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AT&T
AT&T brings it all together for customers, from revolutionary smartphones to next-generation TV services and sophisticated solutions for multi-national businesses. For more than a century, they have consistently provided innovative, reliable, high-quality products and services and excellent customer care.
BlueTree Allied Angels
BlueTree Allied Angels, formed in 2003, is Western Pennsylvania’s leading angel network. They are a members-only group of accredited investors focused on funding promising start-up companies.
Bricker & Eckler LLP
Located in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati-Dayton and Marietta, Bricker & Eckler is one of Ohio’s leading law firms. Their attorneys serve as trusted business advisors for businesses, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, health care facilities, school districts and municipalities, and individuals.
East Central Ohio Tech Angel Fund
The East Central Ohio Tech Angel Fund (ECOTAF) is an investment fund focused on opportunities in East Central and Southeast Ohio. With 27 investors, the East Central Ohio Tech Angel Fund is one of the largest rural-focused investment funds in the country. ECOTAF has an interest in investing in all types of companies including opportunities that are technology-based and also those firms that have developed competitive advantages in other industries.
EquiBrand Consulting
EquiBrand is a top strategic marketing, branding and innovation consulting firm. They focus on upstream marketing and use the principles of insight, identity and innovation to drive growth. Their consultants use a customer-driven, collaborative approach to improve business results.
GBQ
GBQ is the area’s largest independent accounting and consulting firm. While their size permits them to serve even the most complex organizations, their independence allows them to keep all decision-making authority in one place. GBQ’s entrepreneurial spirit is most evident in the close personal attention provided by their associates. They deliver a no-nonsense approach with local expertise and a broad range of consulting skills—a combination that saves clients both time and money.
Ice Miller
Ice Miller offers a broad array of capabilities in virtually all areas of legal practice including: corporate, patents and trademarks, bankruptcy, lobbying, labor and employment, litigation, employee benefits, environment, tax, trusts and estates, real estate, municipal finance and government law. With offices in Chicago; Cleveland; Columbus; DuPage County, Ill.; Indianapolis; and Washington, D.C., the Firm has more than 300 lawyers, 40 paraprofessionals and 280 support staff members.
Impact Angel Fund
Awarded a $1M loan from the Ohio Third Frontier, the Impact Angel Fund, which consists of a group of 34 individual angel investors from Stark County and surrounding areas, aims to invest in high-tech startup companies across the southern portion of Northeast Ohio.
Millstream Angel Fund
Millstream Angel Fund is comprised of groups of local investors who have been investing in small companies with high potential to both generate attractive returns for several years and to support business growth and job creation in the Findlay/Hancock County area. These interests, coupled with an economic climate unlike any other, features small companies and start-ups that are starved for financing and are facing great difficulty raising capital is the impetus behind the formation of the Millstream
North Coast Angel Fund
At North Coast Angel Fund, the mission is to accelerate technology startup success and improve the state of early-stage funding in Ohio. By bringing increased discipline, structure, and effectiveness to the region’s angel investing community, they seek to create a more accessible and flexible capital environment in which the region’s best and brightest entrepreneurs can prosper.
NuGrowth Solutions
NuGrowth Solutions is an outsourced sales and marketing organization dedicated to helping companies grow through professionally persistent market outreach and strategic territory management. They use the term “outsourced” because that is the most commonly understood term in the industry, but a better description would be “branch sales and marketing.” When clients hire NuGrowth Solutions, they receive a fully operational branch sales and marketing office built to scale.
Ohio TechAngels Fund
Ohio TechAngels Fund (OTAF) is a group of for-profit investor funds that invest in highly promising Ohio-based C-corporations in IT, advanced materials and life sciences. More than 340 high net-worth accredited investors have joined one or more of the funds, making it one of the largest in the United States.
Queen City Angels
Queen City Angels invests in startups, acquire later-stage companies, and advise businesses of all sizes and funds on strategy and execution. They are a group of experienced entrepreneurs, CEOs and investors committed to helping the region’s entrepreneur ecosystem. Founded in 2000, QCA is the first investment group located within a 150-mile radius of Cincinnati.
Quidel Corporation
Quidel Corporation is a California-based leading diagnostic healthcare manufacturer serving to enhance the health and well-being of people around the globe through the development of diagnostic solutions that can lead to improved patient outcomes and provide economic benefits to the healthcare system.
TechGROWTH Ohio Fund
TechGROWTH Ohio Fund invests in pre-seed and seed stage technology companies. Their mission is to deliver promising technologies from concept to successful commercial application. With eight years of experience and $7.75M under management, TechGROWTH Ohio Fund has a reputation for bringing together a continuum of capital through working relationships with other regional funds.
The Lachey Company
The Lachey Company is a business advisory firm that teams with clients to add to their bottom line. They have experience working with entrepreneurial clients just getting started, providing critical early stage financial and tax advice to help those clients succeed. They also work with more established small businesses to help them improve their profitability and provide the financial expertise needed to help them grow.
WesBanco
WesBanco, Inc. is a multi-state, bank holding company headquartered in Wheeling, West Virginia. Over the past decade, they have built a national reputation as a safe, sound and profitable bank holding company that always strives to do better by its customers. Most people start a business because they are good at what they do - not because they’re great at managing their money. That’s why WesBanco wants to make it easier for entrepreneurs.
X Squared Angels
X Squared Angels invests primarily in women-led high-potential early-stage companies in IT, software, bioscience, advanced materials, medical devices and most other markets located in Ohio as well as the rest of North America