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April 2011 Newsletter
April 1, 2011- Vol 19

Thank you to our April Sponsor


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In This Issue
Letter from the CEO
Thurber Award
April Meeting
March Meeting Recap
Economic Development Task Force Update
Education Task Force Update
Marketing Task Force Update
Membership Task Force Update
March New Members

April Calendar

April 5 @ 7:30am
Marketing Task Force
April 5 @ 6:30-8:30pm
Startup U

April 7 @ 8:30am
Membership Task Force
April 9 @ 6pm
Centennial Gala
Beck Center
April 12 @ 7:30am
Leg. Task Force

April 13 @ Noon
Econ. Dev.Task Force
Winking Lizard

April 14 @ 7:30am
Board Meeting
April 15 @ 11:30am
Monthly Meeting
Lakewood Senior Health Campus
April 20 @ 3pm
West End Merchants

Board of Directors
2010-2011 Officers
Chairman of the Board
Terry Vincent
Brouse McDowell
Steve Clark
Clark Financial Group
Vice Chair of
Econ. Development
Brian Salem
Howard Hanna Smythe Cramer
Vice Chair of Education
Diane Helbig
Seize This Day Coaching
Vice Chair of Legislative and Government Affairs
Nikki Farley
Millisor & Nobil
Vice Chair of Marketing & Public Relations
Dan Carney
Cox Business
Vice Chair of Membership and Investor Relations
CIndy Einhouse
The Beck Center for the Arts
Immediate Past President
Erin Fach
Lakewood Community Recreation & Education Department
Board of Directors
Deborah Brauer
First Federal of Lakewood
Mary Anne Crampton
Scott Duennes
Nature's Bin
Shawn Juris
The Juris Agency
Ryan Krivosh
Around the Corner
Matty Lucarelli
Sweetwater Restaurant Group
Bruce McNabb
Lakewood Senior Health Campus/ O'Neill Management
Kevin Smith
Lakewood Hospital
Linda Thayer
West Shore Career Tech
Lisa Tomm
Hospice of the Western Reserve
Julie Warren
Erie DeSign
Ann Zabkar
PNC Bank 
Patty Ryan
CEO & President
Val Mechenbier 
Office Manager
Invitation from the CEO & President
The Centennial Gala
Saturday April 9, 2011 at 6pm
Beck Center for the Arts
It is only a week away from our biggest celebration this century and I'd love you to join us.  The committee has done an amazing job and we have ragtime and jazz, fine food, cocktails, amazing raffles, tributes and a great comedy lined up for you to enjoy.  For more information, watch the following video provided by our Centennial Sponsor, Cox Business.
Lakewood Chamber of Commerce Centennial Gala
Lakewood Chamber of Commerce Centennial Gala

Join me next Saturday, April 9 to help celebrate our organization's 100th Birthday.

Proceeds from the event benefit the

Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and the

Lakewood Historical Society.

Tickets are $75 and available at www.lakewoodcentennialgala.com or

call us at 216-226-2900.

Reservations are required.


Patty Ryan

Geiger Family to Receive Frank L. Thurber Award

Geiger's Grand Opening

As part of the year-long celebration of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce's centennial anniversary, the Chamber will present the Frank L. Thurber Award for Business Leadership to The Geiger Family at The Centennial Gala on April 9, 2011 at the Beck Center for the Arts. The award is named after the first president of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, Frank Leslie Thurber, and is given in recognition of the Geiger Family's

service to the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and to the business community.


Please join the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce at The Centennial Gala on April 9th at the Beck Center for the Arts to show our appreciation to the Geigers for all that they have done for our community.

April Meeting

Mayor's Address & The State of the Chamber

Friday, April 15, 2011

11:30 am Networking; Lunch at Noon

Lakewood Senior Health Campus Assisted Living*

1381 Bunts Road
Cost: $15 Members; $20 Non-members

RSVP to: vmechenbier@lakewoodchamber.org 


Join us for our annual Mayoral Address to the Chamber of Commerce by Lakewood Mayor Michael Summers.  The State of the Chamber Address by Mr. Terry Vincent, Chairman of the Board, will follow.


sponsored by:


*Valet parking will be provided courtesy of

Lakewood Senior Health Campus.


March Meeting Recap

March Breakfast

Thank you to Mr. Shannan Ritchie, Chief Operating Officer of Lakewood Hospital for the presentation, "A Healthcare Model for the 21st Century."  Mr. Ritchie addressed the

broader implications of changes in healthcare delivery and reform, with specific references to the Cleveland Clinic system.

Thank you to our March Sponsor
Lakewood Hospital
Economic Development Task Force

A Bike Race in 2011?  lakewood criteriumThe Economic Development Task Force Needs Your Help to Pull it Off


The Economic Development Task Force and the West End Merchants have a great community event proposed for July 2011, The Lakewood Criterium, but they need community support to make it a reality.  A criterium is a fast paced circuit cycling race that would attract riders and spectators from all over.


Join us for a meeting on Wednesday, April 20 at 3pm at the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce if you are interested in supporting this event.  We will have representatives from the cycling community, the City of Lakewood, and the Economic Development Task Force on hand to discuss the event and explain where help is needed.

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Interested in the Economic Development Task Force?  
Contact Chamber CEO, Patty Ryan at pryan@lakewoodchamber.org
Education Task Force 

"You Have An Idea -- Now What?"

Resources for New Entrepreneurs

Tuesday, April 5 from 6:30-8:30pm

Virgina Marti College of Art & Design

11724 Detroit in Lakewood


The first Startup U event will be all about resources that are available to entrepreneurs right here in Lakewood and throughout the rest of Greater Cleveland. Startup Lakewood's Director of Ideation, Mike Belsito, will keep the conversation going by interviewing a couple of special guests, and there will be plenty of time for questions from the audience...networking...and more!  Click here to register.

Confirmed Guests:
Dar Caldwell: Founder, LaunchHouse
Dru Siley: Assistant Director of Planning and Development, City of Lakewood

Interested in the Education Task Force?
Contact Chamber CEO, Patty Ryan at pryan@lakewoodchamber.org
Marketing Task Force
Save the Date for the 2011 Taste  of Lakewood

The 8th Annual Taste of Lakewood

Sunday, June 5th, 4:00 to 7:00 pm
The Clifton Club
17884 Lake Road
Lakewood, Ohio
The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its eighth annual Taste of Lakewood.  This gala event is targeted towards both our business members and the Lakewood residential community.


Both Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are available.  Contact Patty Ryan at 216-226-2900.
Interested in the Marketing Task Force?  
Contact Chamber CEO, Patty Ryan at pryan@lakewoodchamber.org
Membership Task Force
New Card Makes Referrals Easy
membership frontHelping us recruit for new members is now much easier.  The Membership Task Force has created a business sized "story card" to hand out to potential members and new businesses that quickly tells them who we are and how to get information on joining the Chamber.  Pick some up at your next Chamber function and help us get the word out...We're in business for your business! 



Interested in the Membership Task Force?
Contact Chamber CEO, Patty Ryan at pryan@lakewoodchamber.org
Welcome  March New Members

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