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RNC Illustrates the Power of Partnerships & How You Can Contribute to the Region’s Growth Leading Up to Election Day

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Both the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland and the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia are in the books. The DNC made history by nominating our country’s first female candidate for President. And, after years of revitalization and careful preparation, Cleveland truly shined brightly at the RNC as state delegates, visitors, and media from all over the world raved about our city and the individuals and organizations in the public, private, and non-profit sectors who made the experience possible.

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How your business should prepare for marijuana legalization in Ohio

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The legislature and Governor pre-empted a campaign to place the legalization of medicinal marijuana on the ballot by approving legislation a couple months ago that will technically make Ohio the 25th state to legalize medical marijuana in September. The legalization effort that was working to put their separate initiative—which was broader in scope—before voters this November discontinued operations. The entirety of the legalization plan that will go into effect is required to complete the regulatory process within 2 years.
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GCP/COSE says "No" to a Cleveland-Only Wage Hike

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Several weeks ago, members of the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) and its small business division, the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE), announced firm opposition to the proposal for a Cleveland-only $15 minimum wage.  Collectively, we represent the most comprehensive small, middle market, and large business organization in the state.  And, if this misguided proposal – the most aggressive wage hike in the country – were enacted it would lead to the loss of businesses within Cleveland’s borders and send a strong signal to investors and employers who are considering expansions.  

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Lt. Governor Taylor, COSE/GCP Announces Small Business Toolkit

Toledo – Lt. Governor Mary Taylor announced today the launch of a new electronic toolkit that is designed to help Ohio’s small businesses navigate regulatory issues and other matters.

The new business asset - available at www.governor.ohio.gov/csitoolkit - is part of Ohio’s Common Sense Initiative (CSI), which was created by Governor John Kasich in 2011 to help create a more jobs-friendly regulatory climate in Ohio.  Taylor oversees the CSI program.

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Employer resource coming to aid business owners in navigating state regulations

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In last week’s newsletter, the Greater Cleveland Partnership and COSE made it known to all our readers that we plan to unveil a state regulatory toolkit for business owners in the near future. 

While most understand that a certain degree of regulatory requirements can be a part of doing business, our members frequently convey to us how important it is that they are created and enforced in a way that does not pose an undue burden. Unfortunately, many businesses are not aware of the fact that resources are available to them when they are confronted with a state rule or regulation that impacts their operations in a negative way.

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Unemployment Tax Relief on the Horizon for Employers

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Several years ago, Ohio’s unemployment rate increased and the state’s unemployment fund was ill-prepared to cover the costs. The federal government subsequently provided Ohio with a loan to continue paying jobless benefits.