Chamber Luncheon Bring a Buddy to the Luncheon!
The Rock N Roll Hall of Fame - Introduce your friends, clients and associates
An Iconic Cleveland Treasure to the Rocky River Chamber of Commerce by
Terry Stewart has been the President and bringing them to the October Chamber luncheon.
CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Any member who brings a
Museum and a resident of Rocky River for non-member guest to the
more than a decade. The Museum, a non- luncheon will get a coupon for
profit organization, exists to educate visitors, music fans a FREE LUNCH at Chick-fil-A!
and scholars from around the world about the history and
continuing significance of rock and roll music. Since open-
ing in 1995, the Museum has welcomed more than eight Join us on October 20
million people with annual visitors coming from all 50
states in the U.S. and more than 100 countries.
for Business After Hours
Recently Terry was named the 48th Annual Business
Executive of the Year by the Sales & Marketing Executives
Association of Cleveland. Terry's vast experience in You and your guests are invited to network with other
business development will provide us with excellent members at WineStyles at Westgate on Wednesday,
information as we all start planning for 2011. Please October 20 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Appetizers will be
come and join us as Terry tells us all what really makes provided and wine will be sold by the glass. There
Cleveland ROCK! is no cost to attend and advance reservations are not
required. You are welcome to invite a friend or col-
league who could benefit from meeting other area
Chamber Luncheon Thursday, October 28
Networking – 11:30 a.m. Lunch – Noon
Stay Loyal to Lake Rd.
Westwood Country Club The ODOT construction project on Lake is underway.
22625 Detroit Road, Rocky River Traffic through between Morewood Parkway and Linda
Same-day reservations and walk-ups will be charged $35. St. is one lane westbound only. Traffic is being detoured
Late reservations cause challenges for the event planners via Detroit Road. Businesses in this area will be impact-
and host, so it is important that you RSVP on time!
ed significantly by this project. Please Stay Loyal to Lake
By 10/25 On 10/26-27 On 10/28
Road during this time by supporting these businesses
Members $18 $23 $35
during a challenging time. Member businesses impacted
Non-Members* $23 $28 $35
*Pre-payment required for non-members
include Bearden’s, Cravings Cafe, Danny Boy’s, Grady’s,
Indicate your menu selection when making reservations: Simply Kitchens & Bath.
#1. Herb roasted pork loin
#2.Chicken Caesar salad
#3. Perch plate w/ fries
RSVP to the Chamber office at (440) 331-1140 or
Advance reservations are required!
We cannot expect the chef to have a meal ready for you
if we’re not expecting you.
PLEASE NOTE: If you fail to cancel your reservation
at least 48 hours prior to the luncheon, you will Is here! Thursday, October 14
receive a bill for the cost of your reserved meal. 2:00 -- 7:00 pm
Please note that jeans are not permitted in the clubhouse.
Don Umerley Center
See insert for more details
www.rockyriverchamber.com October 2010
President’s Letter, October 2010 Welcome Bori Toth!
It seems hard to believe, but 2010 is 3 /4 We are pleased to announce that Bori Toth, a junior at
over already. As we head into the fourth Rocky River High School, has been added to the Chamber
quarter, most businesses are already office staff as an intern. She started here on September
looking ahead to next year. The Chamber 13th. She will work after school three days a week for
is no different than most businesses. about two hours per day.
Planning has gotten us to where we are Bori lives in Rocky River with
and we continue to plan to be bigger and better than her parents, Klara and Tibor.
ever in 2011. Her brother, Bence, graduated
We don’t want to look so far ahead that we lose sight from Rocky River High School
of the events that we have in the fourth quarter of 2010. this year and is attending John
On Thursday October 14, the Chamber is proud to host Carroll University. Bori attended
our signature event, Business Expo 2010. Now in its Goldwood and Kensington
eighth year, the Expo has evolved into the largest and best schools. She is part of the
show of its kind on the west side. Over 100 exhibitors Rocky River High School news-
and about 1000 attendees make this a very worthwhile paper staff.
show to be a part of. We still have a few tables to sell, It’s a busy time for Bori to start her internship, with
so if you have ever considered being a part of the Expo, the Business Expo just a few weeks away. She will be a
make this year that you participate. Expo is an ideal way valuable team member during the preparation for Expo,
to start the growth of your business in 2011. as well as on the day of the event.
