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This Is The Week For Holiday Parties

Editor’s note: A short one this week due to Monday’s storm.

Please let us know how your holiday party networking is going. Give us your tips for successfully working the crowd.

If you need help, check the Nov. 22 post, where networking experts and master networkers shared their networking tips.

Industry Events

12/08 American Advertising Federation Cleveland Chapter Holiday In Cannes, 6 p.m., Capitol Theater, Cleveland, $45 nonmembers, www.aafcleveland.com.

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12/08 Cleveland Social Media Group TweetUp: Holiday Tweet at Bodies…The Exhibition, 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m., RSVP, I have attended past events,clevelandsmc.ning.com.

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12/08 Press Club of Cleveland Holiday Party and Annual Meeting, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Nighttown, Cleveland Heights, $30 nonmembers, RSVP,www.pressclubcleveland.com

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12/08 Public Relations Society of America Akron Chapter Holiday Party, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Greystone Hall, Akron, free (?), RSVP 12/01, akronprsa.org.

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12/09 American Marketing Association Cleveland Chapter Mingle Bells Holiday Mixer, 5:30 p.m., Wolf Lodge, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, $40 nonmembers, RSVP, cleveland.marketingpower2.com.

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12/11 Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group (CDPUG) and Greater Cleveland PC Users Group (GCPCUG): Third Annual Holiday Tech Gifts Extravaganza, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, free, demos on digital camera, smart phones, tablet computers, etc., I’ve gone to meetings that interested me,www.cdpug.org and www.gcpcug.org.

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12/13 Lake Erie Moose Society bloggers group meeting, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Barking Spider Tavern, Case Western Reserve Uni. Campus, Cleveland, free, RSVP on Facebook page. Rescheduled after this week’s storm. I have been going to this since the start of the year. Good way to get your feet wet about blogging. Important people in Cleveland social media in this group.

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12/14 American Marketing Association Akron-Canton Chapter Annual Mingle Bells Event, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Mustard Seed Market and Cafe, Fairlawn/Akron, $25, RSVP, www.akroncantonama.org.

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12/16 Web Association Holiday Party, 6 p.m.-11 p.m., Winking Lizard, Lakewood, $25, RSVP by 12/13, I have attended events that interested me,www.webassociation.org.

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12/17 Northeast Ohio Society for Technical Communication (NEOSTC) Networking Lunch, noon, Creekside Restaurant, Brecksville, free, RSVP to Angie Dianetti, One of my Go-To events, nonmembers welcome, www.neostc.org.

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Nonindustry Events

12/08 Warrensville Heights Area Tri-City Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Networking, 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m., BJ Wholesale Club, Warrensville Heights, $10 nonmembers, RSVP, www.whacc.org.

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12/08 Young Professionals of Akron Holiday Networking Party, 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m., Akron Civic Theater, Akron, free, RSVP, www.ypakron.org.

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12/09 American Society for Quality (ASQ) Elyria/Lorain Chapter: Total Cost of Quality, 6 p.m., Lorain Community College, $5 nonmembers, RSVP, asq-elyrialorain.org.

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12/09 Canton Chamber of Commerce Stir After Hours, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., The Repository, Canton, $5, RSVP, www.cantonchamber.org.

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12/09 Cleveland Board of Realtors Holiday Party, 7 p.m.-11 p.m., Sushi Rock, Cleveland, $40 nonmembers, RSVP, “Join us for food, drinks and networking with peers from around the area.” caborholidaypartyeventbrite.com, www.cabor.com.

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12/09 Cuyahoga Valley Chamber of Commerce Holiday Party/After Hours, 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Hoggy’s Restaurant, Valley View, $5 donation to Harvest For Hunger, RSVP, www.cuyahogavalleychamber.org.

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12/09 NAWBO Cleveland Chapter Akron Networking Luncheon, noon-1:30 p.m., Vaccaro’s, Bath/Akron, free, RSVP Angie Dianetti, clevelandnawbo.org/cms/.

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12/09 Nordonia Networking Holiday Party, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Spennato’s Italian Ristorante, Northfield, $10, RSVP must, on LinkedIn events and group sections. “Wrapping up this year’s last networking event with a holiday party.” I attended some meetings.

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12/09 Northern Ohio Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) Holiday Party, 7 p.m.-10 p.m., Whirly Ball of Cleveland, Cleveland, free (?), RSVP,neoissa.org.

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12/09 Rocky River Chamber of Commerce Annual Christmas Party, 6 p.m., Don Umerley Civic Center, Rocky River, $20 RSVP or door, rockyriverchamber.com.

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12/10 American Society For Training and Development (ASTD) Northeast Ohio Chapter Coffee Chat and Contacts, 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m., Akron General Medical Center Health and Wellness Center, Fairlawn/Akron, $23 nonmembers, RSVP, neo.astd.org.

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12/10 Canton Chamber of Commerce AultCare Fast Break Breakfast with Christopher Saffici, 7:30 a.m.-9:15 a.m., Courtyard by Marriott, North Canton, $25 nonmembers, RSVP, www.cantonchamber.org.

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12/10 Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club Networking Breakfast, 8 a.m.-10 a.m., Grumpy’s, Cleveland, free, nonmembers welcome, www.cleveland2030.org.

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12/10 NEO IT Think Tank and CIO 3.0, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Corporate Plaza I, Independence, on LinkedIn groups and events sections. Topic: Your Future Concerning the Role of Information Technology: Five Major Shifts in IT Value, Ownership and Role of IT.

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12/13 Heights Hillcrest Regional Chamber of Commerce Networking Mania, 8-9:45, Hospice of the Western Reserve, Cleveland, $20 nonmembers, speed networking, hrcc.org.

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12/14 COSE Swap 25/Power Networking, 4:30 p.m., Bucci’s, Middleburg Heights, $10, limited seating, RSVP, www.cose.org. The last COSE speed networking event for this year. Only 25 spaces available to network with small business owners. Fills up quickly. I went more than one year ago and need to get back. Just act as a small business owner with a message and you are in the club.

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12/14 NAWBO Cleveland Chapter Holiday Party, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Market Avenue Wine Bar, Cleveland, Cost (?) RSVP, clevelandnawbo.org/cms/.

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12/14 Shaker Heights Chamber of Commerce Minding Your Business After Hours: Simply the Best 2010 Fundraiser, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Cleveland Skating Club, Shaker Heights, $35, RSVP Debbie, 216-392-8688, shakerheightschamber.org.

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12/14 Twinsburg Chamber of Commerce Connects Networking Group, 5 p.m., Mavis Winkle’s, Twinsburg, free, monthly evening meeting/networking for the group; doubles as restaurant’s monthly networking event; attendance fluctuates; free munchies; www.twinsburgchamber.com.

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12/15 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.

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12/15 Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club westide Happy Hour, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Panini’s, Westlake, free, nonmembers welcome, www.cleveland2030.org.

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12/15 Help Desk Institute (HDI) North Coast Chapter Holiday and Planning Meeting, 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Holiday Inn, Independence, RSVP,www.thinkhdi.com/chapters/northcoast.

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12/15 Holiday Networking Reception, 4 p.m.-7 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland East, Mayfield Village, $25, RSVP 12/10 Gayle 440-229-9901, on Beachwood Chamber of Commerce site, “Enjoy the holiday season with other businesses like yours!”

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12/15 Sprout Connections Eat Drink And Be Very Merry, 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Mercury Lounge, Cleveland, $10 advance/$15 door, It’s been some time I’ve listed an event from this group; networking with 10 percent of proceeds going to Shoes and Clothes For Kids, www.sproutconnections.com.

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12/16 Share-a-Christmas, 4 p.m.-9 p.m., Holiday Inn-West, Akron, $24.95 plus tax and gratuity, RSVP, on LinkedIn events, “Do you like to network and meet new contacts? Would you like to do this while enjoying holiday cheer? This event is for you.” If anyone goes to this, please let us know how it went.

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12/17 Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club Networking Breakfast, 8 a.m.-10 a.m., Grumpy’s, Cleveland, free, nonmembers welcome, www.cleveland2030.org.

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12/18 Web Development Special Interest Group (SIG): If It’s For Free, It’s For Me!, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Notre Dame College, South Euclid, free, products to share, I have been to only one meeting so far, www.websigcleveland.org.

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12/20 Chipotle Networking-Cleveland area, 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Chipotle, Independence, free, on LinkedIn events section. This is a different group than the one that usually meets at the Hudson store. You may find a mix of small business owners, financial services types and job hunters.

