Tis The Season For Holiday Parties

I have been running across posts about the annual Communicators Holiday Party. It brings together the various communications and marketing trade groups, such as Society for Professional Journalists, Public Relations Society of American, Press Club of Cleveland, and so on. Usually about seven to eight groups.

This year, it will be held 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 2 at the City Club in Cleveland. The last two I attended were held at the Hermit Club at Playhouse Square. The cost is $30. Try to contact one of the trade groups to secure a reservation.

I have listed some other upcoming holiday parties that might be of interest. Besides the networking, these events usually include fundraising events, raffles, and holiday shopping.

Where have I been lately?: NEO STC monthly networking lunch, IABC Communicators event in Akron/Fairlawn and Noon at Nance at Cleveland State University.

Industry events

11/17 American Marketing Assoc. Akron-Canton Chapter: Nontraditional Marketing: Telling Your Personal Story, 8 a.m.-10 a.m., Center For Nonprofit Excellence, Akron, $25, www.akroncantonama.org. Boot camp on ways to use nontraditional marketing to tell a company’s story. I have not attended this chapter’s events.

11/17 Cleveland Social Media Club: Social Media and Security, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Falls Communications, Cleveland, pricing:TBA, clevelandsmc.ning.com. I attended some SMC events this summer.

11/18 American Advertising Federation Cleveland Chapter: Seven Secrets to How Advertising Really, Truly, Actually Works, 8 a.m., Taylor Institute, University of Akron, Akron, $25 nonmembers, www.aafcleveland.com

11/19 American Advertising Federation 32 Below group Happy Hour, 5:30 p.m., R.J. Bolands, Cleveland, www.aafcleveland.com. Young professionals unit of Cleveland chapter. Attended Halloween party this group cohosted and bombed mixing and mingling.

11/19 Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group monthly meeting: Winning With One, 6 p.m., Dodd Camera and Video Downtown, Cleveland, $10 nonmembers, cdpug.org. Attended one meeting.

11/19 SME After Hours, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., The Flying Fig, Cleveland,www.smecleveland.com. Have not attended this event, yet.

11/19 Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ) Cleveland Chapter: Entrepreneur Journalism in The Digital Age, noon, Doubletree Inn Downtown, Cleveland, $25 nonmembers, RSVP to Tom Moore at cleveland@spj.org,www.spjchapters.org/cleveland. I have attended events that interested me.

11/30 Press Club Cleveland: The Write Stuff, 8:30 a.m., Corporate College East, Warrensville Heights, various price levels, www.pressclubcleveland.com. The Press Club presents two writing coaches: Ann Wylie and Stuart Warner, formerly of The Plain Dealer and Akron Beacon-Journal. Scheduled lunch speakers are The Plain Dealer’s Regina Brett and Connie Schultz. You can attend the sessions separately or take the entire day. I WANT to go to this!

12/03 Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group Holiday Party, Annual Meeting and Elections, 6 p.m., Siam Cafe, Cleveland, RSVP and prepayment requested, cdpug.org.

12/05 Northeast Ohio Society for Technical Communication (STC) Ice Skating and Holiday Shopping, 3 p.m., Lock 3, Akron, www.neostc.org.

12/09 Lake Communicators Holiday Party, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Pine Ridge Country Club, Wickliffe, $10 nonmembers, www.lakecommunicators.com.

12/10 NEO STC Holiday Banquet and Raffle, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Bar Louie, Legacy Village, Lyndhurst, $20-meeting or $40-dinner and meeting, nonmembers, www.neostc.org.

12/10 Women in Sports and Events (WISE) Cleveland Chapter Annual Holiday Party, 6 p.m., Sweet Melissa’s, Rocky River, nonmembers price TBA, www.wisecleveland.com.

Non-industry events

11/17 NetWorks Networking Event, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Houlihan’s, Southpark Mall, Strongsville, $5, found on LinkedIn events, “Fantastic networking with half-price wine specials.” Another networking organization setting up shop in NE Ohio.

11/17 Northeast Ohio Manufacturing Group Networking Event, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Winking Lizard, Independence, a LinkedIn group, found on LinkedIn events section; to attend, send request to join group.

