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JobsOhio accelerating growth of middle-market companies

Ohio’s middle-market is receiving a strong shot-in-the arm through the economic development efforts of JobsOhio.

JobsOhio’s impact on middle-market companies during the first half of 2014 was discussed at the organization’s quarterly public meeting at NASA Glenn Research Center, and the results are impressive. They include:
  • Projects won in 1H2014 (total 159): 54 percent were with middle-market companies (revenues $10M-$1B), 16 percent were with large corporations and 30 percent were with small businesses.

  • Jobs created in projects won in 1H2014 (total 13,092), 48 percent were with middle-market companies, 39 percent with large corporations and 13 percent with small businesses.

  • For new capital investment in projects won in 1H2014 (total $2.67B): 45 percent were with middle-market companies, 25 percent with large corporations and 29 percent with small businesses.
“Growing Ohio’s middle-market companies is crucial to the state’s overall economic growth,” says JobsOhio President and Chief Investment Officer John Minor. “We’re focused on delivering what Ohio’s strong base of existing companies need so they can expand and increase their competitiveness nationally and globally.”

Middle market insights: Tools to achieve & maintain operations excellence

When middle-market executives put their minds to it, they can make big improvements in operational effectiveness. Whether they use a methodology like Six Sigma or take a more idiosyncratic approach to improving a process or task, their success rate tends to be high.

According to new research conducted by the National Center for the Middle Market in collaboration with Dr. Peter Ward of the Center for Operational Excellence at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business, operations should be managed as a system comprised of four interlocking subsystems.

Learn what these systems are by downloading The Operations Playbook.

Combine transparency with technology to streamline expenses

With the attention of your top executives mainly on (1) growing revenue and (2) controlling business expenses, the use of software as a service (SaaS) can make both objectives more comprehensive and transparent for middle-market companies.

Rob Carey, a National Center for the Middle Market contributor and a features writer who focuses on the business-to-business niche, offers suggestions on how to successfully balance the use of SaaS with a human intermediary.

He notes that while it’s important to choose the right software, “a combination of software and a real person could bring about a more efficient process than the technology alone.”

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Cleveland school levy: Vote for quality schools

The Greater Cleveland Partnership has endorsed and is urging a "YES” vote on November 4th, for Issue 4, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District capital levy.

Issue 4 won’t increase taxes and ensures that the State of Ohio will continue paying two-thirds of the cost of new schools. Passing Issue 4 will help:
  • Improve classrooms, labs, equipment and safety
  • Prepare students for jobs and college with new technology
  • Continue to increase CMSD graduation rates
  • Create hundreds of local construction jobs
  • Bring quality schools to every neighborhood
Click to volunteer for the campaign.

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Issue 6: Vital for Cuyahoga County’s families, economic development, and jobs

The Greater Cleveland Partnership has endorsed and is urging a “YES” vote for Issue 6, the Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) levy.

As an affordable, high-quality college, Tri-C is crucial to the success of our local economy and families. That is why Issue 6 is a necessity to:
  • Protect the local economy and workforce competitiveness with up-to-date education and training
  • Enable students to earn two years of college credit affordably, seek bachelor’s degrees, and graduate with far less debt
  • Maintain access to high quality technical degrees, university transfer courses and job (re)training with up-to date technology.
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Early voting starts tomorrow

Early voting in Cuyahoga County begins tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 8 a.m. at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections (BOE), 2925 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115. The BOE also will begin mailing a ballot to voters who have requested one.

Here are other important dates to note:

  • October 6, 2014 - Close of Registration - Voter registration and change of address deadline for the November 4th General Election is today. Voters who have not registered, have moved, or have changed their name and not yet updated their registration, must do so by 9 p.m.

    Name and address changes can be made online. Registration cards are available on the Board of Elections website. Registration cards are also available at all public libraries.
  • November 1, 2014 - Vote by Mail ballot application deadline: The Cuyahoga County BOE must receive ballot application requests by noon for voters to be eligible to vote by mail.

  • November 3, 2014 - Ballots mailed in the U.S. must be postmarked on or before this date. Include proper postage on your ballot return envelope. Ballot envelopes are not postage-paid.

GCP names new senior director for government advocacy

Alesha Washington has been named senior director of government advocacy for the Greater Cleveland Partnership. She will focus predominantly on state and local government relations activities on behalf of the GCP and its members.

