Professional Organizations

Installation of pervious pavement

Submitted by Ed Hauser on Wed, 08/03/2005 - 14:19.
08/24/2005 - 08:00




CSU's Levin College validates what every NEO entrepreneur knows...

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 07/21/2005 - 14:44.

A resounding theme among entrepreneurs in NEO has for a long time been "I don't get respect". Now, a new study by Stuart Mendel, Assistant Dean of the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University and Co-director of the college's Center for Non-Profit Policy and Practice, validates that "Cleveland could foster small-business growth as a way to erase the "Poorest Big City in America" distinction it earned last year".

JumpStarting the Future through Technology & Innovation

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 07/05/2005 - 04:12.
07/13/2005 - 17:00

Event:     JumpStarting the Future through Technology & Innovation
Date:     7/13/2005 - 7/13/2005
Time:     6:00:00 PM - 9:00:00 PM

Location:     University of Akron Student Union Center (Ballroom A)


University of Akron Student Union Center (Ballroom A)

Ideas on the Next Generation attractiveness of Northeast Ohio

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 06/05/2005 - 20:55.

The June 2nd WVIZ Ideas TV program explored what makes a city “cool�, by considering the former “Rubber City� of Akron's efforts to understand Generation X (folks born 1961-1981), which is the “Gold Standard� in the knowledge based economy. Akron is the first city in this region to analyze this critical economic development sector, with their Chamber of Commerce hiring the world-experts on the subject, Next Generation Consulting, of Madison, WI. Led by their Gen X CEO, Rebecca Ryan, Akron is comparing its Generation X appeal versus that of many of America’s most vibrant cities, like San Francisco, Seattle, Denver and Minneapolis.

Akron leading understanding of Generation X in Northeast Ohio

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 06/02/2005 - 21:00.

The City of Akron has taken the lead in Northeast Ohio to understand Generation Xers in their community, how to appeal to them, and how to transform their economy as a community inclusive of young and old for leadership in the New Economy. Related insight is posted here.

06.15.05 Community of Minds Special Outdoor Event -- Blogging for Business

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 06/02/2005 - 14:50.
06/15/2005 - 16:30

Please join us for a special alfresco Community of Minds! Enjoy fine
outdoor weather (or indoors if inclement) as we explore a hot topic:

Blogging has been garnering extraordinary media attention lately. It
has been hailed as everything from a landmark technology that will
change the way we communicate, share knowledge, and entertain
ourselves... to mere hype. The answer likely lies in the way that we
choose to leverage this new tool. Join Community of Minds as we explore
the strategic value of blogging, as it pertains to business.

As we explore blogs as a business tool, Cleveland Public Library will
also highlight its enabling technologies... such as WiFi and database

Guest Speaker: George Nemeth, Cool Cleveland's CIO and creator
of the Brewed Fresh Daily blog ( will lead the
discussion, share insights and answer questions. Bring your wireless
laptop to surf along in real time, on CPL's free WiFi hotspot.

Food & Drink: Community of Minds provides complimentary Hors d' Oeuvres. Cash bar available.

Parking: Self-parking is available across the street at the BP
Building, located next to the Hyatt. Limited metered street parking may
also be available.

This event is sponsored by Thompson Hine.
Established in 1911, Thompson Hine - - is among
the largest business law firms in the United States. For the last three
years, the firm has been named as one of the Best Corporate Law Firms
in America (in an annual survey of 32,000 corporate directors conducted
by Corporate Board Member magazine). With more than 350 lawyers and
offices in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton, Ohio; New York
City; Washington, D.C.; and Brussels, Belgium, we serve some of the
world's premier businesses.

This event is co-sponsored by REI (The Center for Regional Economic Issues).
According to REI, economic development insight comes from combining
different perspectives into a composite view of "What's next?". REI
combines the work of academic researchers with the disciplines of
management consulting. The goal is to develop actionable insights into
the types of investments that can accelerate productivity in a regional

This event is co-sponsored by the Cleveland Public Library, CPL (


Cleveland Public Library - 325 Superior Avenue

06.14.05 Tuesday@REI: Designing For Technology in our Neighborhoods

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 05/31/2005 - 08:15.
06/14/2005 - 15:00

Designing For Technology in our Neighborhoods - C V (Charlyn) Wood is a civic entrepreneur focusing
on developing technology initiatives which integrate technology access
and applications across communities.

Integral to promoting technology use C V Wood
develops strategies to identify new channels toward aggregation of
demand and resources for “niche� market development.


