Meeting Minutes

Open networking begins at 7:15am and meetings begin promptly at 7:30am.

Sept. 6, 2018

Location: Ducro at 500 W. Prospect Ashtabula

Present: Executive Committee Officers:

  • President – Shay LeVesque

  • Vice President – Elena Bienko (absent)

  • Secretary/Treasurer –

  • See attendance sheet for remainder of attendees

Meeting was called to order by Shay LeVesque at 7:31 am and all the following discussions and actions were taken:

WELCOME VISITOR(S):

MISSION STATEMENT:

  • Read by Debbie Powell (a different member will be selected to read the mission statement every week) – “To exchange and promote business with members and support member businesses through information sharing. To support secondary business education in Ashtabula County encouraging and sustaining entrepreneurship.”

SUCCESS STORY:

  • Success stories are the week before your 10-minute. Don’t forget to get your bio ready.

OLD BUSINESS:

NEW BUSINESS:

  • Short discussion regarding the cancellation policy. Meetings will be cancelled if Ashtabula City Schools or A-Tech are closed. Tim Volpone suggested that our cancellation policy should be re-worded to state “due to snow or ice.” The suggestion was retracted.

VP REPORT:

  • Attendance reports for 8/30 was sent out and approved as submitted.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

  • Current balance = $15,798.99

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Ethics: CHAIR- Don P.

  • Will be meeting to complete the Leave of Absence Form

Membership/Marketing: CHAIR- Susan Rossette

  • No new report. Will be meeting soon.

Scholarship: CHAIR: Ken M.

  • No new report. Adult scholarship was topic of open meeting.

NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES:

  • 9/15/2018: The YMCA annual dinner raffle to be held at Andrus Party center. Tickets are $100 per couple, lots of Chinese auction baskets will be available – see Cheryl or Megan for additional information.

  • 9/18/20178: Growth Partnership of Ashtabula County will be having their Best in County dinner.

  • 9/29-9/30 Grape Jamboree in Geneva. Debbie Powell has booklets with the information for event.

  • 9/12/2018: Ducro will have an advanced planning seminar from 11a-1p. Lunch will be served.

  • 9/22/2018: The Metro Parks will be hosting a meet and greet in Harpersfield

  • 10/4 through 11/1 Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program at Ashtabula YMCA 11:0-Noon

  • 10/7/2018: The YMCA will have an open house from 1p-3p.

  • 2018 One Book, One County Community Events (initiative to bring people of a community together to read a common book) Ashtabula County District Library chose DREAM LAND, The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones.

Sept.17-We Do Recovery6:30 p.m. at Ashtabula Co.Library

Oct. 12-PART(Prevention, Awareness,Recovery and Treatment) Conference @ SPIRE Institute time to be announced

Oct. 16- Author Sam Quinones7:00 p.m. Lakeside High School

ONE-MINUTE COMMERCIALS:

  • One-minute commercials presented.

  • The Bee awarded by Tim Volpone, Ziegler Heating to Holly Mayernick, Infinity Resources

TEN MINUTE PRESENTATION:

  • No ten minute presentation this week. OPEN MEETING

MEMBER EXCHANGES:

  • Members Present – 16

  • Sub – 1

  • Guests – 0

  • Number of referrals – 8

  • Door Prize was awarded to be added to next week’s referrals.

Future Schedule:

9/13/2018 PAINESVILLE PUBLISHING (MC LAWN CARE SUCCESS STORY)

9/20/2018 GOOD MORNING ASHTABULA – STANLEY STEAMER AT CONNEAUT DAIRY

QUEEN

9/27/2018 MC LAWN CARE (ACMC REGIONAL HOME HEALTH SUCCESS STORY)

10/4/2018 ACMC REGIONAL HOME HEALTH (WOLLAM GRAND VALLEY SUCCESS STORY)

10/11/2018 WOLLAM GRAND VALLEY (MARTINET RECCHIA SUCCESS STORY)

10/18/2018 GOOD MORNING ASHTABULA – CLEVELAND RAPE CRISIS CENTER

10/25/2018 MARTINET RECCHIA (GENEVA SPINAL HEALTH SUCCESS STORY)

11/1/2018 GENEVA SPINAL HEALTH (MDR CORPORATION SUCCESS STORY)

11/8/2018 MDR CORPORATION (KEYBANK SUCCESS STORY)

11/15/2018 GOOD MORNING ASHTABULA – THE LODGE AT GENEVA ON THE LAKE

11/22/2018 HOLIDAY – NO MEETING

11/29/2018 SPEAKER MEETING

12/6/2018 OPEN MEETING/COMMITTEE ACTIVITIES

12/13/2018 KEYBANK (SUCCESS STORY TO BE DETERMINED)

12/20/2018 GOOD MORNING ASHTABULA – ERIE BANK

12/27/2018 HOLIDAY – NO MEETING

Meeting adjourned at _8:30___ am


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August 2, 2018

Location: The Harpersfield Covered Bridge Ellsworth Pavilion at 1122 Harpersfield

Present: Executive Committee Officers:

  • President – Shay LeVesque

  • Vice President – Elena Bienko

  • Secretary/Treasurer – Suzette Miller

  • See attendance sheet for remainder of attendees

Meeting was called to order by Shay LeVesque at 7:35am and all the following discussions and actions were taken:

Meeting minutes from July 26th, 2018 approved as submitted.

WELCOME VISITOR(S):

  • No visitors

MISSION STATEMENT:

  • Read by Shawn H. (a different member will be selected to read the mission statement every week) – “To exchange and promote business with members and support member businesses through information sharing. To support secondary business education in Ashtabula County encouraging and sustaining entrepreneurship.”

SUCCESS STORY:

  • Success stories are the week before your 10-minute. Don’t forget to get your bio ready.

  • The YMCA – success story – Cheryl stated that being a non-profit organization, the YMCA depends on membership and donations to raise funds. She greatly appreciates her relationships with the AcBE members and that everyone comes to her aid when asked. Noted that Brenda will be coming to do dementia screening as an example.