Upcoming Holiday Parties

Industry Events

12/01 Communicators Holiday Party, 5 p.m.-9 p.m., City Club, Cleveland, $30,2010communicatorsparty.eventbrite.com. THE holiday party for communications industry. This year, Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ), Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Cleveland chapters are coming together for this annual event. The annual planner/host is Jerry Masek, who had a health scare before the event last year. I hope there is a better turn out this year than 2009.

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12/01 Northeast Ohio Communication Advocates (NOCA) OneIndustry Forum: 2011 Marcom Industry Forecast, 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m., The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, $20, RSVP, onenoca.org.

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12/07 American Advertising Federation Akron Chapter: Leveraging Social Media For You And Your Clients with David Bowman, 11:30 a.m., Musica, Akron, $35 nonmembers, RSVP, www.aafakron.com.

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12/07 Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group (CDPUG) Annual Meeting and Holiday Party, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Mavis Winkle’s, Independence, $15 nonmembers, RSVP by check or PayPal, www.cdpug.org.

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12/07 Greater Cleveland Writers Meetup Group, 7 p.m., Lean Dog Software, Cleveland, $5, RSVP, www.meetup.com/cleveland-writers-forum.

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12/08 American Advertising Federation Cleveland Chapter Holiday In Cannes, 6 p.m., Capitol Theater, Cleveland, $45 nonmembers, www.aafcleveland.com.

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12/08 Cleveland Social Media Group TweetUp: Holiday Tweet at Bodies…The Exhibition, 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m., RSVP, I have attended past events, clevelandsmc.ning.com.

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12/08 Press Club of Cleveland Holiday Party and Annual Meeting, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Nighttown, Cleveland Heights, $30 nonmembers, RSVP,www.pressclubcleveland.com

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12/08 Public Relations Society of America Akron Chapter Holiday Party, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Greystone Hall, Akron, free (?), RSVP 12/01, akronprsa.org.

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12/09 American Marketing Association Cleveland Chapter Mingle Bells Holiday Mixer, 5:30 p.m., Wolf Lodge, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, $40 nonmembers, RSVP, cleveland.marketingpower2.com.

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12/11 Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group (CDPUG) and Greater Cleveland PC Users Group (GCPCUG): Third Annual Holiday Tech Gifts Extravaganza, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, free, demos on digital camera, smart phones, tablet computers, etc., I’ve gone to meetings that interested me, www.cdpug.org and www.gcpcug.org.

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12/16 Web Association Holiday Party, 6 p.m.-11 p.m., Winking Lizard, Lakewood, $25, RSVP by 12/13, I have attended events that interested me, www.webassociation.org.

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12/17 Northeast Ohio Society for Technical Communication (NEOSTC) Networking Lunch, noon, Creekside Restaurant, Brecksville, free, RSVP to Angie Dianetti, One of my Go-To events, nonmembers welcome, www.neostc.org.

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Nonindustry Events

12/01 COSE: Sales and Marketing: Powerful and Productive Networking, 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Cleveland State University East Center, Solon, $20 nonmembers,www.cose.org. Learn the right way to network and attend events. Question – what makes this different from the free Coffee event Friday on networking?

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12/01 The Manufacturing Mart Launch Party, 4 p.m.-7 p.m., The Galleria at Erieview Tower, Cleveland, free, register, mfgmartlaunchparty.eventbrite.com,www.capitalofknow-how.com.

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12/02 Fairview Park Chamber of Commerce Holiday Party, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Gemini Center, Fairview Park, $20, fairviewparkchamber.com.

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12/02 National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Cleveland Chapter westside Networking Luncheon, noon-1 p.m., Champp’s, Crocker Park, Westlake, free, RSVP Tina Hamrick, clevelandnawbo.org/cms/.

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12/02 Northeast Ohio Software Association (NEOSA) Networking Night, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Blue Canyon Restaurant and Tavern, Twinsburg, $10 nonmembers,www.cose.org. I went to one of these a long time ago. Good if you are in Tech. It’s right in my neighborhood this time; should go.

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12/03 Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club Around Town, 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m., Bar Room, Cleveland, free, www.cleveland2030.org. Happy hour and networking for young professionals. Also Stuff The Stocking Annual Charity Event.

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12/03 Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club Networking Breakfast, 8 a.m.-10 a.m., Grumpy’s, Cleveland, free, nonmembers welcome, www.cleveland2030.org.

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12/03 My Women’s Business Network Third Annual Holiday Event, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Acacia Country Club, Beachwood/Lyndhurst, $40 nonmembers, RSVP,www.mywomensbusinessnetwork.com.

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12/03 The Chipotle Networking Group: Final Carnitas and Connections 2010, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Chipotle, Hudson, free, on LinkedIn events. This is the Chipotle event I went to at the start of Summer. Not to be confused with the Cleveland-area one that recently surfaced. Networking with small business owners, job hunters and financial services types.

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12/06 International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) Cleveland Chapter meeting, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Lean Dog Software, Cleveland, free, limited seating, RSVP, cleveland.theiiba.org

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12/06 Local Food Cleveland Holiday Happy Hour, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Greenhouse Tavern, Cleveland, free, RSVP, www.e4s.org.

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12/06 Women In Networking (WIN) Holiday Benefit Luncheon, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Wyndham Hotel at Playhouse Square, Cleveland, $45, RSVP,www.wincleveland.org.

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12/07 Beachwood Chamber of Commerce Networking After 5, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Cleveland Clinic Family Health Center, Beachwood, $10 nonmembers, RSVP, Went to one long time ago, need to get back, www.beachwood.org.

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12/07 Nordonia Hills Chamber of Commerce Annual Holiday Party, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Gambitta’s Party Center, Northfield Center, $5 plus five non-perishable items,www.nordoniahillschamber.org.

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12/07 Working Women Connection Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Rustic Hills Country Club, Medina, $25 nonmembers, RSVP, unitingwomenblog.com.

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12/08 Warrensville Heights Area Tri-City Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Networking, 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m., BJ Wholesale Club, Warrensville Heights, $10 nonmembers, RSVP, www.whacc.org.

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12/08 Young Professionals of Akron Holiday Networking Party, 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m., Akron Civic Theater, Akron, free, RSVP, www.ypakron.org.

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12/09 American Society for Quality (ASQ) Elyria/Lorain Chapter: Total Cost of Quality, 6 p.m., Lorain Community College, $5 nonmembers, RSVP, asq-elyrialorain.org.

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12/09 Canton Chamber of Commerce Stir After Hours, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., The Repository, Canton, $5, RSVP, www.cantonchamber.org.

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12/09 Cleveland Board of Realtors Holiday Party, 7 p.m.-11 p.m., Sushi Rock, Cleveland, $40 nonmembers, RSVP, “Join us for food, drinks and networking with peers from around the area.” caborholidaypartyeventbrite.com, www.cabor.com.

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12/09 Cuyahoga Valley Chamber of Commerce Holiday Party/After Hours, 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Hoggy’s Restaurant, Valley View, $5 donation to Harvest For Hunger, RSVP, www.cuyahogavalleychamber.org.

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12/09 NAWBO Cleveland Chapter Akron Networking Luncheon, noon-1:30 p.m., Vaccaro’s, Bath/Akron, free, RSVP Angie Dianetti, clevelandnawbo.org/cms/.

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12/09 Nordonia Networking Holiday Party, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Spennato’s Italian Ristorante, Northfield, $10, RSVP must, on LinkedIn events and group sections. “Wrapping up this year’s last networking event with a holiday party.” I attended some meetings.

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12/09 Northern Ohio Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) Holiday Party, 7 p.m.-10 p.m., Whirly Ball of Cleveland, Cleveland, free (?), RSVP, neoissa.org.

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12/09 Rocky River Chamber of Commerce Annual Christmas Party, 6 p.m., Don Umerley Civic Center, Rocky River, $20 RSVP or door, rockyriverchamber.com.

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12/10 American Society For Training and Development (ASTD) Northeast Ohio Chapter Coffee Chat and Contacts, 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m., Akron General Medical Center Health and Wellness Center, Fairlawn/Akron, other details TBA,neo.astd.org.

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12/10 Canton Chamber of Commerce AultCare Fast Break Breakfast with Christopher Saffici, 7:30 a.m.-9:15 a.m., Courtyard by Marriott, North Canton, $25 nonmembers, RSVP, www.cantonchamber.org.

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12/10 Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club Networking Breakfast, 8 a.m.-10 a.m., Grumpy’s, Cleveland, free, nonmembers welcome, www.cleveland2030.org.

