StartUp Lakewood

StartUp Lakewood
Roll up your sleeves with us, and explore the trials and tribulations of rustbelt entrepreneurs who are taking risks and defying expectations in hustling Lakewood, Ohio. Entrepreneurs enjoy this open, liberal, individualistic, yet supportive city. While not as large as our next door neighbor, Cleveland, our startup stories are just as big. This podcast captures the unique entrepreneurial spirit of our city and is produced by the Lakewood-based Evergreen Podcasts team.

Apr 24 • 19 min
Patty Ryan is the CEO of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, and she is on the ground floor of entrepreneurship in Lakewood. Every day she meets and greets the best and brightest of this great city who are looking to make a difference. She serves as a…
Apr 16 • 31 min
Today we interview Todd Mesek, the Oracle. Todd sees the macro-trends swirling all around us, which enables him to provide insightful and actionable strategies around them. As Chief Marketing Officer of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he challenged…
Apr 10 • 20 min
We recorded in studio with Bill Grimberg in the Fall of 2018, and it was a powerful interview. Bill was gracious, insightful, humorous, and honest in his description of what it means to be an entrepreneur. We were crestfallen to learn that he…
Apr 3 • 46 min
Matt Fish is the founder of Melt, one of the most iconic restaurants in the United States. Matt had a vision for gourmet grilled cheese, and his cooking has really struck a chord with Lakewood and Cleveland locals, enabling him to expand his…
Free Spirit
Mar 27 • 29 min
Vince Frantz embodies The Free Spirit through his passion for skateboarding and for his company, Sprokets. Specializing in user experience, Vince highlights the creative side of Lakewood’s business sector.
Mar 19 • 19 min
Tom Fraser carries the mantle of a leader as a homegrown champion of Lakewood. He built his company, First Federal of Lakewood, as a national powerhouse in the mutual banking industry. Working with local entrepreneurs, he has helped to shape and build…
Mar 12 • 23 min
This debut podcast features an interview with Mike Besito, founder of Product Collective and the former Entrepreneur in Residence of StartUp Lakewood. Our host, Michael DeAloia, asks Mike about pioneering the early endeavors of StartUp Lakewood to help…
Coming Soon!
Mar 7 • 1 min
This podcast, launching March 13, explores the trials and tribulations of rustbelt entrepreneurs who are taking risks and defying expectations in the great city of Lakewood, Ohio. Entrepreneurs enjoy this open, liberal, individualistic,…