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Obama's Meeting In Cleveland Raises City's Profile

Written by Ken Gaebler
Published: 2/28/2011

Following a small business roundtable with President Barack Obama, the city of Cleveland, Ohio, is drawing national attention.

Last week, President Barack Obama and several of his cabinet members, including Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, stopped in Cleveland, Ohio, to meet with local small business owners for a roundtable and solicit ways the federal government can help.

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Following the event, Cleveland has attracted a greater degree of attention, as local economic development officials report an onslaught of phone calls and questions from investors, national foundations and the media, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports.

While the event certainly helped bring Cleveland back into small business news, there are a number of other reasons for the renewed interest, including the city and state's progress in clean energy technologies, the state's traditional role as a swing state and the work of groups such as NorTech, JumpStart, BioEnterprise and the Fund for Economic Future.

"When you go to D.C. these days, they refer to Cleveland as a model of best practices for nurturing and growing small businesses," Richard Bendis, an international speaker on innovation and economy building, told the paper. "And it's happened within the last couple of years."

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