Member, Tim Opsitnick, Appointed to CyberOhio Advisory Board

Last year, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the launch of CyberOhio – a collection of cybersecurity initiatives aimed at helping Ohio’s businesses fight back against cyber-attacks.

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    COSE/GCP member, Tim Opsitnick, officially joined CyberOhio’s Advisory Board this week, a group composed of state industry experts and business leaders. The expert panel will provide guidance for Attorney General’s Office initiatives on cybersecurity.

    Mr. Opsitnick founded JURINNOV in 2000 and is at the forefront of practitioners addressing issues involved in the security and discovery of electronically stored information. The practice focuses on cybersecurity, data privacy, electronic discovery, and computer forensics.

    “I’m honored to be appointed to such a crucial initiative,” said Opsitnick. “Fighting back against this very real, constantly changing threat is critical and I’d like to thank Attorney General DeWine for allowing me to share my experience to help foster a stronger business environment here in Ohio.”

    CyberOhio’s mission is to provide the best legal, technical, and collaborative cybersecurity environment possible to help Ohio’s businesses thrive.

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    Next up: Michael Stanek appointed as the employer representative on medical marijuana advisory committee

    Michael Stanek appointed as the employer representative on medical marijuana advisory committee

    Governor John Kasich appointed Michael Stanek, vice president/CFO of Hunt Imaging in Berea and owner of Cleveland Cycle Tours, to a new panel that is being formed, the Ohio Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee.  The role of the assignment is to represent employers’ views as regulatory proceedings on medical marijuana take place in Ohio.  Stanek also serves as a GCP board member and as COSE board chair.

    Governor John Kasich appointed Michael Stanek, vice president/CFO of Hunt Imaging in Berea and owner of Cleveland Cycle Tours, to a new panel that is being formed, the Ohio Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee.  The role of the assignment is to represent employers’ views as regulatory proceedings on medical marijuana take place in Ohio.  Stanek also serves as a GCP board member and as COSE board chair.

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    Several months ago, Ohio elected officials pre-empted a campaign to place the legalization of medicinal marijuana on the ballot by approving legislation.  The legalization effort that was working to put their separate initiative – which was broader in scope – on the ballot discontinued operations.  The state legislation that passed technically made medical marijuana legal in Ohio on September 8, 2016.  However, the regulatory process that will set many of the rules still needs to be completed within two years; and, the Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee may develop and submit recommendations to agencies related to the Medical Marijuana Control Program

    “I’m appreciative of the Governor’s trust in making this appointment,” said Stanek.  “Given the magnitude of the potential implications for business owners, their employees, and all Ohioans, I’m honored to serve employers in this role; I understand the importance and do not take this duty lightly.”

    GCP/COSE did not take a formal position on the medical marijuana legislation that is now Ohio law.  Our members instead sought to enhance employer rights and GCP/COSE worked to secure protections included in the legislation.  Those protections, for example, state employers can still establish and enforce drug testing, drug-free workplace, and zero-tolerance drug policies.

    In addition to this sole employer role, Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee membership will include members who represent:  pharmacists, physicians, local law enforcement. labor, mental health treatment; nurses, caregivers, patients, agriculture; the treatment of alcohol and drug addiction, and academic research.

    How should your business prepare for medical marijuana in Ohio?  Read more here.

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    Next up: Microbusiness definition included in Ohio Senate’s substitute budget bill

    Microbusiness definition included in Ohio Senate’s substitute budget bill

    There are a host of public policy issues that continue to be debated at the Ohio Statehouse leading up to a new two-year state budget deal that will need to be in place by the end of June including, but not limited to topics related to Medicaid funding, the opioid epidemic, and school funding.  As the Senate prepares to vote on a budget bill soon, Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) members have been vocal and supportive of the state’s current small business tax deduction on the first $250,000 of business income and additional legislation that could help provide the business community with the needed capital to grow via intrastate crowdfunding.

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    In addition, GCP formally supported House Bill 5, language that would ultimately land in the current state budget bill.  The language would create a statutory definition of microbusiness in Ohio.  The proposal defines microbusiness as an independently owned and operated for-profit business entity, including any affiliates, located in Ohio and has fewer than 20 full-time employees or full-time equivalent employees.

    The larger, long-term goal of encouraging and strengthening the smallest of small businesses and providing them with opportunities to prosper going forward is commendable.  While this Ohio initiative simply provides formal recognition of microbusinesses at this time, the GCP also recognizes this act is a first step.  We welcome the opportunity to discuss additional steps that can be reviewed and taken to address specific challenges for microbusinesses. 

