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November, 2008
Chamber Luncheon - Learn from GLIDE How to Grow Your Business
he Great Lakes Innovation and Development Enterprise (GLIDE) is a unique public/private partnership that can
help you to grow your business, whether you are at the idea or expansion stage. GLIDE provides many services
including idea assessments, technology/staffing support, legal counsel, business management mentoring and access
to capital.
Join us for networking and lunch at the Cleveland Yacht Club on Thursday November 20th. Cliff Reynolds and
Dennis Cocco of GLIDE explain what GLIDE can do to help the economy of Northeast Ohio.
Cliff Reynolds is the Director of GLIDE and responsible for the planning, organizing and directing all activities of
the enterprise. Cliff co-founded DIY Home Warehouse and served as President and CEO of the 16 store, 1800
employee company in addition to founding Chatham Consulting, LLC. Dennis Cocco is the Associate Director of
GLIDE and is responsible for developing marketing and tech-based business strategies for the enterprise. Dennis
was Vice President, Investor Relations and Communications of PolyOne Corporation. His more than 37+ year career
included product and application research and development, as well as technical service and marketing.
Sponsored by:
Seeley, Savidge, Ebert & Gourash, Co., LPA
Celebrate Christmas
with the Chamber
Chamber Luncheon
Thursday, November 20
Networking – 11:30 a.m.
Lunch – Noon
Cleveland Yachting Club (second floor)
200 Yacht Club Drive, Rocky River
By 11/17
After 11/17
Indicate your menu selection when making reservations:
#1 Chicken Picatta
#2 Apple walnut salad with grilled chicken
#3 Vegetable Lasagna
RSVP to the Chamber office at (440) 331-1140 or
[email protected]
Advance reservations are required! We cannot expect
the chef to have a meal ready for you if we’re not
expecting you. If you fail to cancel your reservation at
least 48 hours prior to the luncheon, you will receive a
bill for the cost of your reserved meal.
Mark your calendar for Thursday, December 4, as
we share in the spirit of the holidays at the Chamber’s
Annual Christmas Party at the Don Umerley Civic
Center. Festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. The cost is
just $20 per person and proceeds benefit the
Rocky River Assistance Program.
Santa’s helpers Debbie Bernard, Rick Joyce and the
Christmas Party Committee are decking the halls and
planning an unforgettable holiday celebration for you and
yours featuring:
• A bountiful buffet donated by local area restaurants
• Soft drinks and libations for toasting
• The sounds of the season
• Chances to win magnificent gift baskets
• A visit from Santa
• Happy holiday surprises!
Contact the Chamber office at (440) 331-1140 or
[email protected] for more information.
From the President
We are all feeling the effects of
the national economic downturn.
The effects of the economy have
been especially rough on small
and mid-sized businesses, which
make up the majority of our
Chamber’s membership.
During these tough economic times it is very important
that we do what we can to support our local economy.
We need to make a conscious effort to keep our personal
and business dollars local. As such, the Rocky River
Chamber of Commerce asks and encourages its
membership to interact, support and do business with
fellow Chamber members as much as possible. This is
a critical economic time and by supporting one another,
the Rocky River business community and the local
economy will continue to flourish.
Staying with the theme of keeping it local, I sat down the
other day and made a list of all of the Chamber member
businesses that I have used or visited over the past
month. I came up with twenty-three, and some of them
were visited or used on more than one occasion. I would
encourage you to take a moment and think of the fellow
members you have dealt with over the last month and
make an effort to think of fellow Chamber members when
deciding where to go to eat or where to buy something.
Gregory L. Thompson
Mission Statement
The Rocky River Chamber of Commerce,
an advocate and vital presence in
Rocky River, strives to support a
network of businesses and civic
interests to promote business
for its members.
For your convenience, you may use your credit
card to pay for Chamber luncheons
and events, your annual membership
investment, and more.
Welcome New Members!
