Many Chambers of Commerce Events

Friday I went back to the main campus of Kent State University for its Entrepreneurship Extravaganza. It was different from the event I went to the previous week for JumpStart.

First, there were a lot of high school kids! I did not know students from area high schools are invited to this event. Second, there were not as many entrepreneur and innovator booths for me to visit and chat up my services. Third, the lunch portion, besides listing which tables the funders, entrepreneurs and business people were at, the planners should have listed their organizations/businesses as well.

I did make some contacts. But the best thing about the event was Chris Brown’s presentation on networking. Brown, who heads Marketing Directions, a marketing communications agency in Hudson, and a contact, gave some pointers I would like to pass along to you in a later post.

Where else have I been?

Oct. 28 Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group (CDPUG) meeting. The second one I’ve been to since becoming a member to be editor of the group’s blog.

Oct. 26- JumpStart Entrepreneur Fair and Community Meeting at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center. I went working for projects (work) and made some contacts. Also met up with other contacts (they were looking for clients as well).

Oct. 21- Networking Power Hours in Valley View. This event is organized and hosted by one of my contacts, Liz L. It was a good event and a good mix of people in different professions. This was my first opportunity to check out this event. Go to the next one when it’s scheduled.

Don’t forget to tell us about your experiences at listed events and pass along the list via the various social media buttons at the end of the blog.

Industry Events

11/09 Greater Cleveland Digital Marketing Meetup Group, 7 p.m., The Spaghetti Warehouse, Akron, $5 bi-annually, www.meetup.com/Greater-Cleveland-Digital-Marketing. Topic: Search Engine Marketing (SEM) and Google AdWords. I have been to one meeting so far.

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11/09 Sales and Marketing Executives International Akron Chapter, 4 p.m.-8 p.m., The Tangier, Akron, nonmembers workshop $30/workshop and dinner $70 RSVP, www.smei.org /locations. Speaker: Katherine Miracle on The Power of Leadership – Problem Solving and Positive Attitude.

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11/10 American Marketing Association (AMA) Cleveland Chapter Heinen’s: Local Company Success, 5:30 p.m., Doubletree Hotel Lakeside, Cleveland, $45 nonmembers, RSVP, cleveland.marketingpower2.com. I go to events that interest me.

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11/10 Independent Practitioners Group Employers Facing Difficult Questions About Social Media with Robert Gilmore, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Mavis Winkle’s, Independence, $10 nonmembers, RSVP, www.ipgcleveland.org. I have been to one meeting so far. Independent PR people.

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11/10 Northeast Ohio Communications Advocates (NOCA) One Industry Forum: LeBron Returns, 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m, The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, $20, RSVP, plaindealer.com/noca, onenoca.org. ”PR professionals advise community strategies for dealing with LeBron’s December return.” I have been to this group’s networking events.

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11/11 Cleveland InDesign Users Group: The Ins and Outs of Preflighting and Printing with InDesign, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, RSVP, cleveland@indesignusergroup.com,  www.indesignusergroup.com.

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11/11 Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Akron Chapter Accredited P.R. Professionals: A League of Their Own, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Martin University Center, University of Akron, Akron, $30 nonmembers RSVP, akronprsa.org. Panel discussion on what it takes to get the APR credential.

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11/17 American Advertising Federation Cleveland Chapter Marketing through Change – The CMO’s Perspective, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Doubletree Hotel Lakeside, Cleveland, $45 nonmembers, www.aafcleveland.com.

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11/18 International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Cleveland Chapter Boomer, Gen X, Millennial Networking Mash-Up, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Table 45, Cleveland, $8, iabccleveland.com. “Everyone’s welcome to attend the first-ever IABC Cleveland “inter-generational” speed-networking event. You may find a mentor, expand your network, get career tips — and more!” I go to events that interest me and this one does.

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11/18 Northeast Ohio Society For Technical Communication (NEOSTC) Networking Lunch, noon, Mavis Winkle’s, Twinsburg, free, nonmembers welcome, RSVP Angie Dianetti, www.neostc.org. This is one of my Go-To events and its in my neighborhood this month!