OLD BUSINESS:

  • Reminder: If Ashtabula City Schools or A-Tech Schools are closed or delayed our meeting will be cancelled.

  • Remember everyone must continue to recruit for open categories in our membership.

  • No old business

NEW BUSINESS:

  • No new business

VP REPORT:

  • Attendance reports for 7/26 approved as submitted.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

  • The current total is $15,918.89. Had another donation of $350 for the Bob Hegfield scholarship

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Ethics: CHAIR- Don P.

  • Do have one request for an excused absence.

  • The new bylaws booklets are not ready yet but will be soon.

Membership/Marketing: CHAIR- Susan Rosette (correction of name spelling)

  • No new updates.

  • Tim V. complimented the entire AcBE membership for their participation in the Bob Hegfield event. Everyone participated.

  • Suzette shared the article about the event that was in the Gazette.

  • Reported that Bob’s wife was pleased with the event and enjoyed the ties that JP brought and shared.

Scholarship: CHAIR: Ken M.

  • Meeting today to discuss the Bob Hegfield scholarship eligibility

NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES:

  • 8/3/2018: Kiwanis Ladies Only Golf Tournament-see Tim V for info and tickets

  • 8/3/2018: The Lantern of Saybrook will be having a golf outing. See Kerry for details.

  • 8/24 and 8/25/2018: Uncorked Winefest Event hosted by Ashtabula Chamber Foundation

  • 9/15/2018: The YMCA annual dinner raffle to be held at Andrus Party center. Tickets are $100 per couple, lots of Chinese auction baskets will be available – see Cheryl or Megan for additional information.

  • 9/18/20178: Growth Partnership of Ashtabula County will be having their Best in County dinner.

  • 9/29-9/30 Grape Jamboree in Geneva. Debbie Powell has booklets with the information for event.

ONE-MINUTE COMMERCIALS:

  • All members presented a one-minute commercial about his/her business.

  • The Bee award was presented from Suzette M. from Generations to Mike C. from MC Lawncare because he is trying to help the Generations business by making everyone depressed about the winter time coming!

TEN MINUTE PRESENTATION:

  • Debbie P. from BHHS:

  • Debbie did not share personal info but invited anyone who wants to learn more about her to do a dance card with her.

  • Debbie chose to meet today at this location to help share the beauty of our Ashtabula County Metro Parks. The Parks have come a long way and are so nice for our community to visit. There is a Music along the River event on August 18th so come out if you can.

  • Debbie shared the Market update is still good. There are more price reductions than new listings. The average value of a home sale in Ashtabula County is $107,398 which is higher than in the past. This equates to about $95/square foot when in the past it was around $74/square foot.

  • There have been 13 new residential and 5 commercial building permits pulled recently. This reflects a strong economy.

  • Deer Park is now under contract – it was a $899,000 listing.

  • There is an increase of homes for sale by owner.

  • Amish are buying large parcels of land that have timber, logging them and reselling the property.

  • Public Policy is pushing for home inspectors to be licensed. If it is passed in Ohio, we would be the 31st state to require this.

  • Also attempting to enact the Senior Housing Relief Act that states if you are older than 65 years of age, have lived in your home for over 20 years, and are delinquent in your property taxes, you would be protected from forclosure.

  • There is a homestead exemption that is for people with income less than $32,200/year, are older than 65 or disabled. They are trying to remove the income limit requirement.

  • Senate bill currently up where they want to take away local health department authority and oversight over home septic systems. If the home is vacant for over 30 days they won’t do a septic inspection.

  • Legislators in Ohio are pushing to have HVAC for residential work to be licensed contractors. Home inspectors are fighting this.

MEMBER EXCHANGES:

  • Members Present – 17

  • Sub – 0

  • Guests – 0

  • Number of referrals – 6

  • Door Prize was awarded to Shay.

Next Meeting on August 9th, 2018:

  • On August 2nd, we will meet at Ducro.

  • The ten-minute will be YMCA.

  • The success story will be the Infinity Resources.

  • On August 23rd, Infinity will be a ROAD TRIP to Holly’s executive office in the Growth Partnership Building – 17 N. Market St. in Jefferson.

Future Schedule:

8/9/2018 YMCA (INFINITY RESOURCES SUCCESS STORY)

8/16/2018 GOOD MORNING ASHTABULA – VOCATIONAL GUIDANCE SERVICES AT BIG

DOG BOUNCE

8/23/2018 INFINITY RESOURSES (PAINESVILLE PUBLISHING SUCCESS STORY)

8/30/2018 SPEAKER MEETING – JUDGE CAMPLESE

9/6/2018 OPEN MEETING/COMMITTEE ACTIVITIES

9/13/2018 PAINESVILLE PUBLISHING (MC LAWN CARE SUCCESS STORY)

9/20/2018 GOOD MORNING ASHTABULA – STANLEY STEAMER AT CONNEAUT DAIRY

QUEEN

9/27/2018 MC LAWN CARE (GRAND VALLEY WOLLAM SUCCESS STORY

10/4/2018 ASHTABULA REGIONAL HOME HEALTH

10/11/2018 GRAND VALLEY WOLLAM (MARTINET RECCHIA SUCCESS STORY)

10/18/2018 GOOD MORNING ASHTABULA – CLEVELAND RAPE CRISIS CENTER

10/25/2018 MARTINET RECCHIA (GENEVA SPINAL HEALTH SUCCESS STORY)

Meeting adjourned at 8:30am

July 26th, 2018

Location: Ducro @ 500 W. Prospect, Ashtabula

Present: Executive Committee Officers:

  • President – Shay LeVesque

  • Vice President – Elena Bienko

  • Secretary/Treasurer – (Susan R. taking minutes)

  • See attendance sheet for remainder of attendees

Meeting was called to order by Shay LeVesque at 7:30 am and all the following discussions and actions were taken:

Meeting minutes from July 12th, 2018 approved as submitted with one correction identified by Chris Carahar.

WELCOME VISITOR(S):

  • Joanne with S & B Flooring

MISSION STATEMENT:

  • Read by Kevin (a different member will be selected to read the mission statement every week) -- “To exchange and promote business with members and support member businesses through information sharing. To support secondary business education in Ashtabula County encouraging and sustaining entrepreneurship.”

