There are some interesting networking groups out there, many of which you can find on page 28 of this issue (September) or page 22 of our August edition (not to mention our website, which boasts an inclusive list). Here are a few organizations that have caught my eye, in part because I was unaware of them until this summer:
Canadians In Cleveland — Like the name indicates, this group caters to our friends from the Great White North. Founded by Rich Arnold in August of 2009, the group meets for special events, such as a recent Indians game against the Toronto Blue Jays, and regularly for monthly happy-hour socials, such as a Sept. 15 get-together at Fairmount Martini and Wine Bar in Cleveland Heights. Members celebrate their shared history, culture, and traditions while recognizing holidays and common interests. Already a topic of discussion on the group’s Facebook page is the Jan. 15 hockey game between Ohio State and Michigan at Progressive Field.
Cleveland Business Alliance — Want to join a group from its inception? Well, this new organization just completed only its third event, with its fourth scheduled for Sept. 6 at the Panini’s in Westlake. Founded by Darren McLaughlin, the president of MostHost Inc., the Cleveland Business Alliance aims to benefit individuals and small businesses in the Cleveland area by emphasizing the power of social networking.
Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group — This is far from a new group, having been founded by Pixie Hranilovich in 1988. Thirteen years later, the desktop publishing networking organization hosts some of the more unique monthly meetings in Northeast Ohio. In July it offered a presentation titled “Making Joyful Noise with Your Computer for Fun and Profit.” One month earlier it was “What’s New and Cool in Digital Cameras.” At the same time, the CDPUG hosts nuts-and-bolts sessions as well, including a discussion on Mac OS 10.7 Lion Sept. 22 at New Horizons Computer Learning Center in Garfield Heights.
Cleveland Professionals In Transition — Obviously, not everyone is happy in their work … if they’re even working at all. This online-only group’s LinkedIn page is more than 560 members strong. The group’s goal is to allow each of its members the opportunity to share information on job searches, interviews, resumes, and anything else necessary in a job search. Professional recruiters are attracted to search for qualified candidates within the Northeast Ohio area.
As a believer that everyone has a story to tell, I also think every corporate networking group has something noteworthy to relay to the readers of this magazine. Have we covered your organization? Is it included on our master list of networking groups? If not, please let me know by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d be glad to take note.