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GCP Backs Occupational License Review, Anti-Predatory Business Claim Legislation

As “lame duck” session kicks into high gear in Columbus, the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) is advocating on behalf of the Northeast Ohio business community on various fronts.  Among the many initiatives being considered, before the 132nd Ohio General Assembly breaks by the end of the year, are two separate bills GCP presented proponent testimony on last week.

The first would offer a regular review of Ohio occupational licensing boards and regulations and another responds to the issue of individuals filing predatory claims against businesses for technical violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

SB 255 would require the legislature to review occupational licensing boards regarding their sunset and the non-partisan Legislative Service Commission could perform assessments of occupational licensing bills and state regulation of occupations.  Licensing in Ohio has resulted in business people spending hundreds, in some cases, thousands of dollars to earn a license to begin their career.  This can be damaging – particularly for small businesses – for entry into the market and competition.  Click here to read GCP’s testimony on SB 255.

HB 271 seeks to protect its original intent, which is to provide ADA accessible facilities.  GCP unequivocally supports the ADA’s mission and charge.  In addition, this legislation strives to prevent abuse of the ADA, particularly in instances where demand letters are sent to businesses for minor and unnoticeable violations of the act.  Click here for our full statement on HB 271. 

Want to learn more about how you can get involved on the policy issues that impact your business?  Click here.

Opportunity Corridor Phase 2

The Opportunity Corridor – a $330 million boulevard currently under construction on the City of Cleveland’s east side – hit a significant milestone last Thursday with the official ribbon cutting and opening of the second phase of the project.  The $35 million Section 2 connects the southern end of E. 105th Street near Quincy Avenue to a new four-way intersection at E. 93rd Street just north of Woodland Avenue.  Though only a modest stretch of roadway, the complex project – led by the prime contractor Great Lakes Construction Company under the management of the Ohio Department of Transportation – involved the reconstruction of the E. 105th Street bridge over the RTA Red Line tracks, an extended platform and new head-house for RTA’s E. 105th/Quincy Rapid Station, new utility installation, and substantial land remediation efforts.

When completed in 2022, the three-mile boulevard will connect to the regional Interstate system from University Circle, where an estimated 80,000 Greater Clevelanders work and more than $14 billion in direct and indirect economic impact is generated annually.  More importantly, the project will provide enhanced access to several hundred acres of vacant and underutilized land and create the foundation for job creation and reinvestment in several east side neighborhoods.

Why connecTel: 8 Testimonials That Show the Benefit of Streamlining Your Telecom Network

As 2018 ends, it’s natural to think ahead about ways to continue to put your business in the best position to be successful. One easy way of accomplishing that goal is to have the time to focus on the nuts and bolts of your operation.

Your telecommunications network is one area of your business that can easily be taken off your (and your employees’) daily to-do lists by working with a trusted telecom partner, such as connecTel.

But don’t take our word for it! Read below for eight testimonials from connecTel’s partners that highlight the value that comes from becoming more efficient in how you handle your telecommunications.

1. Quick response

Thank you for your help and persistence with our latest service issue. I think we would still be having issues without having you on our side! Your quick responsiveness to all of my phone calls is very much appreciated.
Cindy Eichmuller, Firm Administrator
Robb Leonard Mulvihill LLP

2. Fast troubleshooting
 
Thanks for the quick response and great service. I am impressed that the problem was identified, and you were able to get it resolved in less than half an hour. That is the level of service I remember from prior dealings with your company, and the main reason I went to you with this change.
Chuck Brunot, Controller
RE2, Inc.

3. Mobile support staff excellence
 
Kudos to your mobile support staff for their outstanding support today! More specifically, to Patrick for going out of his way to get a replacement MiFi out to West Penn Hospital this afternoon. Makes me proud and honored to have chosen connecTel as one of the key support vendors for The Webb Law Firm, and why I recommend connecTel anytime anyone asks.
Ronald Schmitt, IT Manager
The Webb Law Firm

4. Hard working team
 
Thank you all very much for your hard work, time and concern. Eileen was a joy to work with earlier today—so helpful.
Jordan Farmer
East Coast Risk Management

5. Personable, kind, organized, knowledgeable staff
 
I just wanted to let you know that I can’t rave enough about April Crider. We’ve worked with her in the past and it was a great experience from what I remember, but once again she knocked this whole transition with us out of the park. When we needed answers or requested a meeting with her to run through instructions, she was always there for us, very personable, very kind, very organized, and on top of “knowing her stuff.” Between April and yourself (Gerald Bush), Dennis and I felt very secure going through this transition and it was a success.
Kristy Connors
National Council for Juvenile & Family Court Judges

6. PBX upgrade success
 
As you are undoubtedly and painfully aware, we were doing a PBX upgrade simultaneously with the port from Line systems. At the end of the day, it was by far the most aggravating telecom experience I have encountered…. Without April's knowledge, experience and tenacity, I am confident that we would still have yet crossed the finish line. I appreciate both of you as partners throughout the process, especially into the late evenings as we did several times to keep the project on schedule…. I plan on reaching out to her directly, but I wanted to convey to you first how much I respected and appreciated her assistance and expertise. Her professionalism is unrivaled. Thank you both for everything you did and continue to do to support Danzer.
Bill Oyler
Danzer Services

7. A powerful partnership
 
I have nothing but praise and advantages to bestow on Tudi’s relationship with connecTel (Wireless) over the past 2 years. I don’t offer myself as a client reference for many business partners unless I’m 110% invested in the relationship. In this case, it’s over 200%. I’ve referred many prospective customers their way purely as a result of my overwhelmingly positive experience. In my honest opinion, this should be a no-brainer for most organizations. We’re paying approximately 45% of what we used to pay for mobile services with fewer lines in 2014. That’s after netting out the cost for the MDM platform and connecTel’s nominal monthly fee to support and monitor our accounts.
Kevin Bright
Chief Technology Officer
Tudi Mechanical Systems, Inc.

8. Cost savings, support, service agreement negotiation and more
 
The support staff at connecTel helps handle a variety of calls for us, from new equipment purchases, replacement/upgrade equipment, to service support. Everyone on the staff is not only very familiar with Verizon Wireless services, but our firm’s needs with regards to services as well…. We [also] use connecTel to help negotiate new service agreements with voice and data carriers. Besides cost savings, they also provide us with support in the event there’s ever an interruption of service with any of our carriers. Support, like on the mobile side, has always been outstanding.
Ronald B. Schmitt
Information Technology Manager
The Webb Law Firm

Learn more about how connecTel’s telecom solutions can free your team up to focus on what matters most: your business. Visit connecTel’s site by clicking here.

Tri-C Summer Internship Program Job Description Due Tomorrow

The GCP's Internship Central program is again collaborating with Tri-C to offer GCP members the opportunity to participate as an internship host employer for Tri-C’s 4th annual Summer Internship Program.

There are 70 internship host opportunities available and employers can host one or two interns. The program is 5 to 10 weeks (maximum of 100 hours to be worked) from May 29 to August 9, 2019.

If you are interested in hosting a student during summer 2019, please complete the Summer Internship Job Description and return to Angela Finding at afinding@gcpartnership.com by December 4, 2018.

For questions regarding the program, call Angela at 216-592-2385.