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12/10 NEO IT Think Tank and CIO 3.0, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Corporate Plaza I, Independence, on LinkedIn groups and events sections. Topic: Your Future Concerning the Role of Information Technology: Five Major Shifts in IT Value, Ownership and Role of IT.

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12/13 Heights Hillcrest Regional Chamber of Commerce Networking Mania, 8-9:45, Hospice of the Western Reserve, Cleveland, $20 nonmembers, speed networking, hrcc.org.

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12/14 COSE Swap 25/Power Networking, 4:30 p.m., Bucci’s, Middleburg Heights, $10, limited seating, RSVP, www.cose.org. The last COSE speed networking event for this year. Only 25 spaces available to network with small business owners. Fills up quickly. I went more than one year ago and need to get back. Just act as a small business owner with a message and you are in the club.

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12/14 NAWBO Cleveland Chapter Holiday Party, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Market Avenue Wine Bar, Cleveland, Cost (?) RSVP, clevelandnawbo.org/cms/.

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12/14 Shaker Heights Chamber of Commerce Minding Your Business After Hours: Simply the Best 2010 Fundraiser, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Cleveland Skating Club, Shaker Heights, $35, RSVP Debbie, 216-392-8688, shakerheightschamber.org.

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12/14 Twinsburg Chamber of Commerce Connects Networking Group, 5 p.m., Mavis Winkle’s, Twinsburg, free, monthly evening meeting/networking for the group; doubles as restaurant’s monthly networking event; attendance fluctuates; free munchies; www.twinsburgchamber.com.

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12/15 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.

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12/15 Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club westide Happy Hour, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Panini’s, Westlake, free, nonmembers welcome, www.cleveland2030.org.

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12/15 Help Desk Institute (HDI) North Coast Chapter Holiday and Planning Meeting, 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Holiday Inn, Independence, RSVP, www.thinkhdi.com/chapters/northcoast.

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12/15 Holiday Networking Reception, 4 p.m.-7 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland East, Mayfield Village, $25, RSVP 12/10 Gayle 440-229-9901, on Beachwood Chamber of Commerce site, “Enjoy the holiday season with other businesses like yours!”

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12/15 Sprout Connections Eat Drink And Be Very Merry, 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Mercury Lounge, Cleveland, $10 advance/$15 door, It’s been some time I’ve listed an event from this group; networking with 10 percent of proceeds going to Shoes and Clothes For Kids, www.sproutconnections.com.

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12/16 Share-a-Christmas, 4 p.m.-9 p.m., Holiday Inn-West, Akron, $24.95 plus tax and gratuity, RSVP, on LinkedIn events, “Do you like to network and meet new contacts? Would you like to do this while enjoying holiday cheer? This event is for you.” If anyone goes to this, please let us know how it went.

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12/17 Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club Networking Breakfast, 8 a.m.-10 a.m., Grumpy’s, Cleveland, free, nonmembers welcome, www.cleveland2030.org.

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12/18 Web Development Special Interest Group (SIG): If its Free, It’s For You!, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Notre Dame College, South Euclid, free, products to share, www.gcpcug.org/websig.

Holiday Party Networking Tips

Happy Thanksgiving! With the holiday party season starting next week, it gave me an idea – holiday party networking tips.

So, I contacted some of this area’s networking experts and master networkers and ask them to provide their top tips. This is what I received back:

Toni J. Chanakas- A master networker (compared to myself), Independent Marketing and Nonprofit Consultant and volunteer at Seeds of Literacy:

“When you have collected all those business cards, what do you do with them now? Send holiday cards. It’s a nice way to remind the individual you met that you’re still looking, plus adding a festive touch. This works. A few people appreciated the gesture.”

Jeff Nischwitz – Founder & Chief Question Officer at Think Again and one of the Three Guys of Three Guys Presents, “Hosting unique events with a focus on interesting people, their passions and the power of relationships”:

“Thanks for your note. My top tip is similar to my non-holiday event tip, which is to plan ahead with different questions that will take the conversations to a deeper, more meaningful level. Networking is about beginning relationships, and relationships are based upon connections. Different and deeper questions allow the opportunity for these connections to take place. One of my favorite questions is ‘What do you like to do when you’re not working?’ Specific to a holiday event, I’d modify the question to ‘What do you like most about the holiday season?’ or even better, ‘What’s your favorite holiday memory?’  Creating a dialogue that’s more meaningful is one of the clear paths to relationships.”

Susie Sharp- Social Media and Online Content Diva at Social Zense Media and master networker:

“Better to have a ho-ho-ho time than to be the party ‘hoe. Ladies, dress conservatively, showing a minimum of cleavage, scent and makeup. You want folks focused on your face, not other ‘assets.’  Avoid the dreaded Christmas sweater and leave the giant bag at home. If you need holiday frou-frou, stick to some themed, non-glowing, non-blinking earrings. Remember to carry plenty of business cards, work the crowd and don’t monopolize conversations. Oh – and girls – DON’T travel in packs. Show your confidence by circulating solo. And whatever you do, stick to a one to two alcoholic-drink limit.”

Industry Events

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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11/29 Sales and Marketing Executives of Cleveland Networking Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Windows on The River, Cleveland, $40 nonmembers, RSVP,www.smecleveland.com. Speaker: Umberto Fedeli, President/CEO, The Fedeli Group, on Relationships And The Power of Networking.

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12/01 Communicators Holiday Party, 5 p.m.-9 p.m., City Club, Cleveland, $30,2010communicatorsparty.eventbrite.com. THE holiday party for communications industry. This year, Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ), Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Cleveland chapters are coming together for this annual event. The annual planner/host is Jerry Masek, who had a health scare before the event last year. I hope there is a better turn out this year than 2009.

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12/01 Northeast Ohio Communication Advocates (NOCA) OneIndustry Forum: 2011 Marcom Industry Forecast, 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m., The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, $20, RSVP, onenoca.org.

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12/07 American Advertising Federation Akron Chapter: Leveraging Social Media For You And Your Clients with David Bowman, 11:30 a.m., Musica, Akron, $35 nonmembers, RSVP, www.aafakron.com.

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12/07 Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group (CDPUG) Annual Meeting and Holiday Party, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Mavis Winkle’s, Independence, $15 nonmembers, RSVP by check or PayPal, www.cdpug.org.

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12/07 Greater Cleveland Writers Meetup Group, 7 p.m., Lean Dog Software, Cleveland, $5, RSVP, www.meetup.com/cleveland-writers-forum.

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12/08 American Advertising Federation Cleveland Chapter Holiday In Cannes, 6 p.m., Capitol Theater, Cleveland, $45 nonmembers, www.aafcleveland.com.

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12/08 Press Club of Cleveland Holiday Party and Annual Meeting, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Nighttown, Cleveland Heights, $30 nonmembers, RSVP, www.pressclubcleveland.com

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12/09 American Marketing Association Cleveland Chapter Mingle Bells Holiday Mixer, 5:30 p.m., Wolf Lodge, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, $40 nonmembers, RSVP, cleveland.marketingpower2.com.


Nonindustry Events

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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11/30 COSE Arts Network Holiday Social, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Zygote Press, Cleveland, $10 nonmembers, RSVP, www.cose.org.

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11/30 Heights-Hillcrest Regional Chamber of Commerce Holiday Mixer, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Claddagh Irish Pub, Legacy Village, Lyndhurst, $20 nonmembers, RSVP Karen, hrcc.org.

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12/01 COSE: Sales and Marketing: Powerful and Productive Networking, 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Cleveland State University East Center, Solon, $20 nonmembers,www.cose.org. Learn the right way to network and attend events. Question – what makes this different from the free Coffee event Friday on networking?

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12/01 The Manufacturing Mart Launch Party, 4 p.m.-7 p.m., The Galleria at Erieview Tower, Cleveland, free, register, mfgmartlaunchparty.eventbrite.com, www.capitalofknow-how.com.

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12/02 Fairview Park Chamber of Commerce Holiday Party, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Gemini Center, Fairview Park, $20, fairviewparkchamber.com.

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12/02 Northeast Ohio Software Association (NEOSA) Networking Night, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Blue Canyon Restaurant and Tavern, Twinsburg, $10 nonmembers,www.cose.org. I went to one of these a long time ago. Good if you are in Tech. It’s right in my neighborhood this time; should go.

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12/03 Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club Around Town, 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m., Bar Room, Cleveland, free, www.cleveland2030.org. Happy hour and networking for young professionals. Also Stuff The Stocking Annual Charity Event.

