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Power of More and Coffee Contacts

On Wednesday evening, September 17th, we attended a Power of More Mega Mixer at Montrose Volvo of Cleveland. "The Power of More" is sort of an umbrella that covers the chambers of Fairview Park, North Coast (of which we are members), North Olmsted, North Ridgeville, Olmsted and West Shore. There were well over 100 people there and we made about 25 new contacts in the space of two hours. Among the people we spoke with were Ms. Yang "Young" Lu Alexander, a sales associate with Bass Ohio Real Estate. Ms. Alexander immigrated to the United States from China in 2011 after she married a United States citizen. She will become a United States Citizen herself in just a couple of months. She certainly has heard of Ms. Margaret W. Wong and really admires her. We also spoke to Ms. Lisa Burns, an account executive with Lost Tribe Media who once referred a friend from India to our office for help on an immigration matter.

Another person who was there was Mr. Don Stark, former sales manager of Channel 43 and CBS Radio. He was there with his partner, Ms. Nancy Miller of the Hospice of the Western Reserve. They both recalled meeting Ms. Wong at a Hospice function one year ago.

In addition we came away with one lead concerning another party from India who may need our assistance and the names of two companies that do business overseas that we are going to reach out to. I

t was a free event but everyone was encouraged to make a small donation to the 2014 Tour of Good Cheer conducted by Mr. Richard "Dick" Clough who was here tonight and got to speak for a few minutes. Mr. Clough told us that the tour, which brings Christmas to 350 disadvantaged children, has been his holiday project for 30 years now and 100% of every contribution goes directly into the project; there is little or no overhead. He concluded his presentation by saying that he wanted to be the "first to wish you a merry christmas but let's not push it!"

After all, it is only September 17th. We do have a little time left before December 25th.

Our first event for Thursday, September 18th, was the Mentor/Painesville monthly "coffee contacts decaf" which was held today at Healthcare for Business on Normandy Drive in Painesville. We made about 5 new contacts there today including several people connected with hospice and/or nursing homes who expressed an interest in our services because they have patients who would like to reconnect with family members from other countries.

"Coffee contacts decaf" and "coffee contacts" are always a good time and we look forward to attending them both each month. The only difference between them is that one is only for chamber members and the other is for chamber members and guests but we honestly forget which is which.

Then we drove over to the Steris Corporation on Mentor Avenue in Mentor for a seminar titled "How to Develop International Sales for Medical Products" which was put on by the International Business Network, the City of Mentor and U.S. Commercial Services. It consisted of four prominent speakers who talked about important topics which might affect local businesses who are already engaged in overseas trade or might be in the not-too-distant future.

The speakers and their topics were:

***Mr. Robert Straetz, Sr., International Trade Specialist, Office of the European Union "Certification Requirements for Medical Products"

***Mr. Tim Jablonski, VP Marketing & International Sales, Codonics Corp. "Marketing Your Medical Products Globally"

***Mr. Adam Zangerle, Legal Counsel for the Steris Corporation "Regulatory Issues/Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Relating to Medical"

***Mr. Stephen J. Petras, Jr., Partner-Baker Hostetler, LLP "Legal Considerations/Compliance for Medical Industry"

Of course we know Mr. Petras well; we have talked to him at several programs conducted by the Cleveland Council of World Affairs of which he is the immediate past Chair of the Board. We also knew Ms. Kimberly Holizna, International Trade Administrator for the City of Mentor who often attends chamber of commerce lunches.

There were about fifty people there and we decided to attend this program because we believed that the businesses represented here might need or eventually need some help on immigration issues should they decide to hire foreign born people to come and work for them here in the United States.

And, indeed, several people that we met today indicated that they just might have the need for our assistance in the future so we will send them letters. In fact, a couple of people even brightened up when we mentioned that we were from Margaret W. Wong and Associates, an Immigration Law Firm.

Afterwards, we walked to our car with our friend Mr. John Senese with Northeast Ohio Trade and Economic Consortium. He told us that he is going to organize a program in November about NAFTA and we told him to be sure to put us on his list of people who want to go.

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