Hocking Hills Lodging Owners Association

Cultivate Works! Keep Building a Better Business

Hocking Hills Lodging Owners Association Members – Register for invitations to Cultivate upcoming presentations, livestreams & videos or become a BASICS Member for free to receive even more resources, tools & support!

Cultivate is an Ohio nonprofit that serves hundreds of aspiring entrepreneurs & small businesses. Signup for invites to our livestreams, video replays and in-person trainings. The first video is just 7 minutes to learn how we can help you to keep building a better business.

February 2022
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How Cultivate Supports Entrepreneurs

Cultivate is a nonprofit entrepreneur support organization that has been advising, training & connecting entrepreneurs from our business incubators since 2016. Cultivate continues to expand to reach aspiring entrepreneurs, small businesses and assist communities throughout Ohio.

These incubators and advising centers are operated in collaboration with community partners, the Cultivate board, strategic members and our staff. Services to each community are supported with local funding that often is from the county, chamber, city, grants and local businesses.

Matt Yerkes, Cultivate founder and current Executive Director, volunteers each year to advise hundreds of entrepreneurs and present 50 training presentations annually. Matt has over 20 years of entrepreneurial experience that are rooted in marketing, web and software technology as well as commercial real estate development, hospitality, food service and nonprofits.

What Other Entrepreneurs Say

First and foremost, Cultivate has a feeling of momentum and drive that is palpable. The office space is beautiful but moreover, it’s the programming, the people, the conversations, and the collaborations that make this place unique. It’s a community of high level performers exceeding expectations and driving each other forward. Matt Yerkes has created a place that inspires people to deliver, challenge, drive, and succeed. Matt and I have worked together for almost 2 years, I am forever grateful for the clarity he brings to complex business challenges.

Renee Tyack

Capital Plus

Cultivate is a wealth of knowledge and resources for any startup/entrepreneur. You get sound leadership from people that have legitimate business experience who freely give of their experiences and contacts, as well as being in a collaborative environment with real-world help. This isn't just a bunch of good ideas, it is tried and true experience paired with unparalleled generosity.

Nathan Leber

Business Owner, Leber Design & Print

Cultivate has helped our business grow by bringing together like-minded entrepreneurs to hear presentations on a wide range of topics, as well as providing one on one guidance from Matt that helps us on the 'business' part of our company.  One of our better business decisions was joining the team at Cultivate.


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