On February 7, Linda McMahon, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), took part in a discussion with Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) President and CEO Joe Roman at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C). Among the GCP small business members in attendance were National Small Business Association Board Chair Sharon Toerek, SBA Regulatory Fairness Board member Keith Ashmus, and Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) Advisory Board Chair John Young.
Dr. Alex Johnson, Tri-C President and GCP Board member, got the conversation started by welcoming the SBA Administrator back to Cleveland. Roman moderated the conversation with Administrator McMahon which covered topics ranging from the recent State of the Union address to the empowerment of some of northeast Ohio’s most valuable resources – entrepreneurs that innovate and contribute to a thriving economy. In Ohio, nearly 945,000 small businesses employ 2.2 million people or 46 percent of the private workforce.
Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof and Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose were also on hand to provide remarks, discussing the importance of the regular inspection of government regulations for small businesses and the relatively low cost associated with filing and starting a business in Ohio.
The group capped off an informative morning with a tour of the college’s Manufacturing Technology Center. The center houses workforce, community and economic development programs associated with manufacturing and health care industry solutions.
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