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“If I can say one thing to a local Akronite trying to start a business, trying to become an entrepreneur. Stay persistent, don’t stop.” Want to learn more about this growth story? Contact Benjamin McMillan, rubbercityreuse.com

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“META has grown by ways of me being my own entity and able to share my story of transitioning and the work that I’ve done within the community and so by word of mouth, it has really helped with that.” Want to learn more about this growth story? Contact Giovonni Santiago, metacenterinc.org

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“We were supposed to launch and open up right when everything shut down. I had to pivot. With pivoting, I really started to learn and dig into how is the coworking and flexible office space going to change post-pandemic.” Want to learn more about this growth story? Contact Kristen Birkbeck, thecolounge.com

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“The community support has been amazing. All of the orders and excitement has really put this company where it is right now.” Want to learn more about this growth story? Contact Ashley D’Andrea, bluestone.bakery.ohio@gmail.com

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“Akron is a part of me. It’s a part of my company. If you see my logo at the end of a video, Akron, Ohio pops up right underneath it because I’m very proud of that. “ Want to learn more about this growth story? Ashton Blake, blaakmedia.com

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There are stories of growth, innovation, collaboration and determination all around us. Each one of us has a story to share and in doing so, we remind others that they are not alone. Choose to share your story and inspire those around you. Choose to persevere. Choose to innovate. Choose to grow. #ChooseGrowth330​

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“Eat Speak Love is about sharing the wealth and sharing the awareness that these brands exist, that these entrepreneurs exist. These women, especially and black business owners, are incredible people with stories and a journey, and we want to highlight them at every turn.” Want to learn more about this growth story? Contact Tiffany Roper,…

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“We are actually changing the lives of kids and adults every day just by teaching them how to make healthy food choices. We really want to engage the community, and we are building relationships at the same time. It wasn’t about catering; it was about giving back. ” Want to learn more about this growth…

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“We’ve increased the number of job on our site by 14 times the original jobs posted on the site. We’ve added at least a half a dozen partners that are helpful in providing services to veterans.” Want to learn more about this growth story? Contact Jeff Finefrock, jfinefrock@saasfactory.capital​

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What is the background story of your business? When/how was it created? In 2015, we made our first light and posted a picture on social media and got a great response from it. From there, we decided to start creating different types of lights. The business expanded from there and is still continuing to evolve. How do…

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