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Economic Development

When international visitors meet with local businesses, everyone profits.  Through discussions organized by the Cleveland Council on World Affairs, emerging leaders gain valuable insight and expertise while local businesses gain needed international exposure.  Through CCWA’s exchange programs we want to help promote economic growth and showcase Northeast Ohio as an ideal environment for international business operations.  Find out why this 18-county region is globally recognized.


The companies listed below all aim to stimulate growth, facilitate trade, and promote new businesses in Northeast Ohio:

BioEnterprise is a business formation, recruitment, and acceleration initiative designed to grow healthcare companies and commercialize bioscience technologies. 

Greater Akron Chamber    
The Greater Akron Chamber is an economic development organization serving the counties of Medina, Portage and Summit in Northeast Ohio. Their membership includes a diverse array of businesses, ranging from global manufacturers and educational institutions to local machine shops and non-profit organizations. 

Greater Cleveland Partnership  
With more than 14,000 members, the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) is a membership association of Northeast Ohio companies and organizations and one of the largest metropolitan chambers of commerce in the nation.  The GCP’s mission is to mobilize private sector leadership, expertise and resources to create attractive business conditions that create jobs, grow investment and improve the economic prosperity of the region.  

MAGNET             MAGNET Logo Centered
MAGNET provides consulting services aimed at helping companies achieve bottom-line efficiencies through increased productivity and process improvement programs while improving top-line sales through a variety of new product development and growth strategies. The mission of MAGNET, the Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network, is to support, educate and champion manufacturing in Ohio with the goal of transforming the region’s economy into a powerful, global player.  

NorTech is a regional nonprofit technology-based economic development organization serving 21 counties in Northeast Ohio. As a catalyst for growing Northeast Ohio's emerging technology industries, NorTech is leading efforts to develop regional innovation clusters that create jobs, attract capital and have a long-term, positive economic impact.  

Team NEO
Team NEO serves companies and site consultants by acting as the single point of entry into the 18-county Cleveland Plus region. Team NEO works with counties and communities to ensure seamless attraction into Northeast Ohio. Team NEO markets the Cleveland Plus region collectively to site selectors, real estate consultants and targeted companies across the globe to increase awareness of Northeast Ohio’s business assets in order to increase business opportunities for the region.  

The International Entrepreneurs TiE Ohio Fostering Entrepreneurship Globally
TiE Ohio is poised to fulfill a critical niche in Northeast Ohio's business development landscape by focusing specifically on immigrant, international, and minority entrepreneurs within the region, and by encouraging other such entrepreneurs to consider NEO as a place to launch their new businesses. TiE Ohio provides focused support to entrepreneurs through mentoring, networking, and business education programming.  

JumpStart is a nationally recognized venture development organization that accelerates the progress of high potential, early-stage businesses. Through the depth of its entrepreneurial team and breadth of its high value resources, JumpStart improves client success in achieving the milestones and raising the follow-on capital necessary to create wealth. In doing so, JumpStart strives to create a more prosperous future for Northeast Ohio.

Northeast Ohio International Business Network International Business Network
The mission of the International Business Network is to assist new and experienced people in their international business activities. Their goal is to stimulate economic growth in Northeast Ohio through international business. The International Network does that by providing networking receptions, programs on pertinent and timely international business topics and hosting incoming missions. 

U.S. Commercial Service U.S. Commercial Service Logo
The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion unit of the International Trade Administration. Their services include world class market research, providing trade events that promote products or services to qualified buyers, introductions to qualified buyers and distributors, and counseling and advocacy through the export process. The U.S. Export Assistance Center of Northern Ohio covers 28 counties.

Port of Cleveland
The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority is a catalyst for job growth, economic vitality and vibrant waterfronts. They strive to be known as the premier port on the Great Lakes: highly effective, efficient, innovative, and trusted in delivering its mission of spurring job creation and economic vitality for Cleveland and Cuyahoga County.