For one week each November, we recognize the spirit of entrepreneurship around the world by celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week. November is recognized as National Entrepreneurship Month in the United States, an opportunity to celebrate the bold entrepreneurs who are key to the economic health of their communities and keep the American economy humming.
EEC will be hosting the Startup Studio—an opportunity for university students with venture ideas and founders of emerging companies to meet up and talk with experienced entrepreneurs! (Details and times to be announced)
Sarah Waters, a Lorain County Community College/Hiram University partner alumn, got her degree in environmental studies. Along with her academics, she had a huge passion for the outdoors and dog rescue.
After moving onto a property with a dog kennel, she thought to combine her two interests. With that, she decided to launch Boondock Boarding and Rescue, a facility that provides services such as boarding, bathing, rescue, and training.
“I get to be outside and do something that I love and something that I was naturally good at,” she said.
EEC is delighted to announce the newest addition to our team, Liz Pryor. Liz is an accomplished entrepreneur and founder of a popular frozen food brand, Chill Pop. She’ll be utilizing her knowledge, experience, and skills in entrepreneurship to help students accomplish their goals and support them in their entrepreneurial endeavors in her position as Program Manager.
The world of entrepreneurship is filled with inspiring stories of individuals who identified a problem and pursued their passion for creating successful businesses. One such entrepreneur is Josh Larson, the founder of Pictures By Air, a thriving drone photography and interior media company catering to realtors.
Josh's entrepreneurial journey commenced while pursuing his finance studies at Cleveland State University. With his passion and a keen eye for opportunity, Josh started Pictures By Air with limited funds, investing time and money into his new venture.
Donchris Nuwe, a Cleveland State University alumnus, began his higher education journey with a bachelor in economics but didn’t have a passion for the career field. Shortly after graduating, Donchris pivoted into the technology industry.
Despite having spent four years of his life working towards a degree in economics, Donchris realized that he wanted to fulfill his dream of creating some form of technology for nightlife businesses. At the beginning of his entrepreneurial journey, Donchris didn’t know how to create a technological product and questioned whether or not he should give up his economics career for his venture idea.
Donchris worked to gain knowledge and skills with information systems so that he felt more confident building apps for nightlife businesses. After practicing these skills, Donchris created his app, CatchApp.
Yayra Tamakloe, born and raised in Ghana, Africa, immigrated to the United States in 2010. A Kent State University graduate, Yayra knew she had always wanted to be an entrepreneur and create things for herself, but didn’t know how exactly she was going to get to that point.
In 2019, Yayra formed the Pan African Library Project—a consolidated place for black people to locate black and cultural content without doing extensive research to find it. The P.A.L Project works as a movement to get these communities the resources they need to learn about and experience different and familiar cultures.
Bethesda Wellness and Founder Carly Caraballo
Bethesda Wellness is the ultimate destination for science-driven facials and massage therapies that promote relaxation and overall well-being. Carly Caraballo, the proud owner, and advanced licensed esthetician, embarked on her entrepreneurial journey in 2013, right after her time at Lorain County Community College. With a passion for creativity and a strong belief in holistic wellness, Carly has created a haven where individuals can find solace and rejuvenation.
Derek Rymers, a graduate of John Carroll University, discusses his journey as a student entrepreneur and how he applied his education to start his business, Nightlyfe.
While balancing school, work, and networking, Derek found himself averaging only four hours of sleep per night as he continued to work hard to achieve his goals. He understood the risks of entrepreneurship prior to starting his business, and described the lifestyle as “not for the faint of heart.” Although Derek had to sacrifice sleep, he found success as an entrepreneur.
EEC’s Tech Internship Program is seeking to fill three more positions this fall.
Interns and startups alike express their excitement about the value of the experience.
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