National Siblings Day with Keep It Local Members
Today is National Siblings Day! In honor of this day, we are celebrating local Cleveland businesses with family ties — families in small businesses keeping the small business family in Cleveland strong! (Siblings or not!)
Sibling Revelry Brewing
“Sibling Revelry is owned by a family of brothers and cousins with a shared passion for craft beer. As a family owned business, we have the opportunity to directly connect with and impact our surrounding communities. We work hard to foster an environment in which families can enjoy time together in our taproom. We produce family friendly events monthly, including movie nights, pumpkin carving events, Easter egg hunts, and more. Our tables are full of family friendly games that bring people together and encourage them to disconnect and focus on each other.”
Rainbow Steps, Ltd.
“In 2006 I opened a restaurant in Pennsylvania, in a little town called Sharon, right on the Ohio border. C’est Si Bon, named after a French song, meaning It’s so good. And at first it was — good — really good. But the restaurant business is a tough business, with only a fifty percent success rate.
As a single mom running a restaurant, there was little time to be at home, so my daughter came to work with me. More often than not it was the wait staff who helped her with her homework. In return, Eva helped them setting tables, teaching new waitresses how we did it. She was six.
The day of the big annual cruise in, car show, we set her outside with the lemonade stand and watched her sell out in an hour, walking away with fifty dollars in tips.
But business dwindled down, the wait staff called off without notice, the chef occasionally did too. Then one evening both the chef and the waitstaff called off. Mortified, I looked at Eva and said, “Are we closing tonight?” to which she responded, “No way, we’ve got this!” Four people walked in and Eva grabbed the menus and showed them to their table.
My little six year old was a fantastic waitress, and we carried the restaurant that night, just the two of us. Our customers, to whom we had explained our predicament, praised our team spirit, gracing Eva with a thirty-five dollar tip.
Today, Eva has become Nathan, and he has been my inspiration for my current business, Rainbow Steps, Ltd., which operates residential assisted living homes catering to the LGBT community in Hudson and Oberlin. Within our Oberlin home we are opening an LGBT center, and Nathan, now 18. is in charge of the youth group. In June we will be holding a summer camp to teach transitioning teens how to dress, use make up, buy clothes and stay safe.
So often the children of entrepreneurs refuse to get involved with their parents’ professional life. I have had my child by my side in several of my endeavors, and a few weeks ago, while doing a little networking, Nathan piped up and clarified something I said. He made reference to our Oberlin house, calling it a “family business”, which brought a big smile to my face and made my heart sing.”
Elk & Elk
“When my brother Dave and I started Elk & Elk, it was just the two of us and our wives, Jody and Marilyn. It’s been an incredible experience growing Elk & Elk to become a statewide law firm with our family members at our sides,” says Managing Partner Art Elk.
Today, Elk & Elk employs over 100 professionals and all of the original family members are still active in the practice. Other family members have joined over the years, including Art and Jody’s daughter Lexy, who worked in the firm’s marketing department before going on to earn her MBA in Marketing, and Dave and Marilyn’s daughter Mindy, who currently practices law at Elk & Elk. Co-Managing Partner Jay Kelley practices alongside his sister Kim Young, an attorney at Elk & Elk.
“We all strive to instill family values in the compassionate way our attorneys and staff aggressively advocate for our injured clients. I believe we have promoted a culture of caring and providing a quick response to injured clients whose lives have been derailed through no fault of their own,” says Art. “It’s fun to engage with family both at the office and at home as they provide a great sounding board when tasked with the very difficult decisions we make on a daily basis.”
The Intersoft Group
“The Intersoft Group, Inc., a web design and development company headquartered in Cleveland, OH was founded in 1992 by current CEO Louis A. Muttillo. At that time, the company specialized in accounting and manufacturing software development. In 1996, Louis decided to take his company’s expertise in software development and focus its energies on the Internet. Now in 2018, Lou continues to serve as lead visionary and is the genius behind the programming and technical wizardry Intersoft prides itself on.
His wife, Ursula Muttillo, is the CFO and is responsible for the day to day management of the administrative and financial activities of Intersoft. These activities include accounting services and human resources. Their son, Joe Muttillo, serves as President and oversees day to day operations as well as sales and marketing.
Together, managing a team of designers, programmers, and sales staff, the Intersoft Group is proud to serve businesses in need of web design and development, which includes running servers, interfacing to databases and writing code. And because the organization is local, they never outsource. They truly “Do It For You.””