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12/03 Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club Networking Breakfast, 8 a.m.-10 a.m., Grumpy’s, Cleveland, free, nonmembers welcome, www.cleveland2030.org.

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12/03 My Women’s Business Network Third Annual Holiday Event, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Acacia Country Club, Beachwood/Lyndhurst, $40 nonmembers, RSVP,www.mywomensbusinessnetwork.com.

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12/03 The Chipotle Networking Group: Final Carnitas and Connections 2010, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Chipotle, Hudson, free, on LinkedIn events. This is the Chipotle event I went to at the start of Summer. Not to be confused with the Cleveland-area one that recently surfaced. Networking with small business owners, job hunters and financial services types.

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12/06 International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) Cleveland Chapter meeting, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Lean Dog Software, Cleveland, free, limited seating, RSVP, cleveland.theiiba.org

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12/06 Women In Networking (WIN) Holiday Benefit Luncheon, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Wyndham Hotel at Playhouse Square, Cleveland, $45, RSVP, www.wincleveland.org.

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12/07 Nordonia Hills Chamber of Commerce Annual Holiday Party, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Gambitta’s Party Center, Northfield Center, $5 plus five non-perishable items, www.nordoniahillschamber.org.

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12/07 Working Women Connection Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Rustic Hills Country Club, Medina, $25 nonmembers, RSVP, unitingwomenblog.com.

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12/08 Warrensville Heights Area Tri-City Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Networking, 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m., BJ Wholesale Club, Warrensville Heights, $10 nonmembers, RSVP, www.whacc.org.

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12/08 Young Professionals of Akron Holiday Networking Party, 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m., Akron Civic Theater, Akron, free, RSVP, www.ypakron.org.

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12/09 Canton Chamber of Commerce Stir After Hours, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., The Repository, Canton, $5, RSVP, www.cantonchamber.org.

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12/09 Cuyahoga Valley Chamber of Commerce Holiday Party/After Hours, 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Hoggy’s Restaurant, Valley View, $5 donation to Harvest For Hunger, RSVP, www.cuyahogavalleychamber.org.

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12/09 Rocky River Chamber of Commerce Annual Christmas Party, 6 p.m., Don Umerley Civic Center, Rocky River, $20 RSVP or door, rockyriverchamber.com.

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12/10 American Society For Training and Development (ASTD) Northeast Ohio Chapter Coffee Chat and Contacts, 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m., Akron General Medical Center Health and Wellness Center, Fairlawn/Akron, other details TBA, neo.astd.org.

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12/10 Canton Chamber of Commerce AultCare Fast Break Breakfast with Christopher Saffici, 7:30 a.m.-9:15 a.m., Courtyard by Marriott, North Canton, $25 nonmembers, RSVP, www.cantonchamber.org.

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12/10 Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club Networking Breakfast, 8 a.m.-10 a.m., Grumpy’s, Cleveland, free, nonmembers welcome, www.cleveland2030.org.

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12/10 NEO IT Think Tank and CIO 3.0, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Corporate Plaza I, Independence, on LinkedIn groups and events sections. Topic: Your Future Concerning the Role of Information Technology: Five Major Shifts in IT Value, Ownership and Role of IT.

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12/14 COSE Swap 25/Power Networking, 4:30 p.m., Bucci’s, Middleburg Heights, $10, limited seating, RSVP, www.cose.org. The last COSE speed networking event for this year. Only 25 spaces available to network with small business owners. Fills up quickly. I went more than one year ago and need to get back. Just act as a small business owner with a message and you are in the club.

Where in The World Will You be Nov. 18?

November 18 is the date when every Northeast Ohio organization, in the communications industry or not, is having a networking event.

Where did I go last week? On Tuesday, it was the Greater Digital Markers Meetup Group, once I understood my Akron directions and got to the location. Lately, I have been getting lost in the Akron area. Too Cleveland oriented.

Andy Halko, the owner of Insivia, was the guest speaker on Pay-Per-Click marketing and analytics. Great to see and hear him.

What is your best tip for networking at holiday parties?

As you peruse the list this week, you’ll note the start of the holiday party season. So, what is your best holiday party networking tip? Let us know by Nov. 24. I want to use them in the Nov. 29 post.

Industry Events

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 Cleveland State University Noon at Nance: B2B Marketing Lead Generation, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., RSVP, www.csuohio.edu/business/noon. Panel discussion. You don’t know who you will bump into at this year-long series.

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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.

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11/29 Sales and Marketing Executives of Cleveland Networking Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Windows on The River, Cleveland, $40 nonmembers, RSVP, www.smecleveland.com. Speaker: Umberto Fedeli, President/CEO, The Fedeli Group, on Relationships And The Power of Networking.

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12/01 Communicators Holiday Party, 5 p.m.-9 p.m., City Club, Cleveland, $30, 2010communicatorsparty.eventbrite.com. THE holiday party for communications industry. This year, Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ), Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Cleveland chapters are coming together for this annual event. The annual planner/host is Jerry Masek, who had a health scare before the event last year. I hope there is a better turn out this year than 2009.

Nonindustry Events

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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11/18 University Circle Annual Meeting, 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, $25, RSVP 11/11, www.universitycircle.org.

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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 Cocktails and Contacts Networking Event, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Pieces Fine Furniture Consignment, Cuyahoga Falls, free(?), on LinkedIn events. Appears to be last of these events, as the organizer has secured employment.

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11/22 Get Lit! Light Up The Night Happy Hour, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Cleveland Play House, Cleveland, free, clevelandplayhouse.com. Happy hour for young professionals.

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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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11/30 COSE Arts Network Holiday Social, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Zygote Press, Cleveland, $10 nonmembers, RSVP, www.cose.org.

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11/30 Heights-Hillcrest Regional Chamber of Commerce Holiday Mixer, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Claddagh Irish Pub, Legacy Village, Lyndhurst, $20 nonmembers, RSVP Karen, hrcc.org.

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12/01 COSE: Sales and Marketing: Powerful and Productive Networking, 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Cleveland State University East Center, Solon, $20 nonmembers, www.cose.org. Learn the right way to network and attend events. Question – what makes this different from the free Coffee event Friday on networking?

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12/02 Fairview Park Chamber of Commerce Holiday Party, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Gemini Center, Fairview Park, $20, fairviewparkchamber.com.

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12/02 Northeast Ohio Software Association (NEOSA) Networking Night, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Blue Canyon Restaurant and Tavern, Twinsburg, $10 nonmembers, www.cose.org. I went to one of these a long time ago. Good if you are in Tech. It’s right in my neighborhood this time; should go.

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12/03 Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club Around Town, 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m., Bar Room, Cleveland, free, www.cleveland2030.org. Happy hour and networking for young professionals. Also Stuff The Stocking Annual Charity Event.

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12/03 Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club Networking Breakfast, 8 a.m.-10 a.m., Grumpy’s, Cleveland, free, nonmembers welcome, www.cleveland2030.org.

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12/03 My Women’s Business Network Third Annual Holiday Event, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Acacia Country Club, Beachwood/Lyndhurst, $40 nonmembers, RSVP, www.mywomensbusinessnetwork.com.

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12/03 The Chipotle Networking Group: Final Carnitas and Connections 2010, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Chipotle, Hudson, free, on LinkedIn events. This is the Chipotle event I went to at the start of Summer. Not to be confused with the Cleveland-area one that recently surfaced. Networking with small business owners, job hunters and financial services types.

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12/14 COSE Swap 25/Power Networking, 4:30 p.m., Bucci’s, Middleburg Heights, $10, limited seating, RSVP, www.cose.org. The last COSE speed networking event for this year. Only 25 spaces available to network with small business owners. Fills up quickly. I went more than one year ago and need to get back. Just act as a small business owner with a message and you are in the club.

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.

Marketing Association Spotlights Area Grocer’s Success

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Sorry this is coming out later than usual.)

Are there any topics you want covered as 2010 winds down? Let us know, send a comment.

As always, send us your experiences on any listed event.

Industry Events

11/05 CANCELED Medical Capital Bus Tour, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Embassy Suites, Independence, $80, RSVP, limited seating, on LinkedIn events. Cleveland Plus hosting third annual Healthcare Communicators Summit. Learn about NE Ohio’s healthcare assets.

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11/08 Society For Professional Journalists Cleveland Chapter, 7 p.m., Cuyahoga County Public Library, Fairview Park, free, www.spjchapters.org/cleveland. Guest speaker: Dan Coughlin, WJW-TV, promoting his book. I have been to events that interest me, such as Google 101 for Journalists.

