Small Business Week 

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Small businesses are the backbone of our economy. There are 31.7 million small businesses in the United States and on average, small companies create 1.5 million jobs annually and account for 65% of new jobs created in the United States. These businesses are important, and they make a significant impact on our region. That’s why COSE has partnered with other organizations in the entrepreneurial ecosystem across Greater Cleveland to create a week entirely dedicated to celebrating, supporting, and enriching the small business community.

COSE Small Business Week was created to connect small businesses at all stages, in all industries, and of all sizes to the resources, help, information, and contacts they need to not only emerge from this very challenging time, but to thrive well into the future.

Register for these COSE Small Business Week events:

Monday, December 6

  • Learn About Greatness from the Founders of Great Lakes Brewing Company

Time:  4-6 p.m.

Location:  Great Lakes Brewing Co. Tasting Room

Cost:  FREE

Join us for a fireside chat with the original founders of craft brewing in Cleveland!  Pat Conway, co-founder of Great Lakes Brewing Company, will share the journey he and his brother Dan embarked upon to fulfill their dream of opening Ohio’s first craft brewery.  From incorporating the business in 1986 to hosting must-attend culture-of-Cleveland events, the brothers were purposeful in choosing their location in Ohio City, meticulous in developing their brand and style, and selective in building their team. Cut to today, where they operate in a much more competitive market of craft breweries and hear how they have continued to evolve and grow the business - all with a focus on their values, what they call “the triple bottom line:” social, financial, and environmental.



Tuesday, December 7

  • How to Stay Out of Court (Virtual)

Time: 10 AM – 11 AM

Presenter: Alex Gertsburg

Cost: FREE

Everyone knows lawsuits are painful. They’re time-consuming, energy-wasting, distracting and expensive. 

Here’s a dirty little secret that every lawyer knows:  Most litigation exposure is entirely preventable if a company follows some simple, preemptive steps. 

In the first installment of our Growth By Design webinar series, Alex Gertsburgwill passes along proven strategies to save your company boat-loads of money both inside and outside the courts and establish a sound compliance foundation to support your growth strategy.

You will learn how to:

- spot and avoid the most common legal minefields

- reduce your legal spend through the right and wrong ways to hire and work with attorneys.

This is a true “behind the curtain” presentation guaranteed to help you lawyer-proof your business.



  • Big Party for Small Biz/COSE Annual Meeting


4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Registration and networking opens

5:00 – 5:30 p.m. COSE Annual Meeting and Welcome

5:30 - 9:00 p.m. Big Party for Small Biz

Location: Music Box 

COSE-y up next to fellow business owners and leaders as we bring small businesses back together to celebrate surviving the last two years and to look forward to a successful and prosperous 2022. Say goodbye to Potlucks, White Elephant, and Ugly Christmas Sweater Parties!  Join us for the ultimate holiday party celebrating all things small biz. Bring your team, bring your family, bring your colleagues and friends in the business community.  


The event will begin with the COSE Annual Meeting featuring comments by outgoing COSE Board Chair Kevin Johnson, incoming COSE Board Chair Tim Opsitnick, and COSE Executive Director Megan Kim.  


Tickets include an unlimited buffet, free parking, a table dedicated for you and your guests, live music and an open dance floor. Recognize your Company in the Slide Show by submitting your logo at no extra charge!


Don't miss out on this great opportunity to appreciate your staff and meet some of Cleveland's best small companies.




Wednesday, December 8

  • What’s the Onboarding Experience You Create for Your Customers?

Time: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Location: The Agora

Cost: FREE

Presented by: Marvin Montgomery, Owner, The Sales Doctor & Bob Pacanovsky, Chief Hospitality Officer, The Black Tie Experience

Yes, we said onboarding. We do this all the time when we hire new employees to our companies. Why?  We want to welcome them and create a positive experience for them.  

Shouldn’t we do the same for our new customers?  Most companies can attract a new customer, but the challenge comes in how to retain them.  When retention of your customer base increases, so does your loyalty, and revenue.

Marvin Montgomery and Bob Pacanovsky, two COSE Board Members, will lead a panel discussion of business owners just like you, and they will give us their ideas and secrets on how they both attract and retain customers.  

We will hear how they onboard their customers and how they make it an experience for them so that these customers turn into brand ambassadors for their organizations.

And we will want to hear from you as well on what you are doing to retain customers.

You will walk away with ideas and strategies that you can immediately implement in your companies to increase loyalty, retention and revenue.



Thursday, December 9

  • Talking Talent (Virtual)

Time: 12 noon – 1:00 PM

Cost: FREE

This discussion will center the impact of culture and retention on your ability to attract future talent. By intentionally building your culture with a mindset towards retention, coupled with some best practices in hiring, you will walk away from this discussion equipped to grow your company with a higher quality team.


Presented by Taylor Evans, Founder and President, Rust Belt Recruiting and Workforce and Jill Windelspecht, Success Coach, Consultant, Leadership Expert & Speaker, Talent Specialists Consulting.



Friday, December 10

Preparing Your Business for 2022

  • Part 1: Plan for Business Growth: How to Build a 2022 Strategy That Will 10x Your Business Growth! 

Time: 2:00 – 3:30 PM

Location: Virtual

Are you trying to create a business growth strategy for 2022 and beyond and don’t know where to start? Do you need clarity and a real game plan that you can implement to get you to that next level? In fact…creating a 2022 growth plan and strategy will make a huge difference in your business and entrepreneurial journey! In this session, Cheryl C Perez, Business Coach and Consultant, & Nevin Bansal, Business Consultant will walk you through how to create a strategy and plan for business growth in 2022 and beyond and they will share a few proven secrets that have been instrumental in their ability to grow multiple 6 and 7 figure businesses- and they will help you too. 

In this session you will learn:

 What is a Business Growth Plan & Why?

 What are the Major Pieces of a Business Growth Plan and how to determine yours.

 Walk away with a growth plan outline that you can implement immediately as you craft your 2022 plan.

 The #1 best kept secret about how to make the time to create the plan to get you to that freedom that you desire.

✓ What are the Top 3 growth strategies you need in 2022 to grow your business.




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