The Entrepreneurial Academy

The establishment of the Entrepreneurial Academy is the result of a creative and innovative new partnership between the City of Cleveland Empowerment Zone, Kent State University's Center for the Study and Development of Minority Businesses, the Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation, the Glenville Development Corporation, the Consortium for Economic and Community Development and Midtown Cleveland. The mission of the academy is to promote entrepreneurial development and economic growth in the Cleveland Empowerment Zone Communities of Fairfax, Hough, Glenville and Midtown Corridor. The academy will provide a unique business curriculum to residents to the Empowerment Zone Communities who are interested in starting their own business enterprises or expanding existing businesses.

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The goal is to help the residents to acquire basic, hands-on knowledge and skills that can help them to achieve business success in the economic marketplace. The new curriculum takes many factors into consideration, such as the historical development of the various business sectors of the city of Cleveland, the background of entrepreneurs who live in Cleveland, Ohio, cultural value systems, important business principles which are universal in nature, as well as a clear understanding of the constraints and opportunities that exist in Cleveland's economic environment in both the past and present time periods.

Contact:
Dr. Bessie House, 540 East 105th St., Suite 250
Cleveland, Ohio 44108
Kent State University
PO Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001
Phone: 216-541-4140
Fax: 216-541-4150
Email: bhouse@kent.edu

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