Our speaker at the October luncheon is Terry Stewart, Bori is excited about working for the Chamber and
President/CEO of the Rock and Roll Museum in Cleveland. enjoyed attending the September 23rd Chamber lunch-
I am very excited to have someone of Terry’s stature eon, at which she met many members and sat next to
address our Chamber. In November, we will continue Mayor Pam Bobst. Please join us in welcoming Bori!
the trend of an annual joint lunch with the Lakewood
Chamber of Commerce. In partnership with Cox Business,
a nationally recognized author and television pundit will Chamber Office Ribbon-cutting
come to Westwood Country Club to wow us about how to
better market our businesses. This is an event that is not
to be missed. Not to brag (okay, maybe a little) but our
luncheon speakers are consistently pertinent to your The Chamber of
Commerce held an Open
business, amazingly gifted and a bargain at what you pay House on September 24
to attend. We have averaged over 100 attendees at each at its new office, with
lunch this year. This is clearly a tribute to the type of breakfast provided by
Chick-fil-A and coffee
speakers that we have secured and a great opportunity donated by Cravings.
for you to network with other business owners. Mayor Pam Bobst and
guests were on hand
Our Chamber has shown consistent growth in membership to help with the
and we operate under a balanced budget each year. With ribbon-cutting
362 active members, we are one of the strongest single
city Chambers in Northeast Ohio. We have a lot to be
proud of and expect to continue to grow and get fiscally
stronger. I appreciate all of you who have chosen to spend
your marketing dollars to be a part of the Rocky River
Chamber and I hope that you have found value in your
membership. Please let us know if you have any ideas on
how we can serve you better.
August New Members
BEP Institute Magnificat High School
Ann Gynn Mary Van Dalen
1762 Lakeview Ave. 20770 Hilliard Blvd
Cleveland, OH 44116 Rocky River, OH 44116
BEP Institute is a member-based organization that pro- www.magnificaths.org
vides training to prepare businesses for business-related A private Catholic girls’ college preparatory
disruptions and widespread disasters. high school founded and sponsored by the sisters
of the Humility of Mary.
Brain Train Cleveland
Diane Massad River Chiropractic & Wellness Center
1031 Cahoon Rd. Laura Vernallis, D.C.
Westlake, OH 44145 20525 Center Ridge Road, Suite 148
440-835-5071 Rocky River, OH 44116
Provides an advanced brain-based training program www.riverchiro.com
to enhance and promote neurological performance Chiropractors Drs. Laura and Bradley Vernallis have
and recovery. years of experience treating conditions like neck pain,
low back pain, sciatica, headaches and personal injury.
Elite Insurance Coverage LLC
20325 Center Ridge Rd., #100
Rocky River, OH 44116
Free Advertising for retailers in
www.elitecoverage.com the Chamber’s Holiday Flyer
Insurance agency - business, home, auto,life and health.
The holiday season is right around the corner
FitWorks Fitness Center and it’s a great time for Chamber members
Max Stillwagon to be supporting each other! The
19607 Detroit Rd. Chamber is offering away to
Rocky River, OH 44116 help make this happen.
Full service fitness center featuring group fitness classes, As a member benefit to retailers, the
personal training, smoothie bar. Chamber will be making a compilation
flyer to promote holiday special events and
It All Adds Up, LLC promotions. This will be distributed in the December
Michelle Rennette River Biz newsletter, at the Chamber’s Christmas party
2391 Muirwood Rd. and at other Chamber events. It will also be posted
Avon, OH 44011 on the Chamber’s website. If you would like to take
216-407-5905 advantage of this free advertising opportunity, please
Affordable and dependable bookkeeping and daily money email a description of your holiday offering (maximum
management services using Quickbooks. 50 words) and a .jpg version of your logo no later
than November 12 to email@example.com
Jeffrey Moeller, Esq.
