Keith Ashmus Named to Regulatory Fairness Board

Keith Ashmus, a partner at Greater Cleveland Partnership Investor Firm Frantz Ward LLP and a member of the GCP’s Government Affairs Committee who has spent decades helping small businesses, was officially named to the prestigious Regulatory Fairness Board as a representative from Region V, which covers Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota. The Regulatory Fairness Board is a part of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of the National Ombudsman.

The purpose of the Regulatory Fairness Board is to assist small businesses in coping with overly burdensome federal regulations, providing grassroots feedback and advice to the National Ombudsman on matters relating to compliance with federal agencies. The Regulatory Fairness Board is strictly non-partisan and seeks your input.

Fill out this form and tell the SBA about your federal regulatory challenges. The information will be directed to the appropriate agency and it will be used in the planning of upcoming Regulatory Reform Roundtables.

Ashmus is nationally recognized as a respected advocate and a trustworthy neutral. His practice focuses on helping business owners achieve their visions, as well as mediating and arbitrating cases around the nation. Keith is a leader in his profession (as Past President of the Ohio State Bar Association and its charitable arm, the Ohio State Bar Foundation), small business (as past Chair of both Cleveland’s Council of Smaller Enterprises and the National Small Business Association), and community (as past Chair of the Greater Cleveland Advisory Board of The Salvation Army). He has testified before Congressional Committees, as well as the Ohio General Assembly, in support of small business positions. Keith earned his J.D. from Yale Law School, a Master’s in Economics from Michigan State University, and a B.A., with High Honors, also from Michigan State University.

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  • Kinect Energy Acquires OnDemand Energy Solutions

    Kinect Energy, Inc., a World Fuel Services company, recently announced the acquisition of OnDemand Energy (OnDemand) of Moon Township, Pennsylvania. The acquisition was completed on Jan. 1, 2018.

    OnDemand is an energy management firm serving commercial, industrial, and residential clients in its base markets of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Maryland. The company provides electric and natural gas procurement services and manages thousands of clients across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions.

    “OnDemand is excited to be joining the Kinect Energy team,” said John Zbihley, president, OnDemand Energy. “Based on the load we represent, we are the largest energy management consultant in the Mid-Atlantic region and one of the largest in the nation. Joining Kinect Energy Group will allow us to grow and expand services even further across all of PJM and North America.”

    OnDemand specializes in managing the complexities of energy supply, delivery, and consumption. They offer competitive energy management solutions that meet each individual client’s operational, financial, and risk tolerance requirements and are focused on helping business customers control the impact of energy on their bottom line.

    OnDemand has been the exclusive energy management consultant for the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP)/Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) Energy Choice Program since 2012.

    “OnDemand has done an incredible job delivering market leading energy products and services to our members.  Their combination with Kinect Energy strengthens our energy program and will enable our members to realize a much broader and comprehensive suite of energy products and services while continuing to allow them to focus on their core business,” said Nicole Stika, Vice President, Energy Services for the GCP/COSE.

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  • Learn About Club Seat Tables at the Bridgestone Invitational

    Club Seat Tables at the Bridgestone Invitational

    The eyes of the golf world will once again fixate on Akron, Ohio, and Firestone Country Club’s South Course Aug. 1-5 as the game’s top players reunite for the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. The 2018 tournament marks the 65th anniversary of professional golf at Firestone Country Club, a history that has seen legends of the game like Nicklaus, Watson and Norman all lift trophies in Northeast Ohio. All of the top 50 players in the Official World Golf Ranking are expected to compete in the season’s final World Golf Championships event, which will be defended by Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, whose final-round record 61 led to a five-stroke victory in 2017.

    There’s no better way to catch the action at the tournament than with your private, reserved Club Seat Tables. Whether you are entertaining your biggest customers and prospects or rewarding your employees, this unique experience is sure to have them on the edge of their seats as they sit greenside, sipping drinks and watching their favorite players. To learn more, please reach out to Alexandriagrilliot@pgatourhq.com or 330-245-2307.

