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Organization Funding Women Business Owners Partners with Cleveland State University

Bad Girl Ventures Cleveland (BGV) is pleased to announce its Spring 2013 session in partnership with the Monte Ahuja College of Business at Cleveland State University.

The micro-lending organization which combines the funding with education targets women entrepreneurs who are looking to grow their startups and are seeking capital and training. BGV offers a nine-week program each Spring and Fall and awards a $25,000 loan to one of the business owners at the end of each session.

While BGV does not focus on any particular industry, the ideal candidate is an entrepreneur who has a clear idea of the market need for her product or service and is eager to work hard during the program to create a solid business plan and increase her business revenue. Past loan recipients include the catering and microbrew company Hungry Bee, baby equipment rental company Babies Travel Too, online apartment rental service Renter's Boom, and strength training program Birdtown Crossfit.

Cleveland State University is hosting the Spring 2013 classes at its downtown Cleveland campus and is offering resources to the program. CSU faculty, students, and alumni will serve as coaches, mentors, and discussion facilitators. Colette Taddy Hart, Director of Outreach and Business Centers said, "The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Monte Ahuja College of Business is pleased to partner with BGV to support budding women entrepreneurs. The College is committed to expanding its academic curriculum and outreach initiatives to serve our students and those individuals interested in engaging in the growing entrepreneurial community across Northeast Ohio."

"Past program participants say that one of the most valuable component of the program is the connections they made. The networking component consistently exceeds their expectations and we are pleased that the entrepreneurs will be able to tap into the CSU community, which has a lot to offer", says Reka Barabas, Director of Bad Girl Ventures Cleveland.

A free information session will be held at Toast on January 23 at 5:30pm. Toast is a new wine bar in the Gordon Square Arts District owned by a Fall 2012 BGV finalist. Please RSVP for this event.

BGV is now accepting applications from women entrepreneurs who would like to be considered for the program and the loan. The application deadline is January 31, 2013. Classes start on February 23 and are held Saturday mornings from 9am to 12pm. Classes are open to the public for a small fee for those who are currently not interested in a loan. CSU faculty, staff and students receive a $25 discount off the 9-week course package. For more information and to register for the course, click here.

Media inquiries and program related questions can be directed to Reka Barabas, Director of Bad Girl Ventures Cleveland at reka@badgirlventures.com or 216-759-4575.

BGV is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to its mission of building and sustaining well-managed, profitable women owned businesses by providing female entrepreneurs with guidance, education, and access to capital. BGV Cleveland educated more than 200 entrepreneurs and awarded or facilitated $115,000 in loans since 2011. www.badgirlventures.com

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