Commission on Economic Inclusion
The Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, is focused on creating positive, measurable outcomes leading to:
- Increases in board, senior management, workforce and supplier diversity among the more than 100 Northeast Ohio employers who are members of the Commission;
- Increases in the total revenue, value, size, and number of employees for minority-owned businesses in our region and throughout the State of Ohio. Read more about the Commission’s member benefits and minority business resources.
Click here for the list of Northeast Ohio companies and organizations that belong to the Commission.
What's new at the Commission
Read our November 2013 issue of The Commission Connection, our monthly publication featuring Northeast Ohio diversity and inclusion news and events from Commission members and our partners. Here are a few highlights:
Message from the Co-chairs: Implementation begins
on Commission’s Decade 2 plan
We are pleased to provide this update on the launch of the Commission of Economic Inclusion’s Decade 2 plan. Our Board of Advisors has approved the plan including strategies and goals, and volunteers and staff have begun plan implementation.
Importantly, the community is already engaged in this process with representation from our members, volunteers, minority business owners, MBE and human capital service partners, construction project owners, unions, and other subject matter experts.
Below is an overview of our mission, vision, and strategies for the next 10 years, along with a link to more detail. We welcome your feedback, and of course, your participation in this process! We will provide regular updates on our progress through this column.
Vision: To make Northeast Ohio the best region in the country for the growth, attraction and inclusion of minority individuals and businesses in the economic engines that drive our competitiveness.
These assets will comprise a larger portion of the local economy and fully participate in an economically vital and broadly diverse regional marketplace.
Mission: To connect, champion, leverage and grow the region’s assets to achieve measurable demonstrated increases in minority representation in boards, senior management, workforce, and supplier diversity spend.
This includes minority talent attraction, increasing minority access to capital and building a pipeline of future business owners and executive talent through work with local partners.
1. Create a system and shared plan among chambers to drive corporate participation in the Commission.
2. (a) Partner to create shared MBE development metrics and action plans that result in a critical mass of capable MBEs with capacity; (b) Increase the number and quality of corporate supplier diversity programs; (c) Implement elements of the Community Benefits Agreement Memorandum of Understanding.
3. Establish formal relationships with premier national innovators in the area of inclusive competitiveness.
4. Implement a plan to increase the Commission’s visibility to corporations and the community.
Click on this link for a full list of Decade 2 strategies and goals.
Sincerely Commission Co-chairs,
Eddie Taylor Daniel Walsh
President President, Greater Cleveland Region
Taylor Oswald Huntington National Bank
MBDA Update: Cleveland center hosts two presenters
at COSE Small Business Convention
The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center Cleveland hosted two minority business owners who presented workshops at the COSE Small Business Convention (SBC) October 24-25.
The MBDA has been engaged with Synergy Marketing Strategy and Research and Pencilworx Design Group to become a client of the centers. The SBC provided the opportunity for valuable connections for both companies allowing them a venue to present their business and the potential for new customers.
Dr. Rachel Talton, founder and chief executive officer of Synergy Marketing Strategy and Research, is an award-winning expert and scholar in the areas of brand trust and employee loyalty. She presented a workshop on “The Currency of Passion: Your Best-in-Class Brand in 60 Days,” discussing how small businesses can leverage the critical success factors of Currency of Passion (or COP) for their brand, including operational excellence, innovation excellence, brand culture excellence and responsiveness.
LaVon Lewis, chief executive officer, Pencilworx Design Group, is one of the nation’s most respected authorities on branding and marketing. Lewis, who has been at the helm of one of the most creative branding firms in the country for over a decade, transforms conceptual ideas into signature brands for companies all over the world.
Awards to recognize community service: Submit nominations by Dec. 16
The Cleveland Orchestra, in cooperation with the City of Cleveland and the Greater Cleveland Partnership, through the Commission on Economic Inclusion, is seeking nominations for the 11th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Awards, which will be presented at the Orchestra's Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert at Severance Hall on Sunday, January 19, 2014, at 7 p.m.
Awards will be presented in three categories in recognition of the services and achievements of a business or organization, an adult, and a youth that have positively impacted Cleveland in the spirit of the teachings and example of Dr. King.
Nomination and Selection Process
Download the nomination form here. Nominations are due by Monday, December 16, 2013, and should be mailed to:
MLK Community Service Award
Attention: Education and Community Programs
The Cleveland Orchestra
11001 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
Or email your nomination(s) to email@example.com with the subject line: MLK Community Service Award Nomination. More information is available on the GCP website.
Chief Procurement Officers: Cincinnati chamber exec presents success stories
The Commission’s Chief Procurement Officers Group’s Finance Cluster reported on its progress at the CPO quarterly meeting held last week the offices of the Greater Cleveland Partnership. In addition, Crystal German, vice president, Minority Business Accelerator and economic inclusion at the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, shared the successes the Cincinnati chamber has had in increasing involvement by Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) in the regional economy.
In a five-year period, members of the chamber’s Minority Business Accelerator have spent a total of $2.7 billion locally with MBEs. This was accomplished by utilizing a model similar to that of the CPO group by using industry clusters to help identify areas of opportunities for MBEs and help corporations increase their MBE spend.
Each of the five CPO industry clusters (corporate, finance, government, health care and higher education) is working on: setting an MBE spend goal; identifying areas of likely spend; identifying current suppliers to share among the cluster; and identifying new potential suppliers.
The CPO Group is a collaboration of the Commission on Economic Inclusion, Minority Business Development Agency Business Center Cleveland and the Northern Ohio Minority Supplier Diversity Council. Its purpose is to increase spending by Commission members with MBEs in the region.
We welcome other Commission members’ participation. Our next meeting will be held Thursday, January 30, 2014.
Other stories in this month's issue...
- Competition addresses MBE marketing challenges: Students present preliminary recommendations
- Senior Executive Forum on Nov. 12: Speakers to discuss building diverse senior management pipeline
Diversity Professionals Group meets Nov. 20:Program will explore talent development
- "Dialogues on Diversity":Speaker series features Horseshoe Casino G
- Accelerator partnership receives grant: Award to support mentoring, training for minority business owners
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