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The Cuyahoga Valley Chamber of Commerce is proud to bring to you our exceptional networking opportunities to take advantage of and add value to your business. Thank you for your membership!


Please mark your Calendars now for the October 12th, 2016 luncheon, we will take a new approach to the always successful annual picnic and host the first ever, not to be missed, Clambake!


The signature event of the program year, and by far, the most well attended event every year is the State of the Region address. Six 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 ..."A 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 the 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! Currently, the upcoming dates are September 13, 2016 and October 11, 2016. Please watch your e-mails and the Newsletter for future announcements.


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


Summer 2016 E-Newsletter

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


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I can't believe we are midway through the summer, and already talking about 'Back to School' activities and obligations. With the cooler weather fast approaching, comes The Cuyahoga Valley Chamber of Commerce's busy event schedule. 

Before we jump into upcoming events, let me review items that we have focused on the last few months...   

The Cuyahoga Valley Chamber is very excited to offer a new electronic Certificates of Origin program for exporters and manufacturers, please see our website for details. The launch of the ChamberMaster's, an online membership communication center, has been well-received and has streamlined billing and communication among the member and staff. Our partnership with Community Energy Advisors (CEA) has continued to benefit our members, contact CEA, to save your company money today. 

We just added a luncheon to our fall programming that we are excited to announce. September 21st, Andrew R. Thomas, Ph.D, Professor of Marketing and International Business at the University of Akron, will be speaking on the topic of 'The Current and Future State of the Economy.' He will be discussing five critical areas impacting the economy. Information and registration will be emailed soon!

We always get the request to have more planned 'networking time' during our luncheons, so with that concept in mind, this October we are introducing a Clambake theme with our Annual Picnic. This luncheon will be strictly a networking event. Please invite your co-workers and friends.

The Cuyahoga Valley Chamber is excited to showcase all of the local restaurants and caterers in our First Annual Taste of the Valley next January 26th. This event will be a perfect family or after work outing to break up the winter blues. Details and forms for the event will be published soon.

Thank you to all the members and guests who attended and participated in our spring events. Can't wait to see all of our members again soon.  


Thank you,

April Acuña

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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.  


Save The Date for a 45th Anniversary Celebration!

Saturday, October 1st, 9 am - 3 pm at the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center


Join us as Cuyahoga Valley Career Center (CVCC) celebrates 45 years of building careers in your community! CVCC is inviting all of its community members to our 45th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, October 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Every five years, CVCC pauses to reflect on its history, celebrate its accomplishments, and look forward to its future....and we would love for you to celebrate with us. This event will be a jam-packed day of fun, food, hands-on activities, free workshops and demonstrations for all ages.


SpringHill Suites Now Open in Independence


The 121-suite SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Independence, Ohio is now open. Located at 6060 Rockside Place, the SpringHill Suites Cleveland Independence will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned and managed by Janus Hotel & Resorts of Boca Raton, Florida.


Located 10 minutes from downtown Cleveland and 12 miles from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, the hotel offers guests convenient access to Cuyahoga National Park, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railway, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Quicken Loans Arena.


"We're delighted that the SpringHill Suites Cleveland Independence is the latest addition to our growing number of properties across the United States," said Loren Nalewanski, vice president and global brand manager, SpringHill Suites. "The hotel's design provides a seamless blend of style and function at an affordable price, and our all-suite offering allows guests enough room to relax and reenergize."


Featuring suites that are larger than typical hotel rooms, SpringHill Suites Cleveland Independence is ideal for business and leisure travelers looking for style and inspiration in their stay. Every aspect, from furniture and lighting to colors and fabrics, has been carefully selected to offer calm and refreshing spaces. Separate living, working and sleeping spaces also provide guests with flexibility and functionality. The perfect place to sink into a good night's sleep, the hotel offers luxurious linens and plush pillow, while a comfortable pullout sofa bed and lounge chair offer additional space for relaxation or extra family members. The hotel's tasteful bathroom includes modern touches, a marble-top vanity, iridescent tile walls and creative lighting features, which help travelers revive and refresh. Business travelers can take advantage of a large, well-lit desk with ergonomic chair. Complimentary Wi-Fi in the hotel's lobby and high-speed Internet access in every suite allow guests to remain connected at all times.


Featured a brand new design that adds depth and sophistication to the décor, the hotel's lobby is a great venue for conducting casual meetings or simply to socialize. Using warm colors, accent fabrics and walnut-stained wood, the lobby's earth tones inspire guests to sit, relax and enjoy their stay. The hotel also offers business services, same-day dry cleaning, guest laundry facilities, an outdoor patio with a fire pit, an indoor swimming pool and whirlpool spa, and an expanded fitness center. In the lobby, the Market offers convenient 24/7 access to food and beverages.


