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Coffee Contacts at Eastern Lake County Chamber of Commerce

On Thursday, July 19th, our first event was a "Coffee Contacts" put on by the Eastern Lake County Chamber of Commerce that took place at the Matchworks Building (see on Station Street in Mentor which has been a fixture in the Lake County area since the 1800's.

Usually, at these gatherings attendees are allowed 30 seconds to give a commercial about the businesses/organizations that they represent but because there were so many people (50 by our estimate) in attendance, everyone was only allowed a few seconds to introduce themselves.

However, Ms. Sherri Trivisonno, the "Coffee Contacts" coordinator, was able to share with us a couple of pointers regarding sharing a lunch with a potential client. From her data, we learned that such a client is more likely to want to do business with a person who eats with utensils (geez, guess that means no ordering of hamburgers and/or egg rolls) and, here is something to definitely keep in mind, it is suggested that business not be talked about too much in depth at the first luncheon because the focus should be relationship building.

Afterwards, we all went upstairs for the ribbon cutting of a new family business wherein Ms. Amie Longstaff is the principal owner. It is named "Junie Balloonie" and is a design studio featuring custom-engraved and carved gift items involving glass-etchings and engraved metal. (see

We also had a few minutes to visit "Stella's Art Gallery" ( which is located on the downstairs level. It is an establishment owned by Ms. Dani Klein and Ms. Carol Pitts which intermittently features the works of 36 local artists ranging from paintings to pottery. In addition, it contains 8 small studios one of which is used by our good friend Pastor Jeff Sivyer of "The Grove Church" in Mentor who loves to create products such as pendulum clocks, bowls, and patio lights from old vinyl records. 

Of course, there was time to network on our own and we talked to several people who had had positive dealings with "Margaret W. Wong & Associates, LLC" including a man who once referred several I.T. specialists from Russia to us and a woman who told us that a friend of hers used our services when he immigrated to the United States from Iceland.

There was also a person who we have known for a long time who remembered recently thinking about us when she saw the name of Ms. Rose Wong on some sort of list but she couldn't remember what it was; we told her this is okay because we know that both Ms. Margaret W. Wong and Ms. Rose Wong are involved in so many community activities and sponsor so many worthwhile projects that we have a tough time keeping track of them too.


Michael Patterson

Community Liaison

Margaret W. Wong & Associates, LLC

Aimee Jannsohn