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MBDA Cleveland office updates brand, launches new website

The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center Cleveland has updated its brand with a new tagline—“Ohio’s Answer for Growth, Opportunity and Access” and the launch of a new website.

“We wanted to state clearly that while we are headquartered in Cleveland at the offices of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, we serve minority-owned businesses throughout the state,” said MBDA Cleveland Executive Director Raland Hatchett.

“We also collaborate with partner organizations all over Ohio, including JumpStart, MAGNET and the Northeast Ohio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in this region as well as the Minority Business Accelerator at the Cincinnati chamber of commerce and the Minority Business Partnership at the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce.

The MBDA Cleveland office is operated by the Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of GCP. It completed its third year of operations as of March 31, 2014, receiving a “commendable” rating for its services to minority-owned businesses throughout the State of Ohio. Its efforts generated $27 million in economic activity, including $22 million in awarded contracts and procurement and $5 million in awarded capital.

MBDA client companies are businesses owned by African Americans, Asian Americans, Hasidic Jews, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders. For more information about minority business assistance, contact the Cleveland office at 216.592.2253.

Learn about plans for new and remodeled CMSD schools

Cleveland voters ensured that every neighborhood will have access to 21st-century schools by passing Issue 4 in November 2014.

The Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD is holding a series of Issue 4 open houses in February and March where its constituents and stakeholders can learn about the new and remodeled schools planned for Cleveland’s neighborhoods and participate in the segment planning process.

The first open house will be held Wednesday, February 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Watterson-Lake Elementary School, 1422 West 74th Street, to discuss plans for the Detroit Shoreway-Cudell-Edgewater neighborhood.

Representatives from the business community are encouraged and invited to participation in the discussions.

Click here for the schedule of open houses and where they will be held.

For more information please call 216.696.4950 or visit

Best of Tech nomination deadline extended

OHTech—formerly the Northeast Ohio Software Association (NEOSA)—has extended the nomination deadline for the 2015 Best of Tech Awards to Saturday, February 28.

Categories this year include: Best Software Product, Best IT Services Company, Tech Team of the Year, Best Tech Device/Application Innovation, Most Promising Start Up, and Tech Company of the Year.

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You’re invited: Aviation corporate supplier summit on March 12

The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) and Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI) are inviting their members to attend a Corporate Supplier Summit with GE Aviation that will focus on supplier/sourcing opportunities, GE's unique financing and services program, and Additive Manufacturing.

The program will be held Thursday, March 12 from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at the offices of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, 1240 Huron Road East in PlayhouseSquare. If your company is seeking a connection to GE, come meet the experts at this event, which is free for members of GCP and OAI.

GE is expanding opportunities for companies to partner, engage and identify new technology solutions. GCP and OAI are pleased to offer this exciting business development opportunity to their members and other Northeast Ohio companies.
For more information, please contact Vince Adamus at or 216.592.2258.

GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE, is a world-leading provider of jet, turboprop and turboshaft engines, components and integrated systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings.

With close to $1 billion invested annually on research and development of advanced technologies and materials, GE's Sourcing Program is constantly seeking to partner and identify new business opportunities and expand their research and technology development initiatives.