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11/18 Northeast Ohio WordPress Meetup Group, 7 p.m., Office Space Coworking, Cuyahoga Falls, RSVP, www.meetup.com/NEOWordpress. Since I use both the .com and self-hosted versions for different projects, I need to go to this.

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11/18 Sales and Marketing Executives (SME) of Cleveland After Hours, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Market, Rocky River, free, www.smecleveland.com. I went to one earlier this year. Need to go back.

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11/18 Web Association: Marketing In Action at the Taylor Institute, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Taylor Institute For Direct Marketing, University of Akron, Akron, $20,webassociation.org. Tour facility and presentation by Institute directors. I go to events that interest me.

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11/18 Women in Sports and Events (WISE) Cleveland Chapter Team Behind The Team, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn Downtown, Cleveland, $20 nonmembers, RSVP, www.wisecleveland.com. Panel discussion featuring female executives from the Cavaliers and Indians. I have attended events of interest to me.

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11/20 Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Cleveland Chapter Final Cut Pro II, 9:30 a.m., Lorain Community College, Elyria, free if attend first session/$20 nonmembers and did not attend first session, limited seating, RSVP Tom Moore, www.spjchapters.org/cleveland. Follow-up workshop; also open to new participants. I have attended events that interested me.

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11/23 Akron-Canton Web Meetup Group, 6:30 p.m., Blue Frog, Akron, RSVP, www.meetup.com/akroncantonweb. Guest speaker: Marc Canter. Several of my contacts are interested in this event.

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11/23 American Marketing Association Akron/Canton Chapter Local Marketing With Chipotle, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., The Winery at Wolf Creek, Norton, $40 nonmembers, RSVP, www.akroncantonama.org.

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11/20 Web Development Special Interest Group (SIG) WordPress with Heidi Cool, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Notre Dame College, South Euclid, free, www.websigcleveland.org.

Nonindustry Events

11/09 Beachwood Chamber of Commerce Networking After 5, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., McCormick and Schmick’s, Beachwood Place, Beachwood, $10 nonmembers, RVSP,www.beachwood.org. I went to one in February; small business owners.

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11/09 Canton Chamber of Commerce Fall Network, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Ales D. Krassas Event Center, $25, RSVP 11/02, www.cantonchamber.org. Sales master Jeff Zalewski will lead attendees through activities and new ways to think about in the field sales.

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11/09 Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce Economic Outlook 2011, 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., Hilton Akron/Fairlawn, $40 nonmembers, RSVP, www.greaterakronchamber.org. Presented by Jack Kleinhenz, Principal, Kleinhenz and Associates.

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11/09 Twinsburg Chamber of Commerce Connects Networking Night, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Mavis Winkle’s, Twinsburg, free, www.twinsburgchamber.com. Evening networking for Chamber’s networking group; doubles as restaurant’s networking night. Attendance fluctuates; free munchies. I have been to this.

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11/10 Fairlawn Chamber of Commerce After 5, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Portage Country Club, Akron, free, nonmembers phone ahead to see if allowed, RSVP Polly Riffle, www.fairlawnareachamber.org.

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11/10 Hudson Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Suncrest Gardens, RSVP 330-650-0621, www.explorehudson.com. Networking with small business owners. I have been to one earlier this year.

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11/10 Human Resources and Benefits Professionals Networking Event, 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Grotto Wine Bar, Shaker Square, Cleveland, free (?), on LinkedIn Events, organized by Behavioral Health Systems.

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11/11 Akron APICS and WERC: Warehouse Management: Leading The Way to Performance and Profitability, John S. Knight Center, Akron, $50 unemployed members/$150 nonmembers, akronapics.org . For those who work in Supply Chain.

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11/11 American Society For Quality (ASQ) Elyria/Lorain Chapter: Global Supply Base, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Lorain Community College, $5 nonmembers, RSVP, asq-elyrialorain.org. Also conducting food drive.

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11/11 National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Cleveland Chapter Akron Networking Luncheon, noon-1:30 p.m., Vaccaro’s Trattoria, Bath/Akron, free, RSVP Angie 330-650-4777,  clevelandnawbo.org.

