Networking Event Overload

Last week, I went overboard attending various events.

On Tuesday, it was the new Greater Cleveland Digital Marketing Group. I wanted to learn more about it, search engine optimization was the topic and it was free. For its second meeting, the group had great attendance, about 20 people from various backgrounds: PR, social media, web designing and development. For me, there were plenty of familiar faces from previous events.

Before this meeting, I tried to attend the Northeast Ohio Society For Technical Communication (NEOSTC) monthly networking lunch. Usually I RSVP, but slipped this time. Previously attending this lunch, I know it reserves more seats than it uses(for folks like me). I motored to Valley View. When I got there, I found two others waiting for lunch, but no STC members or reservation. So, we still had lunch and good conversation.

Later, I e-mailed the group’s new president and a contact who usually handles the lunch details for info. I was told since they had not received enough RSVPs by Monday, it was canceled. They did apologize for not putting up a “canceled” notice on the group’s website. LESSON LEARNED: RSVP if you are attending an event.

For Wednesday, it was a morning presentation on LinkedIn by Social Media Expert and Consultant Crystal Thies. Originally from this area, Crystal commutes from the Cincinnati area to meet clients and give presentations. I wanted to attend one of her presentations based on a recommendation from a contact. I did get more info I should incorporate into my own LinkedIn profile.

At lunchtime, I went to Windows on The River for the big Social Media and Business-to-Business Marketing presentation by Public Relations Society of America Cleveland Chapter. Press Club of Cleveland (I’m now a member) and International Assoc. of Business Communicators were also invited and got a special rate. I went to meet other communicators; and I did. At my table were mostly communicators involved in manufacturing (Great because I worked for metal-cutting/manufacturing technology magazines).

Thursday, I stayed in Twinsburg for a Professional Women’s Networking Event. This is usually held by a Mary Kay sales director. There were 10 women, including myself.  The guest speaker I met at another networking event. Most were independent reps or consultants that sold products, such as jewelry, health products, etc. I helped one woman connect with one of my social media expert contacts.

Now I have updated you on the listed events I have attended, I hope you reciprocate and comment on the listed events you attend.

Industry Events

09/21 American Advertising Federation (AAF) Akron Chapter This Speech is Only Half Finished with Eric Kiker, 11:30 a.m., Musica, Akron, $30 nonmembers,www.aafakron.com.

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09/23 International Assoc. of Business Communicators Cleveland Chapter Crisis Communication Lessons For Business Communicators with Bruce Hennes, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., City Club of Cleveland, Cleveland, $39 nonmembers/$12 members in transition, iabccleveland.com. I go to events that interest me.

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09/23 SME Cleveland After Hours, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Panini’s, Westlake, free,www.smecleveland.com. I attended one in March.

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09/28 American Marketing Assoc. Akron/Canton Chapter Brand Vision: The Old Carolina Barbecue Way, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Wolf Creek Winery, Norton, $40 nonmembers, www.akroncantonama.org.

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09/28 The Web Association: Conversion Analytics, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Windows on The River, Cleveland, $25, www.webassociation.org. Panel discussion. I attend events that interest me.

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09/29 (date change)  Society For Professional Journalists (SPJ) Cleveland Chapter Google 101 For Journalists with Jake Parrillo, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., Doubletree Downtown, Cleveland, free, RSVP, www.spjchapters.org/cleveland /latest Writers Week.

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09/30 Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group (CDPUG) Publishing Without Boundaries: What’s on The O’Reilly Radar For The Future, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., New Horizons Computer Learning Center, Garfield Heights, $10 nonmembers, RSVP,cdpug.org. I go to events that interest me.

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09/30 Social Media Club Akron Facebook Ninja Tricks, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., SageRock, Akron, $10/$5 if “like” on Facebook, facebook.com/smcAkron or on Twitter. New chapter; have only been to one event.

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10/06 Northeast Ohio Communication Advocates (NOCA) One Industry Forum: Marketing Community Assets, 7:30 a.m.-9:15 a.m., The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, $20, onenoca.org.

Nonindustry Events

09/21 Cleveland SAS User Group (SUG) Fall Networking, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Mavis Winkle’s, Independence, free, RSVP, info@clevesug.org, www.clevesug.org.

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09/21 Entrepreneurs For Sustainability (E4S) SC2019 Green Workbuilding Group, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Great Lakes Brewing Co., Cleveland, free, RSVP,www.e4s.org. I have only gone to one event.

