecasting is often an overwhelming undertaking. Learning how to build and present financial projections that attract the attention of bankers and investors without venturing into unrealistic territory can be a difficult task to master.

On Wednesday, December 3, JumpStart held a two-part evening seminar aimed at conquering the numbers and helping business owners create a financial roadmap for success. (View Part 1 here.)

During the second half of the event, JumpStart's Lamont Mackley sat down with Shawn Ondrejko, Vice President of Business Banking at Charter One, and Todd Federman, Executive Director at North Coast Angel Fund, to discuss what to look for in a forecast and common red flags that might sour a deal.

Direct download: Financial-Forecast-2-Podcast-Final.mp3
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High-profile cyber breaches with companies such as Target, Home Depot and JP Morgan Chase have proven how easy it is for hackers to steal information (including credit card numbers, passwords, social security numbers, client records, etc). Small businesses wear the biggest bulls-eye when it comes to being targeted by hackers for many reasons – often small organizations don’t have onsite IT support or are not thinking about prevention when planning.

During an evening seminar on Wednesday, November 12, JumpStart’s new Small Business team took an in-depth look at Cyber Security to find out what you can do to stay ahead of the game.

Moderated by Michael Jeans, President of Small Business Lending and Senior Partner at JumpStart, this session covered the steps small businesses can take to protect their customers, assets, employees, and ultimately their business. Panelists include Eric Vanderburg, Director, Information Systems and Security at JurInnov Ltd., Barbara Paynter of Hennes Paynter Communications and Mary-Alice Frank, CEO of the American Red Cross Cleveland.

Direct download: Cybersecurity-Final.mp3
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On October 23, JumpStart Inc. partnered with Tech Savvy Women for a sold-out event connecting job candidates with companies currently recruiting new talent.

 

The event, titled Tech Savvy Women: Working for a Startup, featured Jumpstart Senior Recruiter Angie Kilgore, who spoke about what it takes to work at a startup, as well as Tanya Wagener from Big River and Christine Knific from Movable, who shared their personal stories and lessons learned during their time working for Northeast Ohio startups.

Direct download: TSW-Working-For-A-Startup.mp3
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