Apr 10

Members of the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) and its small business division, the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE), officially named several state legislators recipients of the 2018 Small Business Advocate of the Year Award today.


State Senator Matt Huffman and State Senator Vernon Sykes played instrumental roles in an initiative that creates a more bi-partisan, public process for drawing U.S. Congressional districts.  The effort was overwhelmingly approved by Ohio voters as a constitutional amendment.  


State Senator Matt Dolan was responsible for updating existing Ohio law dealing with electronic transactions to also include blockchain-based transactions; the bill – the Data Protection Act – is now law and it was supported by GCP members because it encourages more businesses to properly protect their business ventures, their workforce, and those with whom they do business. 


State Senator Rob McColley, a former State Representative, introduced two separate pieces of legislation backed by GCP and now law:  1.) requires the legislature to review occupational licensing boards 2.) responds to the issue of individuals filing predatory claims against businesses for technical violations.   


GCP/COSE member and advocacy leader Tim Opsitnick of Technology Concepts & Design, Inc. (TCDI) commended their actions on behalf of the small business community.


“We are greatly appreciative of the leadership displayed by these elected leaders last year,” said Opsitnick.  “GCP is a non-partisan, member-driven organization and the decisions to honor each official was based on the merits of positive public policy, not political ideologies or rhetoric.”


The awards were presented today in Columbus during COSE Day at the Capitol, an annual event that connects the Northeast Ohio small business community with state policymakers.