SUCCESS STORY:

  • Success stories are the week before your 10-minute. Don’t forget to get your bio ready.

  • The BHHS – success story – The relationships and connections from this group have enhanced her business and she appreciates all the referals.

OLD BUSINESS:

  • Reminder: If Ashtabula City Schools or A-Tech Schools are closed or delayed our meeting will be cancelled.

  • Remember everyone must continue to recruit for open categories in our membership.

  • No Discussion

NEW BUSINESS:

  • The scholarship committee is going to be meeting to discuss ideas for the set up of the new Bob Hegfield Adult Scholarship. The will present these ideas at the August 23rd meeting.

VP REPORT:

  • Attendance reports for 7/12 approved as submitted.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

  • Andover accounts closed and deposited into Key Bank account. The current total is $15,506.89. The $100 seed money for last week’s event plus the proceeds of $1935 were deposited. Total money available for the scholarship is $2435.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Ethics: CHAIR- Don P.

  • The bylaws booklet will be reprinted with the changes that were voted on

Membership/Marketing: CHAIR- Susan Rosette (correction of name spelling)

  • A thank you to the entire membership for the great attendance and support. The baskets were a big hit we got a lot of compliments. The venue was perfect as was the weather and food and wine. A good time was had by all.

Scholarship: CHAIR: Ken M.

  • The committee needs to work out eligibility details, process, amount of the scholarship(s) and time for Bob Hegfield scholarship. Will present ideas on 8/23

NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES:

  • 8/3/2018: Kiwanis Ladies Only Golf Tournament-see Tim V for info and tickets

  • 8/3/2018: The Lantern of Saybrook will be having a golf outing. See Kerry for details.

  • 8/24 and 8/25/2018: Uncorked Winefest Event hosted by Ashtabula Chamber Foundation

  • 9/14/2018: The Ashtabula County Food Bank has found all the help they need to pack the 50,000 meals. No further needs currently.

  • 9/15/2018: The YMCA annual dinner raffle – see Cheryl or Megan for additional information.

  • 9/18/20178: Growth Partnership of Ashtabula County will be having their Best in County dinner. Nominations are due by July 20th.

  • 9/29-9/30 Grape Jamboree in Geneva. Debbie Powell has booklets with the information for event.

ONE-MINUTE COMMERCIALS:

  • All members presented a one-minute commercial about his/her business.

  • The Bee award was presented from Susan Rossette to Generations Behavioral Health.

TEN MINUTE PRESENTATION:

  • Otis from S&B Flooring:

  • Otis informed us about the history of the business. S & B Flooring is the longest standing business in Downtown Ashtabula being in the same location for over 40 years.

  • Otis is a Deacon at his church and has actually recorded Gospel Music.

  • The company have moved from less Residential to more Commercial about 80/20

  • Best advice do not listen to commercial’s on TV like Empire Carpet…they will not do your whole house for $99.00!

  • Joanne gave a presentation about the different types of carpeting. We got to see a piece of carpeting that elephants used in their cages for 5 years. And she poured pure bleach on a sample to show the durability of the product. Very interesting.

MEMBER EXCHANGES:

  • Members Present – 19

  • Sub –1

  • Guests – 1

  • Number of referrals – 8

  • Door Prize was awarded to Vector Security Gayle

Next Meeting on August 2nd, 2018:

  • On August 2nd, we will meet at ???? Debbie will let Suzette know what she decides for next week’s meeting. Suzette will email us.

  • The ten-minute will be BHHS.

  • The success story will be the YMCA.

Future Schedule:

8/2/2018 BHHS (YMCA SUCCESS STORY)

8/9/2018 YMCA (INFINITY RESOURCES SUCCESS STORY)

8/16/2018 GOOD MORNING ASHTABULA – VOCATIONAL GUIDANCE SERVICES AT BIG

DOG BOUNCE

8/23/2018 INFINITY RESOURSES (PAINESVILLE PUBLISHING SUCCESS STORY)

8/30/2018 SPEAKER MEETING – JUDGE CAMPLESE

9/6/2018 OPEN MEETING/COMMITTEE ACTIVITIES

9/13/2018 PAINESVILLE PUBLISHING (MC LAWN CARE SUCCESS STORY)

9/20/2018 GOOD MORNING ASHTABULA – STANLEY STEAMER AT CONNEAUT DAIRY

QUEEN

9/27/2018 MC LAWN CARE (GRAND VALLEY WOLLAM SUCCESS STORY

10/4/2018 ASHTABULA REGIONAL HOME HEALTH

10/11/2018 GRAND VALLEY WOLLAM (MARTINET RECCHIA SUCCESS STORY)

10/18/2018 GOOD MORNING ASHTABULA – CLEVELAND RAPE CRISIS CENTER

10/25/2018 MARTINET RECCHIA (GENEVA SPINAL HEALTH SUCCESS STORY)

Meeting adjourned at 8:35 am

July 12th, 2018

Locaton: Ducro @ 500 W. Prosect, Ashtabula

Present: Executive Committee Officers:

  • President – Shay LeVesque

  • Vice President – Elena Bienko

  • Secretary/Treasurer – Suzette Miller

  • See attendance sheet for remainder of attendees

Meeting was called to order by Shay LeVesque at 7:32 am and all the following discussions and actions were taken:

Meeting minutes from June 28th, 2018 approved as submitted with one correction identified by Chris Carahar.

WELCOME VISITOR(S):

  • Carrie Cooper from the YMCA

MISSION STATEMENT:

  • Read by Elena (a different member will be selected to read the mission statement every week) -- “To exchange and promote business with members and support member businesses through information sharing. To support secondary business education in Ashtabula County encouraging and sustaining entrepreneurship.”

SUCCESS STORY:

  • Success stories are the week before your 10-minute. Don’t forget to get your bio ready.

  • The S & B Flooring – success story – Otis expressed his gratitude and benefit of all the friendships he has gained through AcBE. He believes friendships are essential, not only personal, but is business as well.