1301 E. 9th St., Ste 500
Cleveland, OH 44114 Save the date for the Rocky River
216-776-0033 Chamber of Commerce’s annual Christmas
Attorney; practice focuses on employment, business and
party on Thursday, December 9!
family immigration, and non-profit representation.
October 2010 www.rockyriverchamber.com
• 100+ Exhibits • Meet new & established businesses
• Prime networking opportunity • Wine tasting from 4:00 to 7:00 pm
• Sample food from local restaurants • Park at St.Thomas Lutheran Church,
use the shuttle service and you can
• FREE admission with ticket WIN prizes!
or business card
For more information
or attending Call 440.331.1140
or call www.RRExpo.com
or visit 440.331.1140
Date: Thursday, October 14, 2010
Time: 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Place:Don Umerley Civic Center
21016 Hilliard Blvd.
21016 Hilliard Blvd.
Rocky River, OH 44116
Rocky River, OH 44116
Members in the News
• Crain’s Cleveland Business featured an article about
the many uses of stadiums beyond sports and highlighted
the home of the Lake Erie Crushers, All Pro Freight
Stadium. The stadium played host to a concert by country
musician Alan Jackson and drew 7,000 people. The
Crushers have also hosted events for the Cleveland
Clinic and Chevrolet dealers.
• Darlene Becker, the mother of Becker’s Donuts and
Bakery owner Tom Becker, died on September 2 after a
battle with lung disease; she was 72. Darlene began
working at the family’s store as a teenager, which is
where she met her husband, Bob Becker. Tom Becker
said his mother was instrumental in the operation of
the family business.
Moments prior to a major windstorm, Tonic Home owner Linda • The Lube Stop was recognized in Crain’s Cleveland
Hayes and Chamber Executive Director Liz Manning hold the Business Emerald Awards, which honors Northeast Ohio
scissors during the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new business
during a grand opening celebration on September 16. Tonic Home companies that have implemented and benefited from
is located at 19236 Detroit Road. sustainable priorities that significantly trim costs,
increase cash flow with innovations and design products
to reduce environmental footprints.
• Cleveland Magazine’s 2010 Best of Cleveland -
Readers' Picks include Chamber members: Main • Century Cycles supported Katie Spotz, the youngest
Street Cupcakes, Century Cycles, Mitchell’s Ice person to row alone across Atlantic Ocean, by joining
Cream, Wine Bar Rocky River, Al Wilhemy with other organizations to give her a new bike. Her van,
Flowers, Rozi’s Wine & Liquor House. with her bike inside, was stolen. In 2006, Spotz biked
across the United States.
• Chick-fil-A provided free meals to all members of If your business is featured in the news or has an announcement,
the police and fire forces and military on September 11. simply send a press release, link or summary by the 15th of the
month prior to the event to firstname.lastname@example.org .
• J. Mark Busch, funeral director and owner of Busch
Funerals and Crematory Services, was quoted in a
Crain’s Cleveland Business article about new ways
funeral homes are enhancing services. New technology
Member Special Events
brings new services for funeral homes to offer, such as • Normandy Manor at 22709 Lake Rd. Rocky River,
streaming funerals, online obituaries and DVDs featur- OH will be hosting a Senior Art Show on October 14th
ing photos to show during services. from 2:30-4:00pm. If interested in participating, please
contact Jessica McNeill at 440-333-5400.
• The Harbor Court held its first-ever carnival event • The Lake Erie Crushers organization is hosting
August 14 to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Oktoberfest at All Pro Freight Stadium on Saturday,
Association. October 9. German food, beer and polka dancing!
