That push is thanks largely in part to Tanisha Velez and Ebonie Joiner.
CLEVELAND — There is a resurgence and refocus on Cleveland’s west side right now in providing healthy and locally grown food options, thanks, in part, to two brand-new entrepreneurs.
Meet Tanisha Velez and Ebonie Neely.
The two met at the S.E.E.D.S (Support, Empower, Engage, Develop, Sustain) Program, created by Cleveland Councilwoman Jasmin Santana and community entrepreneur and activist Alysha Ellis a few years ago. The program equips women with the tools they need to successfully start their own businesses and create equity in their sometimes underserved communities.
Velez owns Cleveland Fresh, a microgreen start-up that opened in the Tremont Storefront Incubator in August. She found the tools she needed to gain the storefront access through the S.E.E.D.S. program.
Her business, that provides grab-and-go greens to the community and sells to local companies, began after someone asked her