OLD BUSINESS:

  • Reminder: If Ashtabula City Schools or A-Tech Schools are closed or delayed our meeting will be cancelled.

  • Remember everyone must continue to recruit for open categories in our membership.

  • Debbie placed the event on Facebook using the flier as the event notification to try to get some idea of those interested in attending.

  • Reminded members to take fliers to post in any location they think of.

NEW BUSINESS:

  • None

VP REPORT:

  • Attendance reports for 6/28 approved as submitted.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

  • Andover accounts closed and deposited into Key Bank account. The current total is $13,366.89 + $100 cash for seed money for next week’s event.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Ethics: CHAIR- Don P.

  • Amendment to the bylaws to add LOA language to the attendance portion voted on and approved unanimously by the membership.

Membership/Marketing: CHAIR- Susan Rosette

  • The Bob Hegfield Event is next Wednesday.

  • Recommend all members wear their name badge and company shirt if you have one to promote your business. Susan indicated we might also want to wear the “Ask me about AcBE” pins.

  • If weather does not cooperate, we will have the event in the event room across the street.

  • Don will make a couple of posters so that we can have them at the entrance on the street for advertisement of the event that day.

  • We will be offering a “Bob’s meal” of Bob’s burger and fries if someone wants that instead of using the main menu.

  • We will be offering a Bob’s 1.99% drink – Karen is working out the details for that.

  • All donated baskets for the Chinese auction need to be on location by 5pm so that we can number them and have them set up by 5:30p. The list of what types of baskets by which businesses was provided and also sent out by email.

  • There are 3 bars – our celebrity bartenders are ready. Someone will see if John Steel wants to be a bartender as well.

  • Karen set up Valet service for the event.

Scholarship: CHAIR: Ken M.

  • Nothing new.

  • The committee needs to work out eligibility details and the process for Bob Hegfield scholarship.

NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES:

  • 7/18/2018: AcBE will hold a “Celebrity Bartender” event at Crosswinds Grill from 5:30p to 8:30p. There will be 50/50 raffle and Chinese auction. All members of AcBE please remember to get your basket for the auction ready – you can bring it the night of the event. This event is to help sponsor an adult scholarship in memory of “Banker Bob” Hegfield.

  • 7/20/2018: The Chambers Builders Golf Outing will be at Geneva On the Lake.

  • 8/3/2018: Kiwanis Ladies Only Golf Tournament-see Tim V for info and tickets

  • 8/3/2018: The Lantern of Saybrook will be having a golf outing. See Kerry for details.

  • 8/24 and 8/25/2018: Uncorked Winefest Event hosted by Ashtabula Chamber Foundation

  • 9/14/2018: The Ashtabula County Food Bank has found all the help they need to pack the 50,000 meals. No further needs currently.

  • 9/15/2018: The YMCA annual dinner raffle – see Cheryl or Megan for additional information.

  • 9/18/20178: Growth Partnership of Ashtabula County will be having their Best in County dinner. Nominations are due by July 20th.

ONE-MINUTE COMMERCIALS:

  • All members presented a one-minute commercial about his/her business.

  • The Bee award was presented from Chris Carahar for Brenda Cobb to Susan Rosette for her discussion about customer service during her one-minute presentation.

TEN MINUTE PRESENTATION:

  • Shay LaVesque for the Lodge at Geneva on the Lake:

  • Shay told us a little bit about herself. Yes, she is a new bride of only a month ago. She has a black lab and ice cream is her favorite food. She even had an ice cream truck at her wedding! She is from Chardon and now resides in Conneaut.

  • Professionally, she went to Bowling Green State University and majored in tourism with a minor in marketing. She has worked at the Lodge for 6 years. She started as a server, moved to banquet captain, then banquet supervisor and two years ago moved into sales.

  • Shay took the rest of the time to discuss ways of managing difficult clients. Ideas of staying professional while being as accommodating as possible were discussed. Also, discussed the need to “stay calm” during difficult interactions. Idea of assuring you keep a clear picture of who your ideal client is and trying to stick to pursuing business with those clients is the most rewarding and lucrative. Having the “plan” in writing is important. Also, there is a point when you might need to just say “I don’t think this is a good fit for you”.

MEMBER EXCHANGES:

  • Members Present – 18

  • Sub – 1 (Carrie Cooper from the YMCA)

  • Guests – 1 – Zane Salazar from MC Landscaping. He will likely be the new alternate.

  • Number of referrals – 6

  • Door Prize was awarded to Brenda Cobb.

Next Meeting on July 12th, 2018:

  • Next meeting will be our event at Crosswinds on the 18th from 5:30p to 8:30p. Attendance will be counted as our meeting for the week.

  • The Ashtabula Chamber Good Morning Ashtabula coffee will be optional for July 19th. This chamber event will be at Ashtabula County Medical Center in the Solarium on the 5th floor.

  • On July 26th, we will meet at Ducro.

  • The ten-minute will be S&B Flooring on July 26th.

  • The success story will be BHHS on July 26th.

Future Schedule:

7/5/2018 HOLIDAY – NO MEETING

7/12/2018 THE LODGE AT GENEVA (S&B FLOORING SUCCESS STORY)

7/18/2018 ***5:50pm to 8:30pm at Crosswinds Grill – Bob Hegfield Scholarship Event –

Attendance required

7/19/2018 GOOD MORNING ASHTABULA COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER (OPTIONAL)

7/26/2018 S & B FLOORING (BHHS SUCCESS STORY)

8/2/2018 BHHS (YMCA SUCCESS STORY)

8/9/2018 YMCA (INFINITY RESOURCES SUCCESS STORY)

8/16/2018 GOOD MORNING ASHTABULA – VOCATIONAL GUIDANCE SERVICES AT BIG

DOG BOUNCE

8/23/2018 INFINITY RESOURSES (PAINESVILLE PUBLISHING SUCCESS STORY)

8/30/2018 SPEAKER MEETING – JUDGE CAMPLESE

Meeting adjourned at _ 8:35 am

June 28th, 2018

Location: Ducro @ 500 W. Prospect, Ashtabula

Present: Executive Committee Officers:

  • President – Shay LeVesque

  • Vice President – Elena Bienko

  • Secretary/Treasurer – Suzette Miller

  • See attendance sheet for remainder of attendees

Meeting was called to order by Shay LeVesque at 7:28 am and all the following discussions and actions were taken:

Meeting minutes from June 14th, 2018 approved as submitted with one correction identified by Chris Carahar.