• Dawson Companies announced the acquisition of Tickets are $25 per guest. For more information visit
The Ball Agency in Mansfield, Ohio. Jeremy Ball joined www.lakeeriecrushers.com
If you have a special event you’d like promoted in River Biz, simply
Dawson Companies as a Vice President in the Mansfield send a 2-3 sentence summary of your event by the 15th of the month
office. prior to the event to email@example.com
For Smooth Sailing Service
Call Gloria Hardington
VM: 216.999.2132 Fax: 440.356.6210
Office: 440.356.2200 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Judge Donna Congeni Fitzsimmons Natalie Baxter
Rocky River Municipal Court Donatto’s Pizzeria
21012 Hilliard Blvd, Rocky River 21805 Center Ridge Road, Rocky River
(440) 333-0066 (440) 356-7102
I am proud to have served you as Judge My Name is Natalie Baxter and I am the
of the Rocky River Municipal Court for 17 years. Operator at the Rocky River Donato’s. I’m a lifelong resi-
I am native to the area, graduating from Fairview High dent of Northeast Ohio and I’ve been happily married for
School and a proud Charter Member of the Fairview High a year now! I have been with Donato’s Pizza for over five
School Alumni Hall of Fame. My undergraduate degree is years and have recently transferred to the Rocky River
from Boston College and I earned my Juris Doctorate at restaurant. I am excited to be in Rocky River and to
George Washington University. share my 20 year restaurant management background
with my associates and my guests. I’m looking forward to
After graduating from law school I returned to Cleveland becoming very active in the community and with my busi-
and served as an Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor ness neighbors as well. I feel the chamber is a vital part
for three years. In 1980, I was the first woman appointed of any city and I truly hope to do my part in representing
as Special Attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice, the chamber and city well. I appreciate the opportunity
Organized Crime Strike Force in Cleveland. One of my to introduce myself in the member spotlight and hope to
most notable cases was as the lead prosecutor in United meet you at the Business Expo on October 14th!
States v. Lonardo, Gallo, et al, a three-month trial that
resulted in the conviction of former Cleveland Mafia boss
Angelo Lonardo and his subordinates. My family and I
received death threats during the course of the trial. New Member to Member Benefits
I ultimately entered private practice, with Arter & Hadden, • Brain Train Cleveland offers a $75 discount per 12
where I specialized in medical malpractice and products session training program.
liability defense. During this time, my husband Matthew
and I moved to Rocky River, an optimal community, we felt, • River Chiropractic & Wellness Center offers a
for raising a family. Our first son, Matthew, was born in $29 consultation, exam, x-ray (if needed) and a written
November 1988 followed by Bobby in 1990 and our daugh- report of findings ($200 value).
ter, Madeline, in 1995.
We have not been disappointed with our choice of commu-
nities. Once we started raising a family I became deeply
involved in the community. One of the best steps I ever
took in that direction was to join the Chamber of
Commerce. Having always worked downtown I never knew
how special it is to work close to home and intersect work
with home, friends, school and civic involvement. The
relationships I have developed both professionally and per- Gemini Tower I, Suite 550
sonally through the chamber have proved to be lasting and
invaluable. 1991 Crocker Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44145
As Judge I am privileged to serve the communities within
Rocky River Municipal Court’s jurisdiction which includes
440-835-0600 • Fax: 440-835-1511
Rocky River, Bay Village, Fairview Park, North Olmsted
and Westlake. My job allows me to serve not only from the
bench, but by bringing court to area high schools, speaking
to D.A.R.E. graduates, hosting groups at our beautiful
facility and marrying couples from the area. I have also
served our community by improving the delivery of justice • S A L O N & S PA •
to victims of Domestic Violence and Stalking by starting a WEST
Stalking Support Group. 19025 OLD LAKE RD. 30239 DETROIT RD.
