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How to cash in on Cleveland's 2016 Republican National Convention
Local companies interested in doing business can list their offerings online

Kevin Niedermier
Local small businesses are being encouraged to list their services on an online directory to help them get a piece of the action.
Courtesy of Cleveland 2016 Host Committee
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Northeast Ohio small businesses will be briefed today on how to sell their goods and services to attendees of next year’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

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The Cleveland 2016 Host Committee planned the event to encourage potential vendors and suppliers to register their goods and services on an online directory available to RNC planners and attendees. Steve Millard, president of the Council of Smaller Enterprises, says convention attendees will be looking for everything from custom-built sets for T.V. broadcasts, to caterers and florists. But he warns vendors and suppliers not to let their expectations get too high.

“You’re going to have a lot of folks in town to do a lot of business, and no one business is going to get rich off of the activity that’s happening. And there’s going to be a lot of interesting things to deal with, security and those kinds of issues that are new and unique for folks who are closer in to the convention.

"But overall we’re heard good reports from a lot of the cities we’re talked to about how suppliers have been able to get engaged.”

The estimated 50,000 RNC attendees are projected to generate about $200 million in direct spending. 

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