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Friday, March 01, 2019
After 13 years of volunteer board members' leadership, the hiring of the first-ever executive director will strongly advance the Plexus mission, further implement and expand our current strategic priorities, and take both organizations into a new era of growth. Plexus welcomes Amanda Cole, a proven nonprofit driver who is committed to Plexus’ core values and has the capacity to strategically more
Categories: Community, Press Release, Chamber, General News Article
Monday, September 14, 2015
2015 NorthCoast 99: Shades of GreatRead on Inside BusinessThree NorthCoast 99 winners demonstrate how diversity fuels a great workplace.Like a work of art, great workplaces are crafted with a broad palette of employees with varying backgrounds and life experiences. Diversity isn’t just a required training topic; it’s a critical part of creating an environment in which top performers can thrive. more
Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic, Education, General News Article
Monday, September 14, 2015
Niche chambers zero in on member needsBy: Rachel Abbey McCafferty Read on Crain's Cleveland   Different demographic groups have specific challenges that can be difficult to bring up in a mainstream chamber, says N. Michael Obi, chairman of the recently formed Presidents’ Council Business Chamber. For African-American-owned businesses, that can include the challenges of becoming certified as more
Categories: Chamber, Economic, Education, General News Article, Community
Friday, September 04, 2015
As National Coming Out Week approaches, Plexus builds on the momentum created by last year’s Gay GamesBy: April Miller, CBC MagazineRead article on If the 2014 Gay Games had happened in Washington or Boston — the second and third host city runner-ups — “that would have just been another gay event in a large LGBT market,” according to Michelle Tomallo, the board president of the more
Categories: Chamber, Community, General News Article
Wednesday, September 02, 2015
LGBT small businesses getting a diversity boost with corporate vendor supportBy: Marcia Pledger, The Plain DealerRead article on CLEVELAND, Ohio – Gil Kudrin didn't have a business plan when he purchased with credit cards a bunch of white T-shirts and started printing his own designs. For him, entrepreneurship started with a street vendor's license, business partners, an more
Categories: Chamber, Community, Education, General News Article
Wednesday, July 08, 2015
Board President Michelle Tomallo discusses the challenges some companies may face with healthcare benefits under the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality in Crain's Cleveland article.   
Categories: Chamber, Political, Community
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Crain's Cleveland ran a great article showing why LGBT workplace inclusion policies should become 'front burner issues' for all organizations.
Categories: Chamber, Community
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Plexus partnered with LakewoodAlive, Equality Ohio and Small Business Majority for a panel discussion on lived versus actual equality in Lakewood, Ohio.  Read more
Categories: Chamber, Community
Sunday, April 05, 2015
Crain's Cleveland Editorial:  There's a new civil rights battle brewing in Indiana, and it should be a wake-up call for Ohio. Indiana has been under the hot glare of public scrutiny since March 26, when Gov. Mike Pence signed into law a piece of legislation described as a religious freedom bill that would allow individuals and businesses to deny services to people if doing so violates their more
Categories: Political, Community
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
By John Kosich of News Net 5 As the list of businesses in Indiana upset with the state’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act grows, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown joined mayors from around the state on Wednesday in sending them a message. “If companies want to leave Indiana because their legislature said its okay to discriminate against gay people, we welcome those businesses to come to more
Categories: Community
Thursday, March 05, 2015
Plexus joined 379 other businesses, corporations and organizations in filing a pro-marriage amicus brief to the Supreme Court of the United States. We are honored to speak our voice as part of this historic case. Even moreso moved to see members and sponsors such as FIT Technologies, Ernst & Young, Rockwell Automation, Nationwide Insurance, The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan more
Categories: Community, Chamber, Political
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
The City Club hosted a forum on the challenges our trans community face everyday in Cleveland. Moderated by Connie Schultz, panelists included: Susan J. Becker, Professor of Law Emerita, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University Henry Ng, M.D., MPH, FAACP, FACP, President, Gay and Lesbian Medical Association; Clinical Director, PRIDE Clinic; Assistant Professor, Case Western more
Categories: Community
Thursday, February 19, 2015
The Gay Games released the final report at a City Club forum on February 19.Read "By the Numbers" final reportFrom Crain's Cleveland: The Gay Games that took place in Cleveland last summer generated $120,000 for the Gay Games LGBT Legacy Fund at the Cleveland Foundation and $27,000 for the Gay Community Endowment Fund of the Akron Community Foundation, according to a report issued Thursday, Feb. more
Categories: Community
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Plexus member, Ray Jasinski, wrote a letter to the editor called "All Ohio workers derserve protection from discrimination." Read more
Categories: Chamber, Political, Community