    Weekly ULTRA Club 10 ticket package

    The all-new ULTRA Club is a premium hospitality venue, located on Firestone’s Signature 16th hole, “The Monster”, that gives fans an opportunity to watch the world’s best players go up against the longest par 5 on the PGA TOUR. With 10 ULTRA Club tickets per day, Wednesday – Sunday, each ticket holder (21 & over) will receive a complimentary Michelob Ultra AND receive two (2) weekly Lot 10 parking passes PLUS the opportunity for a foursome to play the Firestone South Course for $160 per person on August 7, 2018. The weekly ULTRA Club 10 pack is available for only $2300. 

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  • Linking IT Talent to Opportunity Job Fair

    1The Linking IT Talent to Opportunity Job Fair is a FREE event for current students, recent graduates, and professionals to meet face-to-face with leading Northeast Ohio employers to explore internship and job opportunities in the field of Information Technology. This event is part of “Tech Week 2018,” OHTec’s annual initiative to promote and support Northeast Ohio’s IT industry and is presented by the Greater Cleveland Partnership, OHTec and NEO Talent Exchange.

    The event takes place from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18 at Independence Civic Center, 6363 Selig Drive in Independence.

    Students and job seekers can register for this event by clicking here.

    Employers can register for the event by clicking here.

    Employer participation is FREE to members of GCP, COSE, or OHTec.

    A reasonable fee will be charged to non-members. Click the link above for complete details.

    Questions? Contact Sara Adams at 216-5922-2302 or via email at sadams@gcpartnership.com.

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  • Apply Now for MAGNET's MSPIRE Competition

    The application to MSPIRE, MAGNET’s annual product-focused pitch competition, is now open through July 1!

    MSPIRE is Northeast Ohio’s only pitch competition that is exclusively for product-focused startups and small manufacturers. Prizes include:

    • incubation Center memberships;
    • discounts on projects with MAGNET;
    • cash and project funding;
    • intellectual landscape assessments; and
    • a professional digital marketing package including search and social campaigns, and more!

    Don’t miss your chance to leverage MAGNET’s manufacturing experts to help your business grow and succeed. Take a look and apply today!

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  • Making Connections One Cup at a Time

    There’s an exciting movement happening among small business owners across the country and right here in northeast Ohio. Startup entrepreneurs of all types — tech firms, manufacturers, professional service providers, and more — are gathering each week to learn about a business or two, share advice, and make connections in an honest and supportive environment...all over a simple cup of coffee. 

    There’s an exciting movement happening among small business owners across the country and right here in northeast Ohio. Startup entrepreneurs of all types — tech firms, manufacturers, professional service providers, and more — are gathering each week to learn about a business or two, share advice, and make connections in an honest and supportive environment...all over a simple cup of coffee.

    1 Million Cups was founded by the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City as a way to engage entrepreneurs in communities, and has since grown to more than 50 cities across the U.S. including Cleveland. Each week, the 1MC program offers two local business owners an opportunity to present their startups to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors, and entrepreneurs to gain feedback and critical connections.

    “1 Million Cups is definitely breaking the rules,” says Jose Vasquez, founder of both QuezMedia and Build. Brand. Blast. and one of four co-organizers of 1 Million Cups Cleveland. “It is not a natural instinct to get up and subject yourself and your ideas to feedback from a room full of strangers. You get unscripted feedback and there is just no way to prepare.”

    The idea is to create connections that will help build positive momentum for projects. “This isn’t a pitch meeting. We’re not selling a product or service,” says Vasquez. “People are  sharing their entrepreneurial stories and finding real opportunities. It is a community in action.”

    “For me, there is something very unique about this experience. I have the opportunity to meet with incredible companies each week and sometimes I am able to directly help them and their business; sometimes they help me and my business. It’s the spirit of sharing and community that is really breaking the rules.”

    Put yourself out there. Request to present your business startup at 1 Million Cups.

    Want more expert advice? Check out COSE Expert Network, an online forum connecting business owners with creative solutions to the tough questions they face every day. 

    This article originally appeared in the January 5, 2015, edition of Small Business Matters.

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