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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.