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Summer Activities Await You At The PNC Fairfax Connection

Do you want to horn your gardening skills, learn how to cook or what it takes to buy a home? Gardening, cooking and home buying workshops are just a few of the many activities offered at the PNC Fairfax Connection. Join us to experience programs or develop new skills. Wither you are looking for educational classes like Basic Computer Skills, financial education classes, workshops on.
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How Small Biz Owners Can Avoid Tax Anxiety Next Year

By Uzma Kazmi, VP, Business Banking Sales Manager, PNC Bank Business owners are experts in their fields of practice, but generally not on tax rules and regulations. As a result, tax season may be an especially stressful time for many business owners. If you have yet to file your 2014 taxes, don’t worry, you still have time and you’re not alone. Due to juggling the facets of.
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Upcoming Seminar about Supporting Small Businesses

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress welcomes Jon Schallert to present a two part seminar, “Creating Destination Retail” on June 3, 2014.  Jon Schallert, national expert on small business customer growth and marketing strategies, teaches businesses and communities how to turn themselves into Consumer Destinations. When Jon’s methods are applied, improvements are seen in sales and customer traffic, attraction of customers from greater distances, and energized neighborhood marketplaces. Jon.
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Neighborhood Spotlight: Liz Tekus

When you first meet knitwear designer Liz Tekus, three things become instantly apparent. She is devoted to her family (three sons and husband Hank), her city (Cleveland), and the staff and customers of her stores (Fine Points and Fine Points, Too, both located at 12620 Larchmere). However, Tekus didn’t necessarily start out on the path her life has taken. In fact, little did she know that.
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Building Wealth for Residents in Greater University Circle

Greater University Circle was in the spotlight last month during the Inner City Economic Summit held downtown at the Global Center for Health Innovation. The summit drew 250 civic, business and nonprofit leaders from across the country to hear about innovative ways to build wealth in economically-distressed areas of U.S. cities. Some 1,000 more joined the conference via a live online broadcast. The annual summit is organized by The Initiative for.
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A Message to Aspiring Entrepreneurs

I got laid off in 2009, during the worse economic climate since the Great Depression. I soon found out the cliché — adversity will either make you or break you — to be true.  It was the adversity of being laid off that pushed me to my passion of cooking. The same year I was laid off, I started an off-beat catering business call From Me.
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Inamori Ethics Prize Events at CWRU Thursday Sept. 12

The 2013 Inamori Ethics Prize will be awarded to entrepreneur Yvon Chouinard, founder of the premier outdoor gear and clothing company, Patagonia Inc. A legendary rock climber and avid outdoorsman, Chouinard is a global leader in corporate social responsibility with a keen focus on protecting the planet. He has channeled his passion for the natural world into a successful enterprise that sets a high standard.
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PNC and Fairfax: Together Building a Stronger Community

  As we mark the first anniversary of the PNC Fairfax Connection this month, there are many achievements and milestones to celebrate.  For instance, there’s the member who found employment using the resources at the center, the preschooler who is better prepared for kindergarten, the small business owner who strengthened his business plan and the teenager who mastered video production. These are just a few examples of.
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Breaking the Cycle

Mike Jones knows that everyone who goes to prison is not a career criminal. That's why, after leaving prison, he founded Breaking the Cycle Inc., a program that offers classes to help ex-offenders cross over into the workforce. The program offers classes on typing and computer literacy. The inability to use computers is a contributing factor to recidivism, according to Jones' colleague Gary Baney, because many job.
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Business Plan Competition

What's Your Small Business? The Economic and Community Development Institute is hosting a Business Plan Competition. Are you starting a small business? Do you currently own a small business and want it to grow? Submit your application by August 2 to csmith@ecdi.org. Finals are scheduled for August 15. For more information, contact Christopher Smith at 216-912-5664 or csmith@ecdi.org. Winner of competition will be placed into the ECDI Business  Incubator Program starting  September 2. Competition is open to.
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Neighborhood Spotlight

Ron Meister - Shaker Quality Auto Body                                      Where one good turn often finds another Quality work, honest opinions and a commitment to community are hallmarks of Shaker Quality Auto Body at 12916 Larchmere Blvd. The family business — owned and run by Ron Meister, his wife, Chris, and sons Matt and Eric — has been offering top-rated mechanic and body work in.
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Healthy Food on Woodland Avenue

Buckeye-Shaker resident Marilyn Burns is happy to have the Food Plus store in her neighborhood. The convenience store, on Woodland Avenue across from Woodhill Homes, opened last year and offers items typically found only in larger grocery stores. Plus, “There’s a friendly atmosphere and reasonable prices,” said Burns, who lives across the street from the store. “I love it every time I go in there,” she added. “I just.
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Growing Green in Central

Green City Growers, a new commercial greenhouse in Central, officially opened Feb. 25. The greenhouse, which sits on more than three acres between East 55th Street and Kinsman Road, hired area residents and is training them to become employee-owners. The goal is to create and nurture generational wealth for residents in the area. The greenhouse's workers (now about 18 people) will be invited to become employee-owners after performance reviews at.
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Neighborhood Spotlight

Re-New Beginning Consignment Shop — A family affair with flair! There are many reasons to walk into Re-New Beginning Consignment Shop at 12726 Larchmere Blvd. It’s green, budget-friendly, filled with beautiful clothes and fun! Cherie Campbell first opened the doors in February 2009 and has welcomed a stream of recessionistas — that means fashion mavens on a budget — ever since. The shop carries gently used and new higher-end fashions.
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Money Matters

In these difficult economic times, families are struggling just to make ends meet. Many residents, particularly those in underserved communities, are frustrated with social service and financial systems that are difficult to access and often do not cater to their diverse needs. Many residents rely on money center services and payday lenders that often charge high fees for services many banks offer for free. Perhaps financial missteps.
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