Nancy L. Daniel MSA LLC
Nancy Daniel
568 Red Oak Lane
Bay Village, OH 44140
(440) 527-0672
Investment/Financial Advisor
Jay Volk
20006 Detroit Road, Suite 300
Rocky River, OH 44116
(440) 827-2000
Medical Professional/Dental/Healthcare
Melting Pot
Eric McIntyre
3111 Westgate
Fairview Park, OH 44126
(440) 356-8900
Restaurant/Deli/Food Service
Giant Eagle
Tim Hriczo
22160 Center Ridge Rd
Rocky River, OH 44116
(440) 333-2733
Sunflower Coffee Roasting
Tracey Demers
3645 Middle Post Lane
Rocky River, OH 44116
(440) 376-0594
**Recruited by Ellen Ballas of House Beautiful!
Ellen gets a free dessert at Sweet Melissa’s!
DKM Salon and Spa
Debra Knotts-Meadows
21571 Lorain Road
Fairview Park, OH 44126
(440) 331-2395
Hair Salon/Spa
**Recruited by Cliff Obrock of Garcia Obrock Inc.!
Cliff gets a free dessert at Sweet Melissa’s!
Great Lakes Computer Corporation
Joseph Janos
33675 Lear Industrial Parkway
Avon, OH 44011
(440) 937-1123
Internet Services, Sales, Website Development
Dale Jones
19132 Old Detroit Rd
Rocky River, OH 44116
(440) 333-2271
**Recruited by Sharon Spooner of WestLIFE!
Sharon gets a free dessert at Sweet Melissa’s!
Spotlight Members
Sharon Spooner
Account Executive, WestLIFE Newspaper
26933 Westwood Rd., Suite 200,
Westlake, OH 44145
(440) 871-6296 #1
[email protected]
WestLIFE Newspaper has been serving the West Shore
Community since 1959. We are the best read newspaper due
to the coverage we give all communities in the West Shore.
Editorial, school sports, community activities, classified and
the ever popular Police Beats. Our editorial staff is always out
and about capturing the latest and most interesting stories.
Our General Manager Pete Deverall and the Sales Department
work to find new and interesting ways to broaden the way for
your advertising dollars to be spent wisely. We have a creative
Art Department that is available to put together beautiful ads
for you. The best part is that there is no additional charge for
this service.
I came to the WestLIFE from a retail career, spanning 40 years
with The Higbee Co. and a few other smaller retailers. This
has given me the background to know all the ins and outs
of advertising for both large and small businesses. I am
always available to offer my suggestions to enhance your
advertising choices.
I am privileged to be on the Committee for Relay for Life in
Rocky River. The Rocky River Chamber Women in Business
group has broadened my contacts in the business world with
positive and enjoyable experience. I look forward to continue
working with all of my community contacts and would like to
wish everyone HAPPY HOLIDAYS.
John Mulholland
Fitness Together
19910 Detroit Road, Rocky River 44116
(216) 458-0611
[email protected]
Tom Schulien and I were popular personal
trainers at the Westlake Fitness Together location. We put
together our years of experience and passion for fitness and
made the decision to open our own studio in Rocky River.
We created a private personal training studio that focuses on
building customized programs for each of our clients. Oneon-one training sessions in private rooms mean that clients
feel comfortable and the full attention of their trainer means
that clients perform techniques properly. Positive encouragement helps to keep clients motivated and brings faster results.
Also, knowing that you have a scheduled workout time means
you are less likely to miss workouts. Tom and I have included
Michelle Swidrak and Becky Pilgrim to our well-rounded team
of trainers. Whether you are working out for the first time,
training for a sport, or getting your body back after having
children, one of the trainers at Fitness Together will have the
experience to create a program to fit your needs.
Join us on November 13 for
Business After Hours
You and your guests are invited to network with other
members at Pearl of the Orient at 19300 Detroit Road
in Beachcliff Market Square. Enjoy complimentary
appetizers, a cash bar and networking. There is no cost
to attend and advance reservations are not required.
Invite a friend or colleague who could benefit from
meeting other area business people.
Seeley, Savidge, Ebert & Gourash Co. LPA
opened its doors to Chamber members and hosted a
Business After Hours gathering on September 25th.
Many members enjoyed a tour of the firm’s beautiful new
offices, as well as complimentary food and beverages.
Members in the News
Vision Graphix received the top management award from CPrint,
Certified Printers International. Each six months, CPrint selects the
printer who has demonstrated the most significant positive changes in
their company over the past six months from among its participants.
