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Morning Conversation: State Senator Sen Bill Beagle

As chair of the Ohio Senate Workforce and Economic Development Committee, Senator Bill Beagle is the “go-to” policymaker on critical issues impacting Greater Cleveland. He also serves as the Ohio Senate participant on the Third Frontier Advisory Board.

The senator has a strong connection to Cleveland. He grew up in the Cleveland area and earned an MBA from Cleveland State University. 

Please RSVP to by Thursday, February 20.

GCP Middle-Market Healthcare Forum

Without the scale of large companies or exemptions afforded to small companies, middle market companies are in a challenging position to adjust to both rising healthcare costs and implementing new regulations.

Our panel of experts will discuss how the Affordable Care Act is affecting middle-market firms and how companies are embracing innovations that simultaneously reduce business costs and improve healthcare outcomes.

GCP 2014 Annual Meeting of Members

GCP members are invited to our 2014 Annual Meeting, which will mark our organization's 10th anniversary, on Wednesday, April 2 at the Cleveland Convention Center.

Our agenda features keynote speaker Governor John Kasich, highlights of our work over the past decade to help create positive, lasting change in our community, and an overview of current and developing priorities.

Registration is now closed.

Morning Conversation: Distinguished Professor of Politcal Science John Green, The University of Akron

GCP members are invited to our next "Morning Conversation" program to discuss Ohio politics and the 2014 election with John Green, distinguished professor of political science at The University of Akron.

Dr. Green is best known as the director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, a bipartisan research and teaching institute dedicated to the nuts and bolts of practical politics. He is widely recognized as an adept observer of Ohio and national politics, and he is frequently quoted in the national and state media.

Morning Conversation: Congressman Jim Renacci

GCP members are invited to be part of our "Morning Conversation" program with Congressman Jim Renacci, who was elected to the U. S. House of Representatives in November 2010 and is serving his second term representing the 16th district of Ohio.

Currently he is a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, the chief tax-writing committee in the House of Representatives. Congressman Renacci, a certified public accountant, will play a critical role for Ohio as proposed legislation, which would comprehensively reform the nation’s tax code, makes its way through the committee.

Linking IT Talent to Opportunity

The Greater Cleveland Partnership, the Northeast Ohio Software Association and the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education invite companies to exhibit at the "Linking IT Talent to Opportunity: job fair on Wednesday, April 16 at the Middleburg Heights Community Center.

The event is part of NEOSA Tech Week 2014.

The Think Spot

The Think Spot is a new keynote series that brings the most influential and pioneering entrepreneurial minds to Northeast Ohio to speak, inspire and spark an epiphany.

The first speaker is Amilya Antonetti, who made her mark in the early 1990s when she successfully launched Soapworks after discovering the life-threatening effects of traditional cleaning products on her infant son.

Greater Cleveland Middle-Market Forum

Online registration is now closed

Thanks for your support of the 2014 Greater Cleveland Middle Market Forum. The event is sold out, and online registration is now closed.

If you have questions or need more information, please e-mail us or call 216.592.2370.

Managing and Rewarding Performance in Today's Multigenerational Workforce

GCP members are invited to join Brad Bennett from Fishel Hass Kim Albrecht LLP on Wednesday, May 14 at 10 a.m. for an insightful webinar presentation, “Putting a Man on the Moon: Managing and Rewarding Performance in Today’s Multigenerational Workforce.”

The presentation will provide an overview of the characteristics of each generation making up today’s multi-generational workplace and supply tips for managing and rewarding each generation. Click here to register.

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Morning Conversation with Ohio House Speaker William Batchelder

Greater Cleveland Partnership members are invited to the next program in our Morning Conversation series with Speaker of the Ohio House William G. Batchelder.

Speaker Batchelder is the second longest-serving Representative in the Ohio House. As Speaker, he has focused on issues of critical importance to the Greater Cleveland Partnership and its members: Cleveland education reform, balancing Ohio’s budget, transportation funding, economic development, and tax-related issues.

