GCP/COSE Small Business Owners Present Before Cleveland City Council

Most employers recognize the importance and necessity of rules and regulations.  Small businesses, however, can especially find specific government processes to be challenging to navigate related to licenses and certificates.  

That is why, for example, at the state level GCP supports legislation that requires the General Assembly to periodically review occupational licensing boards regarding their sunset, and to require the Legislative Service Commission to perform assessments of occupational licensing bills and state regulation of occupations.

It is also why current COSE Board Chair John Young and Former COSE Board Chair Mike Stanek were pleased to share their experiences last week at the local level with Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley and several other City Council members. 

Delays in license or certification renewals or unclear steps to complete these processes can pose a real burden for businesses that do not have a human resources department and are trying to focus on growing their business.  The issue can be even more problematic for businesses – like restaurants – who may require multiple licenses to operate in any given municipality.  

We will continue to advocate for our member businesses who encounter similar issues.  And, GCP looks forward to helping improve processes like these going forward to make our great state and city even more attractive to the business community.  

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  • Next up: GCP Hosts NSBA Midwest Listening Session

    GCP Hosts NSBA Midwest Listening Session

    The National Small Business Association (NSBA) is a non-partisan organization that advocates on behalf of America’s entrepreneurs with membership from every state and every industry in the country. Our partners at NSBA offer small business members an additional access point to meet with members of Congress and their staff and drive federal public policy issues that are of most importance to the small business community. 

    As a lead-up to its 2018 Small Business Congress, NSBA is holding regional Listening Sessions as a way to gather grassroots input and insight into the issues most challenging to America’s small businesses. On October 26th, the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) hosted one out of three of these events nationwide.

    Sharon Toerek, future NSBA Board Chair and GCP/COSE Board Member used the opportunity to introduce Todd McCracken, NSBA President and CEO to provide a briefing on the political outlook in Washington, D.C., including the upcoming midterm elections, Congress’ to-do list and where small business policy priorities stand.

    McCracken then led a more detailed discussion on some of the key topics identified by NSBA and its regional partners, including tax reform 2.0, workforce, health insurance costs, regulatory reform, cybersecurity and net neutrality. The input and findings from the session will be presented at NSBA’s Small Business Congress in Washington, D.C. on November 14 and 15, and will also be a centerpiece of a national event of the Small Business Roundtable as it presents the needs of small businesses to legislators, the Administration, and the media.

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  • Next up: GCP Members Named to NSBA Leadership Positions

    GCP Members Named to NSBA Leadership Positions

    The NSBA (National Small Business Association) is a non-partisan organization our membership is a partner member of.  In late January, NSBA’s Board of Trustees met in Washington, D.C. where the following GCP and COSE members were named to NSBA leadership positions:

    • Sharon Toerek – First Vice Chair (Toerek Law / Cleveland, OH)
    • Mike Stanek – Vice Chair, Membership (Hunt Imaging, Berea, OH)
    • Kevin Johnson – Chair, Tax Committee (Glenwood Management / Cleveland, OH)
    • Michael Canty – Chair, Regulatory Affairs Committee (Alloy Bellows & Precision Welding / Cleveland, OH)

    In addition, attendees outlined the organization’s goals for 2018 and discussed what’s ahead in small business policy.  The meeting’s activities began on January 29 with meetings of various NSBA committees to discuss NSBA’s upcoming events, including the NSBA Washington Presentation to be held on June 11-12. That evening, NSBA held an informal reception for the leadership to network and further discuss top priorities. The next day, various speakers addressed the group and the NSBA Board of Trustees held their full meeting, led by 2018 Chair Cynthia Kay, Owner and President of Cynthia Kay and Co., a media production company in Michigan.

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  • Next up: GCP PAC 2016 Annual Report Released

    GCP PAC 2016 Annual Report Released

    The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) is more energized than ever to support your priorities through government advocacy.

    The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) is more energized than ever to support your priorities through government advocacy.

    Critical tools at our disposal—such as the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Political Action Committee (GCP PAC)—help ensure the collective voice of all our members is heard in state and local government.   

    The GCP recently unveiled the GCP PAC 2016 Annual Report, a document that summarizes the progress we’ve made to further strengthen the GCP PAC and the impact we can have going forward.