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09/21 National Assoc. of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Cleveland Chapter Speed Networking, 4 p.m., Doubletree Hotel, Independence, $30 nonmembers,www.nawbocleveland.org.

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09/22 Beachwood Chamber of Commerce Networking Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1:10 p.m., Beachwood Community Center, Beachwood, $20, www.beachwood.org. Huge networking event for Beachwood businesses! Held twice a year, I went to the Spring edition, and disappointed compared to the one I went to in 2009. Speed networking with rotations. Seated according to industry. GO!

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09/22 Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce Executive Networking Workshop, 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m., Fairlawn Country Club, Akron, $25 nonmembers,www.greaterakronchamber.org. By Sandler Training at Ruby Group.

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09/22 CLOSED Netweaving Breakfast, 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m., Valley Cafe, Akron, free, “bring lots of business cards and positive vibes.” On LinkedIn events. netweave.org

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09/22 CLOSED NEO IT Think Tank and CIO 3.0: The Business of IT and Human Connectedness with Gwen Walsh, 4 p.m.-6 p.m., Corporate Plaza I, Independence, RSVP, LinkedIn group and events.

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09/22 Summer’s End LinkedIn Networking Event, 4:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Champp’s Americana, Lyndhurst, free with business card, on LinkedIn events. Check attendee list before going; see if people you want to meet are attending. Otherwise, an opportunity to practice networking.

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09/22 Twinsburg Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, 4:30 p.m.-7 p..m., Grande Village Retirement Community, Twinsburg, free, RSVP,www.twinsburgchamber.com.

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09/22 Women Making Moves: Nirvana Networking at Abuelo’s, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Abuelo’s, Warrrensville Heights, free, www.womenmakingmoves.info. “Connect with innovative professionals, build new relationships and prosper!” I attended this networking group’s first event on Shaker Square. Need to follow up.

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09/23 Canton Chamber of Commerce Stir After Hours, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., 356 Fighter Group, North Canton, $5, www.cantonchamber.org.

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09/23 CANCELED Cleveland Professionals Networking For Good, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Anatomy Night Club and Lounge, Cleveland, $40 advance/$50 door,clevelandprofessionals.com. Net proceeds to a Laurel School scholarship fund. It’s been a while since this group has held a networking/fundraising event.

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09/23 Fairview Park Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Donauschwaben German-American Club, Olmsted Township,fairviewparkchamber.org. Joint networking event with chambers of North Olmsted, Olmsted and Westshore.

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09/23 Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce Coffee Tea and Contacts, 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m., Panera Bread, Cuyahoga Falls, free, limited seating, RSVP, members only(so check ahead if can attend), www.greaterakronchamber.org.

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09/23 NAWBO Cleveland Chapter Networking Brown Bag Lunch, noon, Dollar Bank Conference Room, The Galleria, Cleveland, free, www.nawbocleveland.org. Sometimes a speaker.

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09/23 Nordonia Hills Chamber of Commerce The Connection Meet and Greet, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Gambitta’s Party Center, Northfield, free, www.nordoniahillschamber.org. Meet small businesses featured in the Chamber’s October expo.

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09/23 Northeast Ohio Usability Professionals Assoc. (NEOUPA) Autumn Social, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Market Avenue Wine Bar, Cleveland, $5 nonmembers,neoupa.org. I went to one event for this group.

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09/23 Young Professionals (YP) Akron Hayride and Bonfire, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Botzum Farmstead, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, $5 nonmembers, www.ypakron.org.

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09/23 The Young Professional Women’s Organization and WestconneXions Oktoberfest, 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Aces Bar and Grille, North Ridgeville, $5, on LinkedIn events.

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09/24 American Institute of Architects Cleveland Chapter Joint Association Happy Hour, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., The House of Cues, Cleveland, free,www.aiacleveland.com. Includes ASLA, IIDA, APA and CSI. Celebrating Ingenuity Fest.

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09/24 Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club Networking Breakfast, 8 a.m., Grumpy’s, Cleveland, free, www.cleveland2030.org.

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09/24 Pecha Kucha Night, Vol. 9, 8:20 p.m.-10:45 p.m., Veteran’s Memorial Bridge, Cleveland, enter via County Engineers lot, free(?), www.pecha-kucha.org/night/cleveland/9. Another edition of the popular international presentation series. Presenters will talk about anything. This one is kicking-off Ingenuity Fest.

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09/27 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 gone to this; small business owners; attendance fluctuates; free munchies.

