New Year, New Budget: Use Your Dollars Wisely

Congratulations! It’s 2018 and you have a new budget to work with. Click here to learn one strategy to making sure those budget dollars aren’t exhausted by the time 2019 rolls around.

It’s the new year and you have a new budget. 

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    Did you factor in energy costs, facility maintenance and long-term building investments to improve the efficiency of your building and equipment? What about the frigid temperatures we’re dealing with right now? This single-digit weather alone can eat away at the money you have allocated for energy costs.

     A smart energy management strategy can be just what your business needs to keep Jack Frost from getting at your crisp, new budget dollars. And not only could a smart investment in your building help you reduce expenses, it could also help you find the hidden profit inside your business.

     In fact, according to the National Center for the Middle Market, 70% of Middle Market companies plan to invest in their companies through new equipment and people this year. This compares to 64% of the same companies who said they’d invest one year ago.

    To help you make that smart investment, start with an energy audit of your building. The audit can typically identify potential energy savings of 20% per building.  Our team will make it easy and help you prioritize resources and projects.

    No cost to you

    We’ve teamed up with FirstEnergy to provide an exclusive opportunity for businesses. The cost of the energy audit is paid for by FirstEnergy Ohio Utilities.

    There’s no catch and we’ll make sure the report doesn’t sit on a shelf and collect dust. Instead, we’ll help you implement the energy conservation measures connecting you with our contractor’s network, utility incentives, and financing (and we’ll even buy down your interest rate).

    Not sure where to start? Start with having our team conduct an energy audit.

    Contact the Greater Cleveland Partnership Energy Team today by calling 216-592-2205 or via email at energy@gcpartnership.com.   

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  • No More Excuses: Get Started on Your Energy Audit

    Performing an energy audit on your space will go a long way toward taking a chunk out of your energy costs, likely one of the biggest expenses your business faces.

    I don’t have enough time. I won’t be able to afford the work anyway, so what’s the point? I don’t even know where to start.

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    These are just some of the excuses I hear when a business owner says they don’t want to go through an energy audit; engage with one of our vetted contractors; or think about ways to save on energy costs—which are easily among the biggest expenses your business faces today.

    Well, consider this my official rebuttal to all the “But … But … But …” excuses our Energy Team hears repeatedly. The simple fact is it doesn’t take a lot of time or money to begin saving on energy. All it takes is for you to take the first step and have an audit done that will identify today how you can begin to regain control over your energy expenses.

    And beginning that process today is a good idea because the cost of waiting another year could be substantial. On average, 30 cents of every dollar that organizations spend on energy use in commercial buildings is wasted through inefficiencies. Think about that for a second and then think how much your organization is wasting.

    Here’s something else to think about: For many businesses, a 20% cut in energy costs represents the same bottom line benefit as a 5% increase in sales.

    You don’t need to worry about going at this alone. We have developed deep partnerships—from suppliers to capital providers to contractors—that will make the process of becoming energy efficient even more attainable for your company.

    As a business owner, you’re constantly trying to save money, work smarter and improve efficiencies. Let’s make sure energy efficiency is a part of your business plan.

    Ready to get started? Contact our Energy Team at 216-592-2205 or energy@gcpartnership.com to get started.

    Oh yeah, and one more thing: Quit making excuses and let’s create an effective plan together that is unique for your business!

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  • NOPEC Customers - Don't Feel Neglected

    Attention NOPEC customers - don't feel neglected. Here's what you need to know about recent changes to your electricity contract. If you are not already with our Electric Choice Program, and in NOPEC's aggregation, did you know your current NOPEC rate will now expire December 31st? NOPEC's supplier, FirstEnergy Solutions has canceled its contract with NOPEC.

    Attention NOPEC customers - don't feel neglected. Here's what you need to know about recent changes to your electricity contract.

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    If you are not already with our Electric Choice Program, and in NOPEC's aggregation, did you know your current NOPEC rate will now expire December 31st? NOPEC's supplier, FirstEnergy Solutions has canceled its contract with NOPEC.

    The current offer expires at the end of December, which means if you do not select another electric generation supplier your account will be returned to your utility’s standard service offer at the beginning of the year, which could be a higher price and variable.

    You are free to return to standard service; however, we hope you will take advantage of the recent NOPEC changes and make the switch to COSE’s long-standing Energy Choice Program.

