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.
This year’s COSE Day at the Capitol event offered attendees the opportunity to attend a reception with numerous policymakers and their staff, personally visit with more than 20 legislators, and engage in a conversation with speakers Todd McCracken (President, National Small Business Association), Henry Gomez (Chief Political Reporter, Northeast Ohio Media Group), and Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni.
Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, Speaker of the Ohio House Cliff Rosenberger, Sen. Bill Beagle, and Sen. Frank LaRose also addressed a captive audience as they were recognized with COSE Small Business Advocate Awards. Award winners are chosen by COSE small business owners and they recognize elected officials who perform acts that promote small business success.
Speaker Rosenberger (pictured here with Steve Millard, Rion Safier, and Kevin Johnson) was honored for co-introducing entrepreneur-in-residence pilot program legislation last year, which places small business owners inside state agencies to help impact the way in which government officials understand and meet small business owner needs.