CLEVELAND — Members of the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) and its small business division, the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE), selected Ohio Representative Ryan Smith as a recipient of the 201 7 Small Business Advocate of the Year Award.
Representative Smith played an important role GCP/COSE felt in ensuring proposed modifications to Ohio’s tax structure were averted in 2017 that would have shifted the state tax burden to other businesses . The representative serves as chairman of the Ohio House Finance Committee. The committee accepted a substitute version of the state’s biennial budget bill last year, removing potentially harmful proposed tax provisions.
GCP/COSE member and advocacy leader Tim Opsitnick of Technology Concepts & Design, Inc. (TCDI) lauded the representative’s actions on behalf of the small business community.
“We are appreciative of Representative S mith and his colleagues’ leadership, ensuring Ohio’s tax burden was not shifted from one group of businesses to another,” said Opsitnick . “Predictable, competitive tax policy that boosts economic development in our state is essential, especially for a small business, to plan and grow long-term.”
The award was presented in Columbus during COSE Day at the Capitol , an annual event that connects the northeast Ohio small business community with state policymakers
Representative Smith said he was appreciative of the recognition from GCP /COSE . “It is an honor to be recognized by the Greater Cleveland Partnership and Council of Smaller Enterprises,” Smith said. “ I look forward to continued work with leaders in the business community in developing effective public policy that encourages growth and provides further opportunities for small businesses to serve their communities.”