GCP Board of Directors Election




Attention GCP members: You are entitled to vote in the election of the GCP Board of Directors. Please click here to view the 2017 Board of Directors Ballot and Proxy.
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    Next up: GCP Develops COSE Transition Plan
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  • GCP Develops COSE Transition Plan

    Steve Millard’s last day as executive director of COSE, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP), was May 31. He is set to start a new role as president and CEO of the Greater Akron Chamber.

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    The COSE Board of Advisors recently approved a short-term management plan for COSE as the organization further evaluates the gaps created by Millard’s departure. Discussions about a long-term approach that maintains the incredible strength of the COSE brand across Northeast Ohio are in process.

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    “The main priority for the Board is to ensure COSE’s longevity and continued focus on the best interests for small businesses,” said John Young, president of Speed Exterminating and chair of the COSE Board of Advisors. “I believe this interim plan provides support and structure for COSE, so members shouldn’t feel any significant impact as a result of Steve’s departure.”

    “I am confident that the right resources are within the organization to manage a great transition post Steve’s move to Akron,” said Joe Roman, president and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Partnership. “We are fortunate to have long-time GCP employees who worked side-by-side with Steve on COSE ready to manage the workload as we develop a final plan.”

    “I am enthusiastic about the future for COSE and working with the internal team to develop what’s next. It has been extremely encouraging to see the positive impact of the COSE and GCP realignment two years ago as more and more individuals within the organization are focused on small business as a key stakeholder in this community,” Young added.

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    Next up: GCP PAC: The Region’s Political Action Committee
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  • GCP PAC: The Region’s Political Action Committee

    The Greater Cleveland Partnership Political Action Committee, or GCP PAC, is a non-partisan, unified voice for businesses of all sizes and industries in our region. 

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    There are many ways our members can ensure their voice and the voice of the business community is heard throughout government.  Participation in GCP advocacy offerings like the D.C. Fly-In or Empowering Local Leadership Conference, COSE Day at the Capitol, and GCP Public Officials Reception are all unique opportunities to connect with elected leaders that shape public policies that directly impact the economic vitality of Northeast Ohio. 

    Yet, no offering may be more useful than having the ability to collectively pool our resources together to provide our members with the means for concerted action.  The dollars contributed through the GCP PAC are specifically used to provide support for state and local government leaders campaigning for election who share your interests.

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    What has GCP advocacy done for your business of late?  Click here.

    Thank you to all volunteer leaders who contribute to the GCP PAC.  Will you choose to participate in the GCP PAC movement?

    Please consider making your contribution of $50, $100, $500, or $1,000 to GCP PAC prior to the Election Day on Tuesday, November 8, so we can continue to lead the conversation in the development of common sense economic policy and regulatory reform. 

    Please note individuals, limited liability companies (LLCs), partnerships and sole proprietorships can legally make contributions to a PAC. Contributions must include itemized allocations by partners in partnerships or members of a LLC. Ohio law prohibits other corporate political contributions. 

    Your participation in the GCP PAC is completely voluntary. Donations are not tax-deductible and will be used for political purposes. An individual may contribute up to $12,707.79 annually to an Ohio Political Action Committee. You may choose not to participate without fear of reprisal. You will not be favored or disadvantaged by reason of the amount of your contribution or decision not to contribute.


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    Next up: GCP Supports County Health and Human Services Levy, Bi-partisan Congressional Redistricting Measure
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  • GCP Supports County Health and Human Services Levy, Bi-partisan Congressional Redistricting Measure

    Members of the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) endorsed Cuyahoga County’s two-year renewal of the Health and Human Services (HHS) levy and supported a separate statewide issue aiming to revise the way Ohio draws U.S. Congressional district maps. 

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    The Cuyahoga County HHS renewal levy, Issue 9, will appear on the primary election ballot in May.  The two-year renewal of the 3.9 mill levy is the smaller of the two County HHS levies.  It generated approximately $104 million in 2016 – 2017 and costs a homeowner $135.10 on a $100,000 home.  Combined with the 4.8 mill eight-year levy – renewed in 2016 and set to expire in 2024 – the County collects slightly over $230 million to fund critical social services.

    “The Health and Human Services levy renewal will not raise taxes and it plays an important role in ensuring resources are available to fund crucial services for children, the elderly, and families in need,” said Debbie Read, Managing Partner/CEO of Thompson Hine, GCP Board Member, and Chair of the GCP Government Affairs Council.  “The dollars collected provide a significant social safety net to help reduce higher costs to taxpayers for untreated needs.” 

