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Fall 2016 E-Newsletter

Serving the Cuyahoga Valley Region, Rockside Corridor & the Communities of Brooklyn Heights, Cuyahoga Heights, Independence, Seven Hills, Valley View & Walton Hills




The Cuyahoga Valley Chamber of Commerce is proud to bring to you our exceptional networking opportunities to be your primary go-to choice for business development. Thank you for your membership!


The Chamber has proudly been in expansion mode, we recently added 40 new members! That means new contacts for you and your business. As I like to say, the purpose of attending our events should be to meet, make friends, do business and have fun! If you happened to miss the September luncheon, which by the way was exceptional and very well attended, no worries, simply mark your calendar and make a reservation for the next event.


The signature event of the program year, and by far, the most well attended event is the State of the Region address. Mayors from Brooklyn Heights, Cuyahoga Heights, Independence, Seven Hills, Valley View and Walton Hills will update the business community on the current state of our beloved communities, new business developments and how your income tax dollars are being managed. Please mark your calendars for November 16, 2016 for the event of the year to be held at the Holiday Inn-Rockside Rd.


We are also very excited to bring something new in 2017 ..."Taste of the Valley"! We hope to bring many of our local restaurants and food vendors together for your sampling and tasting pleasure for an early evening function in January as a generous fund-raiser to sponsor our Scholarship Program.


Finally, not to be overlooked, we were very pleased with the success last year that the Chamber experienced partnering with Sales and Marketing Executives of Cleveland to jointly sponsor

Educational events! The morning seminars are held the second Tuesday of each month! Please watch your e-mails and the Newsletter for future announcements of events.


We will continue to offer additional networking opportunities throughout the year for you to meet new contacts, make friends, do business and have fun!


Thank you for considering the Chamber of Commerce as your primary resource for business development, we look forward to seeing you at one of our events.     


Kind Regards,

Tom G Thacker II

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The Cuyahoga Valley Chamber of Commerce officially kicked off the 2016-17 programming season in September with a very successful State of the Economy Luncheon and our Annual Picnic last week. Hopefully you were able to attend, if not, don't worry we have plenty more networking and educational opportunities to come....


November 16th we will be hosting The State of the Region, always a popular event, register now! Thank you to, The Reserves Network and Brad Sussman Insurance, our Platinum Sponsors.


The Cuyahoga Valley Chamber is excited to showcase all of the local restaurants and caterers in our First Annual Taste of the Valley on January 26th. Please forward the information below to any restaurants or caterers that may be interested in participating. This event will be a perfect family or after work outing to break up the winter blues.


We want to congratulate one of own, Kathy Futey, a recent addition to our Board, on a successful season as an investor of LeBron James's Cleveland Hustles. See her article from below. Congratulation Kathy!


In a continued effort to support our members and community, The Cuyahoga Valley Chamber offers electronic Certificates of Origin program for exporters, please see our website for details. The launch of ChamberMaster, an online membership communication center, has been well-received and has streamlined billing and event registration - see below for more information.   


Hope to see you at an upcoming event! 


Thank you,

April Acuña

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Kathy Futey invests in LeBron James' Cleveland Hustles show... - Kathy Futey, Aurora, Certified private wealth advisor, wine maker, on the board of directors of MOCA, Cleveland Arts Prize, Cornerstone of Hope, and Cuyahoga Valley Chamber o fCommerce and an investor on LeBron James' CNBC show "Cleveland Hustles". 


What have yo like about being on Cleveland Hustles? The Show has brought me to many neighborhoods that I wasn't familiar with. I love what I'm seeing, it's beautiful. It has also energized me. I'm so impressed that these young people are so fearless. Read more...


Chamber Partnership with CEA Will Help You Save Money


The Cuyahoga Valley Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Community Energy Advisors (CEA) to educate and empower Chamber Members to take control of their energy costs. The Chamber Energy Aggregation Program is designed to provide a full suite of energy management services to Members.


In today's volatile energy market there are plentiful opportunities to shop for a better rate. CEA utilizes a competitive bid process to ensure Chamber Members receive the best rate. In addition, they specialize in the analysis of the entire bill to deliver savings and ROI from the utility side as well.


All Chamber Members may request a free assessment of their utility bills to determine where savings opportunities exist, even if you are in an existing supply contract. Enrollment is simple. Email or fax us all pages of your most recent month's electric and natural gas bills. If it is determined that the program can provide you with a more competitive market rate, you will be given an authorization form that will enable you to be enrolled in the program.


To request your free assessment and to take control of your energy costs today, just send a copy of all pages of your most recent electric and natural gas bills to Sarah Margelowsky at or fax to 330-721-8111. One of our trusted energy advisors will then contact you to discuss your potential savings opportunities. For more information, please visit

Chamber Launches Innovative Export Program


The Cuyahoga Valley Chamber of Commerce is boosting its international trade services by offering companies involved in export and global trade innovative export documentation and compliance solution.


eCertify is a user-friendly, online solution which transforms the costly, time-consuming paper-based process for stamping and signing of paper-based Certificates of Origin into a streamlined electronic system.


