Resources for entrepreneurs

Are you looking for employment or job training or help starting or growing your small business? Neighbor Up can help. Members are working to build wealth for residents in Greater University Circle so the area can be a place where everyone can thrive.

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Here is a sampling of area resources for financial empowerment. Join us at a Neighbor Up gathering to learn more.

Entrepreneurs & Small Business Owners

Bad Girl Ventures

BGV enables bold women to start and sustain well-managed and profitable businesses through business education classes, guidance from mentors and coaches, and access to debt capital.


Through JumpStart’s Core City: Cleveland program, entrepreneurs and small business owners who live or own a business in an underserved area of Cleveland can work with JumpStart’s team of experts. Call or email to make an appointment during our weekly office hours.

ECDI Cleveland

ECDI provides training and small business loans to entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Operation HOPE: HOPE Inside Cleveland

HOPE Inside Cleveland provides complimentary financial education and empowerment programs and services that are designed to improve the economic quality of life of individuals, families and businesses. Programs focus on small business workshops, an entrepreneurial training program and individual financial counseling.

Employment, Training & Financial Literacy

Community Financial Centers

CFC is a network of professionally-trained managers dedicated to financial empowerment. We help clients improve personal finances and execute short- and long-term plans. The program includes personal financial planning, tax preparation and budget management.

Evergreen Cooperatives

Evergreen focuses on creating wealth by employing individuals in Greater University Circle neighborhoods at one of its cooperative businesses located in Glenville and Central.

NewBridge Cleveland Center for Arts & Technology

NewBridge prepares adults for good-paying jobs in the health industry. Training is offered at no cost to students, and includes instruction to become a Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomist or Patient Care Technician. Also offered is a free, afterschool artsbased program for 9th to 12th graders with courses in ceramics, music production, graphic design and more.


Ohio Means Jobs | Cleveland-Cuyahoga County offers employment services including job search, placement assistance and resume development.

PNC Fairfax Connection

The PNC Fairfax Connection is a free community resource center designed to strengthen and connect the community by empowering area residents and businesses to achieve their goals and celebrate the community’s rich history and heritage. Daily workshops focus on financial empowerment, literacy, job readiness and youth and family engagement. Visit the center at East 83rd and Carnegie Avenue.

Step Up to University Hospitals

Get a full-time job at University Hospitals. Earn a competitive hourly wage. Applicants must be a resident of Greater University Circle, commit to 2 ½ weeks of unpaid pre-employment classes, and already have a high school diploma or GED.

Talent NEO

TalentNEO aims to expand employment opportunities for job seekers who have the required skills but lack the educational credentials or experience traditionally used to screen job applicants.

Towards Employment

Towards Employment offers a full range of career pathway programming for un and under-employed neighborhood residents. Specialized services for those with criminal justice involvement, young adults, and parents of young children available. Access to GED prep, job readiness, scholarships for credentialed training, placement and post employment coaching. Partner on Step Up to UH.

Urban League of Greater Cleveland

The Urban League of Greater Cleveland offers a variety of programs that train young job seekers and help them attain job-ready skills and employment.

Welcome to Fairfax

Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation offers the “Welcome to Fairfax Program” a workforce development partnership with the Cleveland Clinic and other employers to recruit residents from Fairfax & surroundings communities for employment.