LCCC, Commissioners and Chamber Create 600 New Jobs Through GLIDE

{mosimage}As Lorain County’s economy transitions from its traditional manufacturing base, LCCC, the Lorain County…

{mosimage}As Lorain County’s economy transitions from its traditional manufacturing base, LCCC, the Lorain County Commissioners and the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce have succeeded in growing more than 600 new jobs since the creation of the Great Lakes  Innovation and Development Enterprise (GLIDE) in 2001.

These jobs, with average salaries of $48,000, represent an investment in the future of this county with a focus on high-growth technologies.

Since its beginning as a business incubator in 2001, GLIDE has assisted or advised 1,600
entrepreneurs. These entrepreneurs have created and contributed to our economy with businesses that have generated revenue of $50 million and add-on investments of $30 million. In Lorain County alone, 19 technology companies are located within the GLIDE incubator facility in LCCC’s Entrepreneurship Innovation Center on the LCCC campus.

"Fifteen of these 19 companies have relocated to Lorain County from other areas," said Lorain County Commissioner Ted Kalo. Those 19 companies located in the GLIDE incubator employ nearly 40 people, he noted.

In 2006 GLIDE was designated as an Edison Technology incubator by the Ohio Department of Development. This allowed GLIDE to expand its scope of services to include more technology start-up companies.

"The key to GLIDE’s success has been its ability to take any business, regardless of the technology or industry, and focus specifically on the business development process helping to bring clarity and understanding to the entrepreneur," said Cliff Reynolds, GLIDE director.

"It’s a collaborative environment. It’s great for stimulating idea creation and interaction. There are other professional colleagues here at GLIDE that we can bounce ideas off of and grow our business," said Mark Slavik of Cutter Croix, a GLIDE portfolio company that engineers software for small to mid-sized contractors that is simple, economical, mobile and scalable.

GLIDE also connects students at LCCC with real world experiences through internships and job opportunities with its companies.

"Being able to work with the head of the company and to do all the brand identity, and to create the logo and website was very exciting," said Danielle Sirgy. She did an internship with another GLIDE portfolio company Recognition Robotics. "It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and through the classes at LCCC I’ve been able to take that energy and creativity and use it in a business setting."

GLIDE looks to identify and incubate technology platforms that will create good paying skill-based jobs in the future. "One of these areas that is a good fit for industry is the evolving use of sensor technology," according to Reynolds. "This technology can enhance and improve a vast number of industries. And more importantly, there is a growing need for sensor technicians and developers which is a good fit for
LCCC’s educational mission."

For more information on GLIDE, visit www.glideit.org.  

GLIDE Progress Since Inception – 2001

  • Entrepreneurs/Businesses – Advised/Assisted – 1600
  • Student/Faculty Businesses Experiences Created – 95
  • Jobs Created by Portfolio Companies > 600
  • Average Salary of Jobs Created >$48,000
  • Total Revenue of Portfolio Companies > $50 million
  • Total Add-on Investment > $30 million
  • Tenant Companies since inception – 40
  • Tenant (Former & Current) Companies still in business – 37

LCCC, Commissioners and Chamber Create 600 New Jobs Through GLIDE

{mosimage}As Lorain County’s economy transitions from its traditional manufacturing base, LCCC, the Lorain County…

{mosimage}As Lorain County’s economy transitions from its traditional manufacturing base, LCCC, the Lorain County Commissioners and the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce have succeeded in growing more than 600 new jobs since the creation of the Great Lakes  Innovation and Development Enterprise (GLIDE) in 2001.

These jobs, with average salaries of $48,000, represent an investment in the future of this county with a focus on high-growth technologies.

Since its beginning as a business incubator in 2001, GLIDE has assisted or advised 1,600
entrepreneurs. These entrepreneurs have created and contributed to our economy with businesses that have generated revenue of $50 million and add-on investments of $30 million. In Lorain County alone, 19 technology companies are located within the GLIDE incubator facility in LCCC’s Entrepreneurship Innovation Center on the LCCC campus.

"Fifteen of these 19 companies have relocated to Lorain County from other areas," said Lorain County Commissioner Ted Kalo. Those 19 companies located in the GLIDE incubator employ nearly 40 people, he noted.

In 2006 GLIDE was designated as an Edison Technology incubator by the Ohio Department of Development. This allowed GLIDE to expand its scope of services to include more technology start-up companies.

"The key to GLIDE’s success has been its ability to take any business, regardless of the technology or industry, and focus specifically on the business development process helping to bring clarity and understanding to the entrepreneur," said Cliff Reynolds, GLIDE director.

