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Great Lakes Innovation and Development Enterprise (GLIDE)
The Great Lakes Innovation and Development Enterprise (GLIDE) is a comprehensive regional innovation center, resource hub and business incubator that supports all facets of the growth of enterprises. GLIDE offers assistance across the entire business development continuum, including business and idea assessments; technology and staffing support; access to legal counsel; educational resources; business management mentoring; and access to capital.
Based in Lorain County, GLIDE was created as a partnership of the Lorain County Commissioners, Lorain County Community College and the Ohio Department of Development. GLIDE is an Edison Technology Incubator, which allows entrepreneurs, often with limited resources, to develop their product or service by drawing upon the proven expertise of GLIDE advisors. In fact, because GLIDE is publicly funded, its seasoned entrepreneurs and business executives provide assessments of businesses and business ideas at no charge to any individual or company requesting this service.
Rather than reinvent services currently offered within Northeast Ohio, GLIDE links entrepreneurs to existing service providers and finds ways to fill gaps in resources not currently offered. GLIDE has developed an extensive network of service providers in areas such as capital funding, sales and marketing, legal and financial assistance, human resource development and IT support.
GLIDE also provides provide tenant companies with space, furniture and equipment at below-market rates. Companies can also apply for co-location at the GLIDE Incubator facility in the Entrepreneurship Innovation Center, located on the campus of Lorain County Community College. This co-location provides opportunities for frequent guidance and assistance from the GLIDE staff; access to the college infrastructure and students; and interaction and collaboration with other co-located companies.
“Entrepreneurs have to learn about all areas of business. At GLIDE, we can help people who find themselves raising money for the first time—or who have a great technology but don’t know what it will take to market their product.” – Clifford L. Reynolds, Director, GLIDE
Contact Dennis Cocco at 440.366.4310