Accelerate applications due Monday!

Applications for Accelerate 2018: Citizens Make Change, presented in partnership with Citizens’ Bank, are open through December 4, 2017. Any individual in Northeast Ohio who has an idea to improve the community can submit an application. Twenty-five, five presenters in five categories, will be selected to pitch their idea at the event. The winner of each category wins…

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CLC alumni leading the charge for Ohio CDC of The Year

Executive Director Jeff Verespej (CBB 2013; former Leadership Council Chair) and Director, Marketing and Development, Jason Powers (CBB 2016) are making great things happen in Old Brooklyn and their efforts have been recognized. Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation recently won the “CDC of The Year” Award from the Ohio CDC Association at the statewide organization’s…

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Accelerate 2015 winner creating an employable workforce

Accelerate 2015 winner Matt Fieldman launched Cleveland Codes in January 2016. To date, over 70 low-income or under-employed adults have been successfully trained as entry-level, full-stack software developers. Roughly 40 percent of graduates are women, and over 60 percent are minorities. Over 70 percent of graduates are now actively working in technology careers, with many…

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Accelerate 2017’s Jowan Smith selected for JumpStart’s Core City Impact Program

Jowan Smith was one of five entrepreneurs selected to participate in the next cohort of JumpStart Inc.’s Core City Impact Program. According to Jumpstart’s website, the “12-week business assistance program is designed to drive economic impact in the city of Cleveland by helping individuals overcome obstacles to entrepreneurship through hands-on advising and industry-specific mentoring.” The…

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Give interns meaning, not just work

“Your college interns are increasingly likely to be your future employees,” writes CLC President and CEO Marianne Crosley in Smart Business Magazine. “… How can you increase the odds those offers will be accepted? Make them aware of opportunities to be involved in the community, and in your company’s own civic agenda.” Read her column to…

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