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Energy Efficiency Bill Signed Into Law, Endorsed by COSE

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For almost two years, COSE has supported bipartisan federal energy efficiency legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) designed to provide incentives for small business manufacturers to install more energy efficient technologies at their facilities and to cut energy use in commercial buildings, manufacturing plants, and homes. President Barack Obama signed a version of that original bill this spring, the first energy bill to be signed into law this Congress. The Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015 the President signed is made up of three simple provisions that include no mandates and was scored by the Congressional Budget Office to be budget neutral.

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COSE Small Business Owners Hit "The Hill"

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COSE members recently sent a powerful, unified message to leaders in Washington, D.C. at the National Small Business Association’s (NSBA) Washington Presentation: sound, predictable federal policy is crucial to small business success. In early June, NSBA held its annual lobbying days in Washington, D.C., where small business owners from across the country met with their lawmakers, attended a high-level White House briefing, and heard from a host of policymakers regarding center-stage initiatives. 

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Ohio Senate Budget Proposal Released; Small Business Tax Relief Still a Priority

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The Senate unveiled its version of the state budget this week and small business tax relief has remained a priority throughout the debate. In short, the Senate’s budget proposes an income tax cut without raising or expanding the sales tax base or increasing the sales tax or commercial activity tax (CAT) rate. As part of the tax relief package, the Senate plan would eliminate taxes on the first $250,000 of net income for small businesses and establish a 3% flat tax rate on income above that amount.


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Chatting with Secretary of State Jon Husted

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On May 20, approximately 15 fairly newer start-up small business owners had an opportunity to sit down with Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted to talk about some of the ways his office helps small businesses. Following the meeting, Steve Millard, President and Executive Director of COSE, had a discussion with Secretary Husted about the registration process for businesses in Ohio and other opportunities to connect small businesses with tools and resources.

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NSBA, COSE Board Member Mike Stanek Testifies on Exporting

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Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) and National Small Business Association (NSBA) Board member Mike Stanek, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hunt Imaging LLC, testified on May 20 before the U.S. House Committee on Small Business about the challenges facing small firms when it comes to exporting. Hunt Imaging manufactures dry and liquid electrostatic toners and developers used primarily in high speed computer printers, and exports to several countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. In his testimony, Stanek underscored the various challenges he faces as a small exporter.


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Guest Columnist: Lt. Governor Mary Taylor

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On May 12th, and as part of our annual COSE Day at the Capitol event in Columbus, small business owners honored Lt. Governor Mary Taylor with a COSE Small Business Advocate Award in recognition of her commitment to create a more-effective regulatory climate for Ohio’s small business community through Ohio’s Common Sense Initiative (CSI). To learn more about CSI, how it can help you, and other initiatives the Lt. Governor is working on, we hope you enjoy the following guest column from Lt. Governor Mary Taylor

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A Fine Day at the State Capitol

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On May 12, COSE small business owners assembled in Columbus to meet and connect with leaders in state government to further advance public policy initiatives that aim to enhance the small business climate in Ohio.

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Council of Smaller Enterprises Encouraged by House's Amended State Budget Tax Proposals

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The Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) welcomed changes to tax proposals previously included in House Bill 64, the state biennium budget bill. The House tax proposal would provide for a 6.3% across the board income tax cut beginning in TY’15. It would lower the top rate to below 5% and would provide over $1.2 billion in tax relief to Ohioans over the next two years. Most small businesses are pass-through entities, meaning that they pay taxes on business income at the income tax rate of their individual owners.