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09/28 EcoTuesday Meetup, 5:30 p.m., The Club at Key Center, Cleveland, $5,www.meetup.com/Cleveland-EcoTuesday. Speaker: Nancy King Smith, Founder/Coordinator, Bioneers Cleveland.

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09/29 After Summer Networking Extravaganza, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Open M, Akron, free but bring one canned food item or staple, RSVP, projects@openm.org. Sponsored by Fairlawn Chamber of Commerce; area restaurants providing samples.

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09/29 Northeast Ohio Software Assoc. (NEOSA) Networking Event, 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m., NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland/Brook Park, $20 nonmembers, limited seating, pre-register, www.cose.org. Behind-the-scenes look at the facility. Held quarterly; go if want to work in IT and Tech in this area. I have attended this.

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09/30 Akron Bloggers Community, 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m., Mocha Joe’s, Stow, free, on LinkedIn groups. I have attended some meetings of this bloggers’ group. It is growing.

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09/30 Cleveland Sports and Business Alliance Speed Networking, time TBA, Mavis Winkle’s, Independence(?), free, register, cleveland.sportsandbusiness.net.

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09/30 Showcase In The Circle, 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland, free, www.universitycircle.org. Explore what University Circle businesses and nonprofits have to offer. Also indicated networking.

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10/01 Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club Networking Breakfast, 8 a.m., Grumpy’s, Cleveland, free, www.cleveland2030.org.

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10/05 STEM Out Outreach Social, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., House of Cues, Cleveland, RSVP appreciated, www.stemout.org. Casual networking for those involved in outreach to those interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

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10/05 Women In Networking (WIN) On The Water Networking Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Edgewater Yacht Club, Cleveland, $25 nonmembers, RSVP, limited seating, wincleveland.org. I attended some meetings on free basis when I first began networking. Now, the group charges to attend its events. Female small business owners.

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10/06-09 Association of Midwest Museums 2010 Conference, Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, Cleveland, www.midwestmuseums.org. Check out the volunteering section of registration information. If you volunteer half day to help out at this conference, you could attend sessions for free when done. Possibly useful for those interested in working in museums.

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10/07 Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club Around Town, 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m., Zdara, Cleveland, free, www.cleveland2030.org. Happy hour and networking for young professionals.

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10/07 Together Everyone Earns More (T.E.E.M.) Networking and Business Building Meeting, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Sheraton Suites, Cuyahoga Falls, $10 advance RSVP/$15 door, teemonline.com. Lots of my contacts indicated an interest in this event. Deborah Chaddock Brown on how social networking can expand your business.

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10/07 Y-Stark Monthly Meetup: Learn ‘n Burn, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Hoover Park, North Canton, free, www.ystark.org. Walsh University alumni and associates invited this young professionals unit and the Jaycees for networking.

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10/08 Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club Networking Breakfast, 8 a.m., Grumpy’s, Cleveland, free, www.cleveland2030.org.

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10/09 Greater Cleveland PC Users Group: Microsoft Windows Home Server, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, free, www.gcpcug.org.

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10/12 COSE Swap 25/Power Networking, 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m., The Boneyard, Mayfield Heights, $10,RSVP, limited seating,  www.cose.org. I went to this September 2009. Speed networking with small business owners; held quarterly. Promote yourself as a small business. Only 25 spots, so fills up quickly.

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3 comments so far

  1. Nikki Evans on

    Pat, once again, you created a super list! One thing to add: Women in Networking (WIN) does charge non-members for attending its meetings and events, but up to two fees can be credited to the yearly membership, which is only $125. Once a member, regular monthly meetings are free.

    • Pat Ropchock on

      Nikki-
      Nice to hear from you. Thanks for the info about WIN. I know you are a member.
      Hope to see you at other networking events.

  2. Toni Chanakas on

    I attended the Summer’s End LinkedIn Networking Event, at Champp’s. I did not meet the individuals I expected to. What I mean is most of those individuals were small business owners “peddling their wares,” sort of speaking. I met everyone from a window specialist to New York Life financial rep. They were nice people, but they weren’t going to give me career opportunities I’m interested in.

    It was not a well-attended event either; a very small group at one table. This is a hard dynamic in which to meet people.

    On a positive note, the food was good with pasta and cheesecake desserts.

    I am glad I took the leap and met some new individuals. Sometimes you just have to take a chance.

    Thanks, Pat for offering your comprehensive list every week.


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