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Middle Market Perspectives: Effective performance management connects to financial success - Greater Cleveland Partnership

Performance management—the process related to identifying, assessing and improving employees’ performance managementperformance— is not the most popular task on a manager’s to-do list.

It may be because it can require awkward conversations with low-performing employees. Or, others may not see it as a credible measure of productivity. Regardless of the obstacle, it is to the benefit of middle market companies to make performance management an integral part of every working day.

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Middle-market perspectives: How to create a “climate of compliance” - Greater Cleveland Partnership

Middle Market climate of complianceRegardless of their size, industry or location, many middle-market companies face challenges with complying with external regulations.

Compliance is often done out of necessity in response to an auditor or government regulator. And although this process may be time-consuming and burdensome, it is to the company’s advantage to comply forthrightly and to meet designated deadlines.

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What is shale and why is it important to Northeast Ohio? - Regional Marketing Alliance

Shale in Northeast OhioThe increase in shale gas production in the United States has led to a new abundance of natural gas for our country. This is significant because natural gas provides a quarter of U.S. energy, including the nation’s electricity. The increase in shale production not only benefits our energy supply, but it also has the potential to create jobs and boost government income.

So what exactly is shale, and why is it important to Northeast Ohio?

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Middle-market perspectives: Empower employee decision-making to drive business priorities - Greater Cleveland Partnership

Middle Market Employee Decision MakingIt's normal for upper management to insist on making important business decisions to ensure that they reflect the well-established priorities of the company and out of concern that lower-level employees will make the wrong decision.

However, management may not realize that an overly centralized and hierarchical decision-making process can be at odds with the reality of having increased business complexity and restricted resources. This can be particularly true for middle market companies.

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Election 2014: What the results mean for the Northeast Ohio business community - Greater Cleveland Partnership

2014 Ohio Election ReportThe reelection of John Kasich leaves Northeast Ohio business leaders optimistic that the governor will continue to invest in economic development efforts in Greater Cleveland.

The governor was attentive to Cleveland in his first term. He cast partisanship aside and formed a working relationship with Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, which helped facilitate the historic restructuring of the Cleveland Metropolitan Schools. Kasich also focused upon specific projects and issues here, supplying the major share of the funding for the Opportunity Corridor project, for example. And his decision to expand Medicaid coverage was strongly supported by the business community and by Cleveland health care organizations.

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Middle-market perspectives: Why you need an effective social media policy - Greater Cleveland Partnership

Middle Market Social Media PolicyWhen it comes to competing with larger competitors, middle-market companies with a strong presence on social media can take steps to level the playing field.

However, in addition to the positive benefits—connecting with customers, increasing sales, developing investor relations—a company could face potential pitfalls, if its social media policy isn’t strong.

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Gates Compact is positive sign for Cleveland schools - Megan O'Bryan, executive director, Cleveland Transformation Alliance

The word is out – Cleveland is a national leader in the effort to reinvent public education. CMSD

The latest sign of Cleveland's up-and-coming status? Recognition by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as a "Gates Compact City," an affirmation of the strong and growing collaboration between the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and high-performing charter schools. This distinction comes on the heels of other local and national investments in Cleveland's Plan for Transforming Schools, our community's plan to ensure that every child in Cleveland attends a high-quality school and every neighborhood has a multitude of great schools from which families can choose.

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Manufacturing is thriving in Northeast Ohio - The Regional Marketing Alliance

Manufacturing is Thriving in Northeast OhioFor decades, Northeast Ohio has been synonymous with manufacturing. It has been a driving force in the region’s economy, representing one of the largest employment sectors.

While we often hear about the so-called “decline” of manufacturing, in reality the industry represents one of Northeast Ohio’s most thriving sectors—a sector benefiting from advances in technology and a recovering economy. In all, manufacturing accounts for 14 percent of Northeast Ohio’s total employment and provides 19 percent of the region’s gross regional product.

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Combine technology with transparency to streamline expenses - Greater Cleveland Partnership

Technology and Transparency in the Middle MarketWith the attention of your top executives mainly on (1) growing revenue and (2) controlling business expenses, the use of software as a service (SaaS) can make both objectives more comprehensive and transparent for middle-market companies.

The possibilities for SaaS implementation are nearly limitless, including payroll administration, general procurement, and travel and entertainment. However, the upfront costs for licensed, fully customized software can be highly prohibitive for middle-market companies.

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Why we support Issue 6, the Tri-C levy - Shana Marbury

Issue 6 Tri-C LevyWhich local institution serves more than 60,000 local residents annually and has produced over 900,000 graduates—with 85 percent continuing to live and work in our community—during its 50-year history?

The answer: Cuyahoga Community College.

Cuyahoga Community College—or Tri-C as it is best known—is a vital part of our region’s higher education and workforce development network. It provides affordable and quality academic and job-training programs that benefit students of all ages.

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