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Eastern Lake County Chamber of Commerce Coffee Contacts; Wit and Whimsy Ribbon Cutting;A Taste of Painseville

On Thursday, September 1st, we attended three events in the Lake County area. The first one was the Eastern Lake County Chamber of Commerce's "coffee contacts" this time held at the Holiday Inn on Reynolds Road in Mentor. When it came time for us to stand up and talk about ourselves, our businesses, and/or interesting events on the horizon, we invited everyone to come out and see us at the St. Elias Festival in Brooklyn on Labor Day weekend where we will be tabling on behalf of Margaret W. Wong and Associates.

At  "coffee contacts", one of the chamber members approached us to ask for our help because he has a friend who recently married a woman from one of the Asian countries and, naturally, he would like to bring her to the United States.

We also met Mr. Dale Kiefer, Program Coordinator for Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland whose mission is "to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy." Mr. Kiefer told us that his organization works with Thomas Jefferson Newcomers Academy.

And we made the acquaintance of Mr. David Sacks, a dog trainer who will actually come to one's house to provide guidance in the training of a dog. Since we are considering obtaining a Bassett Hound, Mr. Sacks contact information is a welcome addition to our card file.

Later in the day, we went to another Eastern Lake County Chamber event which was a ribbon cutting for a new IMG_4203business in Madison Township called "Wit and Whimsy" which offers all sorts of neat gifts constructed by local artists.

We got to meet several of these artists including Ms. Barbara Wickert who created some beautiful Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls and embroidered towels, and her daughter Ms. Ann Wickert who designed some attractive greeting cards. Another artist that we met was Ms. Nancy Nelson-Brotz who had some lovely drawings available for purchase. Of course, our good friend Pastor Jeff Sivyer had on display some interesting items that he made from old phonograph records like a clock and a table top.

"Wit and Whimsy" is owned and operated by Ms. Maryann Guy with some help from family and friends. She told us that to put together a business like this has always been a dream of hers. Ms. Guy impressed us as being a very upbeat, hardworking person and everyone there (and a lot of people turned out including some local government officials) wished her well as the ribbon was being cut.IMG_4213

Our last event in the day was the annual "A Taste of Painesville" which our friend described as a miniature "Party in the Park" which took place on exactly the same street in Painesville. Due to the crowd, it took us a while to walk the length of the street twice which signifies that it was well-attended. There were information booths by community organizations, several bands, and lots of good food.

IMG_4208We got to meet Ms. Toni Nwankwo from Calvary C.M.E. Church which is hosting a business expo in the middle of the month that we are going to investigate taking part in because the Painesville area is very diverse and we want to get Ms. Margaret W. Wong's name out to as many people as possible.

Soon it was time to go home, but we stopped to relax for a minute. After thinking things through, we came to the conclusion that we didn't see another person that we knew at all three of the events that we attended but we saw maybe six people at two of them.

By:

Michael Patterson 

Community Liaison,

Margaret W. Wong & Assoc. Co., LLC

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