A thriving region is built on dynamic businesses.
Our focus is growth through productivity and innovation for businesses of all sizes. We work with partners to:
- Promote business expansions by connecting companies to growth incentives, real estate options, and talent solutions.
- Serve small and middle-market businesses by sharing funding opportunities, offering cost-saving benefits, and hosting forums for exchanging ideas and creating connections.
- Expand innovation activity for start-ups, corporates, and research institutions (including federal facilities) through sector strategies, industry-institution partnerships, and increased funding.
Supporting and promoting the growth of businesses is one of our top priorities. Through partnerships with JobsOhio, Team NEO, and other civic groups, GCP provides businesses access to a range of resources including talent solutions, financial incentives and solutions, real estate and site options, technology programs, and supplier diversity programs. The team helps companies connect to and navigate these resources to businesses expand and thrive.
Small Business Growth
As the small business group of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, COSE (the Council of Smaller Enterprises) has supported and advocated for entrepreneurs since 1972. Members receive information on growing businesses, cost-saving benefits and purchasing programs, networking opportunities, and advocacy on small business priorities. Small business success is a priority and COSE provides resources and solutions.
Through the Cleveland Innovation Project, the region has launched a plan to become a Midwest leader for technology-led growth and inclusion. The plan includes sector initiatives in smart manufacturing, health innovation, and water technologies that build on strengths and opportunities and enable initiatives to expand talent, capital, and innovation corridors. GCP also focuses on growing research institutions including NASA Glenn.
Businesses are investing in and expanding across our region, including the Sherwin-Williams new headquarters and R&D center, Cross Country Mortgage‘s downtown campus, Swagelok’s headquarters and innovation center, and CBIZ’s new HQ — just to name a few.
Innovation efforts include smart manufacturing initiatives such as the new EY-Nottingham Spirk Global Innovation Hub, the Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland State IoT Collaborative, and Magnet’s Blueprint and new Innovation Center for small businesses; a $565 million, state-supported health innovation collaboration; and “Blue Economy” awards for Cleveland Water Alliance‘s water tech initiative. All with record-setting years for venture investment for start-ups.