Sante Ghetti
Advocacy News

Ohio Looks to Reduce State Business Filing Fee

Sante Ghetti |

The Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) and Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) supported companion legislation, House Bill 3 (HB 3) and Senate Bill 26 (SB 26), that will reduce the business filing fee collected by the Office of the Secretary of State in Ohio by 21 percent. While reducing the business filing fee from $125 to $99 serves as a small step toward eliminating barriers for business – both large and small – it also sends a message about the importance of Ohio’s business community. The legislation also provides any Ohio-based company, in good standing with the state, with access to all features of the OhioMeansJobs website.  


Sante Ghetti
Advocacy News

Governor's Budget Proposal Places Priority on Small Business Income Tax Relief

Sante Ghetti |

Governor John Kasich unveiled the priorities of his biennial budget proposal, “Blueprint for a New Ohio”, on Monday and more detailed language is coming in the days ahead.  While the pillars of the Governor’s plan looks to address many important issues – K-12 education, college affordability, health care, job placement, and job retention to name a few – his proposal to eliminate tax on income from all small businesses with annual gross receipts under $2 million has to be considered the headlining issue for many small business owners.  

Josette Burns
Advocacy News

Additional Small Business Take Aways from the State of the Union

Josette Burns |

President Obama called on Congress to work together, put political bickering aside, and pass legislation that will aid American businesses in stimulating the economy and creating jobs. The GOP’s subsequent address touched on some of the same themes - albeit with some differing points of view on how to achieve success for businesses. So, what are the chances that our federal elected officials will come together and make progress on specific small business issues this year? The answer, of course, remains to be seen. 

Steve Millard
Advocacy News

State of the Union: An Aggressive Set of Ideas that will Create Opportunities and Concerns for Small Business Owners

Steve Millard |

There is not a lot in the President’s State of the Union address tonight that the American public disagreed with. In fact, if you were watching the various tracking devices and polling tools that were accompanying the president’s speech, rarely did public opinion drop below 85% agreement with the ideas and proposals.

Josette Burns
Advocacy News

How Was Your Small Business Represented in 2014?

Josette Burns |

COSE advocacy decisions are guided by our small business members. You determine the public policy initiatives and the issues we work on in areas that we can have the greatest impact. Our activity relies on your experience and expertise and with your help COSE provided our more than 10,000 members and our local Chamber of Commerce partners with direct access to elected officials through small business site visits and toursCOSE Day at the Capitol in Columbus, and the National Small Business Association’s Washington Presentation in D.C. 

Josette Burns
Advocacy News

Senator Gayle Manning Tours Alumalloy Metalcasting Co.

Have you ever wondered how much time and precision goes into the production of the many parts of a cool sports car? Think Corvettes, or other neat sports cars. Ohio Senator Gayle Manning had an opportunity to learn more about it in touring Avon Lake family-owned small business Alumalloy Metalcasting Co. Owned by Dennis Daniels, Alumalloy Metalcasting covers approximately 110,000 square feet of property off of Walker Road, with its newest 55,000 sq ft addition in the process of being completed.


Josette Burns
Advocacy News

State Rep Mike Dovilla tours Hunt Imaging

Josette Burns |

When asked how small businesses can better assist their elected officials on learning about small business needs, State Representative Mike Dovilla responded saying, “I urge small businesses to connect with their elected officials. That’s the only way to surface concerns that will lead to resolutions”.