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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 Northeastern 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 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 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

11/04 Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club Around Town, Velvet Dog, Cleveland, free, www.cleveland2030.org. Supplies drive with Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) Cleveland Chapter to benefit Cogswell Hall.

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11/04 NAWBO Westside Networking Luncheon, noon-1 p.m., Champp’s Americana, Crocker Park, Westlake, free, RSVP Tina Hamrick,  clevelandnawbo.org.

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11/04 Cleveland Society For Human Resource Management (SHRM) Networking Social, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., The Boneyard, Broadview Heights, $5 preregister by 10/29/$10 door, clevelandshrm.com.

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11/04-05 2010 Entrepreneurship Extravaganza, Kent State University, free, RSVP by 11/02, www.jumpstartinc.org. Includes workshops and panel discussions on minority and not-for-profit businesses, Also Innovation showcase with exhibitors and internship fair.

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11/05 Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club Networking Breakfast, 8 a.m., Grumpy’s, Cleveland, free, www.cleveland2030.org.

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11/05 Cleveland Sports and Business Alliance A Food, Fun and Friendraiser, 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Maggiano’s Little Italy, Beachwood Place, Beachwood, $25 proceeds going to A Kid Again, RSVP, cleveland.sportsandbusiness.net.

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11/05 NEO United States Green Building Council (NEO USGBC) Collaborative Social Networking, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., location TBA, free, RSVP, www.neogbc.org. Combined networking event for this group and AIA Cleveland, ASID Northern Ohio, CSI Cleveland, and more.

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11/08 American Society For Information Science and Technology Northern Ohio Chapter Tour of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum Library and Archives, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Cuyahoga Community College Metro Campus, Cleveland, free (?), nonmember RSVP sfensore@kent.edu 10/28-11/5.

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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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11/11 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 .

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11/11 NAWBO 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 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 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 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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11/17 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. Details TBA.

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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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11/18 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.

The Bigger the Better

EDITOR’S NOTE: This month one of my contacts has provided a guest post. We look forward to your comments and hope you visit her blog and website for more help on networking.

By Dumont Gerken Owen, Certified Career Management Coach

It’s not about the size of your network — it’s about the relationships you build. I’ve been networking for a long time, and over the years, I’ve made many contacts who fell off the map and many who I still carefully nurture as valued business and client acquaintances.

Time is money… and in your case, it’s the time and effort you put into your job search. So, do you want to spend this precious commodity building a huge network of contacts, or converting your most useful contacts into supporters with a vested interest in your success?

A short story:  I recently had a call from a client with whom I had been working for about six months. She had succeeded in a number of careers during her life and was evaluating which direction she wanted to go now. We narrowed her focus to one industry in which she had previous experience. She was then able to turn to the network that she had kept active through the years since she’d left the field. It took about a month for her to land a great job in financial sales management. Better yet, it suited her life style.

Now in her case, she already had a well-developed past network of individuals in a position to help her. However, even if you don’t have a well-developed professional network now, the same techniques that worked for her can work for you. Just remember it is neither easy nor fast.

On average, it’s going to take about three to four months before your network starts to pay off.

Try this experiment…

Put yourself in your contact’s shoes. Whom would you most likely help further their job search?

  • The person you met at a professional meeting, followed up with a thank-you letter,  but you never heard from again?
OR
  • The person who went beyond the thank-you letter: the one who sends an update on each referral you’ve offered and checks in from time to time, relating his or her job search progress or passes on an article of interest?
I’d help “B.”  “B” is not just a contact , “B” is an acquaintance I have a vested interest in!
It takes time, effort, and determination to develop a “true” network: one composed of people committed to helping you further your job search.
What are some of the tactics for converting contacts to supporters?
  1. Consider your first contact with the individual as an introduction.  This is not the time to ask for referrals or even contacts.  It’s an e-mail or call to set up a time to talk.  It’s developing a new friendship; a true friendship not built overnight.  The individual has to get to know you.  It’s the same process developing professional contacts.  They have to trust you before they’ll refer you.  They have their own credibility to consider.
  2. Once you’ve made contact, develop opportunities that deepen the relationship.  The first is your thank-you note.  Keep it professional, but personalize it by mentioning something specific you enjoyed about your talk.  Make it stand out by sending it by e-mail within 24 hours and a second one “snail mail.”  Employers can delete an e-mail in a second.  They are more likely to open “snail mail,” and it’s a second chance to touch base.
  3. The “pay forward” approach.  Research as much as you can about your new contact.  Send them an occasional article about a new breakthrough in the field or congratulate them on a personal accomplishment or company success.  Once you’ve primed the pump, you’re ready to ask for referrals to new contacts.
  4. Once your contact provides referrals, let them know how it worked out. If appropriate, copy the e-mail to the new contact. Remember you’re building your relationships with both. Let them know you appreciate their help.
  5. Keep them updated on your progress during your job search.

Following these simple tips will help you convert your contacts to acquaintances invested in your success!

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About the author: Dumont Gerken Owen has extensive experience helping individuals actualize their career/life dreams in the higher education, nonprofit and for profit sectors. Gerken Owen is dedicated to personal authenticity and work-life balance. She has helped thousands of individuals by guiding them through the career transition process and job search campaigns. Gerken Owen designs individual programs around her client’s goals and budget.

She is a Certified Career Management Coach with a doctorate in Higher Education and a master’s degree in Counseling and Human Services, specializing in vocational counseling, from The Florida State University.

Visit her website and blog, careerwindowsonline.com, or e-mail her at dumontowen@careerwindowsonline.com for a free hour consultation.

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COSE Conference This Week

Last week, I did try to attend one event, the Greater Cleveland Digital Marketing Meetup Group. Got to the location, a winery near Blossom Music Center, but it is now closed on Tuesdays. So the meeting moved to a local pub in the Akron area.

Problem for me, I got lost trying to get there. I do not have a smart phone or GPS, yet. So I went home.

I have been enjoying the Mackenzie Creamery toasted pumpkin goat cheese log I bought to share with the group.

The group has a locked this time on its next meeting location — Akron again! I hope this place is on Google Maps or Mapquest.

Industry Events

10/19 CLOSED Akron-Canton Web Meetup HTML5 For Fun and Profit with Parag Jagdale, 7 p.m., Blue Frog, Akron, RSVP, www.meetup.com/akroncantonweb.

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10/19 CLOSED International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Cleveland Chapter University Hospitals Case Medical Center Video Studio Tour, 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m., Lerner Tower, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, $30 nonmembers/$8 members in transition, limited seating, www.iabccleveland.com. I attend events that interest me.

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10/20 NEO Society For Technical Communication (NEOSTC) Networking Lunch, noon, Geisen Haus-German Pub and Eatery, North Canton, free, RSVP,www.neostc.org. Usually one of my Go-To events. Since its North Canton, could pass on distance.

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10/21 Sales and Marketing Executives (SME) of Cleveland Business After Hours, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., The Ritz Carlton, Cleveland, free, www.smecleveland.com. I went to one earlier this year. After-work networking for marketing/sales professionals.

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10/23 Society of Professional Journalists Cleveland Chapter Learn Final Cut Pro with Dennis Ryan, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Lorain Community College, Elyria, $15 nonmembers, limited seating, www.spjchapters.org/cleveland. I go to events that interest me.

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10/25 Sales and Marketing Executives (SME) of Cleveland Networking Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Windows On The River, Cleveland, $40 nonmembers, www.smecleveland.com. Topic: Sharing With The World Why Northeast Ohio Rocks with Tom Waltermine, Team NEO.

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10/26 American Marketing Association (AMA) Akron-Canton Chapter Fall Networking Fling, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Figaro Farms, Uniontown, $20,www.akroncantonama.org.

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10/27 American Advertising Federation Cleveland Chapter Mad Men Happy Hour, 6 p.m., Stone Mad Pub, Cleveland, free, www.aafcleveland.com. Co-hosted with 32 Below, the group’s young professionals unit.

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10/27 Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Cleveland Chapter: The Power of PR Diversity Reception, 4:30 p.m., Greater Cleveland Partnership, Cleveland, free, register, www.prsacleveland.org. I go to meetings I’m interested in.

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10/28 Akron Bloggers Community, 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m., Mocha Joe’s, Stow, free, on LinkedIn groups. Bloggers group for Akron-area residents. I have attended some meetings this summer.

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10/28 AAF Cleveland Chapter  and The Creative Group Portfolio Review Night, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Waterstreet Grill, Cleveland, RSVP cleveland@creativegroup.com, www.aafcleveland.com. Evening of networking, cocktails, food, and viewing some creative portfolios in Cleveland marketing.

