Come Out for the Next COSE Meet-Up on May 8

We have an upcoming opportunity to get together at Goldhorn Brewery, 1361 E. 55th St. in Cleveland. Our hosts will be COSE Board Members Tameka Taylor of Compass Consulting Services, LLC and Stacy Ward Braxton of The Significance Group. COSE member company TCH Industries, Inc. will be the sponsoring this COSE Meet-Up. TCH Industries specializes in industrial and hydraulic hose, fittings and related sealing components to provide solutions for our customer’s flow and flexibility applications. TCH industries has been providing solutions for our customers in Northeast, OH since 1983.

Come out to mix and mingle with some other COSE small business owners. This is a fun, casual opportunity to connect with some other entrepreneurs. 

This Meet-Up will be held on Tuesday, May 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. TCH Industries is buying the first round and hosting some appetizers for the evening.  Beyond that, the drinks and any additional food you decide to get will be on you!

This event is complimentary for Small Business Investors and Business Connections members. COSE members are welcome to attend for an event fee of $10 and non-members are $20.  You can register here.  If you have any difficulties registering or have any questions, please feel free to contact Gina Messina at gmessina@cose.org or 216-592-2217.

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  • Next up: Come to the First COSE Meet-up on Feb. 6
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    COSE Meet-ups are an opportunity to connect with other COSE small business owners, share ideas and meet new people. Join us for our first 2018 Meet-up event hosted by 2018-2019 COSE Chairman, John Young, of Speed Exterminating.

    Connect with Cleveland-area business owners in a relaxed setting and enjoy craft beers and wine at one of Cleveland’s best kept secrets – Drink. Bar & Grill, 4250 Pearl Road, Cleveland. 

    This Meet-up will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 6. The evening’s sponsor, Dollar Bank, will be covering the appetizers and your first two drinks!  You can register here.  If you have any difficulties registering or have any questions, please feel free to contact Gina Messina at gmessina@cose.org or 216-592-2217.

    This event is complimentary for Small Business Investors and Business Connections members. All other members are welcome to attend for an event fee of $10.

    Learn about other upcoming COSE events by clicking here.

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  • Next up: Connecting Young Adults with Business Leaders to Encourage Problem Solving and Communication Skills
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  • Connecting Young Adults with Business Leaders to Encourage Problem Solving and Communication Skills

    COSE Member The Gertsburg Law Firm, in conjunction with the Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce, recently wrapped up the second annual “We Solve Problems Essay Contest”. The contest challenges high school students to solve the problems that are most relevant to themselves and their peers.

    Nearly 850 students from Chagrin Falls, Kenston, Newbury, and Orange high schools participated in the essay contest this year, which focused on solving the issue of texting and driving. Students’ 600-word essays were judged by 175 business and government leaders, with Jeff Hoffman, co-founder of Priceline.com, serving as a final judge.

    “This year’s contest far exceeded all expectations,” said Alex Gertsburg, head of the Gertsburg Law Firm. “It brought business leaders and high school students together whereby the former trained the latter on solid communication and problem solving skills; it rewarded students and schools for their efforts in doing so; and, it focused the attention of thousands of people on solving a deadly problem.”

    Twenty-seven finalists were honored with Benjamin Karyo, a Chagrin Falls High School Senior, taking top honors as the overall contest winner with his essay, “Can’t Let the Message Wait? We’ll Legislate Your Fate.” "This essay contest is such an important step in teaching our students to solve real problems in the world around them,” said Hoffman. “We are all so proud of how they stepped up, and of the many great ideas they proposed in the contest."

    “I am so excited that these students will be members one day in my chamber or other chambers and the fact that they will be the future of the business world is even better,” said Molly Gebler, executive director of the Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce.

    The success of the contest relied on individual and corporate sponsors, as well as volunteer judges who read 10-15 essays over a three-week period. “It was powerful to see how the business community rallied around this contest,” added Gebler.

    A total of $13,000 in prize money – funded by individual and corporate sponsors – was distributed among the finalists, including laptops for grade level winners and complimentary Pioneer Waterpark admission tickets for every participant. The 27 finalist essays may be read at https://www.gertsburglaw.com/essay.html.

