Now in its 10th year, the COSE Small Business Convention is the premier event for entrepreneurs and small business owners in the Midwest. Partners from across the region come together to produce the ultimate experience for small business professionals, complete with nationally-recognized keynote speakers, a business-to-business trade show, special events and unforgettable networking experiences.
The Convention will take place October 21-22, 2015 at Cleveland Public Auditorium & Conference Center in Cleveland, Ohio.
COSE Member and Chamber Member Rate: $159
Nonmember Rate: $310
Keynote and Networking Event passes are available - contact us for pricing!
|11a.m. - 12 p.m.||Registration and Lunch|
|12:00 - 1:30 p.m.||Welcome/Keynote Speakers: Jennifer Hyman & Jenny Fleiss, Founders of Rent the Runway|
|1:30 - 2:45 p.m.||Exhibit Hall Break|
|2:45 - 3:45 p.m.||Concurrent Workshops|
|4:00 - 5:00 p.m.||Concurrent Workshops|
|5:00 - 6:00 p.m.||Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall|
|6:30 - 8:30 p.m.||Signature Dinners|
|7:00 - 8:00 a.m.||Registration and Continental Breakfast|
|8:00 - 9:30 a.m.||Keynote Speaker: Robert Stephens, Founder of Geek Squad|
|9:30 - 10:30 a.m.||Exhibit Hall Break|
|10:30 - 11:30 a.m.||Concurrent Workshops|
|11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.||Exhibit Hall Break|
|12:00 - 1:30 p.m.||Lunch/ Keynote Speaker: Derreck Kayongo, Founder of The Global Soap Project|
|1:30 - 2:00 p.m.||Exhibit Hall Break|
|2:00 - 3:00 p.m.||Concurrent Workshops|
|3:00 - 4:00 p.m.||Concurrent Workshops|
|4:00 - 6:00 p.m.||Convention Closing Night Party|
Convention Opening Night Reception
Wednesday, October 21, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Kick off your Small Business Convention networking experience as we wrap up your first day with an opportunity to connect with both exhibitors and other Convention attendees during a fun and interactive networking event.
Wednesday, October 21, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Enjoy dinner and camaraderie with fellow Convention goers and bond over business and life experiences in a relaxed atmosphere. Join us for three courses – appetizers, dinner and dessert – at three different restaurants on Cleveland’s famous East 4th Street!
Convention Closing Night Party - The RED Event
Thursday, October 22, 4 - 6 p.m.
You won’t want to miss this unique event that will make you feel like a star as you close out your 2015 Small Business Convention experience! Sip champagne, sample luxurious hors d’ oeuvres, connect with other successful business owners and enjoy this opportunity to reinvigorate and reenergize your entrepreneurial spirit.
Runway Ready, October 21, 12-1:30 p.m.
Jennifer Hyman and Jennifer Fleiss, Co-Founders, Rent the Runway
Launched in 2009, Rent the Runway has transformed the retail industry by making designer dress and accessory rentals a convenient and accessible luxury experience for millions of women. Hear how these Harvard Business School classmates joined forces and turned an idea into a nationwide venture with millions of customers, 250 employees and hundreds of designer partners – a true entrepreneurial success story!
Strategies for Success, Oct 22 8-9:30 a.m.
Robert Stephens, Founder, Geek Squad
With $200, a bicycle and a subsequent collaboration with Best Buy, Robert Stephens transformed the small cryptic world of tech support and made it glamorous and accessible when he founded The Geek Squad in 1994. Hear his inspiring story of entrepreneurship, his perspectives on advancing technology, smart marketing and thoughtful business strategy and what he thinks is the next “big thing”.
Lessons in Leadership, Oct 22 12-1:30 p.m.
Derreck Kayongo, Founder, Global Soap Project
From child refugee to U.S. citizen to fearless visionary, Derreck Kayongo has served in leadership roles in some of the world’s most respected non-government organizations. In 2009, Kayongo and his wife Sarah started The Global Soap Project, which focuses on repurposing partially-used soap from hotels into new soap for needy populations, particularly in Africa. Hear how his passion and tenacity led to his success and how those lessons can be applied to successful business practices in the 21st century.
The convention will feature 30 educational workshops presented by experts on a variety of topics related to entrepreneurial and small business needs and challenges.
Full schedule to be posted soon!
Continuing Education Credits - Coming Soon!
The Small Business Convention features the opportunity for attendees to receive Continuing Education Credits. Specific workshops have been approved as continuing education accredited workshops for human resource professionals, CPAs and lawyers. Please use the key below to find out which workshops are eligible.
CPA Credit: Any workshop session at the Small Business Convention qualifies.
HR Credits: Any workshop marked on the workshop grid marked with the HR Certification Institute Symbol qualifies.
Legal Credits: Any workshop session at the Small Business Convention qualifies.
Taking reservations for 2015 booth space!
Make sure your company has a presence at the region’s premier event for small business owners, entrepreneurs and community leaders!
Contact Courtney Woofter at email@example.com or (216) 592-2327 to purchase your space.
Exhbit Hall Layout - coming soon!
Thank you to our 2015 Convention Sponsors!
The support of these organizations allows COSE to host and create a valuable educational experience for convention attendees.
The 2015 Small Business Convention is produced in partnership with chambers of commerce and business support organizations throughout Ohio who have a shared mission to help small business owners and entrepreneurs achieve their idea of success. The alliance fostered between the organizations listed below has taken the Small Business Convention to new heights and solidified the entrepreneurial voice in the Midwest.
Participating organizations will receive COSE Member registration rates for their members.
Cleveland Public Auditorium and Conference Center debuted in 1922 and was once the largest convention hall in America. Today, Public Auditorium has modern day amenities but still has elegant old world style.
A discounted rate with the Downtown Marriot is available for Convention attendees for $189 a night. To reserve your room please click here. The last day to receive this rate is October 1, 2015.
Want to explore the downtown Cleveland area while you're at the Convention? Check out Destination Cleveland's suggestions here
Driving Directions:Cleveland Public Auditorium is located in the heart of downtown Cleveland. Situated in a prime downtown district, the Cleveland Public Auditorium and Conference Center is convenient to hotel, restaurants, public transportation and other amenities.
About the Convention
The 10th annual Small Business Convention is the premier event for entrepreneurs and small business owners in the Mid-West. Partners from across the region come together to produce the ultimate experience for small business professionals, complete with nationally-recognized keynote speakers, a business-to-business trade show, special events and unforgettable networking experiences.
The Convention will place October 21-22, 2015 at Public Auditorium and Conference Center in Cleveland, Ohio.
COSE is the region’s largest small business support organization and provides cost-effective group purchasing programs, advocacy on legislative and regulatory issues, and networking and educational resources to help Northeast Ohio’s small businesses grow.
COSE has a long history of fighting for the rights of all small business owners, whether it’s through group purchasing programs in healthcare, workers’ compensation and energy or advocating for specific changes in legislation or regulation.
COSE’s mission is to serve, advocate and lead on behalf of the small business community…
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