National Small Business Week - Small Business Passport Contest

Small businesses make America run. They are the backbone of America – and Greater Cleveland.

Small Business in the News:

GCP President and CEO Baiju Shah was on Wills and Snyder in the Morning on WTAM to highlight small businesses in celebration of National Small Business Week; discuss the Cleveland Talent Alliance’s new web resource to attract and retain talent in Cleveland; and promote Greater Cleveland Partnership’s upcoming Annual Event on May 15.

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Show your support for Greater Cleveland’s vibrant  business community. In honor of Small Business Week 2023, COSE has created this passport to get you out and about town, shopping local. Complete at least one action – though we’d love you to do them all – and post a photo tagged #clesmallbiz on Instagram (not a story). Winners will be randomly selected at the end of the week to receive a locally-sourced gift basket.

Use #CLESMALLBIZ and Post on Instagram

During this #SmallBusinessWeek, COSE is inviting small businesses to participate on its marketplace platform, Shop CLE! It provides a great opportunity for small businesses to sell online together through a shared platform and network together as a unified group.

With customers from all over the U.S., small businesses can gain additional reach and sales through the e-commerce platform, all without any listing or commission fees. Furthermore, if the business is supported by either Shopify or Square, there’s an integration that enables the business to conveniently import products and sync inventory across both websites.

To get more information on Shop CLE or to apply as a seller, please visit COSE Shop CLE

Small businesses make up 99.9 % of all U.S. businesses, from healthcare to hospitality, manufacturing to medtech, professional services, construction, retail and much more. The Small Business Administration has dubbed April 30- May 6 Small Business Week — but every week is small business week at COSE.  We provide membership, resources, advocacy, education and support 24/7/365. See below for more on the small businesses that make Cleveland run, ways you can support small businesses in the area, facts on small businesses and how to get involved with COSE.

Small Business Facts, Did you know...?


of U.S. businesses are small businesses.


There are 33.2 million small businesses in the U.S.


of Americans are employed by small businesses.

Small Business Facts


There are 61.7 million small business employees in the U.S.

99.6 %

99.6 % of Ohio businesses are small businesses.


There are 996,693 small businesses in Ohio.

2.2 Million

There are 2.2 million small business employees in Ohio.

44.7 %

44.7 % of Ohio employees work for small businesses.


24,670 small establishments opened in Ohio from March 2020 to 2021


There are over 49,200 small businesses in Greater Cleveland – roughly 5% of all Ohio’s small businesses.

The Largest Percentage

The largest percentage age of small business in Ohio are in the fields of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.

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