Peter B Lewis Bldg room 201

05.09.05 Notes: OVA showcases the entrepreneurial natural behind Roy Hobbs Baseball league

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 05/10/2005 - 02:04.

At their monthly member luncheon, on 05.09.05, the ever insightful Ohio Venture Association pitched something far a field of the usual build-it-and-they-will-come NEO entrepreneurial dreams by showcasing the biggest baseball champion of our lifetime, around here - the owner of Roy Hobbs Baseball, Tom Giffen. While some may think the sports industry is the exclusive domain of billionaire businessmen, Tom showed OVA attendees how being in the right place, at the right mid-life crisis, made one entrepreneurial journalist a self fulfilled and satisfied natural in the baseball industry, offering the audience many inspiring lessons for all ages.

04.29.05 City Club: Do Better Juries Equal Better Justice?

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 04/14/2005 - 11:57.
04/29/2005 - 11:00

Do Better Juries Equal
Better Justice?


City Club - 850 Euclid Ave., 2nd Fl.

04.15.05 REI: Mapping the broad sustainability community

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 04/08/2005 - 14:16.
04/15/2005 - 15:00

The growing visibility of sustainable development
creates new opportuinities for NEO. We have a strong foundation of
organizations committed to sustainability. We have a thick network of
committed civic entrepreneurs who know a lot about these issues. We can
move forward with an aggressive sustainable development agenda in NEO.


Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 02

05.12.05 COSE: Try Speed Dating For Your Business!

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 04/08/2005 - 13:50.
04/12/2005 - 16:30
Try Speed Dating For Your Business!
Attraction, infatuation, going steady,
engagement…and finally marriage! Sounds like the evolution of your relationship
with your significant other, right? Well your business relationships are no
different. And COSE has a way you can form a new business relationship and take
it straight to the altar!
Speed dating for your business is the idea behind
COSE’s Power 50 Networking event. You’ll take your turn making your company’s
pitch to the other people seated at your table. Then, every fifteen minutes
you’ll switch tables to address a new group of four tablemates, until you have
met face-to-face will all 49 other attendees.
This event, COSE’s most popular networking event
last year, is limited to the first 50 members who register, and has consistently
sold-out. Don’t wait…register now!
For more information, call Amanda Flood at (216)

Power 50 - Tuesday, April 12,
2005, 5:30pm to 7:30pm
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Who should
 Anyone looking to make new business



GCP/COSE: 50 Public Square, Suite 200

Mapping the sustainability community in NEO: Upcoming Events

Submitted by Ed Morrison on Fri, 04/08/2005 - 07:40.

Last week, the UN issued an important report on the future of our environment. The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment is focused on improving our insights into the environmental consequences of development.

04.11.05 OVA - Michael C. DeAloia: “Technology Development in the City�

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 03/24/2005 - 22:08.
04/11/2005 - 10:30

Michael C. DeAloia

- Senior Executive for Technology Development

- City of Cleveland - “Technology Development in the City�

Monday, April 11, 2005

- 11:30 Networking/12:00 Lunch Served/1:30 Adjourn

The Union Club - 1211 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland Ohio


Union Club - 1211 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland Ohio

03.14.05 NOTES: Ohio Venture Association welcomes Draper Triangle

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 03/20/2005 - 23:01.

The 03.14.05
Ohio Venture
entrepreneurship networking lunch at the Union
Club assembled a remarkable mix of entrepreneurs, venture funders and
entrepreneurship champions to build relationships and gain perspectives on the
state of opportunity and momentum of collaboration increasingly defining the
Northeast Ohio business community. That theme was well expressed by the
presence and focus of keynote presenter Mike Stubler, Managing Director of seed
and early stage venture capital firm Draper Triangle Ventures,
which just established an office in downtown Cleveland at 737 Bolivar Road -
also home of Jump Start. The topic of Mike's talk was “Why NEO is attractive to
Early Stage Investors�. Everyone in the club was engaged.

03.22.05 Web Association: Building a Creative Online Environment

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 03/16/2005 - 20:47.
03/22/2005 - 10:30

Building a Creative Online Environment:
Collaboration, Innovation and Education

March 22, 2005 at
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Register Now!


Windows On The River

03.18.05 CAAO Minority Access to Capital Program - deadline

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 03/16/2005 - 20:33.
03/18/2005 - 16:00

Seasoned Entrepreneurial Panel Discussion

The CAAO Minority Access to
Capital Program. The mission of this
program is the thoroughly educate minority entrepreneurs on all their funding
options and to aid in building relationships between the funders and minority
entrepreneurs of Northeast Ohio.