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    GCP has long supported both HHS levies.  GCP leadership will continue to actively work with Cuyahoga County to determine the need and future structure of the HHS levy when it is up for renewal in 2020.

    The GCP Board also offered formal support for statewide Issue 1, which would create a more

    bi-partisan, public process for drawing U.S. Congressional districts.  Significant minority party support would be required for the legislature to approve a new map.  Issue 1 offers rules that would limit the extent to which counties, municipal corporations, and townships can be split between districts; the City of Cleveland would remain whole within its district.  

    The plan cleared the legislature, with overwhelming support from both political parties, prior to the deadline for proposed Constitutional amendments initiated by the Ohio General Assembly to be filed with the Secretary of State.  Due to the passage of the legislature’s resolution, Issue 1 will also appear on the ballot on May 8. 

     “It’s no secret the practice of gerrymandering has existed to favor the political party in the majority,” said Joe Roman, President/CEO of the Greater Cleveland Partnership.  “As a non-partisan organization, we’re encouraged Republicans and Democrats came together on this issue, resulting in what our members believe will be a more transparent redistricting process.”

    In 2015, GCP members backed the “Fair Districts for Ohio” campaign, a coalition organized to reform our system of drawing state legislative districts.  The current Congressional redistricting initiative necessitates a simple majority of votes in May to become part of the Ohio Constitution.  The proposal would take effect for the next redistricting process in 2021, following the 2020 census.


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    Next up: Go One-on-One With Motivated Buyers
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  • Go One-on-One With Motivated Buyers

    The Cleveland B2B Matchmaker is a unique opportunity to go one-on-one with customers who want to buy from you.

    A lot of the blogs, videos, webinars, and other content we publish centers around how entrepreneurs can position their small businesses to stand out and bring in business.

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    Brand-Building Basics for Small Business

    How to Make Your Business Stand Out

    Tools, Tips and Tricks You Need to Add to Your Marketing Mix

    There’s a lot of really solid advice in the links above that will put your small business on the road to picking up additional business. But what if I told you there’s still another way to run headfirst into new business for your company? And what if I told you this way required virtually no effort on your part, aside from clicking a link and then showing up?

    I’m talking about COSE’s Cleveland B2B Matchmaker 2017 event, which is being held this year from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 8. For those who might be unfamiliar, this Matchmaker event (our 12th annual) is a unique small business contracting event, which presents a great opportunity for small businesses to gain access to buyers that represent millions of dollars in purchasing. The goal of the event is to create future contract opportunities for your small business through one-on-one sessions between buyers and sellers.

    There’s a reason why we here at COSE spend so much time producing content that supports your efforts to get your small business on buyers’ radars. If you’re an entrepreneur, you know doing so is easier said than done. But this is a chance to go one-on-one with buyers who are ready to take action and pull the trigger on deals, while allowing you the opportunity to increase the number of contacts you’ve earned for your business.

    Sound good? Learn more and register for the Cleveland B2B Matchmaker.

    And check out a list of other upcoming COSE events that will help you broaden your business’ reach and give you the insight you need to help your company succeed.

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    Next up: Grow with Google on May 11
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  • Grow with Google on May 11

    Google is hosting a free, full-day event at the Tri-C Hospitality Management Center to help job seekers, students, teachers, entrepreneurs and small business owners improve their digital skills. The event is taking place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 11.

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    Clevelanders will have the opportunity to engage in interactive demonstrations, hands-on workshops, and one-on-one coaching with Google staff. Topics will include online skills for small businesses, job search strategies, email basics, online safety and search engine optimization.

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    Workshops

    Learn more about building presentations, search engine optimization, coding basics, and more in an engaging classroom setting. Register for up to two workshop sessions.

    • Get Found on Google Search and Maps
    • Intro to Online Marketing
    • Get Started with Email, Spreadsheets, and Presentations
    • Using Data to Drive Growth
    • Get Started with Code
    • Inspiring Students, Using Technology

    One-on-one coaching
    Want help getting started? Have questions about more advanced topics? Come chat with Googlers, who will be on hand to give personalized help.

    Hands-on demos
    We’ll show you how to get the most out of our tools and programs. Browse our interactive stations, talk to Googlers, and learn something new.

    Networking
    Drop in throughout the day to check out hands-on demos, grab a snack, meet some special guests, and expand your network.

    Online resources
    Can't make it to the event? Check out more free training, tools, and other local events to help you grow your skills, career, or business at google.com/grow.


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