Please feel free to visit Rocky River Municipal Court and ROCKY RIVER, OHIO WESTLAKE, OHIO
view our state-of-the-art facility; the courtrooms are open (440) 333-7994 (440) 899-1930/
to the public and I believe you will find some very interest-
ing cases being heard here. www.charlesscott.com
October 2010 www.rockyriverchamber.com
2010 Activity Schedule
Event Time Location
14 Business Expo 2:00 – 7:00 p.m. Don Umerley Civic Center
20 Business After Hours 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. WineStyles at Westgate
28 Chamber Luncheon 11:30 a.m. Westwood Country Club
Sponsored by: Corporate College
Speaker: Terry Stewart, President/CEO of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
11 Business After Hours 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. The Pub
Dart Tournament vs. the British-American Chamber
19 Chamber Luncheon with Lakewood Chamber 11:15 a.m. Westwood Country Club
Sponsored by: Cox Business
Speaker: Steve Cone of Bloomberg Television
9 Christmas Party 6:00 p.m. Don Umerley Civic Center
Upcoming Committee Meetings
Tuesday, October 5, 8:00 a.m.
Tuesday, October 12, 8:00 a.m.
Chamber members are eligible to receive deep Chamber office, 19543 Center Ridge Rd.
discounts on office supply purchasing through Contact: Rusty Deane (440) 554-3379
Ohio-based Independence Business Supply. Learn Membership Committee
more on the Member Benefits page of the Chamber's No meeting in October
website www.rockyriverchamber.com. Contact the Up & Running Small Business Group
Chamber office for the Association Code to qualify A support group for businesses w/ 1,2 or 3 employees
for savings. Wednesday, October 20, 8:30 a.m.
Panera Bread, 19705 Center Ridge Rd.
• Conveniently located within a few miles of I-90/I480 Contact Peter Toomey (440) 333-6698
• Close to Hopkins Airport
• Within 10 minutes to downtown Cleveland
• 5 nights a week cleaning service
Beautification Committee Seeks Members
• Full janitorial service
The Rocky River Beautification Committee is looking for
• Free parking committee members to help beautify our city. Landscaping
The Park West and • 24 hour/7 days a week uninterrupted use of your office background is not a requirement, though it is a big plus.
Westgate Tower The members simply love Rocky River and are interested in
These are just a few of the amenities offered by our
identifying ways to enhance it. All who are willing to accept
Commercial Office two buildings. We currently have space available
the commitment to serve our community are welcome.
from 280 to 7000 square feet. If you are interested,
Buildings please call us at (440) 333-1888.
The Committee serves as an advisory board to the Mayor,
City Council and administrative staff. Meetings are at 7:00
Mission Statement p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month at Memorial
The Rocky River Chamber of Commerce, Hall; they are open to the public.
an advocate and vital presence in
Rocky River, strives to support a
network of businesses and civic
interests to promote business
for its members.
MASTERCARD AND VISA Providing you with top quality services
For your convenience, you may use your 21095 Center Ridge Road
credit card to pay for Chamber events, Rocky River 44116
luncheons, annual membership dues, 440-356-6361
advertising and more. www.westgate.minutemanpress.com
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2010
DON UMERLEY CIVIC CENTER
21016 HILLIARD BLVD., ROCKY RIVER
Registration Form & Contract
In accordance with the terms and conditions set forth, enter my order for display space at the Rocky River Chamber of Commerce Business Expo 2010.
This contract, upon signature, is non-cancelable and payments are non-refundable.
