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Through our Government Advocacy Team, GCP works to educate and activate elected officials and thought leaders to create and shape government policy to advance our region and our economy. We serve as “one voice” advocating for business community priorities at the local, state and national levels. This infographic showcases how our advocacy efforts have bettered our community and other northeast Ohio organizations.
Performance management—the process related to identifying, assessing and improving employees’ performance— 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.
Regardless 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.
The 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?
It'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.
The 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.
When 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.
The word is out – Cleveland is a national leader in the effort to reinvent public education.
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.
For 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.
With 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.