February 2024

Cleveland State University is home to a Small Business Development Center of Ohio (SBDC) program, housed in the Monte Ahuja College of Business. Under the guidance of Center Director Katie Van Dyke, the SBDC provides no-cost, confidential, in-depth, one-on-one counseling for small businesses in Northeast Ohio with under 500 employees. In addition, the SBDC provides training, e-counseling, quality-based assessments, technical assistance, loan packaging guidance and information on federal, state and local regulations and programs.

CSU’s SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and in part by the Ohio Department of Development, and these entities have granted the CSU SBDC nearly $500,000 to continue its support of the region’s businesses in 2024. Read More »



Meet CSU’s Faculty: Casey Hinger, Counseling, Administration, Supervision and Adult Learning

Dr. Casey Hinger is an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling, Administration, Supervision and Adult Learning (CASAL). She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Georgia State University (GSU) and completed her internship at the GSU Counseling Center. Her research broadly focuses on addressing intersectional systems of oppression with an emphasis on antiracism and racial allyship dynamics from the perspective of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Read More »


CSU's Center for Human-Machine Systems (CHMS) to Host NRTea Time Events

The Center for Human-Machine Systems (CHMS) is a research center at CSU that works across disciplines and partners with the disability community to develop life-changing assistive and rehabilitation technologies. CHMS was awarded a $2 million grant by the National Science Foundation under the National Research Traineeship (NRT) program to support interdisciplinary research and the training of graduate students. CHMS will host a series of NRTea Time events this spring.

The first NRTea Time will be held in Berkman Hall Room 420 on February 29 at 11:30 am and feature Dr. Annalu Waller, professor of Human Communication Technologies at the University of Dundee in Australia and Director of the Dundee Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Research Group. She has been working in the field of AAC since 1985 and has centered her career around designing communication systems to assist nonspeaking individuals.

Future NRTea Times are scheduled for March 3 and April 18. Read More »




Invention Disclosure Submission

An invention disclosure was submitted by Dr. Pedro Cesar Lopes Gerum and Dr. Moonwon Chung, both of whom are assistant professors in the Department of Operations and Supply Chain Management (OSM), titled Multi-Tiered Driver Allocation Optimization Framework for Omnichannel Commerce.

With the increase in demand for delivery drivers in the e-commerce sector, it is becoming a serious challenge for companies to provide adequate delivery times to customers. The subject invention addresses this problem by introducing a multi-tiered framework designed to optimize driver allocations for last-mile deliveries. Validated with an industry partner, the invention has demonstrated substantial improvements in delivery efficiency and profitability, increasing a reward function accounting for revenue and delivery costs by up to 17.9%.


UPDATE: GLIDE Innovation Fund Startup Pre-Seed Funding Opportunity

The GLIDE Innovation Fund is committed to building talent, growing jobs, and helping entrepreneurs turn good technology ideas into viable businesses. Their pre-seed fund is designed to support these goals and help entrepreneurs of early-stage companies within the 21 counties of Northeast Ohio. Up to $50,000 A level awards help entrepreneurs validate new technologies. The first step to obtain our pre-seed funding is to attend a free Innovation Fund 101 Information Session conducted by GLIDE’s team.

This is required in order to qualify for funding.

Open Application Start: 1/1/2024
Next Funding Cycle Starts: 3/15/2024

Contact Jack Kraszewski if you’d like additional information or guidance.


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