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11/11 Networking…My Cup of Tea, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Akron Woman’s City Club, Akron, $15.45 plus Eventbrite fee, http://networkingmycupoftea.eventbrite.com,  www.greaterakronchamber.org. “Meet the area’s best professional businesswomen for a special night out!”

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11/11 Northeast Ohio Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) Chapter Meeting, 1 p.m.-5 p.m., Cuyahoga County Public Library Parma South, Parma, free, register, neoissa.org. Topics: A Day in the Life of a Secured User with Ryan Archer and Regulations and Standards For Business Resiliency with Ted Kozenko. Also on LinkedIn events.

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11/11 Northeast Ohio Usability Professionals Association (NEOUPA) World Usability Day Celebration, 1 p.m., Crowne Plaza, Independence, $40 nonmembers,neoupa.org. An entire afternoon dedicated to UX education and training. Presenters from various companies, including Land’s End, Medical Mutual of Ohio and NASA. Check out the schedule. I went to one presentation earlier this year.

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11/12 ASTD Northeast Ohio Chapter Coffee, Chats and Contacts: Corporate Universities, 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., Akron General Health and Wellness Center, Fairlawn/Akron, price (?), neo.astd.org.

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11/12 Canton Chamber of Commerce AultCare Fast Break Breakfast, 7:30 a.m.-9:15 a.m., Courtyard By Marriott, North Canton, $25 nonmembers, RSVP, www.cantonchamber.org. Speaker: Ray Hexamer, CEO, First Communications.

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11/12 Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club Networking Breakfast, 8 a.m., Grumpy’s, Cleveland, free, www.cleveland2030.org.

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11/12-14 Cleveland Startup Weekend, $75 and various prices,cleveland.startupweekend.org. Developers, business managers, marketing people, and graphic artists come together for 54 hours to build companies, projects and communities. Sounds interesting.

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11/13 Greater Cleveland PC Users Group Digital Photography with Charles Burkett, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Cleveland State University, free, www.gcpcug.org. Meeting after meeting, 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m., Student Center.

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11/15 Chipotle Networking, 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Chipotle, Independence, free, on LinkedIn events. I believe different group than one I visited this summer at Hudson location. “People who want to fill their bellies with good food and their networks with good people.”

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11/15 Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club Networking at Night, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., The Union Club of Cleveland, Cleveland, $35 nonmembers, RSVP,  www.cleveland2030.org. Guest speaker: Dan Klimas, CEO, Lorain National Bank.

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11/16 Cuyahoga Valley Chamber of Commerce Joint Chamber Networking Breakfast, 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., Valley Inn Restaurant, Cuyahoga Valley Career Center, free, RSVP 11/10 Bridget 440-746-8127, www.cuyahogavalleychamber.org.

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11/16 Eco-Tuesday Meeting, 5:30 p.m., The Club at Key Center, Cleveland, $5, RSVP, www.meetup.com/Cleveland-EcoTuesday. Guest speaker: Donita Anderson, Executive Director, North Union Farmers Markets.

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11/16 Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce Coffee, Tea and Contacts, 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m., Panera Bread, Fairlawn/Akron, free, limited seating, members only, so contact ahead to learn of can attend,  www.greaterakronchamber.org.

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11/16 McGladrey 2010 Manufacturing and Wholesale Distribution Executive Summit: Power Up – The Resurgence of Manufacturing, 7:30 a.m.-1o a.m., Lockkeepers, Valley View, free, register, mcgladrey.com/events. Hang out with CFOs, CEOs and tax professionals to go over its latest survey.

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11/16 Rockside Road Area Young Professionals Social Networking Event, 4 p.m.-6 p.m., Mavis Winkle’s, Independence, RSVP 216-573-2330, www.walthall.com/news/news_and_events. “Have fun meeting people who can help you personally and professionally.” Organized by young professionals of Walthall Drake and Wallace LLP, CPA.

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11/16 ‘Tini Tuesdays After Hours Networking Event, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Holiday Inn West, Akron/Fairlawn, free, register, tinituesdaysafterhours.eventbrite.com. “Great cocktails…Great appetizers…Great networking” Some of my contacts are interested in this. Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce and Holiday Inn organized it.

