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

Board Members

Mario Jurcic
President of Secure Recycling
Jim Gray
Principal in JPG & Advisors, LLC and consultant with the Lake County Small Business Development...
Christine Blake
CPA, CEO of Cardinal Credit Union
Paul Novosel
Serial entrepreneur and CEO of Trust Manufacturing


Kip Marlow
Founder of Marlow Surgical Technologies
Larry Lamphier
Founder of Wintergreen Associates, LLC
Dennis Cocco
Director Lorain County Community College GLIDE program
Ken Marvar
Director of Sales and Marketing, Winter Equipment

Preferred Service Providers

Ray Paganini
Founder of Cornerstone IT
Frank Manning
Attorney at Law
Pam Trivisonno

LakeStart is by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs

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