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BAC Member Advisers Team

Jim Trutko

Jim Trutko is a professional market researcher and economist with over 30 years research experience, including 10 years as Market Research Manager at The Plain Dealer. He has been involved in several venture capital investments, owned a small business and provided professional consulting services to a range of businesses, nonprofit organizations and governmental officials. He conducted a study of franchising for the SBA.

Jim has a B.A. in Political Science from Allegheny College, a M.A. in Political Science from Case Western Reserve University, and a M.A. in Economics from Kent State University. He lives in Rocky River. In addition to serving as head of the Marketing Committee for BAC, he is involved local community and political affairs, He enjoys exercise, following local sport teams, golf, travel and good wine.

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“I’ve had a life-long professional and personal interest in entrepreneurship and small business development. I think that the growth of entrepreneurial businesses is very important to the making Cuyahoga County and Northeast Ohio a better place to live. I really enjoy meeting with small business owners, discussing their challenges and providing them with advice to help them succeed.”

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