Twelve weeks after enrolling in JumpStart’s small business impact program, Mondie Gonzales, co-owner of “Escape in 60” in Cleveland’s Warehouse District, won its entrepreneur showcase competition with a pitch for a unique, more impactful line of escape rooms and other puzzle experiences.
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So delighted was Vivien Phoenix’s mother with the cupcake tower she made on Mother’s Day 2013, she decided then and there to go into business. Thus was born Bossy Bakery Boutique, Cleveland’s first Black- and female-owned mobile bakery. Five years later, Phoenix and her hot-pink bakery truck are going strong, enjoying a lively trade at local festivals, farmer’s markets, and private events.
Organizations across Northeast Ohio have come together to provide financial support to UBIZ Venture Capital, an Urban League of Greater Cleveland affiliate that focuses on pre-loan technical assistance and providing growth capital to minority-owned small businesses.