Oct 1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                             

CLEVELAND – The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) announced today that Megan Kim has been named the executive director of their small business program, the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE).

“We are thrilled that Megan Kim has accepted the position of executive director,” said John Young, President of Speed Exterminating and Chair of the COSE Board of Advisors, “She has been an integral part of COSE for the last 13 years and will continue to advance the interests of the small business community in her new role.”

Currently Senior Vice President of Membership Development and Marketing at the GCP, Kim has been with the organization since 2005. In this role, she manages overall operations and strategic planning in the areas of membership development and retention, marketing and communications, advertising and sponsorship, and events and program management. In this capacity, she works to ensure the organization brings benefit and value to the GCP’s diverse membership segments ranging from entrepreneurs and small businesses to middle-market companies and the largest corporations in Northeast Ohio.  She will retain this role and continue reporting to president and CEO, Joe Roman, adding the COSE Executive Director responsibilities to her portfolio.   

Scott Chaikin, Executive Chairman of Dix & Eaton and Chair of GCP’s Board of Directors stated, “The GCP membership is comprised of thousands of small businesses and advocating on their behalf continues to be a priority. Through her years of experience with COSE, Megan Kim understands the needs of the small business community and how that ties into the overall strategy for GCP. We are confident that she will have a seamless transition into this role and continue the work that supports our mission of improving the economic prosperity in the region for businesses of all sizes.”

As the small business focused program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, COSE ensures that the voice of small business is represented across the organization.  From workforce and education to advocacy, business expansion and neighborhood development, the GCP team is consistently considering the needs of and impact of their work on entrepreneurs and business owners across Northeast Ohio. 

"I have great admiration for the passion, dedication and energy of small business owners,” said Megan Kim, “I am grateful for the opportunity to ensure that through COSE we are connecting them to the right resources and support to help their businesses grow resulting in more successful companies, new jobs and a stronger Northeast Ohio economy."