About The Event

 Join us for a day focused on helping your small business access the resources, support and opportunities you need to grow. Hosted by the Business Growth Collaborative—a network of 11 entrepreneurial support organizations in Northeast Ohio—the day is structured to allow business owners and their teams gain access to the specific tools that best match their unique needs at no cost to the small business. 

Each attendee's plan for the day specifically addresses their most pressing challenges and focuses on creating connections to the people, training and resources that will help their business grow.


Jeff Hoffman

We are excited to announce that Jeff Hoffman will be joining us as our lunch keynote speaker! Jeff is a successful entrepreneur, proven CEO, worldwide motivational speaker, published author, Hollywood film producer, a producer of a Grammy winning jazz album, and executive producer of an Emmy Award winning television show.  In his career, he has been the founder of multiple startups, he has been the CEO of both public and private companies, and he has served as a senior executive in many capacities.  Jeff has been part of a number of well-known successful startups, including Priceline.com, Booking.com, uBid.com and more. Click HERE to read his full bio. 

The day includes:

 •    An exhibit hall comprised of small business support organizations and resource providers, including Business Growth Collaborative Partners and other businesses focused on supporting entrepreneurs.
•    One-on-one appointments with organizations offering personalized advice on how to address specific business needs.
•    “Speed networking” tables attendees can rotate through, meeting new people, making new connections and discussing pertinent topics.
•    Hands-on workshops focused on the most common small business needs, interests and challenges.

Intellectual Property 101
presented by Luis Carrion, Partner, Renner Otto

Using Capital to Start and Grow a Business 
presented by Jasmine Dixon, Capital Advisor, ECDI – Economic & Community Development Institute

Create a Sales Plan 
presented by Rick McDermott, Certified Sandler Instructor, Sandler Training

Business Valuation 
presented by Joseph Pilla, VP - Advanced Strategies &
        Business Advisory Services, 21st Century Financial Inc.

Developing a Product Customers Want
co-presented by Amy Young, Startup Associate, MAGNET and Alec Simon, Startup Advisor, MAGNET

Credit & Money Management 
presented by Shashonna Duckworth, Regional Financial Coach, Operation Hope

Focus on Your Business Goals: SMART Tasks & Milestones 
presented by Lorne Novick, Senior Partner, Services & Deal Flow Management, JumpStart 
presented by Lamont Mackley, Partner, Core City Services & Outreach, JumpStart

      Small Business Research and Innovation Grants for Innovative Companies presented by Dave Salay, Sr. Program Manager, OAI – Ohio Aerospace Institute presented by Anthony Gillespie, Sr. Program Manager, OAI – Ohio Aerospace Institute

Making Your Business Legal presented by Felicia Townsend Ivey, Business Advisor CBA,Minority Business Assistance Center,
Urban League of Greater Cleveland

Establishing and Securing your IT Infrastructure presented by Patty Zinn, Micro Systems Management

Supplier Diversity Readiness

        presented by Terrell Knight, MBE Services Manager, Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council

      How Businesses Obtain Credit          presented by Nate Marshall, Manager of Consumer and Private Bank Services, Cortland Bank

Cash Flow Analysis/ Working Capital         presented by Luis Cartagena, CPA, President/CEO, Cartagena CPA & Consultants, LLC

How to Stay Out of Court and Save a Ton on Lawyers if You Can't          presented by Alex Gertsburg, Owner, Gertsburg Law Co.

Excellence in Entrepreneurship- Building Your Professional Consultants Team         presented by The Presidents' Council

Building an Effective Small Business Website         presented by Vince Salvino, Web Developer, CodeRed

•    A social media lab where business owners can develop their brand image by creating a social media presence onsite at the event on the major social channels of Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.

•    Complimentary professional headshots. - courtesy of Dollar Bank

•    A video lounge where attendees can film a 15- to 30-second pitch video to promote their business.

Business Growth Collaborative Partners: 


The Business Growth Collaborative is a partnership of entrepreneurial support organizations committed to seeing the growth of businesses in the City of Cleveland and its surrounding neighborhoods, with a special focus on minority-owned businesses. The BGC accomplishes this mission by sharing resources, achieving milestones for clients across our organizations, and streamlining the service ecosystem.

Presenting Sponsors


Bronze Sponsors

   XXICortland Bank Dollar Bank for Small Biz Resource Fair     
   Micro   Minute Men   Spectrum ReachVsp   


Copper Sponsors

Compass Payroll    Local Biz Guru


FREE for members

FREE for non-members


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I-X Center

1 I-X Center Dr.

Cleveland, Ohio 44135

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