Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (middle) accepts the Small Business Advocate of the Year Award from the Greater Cleveland Partnership's Council on Smaller Business Enterprises (COSE), represented by Michael Stanek (left) and Kevin Johnson (right).
COLUMBUS—The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) and its small business division, the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE), selected Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) as a recipient of the 2016 Small Business Advocate of the Year Award. 

Senator Obhof played a key role in ensuring legislation—which was signed into law in December and prevents political subdivisions from establishing minimum wage rates different from the rate required by the state—was brought to the floor of the Ohio Senate for a vote last year. 

"We want to recognize the work Senator Obhof and his colleagues did to ensure Cleveland and other municipalities will not be placed at a disadvantage as it relates to job creation, business growth, and the overall momentum Cleveland is experiencing," said Kevin Johnson, a COSE/GCP board member. "Had a Cleveland-only minimum wage been approved, my business and those employed here would have been severely negatively impacted."

The award was presented today in Columbus during COSE Day at the Statehouse.

"I am honored to receive this award," said Senator Obhof. "Since joining the Senate, I have worked to improve Ohio's economy, and as the Senate's leader, I remain focused on improving Ohio's small business climate so that entrepreneurs can succeed and our economy can grow."
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