The Entrepreneur Beat

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WKSU undertakes a year-long examination of entrepreneurship in Northeast Ohio with a 360-degree look at business creation in the region and examine the resources available to start-ups, the opportunities, and pitfalls in the local business climate. The project includes long-form features as part of WKSU's ongoing Exploradio series as well as entrepreneurship-themed news reports.

The Entrepreneurship Beat is produced with generous support from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation. Burton D. Morgan Foundation champions the entrepreneurial spirit, contributes to a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem, and leads in the burgeoning field of entrepreneurship education. Read more about the project HERE.

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the midtown tech hive building
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A non-profit tech company is launching a new co-working space in Cleveland’s MidTown neighborhood.DigitalC has created The MidTown Tech Hive. It includes rentable working space with individual desks and offices for up to eight people, as well as the usual necessities such as WiFi and printers. Adam King is the director of marketing and outreach for DigitalC.

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An Akron company is trying to change the way call centers interact with the public.

Aaron Christopher Evans is the founder of Drips. The company uses texting to reduce the number of telemarketing calls made by its clients.

Once a call goes unanswered, Drips will send a text to the customer explaining what the call was about and setting up a time to call again. If the customer doesn’t respond, Drips will text again the next day.

Evans believes repeated unwanted calls can be a real nuisance.

A Look Into the Entrepreneurial Mindset

May 7, 2018
Kellie Nock / WKSU

What does it take to launch a business? As it turns out, more than just money, time and talent. It takes the right personality. In this week’s Exploradio, entrepreneurship intern Kellie Nock takes a look at the entrepreneurial mindset. 

It takes a lot to be an entrepreneur these days. So, what is the recipe for a successful startup?

The goal of a new startup in Northeast Ohio is to provide adventurers with everything they need for a weekend getaway, ready to go in a backpack.

Jennifer Owens of Brunswick is the founder of CampRents, which will ship you the backpack with necessary items like blankets, water filters and tents.

Owens was inspired on a “bucket list” trip to Yosemite, when she had to buy a bunch of new supplies.

She says lack of experience is always a big obstacle for new backpackers, and having the right gear helps with that.

POPPED! IN DOWNTOWN KENT
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Launching a new business has never been easy, but it's even tougher for startups in the post-recession economy. Credit remains tight, and banks in Northeast Ohio rarely risk loans to unproven entrepreneurs.

In this week's Exploradio, WKSU's Lucas Misera looks at how small-business owners are getting creative in startup financing.

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