President Visits Cleveland for Small Biz Forum

March 2, 2011

Last week, President Barack Obama visited Cleveland, Ohio to sit down with small-business owners and talk about the economy and the path forward. Approximately100 small-business owners participated in the event, “Winning the Future Forum on Small Business,” along with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, SBA Administrator Karen Mills, Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Austan Goolsbee, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, and Department of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke.

The event kicked off with remarks from President Obama, who said his goal of the event was to listen to small businesses, and then participants attended targeted group sessions facilitated by the various administration officials. During these sessions, small-business owners and the administration had frank discussions on entrepreneurship, access to capital, exports, clean energy and workforce development, among other items. President Obama made his way to two of the break-out sessions and joined in the discussion, but primarily listened to the concerns brought up by the small-business owners in attendance.

NSBA affiliate member, the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) which is the leading voice for small business in Northeast Ohio, played a critical role in the summit. There were 30 COSE members in attendance at the event, several of whom also serve as Board members for NSBA.

“While I have had the opportunity to be a part of a half dozen or so presidential events in Cleveland, this was by far the most engaging visit I have been a part of and featured meaningful dialogue between the administration and those that attended,” stated Steve Millard, president and executive director of COSE.

Please click here to learn more about the event.