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Northeast Ohio has come a long way. In 2002 our region was ranked dead last for entrepreneurship in the U.S. Today, we are making national news for our exciting successes and prominent venture capitalists are comparing the promise of Northeast Ohio’s entrepreneurial ecosystem to Silicon Valley.
Together, we have developed a truly exciting entrepreneurial ecosystem. In fact, it’s hard to tell you about all the amazing resources that exist in Northeast Ohio. So we thought we’d show you instead.
Startup Scaleup 2015 is JumpStart’s annual community event, but it’s much more than that. It’s also a chance for us to highlight the work with our nearest and dearest collaborators to create a place where all can come and see just how much Northeast Ohio’s entrepreneurial ecosystem has grown – all in one day, and all in one place.
Last month, we released our 2015/2016 Public Policy Agenda, a road map of our organization’s federal, state and local public policy objectives for the next two years.
It’s published every two years and timed to coincide with the start of new U.S. Congress and Ohio General Assembly terms.
The Public Policy Agenda, which can be viewed here, is developed over the course of several months through a collaborative process involving the GCP Government Affairs Council and GCP member companies.
There’s much work to do over the next two years. Here are some of our areas of of focus:
Northeast Ohio has been a leader in medical advancement for decades and behind that innovation are the world-class healthcare institutions, academic centers, high-tech companies and a growing number of business incubators in the region.
In the Cleveland Health-Tech Corridor
alone, a three-mile area connecting University Circle, Midtown and the Campus District, several incubators are supporting entrepreneurs looking to develop their biomedical, healthcare and technology ideas.
The decision to bring the 2016 Republican National Convention to Cleveland is the stand-out story among many highlights from this past year related to the Greater Cleveland Partnership and our strategic priorities.
As discussed at our Fall Middle-Market Forum, ensuring involvement by Cleveland and Northeast Ohio companies, businesses and residents is an extremely important part of hosting the event.
How to volunteer: A new website has been launched where you can sign up to indicate your interest in volunteering.
Last year, the Greater Cleveland Partnership called on state leaders to expand Medicaid eligibility as permitted by the U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
In the 11 months since Medicaid expansion was approved, approximately 400,000 Ohioans—more than 50,000 in Cuyahoga County alone—have received coverage they did not previously have.
A modest but highly effective community development tool that has financed a significant part of Cleveland's renaissance may soon be lost unless Congress acts to secure it before adjourning this month.
The New Markets Tax Credits program was designed to increase the flow of private capital in low-income communities by offering investors a tax credit on investments made in qualified businesses and economic development projects that will benefit the residents of these communities.
In Cleveland, NMTC has been an undeniable success. We can point to a long and impressive list of tangible results that show a return on investment made possible with the credit. Without this program, the welcome revitalization of our city would not be what it is today.
According to the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM), middle-market companies that make exporting part of their business model perform better than their peers. Whether in manufacturing or services, these companies tend to generate stronger revenues and overall growth, and report strategic and operational benefits from global engagement.
Yet, NCMM surveys and other research studies consistently show that mid-sized companies are not maximizing their exporting promise and not even fully considering the possibilities.
Mentorship is a personal developmental relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. There are many different kinds of mentorship programs offered to individuals in the region including youth/teen, student development and entrepreneurial.
Read on to learn about these programs in the Cleveland Plus region that provide area influencers and potential business leaders with the tools and confidence they need to achieve success.
Is one of them the right fit for you to get involved?
It’s a great time to be working in Northeast Ohio.
There is a palpable feeling among those in the know that our entrepreneurial ecosystem is on the right track. Our homegrown ventures are routinely making national news
for their exciting deals and venture capitalists are now making comparisons
between Ohio in 2014 and Silicon Valley in 1975.
Just last month, the Ohio Third Frontier added more good news
, committing $19 million to a collaborative network of 16 entrepreneurial support organizations in Northeast Ohio, including JumpStart. These funds will allow us to continue assisting entrepreneurs across our vast 21-county region, which houses nearly 40 percent of Ohio’s population and more than 35 percent of the state’s GDP.
Behind every business decision is a motivation, whether or not it is articulated.
In the case of diversity & inclusion (D&I), when an organization chooses to create a formal structure, commit resources, and incorporate D&I into business planning, this action is typically motivated by one or more of the following:
- A need to retain current consumers or to expand markets to a broader range of consumers