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Ensuring a level playing field for Ohio companies

In this segment of the “GCP Insight” video series, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown’s conversation with Marty McGann, the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s senior vice president of advocacy, includes comments on the importance of trade enforcement to ensure a level playing field for Ohio companies.

Click to watch.

The ”GCP Insight” video series focuses on topics of interest to the Greater Cleveland business community.

Emerging leaders wanted for GCP LEAD

We are now accepting nominations of emerging leaders from Greater Cleveland Partnership member companies for the 2017 GCP LEAD Cohort 2. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, February 8.

GCP LEAD (Link. Engage. Advocate. Develop.) was created because the GCP recognizes the importance of cultivating our region’s future business and community leaders through the work of the GCP.

The GCP LEAD group will be an exclusive cohort of emerging leaders from member companies with at least five years of professional experience and an interest in getting involved in the areas of economic development, education and workforce, advocacy, diversity and inclusion, and business and physical development.

Members of the cohort will dive into a “GCP immersion experience” by participating in our current work and partnerships. Upon successful completion of the one-year program, GCP LEAD members are encouraged to stay engaged in the organization. GCP staff will work to place them in the areas that best suit their interests and strengths.

Nomination requirements

  • At least five years of professional work experience
  • Employed by a GCP-member company

  • Have an interest in the work of the GCP

Nomination process

All candidates must be nominated by their organization’s president/CEO via an email to Angela Finding at stating their intent to nominate, the nominee’s name, title and contact information.

REMINDER: The nomination deadline is Wednesday, February 8.

Once nominated, the candidate is required complete a GCP LEAD questionnaire (for informational purposes only).

Please click here for information on participation fees and additional details about the program.

If you have questions, contact Angela Finding at 216.592.2385 or

Best of Tech award categories announced

Launched by OHTec in 2011, Tech Week is an annual initiative to support, celebrate and engage the local tech community. 2017 Tech Week, presented by OEC and OHTec will take place April 24-27.

Events will include the 2017 Best of Tech Awards, which will be presented on Thursday, April 27. Here are the categories for the awards:
  • Best Tech Services Company
  • Best Software Device/Product
  • Best Healthcare Tech Product
  • Most Promising Startup
  • Tech Team of the Year
  • Tech Company of the Year
  • Best Manufacturing Automation Product
  • Best Tech Workspace
Applications will open soon. The deadline to complete your application is Friday, March 3.

Finalists will be announced on Friday March 24, and winners will be honored at the Best of Tech Awards Dinner on April 27.

The Best of Tech Awards, which have been presented for the past 11 years, recognize successful companies, innovative products and inspirational leadership.

New training model helping manufacturers create apprenticeship pipeline

WIRE-Net’s new Northeast Ohio Apprenticeship Consortium (NOMAC) is re-invigorating an age-old training model by providing an obtainable solution for small to medium manufacturing companies to quickly develop customized, registered apprenticeship programs.

The program also offers a chance for manufacturers to share and learn from each other. Unlike other apprenticeship programs, the consortium model allows for knowledge-sharing that benefits employers as much as it benefits the apprentice.

WIRE-Net’s apprenticeship model is based on new formal, competency-based apprenticeship models, which are described in the new Tooling-U/SME white paper, “Apprenticeships: Modernizing a Proven Workforce Development Strategy.”

This enables companies to more quickly build a pipeline of skilled workers, boost retention, reduce recruiting costs, and improve productivity faster than the models of the past.

You can join WIRE-Net's Northeast Ohio Manufacturing Apprenticeship Consortium (NOMAC) in four simple steps. Click for details.

The next CNC Machinist Apprenticeship deadline is March 15. Contact Michael Hoag, WIRE-Net’s vice president of workforce development, at 216.920.1958 to get started today!

Upcoming events for 2017 Stokes Commemoration

Dozens of community events have already been scheduled for 2017 as part of a yearlong commemoration marking the 50th anniversary of Carl Stokes’ historic election as mayor of Cleveland.

The initiative honors Mayor Stokes and his brother, Congressman Louis Stokes, a founding co-chair of the Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership. It seeks to build on their legacy of advocacy and action by inspiring a new generation of Northeast Ohio leaders.

Signature events include Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson discussing how Mayor Stokes and Congressman Stokes set the framework for the city’s long-term viability. “In Their Footsteps” will be held Wednesday, January 25 at the Eastern Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®).

Other events include:
  • A citywide “Day of Service” project in April focused on local military veterans. Mayor Stokes and Congressman Stokes both served in the U.S. Army.

  • A June performance at Playhouse Square’s Allen Theatre celebrating the achievements of Mayor Stokes using his speeches and a musical score. “Believe in Cleveland” will convey the aspirations of Stokes amidst the tempestuous backdrop of the time period.
  • The November opening of a permanent exhibit at the Western Reserve Historical Society’s Cleveland History Center featuring pictures, oral histories and interactive displays that examine the legacy of the Stokes brothers.
An ever-expanding calendar of events for Stokes: Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future can be found at

The year-long commemoration is spearheaded by Tri-C and includes the involvement of several past and current GCP Board members, elected officials and other leaders from the business, civic, nonprofit, education and philanthropic communities.

Chemical Bank offering products, services to help
businesses meet their financial goals

In the business world, everyone knows that the right connections go a long way in creating success.

Chemical Bank
knows it’s important to partner with the right people—people you can trust, who listen to what you need and who realize how important your business is to you and the community. With its expertise and advice along with a wide range of products and services, the bank can help you meet your financial goals.

“At Chemical Bank, we like to get to know you and your unique business. It’s important that we understand your challenges and successes to make sure you’re in the right banking products for your financial goals,” says Jamie Lynch, Regional President – Ohio.

“We’d like to become not just your bank, but one of your business partners.”

In order to fulfill your banking needs, Chemical Bank offers a wide variety of products. Products range from different business checking options to Treasury Management products to employee benefit plans. It also has various loan and credit options.

In addition to a great suite of products, Chemical Bank has received several awards for community involvement and lending. Last April, the bank was awarded a Financial Literacy award for its outreach to communities with our Teach Children to Save program and other financial literacy efforts.

This past October, the bank was awarded the Michigan Community Lender of the Year, which is the U.S. Small Business Association’s award for support of community banks. It is the only community lender in the top ten 7(a) SBA Lenders for 2015 and was a top producer of over 500 loans.

While the name is new to the Ohio area, Chemical Bank is still working to create the same relationships it has in its previous footprint. It is excited to further its reach into the communities here and realize that your dreams and future goals will make each unique community thrive.

To learn more about how Chemical Bank is creating community chemistry in your area, stop by your local Chemical Bank office or visit

Chemical Bank. Creating Community Chemistry. Equal Housing Lender. Member FDIC.