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2016 RNC: Sign up now for information on convention planning

Ensuring involvement by Cleveland and Northeast Ohio companies, businesses and residents is an extremely important part of hosting the 2016 Republican National Convention.

While detailed volunteer opportunities are still being developed, you can receive ongoing information on convention planning by clicking the "SIGN UP NOW" button on a new volunteer interest website.

Once the official volunteer registration opens, you will be contacted before the volunteer opportunities become available to the general public.

Important note: Signing up to receive information about volunteer opportunities does not guarantee you are registered as a volunteer. Interested participants must complete the official volunteer registration form once it opens.

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Save the Date! Middle-Market Forum at the Rock Hall

Please mark your calendar for the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s first middle-market forum of 2015 to be held Friday, February 20 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

The program will feature a discussion about the 2015 Rock Hall induction.

More details will be available soon.

Raising the collective voice of the middle market

The National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM), a strategic partner of the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Middle-Market Initiative, is helping to promote the inaugural Middle-Market Monday, which will be observed on January 26.

According to the NCMM website, “The goal of the day is to raise the collective voice of the leaders of this group of companies and to unearth the very real concerns they face as they strive to achieve their ambitious goals. Middle-Market Monday aims to create a community where a conversation can live as a first step in achieving recognition, resources, and support for the middle market as a whole.”

Middle-Market Monday is presented by Axial, “the largest network for professionals who run, advise, finance, and acquire private companies.”

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The NCMM is a collaboration between The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business and GE Capital.

Educational event for diversity, HR professionals: Employing people with disabilities

The Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, in collaboration with the Cleveland Society of Human Resource Management (CSHRM), will offer educational and networking events for Commission-member organizations' diversity and senior human resource professionals in February and June 2015. Both sessions will be held at Baldwin Wallace University.

The first program, “Best and Promising Practices from Industry Leaders in Employing People with Disabilities,” will be held Wednesday, February 4. Registration and breakfast are from 7:30 to 8 a.m. followed by presentations from 8 to 10 a.m.

There is no cost to attend. Registration information will be available soon.

Americans with disabilities comprise the largest minority group in the U.S. and most people with disabilities want to work. However, unemployment rates among individuals with disabilities are alarmingly high. Companies are sometimes unaware of the benefits of and avoid hiring people with disabilities because of myths, unfounded fears and perceived high costs.

This session will review national hiring trends and provide attendees with practical guidelines about where to turn to for expert advice about:
  • Hiring persons with disabilities
  • Integrate them into your workforce
  • Accessing accommodations and work incentives
  • Sourcing pre-screened, qualified, motivated applicants

Diversity professionals, HR directors and management executives are encouraged to attend.

Not a Commission member? Learn more about membership

If your company is not a Commission member, you can learn more about Northeast Ohio's leading business organization and its agenda that helps the region's employers create and implement diversity and inclusion goals that enhance your bottom line.

For more information, contact Deborah Bridwell, the Commission's deputy executive director, at or 216.592.2345.