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Four state leaders receive the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Council of Smaller Enterprises’  Small Business Advocate of the Year Award   

May 24, 2022 — The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) and its small business arm, Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE), named four recipients of the 2022 Small Business Advocate of the Year Award. The award honors elected officials and those who sponsor, endorse, support, draft legislation or lead initiatives on behalf of small businesses throughout Ohio. The award was presented on May 24 in Columbus during COSE Day at the Capitol, an annual event that connects the small business community to elected leaders and policymakers to discuss issues specific to the needs of Greater Cleveland entrepreneurs. Learn more about the impact of COSE Day at the Capitol by reading this article by GCP. 

“This year’s award recipients have supported and advocated for Ohio’s small businesses, especially those that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Their work is transformative and rooted in a desire to create positive and impactful change,” said COSE board chair and GCP board member Tim Opsitnick, executive vice president & general counsel, Technology Concepts & Design, Inc. 

 The 2022 Small Business Advocate of the Year Award Recipients 

State Senator Michael A. Rulli supports small business and their role in the vitality of communities. He advocates for economic opportunities, the workforce, education and transportation. He is a leading sponsor of bills to enact the Ohio Fairness Act to prohibit discrimination and address electric vehicle transportation. 

State Representative Dontavius L. Jarrells prioritizes legislation to invest in job training and help Ohioans, especially those in minority and immigrant communities, start, grow and sustain a business. He is an advocate for building better communities and is a key sponsor of bills to increase opportunities for veterans and their dependents to receive in-state tuition eligibility and state investment for broadband expansion across Ohio. 

State Representative Daniel P. Troy takes an active role in passing legislation that improves the lives of Ohioans. He is a major supporter of state investment for broadband expansion across Ohio and worked on bills to grow the state’s economy by investing in communities. 

State Representative Andrea White supports legislation that brings positive change to communities. She is a key sponsor of bills to provide higher education scholarship opportunities to caregivers of disabled military veterans, along with state investment for broadband expansion across Ohio. White has also led initiatives addressing teen alcohol and drug prevention, addiction, hunger and criminal justice issues. 

This year’s COSE Day at the Capitol event was sponsored by Taft Law. Destination Cleveland is a partner. 

Download a printable version of the press release.