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 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 from 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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    Next up: Growing Your Business by Staying Motivated
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  • Growing Your Business by Staying Motivated

    The Cleveland Trucking industry isn’t always the glitz and glamour you might imagine. Working anywhere in the county as a logistics professional can sometimes be dull. If you are a Freight broker, Freight forwarder, working with Truck load or LTL, flatbed, or reefers, it doesn’t matter, if you can’t stay motivated you are going to get bored. I think of time as money and if I am wasting time waiting for work then I am wasting money.

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    One thing I do to help stay motivated and kill the boredom is by working on parts of the industry we currently aren’t successful in. By spending down time learning the other aspects of this industry I can speak more intelligently about it to our customers if topics ever come up. For example, we are currently growing the flatbed portion of our business and every minute I have away from my day to day routine I am learning about the flatbed industry. Calling carriers and getting feedback, what works and doesn’t work, what information they prefer from their brokers. Information is power and whomever has the most can call the shots. We are a relatively small fish in the flatbed industry but even the smallest fish can make waves if they stay motivated. Instead of twiddling my thumbs waiting for work to do, I like to make the work happen for myself.

    Getting comfortable in your daily routine is a breeding ground for boredom and will stop you from seeing your true potential. Getting out of your comfort zone is a terrific way to build you brand. Don’t know anything about LTL? Call UPS. Don’t know anything about intermodal? Go down to the rail yard. Don’t be afraid to make yourself vulnerable, if you are uncomfortable it probably means you are doing something right and putting yourself in a position to learn. You can’t learn to swim if you don’t get wet and you can’t get wet unless you get in the water. Get out there and make some waves.

    For more information about Global Transport, check us out at www.GlobalTransportInc.com

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    Next up: Growth and Innovation Lead to Vertex Computer Systems Win
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  • Growth and Innovation Lead to Vertex Computer Systems Win

    Return on Data is a phrase recently coined by the team at Vertex; it defines one of the key ways their clients benefit from the company’s services. Vertex focuses on Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies, bringing unique perspectives and solutions from the company’s solution scientists. Resulting from their innovative approach and high-value engagements: double digit growth year over year, expansion to numerous cities in the US and growth to almost 300 associates.

    Return on Data is a phrase recently coined by the team at Vertex; it defines one of the key ways their clients benefit from the company’s services. 

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    Vertex focuses on Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies, bringing unique perspectives and solutions from the company’s solution scientists. Resulting from their innovative approach and high-value engagements: double digit growth year over year, expansion to numerous cities in the US and growth to almost 300 associates.

    We’re very proud to recognize Vertex at the 2015 Best of Tech Awards.

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    Learn more about the company in our recent podcast interview with company president, Ganesh Iyer.


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