Business News
January 2017
Lee Road Storefront Renovation Program Success
Cuyahoga County reworked their storefront renovation program, so in 2016, we were able to take advantage of it on Lee Road between Chagrin and Scottsdale. Four businesses including State Farm Insurance - pictured, Discount Cleaners, Protem Homecare and 3581 Lee participated in the program.  Read all about it here and see the before and after photos too.
The City's Economic Development Department applied for 2017 grant funds. If we are funded, are you interested in sprucing up your storefront, either a full facade facelift or signage-only? The program requires a 50% match from property/business owner and there will be an application process. The property must be located on Lee Road. Please email Katharyne if you are interested.
Happenings at The Dealership
Join a co-work community of entrepreneurs, freelancers, creatives and doers. Co-working desks and office space from 125-square feet up to 3,000-square feet available. Call 216-491-1425 for more information.
Attend two new great additions to the programs at The Dealership.
  1. Free co-working Wednesdays in February. Entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners are invited to participate in Lunch & Learns, utilize the co-work space and conference rooms, and meet other people currently operating out of The Dealership. All without commitment and free of charge!   Regular hours of operation are from 9AM-5PM, M-F  (members and office tenants have 24hr access).   For questions regarding The Dealership’s services and Free Wednesdays, please contact Alexis Coffey at 216.912.5655.
  2. Yoga at The Dealership on Fridays at Noon is being offered by Shaker resident and certified instructor Julie Konrad of Luna Presence Yoga.
Van Aken District
Office Space Available
Looking for office space in Shaker Heights? Consider Tower East at 20600 Chagrin Boulevard. Encompassing over 172,000 square feet with 12 floors, the building offers office space ranging from 160 to 14,000 rentable square feet. There is a conference facility on-site and two restaurants (Saffron Patch and J. Pistone Cafe) open for business daily.

Anchoring the emerging Van Aken District , Tower East is the most significant historic commercial building in Shaker Heights, designed by world-renowned architect Walter Gropius.

A Great Place for Your Next Business Meeting or Event
J. Pistone Cafe at Tower East is a modern venue (honoring the building's architect, Walter Gropius) that is available for social, private and corporate events. Need to have a business meeting off-site? Look no further than the Cafe at Tower East. Call 216-417-8343 to make arrangements.
New Retail at Shaker Plaza
The year 2016 proved to be a big one for Shaker Plaza in the Van Aken District. Just before the winter holidays, a new-to-Shaker business opened - Evie Lou!

Evie Lou, opened in the fall of 2010 in Tremont by former style editor Kim Crow. Eager to prove that style and comfort are not mutually exclusive, Crow has stocked Evie Lou with an exuberantly edited selection of easy-yet-chic collections. Read more about the Shaker store here.
News from our Chamber
Business Breakfast: 
The Melt Story
Thursday, February 19
8-9:30 am

Melt Bar & Grilled was born from Cleveland musician and chef Matt Fish’s love of two things – great craft beer, and the humble grilled cheese sandwich. Where most people saw a quick meal comprised of two common kitchen staples, Matt envisioned the potential for much more … “comfort food, all dressed up,” as he puts it.

Matt will answer these curious questions:

  • How did Melt come to be such an iconic business that customers are inspired to get MELT tattoos?
  • What was the path to expansion into multiple markets, and what are your future plans?
  • What can we learn about our own businesses from your story?

For more event details and to register to attend, click here.

International Hiring 101:
Tap into New Talent Pools
Friday, February 10                       8–10:00am
5000 Euclid Avenue  Cleveland, 44103

Join Global Cleveland, MidTown and Health Tech Corridor for a free informational session on how to grow your business and impact your hiring goals by bringing on international talent. To learn more and register, click here.

Learn How ECDI Supports Businesses

Tuesday, February 7
ECDI (2800 Euclid Ave., Suite 509, Cleveland)

ECDI presents a brief overview presentation to inform prospective ECDI clients and partners about programs to develop, fund, and launch a business.  The information session will also explain ECDI program requirements, follow-ups, and procedures. Program is required for prospective ECDI clients.

For additional details and to register, click here.

Think Tank Thursday:
Legal Toolbox Primer for Businesses

Thursday, February 2
9:15 am
The Dealership (3558 Lee Rd., Shaker Heights)

Want to learn more about the organizational structure of most companies: Limited Liability? This workshop will discuss how to get it, and how to protect it, something all business owners need to know. Content will include information from a related case study What’s Wrong with this Picture, and further educate on the need for a Trademark or a Service Mark, including when it is needed.

Presented by: Attorney Stacy Bauer with Bauer Griffith Law Firm

Register here.

The CSU Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the Cleveland Heights Library on Lee Road is looking for small businesses clients that would like to receive free services for the following: 

  • Predicting sales, cash flow, and cost trends; exploring and interpreting social media; evaluating marketing efforts; understanding and segmenting customers; tracking product, service quality and feedback; improving employee and customer retention; 
  • Payroll taxes, financial statement preparation, and accounting questions, including operational efficiency, and improvement of profitability and cash flow.  

Stop in to see their updated space and new Innovation Pathway for early stage entrepreneurs! (Changes should be complete by mid-February). To set up an appointment, contact Katie Van Dyke at 216.321.1633.

Sign Up for ShakeRecycles
Check out ShakeRecycles and get alerts for collection schedules, recycling events and holiday delays. Not sure what can be recycled? Search the ShakeRecycles Waste Wizard for more information about accepted recyclables. Get started by entering your home address. 

Use ShakeRecycles two ways: online or on your mobile device. Download the app with the buttons on the right. 
Thank you for your continued support.

Tania Menesse
Director of Economic Development

Katharyne Starinsky
Economic Development Specialist

Economic Development Department
3400 Lee Road

Shaker Heights, Ohio 44120

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