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10/28 Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group (CDPUG): The Top 10 Biggest Challenges For Designers Going From Print To Web with Lisa Gruber-Gebby, 6 p.m., New Horizons Computing Learning Center, Garfield Heights, $10 nonmembers, cdpug.org. I’m now a member and will helping with the group’s blog.

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10/30 NEOSTC Joomla Workshop,8:30 a.m.- noon, Compuware, Independence, $45 nonmembers, limited space, RSVP Ginny Haas, www.neostc.org. Learn more about the content management system. Interesting to me; although I’ll be working with WordPress.

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11/02 Greater Cleveland Writers Meetup Group, 7 p.m., Leandog Software, Cleveland, $5, RSVP, www.meetup.com/cleveland-writers-forum.

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11/05 Medical Capital Bus Tour, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Embassy Suites, Independence, $80, RSVP, limited seating, on LinkedIn events. Cleveland Plus hosting third annual Healthcare Communicators Summit. Learn about NE Ohio’s healthcare assets.

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11/09 Greater Cleveland Digital Marketing Meetup Group, 7 p.m., The Lockview, 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.

Nonindustry Events

10/19 Entrepreneurs For Sustainability (E4S) Decade Of Doing: Putting Sustainability To Work!, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Great Lakes Brewing Co., Cleveland, free, RSVP, www.e4s.org. I went to one meeting earlier in the year.

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10/19 Greater Akron Business For Breakfast, 8 a.m.-9:15 p.m., Panera Bread, Fairlawn/Akron, free, on LinkedIn events. Meeting for business professionals to get together and discuss relevant topics to help businesses grow stronger and more successful.

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10/19 Westside Professional Women’s Connection Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Saucy Bistro, Westlake, $20 nonmembers, www.wpwconline.org. Guest speaker: Diane Helbig on Social Media Marketing.

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10/19 YStark CEO Meet and Eat After 5: Mullebration, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., The Karcher Group, North Canton, free, RSVP, www.ystark.org.

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10/20 Cleveland Engineering Society Fourth Annual Engineering Extravaganza, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., La Centre, Westlake, cesnet.org.

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10/20 Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club Westside Happy Hour, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Panini’s, Westlake, free, www.cleveland2030.org. Happy hour and networking for young professionals.

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10/20-21 COSE Small Business Conference, IX Center,www.cosesmallbusinessconference.com.

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10/20 Fairlawn Chamber of Commerce Networking Before 9, 7 a.m.-9 a.m., Mira Hair and Body, Fairlawn/Akron, free, nonmembers phone ahead to see if allowed, RSVP Polly Riffle, www.fairlawnareachamber.org.

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10/20 Help Desk Institute North Coast Chapter Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes – Change Management with Don Kirkwood, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m., Remington College, North Olmsted, free, www.thinkhdi.com/chapters/northcoast.

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10/20 Rocky River Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.,WineStyles at Westgate, Rocky River, free, rockyriverchamber.com.

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10/20 Simplex-IT Lunchinar Big Business Disaster Recovery For Small Biz Price, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Hattie’s Cafe, Hudson, free, RSVP, BizBlog.Simplex-it.com. I went to some of these earlier this summer looking for freelance clients.

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10/20 Society of Urban Professionals (SOUP) at Nite, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., House of Blues, Cleveland, free, www.thesoupnetwork.com.

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10/21 Association of Fundraising Professionals Cleveland Chapter: How The Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations Makes Ohio Nonprofits More Effective, 11:30 a.m., Crowne Plaza, Independence, $40 nonmembers,www.afpcleveland.org.

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10/21 Canton Chamber of Commerce Leadership Stark County Encounter Bus Tour, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, $59, RSVP,www.cantonchamber.org. Network with community leaders and business professionals while learning about the county.

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10/21 Fairlawn Chamber of Commerce Speed Networking, 1:45 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Stewart’s Caring Place, Fairlawn/Akron, limited seating, free, nonmembers welcome, RSVP Polly Riffle, www.fairlawnareachamber.org.

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10/21 Institute of Management Accountants: Solving Ohio’s Budget Crisis with David Reape, 6000 Lombardo Center, Independence, $30, RSVP, Honey 216-496-8597, cleveland.imanet.org. Accounting and financial professionals.

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10/21 Networking Power Hours, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Champp’s Americana, Valley View, $5, LinkedIn events or www.meetup.com/networkingpowerhours. Latest edition of professional networking headed by a business connection, Liz L.

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10/21 NEO Usability Professionals Association (NEOUPA) The Worst Practices In Web Usability with Ben Woods, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Metrics Marketing Group, Westlake, $10 nonmembers, www.neoupa.org. I went to one presentation earlier this year.

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10/21 Tech Savvy Women Food and Wine Pairing, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Viking Store, Legacy Village, Lyndhurst, $34, check LinkedIn events and groups. Networking group for those involved in Tech sector.

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10/22 American Institute of Architects Cleveland Chapter Joint Association Happy Hour, 5 p.m., Hiroshi’s Pub, Beachwood, free, RSVP, www.aiacleveland.com

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10/22 Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club Networking Breakfast, 8 a.m., Grumpy’s, Cleveland, free, www.cleveland2030.org.

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10/23 Web Development Special Interest Group (SIG) Improving The Design Of Your Sites, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Notre Dame College, South Euclid, free,www.websigcleveland.org.

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10/25 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. Monthly happy hour/networking for the Chamber. Attendance fluctuates; usually free munchies.

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10/26 Eco-Tuesday meeting, 5:30 p.m., The Club at Key Center, Cleveland, $5,www.meetup.com/Cleveland-EcoTuesday. Topic: Cuyahoga County executive candidates panel on sustainability.

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10/26 Jumpstart Community Meeting, 3 p.m.-5:45 p.m., Wolstein Center, Cleveland State University, free, register, www.jumpstartinc.org. First half is expo of group’s innovators and student innovators; 5 p.m. meeting starts. Interesting.

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10/27 Fairlawn Chamber of Commerce Networking Before 9, 7 a.m.-9 a.m., Fairlawn City Hall, Fairlawn/Akron, free, nonmembers phone ahead to see if can attend, RSVP Polly Riffle, www.fairlawnareachamber.org.

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10/27-28 Ohio Accounting Show, IX Center, Cleveland/Brook Park,www.ohioscpa.com.

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10/28 Canton Chamber of Commerce Stir After Hours, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Akron-Canton Airport, www.cantonchamber.org. Happy hour/networking.

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10/28 Get Connected 2010, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Akron-Canton Airport, nonmember price (?), RSVP, www.greaterakronchamber.org. Big networking event for Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce, Canton Chamber, Green Chamber, and the Airport.

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10/28 IT Martini 14 Tech or Treat, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Anatomy, Cleveland, $35, register, itmartinihour14.eventbrite.com, www.hyperproductive.com /blog, news and events. Networking event for IT professionals. I believe one was held during the summer. Portion of ticket going to Susan G. Komen For The Cure.

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10/28 National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Cleveland Chapter Brown Bag Lunch, noon-1 p.m., Dollar Bank Conference Room, Galleria, Cleveland, clevelandnawbo.org.

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10/28 Playhouse Square Partners Happy Hour, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., The Blind Pig Speakeasy, Cleveland, $20, RSVP partners@playhousesquare.com, nonmembers welcome, www.playhousesquare.org. I went to speed networking event about one year ago.

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10/28 Twinsburg Chamber of Commerce Clamming Around With The Chamber, 5 p.m., Red’s Place, Twinsburg, $30 adults, www.twinsburgchamber.com. Clam bake/happy hour, BYOB. Bring the family; BayLobsters Fish Market part of event.

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10/29 Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club Networking Breakfast, 8 a.m., Grumpy’s, Cleveland, free, www.cleveland2030.org.

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10/31-11/04 Cleveland Clinic’s Innovation Summit, InterContinental Hotel, Cleveland, www.clevelandclinic.org/innovations/summit.

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11/03 NEO IT Think Tank and CIO 3.0 Meeting, 4 p.m.-6 p.m., Corporate Plaza I, Independence, register, on LinkedIn groups and events. Topic: Strategic Business Virtualization: Significantly Lower Cost/Significantly Increased Functionality with Jack Wilson.

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11/04 Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club Around Town, Velvet Dog, Cleveland, free, www.cleveland2030.org. Supplies drive with Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) Cleveland Chapter to benefit Cogswell Hall.

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11/04 NAWBO Westside Networking Luncheon, noon-1 p.m., Champp’s Americana, Crocker Park, Westlake, free, RSVP Tina Hamrick,  clevelandnawbo.org.

