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By Laura Sparano

Plans are being made for the Annual Chamber Holiday Party, Dec. 5, 5-8 PM at the Greenwood Village Community Center.  The committee, under the leadership of Marilyn Knapp-Walko (Mary Kay), will be asking our member restaurants and business members to “show the LOVE” by donating the refreshments, non-perishable foods for the Emergency Assistance Center and items for the Pick-a-Prize Raffle.  Dig out that holiday sweater Aunt Bertha bought you!  You could win the Ugly Sweater Contest!  A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Emergency Assistance Center.  Admission is $10 or $5 plus 5 canned goods.  Party guests are asked to bring an appetizer to share.  Sponsorships are now available at many levels, $25 – $300. Thank you to Ridgway Insurance for being our first!  Online registration is now live.  Any questions, call the Chamber office at 330-467-8956.  Bring your office mates, your spouse and business neighbors.  This event is open to the Nordonia Hills business community.

KEEPING YOU AND YOUR BUSINESS SAFE – Our daily life, economic vitality, and national security depend on a stable, safe, and resilient cyberspace.  Are we all cyber-doomed?  Plan to attend the Nov. 9 Chamber monthly meeting at the Avenue at Macedonia (9730 Valley View Road, Macedonia 44056).  Business Analyst Matt Molnar will give us timely information and tips on CYBERSECURITY that will help keep us safe, both professionally and personally.  As usual, this meeting begins with casual networking and lunch at 11:30.  During the business portion of the meeting, we will be voting on the 2018 NHCOC Board of Directors.  This meeting is open to the community.  The price of admission is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for all others.  Please call 330-467-8956 to register.

Join entrepreneurs, business owners, professionals and people who like to meet new people.  Start your November off with a stack of new business contacts!  Join usFriday, Nov. 3, 8 -9 am as nine area Chambers of Commerce converge on Great Lakes Honda for 1st Friday Networking on the GO!  100+ area business people know where to go to connect with their next clients and customers each moth.  Admission is free, but open to Chamber members only.  Non-members can visit twice to “get your feet wet”.  Please RSVP to 330-467-8956.

The next Chamber Connect (Home-Based Business Group) will meet on Wed., Nov. 15 at 9:00 am at Mama Maria’s Family Restaurant in Sagamore Hills. This month, Niah Duncan from the SBA will bring us up to date on how the SBA can help your small business.  She will also share some tips on getting those coveted government projects.  If you have a home-based business, join us on Nov. 15.  You will be mixing with like-minded people – people to bounce ideas off of and people to grab ideas from – ideas that can be applied to your business as well.  This group has a lot of value for you.  There is a lot less standing around with people who can’t help you grow your business!  The NHCOC Chamber Connect is designed to be a network of like-minded entrepreneurs making your life easier and your business more profitable.   Coffee is complimentary; breakfast is self pay.   For more information, call the Chamber Office at 330-467-8956.