Midtown Innovation Center, 4415 Euclid Ave., Suite 201

04.05.05 Nano-Network: Nano-Materials – Enabling the Design of New Products

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 03/16/2005 - 20:05.
04/05/2005 - 17:00

This meeting will feature Frank Cotter who is in charge of
business development for Integran. Integran is a one of the companies that has
been successful in taking nano technology from the laboratory into the
marketplace.  Their electrodeposited coatings have been developed for a
wide variety of industrial, military, consumer and medical applications. 
Their's is a story how to find the market applications to commercialize a new


HealthSpace, 8911 Euclid Avenue

Communities Grow out of Conversations

Submitted by RWaxman-Lenz on Sat, 03/12/2005 - 08:52.

I attended an outstanding meeting of facilitators on Friday, led by Jack Ricciuto, founder and CEO of Smart Meeting Design.  A group of 35 people met to discuss the value of facilitation and ways that it can be marketed and developed.  During the discussion, we surveyed the collective years of facilitation represented in the group to find that it was just over 400 years.  The discussion began with the idea that communities grow out of conversations.  We start with words that build conversations that develop relationships.  The question is often asked in northeast Ohio as to how to construct a regional plan, how to engage a community that values all this region has to offer.  Certainly part of the answer must lie in the possibilities created by Jack's planting the seeds for a Northern Ohio Facilitator Community of Practice. Check out his website at:   

03.11.05 NOTES Roundtable@REI: Building the Facilitation Community in NEO

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 03/11/2005 - 14:19.

Jack Ricchiuto sent out 12 emails to convene a meeting to explore the
state of "facilitation" in NEO and 40 or so people showed up - 20
more said they can't come but want to come to a future event... all here are
interested to know each other. He convened this group to determine who are
facilitators in region, how may they work together as a "practice
area" and how can we help our community and clients understand what we do
and the value to the community. So he asks four questions:

Team NEO Success Awards

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 03/11/2005 - 00:44.
03/24/2005 - 10:30

Business is pleased to honor the top-performing companies in Northeast Ohio.

Dr. Toby Cosgrove
The Cleveland Clinic


Executive Caterers at Landerhaven

Power Breakfast Panel - “Finding, Keeping and Motivating Talented People�

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 03/10/2005 - 23:39.
03/16/2005 - 06:45

Power Breakfast Panel - “Finding, Keeping
and Motivating Talented People�

Wednesday, March 16, 2005, 7:45am to 9:30am
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Embassy Suites Independence - 5800 Rockside Woods Blvd.

Northeast Ohio Business Plan Challenge 2005 Networking Event

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 03/10/2005 - 12:40.
03/10/2005 - 16:00

Northeast Ohio Business Plan Challenge 2005 Networking Event


Artefino - Tower Press Building

Greater Akron Chamber's Annual Meeting: How Cool is Greater Akron?

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 03/07/2005 - 00:02.
03/16/2005 - 16:30

DATE: March 16, 2005

Annual Meeting: How Cool is Greater Akron?
Hilton Akron/Fairlawn, 3180 W. Market St., Fairlawn
5:30 - 8:30 PM
Speaker: Rebecca Ryan, Founder, Next Generation Consulting, Inc.
Non-member Cost: $55.00 Member Cost: $55.00


Hilton Akron/Fairlawn, 3180 W. Market St., Fairlawn

The Customer Connection, Know Thy Customer: The Ultimate CEO Reality Check

Submitted by John Soellner on Thu, 02/24/2005 - 13:17.
03/11/2005 - 11:00

Anne Mulcahy, chairman and CEO, Xerox Corp., began her career selling
copiers in Boston, and over the last three years, has led the company
through a massive transformation--reinventing Xerox into an innovative


850 Euclid Ave., 2nd floor, The City Club of Cleveland

Calling all Entrepreneurs! Join Us for Mixin' It Up With JumpStart!

Submitted by lhummer on Wed, 02/09/2005 - 23:57.
02/10/2005 - 16:30

Come and meet serial and aspiring entrepreneurs, supporters of entrepreneurship, community leaders, business leaders, deal makers, and investors at Northeast Ohio's premier networking event at Pickwick & Frolic. Make new contacts and connections while enjoying an assortment of drinks and hors d'oeuvres.Individuals from JumpStart's new portfolio companies will also be present to share their stories and insights.

Over 600 are expected. Space is Limited. Register Now!


Pickwick & Frolic Restaurant and Pub