COSE podcast

 

 

 

Welcome to COSE Small Business After Hours, a podcast where Northeast Ohio entrepreneurs discuss their business journeys and candidly share what keeps them up at night. In each episode, our hosts, Megan Kim, Executive Director of COSE, and Kevin Johnson, Chairman of the COSE Board, interview local business people to hear their entrepreneurial journeys and the successes and challenges they’ve encountered along the way.

 



Episode 1: LocalBizGuru

Learn how the founder of LocalBizGuru transitioned from working a corporate job to building a full-service digital marketing agency, and how he's continued to grow his business in our inaugural episode.

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Episode 2: Evergreen Cooperatives

Hear how the Evergreen Cooperatives of Cleveland have become a global innovation model for creating more sustainable regional economies. Local residents earn an ownership stake as they create thriving businesses, while playing a transformational role in building vibrant neighborhoods.

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Episode 3: CLE Urban Winery

CLE Urban Winery's founder has a military background. Hear her story of how she was inspired to start a winery near her hometown and how she has pivoted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Episode 4: Everykey

Learn about the local company that helps unlocks your phone, laptop, tablet, house door, car door, and other access-controlled devices when you are nearby, then locks them back down when you walk away. Hear the Everykey story straight from its founder.

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Episode 5: Labor Loft

Meet the founder of Labor Loft, a labor staffing agency based in Northeast Ohio. Labor Loft is built on the promise that its employees can help you with anything -- within legal and moral reason!

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Episode 6: Gertsburg Law Firm

Hear about the entrepreneurial journey of Gertsburg Law Firm's founder and CEO Alex Gertsburg, from his early days in the military to his time as an attorney for large regional business law firms, and now, in his role as an entrepreneur and mentor.

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Episode 7: Cheryl C. Perez Brands

Cheryl Perez isn't just an entrepreneur herself, she shares what she's learned with other entrepreneurs through coaching and training, helping others live a life that they love and share their passions with the world. Hear her story in the latest edition of COSE Small Business After Hours.

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Episode 8: Presidential Consultants

CeCe President, VP of Partnership Development of Presidential Consultants, sat down with Megan and Kevin to talk about her entrepreneurial path and how her company faced challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and turned them into opportunities.

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Episode 9: The Montgomery Family

For Marvin Montgomery, Jo Ann Montgomery and Marvin Montgomery, Jr., entrepreneurship runs in the family. Megan and Kevin sat down with the trio to discuss their various ventures and how they support each other in their businesses. There was so much to talk about, we had to divide this episode into two parts! Listen or watch both parts below.

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Part I 
Part II

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Part I
Part II

 

 



Episode 10: Executive Arrangements

Margy Judd is the president and owner of Executive Arrangements, a recruitment firm specializing in creating customized experiences that make recruits (and new hires) fall in love with Greater Cleveland. She joined Kevin and Megan to talk about her company, her entrepreneurial path and the importance of trust and transparency in business.

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Episode 11: Zephyr Recruiting

Zephyr Recruiting was created to address a niche need: small, mission-driven businesses who need to grow, but lack the time, or experience to affectively hiring. Erin Longmoon, Chief Idea Generator and Overseer of All Things at Zephyr, sat down with Kevin and Megan to discuss how Zephyr fills a unique need in recruitment, how workplace culture affects talent attraction, and more.

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