Entrepreneurship Is Thriving in Stark County

Gary Rivers
News-Talk 1480 WHBC
June 7, 2017

Bob Cohen of SEA partner Braintree Business Development Center talked about incubation, coworking, the Stark Entrepreneurship Alliance, SunDown RunDown, and Caffeinated Ideas with Gary Rivers on WHBC. Read more and watch the interview.

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Entrepreneurs and the Braintree Business Development Center

Doug Lane
Main Street Exchange, NCTV11
June 6, 2017

Bob Cohen of SEA partner Braintree Business Development Center talked about incubation, coworking, Caffeinated Ideas and SunDown RunDown in this interview with Doug Lane of the North Canton Chamber of Commerce. Watch the interview.

Entrepreneurship Alliance aims to boost new business

Chuck Soder
Crain's Cleveland Business
July 2, 2014

Now Northeast Ohio has two angel investment funds.

A group of 34 individual “angel” investors from Stark County and surrounding areas plan to form the Impact Angel Fund, which aims to invest in high-tech startup companies across the southern portion of Northeast Ohio — from Mansfield to Canton to Youngstown. Read more

Shane Hoover
Stark Business Journal
October 22, 2013

An initiative called the Stark Entrepreneurship Alliance aims to bring together the expertise of business groups, academics and potential funders to assist entrepreneurs and spur job growth.

Kent State Stark has a Small Business Development Center on its Jackson Township campus, while next door, Stark State College runs a business incubator. Over in Alliance, there’s an accelerator for up-and-coming tech companies, and in downtown Canton, the Stark Development Board and Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce are doing their own work to promote local companies. Read more

Alliance Startup Fund Chooses Loan Recipients
September 16, 2013

The City of Alliance ( and the Technology Accelerator Alliance (TA2) ( have chosen the first two young tech-based companies to receive $35,000 low-interest loans from the recently launched Alliance Startup Fund: Creative Target Systems and AMVONET.

“We’re so pleased to be able to provide this source of capital to these local growing firms,” said Brad Myers, Chief Executive at TA2. “Both companies have shown a commitment to leverage technology in order to improve upon existing industries – and both have chosen to do so right here in Alliance.” Read more

Alliance Startup Fund

JumpStart enewsletter
September 13, 2013

The Alliance Startup Fund supports entrepreneurs interested in growing their big ideas into big companies in the City of Alliance by offering payment-deferred, low interest loans of up to $35,000.

The program is targeted to early stage tech-based businesses that have the potential to go on to raise additional capital, generate significant revenue and create jobs in the region. Read more

Students Attend Entrepreneurship Week

By Ashley Sams
Mount Union Campus News
Posted August 22, 2013

Five Mount Union students represented the University of Mount Union’s entrepreneurship program in August while attending an Entrepreneurship Immersion Week (EIW) put on by the Entrepreneurship Education Consortium (EEC) at Hiram College. Read more

It’s all about entrepreneurship

By Steve Paquette
Special to The Repository
Posted Dec 26, 2012 @ 01:00 PM

In early 2013, the Stark Development Board will be helping to launch a new economic development partnership, the Stark Entrepreneurship Alliance. The alliance will coordinate and provide assistance to small technology-based companies that are seeking to grow their businesses, or to potential entrepreneurs who are judged to have high potential to start new companies. Read more