    We encourage you to learn more about the importance of the GCP PAC, how it has supported the Greater Cleveland business community, and consider making a contribution to the GCP PAC.

    You can help protect the gains we’ve made and create additional opportunities for the future of Northeast Ohio.  

    Read more.

    Click to view or download the report.

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  • Next up: GCP PAC Helps Ensure Elected Officials Hear Your Voice; Contribute Today!

    GCP PAC Helps Ensure Elected Officials Hear Your Voice; Contribute Today!

    The business community in Northeast Ohio knows the important role government advocacy can play in developing and maintaining an environment that is conducive to doing business in our region.  You and your business can play a role in the process in many ways, but perhaps none is more important than collectively pooling our financial resources together in support of the Greater Cleveland Partnership Political Action Committee (GCP PAC).

    Learn more about the GCP PAC and make a contribution in support of your business today!

    GCP is focused daily on advocating on our members’ behalf.  Today, with 8,500 members, we are well-positioned for even greater success on policy issues that matter most to those we represent. 

    The GCP PAC exists to ensure the businesses that empower our organization are heard.  This is a non-partisan endeavor committed to advancing the business community’s priorities by building and reinforcing relationships and supporting candidates and current elected officials at the state and local levels of government.  Our role is to provide our members with the means for concerted political action.  And, the dollars contributed through the GCP PAC are used to provide support for governmental leaders campaigning for election who share your interests.

    Participation in the process is not a requirement, but it is critical business leaders of all shapes and sizes engage and seek progress – together – to support the kind of environment in which you and your business can thrive.  We would be appreciative of whatever contribution you can make towards our shared cause.  Please consider contributing to the GCP PAC, so we can continue to lead the conversation in the development of common sense economic policy and regulatory reform.

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  • Next up: GCP Recommends Support for the Port of Cleveland And Tri-C, Opposes Questionable Drug Pricing Measure

    GCP Recommends Support for the Port of Cleveland And Tri-C, Opposes Questionable Drug Pricing Measure

    Vote YES on Issue 59, Port of Cleveland

    The renewal of the Port of Cleveland’s operating levy will cost a homeowner a mere $3.50 annually for every $100,000 of home value, making it one of the smallest tax levies in Cuyahoga County.

    GCP member companies actively support commerce generated through the Port and utilize its services.  Levy funds support maintenance of lakefront docks, the Cuyahoga River navigation channel, and other maritime activities.  Specific projects related to the initiative include the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve and the Irish Town Bend stabilization efforts (an initiative GCP supported in the 2015 state capital bill).

    For more information on Issue 59 click here.

    Vote YES on Issue 61, Tri-C

    GCP supports a capital bond issue that would annually cost $17.50 for every $100,000 of home value; the funding will support new Tri-C facilities and upgrades across all campuses.

    Tri-C was recently ranked number one in Ohio and in the top twenty nationally among two-year institutions in awarding associate degrees across all disciplines.  And, a skilled workforce and talent attraction strategy are key drivers of GCP’s work.  Investing in facilities, technologies, and the education of our youth – particularly in high-demand industries – is not an aspiration in today’s economy, it is a necessity.  Among other critical projects, Tri-C’s plan will aid the school and the region in building a 15,000-square foot addition to the Advanced Technology Training Center for manufacturing and engineering programs.

    For more information on Issue 61 click here.

    Vote NO on Issue 2, Deceptive Drug Pricing

    GCP opposes a statewide ballot proposal that would change how the state of Ohio purchases prescription drugs.

    The proposed initiated statute, Issue 2, would attempt to prohibit the state from purchasing a prescription drug unless the net cost of the drug is equal to or less than the lowest price paid for the drug by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  Unfortunately, it is highly unlikely the proposal could be implemented or be able to achieve its purpose.  Issue 2 is vague and lacks certain definitions, meaning it is questionable how differing entities and state agencies would choose to implement it.  GCP and more than 60 other organizations – ranging from medical groups to veteran groups – are concerned the proposal will lead to cost shifting and drive up prices for employers, their employees, and even increase the cost for veterans.  

    For video and more information on Issue 2 click here.

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