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11/05 NEO United States Green Building Council (NEO USGBC) Collaborative Social Networking, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., location TBA, free, RSVP, www.neogbc.org. Combined networking event for this group and AIA Cleveland, ASID Northern Ohio, CSI Cleveland, and more.

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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.

Kitchen Sink Of Events

Last week, I went to only one event, it was for professional development and I learned something!

The event was a Healthcare Journalism Workshop that taught about how to use certain government websites to research medical and health topics. It was an interactive presentation (I got to use my laptop) by a staffer from National Library of Medicine, part of National Institutes of Health.

Now I have a new resource to show perspective clients or employers in medical/health industry.

Two contacts also attended the workshop.

By the way, the event coordinator is trying to start a Cleveland chapter of the Association of Health Care Journalists. Any journalist involved in health/medical writing, should contact Eileen Beal at eojb@visn.net. I would love to include its future meetings on this list!

As always, please let us know your experiences at listed events. It’s a great way for us to communicate and tells me what events to list and what not to.

Industry Events

10/12 Greater Cleveland Digital Marketing Meetup Group, 7 p.m., Sarah’s Vineyard, Cuyahoga Falls, free, RSVP, www.meetup.com/Greater-Cleveland-Digital-Marketing. Went to my first meeting of this group earlier this month. Social networking this meeting for expanding group. Bring munchies because it is being held at a winery.

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10/13 American Advertising Federation (AAF) Cleveland Chapter: Generic To Genius with Eric Ryan, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Doubletree Hotel Lakeside, Cleveland, $45 nonmembers, www.aafcleveland.com. With some help from COSE.

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10/13 Independent Practitioners Group: Nontraditional Social Media Marketing with Howard Zoss, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Mavis Winkle’s, Independence, $10 nonmembers, RSVP, www.ipgcleveland.org. This a trade group for independent public relations professionals. I went to my first event earlier this month when a good business contact spoke.

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10/13 Lake Communicators: Marketing For Nonprofit Organizations with Ann Fairhurst, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Lake Metroparks Pine Ridge Country Club, Wickliffe, $25 nonmembers, RSVP, www.lakecommunicators.com.

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10/14 American Advertising Federation (AAF) Akron Chapter Mixed Social, 5:30 p.m., 3 Point Restaurant, Akron, free, www.aafakron.com. With Northeast Ohio Craftsmen Club.

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10/14 CANCELED American Marketing Assoc. (AMA) Cleveland Chapter Beer and Movie Night, 5:30 p.m., Parnell’s Pub/Cedar Lee Theatre, Cleveland Heights, $35 nonmembers,cleveland.marketingpower2.com. I have gone to events that interest me.

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10/14 Noon At Nance: Target Marketing, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University, free, register, http://www.csuohio.edu/business/noon/reg.html, www.csuohio.edu/business/noon. The panel discussion series on trends and best practices is back with business-to-business marketing as its main topic for the 2010-2011 school year. I went to some of these last year.

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10/14 NEO Society For Technical Communication (NEOSTC): Technical Communication Project Tracking and Metrics Using Sharepoint, 5:30 p. m.-8 p.m., Rockwell Automation, Mayfield Heights, nonmembers $20 meeting/$35 with dinner, www.neostc.org. I attend events of interest to me.

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10/14 The Press Club of Cleveland: Breaking News-How The Media Covered The Arrests of Russo and Dimora, 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., Nighttown, Cleveland Heights, $30 nonmembers, www.pressclubcleveland.com. Panel discussion.

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10/14 Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Akron Chapter: Knowing Your Audience Gets The Results You Want with Julius C. Dorsey Jr., 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Martin University Center, University of Akron, Akron, $30 nonmembers, RSVP,akronprsa.org.

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10/16 Cleveland Bloggers Meetup Group Kitchen Sink Meetup, 10 a.m., Independence Library, Independence, RSVP, www.meetup.com/cleveland-ohio-bloggers. I attended one meeting earlier this year.

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10/19 Akron-Canton Web Meetup HTML5 For Fun and Profit with Parag Jagdale, 7 p.m., Blue Frog, Akron, RSVP, www.meetup.com/akroncantonweb.

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10/19 International Assoc. of Business Communicators (IABC) Cleveland Chapter University Hospitals Case Medical Center Video Studio Tour, 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m., Lerner Tower, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, $30 nonmembers/$8 members in transition, limited seating, www.iabccleveland.com. I attend events that interest me.

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10/20 NEO Society For Technical Communication (NEOSTC) Networking Lunch, noon, Geisen Haus-German Pub and Eatery, North Canton, free, RSVP,www.neostc.org. Usually one of my Go-To events. Since its North Canton, could pass on distance.

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10/21 Cleveland Social Media Club Social Media and Family: Finding Balance, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Pickwick and Frolic, Cleveland, RSVP, clevelandsmc.ning.com. I usually go to these events.

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10/21 Sales and Marketing Executives (SME) of Cleveland Business After Hours, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., The Ritz Carlton, Cleveland, free, www.smecleveland.com. I went to one earlier this year. After-work networking for marketing/sales professionals.

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10/23 Society of Professional Journalists Cleveland Chapter Learn Final Cut Pro with Dennis Ryan, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Lorain Community College, Elyria, $15 nonmembers, limited seating, www.spjchapters.org/cleveland. I go to events that interest me.

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10/25 Sales and Marketing Executives (SME) of Cleveland Networking Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Windows On The River, Cleveland, $40 nonmembers, www.smecleveland.com. Topic: Sharing With The World Why Northeast Ohio Rocks with Tom Waltermine, Team NEO.

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10/26 American Marketing Association (AMA) Akron-Canton Chapter Fall Networking Fling, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Figaro Farms, Uniontown, $20, www.akroncantonama.org.

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10/27 Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Cleveland Chapter: The Power of PR Diversity Reception, 4:30 p.m., Greater Cleveland Partnership, Cleveland, free, register, www.prsacleveland.org. I go to meetings I’m interested in.

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10/28 Akron Bloggers Community, 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m., Mocha Joe’s, Stow, free, on LinkedIn groups. Bloggers group for Akron-area residents. I have attended some meetings this summer.

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10/28 Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group (CDPUG): The Top 10 Biggest Challenges For Designers Going From Print To Web with Lisa Gruber-Gebby, 6 p.m., New Horizons Computing Learning Center, Garfield Heights, $10 nonmembers, cdpug.org. I’m now a member and will helping with the group’s blog.

Nonindustry Events

10/12 Cleveland Sports and Business Alliance Lunch with Cleveland State University Basketball Coach Gary Waters, 11 a.m-1 p.m., Wolstein Center, CSU, Cleveland, $20, RSVP, cleveland.sportsandbusiness.net.

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10/12 Cleveland Web Standards Association Art Direction On The iPad with Brad Colbow, 6:30 p.m., Progressive Insurance, Mayfield Village, register,www.clevelandwebstandards.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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10/12 NAWBO Cleveland Chapter Membership Rally, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Jones New York, Tower City, Cleveland, $10, clevelandnawbo.org.

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10/12 3 Guys Present: People You Should Meet, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., The Club At Hillbrook, Chagrin Falls, $40, 3guyspresent.com. Looks interesting and close by; I missed out on this group’s summer networking event.

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10/12 Twinsburg Chamber of Commerce Connects evening meeting, 5 p.m., Mavis Winkle’s, Twinsburg, free, www.twinsburgchamber.com. Monthly night meeting for the Chamber’s networking group. Doubles as the restaurant’s networking event. Attendance fluctuates; usually free munchies.

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10/13 B2B Clean Engineering Workshop, 1 p.m.-6 p.m., Lorain Community College, Elyria, www.greenenergyohio.org. Free part of event is Energy Savings and Financial Incentives For Home and Businesses. There is a wind energy workshop part that costs $35. Check site for more info and registration.

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10/13 Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club Networking at Noon, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., The Union Club of Cleveland, Cleveland, $35 nonmembers, RSVP, www.cleveland2030.org. Guest speaker: Howard “Hoby” Hanna IV, President, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services Ohio.

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10/13 Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce Coffee, Tea and Contacts, 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m., Panera Bread, Fairlawn/Akron, limited seating, members only (so contact to see if can attend), RSVP, www.greaterakronchamber.org.

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10/13 Heights-Hillcrest Regional Chamber of Commerce Fall Mixer, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Cedar Green Wine, University Heights, $20 nonmembers, RSVP,hrcc.org.