Prior to joining GCP, Washington was senior director of advocacy, policy and research for Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, a leading community development intermediary responsible for investing in vibrant neighborhoods throughout the City of Cleveland.

She also was director of executive administration and government for The Centers for Families and Children, one of the oldest and largest social service for organizations in Northeast Ohio that serves more than 20,000 Cuyahoga County residents.

In these roles, she was responsible for developing and implementing the organizations’ public policy objectives at all levels of government. She also previously was a fellow of The George Gund Foundation and a development associate with The Cleveland Orchestra.

Washington’s civic involvement includes serving as a member of the Program Strategy Committee for the Saint Luke’s Foundation and the Policy Committee for Towards Employment, a nonprofit workforce development organization.

She received an undergraduate degree from Oberlin College and a Master’s of Nonprofit Management from Case Western Reserve University.

MBDA Cleveland receives supplemental grant to support advanced manufacturing initiatives

The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center Cleveland has received a $100,000 supplemental grant from the national MBDA office. The grant will be used to implement focused services to support advanced manufacturing initiatives.

MBDA Business Centers provide strategic business consulting services to minority-owned firms to stimulate local economies and contributes to job creation for Americans through business growth. This is accomplished by providing greater access to capital, contracts and international markets.

The MBDA Business Center Cleveland is operated by the Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership.

Results for clients

Results for MBDA Cleveland clients between April 1, 2011 and August 31, 2014 include:
  • $83.8M in contracts & procurement
  • $16M in financial transactions
  • Two mergers & acquisitions
  • Five export transactions
  • Jobs created: 383
  • Jobs retained: 389
In addition, $40 million in contracts were awarded by private-sector entities and $43.8 million was awarded by public-sector entities.

Hands-on session for senior leadership: Commission Hall of Fame CEOs to discuss keys to diversity & inclusion success

The Commission on Economic Inclusion will host its first All-Member Leadership Day on Friday, December 5, from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Corporate College East.

The event will provide the opportunity senior leadership from Commission member organizations to hear from CEOs of Commission Hall of Fame organizations about keys to their success. It also will include interactive sessions on how to incorporate diversity and inclusion into the business planning process to support and achieve organizational goals.

Who should attend?

The event is tailored for CEOs and C-level functional heads and senior executives including chief operating officers, chief financial officers, chief procurement officers and chief diversity officers.

Whether your diversity and inclusion program is mature, gaining momentum or in its early stages, your leadership team will walk away with action steps that can benefit your organization.

Click to register.

If you would like to learn more about diversity and inclusion strategies can help support and achieve organizational goals, contact Deborah Bridwell, deputy executive director of the Commission on Economic Inclusion, for information about joining the Commission.

Business nominations wanted for 12th annual Community Service Award

The Cleveland Orchestra, in cooperation with the Greater Cleveland Partnership through the Commission on Economic Inclusion, and the City of Cleveland is currently accepting nominations of a business or organization for the 12th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award.

The winner will be honored at the Orchestra’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert at Severance Hall on Sunday, January 18, 2015, at 7 p.m.

How to submit a nomination

Here’s what you should know when considering a nomination (self-nominations are encouraged). The awards criteria for a business or organization are:

  • Leadership in community-building
  • Advocacy for educational excellence
  • Promotion of social justice
  • Promotion of diversity and inclusion
  • Involvement with music and the arts to promote greater understanding and acceptance

Click to download the nomination form

Nomination forms are due by Friday, December 5, 2014, and should be mailed to:

MLK Community Service Award
Attention: Education and Community Programs
The Cleveland Orchestra
11001 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Or email your submission to with Subject Line: MLK Community Service Award Nomination.

Click here for more information.

It’s Cleveland’s Young Professionals Week!

This week is Cleveland Young Professionals Week hosted by Engage! Cleveland.

It offers a variety of morning, afternoon and evening events each day tied to community themes. YPs are invited to participate in:

  • Rise and Grind at local fitness studios
  • Lunch and Learn featuring Cleveland’s most influential speakers; and
  • Network after Work at exciting Cleveland landmarks.

Click for registration and the calendar of events.

Click to watch the Cleveland Young Professionals Week Video.