It has been a tumultuous, even heartbreaking, year in many ways for far too many individuals and organizations in our region and beyond. Some throughout the Northeast Ohio business community continue to experience hurdles and tough decisions that are hard to contemplate, let alone navigate, as we round out 2020 and look ahead to 2021. Although much of 2020 was upended by the pandemic, there were still notable organizational and member-driven successes due in large part to the leadership of the business community.
The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP), and its small business division the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE), take great pride in advocating on behalf of our more than 12,000 members’ interests daily – no matter the conditions or obstacles that stand in the way of relief and progress. Some of 2020’s achievements thus far loom larger than others for our small, middle market, and large employers. But below is an outline of public policy issues accomplished and worked on this year that continue to help enable GCP businesses employ thousands, support our communities, and contribute towards paths of recovery. In addition, we look forward to 2021 and the policy opportunities and initiatives that may lie ahead as the political landscape shifts.