Grand Slam Networking This Week

Last week, I did not attend any networking events. I did take a field trip Wednesday with YWCA Career Connection to a marketing communications company for a presentation on branding for job hunting.

Please comment if you attend any of the listed events.

Industry Events

8/10 Greater Cleveland Digital Marketing Meetup Group Meet ‘n Greet, 7 p.m., The Lockview, Akron, free, RSVP, www.meetup.com/Greater-Cleveland-Digital-Marketing. Recently formed forum for digital marketing professionals and small to medium business owners.

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08/10 Sales and Marketing Executives of Akron Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Fairlawn Country Club, Akron, $35 nonmembers, RSVP, www.smei.org /locations. Guest speaker: Lisa Ryan.

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08/11 Sales and Marketing Executives (SME) of Cleveland 6th Annual Grand Slam Networking, 3:30 p.m., Progressive Field, Cleveland, $70 nonmembers,www.smecleveland.com. SME’s big, annual networking event. Although steep, the price includes access to the Club Lounge restaurant and a club seat to the Indians vs. Baltimore Orioles game. If you can afford it, go. Also checkout SME’s membership offer with free ticket to this event.

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08/12 Public Relations Society of America Akron Chapter Government PR Panel, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Martin University Center, University of Akron, Akron, $30 nonmembers, akronprsa.org. I have yet to attend this chapter’s events.

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08/12 Women in Sports and Events (WISE) Cleveland Chapter Summer Networking, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Bonefish Grill, Independence, free, RSVP,www.wisecleveland.com. I have attended this group’s networking events.

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08/14 NEO Society For Technical Communication (STC) Night Under the Stars, 7 p.m.-10:30 p.m., Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, $21 lawn seats order from Blossom online or contact Severance Hall ticket office, RSVP to Amy Vogt,www.neostc.org. On LinkedIn events. Informal networking event to celebrate start of NEOSTC’s 2010-11 programming. I attend events that interest me.

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08/14 Skyline Writers meeting, 9 a.m.-11 a.m., Parma-Ridge Library, Parma,www.skylinewriters.com . Writers critique group that covers all genres. Check out its critique page about its rules.

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08/18 SME of Cleveland After Hours, Melange, La Place, Beachwood, free, www.smecleveland.com. After-work happy hour and networking.

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08/19 NEOSTC Networking Lunch, noon, Fox and Hound English Pub, Mayfield Heights, free, RSVP, www.neostc.org. One of my Go-To events. Nonmembers welcome.

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08/21 Skyline Writers Conference, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., November Lodge, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Brecksville, $75 nonmembers, www.skylinewriters.com.

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08/25 Public Relations Society of America Cleveland Chapter Speed Pitching, 7:30 a.m., NEO Regional Sewer District, Cleveland, $45 nonmembers, www.prsacleveland.org. Pitching story ideas to area media outlets.

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08/26 Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group: Android, iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad Apps Potpourri For The Graphics Professional, 6 p.m., New Horizons Computer Learning Center, Garfield Heights, $10 nonmembers, cdpug.org. I attend events that interest me.

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08/31 American Marketing Assoc. (AMA) Akron-Canton Chapter Kickoff Social, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Barley House, Akron, $20, www.akroncantonama.org.

Nonindustry Events

08/10 Cose Swap 25/Power Networking, 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Dave and Buster’s, Westlake, $10, limited seating, RSVP,  www.cose.org. Held quarterly; speed networking with small business owners. Portray yourself as a small business owner. I went to one about one year ago. Register early because seats go quickly.

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08/10 Twinsburg Chamber of Commerce Connects Networking Group, 5 p.m., Mavis Winkle’s, Twinsburg, free, www.twinsburgchamber.com. Monthly evening event for group; doubles as the restaurant’s networking night. Attendance up and down; free munchies.

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08/11 YStark! Meetup, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., The Barrel Room, North Canton, free, RSVP, www.ystark.org. Stark County’s young professionals group.

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08/12 Cleveland Small Business Meetup Group, 6 p.m., Corporate College, Warrensville Heights/Highland Hills, $10, register, www.meetup.com/smallbiz-1126. “Meet other small business owners to network, find new customers, get advice, and avoid costly mistakes.”

