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What drives high-growth middle-market companies?

Learn what drives high-growth middle market companies at the 2014 Greater Cleveland Middle-Market Forum, presented by the Greater Cleveland Partnership, on Friday, May 9 from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Corporate College East.

Be sure to register today or tomorrow (April 15) to take advantage of early-bird pricing for GCP members.

Click to register.

Business imperatives for success


The forum’s breakout sessions will focus on business imperatives that are essential to achieving and sustaining success in the middle market. Topics and speakers (left to right) are:

  • "Engaging the Organization in Top-Line Revenue Growth:" Gretchen Goffe, executive director, The Innovation Initiative, The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business;

  • “Strategic Operational Excellence:” Steve Lundregan, senior lecturer, The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business;

  • “Performance Management:” Larry Inks, clinical assistant professor of management & human resources, and Ray Noe, Robert and Anne Hoyt Designated Professorship in Management & Human Resources, The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business;

  • "Customer Focus:” Bernie Moreno, president, The Collection Automotive Group.
Click for details about the agenda.

GCP backs State Capital Improvements Program re-authorization

The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) has endorsed re-authorization of the State Capital Improvements Program (SCIP), Issue 1 on the May 6 statewide ballot, which provides funding to counties, cities and other governmental subdivisions for roads, bridges, water supply, and waste projects.

“Issue 1 has bi-partisan support from individuals and organizations all across the state, and we’re pleased to add our organization to that list,” said GCP President and CEO Joe Roman. “Passage will mean an extension of this critical proven funding program for 10 more years.”

Projects are scored and selected by local public works integrating committees. Cuyahoga County has received the most SCIP funds over the life of the program, nearly a half billion dollars and 35 percent more than the next closest county. Recent and ongoing projects designated for funding allocations include Columbus Road Lift Bridge, Martin Luther King Jr. Drive rehabilitation, Lorain Avenue rehabilitation, and Opportunity Corridor.

Click to read more in our press release.

Advancing inclusion, achieving results

The Commission on Economic Inclusion is pleased to announce the 2014 Commission 50, a recognition of members for measurable progress in advancing their diversity and inclusion strategies.

This recognition is based on their responses to the Commission’s annual Employers Survey on Diversity™. Their scores are tabulated based on four metrics: board diversity, senior management diversity, workforce diversity, and supplier diversity.

The organizations are ranked by each of the four metrics, and the rankings are combined to produce a final score. The 50 Commission-member organizations with the highest combined scores receive this distinguished designation.

Click for the list of 2014 honorees, which includes the Greater Cleveland Partnership.

Event to connect IT talent with job opportunities

More than 25 Northeast Ohio employers are participating in the “Linking IT Talent to Opportunity” job fair, presented by the Greater Cleveland Partnership, the Northeast Ohio Software Association (NEOSA) and the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education.

The event, to be held April 16 from 1to 5 p.m. at the Middleburg Heights Community Center, is part of NEOSA Tech Week 2014. Company representatives will be on hand to meet with recent IT graduates, college students, and professionals to discuss career paths and job opportunities.

The participating companies:

  • 1 EDI Source, Inc.
  • Bluebridge Networks
  • Corporate Technologies Group
  • Dakota Software
  • Emerald Resource Group
  • e-Ventus Corporation
  • Expedient Data Centers
  • Hyland Software
  • Insivia
  • JumpStart Inc.
  • Kent State University
  • MCPc
  • Medical Mutual of Ohio
  • MurTech
  • Onix Networking
  • Perennial Software
  • Quadax Inc
  • Randstad Technologies
  • The Sherwin-Williams Company
  • Software Answers, Inc.
  • Thunder Tech, Inc.
  • TMW Systems, Inc.
  • Vertex Computer Systems, Inc.
  • Vizion Solutions
  • Western Reserve Systems

Click here for more Tech Week activities.