Featured Speaker – Shanelle Johnson, Deal Flow Analyst, JumpStart

Shanelle Johnson serves as the onboarding resource for applicants seeking services from JumpStart and its network of partners. Her 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 and to our other external services partners. Her primary focus will be Core City: Cleveland clients.

Prior to JumpStart, Shanelle was the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Certification Director for the Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council (OMSDC), an advocate for supplier diversity. She developed strategies, objectives, and action plans for assisting certified minority-owned businesses. During her tenure, she managed the certification process, helping to streamline the process and connect MBEs with supplier diversity professionals.

Before joining OMSDC, Shanelle was an Assistant Administrator at the City of Cleveland, where she certified diverse businesses and monitored city projects, including the Flats East Bank project, to ensure diversity and inclusion goals were being met.

Shanelle received her Master’s in Business Administration and her Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Cleveland State University.

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