Jeff Brant, Jr. (left) of Vision Graphix
in Westlake received a Management
Award from Tom Crouser, CPrint®,
Certified Printers International)
Scott Cowan, owner of Century Cycles, was part of a story on
www.crainscleveland.com/cyclingbusiness that reports bicycle sales
have gone up as gas prices have risen. Cowan reported that August
2008 sales were up 35% compared to the same month last year.
Sun News West Group editor Carol Kovach was honored
recently with a Women of Accomplishment Award. Fred
DeGrandis, president and CEO of Cleveland Clinic
Regional Hospitals, presented the award to Kovach and
three other women at the sixth annual “Simply Women, Simply
Wonderful!” event. Kovach has been with the Sun since 1974.
New member Jake’s Life Rocks held its Grand Opening celebration
on Saturday, October 18th. Mayor Pam Bobst was on hand for the
ribbon cutting ceremony with store owners Randy Baun and Patrick
Randall. The new store, featuring the “Life is good” brand, is located
at 19354 Detroit Road in Beachcliff Market Square.
Mayor Pam Bobst shows her T-shirt purchase
to Bill Brink, Property Manger of Beachcliff
Market Square, at the Grand Opening of
Jake’s Life Rocks. (Photo by Debra Sherman)
Letter from Executive Director:
It’s the month of Thanksgiving, so I would like
to share with you all for which I am thankful:
• For all members of the Chamber. This
organization has a very supportive group of
people who want to be involved. I’m very proud
to be a part of such a solid organization.
• For the Board of Directors. We have a very engaged
Board that cares about Rocky River and its economy. They are
generous people who give a great deal of their time to help the
other members of the Chamber.
• For the Expo Committee who worked hard to produce a
great event. I think it’s amazing that majority of the work that
went into making the Expo happen was done by volunteers!
I am especially thankful for Jim Riedl, the Expo Committee
Chairman who did a lot of work and always remained calm
and cool. We are fortunate to have Jim’s commitment to the
Chamber. Seriously.
• For Donna Kopina and Laura Jameson. Donna has been
the Chamber’s Executive Assistant for over three years and
she keeps this organization running like clockwork. She is
such a dedicated employee and smart person. Laura is our
new intern and has already made a difference. She is a hard
worker and a fun addition to our office.
• For the new database that the Chamber implemented a
couple of months ago. It provides for greater accuracy and
ease of keeping member information current.
• To be living and working in Rocky River. After having
lived in other cities around the country, I have a tremendous
appreciation for this beautiful city. It’s such a great place to be,
it’s easy to get around, everything is so convenient and, most
importantly, the people are really warm and friendly.
• For Fall. The colors here are spectacular and the weather
has been beautiful. I know I won’t be so thankful for the
weather in February. I am also thankful for the Cleveland
Metroparks. Yes, I enjoyed the scenic mountains and waters
in the Pacific Northwest, but the valley is a unique gem that
I treasure.
Member Special Events
• Celebrate Rocky River Public Library's 80th
Anniversary! On Sunday, November 23 from 1:00 to
5:00 p.m. there will be entertainment, prizes,
giveaways, a spectacular cake and more! This event
is sponsored by the Rocky River Public Library
Foundation, the Women's Committee of Rocky River
Public Library and the Friends of Rocky River
Public Library.
• Style Mutt will host a Holiday Open House on
November 8th, 10am – 5pm, refreshments will be
served. The store for dogs will also host a Yappy Hour
on November 13, 5:30 – 7:30pm, with wine and h'ors
doeurves for humans, treats for dogs. $5 donation
• The Wellness Center at Supplements Etc.
presents “Kinesiology 101” on Thursday, Nov 6 at
7:00pm. This is a hands-on class to learn about muscle
testing. The cost is $30.00. Thursday, Nov 13 at
7:00pm, you are invited to attend a free presentation,
"Stressed out - The holistic story” to learn natural
approaches to alleviate the stress in your life. RSVP to
(440) 333-9691.
If you have a special event you’d like promoted in River
Biz, simply send a two sentence summary of your event
to [email protected] by the 15th of the month
prior to the event.
