COSE’s 50th Anniversary Celebration I July 28, 2022

Thursday, July 28, 2022 I 4:30 – 9 p.m.
Public Auditorium, 500 Lakeside Ave E, Cleveland, OH 44114

Join us for COSE’s golden jubilee as we celebrate the true grit, passion, and determination of small businesses in Greater Cleveland. Since 1972, COSE has existed to support, represent and promote entrepreneurship. But our work would be nothing without the incredible volunteer leaders who stewarded the organization through both challenging and exciting times. Or the partnerships with organizations and individuals in the entrepreneurial ecosystem that have worked collaboratively with us to invest in helping small businesses to grow and thrive. Or the strong small business community in our region, always focused on coming together to learn, share and support one another. So, this celebration isn’t just about COSE, it is about all of you – those who partner with us, those who give their time to support other entrepreneurs, those who inspire us, and those who drive us to keep working harder and harder to ensure small business success! 

Our celebration will include a featured panel discussion with some special guests on just how important small businesses are in driving the economy locally, state-wide, and nationally. And we will recognize individuals and organizations that have had a lasting and memorable impact on COSE and in the small business community. Then, it is time to party! We will have food, drinks, music, interactive engagements and more – all supplied by small businesses, of course – and tons of opportunities to reconnect with old friends and make some new ones. We hope to see you there as we celebrate and toast small business. 


4:30-5:30 p.m. Program

  • Comments from COSE Executive Director Megan Kim, COSE Board Chair Tim Opsitnick, and Greater Cleveland Partnership President & CEO Baiju Shah
  • A discussion with Regional SBA Administrator Geri Aglipay and Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose
  • Awards honoring Small Business Champions if COSE’s history including COSE Founders, COSE Chairs and other Small Business Supporters

5:30-9:00 p.m. Celebration

  • Featuring the band The Spazmatics and food, beverage, décor, and production all sourced from small businesses

Tickets: $150 per person

Featured speaker

Geri Aglipay
SBA Great Lakes Regional Administrator

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Regional Administrator Geri Aglipay was named by the White House to oversee the delivery of the SBA’s agency’s programs, field offices, and operations across Region V in the Great Lakes Midwest states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

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Featured speaker

Frank LaRose
Ohio Secretary of State

Frank LaRose took office as Ohio’s 51st Secretary of State on January 14th, 2019. Prior to being elected to statewide office, he served two terms in the State Senate representing the 27th Senate District in northeast Ohio.

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