About LakeStart

About Us

Lakestart is a Lake County, Ohio 501c3 non profit organization to provide Lake County and Northeast Ohioans with a conduit for ideas and economic development to connect.

Our goal is to keep a local, transparent and realistic approach to opportunities through the utilization of voluntary Mentors and board members who have collectively had significant local and regional impact through entrepreneurship.

In Memory of Dr. Raymond C. Kralovic

Ray Kralovic, PhD, retired co-founder of Steris Corporation (STE on NYSE), received his MS in Environmental Microbiology from West Virginia University. Post retirement, Dr. Kralovic had worked as a consultant, Angel investor, and mentor for numerous startup companies.

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Meet our team


Paul Novosel
serial entrepreneur and CEO of Trust Manufacturing
Jim Gray
Principal in JPG & Advisors, LLC and consultant with the Lake County Small Business Development...
Christine Blake
CPA, CEO of Cardinal Credit Union
Pam Trivisonno
Ken Graham
founder of National Threaded Fasteners
Tim Eippert
CEO of MC Sign
Kip Marlow
Founder of Marlow Surgical Technologies
Mario Jurcic
President of SECURE Recycling
Ray Paganini
Founder of Cornerstone IT
Frank Manning
Attorney at Law
Larry Lamphier
Founder of Wintergreen Associates, LLC
Nayan Shah, PhD, MBA
Ken Marvar
Director of Sales and Marketing, Winter Equipment


Cathy Walsh
Director, Small Business Development Center at Lakeland Community College
Mark Rantala
Executive Director of the Lake County Ohio Port and Economic Development Authority
Tom Thielman
Economic Development Administrator, City of Mentor, OH
Tim Cahill
Director of Public Finance and Controller, The Lake County, Ohio Port and Economic Development Authority
Dennis Cocco
Director Lorain County Community College GLIDE program

LakeStart is by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs

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