    For a copy of our letter to leadership in the Ohio General Assembly on microbusinesses click here. 

    The Senate’s budget bill is scheduled to be on the Senate floor for a vote on June 21.  After that vote, a conference committee will be named and it will have until the end of the month to work through the differences between the House and Senate budget bills.


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    Next up: Mobile Technology: Trends and Business Opportunities

    Mobile Technology: Trends and Business Opportunities

    Mobile devices have changed the world in the last few years. Hardware like smart phones and tablets continue to show growing sales and applications for various platforms are exploding too. Hundreds of thousands of apps are on the market and more markets are opening aside from iTunes and Android. Enterprise adoption of these platforms continues to grow as well, along with related enterprise apps. 

    Mobile devices have changed the world in the last few years. Hardware like smart phones and tablets continue to show growing sales and applications for various platforms are exploding too. Hundreds of thousands of apps are on the market and more markets are opening aside from iTunes and Android. Enterprise adoption of these platforms continues to grow as well, along with related enterprise apps. 

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    But where is this market heading? What are current trends and where do they lead? And most importantly, how can your company capitalize? 

    Listen now.


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    Next up: Month in Review: Email Warning Signs, Underrated Social Platforms And More

    Month in Review: Email Warning Signs, Underrated Social Platforms And More

    Here’s a compilation of some of the best stories to appear on Mind Your Business this month.

    Introducing the “best of” Mind Your Business! In this new regular monthly roundup, we’re looking back and highlighting some of our favorite posts from October. Check out these four stories you might have missed this month (in no particular order).

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    4 underrated social platforms

    Facebook Shmacebook: 4 Under-the-Radar Social Channels You Need to Start Using Now

    It’s possible you’ve never even heard of these social media platforms, but they could be just what your company needs to build a better, more effective social presence. Check out these four options that may not carry the fame of Facebook, but that are sure to make it easier for your business to stand out.

     

    Email warning signs

    Is This Email OK to Open? 9 Warning Signs to Watch

    How many times have you looked at an unread email in your inbox and wondered if it’s safe to open? Would you be able to pick out the characteristics that define emails that might hide a business-crippling virus? You will if you read these nine things to consider when it comes to email safety. 

    Winning wellness

    COSE WebEd Series: Anatomy of a Perfect Wellness Program

    Instituting a wellness program at your business can help you keep your health care costs under control and maintain a happier, healthier workforce. Check out this step-by-step guide on how to build the perfect wellness program for your company.

    Powered-up content marketing

    10 Can't-Miss Ways to Supercharge Your Content Marketing

    If you missed this year’s Content Marketing World, check out these can’t-miss content marketing tips. Focusing on the desire you're trying to fulfill, telling the stories that change how people view your company and identifying and leveraging influencers are just three of the ways to optimize your content marketing. Check out our seven other takeaways from CM World.

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    Next up: Month in Review: November 2017

    Month in Review: November 2017

    Here's a selection of four of our favorite Mind Your Business articles from November.

    We’re taking a look back and highlighting some of our favorite Mind Your Business articles from November.

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    Innovation at work

    Nottingham Spirk: From Working with Family to Keeping the Innovative Fire Burning

    During COSE’s recent Business Growth Boot Camp, Cleveland’s innovation experts from Nottingham Spirk discussed how to maintain innovation over time, working with family and knowing how to keep the motivational fires burning. Check out more about these topic areas addressed by Nottingham Spirk’s Co-Founder and Co-President John Spirk and his son Evan, director of open innovation, and how they have used these innovation tactics to enhance the success of their company.

    You get a discount!

    Q Pass Program: Special COSE Discount

    Looking for the perfect holiday gift or winter activity? Being a member of the GCP provides you with exclusive benefits, including a discount to some of the most exciting events being held at Quicken Loans Arena. Check out the list of events and promo code to receive your members-only deal today.

    Claim your hidden money

    Find the Profit Hiding Inside Your Business

    Energy audits can help uncover savings of around 20% per building. Schedule your free energy audit with us and we will also help you implement the energy-saving tactics revealed in your audit results. You’ll be saving money in your 2018 budget.

    Make networking fun (it doesn’t have to be an oxymoron)

    How I Stopped Loathing Networking and Started to Love Kibbitzing

    Stop networking. That's right, we said it. Stop networking and start kibbitzing. Instead of contrived and formal, make these situations more natural and enjoyable. Check out these seven tactics to having more success (and fun) next time you're meeting and greeting.

    What was your favorite Mind Your Business article from November? Let us know on Twitter!

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