Gemini Tower I, Suite 550
1991 Crocker Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44145
440-835-0600 • Fax: 440-835-1511
• For my job. I love this job and I feel very fortunate to work
here! I am thankful that the Board of Directors chose me.
• For my friends and family. Although I really miss the
family I left in Seattle, my local friends and cousins have
made me feel very welcome back in my hometown. There are
“good people” here!
Happy Thanksgiving!
Liz Manning
Board Election
Ballots for the election of the 2009 Board of Directors will
be mailed to members in early November. Each candidate
has written a bio, here is a chance for you to preview the
candidates. Please vote!
John Ballas
It would be my great honor to serve on the Board of the Rocky
River Chamber of Commerce. To follow in the footsteps of the
men and women that came before me would be very fulfilling.
My objectives as a Board member would be to continue to
grow the Chamber through increased membership and
increased involvement of current members. We have a
calendar full of wonderful events and community involvement
and I feel that we as members can improve that in the future.
I am especially interested in using and patronizing local
businesses whenever possible. It is our obligation as
local businesses to support and enrich each other.
I am a lifelong resident of Rocky River and a local business
owner since 1985. I am married with three children in the
school district. I serve on the Board of the Rocky River
Education Foundation.
Debra Bernard
I have been a member of the Rocky River Chamber of
Commerce for eleven years. I have been serving as V.P. of
Special Events for the past three years, coordinating the
Quality Business Award, New Teacher Luncheon and the
annual Christmas Party. Previously I served as a Board
Member/ Chairperson of the Education Committee for five
years. I am the Principal of Rocky River High School and have
been an employee of the Rocky River City Schools since 1996.
I began as a business teacher for three years and served as
Assistant Principal for five years.
If re-elected to the Board of the Rocky River Chamber of
Commerce, I will continue serving as a liaison between the
business community and the school system. It is a privilege
to be a member of the Rocky River Chamber of Commerce.
Serving on the Board of Director of the Chamber affords me
the opportunity to support our business community.
Paul Hvizda
I currently serve as Vice President of Operations for Admiral
Products Inc., a Cleveland-based national printer for the
packaging industry. I am responsible for plant operations,
staffing and equipment. I have been on the Rocky River
Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors since 2005,
actively participating on the Membership Directory,
Golf Outing and Business Expo committees.
I actively serve on various committees and groups for the
statewide Printing Industry Association serving Northern
Kentucky and Ohio (PIANKO). I am a member of the Master
Printers of America and am the past president of Young
Professionals in Graphic Communication (YPGC). I have also
served on PIANKO Board of Directors, Community Service
Alliance Board of Directors and Rocky River Parks and
Recreation Foundation. I am an alumni of Rocky River High
School, Cuyahoga Community College (AS) and Baldwin Wallace
College (BA). I am a lifelong Rocky River Resident, married with
3 children who are in Rocky River schools.
I have a vested interest in Rocky Rivers’ economic stability
and growth of commerce within the city. I feel that through the
various groups, associations and business experiences, I can
make a valuable contribution to the Board, its mission, and
the membership.
Zac Patton
Hello. I am Zac Patton, Co-Owner of Patton Painting Inc. I have
been a member of the Chamber of Commerce since 2004. As
many of you know all too well, the owner of a small business
often has to wear many hats. My current roles include
estimating, sales and marketing just to name a few. I have
lived in Rocky River with my wife Julie, son Owen, and beagle
Lou for the past three years and hope to stay for many more.
I became involved in the Rocky River Chamber because I
believe developing relationships with and patronizing local
businesses is one way I can contribute to the strength of our
local economy. As a board member, I would like help create
new and effective ways for Chamber businesses to interact
with each other and the community at large in order to foster a
positive economic environment, especially for small businesses.
Allen Roy
I manage the JoS. A. Bank Clothiers store in Beachcliff
Market Square. I have been with JoS. A. Bank for four and a
half years. Before JoS. A. Bank, I worked for other retailers,
in the financial services industry and in politics.
