JULY 1, 2016

tech growth

Featured Event

Tech Growth: Budget Friendly Marketing for Tech Firms

Thursday, July 14, 2016

2:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Winking Lizard, Lakewood

Smaller tech firms can be challenged at times to commit resources and deploy capital for substantial or sustained marketing efforts. But building a brand, growing awareness and feeding the company’s prospect pipeline are critical to growth.

Technology advances, content marketing, social media and more have created incredible opportunities for budget conscious firms to accomplish their marketing goals in an effective, efficient and budget friendly manner.

Join OHTec and speaker Nedim Nisic, Vice President of Business Development at Aztek, for this engaging session and learn how to succeed in tech marketing without breaking the bank.

Learn more and register here.

Executive Director's Column (sort of...) 

Last month, OHTec Chairman Gabe Torok of Preemptive Solutions talked about the work the OHTec Board is doing to lay out OHTec’s priorities. Over the last couple of months, I have been working closely with Gabe, the Board and on behalf of all of you as members of OHTec, COSE and GCP to chart our work ahead and hire a new staff leader for OHTec.

Your willingness to share your ideas and your perspective on tech in the region has helped us to set some priorities and areas of focus for OHTec and its next staff leader. Here is what you told us:

  • You want more opportunities to connect with your peers. You really like the idea of OHTec doing more to bring together peer groups of tech business owners, functional leaders in your companies and special interest groups for tech professionals.
  • You want more special education opportunities on leading tech topics. And, you told us that the biggest tech initiatives many of you are thinking about right now are information security, cloud, mobility and data analytics.
  • You believe we need a stronger, more vocal voice in the community in general to capture and tell the stories of tech in the region and ensure its needs are being prioritized.
  • You like The CIO Symposium, Tech Week, Thursday Networking Nights and the Best of Tech Awards, and think we should keep doing and improving those programs.
  • While talent is an issue, you don’t think running OHTec job boards and recruiting services should be a top priority for the organization, but as part of being a voice for tech, you want us to represent you in supporting initiatives that create more tech awareness for students, advance initiatives to increase tech skill training and support work to get more tech into the region.

Thanks for sharing your ideas. The Board is working on some changes to what we do to reflect your input. Your input has also helped us figure out the kind of person we should be looking for to become OHTec’s next Executive Director. As soon as we have that position description, we’ll put it in your hands. We think it is likely that person is already in this community and we’d appreciate your help to identify him or her!

As always, if you want to talk about our work or provide additional ideas, feel free to reach out to me directly at (216) 592-2436 or drop me a note.

Steve Millard
Executive Director, COSE


IT Workforce News 

Mentorship/Volunteer Opportunity Available with CMSD 

The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP), in partnership with OHTec, is serving as the lead business partner in True2U, a career awareness and mentoring program for Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) eighth-graders. We are asking your company to participate!

Created by the Cleveland Foundation’s youth development program, MyCom, and the CMSD, True2U is focused on raising career awareness for CMSD students on the cusp of entering high school. The program’s objective is to ensure that eighth-grade students have access to all of the tools they need to explore their interests and create a personalized plan for success.

The volunteers will have the opportunity to introduce students to their industries and career pathways. Mentors will be trained in a structured curriculum and work in teams of two or three with small groups of students supported by a CMSD lead teacher.

Individuals interested in registering for True2U can access the application and more information by clicking here.

Organizations interested in receiving more information about True2U should contact Angela Finding at afinding@gcpartnership.com or 216.592.2385.




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