"eCertify enables our Chamber to provide exporters and freight forwarders with faster turnaround times, with immediate acceptance or rejection notifications. Importantly, online processing cuts out the use of couriers to shuttle Certificates and associated trade documents to and from our chamber and so reduces their costs," said April Acuña, The Cuyahoga Valley Chamber Executive Director.

A Certificate of Origin is an important trade document that identifies the origin of goods being exported. It is required by customs authorities to validate the origin of goods being imported and acts as one of the key bases for applying tariff rates.

Chambers of Commerce are recognized worldwide as the official body and key agent in the stamping and signing, certification, of Certificates of Origin.


"Historically, businesses have had to deliver paper documents, personally or by courier, to the chamber for certification. As you can imagine, this is a costly and time consuming process," Ms. Acuña said. Businesses that participate in the electronic program can keep better track of records, she said. "They can login into the application and view all the transactions that have taken place, which is preferable to searching through boxes of paperwork" she said.  


Chamber Master


Have you signed up for ChamberMaster yet??  If not, please email for your personalized login information.  Your membership gives you exclusive access to specialized tools to promote your organization via the new online Member Information Center.  


Rep. Anielski to Host Military Resource Fair in Oakwood Village on October 28th 


COLUMBUS-State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) is joining with the Mt. Zion Church in hosting a Military Resource Fair on Friday, October 28th.

The event taking place at Mt. Zion in Oakwood Village will feature a variety of organizations geared towards helping those who have served our country, no matter what era, their spouses, and families. Throughout the day there will be agency representatives who can help military personnel or their families with benefit questions, employment opportunities, and many other military related areas. The event is completely free and open to the public.  Free continental breakfast, haircuts, and additional offers will be available to those in attendance.


Date: Friday, October 28th 

Time: 10am-1pm

Location: Mt. Zion of Oakwood Village (1 Mt. Zion Circle, Oakwood Village, OH 44146)

Bring: DD 214 or NGB 22 discharge papers.  If discharge papers are not available, please bring the social security card of the military personnel.


“All of our military personnel have given personal sacrifices in leaving their loved ones to protect our freedoms,” Rep. Anielski said. “It is my intention to make sure that all those who have served no matter in what capacity and no matter what era, are aware of the benefits and services available to them during the Military Resource Fair."


Please RSVP to or or call (614) 644-6041 if interested in attending.


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The Current and Future State of the Economy 

On September 21st, The Cuyahoga Valley Chamber of Commerce kicked off our programming with The Current and Future State of the Economy  luncheon at the Holiday Inn. Andrew R. Thomas, Ph.D, Professor of Marketing and International Business at the University of Akron and Robert Schmidt, Senior Growth & Innovation Advisor at MAGNET presented an informative and interactive look at the economy.  

Our presenters discussed the 5 critical areas impacting the economy both domestically and globally, including natural gas resources and manufacturing updates. The luncheon was well received and well attended.  Thank you to our luncheon sponsor, Brad Sussman Insurance, LTD, we appreciate your support.  



The Annual Picnic


Last week, The Cuyahoga Valley Chamber of Commerce hosted their Annual Picnic at beautiful Klima Gardens in Cuyahoga Heights. In an effort to provide our members with more networking time, this was strictly a networking luncheon, but with a Clambake theme.

Nothing like a Clambake to put you in a 'Fall' mood, but the weather was not at all Fall like - it was beautiful 80 degree afternoon, a wonderful October surprise!

Thank you to our luncheon and dessert sponsor, The Cuyahoga Valley Career Center. Congratulations on celebrating your 45th Anniversary. Also, we would like to extend a thank you to Mayor Bacci and the Village of Cuyahoga Heights for donating the perfect picnic location!

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Be sure to register for these upcoming events

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Metropolitan at the 9
2017 E. 9th Ave
Cleveland, OH  44115

Kickstart Accounting, Inc / Kickstart Kares
15315 Darke Blvd
Brookpark, OH  44142


The Free Medical Clinic

12201 Euclid Avenue

Cleveland, OH  44106


NPK Construction Equipment, Inc.

7550 Independence Drive
Walton Hills, OH  44146

Cleveland Tile & Stone/American Granite & Marble
1500 Valley Belt Road
Brooklyn Heights, OH  44131



Value Based Solutions LLC

1651 Crossings Parkway, Ste B-C
Westlake, OH 44145

Myra Installations Inc
707 Brookpark Rd, Ste 205
Brooklyn Heights, OH  44109

Independence, OH  44131

American Lung Association
6100 Rockside Woods Blvd, Ste 260
Independence, OH  44131

Courtyard by Marriott
5057 West Creek Rd
Independence, OH  44131

Brad Sussman Insurance, Ltd
PO Box 470159
Broadview Heights, OH  44147

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