Featured Speaker – Christopher Smith, Deal Flow Associate, JumpStart
Christopher Smith serves as the senior onboarding resource for applicants seeking services and/or investment from JumpStart and its network of partners. His role involves engaging with early-stage and small business clients, identifying their service needs, providing value-added feedback, maintaining continued engagement with clients and partners to track continued progress made and making referrals within JumpStart, within the NEO ESP Network and to our other external services partners.
Prior to JumpStart, Christopher worked in economic development helping small businesses as the Small Business Development Program Coordinator for Operation HOPE. In this capacity, he spearheaded program implementation, formed strategic alliances, helped individuals develop business plans, identified business needs, provided resources within NEO’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and provided credit and money management counseling.
Christopher received his Master’s in Public Administration from Kent State University.