Kellie Nock

Kellie Nock is a senior journalism major with a women’s studies minor from Cleveland, Ohio. She has experience in print, online and radio journalism. She serves as a blogger for The Burr Magazine at Kent State and a writer/DJ for Black Squirrel Radio, and has previously worked with The Kent Stater and KentWired. Her goal is to create stories that will have an impact and be remembered by readers. 

Twenty-five civic-minded entrepreneurs are going to get a chance to pitch their ideas for improving Cleveland.  The fourth annual "Accelerate" event is a civic pitch competition presented by the Cleveland Leadership Center.  The presenters have five different categories in which to pitch. 

"Accelerate" Co-Chair Ursula Cottone says that this presents an opportunity to solve some of the city’s challenges. 

The city of Akron is teaming up with eBay to help its brick and mortar businesses make the move toward a digital marketplace. 

They’re passionate about their customers, they are hiring, they are exciting and full of energy. We love entrepreneurs! We’re builders, and the sense I get is that Akron is a building town, and that’s why we’re here.

Ebay’s CEO Dan Wenig told small business owners and media his reasoning for eBay’s interest in making Akron their pilot city for the “Retail Revival” initiative.

.15pt">Cleveland State University is creating a new lab focused on giving entrepreneurs the tools they need to launch their ideas.


A Cleveland company got a big boost in its plans to develop an app to help those who are recovering from addiction.

A Cleveland company plans to develop an app to help those who are recovering from addiction. Ascent is an online service that connects recovering addicts to peer coaches and resources.

The company was recently awarded $464,000 from the Ohio Third Frontier Commission to create the Sober First app. The money is part of a $10 million state effort to use tech to fight the opioid crisis.

Founder Brian Bailys believes it will open doors for those in recovery. 

ManCan Wine

A Cleveland company is proposing a different way of drinking wine.