Akron PRSA Conference Friday

I have included some conferences and trade shows in the list this week. These events, usually closed to the public,  include some networking sessions and service fairs. Perhaps you know someone that will be attending and could wrangle you an invite. Or check the website to learn if there are special rates to the networking events or product fairs.

Recently at a job club I (try to) attend, one member related his own story of networking at a private trade show, thanks to a contact.

Have you attended a trade show through a back door? Tell us.

Industry Events

04/13 American Marketing Assoc. Akron/Canton Chapter: Making Connections: It’s Not Only What You Know, It’s Also Who Knows You!, 5:30 p.m.-7:30p.m., Mustard Seed Market and Cafe, Fairlawn/Akron, $10, www.akroncantonama.org. Networking event. Possible stop for me.

04/13 American Marketing Assoc. Cleveland Chapter: Target Marketing Through Data Analytics, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Doubletree Downtown, Cleveland, $45 nonmembers, cleveland.marketingpower2.com. I have attended events of interest to me.

04/14 Lake Communicators: There’s More To Integrated Communications Than Just Marketing with Sean Williams, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Lake Metroparks Pine Ridge Country Club, Wickliffe, $25 nonmembers, www.lakecommunicators.com.

04/15 Cleveland Social Media Club: TweetUp for Tax Day, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., The Pub, Rocky River, free, clevelandsmc.ning.com. Cohosted with Direct Marketing Assoc.

04/15 NEO Society of Technical Communicators (NEOSTC) Networking Lunch, noon, The Boneyard, Westlake, free, www.neostc.org. One of my “Go-To” events. This month, maybe not because in Westlake.

04/16 Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Akron Chapter: Third Annual YouToo Social Media Conference, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Franklin Hall, Kent State University, $129 nonmembers by 03/26 or $149 after, akronprsa.org. Possible for me.

04/19 Sales and Marketing Executives (SME) of Cleveland Networking Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Windows On The River, Cleveland, $40 nonmembers,www.smecleveland.com. Guest speaker: Paul Clark, Regional President Northeast Ohio, PNC Bank.

04/21 American Advertising Federation (AAF) Cleveland Chapter: How to Make The Smart Phone Smarter, noon, Windows On The River, Cleveland, $40 nonmembers, www.aafcleveland.com.

04/22 International Assoc. of Business Communicators (IABC) Cleveland Chapter: Social Media Measurement Luncheon and Workshop, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Akron General Health and Wellness Center, Fairlawn/Akron, $45 nonmembers lunch/$75 lunch and Workshop, iabccleveland.com. There will be a happy hour at 5:30 p.m., D’Vine Wine Bar, Cleveland, for workshop presenter Katie Paine. $10 nonmembers.

04/22 SME of Cleveland Afterhours, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Liquid/Suite Sixx/Ultra, Cleveland, free, www.smecleveland.com.

04/22 Women In Sports and Events (WISE) Cleveland Chapter: Cleveland In Sports – Beyond The Major Leagues, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Gymnastics Room, Cleveland State University, fee TBA, RSVP,  www.wisecleveland.com.

04/27 Web Association: Social Media Marketing, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Windows On The River, Cleveland, $25, www.webassociation.org. I attend when I have an interest.

04/29 Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group (CDPUG): Demystifying Digital Asset  Management, 6 p.m., Dodd Camera and Video Downtown, Cleveland, $10 nonmembers, cdpug.org.

Nonindustry Events

04/13 Twinsburg Chamber of Commerce Connects networking group event, 5 p.m., Mavis Winkle’s, Twinsburg, free, www.twinsburgchamber.com. The group’s monthly evening event that also doubles as the restaurant’s networking night. If you were shut out of COSE’s networking event at Blue Canyon, this is a free alternative. I have attended; free munchies.

04/14 The Cleveland Bucket List: Bushwood Open, 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Firefly’s Mini-Golf and Houlihan’s, South Park Mall, Strongsville, $40,www.clevelandbucketlist.com.

04/14 Cleveland Professional 20/30 Networking Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., The Club at Key, Cleveland, $20 nonmembers/$25 door, www.cleveland2030.org. Guest speaker: Cleveland State Uni. President Ronald M. Berkman.

04/14 Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce Coffee, Tea and Contacts, 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m., Panera, Fairlawn/Akron, free, limited seating, RSVP,  www.greaterakronchamber.org/events calendar. Monthly networking opportunity.

04/14 Hudson Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Estates of Canterbury, Hudson, free, www.explorehudson.com.

04/14 Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Cleveland Chapter Anniversary Party, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Touch Supper Club, Cleveland, free, www.ynpn.org/chapters/chapters in your area.

04/15 Beachwood Chamber of Commerce Networking After 5, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Todd Associates, $10 nonmembers, www.beachwood.org. I went to the February edition.

04/15 Ladies Who Launch Cleveland/Akron Chapter: Network and Grow, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Panera Bread, Solon, nonmembers first visit free/$15 later, RSVP, on Meetup.com. “Meet like-minded entrepreneurial women and give your business or idea a jumpstart.”

04/16 The Redwood Sisterhood Networking Breakfast, 8 a.m., contact Patty Sadallah for location, nonmembers 1st visit free/$5 later, on Meetup.com. Local chapter of national women’s support community that encourages personal and professional growth through learning, community bartering, networking, and social opportunities.

