Jeanne Coughlin Appointed Vice Chair of The JumpStart Inc. Board of Directors

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CLEVELAND – March 4, 2019 – Jeanne Coughlin, founder and president of The Coughlin Group Inc., a consultancy specializing in strategic planning for family businesses, has been appointed to the position of Vice Chair, Board of Directors, JumpStart, Inc.

Coughlin was appointed to the JumpStart Board in August 2016 and serves as Chair of the Revenue Committee and as a business mentor. She joins new Board Chair, Gary Shamis, new Vice Chair Ellen Burts-Cooper, and current Vice Chair Patrick Pastore. JumpStart released the full leadership announcement on February 28, 2019.

Founded in 2003, JumpStart was created as a partnership between public and private entities charged with creating economic transformation in Northeast Ohio through the growth of an entrepreneurial ecosystem. The organization’s mission is to strengthen the economic vitality of Northeast Ohio and the U.S. by helping communities realize their entrepreneurial potential.

“I am excited to take this next step with the JumpStart Board and continue its mission to elevate the people and businesses the organization serves," said Coughlin.

About JumpStart, Inc.

JumpStart unlocks the full potential of diverse and ambitious entrepreneurs to economically transform entire communities. Learn more at

About Jeanne Coughlin, President, Coughlin Group Inc.

Since 1993, Jeanne has worked closely with family business owners and management teams to help with strategic planning, to identify what actually needs to get done, to enhance operational efficiency, and improve culture. Her mission is to be a catalyst for the prosperity and success of privately-held and family businesses. To accomplish this mission, she created the CG one Process, a practical business planning and performance management system that gets the entire management team moving in one direction, with one vision, working from one plan.

    •    Certified Strategic Planning Facilitator, Peter Drucker Leader to Leader Institute

    •    Certified Stages of Growth Strategist & licensee of the One Page Business Plan System®

    •    Published Author: Featured Book Award from Harvard Working Knowledge Group, “The Rise of Women Entrepreneurs.”

    •    Certified Professional Certified Professional Behavior & Values Analyst

    •    Chapter Chair & Facilitator, WPO (peer advisory group for women business owners)

Coughlin serves as Vice Chair of the Board of JumpStart and chairs the Revenue Committee. She was chairman of COSE (Council of Smaller Enterprises) in 2004-2005 and was formerly a board member for GCP (Greater Cleveland Partnership), Team NEO, NSBA (National Small Business Association), and Mercy Hospital. She is a graduate of the 2003 Leadership Cleveland class, and was selected as a Women of Note by Crain’s Cleveland Business. Jeanne was also recognized with the Entrepreneurial Leadership Award presented by Cleveland State University for her “dedicated work advocating on behalf of small business.”

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