Bounce Office Hours

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Bounce Innovation Hub

526 South Main Street

Akron, OH 44311

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Join us for Bounce’s monthly Office Hours where you have the opportunity to get one-on-one advice from experts!

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Join us for Bounce’s monthly Office Hours where you have the opportunity to get one-on-one advice from experts in a variety of specializations. Each attendee will get to have three, 20-minute appointments with our experts. Please come prepared to give a quick description of your business or idea, as well as a particular question or topic of focus for each of your appointments.

Refreshments will be provided. Directly following the session, stay for a tour of Bounce’s newly renovated first-floor Generator space, as well as lunch specials at the new Remarkable Café and Coffee Shop located in the space.

This Month’s Experts:

Startup and Small Business Advising

Chris Faircloth, Akron/Canton Lending Manager, ECDI

Expertise: On behalf of ECDI Chris provides business financing to start-ups and small business, as well as provide technical support around the lending process.

Jim Griggy, Certified Business Advisor, SBDC

Expertise: Jim will be talking about how to apply for business loans, business plans and financial projections and the process of starting a small business.

Jaclyn Sommers & Kayla Gartin, Market Research Analysts, JumpStart

Expertise: JumpStart’s market researchers help NEO entrepreneurs validate product and target market assumptions and conduct other types of market research across a number of industries.

Ace Epps, Program Manager, Community Works Akron

Expertise: Ace is a Business Counselor specializing in business creation and entrepreneur mindset development.

Mike Haritakis, Entrepreneur in Residence, Bounce Innovation Hub

Expertise: Mike has 20+ years experience in medical device and other technology commercialization, including regulatory, distribution, financing, and legal.

Tim Turrittin, Entrepreneur in Residence, Bounce Innovation Hub

Expertise: Tim has significant leadership team development, business coaching and consulting, executive leadership, sales, sales management, and marketing management experience in enterprises ranging in size from dotcom start-ups to Fortune 500 corporations.

Alec Simon, Startup Advisor, Magnet

Expertise: Alec is experienced in helping physical product entrepreneurs turn ideas into businesses by helping founders listen to consumers, build products, organize resources, and sell to customers.

Rich Delisio, Procurement Specialist, Ohio University

Expertise: Rich is experienced in counseling, connecting, and contracting government opportunities.

Elyse Ball, Assistant Counsel & Project Manager, University of Akron Research Foundation

Expertise: Elyse leads UARF’s I-Corps Site program, which focuses on using customer discovery to determine if a business idea has real market potential. She has also served as an officer or board member for six startup companies in the polymer science and biomedical fields.


Libby Yeargin, Partner, Brouse McDowell

Expertise: Libby’s practice is focused on transactional work, principally in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, general corporate law, finance, commercial transactions and agreements and real estate purchase and lease agreements.

Louise Mazur, Attorney at Law, Brouse McDowell

Expertise: Louise can work with entrepreneurs concerning contracts, transactions and business structuring.

Craig Horbus, Partner, Brouse McDowell

Expertise: Craig has substantial experience representing companies of varying sizes, scope and industry serving as outside general counsel and a trusted business advisor, especially as it relates to cybersecurity and data privacy.

Nicholas Kopcho, Attorney at Law, Brouse McDowell

Expertise: Nick has experience helping entrepreneurs protect their ideas through the patent, trademark, and copyright process, bringing those ideas to market, and defending companies of all sizes against customer and business initiated lawsuits. Nick also has a lot of experience with insurance, health care, and general contracting issues.

Irv Sugerman, Partner, Brouse McDowell

Expertise: Irv is a partner in Brouse McDowell’s Real Estate and Litigation Groups. His practice includes all facets of land use planning, zoning, economic development, real estate, and business litigation.

Shelby Ranier, Attorney at Law, Brouse McDowell

Expertise: Shelby is a transactional attorney developing her practice in our Corporate & Securities and Tax - Business and Corporate Practice Groups. Her experience includes work on general business, mergers and acquisitions, and tax matters.

Mark Terzola, Attorney & Entrepreneur, Leonard & Terzola Co., Ltd.

Expertise: Mark’s value to start-ups comes from his nearly 10 years of leading Echogen Power Systems in operational and strategic roles and over two decades working with a wide variety of start-ups as business advisor, primary outside legal counsel and IP strategist.

Accounting, Tax and Advising

Rick Kavenagh, Partner, Sikich

Expertise: Rick Kavenagh, CPA, CGMA, has more than 20 years of experience in consulting, taxation and accounting services. He specializes as a business advisor in planning, strategy and implementation for businesses.

Dan Leffler, Manager, Entrepreneurial Services, Sikich

Expertise: Dan Leffler, CPA, CM&AA, is the manager of the firm’s entrepreneurial services team. He has more than nine years of experience serving clients with entrepreneurial and international tax services, with a concentration in mergers and acquisitions.

Dave Kinney, Manager, Entrepreneurial Services, Sikich

Expertise: Dave Kinney, EA is a Manager in the firm’s entrepreneurial services division. He has more than 20 years of experience serving a variety of industries. Dave assists both individuals and businesses with tax planning, tax compliance and tax research services with expertise in federal, multi-state, local and payroll taxation.

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