11/18 Northeast Ohio Accounting and Finance Professionals Happy Hour Event, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Corner Alley, Cleveland, found on LinkedIn events section, register there to attend.

11/18 Northeast Ohio Software Assoc. Networking Event, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Pilla Center, Ursuline College, Pepper Pike, $20 nonmembers, www.cose.org.Held quarterly; I attended the Spring event in Independence. A “Go-To” event if involved in Tech.

11/18 First NorthernOhioTourism.com Networking Social, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Cyrano’s Northfield, free, www.northernohiotourism.com. “Any business owner wanting to network, share ideas and grow their business.”

11/19 Cleveland Professionals Group weekly meeting, 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m., One Cleveland Center, Visit as guest, contact Bob Nemeth or Christopher Ernst,www.clevelandprofessionals.com. I have not attended these meetings.

11/20 Cleveland Professional 20/30 Weekly Networking Breakfast, 8 a.m., West Side Market Cafe, Cleveland, free and don’t need to be a member, www.cleveland2030.org. Good excuse to go to West Side Market.

11/20 Cleveland Professional 20/30: Explore the Q, 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m., Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, $17, www.cleveland2030.org.

11/20-22 Cleveland Start up Weekend, 10 a.m., Ideacenter at Playhouse Square, Cleveland, $75, cleveland.startupweekend.org. Devote an entire weekend to getting a business or project off the ground with help. Love to go; I think this is the same weekend I have a computer class.

11/20 Key4Women Forum and Breakfast, 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., Embassy Suites Rockside, Independence, $20, www.key.com/html/lp-key4womenforum-cleveland.html. Speaker: Barbara Stanny, fee benefits YWCA of Greater Cleveland, Key4Women Forum “provides financial education and promotes financial independence for women.”

11/23 Twinsburg Chamber of Commerce Night at Blue Canyon, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Blue Canyon Restaurant, Twinsburg, free,  www.twinsburgchamber.com. I have attended this; free munchies and attendance fluctuates.

11/27 Cleveland Professional 20/30 Weekly Networking Breakfast, 8 a.m., West Side Market Cafe, Cleveland, free and don’t need to be a member, www.cleveland2030.org. Good excuse to go to West Side Market.

12/02 COSE Swap 25/Power Networking, 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Bucci’s at Crowne Plaza, Middleburg Heights, $10 members, www.cose.org. I went to the one held in September; held quarterly. Limited seating, so register quickly. Speed networking, meeting 24 other small business owners in 90 minutes.

12/02 Tech Savvy Women Holiday Party, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Maggiano’s, Beachwood, $23, www.techsavvywomen.org.

12/02 Women In Networking Cleveland Chapter Holiday Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Acacia Country Club, Lyndhurst, $35 nonmembers, www.wincleveland.org. Proceeds to be donated to The Littlest Heroes.

12/03 Akron Young Professionals Holiday Party, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Brubaker’s Pub, Akron, $10 or more donation for Adopt-a-Family, www.ypakron.org.

12/03 Young NonProfit Professionals Network Cleveland Chapter Happy Hour, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Location TBA, www.ynpn.org, chapters button, Cleveland.

12/04 My Women’s Business Network Second Annual Holiday Event, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland, $45, www.mywomensbusinessnetwork.com.

12/04 Wicked Young Professionals Night, 7 p.m.-8 p.m., Wyndham Cleveland at Playhouse Square, $30, www.playhousesquare.org. Billed as a networking event for young professionals; free valet parking and preshow cocktail at the Wyndham, then on to “Wicked.” Head back to the Wyndham for a post-show party that includes some of the cast.

12/08 Hope for the Holidays, 6 p.m.-10 p.m., Cuyahoga Heights, $18 pre-register or $25 event day, www.neoreferrals.com. One of the recently formed networking groups.

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  1. Sherri Henkin on

    Additional note about NEO STC Holiday Banquet (12/10/09): We will present the Technical Publications Competitions Awards at this banquet. Come celebrate with our winners! RSVP here: http://www.neostc.org/calendar/20091210.html.

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