Entrepreneurs Grantees

A Piece of Cleveland, a local start up business that “upcycles” salvaged lumber into home and office furnishings, was awarded $5,000 as a capital investment to help purchase equipment that would make their manufacturing process more efficient and enhance their profitability.

Bringing Solar Power to Cleveland: Appropriately Applied Technologies was awarded $3,300 to install a solar-photovoltaic awning in order to raise awareness about solar power and to act as a demonstration of how renewable energy can be incorporated into neighborhood redevelopment.

City Wheels was awarded $1,000 for grant-writing assistance to support this innovative Northeast Ohio car sharing service designed to provide a creative cooperative transportation alternative to car ownership.

CityWheels was a family-owned business offering Ohio's first car-sharing service.

Honey House Extractor: E Pluribus Apiaries was awarded $1,315 to purchase motorized honey extracting equipment and protective gear in order to increase efficiency in extracting and bottling honey from beehives in the city and to expand educational outreach to new beekeepers.

Erie’s Edge Farm was awarded $2500 to help expand their business by creating and selling prepared food from locally grown produce and educating the community about the benefits of adopting a local, seasonal diet and lifestyle. In order to make farming a viable occupation, it is critical to expand both products and distribution. This includes developing a line of commercially-prepared foods and selling them at the Tremont Farmers Market and through a community-supported agriculture program.
Joy Machines Bike Shop, a community-focused startup bicycle retail and repair shop, was awarded $1000 to purchase key equipment for the shop opening in the summer of 2011 in Ohio City’s Market Square District. Joy Machines Bike Shop will provide innovative transportation solutions for Clevelanders who are interested in making bikes a more integral part of their lives.

Nicole McGee’s Plenty Underfoot was awarded $1500 to help move her home-grown business out of her living room and into a nearby studio space. After a number of years of making jewelry, art, and other projects from reused materials at home, moving into a new space is an important next step that will improve efficiency and organization, and allow for more social interaction and participation in creative reuse, including building a new revenue stream through workshops and small events.

Cleveland’s first and finest pedicab service providing transportation in and around downtown Cleveland, was awarded $950 for improvements in lighting and signage for the fleet of pedicabs. 

The Cleveland Hostel, a unique new hostel in Cleveland’s vibrant Market District in Ohio City set to open in September of 2012, was awarded $2,500 for enhancements to the hostel’s kitchen.

Yellowcake, Inc., was awarded $1,000 towards the ongoing development of her Cleveland-based fashion design business and boutique. Valerie, recently seen on Lifetime’s Project Runway, hires local tailors to assist in the creation of her innovative designs and donates 5% of her profits to non-profit organizations each month.