    In partnership with OnDemand Energy, COSE is pleased to offer its members an extremely attractive fixed rate from Public Power. You now have the choice to leverage COSE’s Energy Choice Program with Public Power for a 12-month fixed rate of .0566.  Enroll today at http://www.ppandu.com/NOPEC.

    If you have an immediate question or concern regarding your electric contract that you have with NOPEC, please contact the power behind the COSE Choice Energy Program, OnDemand Energy at (855) 267-3688Frequently Asked Questions as it relates to your service and contract.

    We look forward to providing you more options than anywhere else and providing a no-cost consultative review of your bills.  For general questions, please feel free the COSE Energy Team at (216) 592-2205.

    Enroll today at http://www.ppandu.com/NOPEC and receive a free savings kit that can save your business more than $3,000 in energy savings. 

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  • Ohio Desk manages their bottom line with innovation

    For over 100 years, Ohio Desk has been a fixture in the Cleveland Business community, providing the furnishings for offices around the region. In their current headquarters at 1122 Prospect Avenue since 1918, Ohio Desk no longer just sells chairs and desks. Ohio Desk has grown and evolved to be a provider of integrated interiors including flooring, floor to ceiling walls and technology products.

    For over 100 years, Ohio Desk has been a fixture in the Cleveland Business community, providing the furnishings for offices around the region. In their current headquarters at 1122 Prospect Avenue since 1918, Ohio Desk no longer just sells chairs and desks. Ohio Desk has grown and evolved to be a provider of integrated interiors including flooring, floor to ceiling walls and technology products.

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    The cost of energy to power the three showrooms and Distribution and service center has gone up significantly over the past 100 years. To manage those costs, Ohio Desk has been actively pursuing updated technology from improved HVAC to LED lighting. The most recent project to manage energy costs is the installation of a new solar array at the Van Epps Distribution and Service Center.

    The Van Epps building is a nearly ideal location for solar generation. The large flat roof has no shading from nearby trees, power lines, or other buildings. The power generated form the approximately 280 individual panels will offset 80% of the usage at the facility and have a payback of approximately six years. With an estimated life of 25 to 30 years, Ohio Desk will be receiving free electricity for years to come.

    The installation of solar arrays on flat roofs like the distribution center is a quick and painless process, at least for the customer. Bold Alternatives, the installer for this project, not only handled the installation but also the permitting and connections with the electric grid. The installation took 4 days, and the racking system that was used required no penetrations of the roof. This system uses ballast to secure everything in place and added less than a pound per square foot to the roof.

    There have been a lot of changes over the 100-year history of Ohio Desk. Now they have certainty that for the next thirty years, changes in the cost of electricity will not negatively impact their business. They are a leading example of how business can effectively manage their bottom line through innovation.

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  • OHTec Director Bids a Fond Farewell

    It has been an amazing run! About 10 years ago, I was blessed to have the opportunity to take over an incredible organization devoted to helping tech companies and the regional IT industry succeed and thrive.

    It has been an amazing run!

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    About 10 years ago, I was blessed to have the opportunity to take over an incredible organization devoted to helping tech companies and the regional IT industry succeed and thrive.

    I blinked and suddenly nearly 10 years have passed, and I find myself announcing that I am moving on from this incredible role, Executive Director of OHTec.

    Like any journey, this road has had its share of ups and downs, twists and turns, unexpected dips and breathtaking views. But through it all, I’m so very pleased to say that we’ve remained steadfast in our support for, and almost immeasurably deep love, for the regional tech industry.

    The innovation, creativity, imagination, and persistence (plus a lot of other worthy adjectives) exhibited by our members and other entrepreneurial tech firms is awe-inspiring. It’s been a privilege to have a front row seat as prominent tech firms became even more prominent, as mid-size firms grew larger and as exciting tech start-ups gained a foothold and traction.

    But while I’m leaving OHTec, I’m not leaving the region, or the industry; I’m joining a local, successful, growing tech firm, Expedient. We’ll continue to be supportive of OHTec and its mission and be even more active in fostering the regional IT industry and community.

    COSE will begin work quickly on finding a successor, engaging the OHTec board of advisors in the process. The COSE service team is available for any inquiries at 216.621.3300.

    Like finishing a good book, we dwell on it and reflect on its contents, nuances and how it made us feel. And when we put that book down for the last time, we think about the next adventure to be told to us, the new experiences to have and more.

    Thank you all for these wonderful experiences and lessons, my friends, I look forward to crafting the next story together!

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