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Networking Affair At Tthe Stone Mad Tavern

On Wednesday, May 4th, our only gathering was a speed networking affair put on by the International Business Network (IBN) at the Stone Mad Tavern on West 65th Street in Cleveland.

IMG_0711 As we have quoted from its literature before, IBN "was organized in 2005 by a group of highly experienced international business people with the specific purpose of helping each other and others involved in international business." One of the ways that it does this is through networking because "at these gatherings, marketers, manufacturers, distributors and international traders, as well as those who specialize in financial, legal, marketing and logistic matters have an opportunity to meet and share information and ideas."

Accordingly, this particular event was structured so that the participants would talk to one person for three minutes before Mr. Steve Petras, our timer, instructed us to move on to another party.

By the end of the evening we had made about 20 new contacts including:

***A person who have a relative who immigrated to the U.S. from India years ago and is thus visited at his/her home by many international people.

***Two people from "Nanze" a 501c3 nonprofit organization that recently conducted a happy hour in Lakewood in order to raise money to build a school in Malawi.


***A person whose daughter used to be involved with US Together which assists refugees here in Cleveland. She now works for a refugee resettlement agency in San Diego, California.

***An official from a local business that trains businesspeople how to function and communicate effectively when dealing with different cultures.

***Several people from a firm named "Marine Services International, Inc." which they described as "a travel agency for freight." They are also very socially concerned and thus very supportive of the work that Edwin's does in terms of re-entry.

***A young man who came here from India to attend college and would now like to find a job so he can remain in the U.S.

At the start of the evening, Mr. Don Esarove, Chairman of IBN, talked about an upcoming program that will deal with India as a trading partner. When he was done, someone called out, "will you serve Indian food there?" and got a laugh although, since we love Indian cuisine, we think that just might be a pretty good idea.

At any rate, we are registered to attend the India program and look forward to making some more contacts there.


Michael Patterson 

Community Liaison,

Margaret W. Wong & Assoc. Co., LLC.

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