1. EXHIBITOR PARTICIPATION (CHECK ONE) Paid BY July 31 Paid AFTER July 31
Payment is due
Platinum Sponsor $3,000 Member, Single Space $225 $250 with this
~ includes double space application
Member, Double Space $350 $375 in order to
Gold Sponsor $2,000
~ includes single space reserve a space
Non-Member, Single Space $325 $350
Silver Sponsor $1,000
~includes single space Non-Member, Double Space $450 $475
Internet & Electrical included upon request. Check only if you need: Internet Electrical
2. TYPE OF DISPLAY (CHECK ONE)
Single space exhibitors, choose one of these options to go in your 8’ wide by 30” space
One 8’ table One 6’ table Card table No table (for floor display)
Double space exhibitors, choose one of these options to go in your 16’ wide by 30” space
Two 8’ tables Two 6’ tables No table (for floor display)
One 8’ table (for 1/2 table and 1/2 floor display) One 6’ table (for combination table/floor display)
SPACES WILL BE ASSIGNED IN THE ORDER RECEIVED. You may request a location here and the Chamber will attempt to
accommodate your request: ______________________________________________________________________________
3. EXHIBITOR INFORMATION Chamber members only need to fill in Business Name, Contact Person and Email
Business Name _________________________________________________________________________________________________
Contact Person _________________________________________________________________________________________________
City _______________________________________________ Zip _______________ Phone __________________________________
Email ____________________________________________________ Website ______________________________________________
4. TERMS & CONDITIONS
This contract will govern the conduct of the parties hereto from move-in, event day and move-out, except in the event of an unavoidable emergency necessitating the cancellation or
postponement of the event. In such event, this agreement shall terminate immediately, both parties hereto waiving any claim for damages or compensation. The Rocky River Chamber
of Commerce reserves the right to reject any exhibitor at any time for any reason without notice, and shall not be liable for failure caused by labor disputes, strikes, war, flood, accident
or any act of God. In any case Rocky River Chamber of Commerce assumes no liability for lost or stolen merchandise.
Exhibitor Responsibility: Exhibitor shall be solely and completely responsible for the erection and removal of its exhibit and operation of its assigned display area, and shall hold Rocky
River Chamber of Commerce, its members, agents and servants harmless from all liability which may result either directly or indirectly from said activities. All activities shall be in
compliance with the rules and regulations imposed on Rocky River Chamber of Commerce by reason of its master agreement with the facility in which said event will be held. The
exhibitor furthermore shall assure adequate manning of its display space at least thirty (30) minutes prior to opening of the display area to the event’s attendees and shall not tear down
such display until the closing of the show at 7:00 pm or, if earlier, by notification of show management. Exhibitor Agreement to be provided to exhibitors in October with space
assignment; Exhibitor must sign an Exhibitor Agreement by the day prior to the event. This contract may not be cancelled because of space assignment.
Signature (required) X ______________________________________________________________ Date______________
5. METHOD OF PAYMENT (CHECK ONE) This portion of the application will be cut off & shredded after credit card processing
Check #__________ enclosed (payable to Rocky River Chamber of Commerce)
MasterCard/VISA Sorry, we do not accept American Express or Discover
Name on Card (please print)
Credit Card Number Exp. date 3 Digit Code
Return to: Rocky River Chamber of Commerce, 19543 Center Ridge Rd., Rocky River, OH 44116
Phone 440.331.1140 • Fax 440.331.3485 • email@example.com • www.rrexpo.com
19543 Center Ridge Road Rocky River, Ohio 44116
ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED
2010 Chamber Officers
PRESIDENT Jim Riedl, First Federal of Lakewood
VP OF POLICY & ADVOCACY Ellen Todia, WineStyles
VP OF MEMBERSHIP & MARKETING George Hihn, Marriott Hotels
VP OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Paul Hvizda, Admiral Products, Inc.
s i n e 14 t h !
VP OF SPECIAL EVENTS Debra Bernard, Rocky River School District
Mike Trifiletti, Devries, Huntley, Trifiletti & Loy CPAs
Rusty Deane, OneLink Techincal Services Bu ber
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Liz Manning
2010 Board of Directors
John Ballas Ballas Builders
John Heimke Facial Aesthetic Designers
Rick Joyce Huntington National Bank
Will Kelly Minuteman Press
Check out the current
Kory Koran Rocky River Economic Development Member Directory online at
Gail Liggett www.rockyriverchamber.com
Cliff Obrock Garcia Obrock Inc. dba GO!2
Angelo Russo Title Plus Services
Lindsey Wenzinger Baker & Co., Inc.
River Biz Credits
EDITOR: Liz Manning
DESIGN & LAYOUT: J. Toth Graphic Design
If you would like to write an informative article for River Biz,
PRINTING: Minuteman Press
please send your idea to firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (440)331-1140 • Fax: (440)331-3485 • E-mail: email@example.com • Web site: rockyriverchamber.com