WELCOME VISITOR(S):

  • None

MISSION STATEMENT:

  • Read by Tim (a different member will be selected to read the mission statement every week) -- “To exchange and promote business with members and support member businesses through information sharing. To support secondary business education in Ashtabula County encouraging and sustaining entrepreneurship.”

SUCCESS STORY:

  • Success stories are the week before your 10-minute. Don’t forget to get your bio ready.

  • The Lodge at Geneva on the Lake – success story – Shay talked about how she was terrified of public speaking when she first joined this organization but now she is much more comfortable and loves coming to the meetings and learning about everyone’s businesses. She also stated that she is officially an Ashtabula County resident.

OLD BUSINESS:

  • Reminder: If Ashtabula City Schools or A-Tech Schools are closed or delayed our meeting will be cancelled.

  • Remember everyone must continue to recruit for open categories in our membership.

  • A vote to incorporate a $50 reward for a sponsoring member of a new paid member was approved. Gayle made the first motion, Suzette seconded the motion and there were 14 members voted yes and 1 member voted no. Motion carried with a majority vote. The reason for the one “No” was because the member believes the recruiting process is an expectation of every member and should not be rewarded.

  • Discussion regarding advertising the July 18th event in four of the Gazette newspapers as an insert ended with the membership in agreement that the cost of $934.79 should not be spent. Tim indicated he has had multiple calls and discussions regarding attendance and donations. It appears their may be a much larger crowd than anticipated so costly advertising is not necessary.

  • Discussed asking Debbie to make the event on Facebook public using the flier as the event notification to try to get some idea of those interested in attending.

Suzette will send her the flier PDF and ask her to do this.

  • Talked about the possibility of needing valet for parking and having the membership help with this while having our cars either parked at the far end of the public lot across from Crosswinds or at the Lodge. Suzette will send an email to Karen to find out if we have an unusually high attendance, if Crosswinds will have enough room and get her idea about parking.

  • Reminded members to take fliers to post in any location they think of.

NEW BUSINESS:

  • None

VP REPORT:

  • Attendance reports for 6/21 approved as submitted.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

  • Andover accounts closed and deposited into Key Bank account. The current total is $13,061.89

  • Money received today as attendance payments and donation for the Bob Hegfield scholarship fund will be listed in the budget (the scholarship income will be identified as a separate line item)

  • Current budget summary emailed weekly to the membership

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Ethics: CHAIR- Don P.

  • Don read the amended LOA recommendation to be considered as an addition to the Constitution/Bylaws.

  • Voting for final decision will be at our next regular meeting on July 12th.

Membership/Marketing: CHAIR- Susan Rosette

  • The group will be meeting at Lakehouse on 7/9 at 5:30.

  • Susan asked what each member’s basket theme will be for the event so they will all be different

Scholarship: CHAIR: Ken M.

  • Nothing new at this time

NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES:

  • 6/28/2018: There will be a blood drive at The Lantern of Saybrook. See Kerry for more information.

  • 7/5/2018: YMCA Urban Meyer event. Tickets are available see Cheryl or Megan

  • 7/18/2018: AcBE will hold a “Celebrity Bartender” event at Crosswinds Grill from 5:30p to 8:30p. There will be 50/50 raffle and Chinese auction. All members of AcBE please remember to get your basket for the auction ready – you can bring it the night of the event. This event is to help sponsor an adult scholarship in memory of “Banker Bob” Hegfield.

  • 7/20/2018: The Chambers Builders Golf Outing will be at Geneva On the Lake.

  • 8/3/2018: Kiwanis Ladies Only Golf Tournament-see Tim V for info and tickets

  • 8/3/2018: The Lantern of Saybrook will be having a golf outing. See Kerry for details.

  • 8/24 and 8/25/2018: Uncorked Winefest Event hosted by Ashtabula Chamber Foundation

  • 9/14/2018: The Ashtabula County Food Bank is looking for help to help pack meals at 9am for about 3 hours. They are looking for at least 225 volunteers to pack 50,000 meals. See Gayle for more information.

  • 9/15/2018: The YMCA annual dinner raffle – see Cheryl or Megan for additional information.

ONE-MINUTE COMMERCIALS:

  • All members presented a one-minute commercial about his/her business.

  • The Bee award was presented from Mike F. to Chris Carahar for Brenda Cobb – his use of the Lion King’s Circle of Life song was difficult to beat!

TEN MINUTE PRESENTATION:

  • Mike Fiedler for Edward Jones

  • Shared information related to retirement planning and provided a monthly budget worksheet and risk tolerance questionnaire.

  • Shared that the market rises and falls typically, and investments should be left in place at least 3-5 years

  • Recommends balance between stocks and bonds dependent on the amount of risk expected. The closer to retirement, the more conservative you need to be.

  • Some 401K plans have a targeted retirement date to redistribute funds to assure appropriate risk

MEMBER EXCHANGES:

  • Members Present – 16

  • Sub – 1

  • Guests – 0

  • Number of referrals – 4

  • Door Prize was awarded to Gayle

Next Meeting on July 12th, 2018:

  • No meeting on July 5th due to the holiday.

