Bad Girl Ventures Cleveland to Graduate Spring 2013 Finalists and Announce $25,000 Loan Winner

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Nine Northeast Ohio women entrepreneurs are set to graduate May 2 from the organization’s spring 2013 nine-week business course.

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Key4Women shares BGV’s mission to empower women with access to capital and education. We are very proud to be a part of BGV’s success.

Bad Girl Ventures (BGV) Cleveland, a micro-lending organization that combines financing with education, graduates its fourth class of women entrepreneurs on May 2 at Cleveland State University’s Art Gallery. One graduate will receive a $25,000 business loan.

At the ceremony, BGV will graduate nine “bad girls,” all of whom will be armed with a business plan, a sales pitch, an extensive list of business contacts, a completed loan application and education on startup marketing and financing. Click here for more information and to register for the graduation.

Corporate sponsor KeyBank will be on hand to share words of encouragement and wisdom to the graduates.

“KeyBank and Key4Women are thrilled to support this terrific program,” said Aneta Kuzma, senior vice president, specialty programs and senior strategist for Key4Women, KeyBank’s signature program for women leaders and entrepreneurs. “Key4Women shares BGV’s mission to empower women with access to capital and education. We are very proud to be a part of BGV’s success.”

More than 30 applications were submitted for the spring 2013 course. Finalists were chosen after making it through two rounds of interviews and a presentation to the selection committee. All finalists took part in a nine-week business education course that included completing a business plan, a marketing plan, financial projections and a Small Business Administration loan application.

“The nine women graduating May 2 have worked so hard and have accomplished a great deal over the last nine weeks,” said Réka Barabás, director, BGV Cleveland. “We are excited to see how these bold entrepreneurs will make their mark on Northeast Ohio.”

The BGV Cleveland spring 2013 graduating class includes:

Maria Borgio, Dirty Boys – a Cleveland reality show that transforms bachelors into datable men by cleaning up not only their bachelor pads, but also their heads. Borgio lives in Canton, Ohio and attended Bowling Green State University.

Ashley Evans, FAVOR – a social and corporate catering company that provides homemade soups, casseroles and desserts for small to midsize groups. Evans lives in Maple Heights, Ohio and attended Kent State University and Cleveland State University.

Mary Farrell, Cherub’s Blanket – a firm that provides organic cotton baby blankets and other natural baby items handcrafted in the United States. Farrell lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio and attended Kenyon College and the University of Pittsburgh.

Kelli Hanley, The Agrarian Collective – a collective that focuses on reconnecting people to the earth through the kitchen by providing classes on making jam, preserving the season’s bounty and raising chickens in the backyard. Hanley lives in Newbury, Ohio and attended Kent State University.

Julia (Jewels) Johnson, Sugar Plum Cake Co. – a company that specializes in cake mixes and baking cakes, cupcakes and desserts for all occasions from natural ingredients made locally. Johnson lives in South Euclid, Ohio and attended Notre Dame College.

Su Nimon, Journey Art Gallery – a gallery focused on creating an artistic experience complete with single-artist and small-group shows, music, food, drinks and accommodations for private parties. Nimon lives in Canton, Ohio and attended Kent State University.

Tammy Polenz, Vedas – an eco-friendly, 24/7 fitness club and corporate wellness facility that takes a holistic approach to health and wellness by providing fitness programs, mesotherapy services and post-rehabilitation support to fit the needs of individual and corporate members. Vedas is located in downtown Cleveland. Polenz lives in Mentor, Ohio and attended the University of Pittsburgh.

Elisabeth Sapell, CANDYTROPOLIS – a retail store specializing in candy, gift baskets and candy buffets. Sapell lives in Beachwood, Ohio and attended Cleveland State University.

Jean Zhao, EcoSpinners – an electric bike that runs on low-cost, nonpolluting and recyclable liquid fuel that allows an increase in range without boosting the cost of the power pack. Zhao lives in Cleveland, Ohio and attends Case Western Reserve University.

About Bad Girl Ventures
Bad Girl Ventures (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. Since fall 2011, BGV Cleveland has educated more than 200 entrepreneurs, awarded $120,000 in loans and facilitated an additional $45,000 in loans and grants. Visit for more information.

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