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08/12 Cleveland Sports and Business Alliance Luncheon, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Hard Rock Cafe, Cleveland, $15, cleveland.sportsandbusiness.net. Guest speaker: Frank Stams.

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08/12 Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce Networking Night At The Aeros, 5 p.m., Canal Park Stadium, Akron, $10, register/pay in advance,www.greaterakronchamber.org. Network, then cheer on the Aeros vs. Reading Phillies.

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08/12 Link to Hudson, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., The Country Club of Hudson, Hudson, $20, on LinkedIn events and groups. Proceeds to go to Hudson’s American Cancer Society Relay For Life. Networking group for Hudson area; also welcoming Chipotle Networking Group, which I attended in May.

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08/12 National Assoc. of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Cleveland Chapter Networking Lunch, noon-1:30 p.m., Vacarro’s Trattoria, Bath/Akron, free, RSVP,www.nawbocleveland.org.

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08/13 Cleveland Professional 20/30 Networking Breakfast, 8 a.m.-9 a.m., Grumpy’s, Tremont, Cleveland, free, www.cleveland2030.org.

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08/13 NEO American Society For Training and Development Coffee Chat and Contacts: Participation Does Not Equal Engagement: Training Activities That Pack The Punch You Need with Cindy Rhodes, 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m., Akron General Health and Wellness Center, Fairlawn/Akron, $23 nonmembers/$20 professionals in transition, neo.astd.org. For workplace learning and performance professionals.

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08/14 American Institute of Architects Cleveland Chapter Play at the Zoo, 10 a.m., Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, RSVP, www.aiacleveland.com. Bring the family; free box lunches to first 100 participants.

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08/14 Cleveland Young Arts Professionals Network Picnic, 7 p.m.-10 p.m., Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, $17.85 special price, on Facebook and LinkedIn events. Eat, then watch and listen Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble.

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08/14 Greater Cleveland PC Users Group Field Trip, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Alpha House, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, free, www.gcpcug.org. Trip to view Case Connection Zone Project, an initiative studying how gigabit Internet connectivity affects everyday life.

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08/14 Network Now! Cleveland Networking Shindig, noon- 2 p.m., Upper Picnic Tables/Edgewater Park, off Edgewater Dr./West Blvd. entrance, Cleveland, free, RSVP, www.meetup.com/ClevelandNetworkNow. Bring food and your family; “Fast, efficient way for business owners and individuals to come together for networking ideas and their businesses.”

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08/17 Entrepreneurs For Sustainability (E4S) Third Tuesday Network Event, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Great Lakes Brewing Co., Cleveland, free, RSVP, www.e4s.org . I went to one earlier this year; usually well attended and noisy.

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08/17 Linked Local Cleveland Summertime Networking Event, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Rascal House Pizza Downtown, Cleveland, $8, http://linkedlocalclevelandsummer.eventbrite.com, on LinkedIn events and groups. “Take the opportunity to strengthen your social networks.”

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08/17 NAWBO Cleveland Chapter Summer Soiree, 6 p.m., South Euclid, $10/person, RSVP, www.nawbocleveland.org. Great opportunity for networking and socializing.

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08/17 Networking In A Flash, 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m., Buffalo Wild Wings, Medina, $15,www.specialmomentsbycole.com. “Great night of light appetizers, open networking and a Chinese raffle to benefit a great cause.”

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08/17 Northeast Ohio Usability Professionals Assoc. (NEOUPA) Adaptive Interfaces, Live Video Help And More with Marc Canter, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Progressive Insurance, Mayfield Village, $10 nonmembers, neoupa.org. I attended the March meeting on SEO and usability.

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08/18 Beachwood Chamber of Commerce Networking After 5, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Staybridge Suites, Mayfield Heights, $10 nonmembers, RSVP,www.beachwood.org. Networking with small business owners; I went to February edition and need to get back.

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08/18 Help Desk Institute (HDI) Northcoast Chapter From Helpless to Helpful – How the Help Desk Can Transform Itself with Jim Horner, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m., KForce Professional Staffing, Independence, free,www.thinkhdi.com/chapters/northcoast. Thanks to Giselle H., Vice President-Programming, for providing this.

