May 2014 Blog Posts

  • BIG Joins with COSE to Mentor Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs on Strategic Planning for Success

    May 20, 2014

    Jim Bonvissuto, President of Business Improvement Group, Inc., discusses joining with COSE (http://www.cose.org/), or the Council of Smaller Enterprises, to mentor entrepreneurs interested in purchasing, starting, or operating a business.

  • Incfuse Connects Entrepreneurs With Seasoned Business Owners

    May 13, 2014

    Credit to Brian Archer with newsnet5 Cleveland

    CLEVELAND - Janice Buildt is busy working on her plan for Bricks 4 Kidz, a Lego based business that offers Lego-themed school programs and parties for children. It's something Buildt always wanted to do.

    "I knew I had the tenacity and the energy and enthusiasm for the business," said Buildt.

    But what this mother of two, with career in social work, didn't have was any business experience.

    That's where Jim Bonvissuto (http://www.bizimprove.com/) comes in. A seasoned business owner for more than 20 years who's helping Buildt get off to a successful start.

    "It's a very fulfilling feeling," said Bonvissuto, "when you're able to help and mentor people through business ownership."

    COSE (http://www.cose.org/), or the Council of Smaller Enterprises, has been helping to connect startups with established business owners for years. They've recently created a formal structure for the process called Incfuse. (https://incfuse.com/)

    "We saw a need for the because while there's more than a hundred resources in Northeast Ohio for small businesses, they're not all well connected together," explained COSE president and Executive Director Steve Millard. "So incfuse kind of stitches them together so somebody wants to start a business can get all the help they need."

    Buildt is happy to get some help navigating through the facts and figured necessary to become a successful business owner.

    "I don't know where I would have gone if it wasn't for this interaction of having Incfuse provide me with a mentor."

    COSE is marking National Small Business Week (http://www.sba.gov/nsbw/nsbw) which runs from May12-16 2014.

    For more information about how to start a business or how to mentor those that are through the infuse program click here. (https://incfuse.com/)