Diversity Professionals Group

The next meeting of the Commission on Economic Inclusion's Diversity Professionals Group will focus on how organizations can translate diversity and inclusion (D&I) into better business outcomes. The event is jointly hosted by:


Executive Caterers Corporate Club at Landerhaven: Driving Innovation

Greater Cleveland Partnership Investors are invited to take time to lunch with us at the Executive Caterers Corporate Club at Landerhaven program, "Driving Innovation," on Thursday, June 5.

Panelists include GCP Board member Bernie Moreno, president, The Collection Auto Group. The program will be moderated by Wayne Dawson, Emmy-award winning anchor, Fox 8 News.

Dialogues on Diversity


The Commission on Economic Inclusion and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA) will host their third program in an dynamic speaker series for senior leadership, "Dialogues on Diversity," with featured panelists from University Hospitals (left to right): GCP Board member Thomas F. Zenty III, chief executive officer; Janet L. Miller, chief legal officer; and Steven D. Standley, chief administrative officer.

Access to Capital Event for MBEs

Minority-owned enterprises (MBEs) are invited to get to know the paths to funding their businesses and meet with lenders to make it happen at the Minority Business Development Agency Business Center Cleveland’s Access to Capital event on Thursday, June 19, presented by the Commission on Economic Inclusion’s Minority Business and Growth Committee and the Commission’s strategic partners.


Morning Conversation: Chris Quinn, vice president, content, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Are you curious about the changes at The Plain Dealer and the start-up of the Northeast Ohio Media Group?

Greater Cleveland Partnership members are invited to a "Morning Conversation with Chris Quinn," vice president, content, for the Northeast Ohio Media Group for candid, off-the-record dialogue about and insights into news coverage of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.

Please RSVP to by Friday, June 20.

Hiring our Heroes Job Fair

Northeast Ohio employers are invited to connect with veterans, active duty service members, members of the U.S. National Guard, Reserves and military spouses at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes free hiring fair on Thursday, June 26 at Public Auditorium, 500 Lakeside Avenue. 

Journey from contract manufacturer to owner

Please join us on Thursday, June 26 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Lincoln Electric for a free event offering insights into how three Northeast Ohio manufacturers made the change from contract manufacturer to product owner. The Greater Cleveland Partnership is co-hosting the session with MAGNET.

Many contract manufacturers have the potential to produce their own products but don’t know where to start. The event will feature presentations from manufacturers, who have taken the steps and are reaping the benefits from being product owners. 

Job Fair hosted by Congressman Jim Renacci

More than 25 Northeast Ohio employers from the private and public sectors are participating in a job fair hosted by Congressman Jim Renacci at Brunswick High School on Friday, July 18th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, visit or call the Congressman’s Wadsworth office at 330.334.0040.

2014 BUGC Annual Meeting

The 2014 Annual Meeting of Build Up Greater Cleveland (BUGC), the infrastructure network, will feature keynote speaker George S. Hawkins, general manager of the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority.

Hawkins has served in his current position since September 2009. A native of Shaker Heights, Hawkins oversees DC Water’s nearly $1 billion operating and capital budget and is responsible for an ambitious agenda that complements a vast 10-year program to improve aging infrastructure and comply with ever more stringent regulatory requirements.

Diversity Professionals Conference

Diversity and HR professionals are invited to the Commission on Economic Inclusion’s sixth annual Diversity Professionals conference to be held Wednesday, August 6 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Corporate College East. Our speaker line-up includes:

Julie Hansen, director, corporate diversity & inclusion, AbbVie, 2014 DiversityInc Top 50 company (keynote); Doug Harris, CEO, The Kaleidoscope Group (facilitator); Tammy Nunn Haynie, diversity & inclusion program manager, BASF, 2014 DiversityInc Top 50; and Rahman Khan, director, diversity & inclusion, Time Warner Cable, 2014 DiversityInc Top 50 and Commission Hall of Fame.

Luncheon with Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judi French

Sherwin-Williams and the Association of Corporate Counsel, Northeast Ohio chapter, are hosting a luncheon with Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judi French on Wednesday, August 6, at The Union Club, 1211 Euclid Avenue.

Greater Cleveland Partnership members are invited to attend this event for a conversation about how the court works and how the Justices’ judicial philosophy shapes our laws in Ohio.

Click here to RSVP.

