Inclusion Grants Support Women-Owned Business Growth in the Northeast Ohio Region

Three women-owned businesses have committed to grow through the JobsOhio Inclusion Grant (JOIG) program, supporting projects in eligible Ohio communities or businesses owned by underrepresented populations, including veteran-, minority-, and women-owned businesses.

The JOIG program helps promote economic vibrancy in the Northeast Ohio Region, enabling businesses to grow and impact the communities in which they operate.

“As we recognize Women’s Entrepreneurship Day on November 19, Team NEO, along with our partners at JobsOhio, celebrate the growth of three local women-owned companies,” said Team NEO CEO Bill Koehler.

The three Northeast Ohio companies growing through JOIG support are:

R.L. Cole Entreprise, Inc.

Cleveland-based R.L. Cole Enterprise, Inc., a minority- and woman-owned company, excels in ground transportation logistics. R.L. Cole Enterprise seeks to consolidate operations for efficiencies. The company was awarded a $50,000 JOIG to support this project, which will bring three new positions and retain eight positions.  

General Fabrications Corporation

The Sandusky-based company designs, fabricates, and installs custom powder coating and liquid paint finishing systems on a national and international basis. The woman-owned company needs to update its equipment to accommodate the growing market. A $50,000 JOIG was awarded to support the project, creating four new jobs and retaining 10 positions.

The Sew Shack

The woman-owned business is an industrial sewing company specializing in custom indoor and outdoor cushions, pillows, and more. To capitalize on recent e-commerce and business-to-business opportunities, The Sew Shack is acquiring and renovating a larger facility in downtown Navarre with plans to add five new employees to meet rising product demand. A $50,000 JOIG will allow the company to make transformational investments in the building to better meet their use of the space.

While inclusion projects are not large in employment hires, they are important as Team NEO and its partners build a vibrant economy that is talented, resilient, and innovative, offering equitable opportunities for all. By advancing these elements, the Northeast Ohio Region will be more competitive and increase individual prosperity for everyone in the region.  

For more information on JobsOhio Inclusion Grants and other business incentives available through Team NEO, visit chrisr359.sg-host.com.

About Team NEO

Team NEO is a private, nonprofit economic development organization accelerating business growth and job creation throughout the 18 counties of the Northeast Ohio Region. As the designated JobsOhio Network Partner, we align and amplify local economic development efforts in the region’s 18-counties; we conduct research and data analysis to inform local conversations and influence solutions; we market the Northeast Ohio Region; and we work to increase access to jobs, education and training for the region’s 4.3 million people. We do this to build a more vibrant regional economy; one that is more talented, equitable, competitive, innovative, resilient, and prosperous. For more information, visit chrisr359.sg-host.com.

About JobsOhio

JobsOhio is a private nonprofit economic development corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion. The organization also works to seed talent production in its targeted industries and to attract talent to Ohio through Find Your Ohio. JobsOhio works with six regional partners across Ohio: Dayton Development Coalition, Ohio Southeast Economic Development, One Columbus, REDI Cincinnati, Regional Growth Partnership and Team NEO. Learn more at www.jobsohio.com. Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.