Out & About

Swedish American Chamber of Commerce

Later on Tuesday, January 29th, we sent to the Holiday Inn on Rockside Road in Independence to attend the annual meeting of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce Ohio (SACC-Ohio) whose mission is “to promote trade, commerce and investments between Sweden and the Ohio Region. We looked forward to being addressed by video by Mr. Bjorn Arvidsson, Minister Counselor, Head of Trade and Economic Affairs at the Embassy of Sweden in

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Blockland at the City Club

On Tuesday, January 29th, we went to the City Club for a program titled “Building Blockland: What’s Next?” which explored the potential for blockchain technology to help transform the Northeast Ohio region into a extraordinary technological  hub comparable to what we already have established in terms of outstanding medical facilities. After we arrived, we conversed with Mr. Bob Mika about how far we have advanced, technology-wise, in a relatively short

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28th Annual Black Heritage Concert

On Sunday afternoon, January 27th, we drove to Kulas Hall in University Circle to attend the 28th Annual Black Heritage Concert presented by the Cleveland Institute of Music featuring the talents of ensembles from the Cleveland School of the Arts (CSA) whose mission is “to provide opportunities for Cleveland students to excel in both arts and academics within a culture of compassion, support, and high expectations.” During the course of

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Chili Cookoff and Anniversary of East Side Irish-American Club

Chili Cookoff On Saturday, Januray 26th, we went to the United Methodist Church in downtown Painesville to take in the 15th Annual Chili Cook-off. As you might expect, it always generates a warm, homely environment in which friends and neighbors display their products and compete for prizes. Competition is good-natured, though. Accordingly as printed on the ballot we were given, the criteria for judging the chili were: Aroma: Chili should smell

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Doing Business in Europe and Lake County Awards

On Friday, January 25th, we went back to the Paradigm Center at Mentor High School (where the State of the Mentor Schools took place on Wednesday) in order to take in some of the “Doing Business in Europe” seminar that was put on by the City of Mentor International Trade Initiative organized by Mr. Kevin Malecek, Director of Economic Development and International Trade; Dr. Mercedes Sanchez-Moore, International Trade Manager; and

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Securing the Future in a Changing Middle East – CCWA

Our second event for Wednesday, January 23rd, was a Cleveland Council on World Affairs (CCWA) program titled “Securing the Future in a Changing Middle East,” featuring Ambassador Ryan Crocker, Diplomat in Residence at Princeton University. The CCWA pamphlet described Amb. Crocker as “a statesman whose distinguished diplomatic career spanned four  presidencies and who served as U.S. Ambassador in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait, and Lebanon.” He has had a truly remarkable

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Business Buzz in Austinburg

On Wednesday, January 23rd, our first event for the day was an Eastern Lake County/Geneva Chamber of Commerce “Business Buzz,” which took place at Conneaut Savings Bank in Austinburg.  The roads were a little slick, but we drove slowly and made it okay. Among the attendees were several people from the Lake County General Health District including Mr. Tamara Kraft, Associate Health Educator, who told us about a new program

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NEOIBN Reception

Our second event for Tuesday, January 22nd, was the annual New Year’s reception of the Northeast Ohio International Business Network (NEOIBN) that took place at Windows on the River down in the Flats and was sponsored by Margaret W. Wong & Associates, LLC. NEOIBN ‘s goal is to “stimulate economic growth in Northeast Ohio through international business.” On this occasion there was networking; tributes to Mr. Don Esarove, the founder

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Mentor State of the Schools

On Tuesday, January 22nd, we went to the Paradigm at Mentor High School for a Mentor Chamber of Commerce Luncheon in which Mr. William Porter, the Superintendent of the Mentor Schools, gave the annual “State of the Schools” address. Mr. Porter reviewed the vision for the district: “Together we will ensure a safe learning environment; provide a balanced, high quality education; maximize district resources, and encourage strong community partnerships.” Mr. Porter then

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Press Conference on Yemen and the Border

Our second event for MLK day was a press conference called by members of the International Council for Urban Peace, Justice, and Empowerment as well as the Interfaith Ministries of Lorain in order to speak out against two ongoing humanitarian crises: the war and famine in Yemen and the waves of migrants along the U.S. border. The press conference took place at the South Lorain Branch Library on Homewood Drive

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