  • On July 12th, location TBD

  • The success story will be S&B Flooring

Future Schedule:

7/5/2018 HOLIDAY – NO MEETING

7/12/2018 THE LODGE AT GENEVA (S&B FLOORING SUCCESS STORY)

7/18/2018 ***5:50pm to 8:30pm at Crosswinds Grill – Bob Hegfield Scholarship Event –

Attendance required

7/19/2018 GOOD MORNING ASHTABULA COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER (OPTIONAL)

7/26/2018 S & B FLOORING (BHHS SUCCESS STORY)

8/2/2018 BHHS (YMCA SUCCESS STORY)

8/9/2018 YMCA (INFINITY RESOURCES SUCCESS STORY)

8/16/2018 GOOD MORNING ASHTABULA – VOCATIONAL GUIDANCE SERVICES AT BIG

DOG BOUNCE

8/23/2018 INFINITY RESOURSES (PAINESVILLE PUBLISHING SUCCESS STORY)

8/30/2018 SPEAKER MEETING – JUDGE CAMPLESE

Meeting adjourned at _8:34 am

June 14th, 2018

Location: Ducro @ 500 W. Prospect, Ashtabula

Present: Executive Committee Officers:

  • President – Shay Skidmore (absent)

  • Vice President – Elena Bienko

  • Secretary/Treasurer – Suzette Miller

  • See attendance sheet for remainder of attendees

Meeting was called to order by Elena Bienko at 7:30 am and all the following discussions and actions were taken:

Meeting minutes from June 7th, 2018 approved as submitted.

WELCOME VISITOR(S):

MISSION STATEMENT:

  • Read by Kerry S. . (a different member will be selected to read the mission statement every week) -- “To exchange and promote business with members and support member businesses through information sharing. To support secondary business education in Ashtabula County encouraging and sustaining entrepreneurship.”

SUCCESS STORY:

  • Success stories are the week before your 10-minute. Don’t forget to get your bio ready.

  • Edward Jones – success story – Mike talked about how he was with B&I and has stayed with AcBE since its inception years ago. He believes the success of this group for him has been getting to know each other so well and each other’s businesses.

OLD BUSINESS:

  • Reminder: If Ashtabula City Schools or A-Tech Schools are closed or delayed our meeting will be cancelled.

  • Remember everyone must continue to recruit for open categories in our membership.

NEW BUSINESS:

  • None

VP REPORT:

  • Attendance reports for 6/7 approved as submitted.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

  • Andover accounts closed and deposited into Key Bank account. The current total is $13,079.87

  • Current budget summary emailed weekly to the membership

  • Discuss CD options during open meeting time.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Ethics: CHAIR- Don P.

  • Don read the amended LOA recommendation to be considered as an addition to the Constitution/Bylaws. Holly noted one more change – instead of the word “Employee” it should read “Member”. Correction will be made and read at the next meeting for the final read before voting.

Membership/Marketing: CHAIR- Susan Rosette

  • Fliers available for distribution for the Bob Hegfield Scholarship Event – membership recommended the addition of “donations accepted payable to AcBE at PO Box 554, Ashtabula, Ohio 44005. Don will see if he can add to the current flier or make more new fliers.

  • The McCarthey’s sent a $500 donation to the Bob Hegfield Scholarship fund to the Ashtabula Chamber who will cash and reissue to AcBE.

  • Suggestions to add this event as an insert to the local papers such as the Gazette and Star Beacon. Suzette will reach out to see what the cost may be and update everyone via email for final decision.

Scholarship: CHAIR: Ken M.

  • A thank you from Lakeside High School was passed around for all to read.

  • Membership suggested the pictures of the three recipients be placed on the AcBE website. Debbie P. will take care of this. Thank you for keeping the web site and Facebook information up to date was verbalized to Debbie!

NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES:

  • 6/20/2018: The Geneva Chamber of Commerce is having its annual golf outing at the Madison Country Club. If interested, see Suzette for details.

  • 6/23/2018: Jefferson Healthcare is holding a Cornhole Tournament starting at 11am to support the Alzheimer’s Association “The Longest Day”. There will be food and drinks to purchase, 50/50 raffle and cash prizes for the top three winning teams. $50 for each team of 2. For more information, call 440-477-9616 and talk to Erin or see Suzette.

  • 6/28/2018: There will be a blood drive at The Lantern of Saybrook. See Kerry for more information.

  • 7/5/2018: YMCA Urban Meyer event. Tickets are available see Cheryl or Megan

  • 7/18/2018: AcBE will hold a “Celebrity Bartender” event at Crosswinds Grill from 5:30p to 8:30p. There will be 50/50 raffle and Chinese auction. All members of AcBE please remember to get your basket for the auction ready – you can bring it the night of the event. This event is to help sponsor an adult scholarship in memory of “Banker Bob” Hegfield.

  • 7/20/2018: The Chambers Builders Golf Outing will be in Geneva On the Lake.

  • 8/3/2018: Kiwanis Ladies Only Golf Tournament-see Tim V for info and tickets

  • 8/3/2018: The Lantern of Saybrook will be having a golf outing. See Kerry for details.

  • 9/14/2018: The Ashtabula County Food Bank is looking for help to help pack meals at 9am for about 3 hours. They are looking for at least 225 volunteers to pack 50,000 meals. See Gayle for more information.

  • 9/15/2018: The YMCA annual dinner raffle – see Cheryl or Megan for additional information.

ONE-MINUTE COMMERCIALS:

  • All members presented a one-minute commercial about his/her business.

  • The Bee award was presented from Tim to Mike because of Mike’s story about strawberry allergy causing one’s face to blow up.

OPEN MEETING DISCUSSION:

  • Discussed the special rates for CDs had expired and now the rate is only about 1%. The membership agreed the return on investment to lock the funds up in this way was not necessary.

  • The question arose regarding having all the money in a checking and not a savings and checking and again the information was relayed that the interest rates are so low it is not valuable enough to spend the effort in having two funds.

  • The idea of having Mike put some money into stocks was discussed. Mike indicated the money would need to be tied up for 3-5 years to realize any benefit.

  • Shawn suggested we consider a program to help recruit more members into the organization could be more beneficial than putting money into low interest bearing accounts. Maybe deduct a portion of the initial membership fee from a new member to encourage membership? Suzette also brought up having an ongoing program so any sponsor who is able to bring in a new member be given a $50 stipend for that new member. This would be more financially beneficial to the organization. Discussion was cut short due to time. No final decisions made at this time.

MEMBER EXCHANGES:

  • Members Present – 17

  • Sub – 1

  • Guests – 0

  • Number of referrals – 9

  • Door Prize was awarded to Brenda

Next Meeting on June 21ST, 2018:

  • Good Morning Ashtabula at 8am at Saybrook Landing at 2300 Center Road, Ashtabula.

