Chinese Chamber of Commerce New Year

On Friday evening, February 22nd, we went to the 2019 Chinese New Year Annual Event put on by the Greater Cleveland Chinese Chamber of Commerce (GCCCC) which, on this occasion, took place at the Old Brooklyn Winery on Memphis Avenue. As its mission statement reads, “the Greater Cleveland Chinese Chamber of Commerce is a 501 (c)(6) non-profit organization serving Chinese and American business communities in Northeast Ohio. Cleveland Chinese Chamber

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Black History Month and Geneva Business Expo

On February 21st, our first event was the final City of Cleveland Black History Month Program for 2019 held in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall. This time, the emphasis was on Arts and Culture so we were treated to a performance of Mr. Cornell Hubert Calhoun, III’s short but powerful play Hollow Image (A Daughter’s Trilogy) about an African-American family living in Cleveland in 1968 coming to terms with the death

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Black History Month Entrepreuneurs

On Wednesday, February 6th, we went to the Rotunda in Cleveland City Hall for a Black History Month event in which two entrepreneurs were honored for building successful businesses that have enriched the Cleveland community. The program began with some words by Ms. Sonya Shakir, Program Coordinator at Burton, Bar, and Carr Development, who reminded us that African-Americans have been business-owners since the 18th century. Ms. Shakir was followed by

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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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Irish Business Leader

Mark Owens first came to the United States from Derry City in Northern Ireland in 1998 as a beneficiary of the Business Education Initiative program created by the Northern Irish government. At the time, Mark was in his junior year at Belfast Metropolitan College studying production management in the fashion/textile industry. He had never planned on leaving his home of Derry, never mind Ireland, but the opportunity arose, and he decided that he wanted

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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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