StartUp Lakewood

Explore the trials and tribulations of rustbelt entrepreneurs who are taking risks and defying expectations in hustling Lakewood, Ohio. Entrepreneurs enjoy this open, liberal, individualistic, yet supportive city. While not as large as our next door neighbor, Cleveland, our startup stories are just as big.

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The Visionary

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Matt Fish is the founder of Melt, one of the most iconic restaurants in the United States. Matt had a vision for gourmet grilled cheese, and his cooking has really struck a chord with Lakewood and Cleveland locals, enabling him to expand his restaurant to multiple locations.

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The Oracle

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Todd sees the macro-trends swirling all around us, which enables him to provide insightful and actionable strategies around them.
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The Veteran

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Bill was gracious, insightful, humorous, and honest in his description of what it means to be an entrepreneur. Bill was a once in a lifetime big-thinker and risk-taker so we take solace in the fact that his wisdom will be available to all.
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The Free Spirit

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UX lead, Vince Frantz, showcases the creative side of Lakewood Business through conversation about skateboarding...
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The Leader

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Tom Fraser carries the mantle of a leader as a homegrown champion of Lakewood's entrepreneurs and businesses.
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