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11/17 Business Professionals Networking Event, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Crowne Plaza Hotel, Independence, $10 door, on LinkedIn events. Sponsored by Exclusive Events and Travel Planning. Guest speakers are Jeff Malarik and Donna Dabbs.

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11/17 Canton Chamber of Commerce Stir After Hours, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Canton, $5, RSVP, www.cantonchamber.org. Member Thanksgathering at the Millennium Center. Free with food donation or money to Stark County Hunger Task Force.

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11/17  Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club Eastside Happy Hour, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., The Boneyard, Mayfield Heights, free, nonmembers welcome,  www.cleveland2030.org. Now a happy hour for this group’s Eastside young professionals.

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11/17 Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club Westside Happy Hour, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Panini’s, Westlake, free, nonmembers welcome,  www.cleveland2030.org.

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11/17 COSE Art Network Roundtable, noon-1 p.m., Gypsy Bean and Bakery, Cleveland, free, nonmembers contact Matthew Charboneau to attend, www.cose.org. Artists/entrepreneurs discuss topics affecting their daily lives.

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11/17 Fairlawn Chamber of Commerce Networking Before 9, 7 a.m.-9 a.m., Montrose Ford, Fairlawn/Akron, free, nonmembers phone ahead to see if allowed, RSVP Polly Riffle, www.fairlawnareachamber.org.

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11/17 Help Desk Institute (HDI) Northcoast Chapter, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m., COMSYS, Independence, free, RSVP, www.thinkhdi.com/chapters/northcoast. Is the Service Desk the Rodney Dangerfield of IT? Does Your Service Desk Gets the Respect It Deserves? with Charles Cyna.

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11/17 Warrensville Heights Area Tri-City Chamber of Commerce Business Update Forum, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Marriott Cleveland East, Warrensville Heights/Highland Hills, $20, RSVP, www.whacc.org. Leadership and economic development teams for the cities provide updates/forecasts. Also mentions networking.

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11/18 EO24 Entrepreneur Week Happy Hour and Networking, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., House of Blues, Cleveland, free(?), on LinkedIn events. Cleveland chapter of entrepreneur’s organization celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week. Looks interesting.

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11/18 Linked Local Cleveland Fall Networking Event, 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Philomena’s Restaurant, Valley View/Garfield Heights, $10 pre-register/$12 door, on LinkedIn events and check out LinkedIn group.

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11/18 Ohio Aerospace Institute: A Comprehensive Assessment of Aerospace Industry Supply Chain, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Ohio Aerospace Institute, Cleveland, $30 nonmembers, www.oai.org, http://www.jumpstartinc.org. Indicated networking opportunities.

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11/19 Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club Networking Breakfast, 8 a.m., Grumpy’s, Cleveland, free, www.cleveland2030.org.

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11/19 Coffee With COSE: Powerful and Productive Networking, 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Cleveland State University East Center, Solon, free, www.cose.org.

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11/22 Twinsburg Chamber of Commerce Night at Blue Canyon, 5 p.m.-6p.m., Blue Canyon Restaurant and Tavern, Twinsburg, free, www.twinsburgchamber.com. Evening networking for small business owners. Attendance fluctuates; free munchies. I have been to this. Need to get back.

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11/23 Greater Akron Business For Breakfast (GABB) Networking, 8 a.m.-9:15 a.m., Panera Bread, Fairlawn/Akron, free, on LinkedIn events. Topic: Strategy and Vision for the New Year with Rami Awadallah. Networking group for Akron-area business professionals. Some of my contacts are interested in this event.

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2 comments so far

  1. Spike Radway on

    Pat, are you party hopping all these events?

    • Pat Ropchock on

      Dear Spike:
      No, not as much party hopping this week.
      On Tuesday, its CDPUG’s board meeting.
      Thursday is my big day with NEOSTC networking lunch and IABC Cleveland’s Networking mixer.
      Friday I hope to go to a COSE event on networking. It’s going to be in Solon, not far from my homebase.

      Are you party hopping this week? If you are, let us know your experiences here. I hope its something you discovered from the list.

      See you Tuesday!


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