MAY 26, 2016

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Featured Event

Cleveland B2B Matchmaker

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Progressive Field, Cleveland

Presented in partnership with SBA, the 11th annual Cleveland Matchmaker Event is a unique small business contracting event, which presents a great opportunity for small businesses to gain access to buyers that represent millions of dollars in purchasing. The goal of the event is to create future contract opportunities for your small business through one-on-one sessions between buyers and sellers.

If you are a small business interesting in connecting with suppliers, click here to register.

If you are a supplier looking to connect with small business owners, click here to learn more.

Chairman's Column

Fellow OHTec Members:

It was great seeing many of you enjoying the events Tech Week had to offer last month. I know I ran into several of you personally during the Best of Tech Awards (congratulations again to all of the winners and finalists, by the way!) I’d like to take this opportunity to reiterate some comments I made during Best of Tech around OHTec’s evolution and the future of this association.

Our Board is working actively with Steve Millard and others to build a path forward for OHTec and begin the process to fill the role of Executive Director. This is a big undertaking and we want to make sure we get it right. So, before we bring on a new OHTec leader, we want to assess our most important needs and opportunities to focus on and use that as a criteria to make a good hiring selection. As you are well aware, the tech community has grown and evolved quite a bit during the past decade. And as the tech industry’s needs change, we want to ensure that we at OHTec are in the best possible position to continue to be the go-to tech resource in the region.

With that in mind, we will be reaching out to many of you to get your insight and perspective. This is YOUR organization after all! The planning and assessment phase of this process is underway and will be complete by mid-June. At that point, we will begin the hiring process with the goal of having a new leader in place no later than September 1. In the interim, Steve and other members of the COSE/GCP staff will continue to be key resources for OHTec to ensure we are continuing to meet your needs.

Lastly, I want to thank Brad Nellis again for all that he has done for our organization and for the region’s tech industry. He has been very supportive during this transition and will continue to be a visible, engaged leader in our tech community.

If you have ideas, questions or concerns, please contact myself or Steve. We look forward to involving you in the conversation.

To your success,

Gabriel Torok
Chairman, OHTec Board of Advisors
President and CEO, PreEmptive Solutions


Talent Services

Do you know Who your Future Leaders are?

As IT continues to grow in NEO, it's become clearer that there isn't enough talent to get into each of your organizations. This begs the question, do you know who your future leaders are? It's a question your should be asking because in a time where there's a lack of talent resources, you must become experts in retaining and developing your workforce. This includes creating new roles for your best, cross-training them in other fields within your organization, succession planning and more.

Click here to learn more and to discuss how OHTec can help you understand the importance of retention and development, reach out to Patrick Antos at

Cleveland Codes

The Cleveland Codes Tri-C Software Developers Academy trains individuals of all technical skill levels to become entry level software developers in 16 weeks. Students learn the essentials of object oriented programming and get hands on experience with languages including: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and C# / .NET. Included in the 16 weeks of technical training is a 40 hour career development course, plus a capstone project that enables the student to build a functional application they can demonstrate to future employers. After the 16-week course, students are paired with local employers for a 12-week, paid, apprentice-style internship to practice the skills they have learned. Following the 12-week internship, students are well-positioned to start new careers as entry level software developers.

The Cleveland Codes Tri-C Software Developers Academy is seeking additional, employer internship partners for the current cohort of students graduating in June, 2016. Employers interested in offering apprentice-style internships to entry level software developers may contact Mark Holiday, Program Manager, at 216-987-0094 or

Startup News

Tech Titans Reverse Pitch Day in Dallas, TX

As part of OHTec's relationship with TECNA (Technology Councils of North America), you are invited to attend a "Reverse Pitch" day event in Dallas, TX, presented by Tech Titans. This Reverse Pitch event will educate early stage growth companies and entrepreneurs with IoT, M2M and BigData/Analytics solutions on the market and product needs of major firms. Keynote speakers will discuss the market opportunities and panelists will pitch to entrepreneurs, university researchers, start-ups and emerging fast growth companies, outlining the areas of IoT, M2M and BigData/Analytics technology they are interested in for the future, and might consider acquiring such solutions or investing in companies developing such technology solutions that are vital to their company’s growth.

The event will take place on June 2, 12:00 - 6:00 p.m. For more information, visit the event website




Biz Tips

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