I have been actively involved with the Chamber since our
store opened two and a half years ago. I regularly attend the
Chamber’s monthly luncheon meetings, had an exhibit at
the 2006 Taste of River, and we had a table at the Business
to Business Expo in 206, 2007 and 2008. I feel I would bring
fresh ideas and a different perspective to the board. The
chamber has had a tremendous impact on my success at
JoS. A. Bank and I see this as a small way to give back to an
organization that has helped me. That’s why I ask for your vote.
Tim Yanda
As a veteran employee of Cox Communications, I am honored
to accept the nomination to run for the Rocky River Chamber
Board of Directors. Cox has been a member of the Rocky River
Chamber for more than 20 years. By representing Cox on
the Chamber board I can continue to help Cox invest in the
communities we serve. Cox Communications has partnered
with the Rocky River Chamber on a variety of events including
the Rocky River Business to Business Expo and partners with
the city of Rocky River on such events as the Rocky River
Summer Sunset Concert Series, the Hole-in-One Shoot Out
and various school-sponsored activities and events. Cox prides
itself on being a good community partner while serving both
the residential and business customer. Along with my expertise
in technology and the relationships I have through Cox I feel
my appointment to the board is a win-win situation for both
the Rocky River Chamber and Cox Communications.
Thank you for Making
Expo 2008 a Success!
The Chamber appreciates and acknowledges the sponsors,
exhibitors, contributors and volunteers who helped to make our
sixth annual Business to Business Expo a great success! The
attendance was down slightly, to approximately 750 visitors.
But feedback from exhibitors has been very positive and many
valuable connections were made on October 16th at the Don
Umerley Civic Center.
Many exhibitors had giveaways and drawings. Here are the
results of a few, along with some comments about the Expo:
“Pete Jenkins and Ronald DeVandry of Single Source Solutions
won our free logo design giveaway.” Steve Toth of J. Toth
Graphic Design
"The Expo exceeded our expectations. We developed more
leads than in past years and recouped the cost of the event in
two days." Allen Roy, Jos. A Bank
“I was able to give away 375 ‘mini moos’ stuffed cows, 200
chicken nuggets, 300 breakfast club cards and 250 "Be Our
Guest" cards for free chicken sandwiches. Plus it was fun!”
Dan Curran, Chick-fil-A
“We all had a great time and found several leads as well. We
will definitely be back next year.” Rusty Deane, OneLink
“Michele Pierson won the Buick Enclave for a weekend from
Steve Barry Buick. We enjoyed the Expo very much.”
Steve Barry of Steve Barry Buick
The winner of the bean guessing game at Gilbert, Mayor &
Co.’s table was Allison Pritchard of WestLIFE. The actual
number of beans in the jar was 4,078 and she guessed 4,062.
Good job Allison! She won a gift certificate to Danny
Boy’s Pizza.
Platinum Sponsors
Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals
Cox Business
Gold Sponsors
Cuyahoga Community College
Cellular Technology
Food Sponsors
Pearl of the Orient
Russo Espresso
Salmon Dave’s
Sunflower Coffee
Sweet Melissa’s
The Woods
Silver Sponsors
Dawson Companies
Giant Eagle
Gloria Hardington – Relaty One/The SALEMaker Team
Inside Business & West Shore Magazines
Lorain County Community College
Sun News
Paul Hvizda of Admiral Products
Jim Riedl
mans his display.
Kory Koran
Debra Bernard
Carole Calladine
Pete Deverall
Paul Hvizda
Rick Joyce
Melissa Henahan
The trainers at Fitness Together give
the Expo a thumbs up.
Liz Manning
Rick Mack
Cliff Obrock
Joe Toth
Mike Trifiletti
Anita Simko
Greg Thompson
Lindsey Wenzinger
Joe (left) and Steve Toth found new
business with their bright display.
Volunteers & Contributors
John Adamescu
Ellen Ballas
John Ballas
Carol Benyo
Cindy Falasca
Paul Gallagher
Bob Gray
The team from Dr. Uveges-Heimke
Aesthetic Denistry were all smiles at
Will Kelly
the Expo.
Donna Kopina
Laura Jameson
Tom Jarus
Frank Martau
Anthony Moore
Annemarie Synek
Scott Schumacker
Ted Stephens
Debbie Gibbs of the Normandy
Peter Toomey
Retirement Community talks across
the aisle with Rick Joyce of
Liz Toth
Huntington National Bank.
