Entrepreneur Spotlight: Danny Rizk, founder & owner, Beviamo Cafe

It’s a great time to be in Cleveland! The housing market is rising, new businesses are popping up, and more people are looking at the city as an option to live, work, and play. This didn’t just happen overnight; it’s been a long time in the making, and a large part of this success is due to entrepreneurs willing to take a risk to start and bring businesses to Cleveland to help shape our community.

According to Forbes, 90% of new startups fail, but Clevelanders are jumping on the entrepreneurial train anyway. Many of those entrepreneurs are young professionals just like you and me. I had the opportunity to catch up with a few of those self-starting YPs to find out what made them take on the risk and what advice they have for other aspiring entrepreneurs in the Cleveland area.

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What made you want to start your own business?

I’ve always dreamed of owning a local small business that combines some of my passions.  I wanted to create a working environment that you can enjoy everyday and do something I truly loved doing.

Was it hard to start up? Why?

Due to this being my first venture, it had its challenges. There was a lot of sacrifice and time that comes with opening a business and there’s an adjustment you have to get accustomed to. There’re a lot of hats to wear when first starting out, and it can be a challenge to stay organized and prepared without all the right resources and tools.

What are some resources you found most helpful when starting your business?

We were able to use resources like Tremont West Development Corporation (or your local neighborhood economic development corporation), the City of Cleveland Economic Development Department , and HFLA (Hebrew Free Loan Association) to help with variance/permit problems and over-budgeted construction costs.

Are there any resources just for YP entrepreneurs?

Pacificcommunityventures.org provides free small business advising and consulting that is extremely helpful for young professionals.

What advice would you give to a YP who is thinking of starting their own business?

Make sure it’s something you are passionate about. When you get to wake up everyday and do what you love, it doesn’t feel like work. Even if you have to put in long hours and face many challenges, there is a lot you will learn in a short period of time. The experience and education of starting and running a business is priceless, regardless of how successful that venture turns out to be.


Bill Baraona is the founder and owner of Flex Media, a digital marketing company that specializes in video production. Bill grew up on the southwest side of Cleveland in North Royalton and currently resides in Parma where he and his wife Jackie founded and run Young Professionals of Parma. Bill loves spending time at the Lake Erie shores and islands and trying local craft beer, coffee, and new restaurants in CLE.  

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