We had the good fortune of connecting with Desmond Stanley and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Desmond, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
When Timothy Roberts Jr. and I first envisioned The Incubator LLC, it was born out of a genuine passion for entrepreneurship and a desire to create a space where ideas could flourish. Our initial concept was to provide an event space, a physical hub where entrepreneurs could gather, network, and bring their visions to life. However, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic drastically changed the landscape of how businesses operated.

Faced with the loss of our event space due to unforeseen circumstances, we were at a crossroads. But our core belief remained unchanged: we wanted to empower entrepreneurs. This challenge presented us with an opportunity to pivot and adapt. We recognized the growing importance of digital marketing in an increasingly online world, and thus, The Incubator LLC evolved into a digital marketing agency.

Our thought process behind starting our own business was simple. We saw countless entrepreneurs brimming with ideas, visions, and dreams, but often lacking the tools or expertise to turn them into viable, revenue-generating businesses. We wanted to bridge that gap. We believed in the power of collaboration, and we knew that with our combined skills and determination, we could make a real difference.

The journey hasn’t been without its challenges, but seeing The Incubator LLC grow from an event space to serving over 30 clients monthly as a digital marketing agency has been incredibly rewarding. Every client we assist, every business we help launch or grow, is a testament to our initial goal: to help entrepreneurs realize their dreams. And we remain committed to that vision, no matter the challenges we face.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
At The Incubator LLC, we’re not just another digital marketing agency; we’re a testament to the spirit of innovation and adaptability. Born from the ashes of a lost event space dream, Timothy Roberts Jr. and I embarked on a journey to redefine what it means to empower entrepreneurs in the digital age.

What truly sets us apart is our commitment to simplicity and efficiency. In a world saturated with complex platforms and tools, we’ve made a deliberate choice to design websites exclusively on Squarespace for our clients. Why? Because we believe in the power of ease of use. Squarespace not only offers a seamless design experience but also ensures that our clients can manage their content effortlessly post-launch. It’s about handing over the reins with confidence, knowing they’re equipped with a tool that won’t let them down.

Our mission goes beyond just creating visually appealing websites. We’re in the business of saving time, money, and energy. We understand the challenges entrepreneurs face daily, and that’s why we’re passionate about implementing systems and strategies that automate everyday processes. It’s not just about having an online presence; it’s about creating a digital ecosystem that works tirelessly for you, even while you sleep.

The entrepreneurial journey is a rollercoaster of emotions, filled with peaks of exhilaration and valleys of doubt. But every twist and turn, every win and loss, has enriched our story and solidified our approach. We’ve learned that true success lies in embracing change, in finding silver linings, and most importantly, in prioritizing the needs of those we serve.

To the world, I want to say this: The Incubator LLC is more than a brand; it’s a promise. A promise to deliver not just results, but also peace of mind. A promise to be the guiding light in the digital maze. And a promise to always put our clients’ dreams at the forefront of everything we do.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend were visiting Downtown Cleveland, I’d ensure they experience the heart and soul of this vibrant city.

Here’s how our week would unfold:

Day 1: Welcome to Cleveland!

Morning: Start with a hearty breakfast at ‘West Side Market Café’. It’s not just about the food; it’s about soaking in the historic atmosphere of the West Side Market.

Afternoon: A leisurely stroll through the ‘Cleveland Museum of Art’. It’s one of the top art museums in the country and a true gem.

Evening: Dinner at ‘Lola Bistro’ on East 4th Street, a culinary delight by celebrity chef Michael Symon.

Day 2: Nature and Nightlife

Morning: Visit the ‘Cleveland Botanical Garden’ to immerse in nature’s beauty.

Afternoon: Explore ‘The Flats’, a revived waterfront district with eateries, breweries, and entertainment.

Evening: Experience the nightlife at ‘Bar 32’, offering panoramic views of the city.

Day 3: Rock & Roll and Theater

Morning: Dive into the legendary ‘Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’.

Evening: Catch a show at ‘Playhouse Square’, the country’s second-largest theater district.

Day 4: Sports and Spirits

Daytime: Tour the ‘FirstEnergy Stadium’, home to the Cleveland Browns.

Evening: Whiskey tasting at ‘Cleveland Whiskey’, a local distillery making waves in the spirits world.

Day 5: History and Heights

Morning: Visit ‘Cleveland History Center’ to delve into the city’s rich past.

Afternoon: Ascend the ‘Terminal Tower’ for breathtaking views of the cityscape.

Evening: Relax at ‘Collision Bend Brewing Company’, named after a bend in the Cuyahoga River.

Day 6: Parks and Pints

Daytime: Explore the ‘Cuyahoga Valley National Park’, a natural oasis.

Evening: Craft beer tasting at ‘Great Lakes Brewing Company’, Ohio’s first craft brewery.

Day 7: Farewell Brunch

Morning: Brunch at ‘The Flying Fig’, a farm-to-table experience.

Afternoon: A final walk through ‘Public Square’, the heart of downtown, capturing memories and moments.

Cleveland is more than just a city; it’s a tapestry of culture, history, and innovation. From its world-class museums to its bustling markets, from its historic landmarks to its modern entertainment hubs, there’s something for everyone. And as we explore each spot, I’d share stories of how this city has shaped The Incubator LLC and our entrepreneurial journey. Because, in many ways, Cleveland isn’t just a backdrop; it’s a character in our story.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Without a doubt, when it comes to shoutouts, I have to dedicate this one to Timothy Roberts Jr. and his transformative line of books, “I Know a Hero.” Not only has Timothy been a steadfast pillar in our business journey, but his literary contributions have also been a beacon of inspiration for both of us.

“I Know a Hero” is more than just a series of books; it encapsulates Timothy’s passion for storytelling and his profound understanding of the human spirit. These books have not only inspired budding entrepreneurs but have also resonated deeply with readers from all walks of life, reminding us that heroes are everywhere, waiting to be discovered.

Timothy’s innate ability to craft narratives that touch the soul is a testament to his talent and dedication. Witnessing his evolution as an author and seeing the profound impact of his work on our community and beyond has been nothing short of awe-inspiring.

So, to Timothy and the “I Know a Hero” series: Thank you for enriching our lives with your poignant stories and for being a beacon of hope and inspiration. Your legacy extends far beyond the pages of your books, and I’m immensely proud to call you not just a business partner but a true hero in your own right.

For those who are intrigued and wish to embark on a journey with these heroes, I invite you to explore and shop the “I Know a Hero” series on our website. Dive into a world of inspiration and discover the hero within. Shop now at www.theincubatorcle.com.

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Image Credits
Credit: The Incubator LLC for all photos

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