StartUp Lakewood

startup lakewood logoThe StartUp Lakewood Initiative is a program approved by the City of Lakewood which is geared toward making Lakewood a more appealing place for entrepreneurs to build and grow ideas into legitimate businesses. This program is overseen by Mike Belsito, Director of Ideation.

StartUp Lakewood is a collaborative effort between the City of Lakewood, the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, LakewoodAlive, and Pillars of Lakewood. Click here for more information on StartUp Lakewood.

Small Business is Big Business in Lakewood

Why is Lakewood a great place to do business? Check out this 3-part series that gives information on Lakewood’s demographics, location, transportation, and infrastructure, plus information on loan programs and guidance on working with the City of Lakewood to secure occupancy of your new space.

Why Lakewood?
Financial and Technical Resources
Tips on securing your Certificate of Occupancy

Workforce Development and Continuing Education

Looking for certification classes, exam preparation courses, recertification credit, or customized training programs for your employees? Workforce Development and Continuing Education offered through Chamber-member institutions of higher learning provide professional development and specialized programs for lifelong learning.

University of Akron Workforce Development and Continuing Education
Virginia Marti College of Art & Design

Ranger Job Board

Need to hire part-time and/or seasonal personnel? Lakewood High School and the West Shore Career-Technical District are sponsoring the Ranger Job Board. The purpose of the board is to assist high school students with finding part-time and/or seasonal employment opportunities. Lakewood High School has an abundance of talented, hard-working students, many of which have training and industry certifications from West Shore programs (ServSafe, ProStart, NCCER, ASE, NATEF, CISCO, MSOffice, STNA, Home Health Aide, Red Cross First Aid & CPR).

Employers with open positions fill out the online job listing form here.
The job listing will then be reviewed and posted on the West Shore website for students to view.

Questions? Contact Lynn Foran in the West Shore office at 216-227-5962 or email

Bad Girl Ventures

Have you ever had a great business idea but lacked the funds to pursue it? Bad Girl Ventures is a highly localized micro-lending organization focused on funding woman-owned start-ups in the Greater Ohio region. Click here to learn more.