Steve Toth
Deborah Toth
Mark Wagner
RRHS Business students
RRHS Key Club students
RR Senior Center
Danny Boy’s Pizza
Giant Eagle
Chad Chillemi of The Woods and
George Hwang of Pearl of the Orient
Sunflower Coffee Roasting
were both popular food sponsors.
Alan Wesen of OneLink and Ed Turza
with First Federal of Lakewood talk
with an Expo visitor.
2008 Activity Schedule
Board Meeting
Business After Hours
Chamber Luncheon
sponsored by Seeley, Savidge, Ebert & Gourash, Co.
Speakers: Dennis Cocco and Cliff Reynolds of The Great Lakes
Innovation and Development Enterprise (GLIDE)
12:00 noon
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m.
Pearl of the Orient
The Cleveland Yachting Club
Board Meeting
Christmas Party
12:00 noon
6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Plaza West
Don Umerley Civic Center
Fashion Show
Upcoming Committee Meetings
The Winter Fashion Show was cancelled due to
insufficient ticket sales. Thank you to all who
showed support of the event.
These committees need your help and welcome your
participation. If you would like to get involved, be sure
to contact the committee chairperson or attend the
next committee meeting.
The Park West and
Westgate Tower
Commercial Office
• Conveniently located within a few miles of I-90/I480
• Close to Hopkins Airport
• Within 10 minutes to downtown Cleveland
• 5 nights a week cleaning service
• Full janitorial service
• Free parking
• 24 hour/7 days a week uninterrupted use of your office
These are just a few of the amenities offered by our
two buildings. We currently have space available
from 280 to 7000 square feet. If you are interested,
please call us at (440) 333-1888.
Christmas Party Committee
Wednesday, November 12, time and place TBD
Contact: Debra Bernard (440) 356-6801
Membership Committee
Thursday, November 13, 8:00 a.m.
Original Pancake House at Westgate
Contact: Annemarie Synek (216) 642-9300
Women in Business Committee
Tuesday, November 11, 8:00 a.m.
Panera Bread, 19705 Center Ridge Road
Contact: Ann Davies (440) 227-6939
For Smooth Sailing Service
Call Gloria Hardington
the SALEmaker
Providing you with top quality services from
2 locations for your convienence
VM: 216.999.2132
Office: 440.356.2200
Fax: 440.356.6210
E-mail: [email protected]
1095 Center Ridge Road
Rocky River 44116
4591 Great Northern Blvd
North Olmsted 44070
• S A L O N & S PA •
19025 OLD LAKE RD.
(440) 333-7994
(440) 899-1930/
20220 Center Ridge Road, Suite 130 Rocky River, Ohio 44116
2008 Chamber Officers
Greg Thompson, Thompson & Thompson, LLC
Mike Trifiletti, Devries, Huntley, Trifiletti & Loy, CPAs
Debra Bernard, Rocky River City School District
Jim Riedl, Chase Home Mortgage
Cynthia Falasca, Falasca’s
Mike Mayor, Gilbert, Mayor & Co., LLC
Liz Manning
2008 Board of Directors
Paul Gallagher
Melissa Henahan
Paul Hvizda
Rick Joyce
Will Kelly
Kory Koran
Gail Liggett
Cliff Obrock
Anita Simko
Ann Marie Synek
Lindsey Wenzinger
Brahma Capital Corporation
Baker and Co., Incorporated
Admiral Products Inc.
Huntington Bank
Minuteman Press
City of Rocky River, Economic & Community Development
FirstMerit Bank
Garcia Obrock, Inc. dba GO!2
Baker and Co., Incorporated
October 2008
Visitors: 963
New Visitors: 634
(634 out of 963)
Visits per day: 46-48
Could you use 46-48
new customers today!?!
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everyday with “Ad Links”
Call (440) 356-0745 for details
River Biz Credits
Liz Manning
If you would like to write an informative article for River Biz,
please send your idea to [email protected]
J. Toth Graphic Design
Minuteman Press
Peter Toomey
Phone: (440)331-1140 • Fax: (440)331-3485 • E-mail: [email protected] • Web site: rockyriverchamber.com