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MBA graduate featured in Crain's Cleveland Business 'Top 40 Under 40'

October 15, 2014

Originally published on crainscleveland.com.

Luis Cartagena has two children, and his wife, Jessica, is due to give birth to a baby boy very soon.

By day, Cartagena is one of the leaders for the Cleveland chapter of the Minority Business Development Agency. By night, he is studying for a CPA license.

“I gotta say, I clap every day for technology,” said Cartagena, who was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Paterson, N.J., when he was 4.

Cartagena’s accounting background comes in handy with the MBDA, a program of the Commission on Economic Inclusion and an arm of the Greater Cleveland Partnership. Cartagena is part of the four-person Cleveland MBDA team responsible for helping minority-owned firms across the state that have annual revenues of at least $500,000.

“In some instances, I may be looking at a financial statement, and in other instances, I’m trying to come up with a social media strategy,” Cartagena said. “I like the fact that it’s always different. What may be a challenge to one company may not be something that another company worries about.”

Cartagena, like the many clients with whom he works, is a budding entrepreneur. He eventually would like to open a tax practice, which is why he spends many nights and weekends studying for his accounting license. Read more...

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