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08/18 Simplex-IT Third Annual BBQ And Networking Event, 4 p.m.-8 p.m., Simplex-IT, Hudson, free, RSVP, www.simplex-it.com. Also demos and tech talk. I’ve been attending this IT company’s lunches on technology topics for businesses.

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08/18 U*N*W*I*N*D Hawaiian Style, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., The River Brasserie and Bar, Cuyahoga Falls, $15, on Meetup.com and LinkedIn events. Fundraising event for new networking group.

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08/19 Canton Chamber of Commerce Stir After Hours, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Joseph Saxton Gallery, $5, www.cantonchamber.org.

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08/19 Cleveland Business Professionals Networking Event, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Philomena’s Ristorante, Valley View, register and print ticket to enter, http://philomenas.eventbrite.com. Also bring business card for entrance.

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08/19 Cuyahoga Valley Chamber of Commerce Business at Noon: Women’s Brown Bag Lunch Series, noon-1 p.m., Library, Independence, free, RSVP 216-447-0160,www.cuyahogavalleychamber.org. Guest speaker: Regina Brett, The Plain Dealer.

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08/19-20 Midwest Lotus User Group Conference, Hilton Garden Inn Downtown, Cleveland, free but request $35 donation to a participating user group,www.mwlug.com . Check out the sessions page for topics, such as cloud computing. This looks like a good networking opportunity for those in Technology.

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08/19 NEO IT Administrators meeting, noon-1:30 p.m., Winking Lizard, Independence, free, RSVP, on LinkedIn events. Round table meet and greet lunch for technology professionals.

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08/19 Women’s Networking Night, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., United Methodist Church, Brecksville, free, on LinkedIn events. Prepare to talk about your business or service and bring business cards.

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08/20 Canton Chamber of Commerce AultCare Fast Break Breakfast with Dick Maggiore, 7:30 a.m.-9:15 a.m., Courtyard By Marriott, North Canton, $25 nonmembers, www.cantonchamber.org.

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08/20 Cleveland Professional 20/30 Networking Breakfast, 8 a.m.-9 a.m., Grumpy’s, Tremont, Cleveland, free, www.cleveland2030.org.

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08/20 My Women’s Business Network Lunch, 11 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Patrician Party Center, Eastlake, $35 nonmembers, www.mywomensbusinessnetwork.com.

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08/21 Cleveland Professional 20/30 Happy Hour at Saucy Bistro, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Saucy Bistro, Westlake, free, www.cleveland2030.org.

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08/21 Women In Business Brunch: 250 Questions Every Self-Employed Person Should Ask with Mary Mihaly, 3 p.m., Cleveland, RSVP,www.meetup.com/womeninbusinessnetworking.

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08/23 Twinsburg Chamber of Commerce Night at Blue Canyon, 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Blue Canyon Restaurant & Tavern, Twinsburg, free, www.twinsburgchamber.com. After-work networking; Attendance up and down; free munchies.

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08/24 EcoTuesday Meetup, 5:30 p.m., The Club at Key Center, Cleveland, $5 advance/$10 door, RSVP, www.meetup.com/Cleveland-EcoTuesday. Guest speaker: Dr. Michael Schoop, President, Cuyahoga Community College Downtown.

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08/25 COSE Networking Night, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Wendy Park, Whiskey Island, Cleveland, $20 nonmembers, www.cose.org. Usually big event that’s well-attended. I went to one earlier this year in Parma. Should go.

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08/25 Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce Coffee Tea and Contacts, 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m., Panera Bread, Fairlawn/Akron, free, RSVP, limited seating, current members (so check to see if can attend), www.greaterakronchamber.org.

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08/26 Cleveland Sports and Business Alliance Happy Hour, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Wine Bar, Rocky River, free, RSVP, cleveland.sportsandbusiness.net.

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08/26 NAWBO Cleveland Chapter Networking Brown Bag Lunch, noon, Dollar Bank Conference Room, The Galleria, Cleveland, free,  www.nawbocleveland.org.

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08/26 Society of Urban Professionals (SOUP) @ Nite, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Nighttown, Cleveland Heights, free, www.thesoupnetwork.com .

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08/27 Cleveland Professional 20/30 Networking Breakfast, 8 a.m.-9 a.m., Grumpy’s, Tremont, Cleveland, free, www.cleveland2030.org.

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