Nine Northeast Ohio minority-owned companies were recognized on May 22 at the
offices as inaugural members of the Charter One
Launch100 Leadership Circle. The Circle recognizes diverse entrepreneurs committed to turning their business ideas into some of the region’s most impactful minority-owned or led companies.
“It was a really wonderful event,” says Gloria Ware, JumpStart senior advisor. “It was a really good example of companies that are willing to grow jobs and keep moving forward.”
Minorities account for 40 percent of the entrepreneurial community, yet many of the companies have only one or two employees. These nine companies are on track to have an average of 50 employees in the next three to five years.
“We would like to highlight these entrepreneurs who are mentors or role models to other minority entrepreneurs in the community,” says Ware. “Entrepreneurs in general can feel very overwhelmed and alone in their business. I think this was a good event for them to move forward.”
The nine companies are: Algae Producers of America
, CFRC Water & Energy Solutions
; MET Innovations
; OPTIMA Lender Services
; Queen Ann Inc.
; RKN Corporation
; Simply Southern Sides
; Wellness Integrated Network
; and Zuga Medical
Ware says the event was also beneficial for the Charter One bankers in attendance. “They got to hear some of the entrepreneur’s struggles,” she says. “It was a win-win for everyone.”
Source: Gloria Ware
Writer: Karin Connelly