  • The following meeting on June 28th will be at Ducro and Mike will present his 10 minute information.

  • The Lodge at Geneva will have the success story.

Future Schedule:

6/21/2018 GOOD MORNING ASHTABULA- SAYBROOK LANDING AT 2300 CENTER RD.

6/28/2018 EDWARD JONES (THE LODGE AT GENEVA SUCCESS STORY)

7/5/2018 HOLIDAY – NO MEETING

7/12/2018 THE LODGE AT GENEVA (S&B FLOORING SUCCESS STORY)

7/19/2018 GOOD MORNING ASHTABULA COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER

7/26/2018 S & B FLOORING (BHHS SUCCESS STORY)

Meeting adjourned at 8:33 am

June 7, 2018

Location: Ducro @ 4524 Elm Ave., Ashtabula

Present: Executive Committee Officers:

  • President – Shay Skidmore (absent)

  • Vice President – Elena Bienko

  • Secretary/Treasurer – Suzette Miller

  • See attendance sheet for remainder of attendees

Meeting was called to order by Elena Bienko at 7:30 am and all the following discussions and actions were taken:

Meeting minutes from May 31, 2018 approved as submitted.

WELCOME VISITOR(S):

  • None

MISSION STATEMENT:

  • Read by _Don P. (a different member will be selected to read the mission statement every week) -- “To exchange and promote business with members and support member businesses through information sharing. To support secondary business education in Ashtabula County encouraging and sustaining entrepreneurship.”

SUCCESS STORY:

  • Success stories are the week before your 10-minute. Don’t forget to get your bio ready.

  • Brenda provided a success story about how AcBE provides exposure to people she would never have met if not for this organization. Even though her business focuses on home care, most don’t realize that home can be a hotel, a car, or the street!

OLD BUSINESS:

  • Reminder: If Ashtabula City Schools or A-Tech Schools are closed or delayed our meeting will be cancelled.

  • Remember everyone must continue to recruit for open categories in our membership.

NEW BUSINESS:

  • JP reminded us that attendance will always be a topic of discussion; however, if we make an effort to recruit subs it may not be as much of an issue moving forward.

  • Suzette reported that we currently have three individuals who are willing to sub for others if available: Chris Carahar, Christopher McCain and Steven Stolz.

VP REPORT:

  • Attendance reports were emailed out and approved as submitted.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

  • Andover accounts closed and deposited into Key Bank account. The current total is $13,079.87

  • Thank you to Kevin S. for reformatting the treasurer report form. It is very user friendly and will be shared with the membership with minutes each week.

  • Elena recommended the discussion related to moving any funds into a CD be tabled until the next meeting which is an open meeting.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Ethics: CHAIR- Don P.

  • Ethics and Membership and Marketing met last Monday night.

  • A proposal to leave the attendance policy as is with the removal of one sentence “If a health issue arises with a member or a member of their immediate family, the Ethics Committee can review the circumstances and can make an allowance.”

  • Addition of an LOA policy recommended to be added to the bylaws. Tiffany J. quickly formatted a thorough LOA policy recommendation. She distributed copies to all members and read the document for discussion.

  • Remove the name President and replace it with Executive Committee in all references to “President”

  • Add a line to the attendance report to indicate LOA

  • In F, bullet 3, change the “required” education for work to “Mandatory”

  • In F,1,c, change “ethics” to “Ethics Committee”

  • In F, 5, b, add bullet 3 to indicate if a gray area exists in the decision related to an LOA request that the Ethics Committee will approve or deny the request and the final decision stands with the Ethics Committee.

  • An LOA form needs to be created; however, that will be tabled until the LOA policy is voted and approved.

  • The revised LOA recommendation will be read at the next two regular meetings (6/14 and 6/28) and voted on at the 6/28 meeting. According to bylaws, the vote must be done by roll call and 2/3rds of the votes must be positive to change or add to the bylaws.

Membership/Marketing: CHAIR- Susan Rosette

  • During the meeting with the Ethics committee, Membership and Marketing discussed the July 18th event.

  • This evening event will be the required meeting for the week and attendance will be taken

  • Will have 50/50 raffle, 1 ticket for $1, 6 tickets for $5, and an arm length for $20.

  • Will have each AcBE member bring a basket for a Chinese auction. If anyone knows of other businesses willing to donate a basket, please accept their baskets for the event. The baskets can be taken to the event on the 18th since there is no place to store and pick them up. Please let someone from Membership and Marketing know the theme of your basket so we have a variety.

  • Gayle will check with Bob’s wife to see if she has any of his “crazy” ties the membership can borrow to wear at the event – update to follow.

  • Karen reported that she will be reviewing her past 5 years of Wednesday business and she will offer a part of the profits over the “normal” Wednesday business as a donation for this event.

  • We are recommending a special “Bob’s Menu” in addition to the usual menu for patrons to select their meal.

Scholarship: CHAIR: Ken M.

  • Received a thank you note from Lakeside High School for Mike presenting the scholarship provided by AcBE

NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES:

  • 6/8/2018: The YMCA is planning their golf outing at Geneva on the Lake. See Cheryl or Megan for more information.

  • 6/8/2018: The senior conference will be held from 9a-1p at Lakeside High School – see JP for more information.

  • 6/20/2018: The Geneva Chamber of Commerce is having its annual golf outing at the Madison Country Club. If interested, see Suzette for details.

  • 6/23/2018: Jefferson Healthcare is holding a Cornhole Tournament starting at 11am to support the Alzheimer’s Association “The Longest Day”. There will be food and drinks to purchase, 50/50 raffle and cash prizes for the top three winning teams. $50 for each team of 2. For more information, call 440-477-9616 and talk to Erin or see Suzette.

  • 6/28/2018: There will be a blood drive at The Lantern of Saybrook. See Kerry for more information.

