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Federal labor, energy, entrepreneurial, tech, and fiscal policy matters require small business owners’ attention

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Members of Congress have been busy spending time in their districts connecting with their constituencies on the issues that are important to them. Legislators will reconvene back in Washington in the second week of September and, when they do, they’ll certainly need to roll up their sleeves, work efficiently and across party lines (where possible) if they hope to address several urgent issues that are top of mind for small business.  


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Municipal Income Tax Webcast: What you need to know about state law changes

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As teams begin to hit the field in preparation for the upcoming football season, we want to ensure you are also gearing up for the game-changing effective date of House Bill 5's municipal income tax laws. Municipalities are currently amending their existing income tax ordinances to incorporate the new law’s provisions, and your business should be prepping now too in order to be ready by the end of the year.

To take a deeper dive into the new law and help you plan now for changes that will impact you, your business or your clients, please join us as former Ohio Tax Commissioner Tom Zaino hosts a webcast on September 28th at 9:30 a.m.  Register here today!

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Family-owned manufacturer Logan Clutch hosts County Councilman Greenspan

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It’s rare for reality television to actually depict reality, but a few of those shows provide viewers with the illusion that we are actually risking our lives on an unpredictable open sea trolling for tuna or Alaskan king crab. Sure, these TV programs are for our entertainment, as we munch on popcorn from the safe, friendly confines of our home. What’s real, however, is that the people aboard those ships do it for a living. And, their livelihood can depend on many moving parts – in this case, boat parts – that allow for thousands of pounds of the crew’s catch to be hauled up and in to a boat, before it ever reaches a dinner table.

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COSE takes position against ResponsibleOhio marijuana proposal, supports amendment to limit monopolistic initiatives

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The Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) announced its opposition to the ResponsibleOhio constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana use in the state of Ohio.  In addition, COSE has also announced support of a separate ballot measure to amend the Ohio Constitution to limit monopoly and oligopoly initiatives. After extensive review and discussion with small business owners, proponents, opponents and other interested parties, COSE’s Board of Directors determined that opposition to this initiative was both appropriate and important. “This initiative raises a lot of questions for business owners,” said COSE Board Chair Rion Safier. “Many of the policies that govern legalization are unclear, which amounts to potential challenges and additional requirements on small business.”

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COSE supports Cuyahoga County arts and culture institutions

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Ever had friends or family members in from out of town and enjoyed an afternoon at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame? Or, maybe you have a child that took a field trip to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History? Then you know how fortunate we are to have tremendous resources and attractions like these so close to home. Perhaps you even entertain business associates or clients at Playhouse Square or tune-in to ideastream public radio or television programming? Then you also know how important these fixtures are to our identity and the growth of our region.  


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Weigh-in on newly proposed overtime rules, investment capital

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Two of the top ten most significant challenges to the future growth and survival of a small business are a lack of available capital and costs associated with employee salaries. That’s according to answers received in the National Small Business Association’s (NSBA) 2014 Year-End Economic Report – a poll of small business owners that represented every industry in every state in the nation. Do you experience similar challenges? We need your help.


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More on Small Business Tax Reforms in the State Budget

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Small business owners may have been surprised to read an article in The Plain Dealer Tuesday morning titled “Many small businesses face one-year tax increase under Ohio budget bill”. While we believe the PD piece is factually correct, what may have been easy to miss is that the increase seems to be the result of a drafting error and it does not appear to be the intent of the legislature to raise taxes.  

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State Biennium Budget Bill Includes Tax Relief for Small Business Owners

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The Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) commends Ohio Governor John Kasich, House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, Senate President Keith Faber, and the General Assembly today for clearing a state biennium budget bill that includes tax relief for small business owners. The final version of the tax package grants a 75% tax deduction for the first $250,000 in small business income for 2015 and a 100% deduction beginning in 2016. The plan also calls for a flat 3% tax rate on business income above $250,000. 

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Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) Program Accepting Applications Today

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Are you an entrepreneur interested in strengthening the connection between small business and state government? Then this pilot program could be for you. Beginning in September, select small business professionals will work in-house with LeanOhio through an entrepreneur-in-residence (EIR) program where they will spend one year assisting with Lean Six Sigma projects, events, and meetings involving state government agencies. The goal is to strengthen the connection between small business and state government. And, Ohio agencies will gain insights into private sector best practices and challenges – while entrepreneurs and their businesses will gain experience and tools from leaders in process improvement.