"It’s a collaborative environment. It’s great for stimulating idea creation and interaction. There are other professional colleagues here at GLIDE that we can bounce ideas off of and grow our business," said Mark Slavik of Cutter Croix, a GLIDE portfolio company that engineers software for small to mid-sized contractors that is simple, economical, mobile and scalable.

GLIDE also connects students at LCCC with real world experiences through internships and job opportunities with its companies.

"Being able to work with the head of the company and to do all the brand identity, and to create the logo and website was very exciting," said Danielle Sirgy. She did an internship with another GLIDE portfolio company Recognition Robotics. "It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and through the classes at LCCC I’ve been able to take that energy and creativity and use it in a business setting."

GLIDE looks to identify and incubate technology platforms that will create good paying skill-based jobs in the future. "One of these areas that is a good fit for industry is the evolving use of sensor technology," according to Reynolds. "This technology can enhance and improve a vast number of industries. And more importantly, there is a growing need for sensor technicians and developers which is a good fit for
LCCC’s educational mission."

For more information on GLIDE, visit www.glideit.org.  

GLIDE Progress Since Inception – 2001

  • Entrepreneurs/Businesses – Advised/Assisted – 1600
  • Student/Faculty Businesses Experiences Created – 95
  • Jobs Created by Portfolio Companies > 600
  • Average Salary of Jobs Created >$48,000
  • Total Revenue of Portfolio Companies > $50 million
  • Total Add-on Investment > $30 million
  • Tenant Companies since inception – 40
  • Tenant (Former & Current) Companies still in business – 37

LCCC, Commissioners and Chamber Create 600 New Jobs Through GLIDE

{mosimage}As Lorain County’s economy transitions from its traditional manufacturing base, LCCC, the Lorain County…

{mosimage}As Lorain County’s economy transitions from its traditional manufacturing base, LCCC, the Lorain County Commissioners and the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce have succeeded in growing more than 600 new jobs since the creation of the Great Lakes  Innovation and Development Enterprise (GLIDE) in 2001.

These jobs, with average salaries of $48,000, represent an investment in the future of this county with a focus on high-growth technologies.

Since its beginning as a business incubator in 2001, GLIDE has assisted or advised 1,600
entrepreneurs. These entrepreneurs have created and contributed to our economy with businesses that have generated revenue of $50 million and add-on investments of $30 million. In Lorain County alone, 19 technology companies are located within the GLIDE incubator facility in LCCC’s Entrepreneurship Innovation Center on the LCCC campus.

"Fifteen of these 19 companies have relocated to Lorain County from other areas," said Lorain County Commissioner Ted Kalo. Those 19 companies located in the GLIDE incubator employ nearly 40 people, he noted.

In 2006 GLIDE was designated as an Edison Technology incubator by the Ohio Department of Development. This allowed GLIDE to expand its scope of services to include more technology start-up companies.

"The key to GLIDE’s success has been its ability to take any business, regardless of the technology or industry, and focus specifically on the business development process helping to bring clarity and understanding to the entrepreneur," said Cliff Reynolds, GLIDE director.

"It’s a collaborative environment. It’s great for stimulating idea creation and interaction. There are other professional colleagues here at GLIDE that we can bounce ideas off of and grow our business," said Mark Slavik of Cutter Croix, a GLIDE portfolio company that engineers software for small to mid-sized contractors that is simple, economical, mobile and scalable.

GLIDE also connects students at LCCC with real world experiences through internships and job opportunities with its companies.

"Being able to work with the head of the company and to do all the brand identity, and to create the logo and website was very exciting," said Danielle Sirgy. She did an internship with another GLIDE portfolio company Recognition Robotics. "It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and through the classes at LCCC I’ve been able to take that energy and creativity and use it in a business setting."

GLIDE looks to identify and incubate technology platforms that will create good paying skill-based jobs in the future. "One of these areas that is a good fit for industry is the evolving use of sensor technology," according to Reynolds. "This technology can enhance and improve a vast number of industries. And more importantly, there is a growing need for sensor technicians and developers which is a good fit for
LCCC’s educational mission."

For more information on GLIDE, visit www.glideit.org.  

GLIDE Progress Since Inception – 2001

  • Entrepreneurs/Businesses – Advised/Assisted – 1600
  • Student/Faculty Businesses Experiences Created – 95
  • Jobs Created by Portfolio Companies > 600
  • Average Salary of Jobs Created >$48,000
  • Total Revenue of Portfolio Companies > $50 million
  • Total Add-on Investment > $30 million
  • Tenant Companies since inception – 40
  • Tenant (Former & Current) Companies still in business – 37

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