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10/13 Hudson Chamber of Commerce Business Before Hours, 8 a.m.-9 a.m., Bishop Financial Advisors, Hudson, RSVP, www.explorehudson.com

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10/13 CLOSED Mergers and Acquisitions Young Professionals of Cleveland Networking Event, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., House of Blues, Cleveland, RSVP ma.yp.cle@gmail.com. Check out LinkedIn group; meet and greet event for those involved in M and A.

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10/14 American Society For Quality (ASQ) Elyria/Lorain Meeting, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Lorain Community College, Elyria, $5 nonmembers, RSVP,  asq-elyrialorain.org. Topic: Global Customer Base.

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10/14 Cuyahoga Valley Chamber of Commerce Networking After Hours, 4 p.m.-6 p.m., Yours Truly, Valley View, $7 nonmembers, RSVP,www.cuyahogavalleychamber.org.

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10/14 Medina County Young Professionals Assoc.: Show Your Team Spirit Social and Networking, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Panini’s, Brunswick, RSVP,www.medinacountyypa.com.

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10/14 Morning with Katherine Miracle, 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m., Hudson Country Club, Hudson, $10, www.miracleresources.com. On LinkedIn events. Claims it’s for professionals in leadership roles, such as business owners and CEOs. Latest It speaker making the event circuit.

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10/14 NAWBO Cleveland Chapter Akron Networking Lunch, noon-1:30 p.m., Vaccaro’s, Bath/Akron free, RSVP Angie 330-650-4777, clevelandnawbo.org. The original networking lunch for this group.

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10/14 National Assoc. of Women In Construction (NAWIC) Cleveland Chapter #156: Discover The Treasures of NAWIC, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Hilton Cleveland-East, Beachwood, free for guests, register, www.nawiccleveland.org. Membership meeting, networking, dinner, raffles, for trade group for women involved in any part of the construction industry.

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10/14 Professional Association For SQL Server Cleveland Chapter IT Security and Your SQL Server with Howard Pincham, 8 a.m.-5:45 p.m., Microsoft, Independence, RSVP, www.bennettadelson.com /events.

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10/15 Business Networking Social Happy Hour, 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Bodega, Cleveland Heights, on LinkedIn events. By Exclusive Events and Travel Planning and Cleveland First Fridays. It is what it is; bring business cards to pass along as you mingle.

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10/15 Cleveland Executives Association, noon-1:30 p.m., Hermit Club, Cleveland, $25, RSVP, www.clevelandexecutives.com. Guest speaker: Len Komoroski, President, Cleveland Cavaliers. One of the area’s oldest networking organizations, founded in 1936.

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10/15 Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club Networking Breakfast, 8 a.m., Grumpy’s, Cleveland, free, www.cleveland2030.org.

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10/15 My Women’s Business Network Networking Lunch, 11 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Blue Canyon Kitchen and Tavern, Twinsburg, $35 nonmembers,www.mywomensbusinessnetwork.com. This month, right in my area; possible.

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10/15 Northeast Ohio American Society For Training and Development (NE Ohio ASTD) Expo, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sheraton Suites, Cuyahoga Falls, $98, neo.astd.org. New Realities: Driving Performance Through Learning.

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10/18 Beachwood Chamber of Commerce Networking After 5, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Costco, Mayfield Heights, $10 nonmembers, RSVP, www.beachwood.org. I went to one earlier this year.

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10/18 Chipotle Networking/Cleveland, 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Chipotle, Independence, free, LinkedIn events. I think this a separate group from the Chipotle networking group I visited in Hudson, but same premise.

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10/18 International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) Cleveland Chapter Using Project Management To Drive BA Success with Lynda Carter, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Baldwin Wallace Center For Innovation, Berea, free, members get 1st priority seating, RSVP, cleveland.theiiba.org.

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10/19 Entrepreneurs For Sustainability (E4S) Decade Of Doing: Putting Sustainability To Work!, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Great Lakes Brewing Co., Cleveland, free, RSVP, www.e4s.org. I went to one meeting earlier in the year.

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10/19 YStark CEO Meet and Eat After 5: Mullebration, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., The Karcher Group, North Canton, free, RSVP, www.ystark.org.

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10/20 Cleveland Engineering Society Fourth Annual Engineering Extravaganza, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., La Centre, Westlake, cesnet.org.

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10/20 Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club Westside Happy Hour, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Panini’s, Westlake, free, www.cleveland2030.org. Happy hour and networking for young professionals.

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10/20-21 COSE Small Business Conference, IX Center,www.cosesmallbusinessconference.com.

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10/20 Help Desk Institute North Coast Chapter Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes – Change Management with Don Kirkwood, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m., Remington College, North Olmsted, free, www.thinkhdi.com/chapters/northcoast.

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10/20 Rocky River Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.,WineStyles at Westgate, Rocky River, free, rockyriverchamber.com.

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10/20 Simplex-IT Lunchinar Big Business Disaster Recovery For Small Biz Price, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Hattie’s Cafe, Hudson, free, RSVP, BizBlog.Simplex-it.com. I went to some of these earlier this summer looking for freelance clients.

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10/20 Society of Urban Professionals (SOUP) at Nite, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., House of Blues, Cleveland, free, www.thesoupnetwork.com.

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10/21 Association of Fundraising Professionals Cleveland Chapter: How The Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations Makes Ohio Nonprofits More Effective, 11:30 a.m., Crowne Plaza, Independence, $40 nonmembers, www.afpcleveland.org.

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10/21 Canton Chamber of Commerce Leadership Stark County Encounter Bus Tour, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, $59, RSVP,www.cantonchamber.org. Network with community leaders and business professionals while learning about the county.

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10/21 Institute of Management Accountants: Solving Ohio’s Budget Crisis with David Reape, 6000 Lombardo Center, Independence, $30, RSVP, Honey 216-496-8597, cleveland.imanet.org. Accounting and financial professionals.

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10/21 Networking Power Hours, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Champp’s Americana, Valley View, $5, LinkedIn events or www.meetup.com/networkingpowerhours. Latest edition of professional networking headed by a business connection, Liz L.

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10/21 NEO Usability Professionals Assoc. (NEOUPA) The Worst Practices In Web Usability with Ben Woods, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Metrics Marketing Group, Westlake, $10 nonmembers, www.neoupa.org. I went to one presentation earlier this year.

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10/21 Tech Savvy Women Food and Wine Pairing, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Viking Store, Legacy Village, Lyndhurst, $34, check LinkedIn events and groups. Networking group for those involved in Tech sector.

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10/22 American Institute of Architects Cleveland Chapter Joint Association Happy Hour, 5 p.m., Hiroshi’s Pub, Beachwood, free, RSVP, www.aiacleveland.com

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10/22 Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club Networking Breakfast, 8 a.m., Grumpy’s, Cleveland, free, www.cleveland2030.org.

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10/23 Web Development Special Interest Group (SIG) Good Web Design Practices, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Notre Dame College, South Euclid, free,www.websigcleveland.org.

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10/25 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. Monthly happy hour/networking for the Chamber. Attendance fluctuates; usually free munchies.

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10/26 Eco-Tuesday meeting, 5:30 p.m., The Club at Key Center, Cleveland, $5, www.meetup.com/Cleveland-EcoTuesday. Topic TBA.

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10/26 Jumpstart Community Meeting, 3 p.m.-5:45 p.m., Wolstein Center, Cleveland State University, free, register, www.jumpstart.org. First half is expo of group’s innovators and student innovators; 5 p.m. meeting starts. Interesting.

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10/27-28 Ohio Accounting Show, IX Center, Cleveland/Brook Park, www.ohioscpa.com.

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10/28 Canton Chamber of Commerce Stir After Hours, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Akron-Canton Airport, www.cantonchamber.org. Happy hour/networking.

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10/28 Get Connected 2010, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Akron-Canton Airport, nonmember price (?), RSVP, www.greaterakronchamber.org. Big networking event for Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce, Canton Chamber, Green Chamber, and the Airport.

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10/28 IT Martini 14 Tech or Treat, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Anatomy, Cleveland, $35, register, itmartinihour14.eventbrite.com, www.hyperproductive.com /blog, news and events. Networking event for IT professionals. I believe one was held during the summer. Portion of ticket going to Susan G. Komen For The Cure.

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10/28 NAWBO Cleveland Chapter Brown Bag Lunch, noon-1 p.m., Dollar Bank Conference Room, Galleria, Cleveland, clevelandnawbo.org.

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10/29 Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club Networking Breakfast, 8 a.m., Grumpy’s, Cleveland, free, www.cleveland2030.org.