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    Former FBI staffers Jim Szell and Bill Taylor launched their North Olmsted-based firm in 1987 to help businesses mitigate their risk. CIS specializes in corporate background investigations and due diligence evaluations. They serve local to international companies on matters involving substantial financial resources and legal responsibility.
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  • Next up: Custom Guitar Maker Wins $20,000 First Prize in 2014 COSE Business Pitch Competition
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  • Custom Guitar Maker Wins $20,000 First Prize in 2014 COSE Business Pitch Competition

    Ryan Schoeneman of Colby Featherbottom's Custom Sound Machines in Parma, Ohio took home the $20,000 first prize in the 2014 COSE Business Pitch Competition.  Colby builds custom body shape electric guitars from their client's own design using CNC robotics, instant cured finishes, and intuitive design software.

    Ryan Schoeneman of Colby Featherbottom's Custom Sound Machines in Parma, Ohio took home the $20,000 first prize in the 2014 COSE Business Pitch Competition.  Colby builds custom body shape electric guitars from their client's own design using CNC robotics, instant cured finishes, and intuitive design software.

    The final judging event in the competition was held at Kalahari Resorts and Convention Center in Sandusky, Ohio.  More than 200 attendees watch the final judging event, which served as the official kick-off to the 2014 Small Business Convention.

    COSE awarded a total of $40,000 in prize money to the final four participants.  The competition was sponsored by FIT Technologies.  Besides Colby Featherbottom's Custom Sound Machines, the other winners included:

    Second Place - $10,000

    Shelley Fasulko – Brewnuts  
    Brewnuts combines craft beer and donuts in to one, and makes the food and beer lover’s ultimate guilty pleasure: craft-beer-based sales.

    Third Place (tie) - $5,000

    Eric Vennaro – Consult Mango
    Consult Mango’s objective is to help colleges to recruit more international students through an advertising platform that helps them automatically post sponsored ads and create content on international social media..

    Third Place (tie) - $5,000

    Natalie Bauman – The Digital Mosaic, LLC
    The Digital Mosiac is a unique storytelling app, designed to help people tell their stories one question at a time in an easy-to-use guided format, using webcams to capture the video in short bite-size clips..
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  • Next up: COSE Expert Network Member Diane Helbig Named Volunteer of the Year
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  • COSE Expert Network Member Diane Helbig Named Volunteer of the Year

    The Women's Business Center of Northern Ohio (WBC) awarded Diane Helbig of Seize This Day with the first annual 'Volunteer of the Year' award as part of a celebration to mark the start of National Small Business Week on May 2.

    The Women's Business Center of Northern Ohio (WBC) awarded Diane Helbig of Seize This Day with the first annual 'Volunteer of the Year' award as part of a celebration to mark the start of National Small Business Week on May 2.

    "The WBC is fortunate to have Diane as our partner, and it is our privilege to honor her with this award," says Carrie Rosenfelt, Executive Director of the WBC.

    The Women's Business Center of Northern Ohio (WBC) aims to increase the number of successful women entrepreneurs by providing resources and tools to create sustainable women owned businesses. The WBC provides training, coaching and resources that result in new business starts, job growth, and access to capital and increased profits.

    According to Jan Conrad, Director of the WBC, "Diane has provided monthly training sessions and has become one of our most popular presenters.  Diane is passionate about serving women and provides valuable tools and strategies to help our members tackle the challenges unique to women business owners."

    About Diane Helbig
    Lakewood, OhioDiane Helbig is an international business and leadership change agent, author, speaker, and radio show host. Diane has expertise in small business, sales, social media, networking, and leadership. She brings over 30 years of small business management and sales to her consulting practice. Diane is the author of Lemonade Stand Selling and Expert Insights, and the host of Accelerate Your Business Growth Radio show. She is also a Solution Provider and Authorized Local Expert for Constant Contact. Diane is the founder of Business Opportunity Network, a group coaching/referral sharing program.

    Diane is a Council of Smaller Enterprises board member, Member of the NSBA Leadership Council, and a member of the Advisory Board for the American Institute of Sales, Marketing and Management. She speaks to audiences throughout the United States and volunteers her time and expertise to the Women's Business Center. Web: www.seizethisday.co; Twitter: www.twitter.com/dhelbig; BizTVShows Online: http://neohiobiztvshows.com/diane-helbig/

    About the Women's Business Center
    Cleveland, Ohio
    - The Women's Business Centers of Ohio are located in Cleveland and Columbus. They are initiatives of the Economic & Community Development Institute and are the only SBA-funded Women's Business Centers in the state.

    The WBC at each location can guide individuals at any stage of the business process. Through one-on-one counseling sessions with WBC staff and volunteers, women can get the direction and resources to meet their goals. Web: https://www.wbcohio.org/locations/wbc-northern-ohio

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