Playhouse Square Partners To Hold Speed Networking Event

Happy Thanksgiving!

As 2009 draws to a close, the networking opportunities are slowing down.

Next Monday, Nov. 30, I will be attending the Press Club’s “The Write Stuff,” both sessions and lunch. I’m looking forward to it. I feel I have neglected to update my writing skills.

Where did I go last week?: YWCA Career Connection (And I met people who have seen this list!), SJP lunch on digital journalism and advanced Javascript class at Cleveland State University.

If you attend any of these events, leave a comment, or let us know about any networking events.

Industry Events

11/30 Press Club Cleveland: The Write Stuff, 7:45 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.

12/02 Communicators Holiday Party, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., City Club, Cleveland, $30, RSVP to cleveland@spj.org. Communication trade groups participating so far: Society for Professional Journalists, International Assoc. of Business Communicators, Association for Women in Communications, American Society of Business Publication Editors. I have gone to this for two seasons. If you want to meet some of Cleveland’s top communicators, go to this.

12/02 NOCA One Industry Forum: Outlook Perspectives-2010, 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, $20, register at http://www.plaindealer.com/noca, mynoca.com. I have attended NOCA’s networking events this year.

12/03 Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group Holiday Party, Annual Meeting and Elections, 6 p.m., Siam Cafe, Cleveland, $10 nonmembers, 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. I have not attended this group’s events due to distance.

12/10 American Marketing Assoc. Cleveland Chapter: You Had Me At Hello-How to Connect With Anyone In Three Seconds, 5:30 p.m., Doubletree Hotel Downtown, Cleveland, $45 nonmembers, cleveland,marketingpower2.com. I have been to some events that interested me. Price is always steep.

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 Web Association Holiday Party, 6 p.m., Winking Lizard, Lakewood, $15 preregister or $20 at door, webassociation.org. Cohosted with NEO Usability Professionals Assoc.

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

12/11 Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Cleveland Chapter: To Manage It, Measure It, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Greater Cleveland Partnership, Higbee Building, Cleveland, $45 nonmembers, www.prsacleveland.org. Panel discussion on the current state of measurement. I have been to events that interested me.

12/15 American Marketing Assoc. Akron-Canton Chapter Annual Holiday Social and Silent Auction, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., The River Brasserie and Bar, Cuyahoga Falls, $40 nonmembers, $5 off if you bring gently used coat for donation, www.akroncantonama.org. I have not attended this chapter’s events.

12/15 NEO STC Networking Lunch, noon, LeFever’s Riverside Grille, Cuyahoga Falls, www.neostc.org. One of my “Go-To” events; don’t have to be a member to attend.

Non-industry events

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.

12/01 Speed Networking with Playhouse Square Partners, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Allen Theatre, free(?) double check, www.playhousesquare.org, give your support/young professionals-partners. Limited slots. This looks interesting!

12/01 Sprout Connections Launch Party, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., The Club at Key Center, Cleveland, $15 advance or $20 at door, www.sproutconnections.com. New networking group; “Where Cleveland professionals meet and mingle for business, social, dating, and philanthropy.” 10 percent of fee to be donated to a different Cleveland-based nonprofit.

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. I attended some of its meetings as a guest. Female, small business owners.

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 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.

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 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.

12/04 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, give your support/young professionals-partners. 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.

12/07 Local Food Cleveland Network Happy Hour, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., The Greenhouse Tavern, Cleveland, free, www.localfoodcleveland.org. Part of Entrepreneurs for Sustainability (E4S); “Online social network for those passionate about growing local food economy and culture around Cleveland.”

12/08 Beachwood Chamber of Commerce Home Office Link, 8:30 a.m.-9:45 p.m., Beachwood Business Development Center, Beachwood, $5, www.beachwood.org. One of my contacts, Sherri Henkin, speaking about “Write the Right Way!”

12/08 The Cleveland Bucket List private showing of “A Christmas Story” movie, 6:30 p.m.-9:15 p.m., Capitol Theatre, Gordon Square Arts District, Cleveland, $25, www.clevelandbucketlist.com . Networking events from 3 Guys Present to unique Cleveland spots.

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.

12/08 Twinsburg Chamber of Commerce Connects Networking Group event, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Mavis Winkle’s, Twinsburg, free,  www.twinsburgchamber.com. I have attended this; doubles as the restaurant’s monthly networking event. Free munchies.

12/09 Beachwood Chamber of Commerce Networking After 5, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Cleveland Clinic Family Health Center, Beachwood, $10 nonmembers, www.beachwood.org. Still need to go to this!

12/09 Cleveland Professional 20/30 Networking at Noon, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., The Club at Key, Cleveland, $20 nonmembers and $25 at door, www.cleveland2030.org. Topic: The Rise of The Cleveland Food Scene and panelists include Chef Rocco Whalen of Fahrenheit and food critic Elaine Cicora. I have not attended this lunch series.

12/10 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.

12/11 Chipotle Networking Group: Carnitas and Connections, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Chipotle, Fairlawn/Akron, found it on LinkedIn events. Normally this group meets at the Hudson location and it has a LinkedIn group. Have not attended.

12/11 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.

12/16 National Assoc. of Women Business Owners Cleveland Holiday Party, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., House of Blues, Cleveland, $25, www.nawbocleveland.org.

Pat Ropchock is a Writer/Editor who provides online and/or print content. Her background includes providing content to business-to-business magazines, including e-newsletters and websites; newsletters and newspapers. If you need website copy, blog posts, articles, e-newsletters, or other materials, contact Pat at propchockatyahoo.com or go to www.linkedin.com/in/patropchock.

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