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GCP members among fastest growing U.S. companies

The 2014 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing, privately held companies includes several Greater Cleveland Partnership members. Click on the links below to visit their websites and learn more about them.

Middle-market insights: Hiring outside execs can add value
to family-owned companies

A family-owned business that achieves enough success to occupy a strong position in the middle market is rightfully a source of pride. While prevailing thinking may be that the company's leadership will remain among family who can sustain that success, it's not realistic.

A new blog by Rob Carey, a features writer and National Center for the Middle Market contributor, offers suggestions on how family-owned companies can hire one or more outside executives to help preserve the value of the family's financial stake in the operation over the long term including the qualities to be focused on during the search process.

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MBDA Cleveland client InterChez featured
in national annual report

InterChez, a Hispanic-owned business and s a client of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center Cleveland, is featured as a success story in the 2013 MBDA Annual Performance Report from the U. S. Department of Commerce.

 The MBDA Cleveland Center, which is operated by the Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, connected InterChez with KeyBank and secured a $1 million line of credit. 

The Center also sponsored participation by GCP Board member and InterChez CEO Sharlene Ramos-Chesnes in Dartmouth College’s Amos Tuck School of Business Minority Executive Program from which she graduated in 2013.

Entering its 13th year in business, InterChez employs more than 40 full-time employees in Ohio and Michigan.

Click to see the entire report, including the InterChez success story on Page 36.

Pass the Plus: polymers, plastics and advanced materials



This month’s issue of the “Pass the Plus” e-newsletter talks about Northeast Ohio as an ideal environment for polymers, plastics and advanced materials organizations with outstanding access to customers, suppliers and economic resources.

It notes that “through nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions, the region connects world-class materials research with business assets that enable the development and manufacturing of products in a global demand.”

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“Pass the Plus” is a free monthly publication of the Regional Marketing Alliance, which oversees the day-to-day operations of the Cleveland Plus campaign. The Alliance is part of the economic development system that the Greater Cleveland Partnership helped to create and continues to support.

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Strategic insights, best practices for CIOs

Greater Cleveland Partnership members are invited to the 15th annual NEOSA CIO Symposium, the longest-running gathering of IT executives in Northeast Ohio . The program will be held Thursday, September 11 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Embassy Suites in Independence.

Renowned thought leaders from the region and beyond will share valuable, strategic insights, exclusively for CIOs and IT executives leading the region’s enterprise IT organizations.

Complimentary registration is offered to CIOs or an organization's senior-most IT executive. Others, such as CIO direct reports, are invited to attend for $99 each.

Click to register.