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JumpStart's Preferred Partner Program Launched with Thompson Hine as Inaugural Member

Law Firm Supports Entrepreneurs Via Direct Advisory Services

CLEVELAND, July 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Business law firm Thompson Hine (www.thompsonhine.com) has joined The JumpStart Preferred Partner Program (www.jumpstartinc.org/aboutus/preferred-partners.aspx). As the inaugural member of this new program, the goal of which is to provide promising young companies with advice and guidance from top Northeast Ohio professional service firms, Thompson Hine will make available to these businesses its full complement of legal services in complex, venture-style corporate finance and intellectual property matters.

"Thompson Hine has worked extensively with high-tech, high-growth early stage companies," says Jonathon Vinocur, partner, Thompson Hine. "Through this work, we've become well-acquainted with the legal challenges facing these businesses."  Jim Aronoff, partner-in-charge of the firm's Cleveland office, added, "As a Preferred Partner, we'll be able to provide guidance directly to the companies that need it most. We are thrilled to be the inaugural member of this exciting new program."

The JumpStart Preferred Partner Program is part of an organizational initiative to offer more targeted, relevant services to JumpStart's client companies—specifically by leveraging the knowledge of seasoned professionals in the areas of marketing, IT, HR, law and financial professional services. "The program is designed to efficiently and cost-effectively deepen the impact of JumpStart's direct business assistance, while augmenting the expertise of our mentors and advisors," says Scott Thompson, Senior Partner, Partnership Development & Marketing, JumpStart.

Preferred Partners agree to provide specialized guidance to pre-qualified startups in the form of office hours, ad hoc advisory sessions and introductions to potential collaborators. "Not only does this program give JumpStart clients an invaluable toolkit of resources, it also gives them the opportunity to connect with strategic partners—including investors, corporate collaborators and future customers," Thompson says. "We're not just helping companies succeed–we're strengthening the relationship between Northeast Ohio's business and entrepreneurial communities."

Firms interested in learning more about the JumpStart Preferred Partner Program can visit JumpStart's website or contact Scott Thompson at scott.thompson@jumpstartinc.org or 216.363.3427.

JUMPSTART INC.  JumpStart is committed to strengthening the economy through entrepreneurship. The nonprofit has been accelerating the successes of diverse entrepreneurs, their high growth companies and the ecosystems that support them since 2004. For more information, visit www.jumpstartinc.org and follow @JumpStartInc on Twitter. 

About Thompson Hine LLP. Established in 1911, Thompson Hine is a business law firm dedicated to providing superior client service. The firm has been ranked among the top four in the country for "Value for the Dollar" and "Commitment to Help" by in-house counsel, and among the top ten firms for client service excellence, according to The BTI Client Service A-Team: Survey of Law Firm Client Service Performance. With offices in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, New York and Washington, D.C., Thompson Hine serves premier businesses worldwide. For more information, please visit www.ThompsonHine.com.

SOURCE JumpStart, Inc.

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