About The Event

Join us for a day focused on helping your small business access the resources, support and opportunities you need to grow. Hosted by the Business Growth Collaborative—a network of 11 entrepreneurial support organizations in Northeast Ohio—the day is structured to allow business owners and their teams gain access to the specific tools that best match their unique needs. 

Each attendee's day addresses their most pressing challenges and focuses on creating connections to the people, training and resources that will help their business grow.

The day includes:

 •    An exhibit hall comprised of small business support organizations and resource providers, including Business Growth Collaborative Partners and other businesses focused on supporting entrepreneurs.
•    “Speed networking” tables attendees can rotate through, meeting new people, making new connections and discussing pertinent topics.

•    Hands-on workshops focused on the most common small business needs, interests and challenges.

•    A social media lab where business owners can develop their brand image by creating a social media presence onsite at the event on the major social channels of Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.

•    Complimentary professional head-shots.

•    A video lounge where attendees can film a 15- to 30-second pitch video to promote their business.

Sponsorship for the Exhibit Hall are still available and begin at $1750.00 Please contact droman@gcpartnership.com or psheehan@gcpartnership.com for more information.


schoenigerGary Schoeniger

Chief Executive Office

Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative, Inc

Author and Entrepreneur Gary Schoeniger is an internationally recognized thought leader in the field of entrepreneurial mindset education. His message has influenced a broad audience from academic institutions and economic development organizations to government and non-profit clients worldwide including the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the Cisco Entrepreneur Institute, the Colombian Ministry of Education, the U.S. State Department, and the European Commission.

As the Founder and CEO of the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative, Gary led the development of the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program, which has been recognized by the Kauffman Foundation as “redefining entrepreneurship education in classrooms and communities around the world.” The Ice House Program has been featured at the United Nations General Assembly, the Papal Council for Peace and Justice at the Vatican, and the European Commission
in Brussels. Schoeniger, along with Pulitzer nominee Clifton Taulbert, is also the co-author of Who Owns the Ice House? Eight Life Lessons from an Unlikely Entrepreneur, an international bestseller described as “required reading for humanity.”

With his focus on the entrepreneurial mindset, Gary has presented numerous keynotes, workshops, and training programs throughout the U.S. and abroad. Recent engagements include the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Rio de Janeiro and Moscow as well as speaking and training programs in Cape Town, Athens, London, Bogota, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Sofia, Santiago, Aberdeen, Nicosia, Zagreb, Tbilisi, and Baku.

Gary also serves as a board member for the Hershey Montessori School, a member of the Dean’s Council at Purdue Polytechnic Institute, and an advisory council member for Tecnologico de Monterrey’s Tec21 model to produce graduates in Mexico with an entrepreneurial spirit and humanistic outlook for the 21st Century.

Confirmed Workshops: (check back as we confirm more)

  • Competing for Talent, presented by, Gallagher

  • Improve Your Online Visibility, presented by, LocalBizGuru

  • Developing SMART Goals presented by, Lorne Novick & Lamont Mackley, JumpStart
  • Successful Bid/Proposal Writing, presented Shashonna Duckworth, The Urban League of Greater Cleveland
  • How to do Business with a Federal Laboratory, presented by, Anthony Gillespie, Ohio Aerospace Institute
  • Connecting to Holiday Shoppers, presented by, Hispanic Business Center
  • Credit Worthiness/Using Capital to Grow, presented by, KeyBank
  • Access to Capital/Fundability, presented by, Jasmine Dixon, ECDI
  • Design Thinking and Design Thinking Sprints, presented by, MAGNET
  • Content Marketing Strategy, COSE/GCP
  • Secrets to Growing Sales, Dale Carnegie Training
  • How to Use Technology to Drive Productivity

Schedule of Day:

8:00 a.m - 9:00 a.m  Registration / Breakfast / Welcome 
8:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Keynote
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Headshots / Social Media Lab / Pitch Videos 
10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 4 Concurrent Workshops
11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 4 Concurrent Workshops
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Lunch / Roundtables with BGC Partners
1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. 4 Concurrent Workshops
2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.  4 Concurrent Workshops

Business Growth Collaborative Partners: 


The Business Growth Collaborative is a partnership of entrepreneurial support organizations committed to seeing the growth of businesses in the City of Cleveland and its surrounding neighborhoods, with a special focus on minority-owned businesses. The BGC accomplishes this mission by sharing resources, achieving milestones for clients across our organizations, and streamlining the service ecosystem.

Presenting Sponsors

MMO    MMOMinute Men HR

Bronze Sponsors

  GALLAGHER Localbizguru  Vsp   


Copper Sponsors

Compass Payroll    office depot


20.00 for members

20.00 for non-members


RegisterQuestions? Please contact events@cose.org or 216-592-2390


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