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Game-changing strategies for middle-market companies

Learn how pacesetting middle-market companies have bucked negative economic and market trends, either through steady, incremental expansion, or through a breakout event, to trigger growth.

A new report by the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM) , the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Middle-Market Initiative strategic partner, explores how a company's performance in executing these eight well-established dimensions of management creates sustained growth:

  • Retaining talent

  • Developing a processes for evaluating innovation ideas

  • Spelling out management focus

  • Maintaining close relationships with credit providers

  • Exploring domestic markets for expansion

  • Focusing on core products

  • Watching the financial health of the firm

  • Integrating better with key partners

The report says that by implementing these best practices, middle-market firms may be able to achieve and sustain growth, even in a slow economy.

Click here to access the report. The NCMM is a collaboration between The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business and GE Capital.

Hearing probes threat of carp invasion in Great Lakes

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host a public meeting on Thursday, January 16, at the Cleveland Public Library, 325 Superior Avenue, to discuss its “Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study” on the threatened invasion by silver and bighead carp into the Great Lakes. The meeting will be held from 4 to 7 p.m.

A recent Plain Dealer editorial notes that the Great Lakes comprise “the largest freshwater ecosystem on the continent…provide drinking water to 30 million people and float a $7.5 billion commercial fishing industry and 800,000 jobs."

According to the editorial, the carp invasion is “the most serious threat” that “these 20,000-year-old liquid assets have faced.”

Click here to read the editorial.

Welcome, new GCP members

We’re pleased to welcome these Northeast Ohio companies and organizations who recently joined the ranks of GCP Investors.

Click on the links below to learn more about them.

Advizex

Astro Manufacturing and Design, Inc.

BMA Media Group

CB Richard Ellis

City of Avon Lake

City of Strongsville

Cleveland Food Bank

Embassy Healthcare

First Place Bank

Gallagher Benefit Services

Gebauer Company

Intigral

Northern Trust

O.R. Colan Associates

Pride of the Hills Manufacturing

The Revenue Group

Robert P. Madison International, Inc.

Skansa USA Building, Inc.

Value Based Solutions

ViaQuest, Inc.

Cleveland Plus: A hot region for entrepreneurs

 

Be in the know about positive news from the Cleveland Plus region by reading the January issue of the "Pass the Plus" e-newsletter, which focuses on Northeast Ohio’s bright entrepreneurial spirit and the business accelerators and programs that support new and innovative products and services.

Click here to read more.

Click here to become a “Pass the Plus" subscriber.
 

Fueling the Buckeye Economy: Canada-U.S. Energy Summit

Is your company interested in meeting with the leading energy OEMs operating in Canada’s oil sands to discuss supplier opportunities?

Please join us on Wednesday, February 5 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cleveland Holiday Inn South in Independence for the Canada-U.S. Energy Summit and Ohio Supplier Matchmaking Forum.

Pre-approved businesses will meet with OEM procurement officials to learn about becoming part of the supply chain for services and equipment required in the mining, production, and support of infrastructure. 

Click here for details.

Star Alliance adds benefits for United MileagePlus
and Premier members

The world’s largest airline network, Star Alliance™, has introduced additional amenities to provide more benefits for its customers in 2014.

United’s MileagePlus® members can earn and use award miles for any flight on United or any other Star Alliance member airline, and Premier® members are eligible for even more benefits. In addition, network is offering new airport lounges, a new iPad® app and new global carriers.

Established in 1997, the Star Alliance network is the leading global airline network, with the highest number of member airlines, daily flights, destinations and countries it services. To learn more about Star Alliance, visit www.staralliance.com and watch the new video about the Star Alliance partnership. To book a flight on its global network, visit united.com​.

Click here to read more.

Ride for free ride on RTA

Employees who take public transportation to work will get a free ride on RTA on Thursday, Jan. 16, thanks to a “birthday gift” sponsorship provided by the Cleveland Foundation, which is celebrating its centennial this year. All Greater Cleveland residents can ride the Rapid, HealthLine, bus or paratransit at no cost.

The fare-free day sponsorship is the first of the Cleveland Foundation’s birthday gifts to the community in 2014. Upcoming gifts will be announced on or around the second of each month to invite the broader community to celebrate the foundation’s centennial.

Click here to read more in the press release.