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    Economic Development Assists Recess's Creative Growth


    Recess Creative is a 5½ year old digital advertising and integrated marketing agency currently based in the Warehouse District in Downtown Cleveland. Founded in 2009, the small business’s growth has led them to seek City financing through our Municipal Small Business Initiative Program for expansion assistance. Having outgrown their current 3,800 sq. ft. space, Recess Creative is currently in the process of expanding and absorbing 2,000 additional sq. ft. of adjacent vacant space in order to have some more room for growth, to work, and to play.

    Through the Municipal Small Business Initiative program in partnership with the Small Business Administration, the City of Cleveland supplements the 25% equity required in loans backed by the SBA through providing 15% of that cost through a recoverable grant, contingent upon the creation of new jobs. With total project costs of approximately $200,000, the City is assisting Recess Creative with a $30,000 recoverable grant, to help offset costs associated with the expansion of their office space, such as renovation improvements and the acquisition of new equipment and software.

    Recess Creative is in in the business of making brands more fun and engaging for its customers. They have been successful at what they do and thus they are growing. Their list of clients include; Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, Port of Cleveland, Diebold and Cleveland State University. Recess is currently staffed with 15 employees and will hire at least one additional employee, per requirements of the City’s program.

    The City of Cleveland Department of Economic Development is also thankful for Recess Creative's assistance in developing our tagling for the recent Weapons of Mass Creation event, “Make it in Cleveland.”


    Esther Kim, Economic Development Fellow