Building Pipelines for Success

This networking workshop for female and minority business owners and subcontractors is organized by the Construction Diversity & Inclusion (CDI) Division of the Commission on Economic Inclusion.

The agenda includes an update on the Community Benefits agreement efforts to facilitate WBE/MBE access to the multibillion-dollar building boom in Greater Cleveland/Northeast Ohio.

Morning Conversation: Congressman Bob Latta

Greater Cleveland Partnership members are invited to start their day at our Morning Conversation program with Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH-5).

A four-term member of the United States House of Representatives, the Congressman is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and is vice chair of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. Click to register.

Greater Cleveland Partnership Chairman's Forum

We're at capacity for the 2014 Greater Cleveland Partnership Chairman's Forum, an exclusive members-only briefing with our new board chair, Beth Mooney, chairman and chief executive officer of KeyCorp. Registration is now closed.

Contact us with any questions at 216.592.2370 or by email

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Corporate Club at Landerhaven Education Forum

GCP members are invited to join us for an Executive Caterers Corporate Club at Landerhaven luncheon program featuring three of the region’s dynamic leaders of higher education institutions: (left to right):

  • Dr. Alex Johnson, president, Cuyahoga Community College
  • Dr. Beverly Warren, president, Kent State University
  • Dr. Scott Scarborough, president, The University of Akron.

Burke Corporate Aviation Expo

See the latest offerings in executive aviation and socialize with other Northeast Ohio business leaders. Cleveland Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin will be the keynote speaker.

Experience the latest in executive travel and enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live music. Come see how flying out of Burke can take your business to new heights. Click to register.

GCP Middle-Market Fall Forum

"Fast Forward: Accelerating Progress for the 2016 RNC"

Thanks for your support and interest in our Fall Middle-Market Forum. This event is at capacity and registration is now closed.

Be sure to watch for a summary of the discussion by our speakers that will be included in the September 22 issue of our "Every Monday" e-newsletter and posted on our website.

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Morning Conversation: State Rep. Cliff Rosenberg

Greater Cleveland Partnership members are invited to the next program in our Morning Conversation series with State Rep. Cliff Rosenberger (R-91), who is completing his second term in the Ohio House. He represents his hometown of Clarksville in Clinton County in addition to Highland County, Pike County and parts of Ross County.

Rep. Rosenberger serves on the House Finance Committee and is chairman of the Subcommittee on Higher Education. Please RSVP to

Federal Retention Strategy Briefing

Please join the Greater Cleveland Partnership and other interested parties for a briefing on the State of Ohio’s Federal Retention Strategy for the Northeast region. Our speaker is Major General Gregory L. Wayt, USA, (Ret.) chief operating officer of CBD Advisors.

He brings more than three decades of national security and homeland defense experience coupled with strong relations with the executive and legislative branches of Ohio and the United States. RSVP to

Executive Caterers Corporate Club at Landerhaven

Let’s do lunch: Go “Courtside with the Cavs”

GCP members are invited to the next Executive Caterers Corporate Club at Landerhaven luncheon program featuring a discussion with Cavs and Quicken Loans Arena CEO Len Komoroski and Cavs General Manager David Griffin.

Newschannel 5 Sports Director Andy Baskin will moderate the program. RSVP at or call 216.592.2370.

Middle-Market Fourth-Quarter Forum

“Perspectives on the 2014 National Economy and Outlook for 2015”

How is the national economy shaping up at year-end? What are some key trends to watch for in 2015 that could impact your business?

Please join us for an expert’s perspectives at our at next middle-market forum with Dr. Joel Elvery, research economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. His current work focuses on the regional economy in the Fourth Federal Reserve District, which includes Ohio, western Pennsylvania, eastern Kentucky, and the northern panhandle of West Virginia. Register here.

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Dialogues on Diversity

The Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association invite you to attend the fourth program in the “Dialogues on Diversity” series. The next program features a panel of five distinguished general counsels from area organizations and businesses (left to right):

Sheryl King Benford, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority; Patricia Decensi, Medical Mutual of Ohio; Rosalina M. Fini, Cleveland Metroparks; Shana F. Marbury, GCP; and Sonali Bustamante Wilson, Cleveland State University. Learn more.