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GCP members named as finalists
for EY Entrepreneur of the Year award

Congratulations to these Greater Cleveland Partnership Investor members named by EY as finalists for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 Award in the Northeast Ohio region (above photo left to right):
These business leaders were selected by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a gala June 9 at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the awards program.

Help advance business community priorities through GCP’s PAC

Nearly 3,000 contributions have been made to Greater Cleveland Partnership Political Action Committee (GCP PAC) over the last 15 years and all of them have made an impact.

All levels of giving are welcomed and important to the GCP’s mission. Together, these contributions provide business members of all sizes and industries with the opportunity to deliver a strong message to elected officials—that we appreciate their support of the Northeast Ohio business community’s public policy priorities.

If you haven’t already contributed to the GCP PAC, please consider making a contribution to the GCP PAC now or in the future.

Click to learn more about the GCP PAC.

How you can help CMSD students raise career awareness

Recognizing that career readiness starts early, an innovative program—True2U—a collaboration between the Cleveland Foundation’s youth development program, My Com, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), Greater Cleveland Partnership and Neighborhood Leadership Institute—provides CMSD eighth-graders with support to explore their purpose, identify their strengths and set personal goals for success.

This career exploration and mentoring program focuses on raising career awareness for CMSD students on the cusp of entering high school.

Business professionals are invited to volunteer as mentors for the program for the 2016-2017 school year. Click here to download an application. Once your application is completed, email it to Angela Finding at

Mentors will be trained on a structured curriculum and work in teams of two with small groups of students once a month and will be supported by a CMSD teacher once a month.

Share your expertise at the 2016 Small Business Convention

Are you an expert in your industry?

You’re invited to share your knowledge, ideas and experience with small business professionals at COSE’s 2016 Small Business Convention (SBC) Oct. 13-14 at Public Auditorium and Conference Center in downtown Cleveland.

The SBC is the premier event for small business owners, entrepreneurs and community leaders of the Midwest. Apply to present a 60-minute workshop with the goal of helping small business owners learn how to improve their business strategies

To submit your proposal, click here to access the submission platform.

Good news about the region from Pass the Plus!

In this month’s issue of “Pass the Plus,” read about the positive happenings in the Cleveland Plus region including Northeast Ohio’s growing tech community, big investments in the region by foreign-owned companies, how public-private partnerships are driving more than $22 million in development projects and more.

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“Pass the Plus” is a Cleveland Plus/Team NEO free monthly e-newsletter that provides informative news and information related to the many positive developments shaping Northeast Ohio.

Cleveland Plus and Team NEO are part of the economic development system that the GCP helped to create and continues to support.

Port's liner service bringing public art from Italy to Cleveland

LAND Studio is using the Port of Cleveland’s direct liner service, the Cleveland Europe Express (CEE), to ship a series of outdoor art installations from Italy to Cleveland.

Created by Cracking Art Group of Milan, Italy, the artwork consists of hundreds of colorful plastic animals – including wolves, swallows, frogs, snails, and an eight-foot tall elephant created with the upcoming Republican National Convention in mind.

The artwork, sponsored in partnership by the Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation and the Cleveland Public Library, is being shipped to Cleveland in seven shipping containers scheduled to arrive on the Port’s docks at the end of May.

Operated by Spliethoff Transport BV, the CEE has established Cleveland as North America’s inland-most hub for trade with Europe, creating regular maritime commerce between the two regions for the first time in over 40 years.

"LAND studio is thrilled to help bring this kind of art installation to downtown Cleveland that we think is really going to bring these spaces to life,” said Greg Peckham, LAND Studio's managing director.

“The Port’s liner service has been a fast and cost-efficient way to connect us with the artists in Europe and move the pieces to Cleveland.”

When they arrive, the Cracking Art Group animals will be placed in public spaces downtown including the newly renovated Public Square, the Malls, and the Cleveland Public Library’s Eastman Reading Garden.

“The Port of Cleveland is excited that we could help LAND studio bring this innovative artwork here through the Cleveland Europe Express,” said Port President President and CEO Will Friedman.

“It’s another great example of how we are connecting Cleveland to the world.”

To find out more about using the Cleveland-Europe Express or the Port’s maritime services, contact Dave Gutheil, VP of Maritime & Logistics at or 216.377.1363.

Awards to recognize employers who support sustainable transportation

To celebrate the Year of Sustainable Transportation in 2016, NOACA and the City of Cleveland are teaming up to present the Commuter Choice Challenge to recognize companies and organizations that supporting alternative modes of transportation.

Northeast Ohio employers of all sizes are invited to participate.

Your company or organization will be eligible to win a variety of prizes, including a Commuter Choice Award and recognition at the 2016 Sustainable Cleveland Annual Summit, which will be held Sept. 21-22.

Click to learn more about the awards and how to enter the Challenge.