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UCI NextStep

Small Businesses Take the NextStep into Growth


University Circle Inc.’s innovative NextStep program is designed to help CEOs of local small businesses grow and scale their operations by developing their skills and network of peers and advisors.

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Popular Yoga Studio Grows with Fun and Fitness


Tami Schneider built her business from scratch by focusing on getting people together to exercise and have fun. Today, Cleveland Yoga is one of the most popular studios in Greater Cleveland.

Bar staff at Saucy Brew Works

Saucy Brew Works: “There will be beer. And it will be good.”


The Cleveland beer scene gains a new brewery, Saucy Beer Works, built on quality brews, local knowledge and strong partnerships. But the owner says successfully starting a craft brewery takes one more thing: forward thinking. Here’s what they’ve done and what they’ve got coming up.

Tri-C first responder class

Changing Lives, Saving Lives


Tri-C’s first responder training program receives national recognition for its proactive solution to a growing workforce gap in Northeast Ohio.

The Platform Brewhouse

New Traditions Brewing at the Home of the Cleveland Indians


Each year old favorites, new traditions and a few surprises await Cleveland Indians fans, both on the field and on the concourse at Progressive Field. Cleveland’s craft beer and thriving local food culture have transformed the fan experience and thanks to innovative entrepreneurs like the folks behind Platform Beer Co., it’s not just your father’s beer at the old ballgame.

The owners of Hungry Bee Catery, Kimberly McCune Gibson and her husband Jimmy

From Start-Up to Serving the Stars: Hungry Bee Catery


With just a few hundred dollars, a local couple took their catering dream and made it a reality. After some bumps in the road, professional chefs Kimberly McCune Gibson and her husband Jimmy, rapidly grew their small catering service into a retail shop and can now boast serving some pretty famous clientele.

JumpStart Board of Trustees member Bill Hartmann

For KeyCorp Chief Risk Officer Bill Hartmann, Serving JumpStart is Rewarding


Founded in 2004, JumpStart has worked to strengthen the economic vitality of Northeast Ohio by helping entrepreneurs get their businesses off the ground. From funding, to mentoring, to recruiting, JumpStart offers resources to help businesses grow. KeyBank’s Bill Hartmann joined the JumpStart Board of Trustees in 2011 and shares what the organization means to him and the community.


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