04/16-25 American Institute of Architects Cleveland Chapter Week, various locations, some events free and open to public, www.aiacleveland.com. Public events include 04/16 Opening reception, 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Convivium 33 Gallery, Cleveland, and 04/23 Happy Hour, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Convivium 33 Gallery, with IIDA.

04/16 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.

04/16 My Women’s Business Network Lunch, 11 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Williams On The Lake, Medina, $35 nonmembers/$45 door, mywomensbusinessnetwork.com. Guest speaker: Heather Taylor, Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce.

04/19-21 Industry Week Best Plants Conference, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., www.iwbestplants.com. The Penton Media-owned magazine’s annual event for plant managers and manufacturers. There are several networking events. If you know someone slated to attend, see if you can be included. Or contact the organizers.

04/20 Entrepreneurs For Sustainability (E4S): Startup Business Showcase, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Great Lakes Brewing Co., Cleveland, free, RSVP, www.e4s.org. Rapid-fire presentations from member startups.

04/20 Professional Women’s Networking Night, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., United Methodist Church, Brecksville, free, on LinkedIn events section. Sponsored by area Mary Kay Sales Directors, be prepared to give elevator speech and have business cards.

04/21 Cleveland Professional 20/30 Happy Hour at Saucy Bistro, 5 p.m.- 8 p.m., Saucy Bistro, Westlake, free, www.cleveland2030.org.

04/21 Project Management Institute (PMI) NEO chapter: Communication Issues – How to “Talk Less, Say More” with Connie Dieken, 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Holiday Inn, Independence, $36 nonmembers, www.pmineo.org. Professional association for project managers and the profession.

04/21 Warrensville Heights Area/Tri-City Chamber of Commerce: Women In Business – Afterhours Networking, 4:30 p.m., Corporate College East, Warrensville Heights, free, RSVP, www.whacc.org. Guest speaker: Diane Helbig.

04/22 NAIOP Northeast Ohio Chapter Membership Mixer, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Anatomy Nightclub and Ultra Lounge, Cleveland, free, www.naiop.org/northern_ohio. Area chapter of  ”commercial real estate development association for developers, owners and related professionals in office, industrial and mixed-use real estate.”

04/22 NEOAFF accounting and finance professional group: Spring Value Add Networking Event, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Shula’s Steak 2, Independence, free(?), on LinkedIn events sections, has LinkedIn group.

04/22 National Assoc. of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Cleveland Chapter Networking Brown Bag Lunch, noon, Dollar Bank, Galleria, Cleveland, free, www.nawbocleveland.org.

04/23 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.

04/26 Twinsburg Chamber of Commerce Night at Blue Canyon, 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Blue Canyon Restaurant and Tavern, Twinsburg, free, www.twinsburgchamber.com. I have attended; attendance fluctuates; free munchies.

04/27 EcoTuesday Cleveland Chapter event, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Club at Key Center, Cleveland, free(?), www.ecotuesday.com/city/cleveland. Guest speaker: Chris Clark, Sunflower Solutions.

04/27 The Ripple Effect- Cleveland: Social Media Marketing, 8:30 a.m., Boundless Flight, Rocky River, free, collecting donation for monthly cause, found on Meetup.com. Professional Women’s social club combined with fundraising for local nonprofits.

04/28 Heights-Hillcrest Regional Chamber of Commerce: Spring Into Networking, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., The Waterford, Richmond Heights, $20 nonmembers, RSVP, hrcc.org. Afterhours mixer and win-win fundraiser.

04/28 NEO Usability Professionals Assoc. (NEOUPA): Meet Your Users: Learning From iPad, iPhone and Facebook, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Progressive Insurance, Mayfield Village, $10 nonmembers, www.neoupa.org. Exploring where user interface is heading and role the professionals will play. I attended a presentation in March but did not get the information I wanted.

04/29 Association of Independent Information Professionals 24th Annual Conference – Taking Charge of Your Business, Hilton Garden Inn Downtown, Cleveland, registration, single day and special event rates, aiip.org. Trade group for those in online and manual research, document delivery, database design, library support, and consulting.

04/29 Cleveland Professional 20/30: Get On Board With Cleveland Nonprofits, Part 2- Meet The Nonprofits, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., R.J. Bolands, Cleveland, $10 nonmembers, www.cleveland2030.org. Nonprofit leadership recruitment event.

04/29 Linked Local Akron: Survival Revival Networking Event, 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m., The Art Factory, Akron, $25 advance/$35 door, http://linkedlocalakronapril.eventbrite.com. Thanks to Mike S., group leader, for info about this face-to-face event for the LinkedIn group. Portion of proceeds to go to Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Akron.

04/29 Ohio Women’s Bar Assoc. and Women’s Initiative at Reminger: Leading with Style, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., The Club At Key Center, Cleveland, $50 nonmembers, owba.org. Proceeds to go to YWCA Greater Cleveland. “An evening with colleagues, friends, legal and business professionals with an opportunity to evaluate and refresh your professional and personal image.” If you have the money, go.

04/29 Society of Urban Professionals (SOUP) @Nite, 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m., Natural History Museum, Cleveland, free(?), www.thesoupnetwork.com.

05/05 COSE Networking Night, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Marriott Cleveland Airport, $20 nonmembers, www.cose.org. Big networking event. Possible stop for me.


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