Daily complimentary hot breakfast is SpringHill Suites' way of making sure guests have a good start to their day. The hotel features a full-service bar offering cocktails and dining options, and also has 900 square feet of meeting space to accommodate meetings and functions of up to 55 people.



Rep. Anielski to Host Military Resource Fair in Parma on Sept. 2nd


COLUMBUS-State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) is joining with the  Cuyahoga County Library in hosting a Military Resource Fair on Friday, September 2nd. 


The event taking place at the Parma Snow Branch of the Cuyahoga County Library 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, September 2nd 

Time: 9am-12pm

Location: Parma Snow Branch of Cuyahoga County Library (2121 Snow Road Parma, OH 4413)

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."


For more information, please contact Markee Osborne at (614)-644-6041 or 


Copper Stone Catering & Event Center


St. Theodosius has owned our venue on Ridge and Biddulph Rds. in Brooklyn since 1975. We have recently decided to change our name to reflect the new look of our renovated event center!

I would like to proudly introduce you to Copper Stone Catering & Event Center! We are very excited about this name change, as well as a soon-to-be announced new Director of Operations!

Our website is still in progress, but feel free to check it out.  Also, check out our Facebook page for our new logo and look!

We're excited to reinvent ourselves and showcase our renovated and gorgeous property! Please call or email us should you need any additional information.


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.  

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An Update from Area School Superintendents


On May 18th, 150 people attended the Cuyahoga Valley Chamber of Commerce's Annual State of the Schools Luncheon. At this year's celebration, the Chamber was able to award 2 $1000 scholarships to graduating seniors from Independence High School.


Eilleen Hawkins, Chair of the Scholarship Committee, awarded the $1000 scholarships to Drew Benos and Elena Paparizos.


Ed 'Flash' Ferenc was the moderator of the panel that consisted of the following Superintendents: Benjamin Hegedish of Independence Local Schools, Dr. Celena Roebuck of Cuyahoga Valley Career Center, Dr. Bob Mengerink of ESC of Cuyahoga County, and Tom Evans of Cuyahoga Heights Schools. The panel discussed updates in their respective district, resulting in an extremely informative afternoon.


The Cuyahoga Valley Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate both scholarship recipients and with them success and happiness as they embark on their college careers.



What The Beatles Taught Us About Growing a Business


In April, The Chamber went outside its comfort zone, and had a very unique luncheon. Local acoustic guitarist, and lecturer, Rick Iacoboni, showed what today's business leaders can learn from the business lessons The Beatles created, turning the music industry upside down. Rick used live acoustical guitar interpretations of Beatles songs and anecdotes to show how The Beatles created a 'new' business model.


The Chamber's attendees enjoyed a presentation that was still business oriented, but with a fun musical spin. The luncheon was a nice departure from our regular programming.



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Be sure to register for these upcoming events


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Westpoint Wealth Management
6133 Rockside Road, Suite 303
Independence, OH 44131


The Alpha Group

4200 Rockside Road, Suite 300

Independence, OH 44131 


Northeast Surgical Wound Care, Inc.

6100 Rockside Woods Blvd, Suite 425

Independence, OH 44131 


T.H. Martin, Inc.

8500 Brookpark Road

Cleveland, OH 44129 



4437 East 49th Street

Cleveland, OH 44125


Donley, Inc.

5430 Warner Road

Valley View, OH 44125 


Integrated IT Group

2131 Case Parkway North, Suite F

Twinsburg, OH 44087


The Reserves Network

12575 Rockside Road

Garfield Heights, OH 44125


Collegiate Directories, Inc.

1951 W. 26th, #5
Cleveland, OH 44113

D & S Vending Inc.
2062 E. 70th Street
Cleveland, OH 44103

Heat Seal, LLC
4922 East 49th Street, Suite 100
Cuyahoga Heights, OH 44125
Joseph Construction
PO Box  25340
Cleveland, OH 44125


Joshen Paper & Packaging
5800 Grant Avenue
Cuyahoga Heights, OH 44105


Accellis Technology Group

9000 Sweet Valley Drive, Suite 4

Valley View, OH 44125


1100 W. Royalton Road
Broadview Heights, OH 44147

Home2Suites by Hilton
6200 Patriots Way
Independence, OH 44131

Henton & Associates, Inc.
2012 W. 25th Street, Suite 400
Cleveland, OH 44113

Edward Jones
38 S. Aurora Road
Aurora, OH 44202

GIE Media, Inc.
5811 Canal Road
Valley View, OH 44125

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