  • 7/5/2018: YMCA Urban Meyer event. Tickets are available see Cheryl or Megan

  • 7/18/2018: AcBE will hold a “Celebrity Bartender” event at Crosswinds Grill from 5:30p to 8:30p. There will be 50/50 raffle and Chinese auction. All members of AcBE please remember to get your basket for the auction ready – you can bring it the night of the event. This event is to help sponsor an adult scholarship in memory of “Banker Bob” Hegfield.

  • 7/20/2018: The Chambers Builders Golf Outing will be in Geneva On the Lake.

  • 8/3/2018: Kiwanis Ladies Only Golf Tournament-see Tim V for info and tickets

  • 8/3/2018: The Lantern of Saybrook will be having a golf outing. See Kerry for details.

  • 9/14/2018: The Ashtabula County Food Bank is looking for help to help pack meals at 9am for about 3 hours. They are looking for at least 225 volunteers to pack 50,000 meals. See Gayle for more information.

  • 9/15/2018: The YMCA annual dinner raffle – see Cheryl or Megan for additional information.

ONE-MINUTE COMMERCIALS:

  • All members presented a one-minute commercial about his/her business.

  • The Bee award was presented from Shawn to Tim because he is doing a great job keeping people cool – he is the expert!

TEN MINUTE PRESENTATION:

  • Ducro Funeral Services

  • JP introduced his mother the “matriarch” of Ducro: Sue Ducro.

  • Sandy Reed presented Ducro’s Pet loss services

  • Sandy is a certified Pet Loss Professional since 2013. She has assisted with pet companion grief support since 2014

  • In 2005, Ducro installed an onsite crematory for pets

  • Pet loss services are increasing. Since Jan 1st to the beginning of June in 2018 there have been 260 pet services

  • The services are private

  • Paw or nose prints can be purchased

  • A clip of the pet’s fur can be provided prior to cremation

  • The pet loss services include the pickup of the pet – will go to person’s home or the veterinarians’ office

  • Pet crematory is separate from the human crematory and animals are cremated individually – never at the same time as another family’s pet.

  • On 9/16, Ducro will hold their second annual blessing of the pet. You can come with your pet and a Pastor will bless your pet. It is a memorable service for anyone who have recently lost a pet.

  • Cost for services are as follows:

  • 1-10 pounds - $125

  • 11 to 50 pounds - $150

  • 51 to 100 pounds - $175

  • > 100 pounds - $200.

  • Limit size of animal because crematory is not large enough for larger animals like horses.

MEMBER EXCHANGES:

  • Members Present – 19

  • Sub – 1 (JP presented one minute commercial for MC Lawncare)

  • Guests – 0

  • Number of referrals – 9

  • Door Prize was awarded to Holly.

Next Meeting on June 14TH, 2018:

  • Open meeting

  • Success story by Edward Jones

  • The meeting will be held at Ducro on June 14th.

Future Schedule:

6/14/2018 OPEN MEETING/COMMITTEE ACTIVITIES (EDWARD JONES SUCCESS STORY)

6/21/2018 GOOD MORNING ASHTABULA- SAYBROOK LANDING

6/28/2018 EDWARD JONES (THE LODGE AT GENEVA SUCCESS STORY)

7/5/2018 HOLIDAY – NO MEETING

7/12/2018 THE LODGE AT GENEVA (S&B FLOORING SUCCESS STORY)

7/18/2018 ***5:50pm to 8:30pm at Crosswinds Grill – Bob Hegfield Scholarship Event

7/19/2018 GOOD MORNING ASHTABULA COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER (OPTIONAL)

7/26/2018 S & B FLOORING (BHHS SUCCESS STORY)

Meeting adjourned at 8:37am

May 31, 2018

Location: Ducro @ 500 W. Prospect, Ashtabula

Present: Executive Committee Officers:

  • President – Shay Skidmore

  • Vice President – Elena Bienko

  • Secretary/Treasurer – Suzette Miller

  • See attendance sheet for remainder of attendees

Meeting was called to order by Shay Skidmore at 7:31am and all the following discussions and actions were taken:

Meeting minutes from May 24, 2018 approved as submitted.

WELCOME VISITOR(S):

  • Megan Brydle – will be the new alternate for the YMCA to replace Ron

  • Laura Jones – the speaker from Leadership Ashtabula

MISSION STATEMENT:

  • Read by Elena B. (a different member will be selected to read the mission statement every week) -- “To exchange and promote business with members and support member businesses through information sharing. To support secondary business education in Ashtabula County encouraging and sustaining entrepreneurship.”

SUCCESS STORY:

  • Success stories are the week before your 10-minute. Don’t forget to get your bio ready.

  • Ducro Funeral Services presented the success story. Paige spoke to the new friendships she has gained through this organization and the fact that she is confident in referring people to utilize businesses from our organization.

OLD BUSINESS:

  • Reminder: If Ashtabula City Schools or A-Tech Schools are closed or delayed our meeting will be cancelled.

  • Remember everyone must continue to recruit for open categories in our membership.

NEW BUSINESS:

  • None

VP REPORT:

  • Attendance reports for 5/24 and 5/31 will be emailed out this week.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

  • Andover accounts closed and deposited into Key Bank account. The current total is $13,141.21

  • Current budget summary provided to the membership

  • Discuss 13 month opening a CD – initially Debbie P. put a motion on the table to obtain a $3000 CD and Georgia seconded that motion. After group discussion, Debbie amended her motion to be a $4000 CD with Georgia seconding that motion. Then after continued discussion, Debbie withdrew her motion and Georgia also withdrew her motion. The plan is to have facts related to the interest rate at next week’s meeting and move the motion at that time.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Ethics: CHAIR- Don P.

  • Comfort Keepers application for membership has been denied.

Membership/Marketing: CHAIR- Susan Rosette/Suzette reported for Susan in her absence

  • Meeting at Dublin Down at 5:30pm Monday June 4th with Ethics – report to follow

  • Don has the flier and will get 150 of them printed for us - looking for final print for the back of the flier that will talk about who Banker Bob was.

Scholarship: CHAIR: Ken M.

  • No new updates

NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES:

  • 6/8/2018: The YMCA is planning their golf outing at Geneva on the Lake. See Cheryl or Megan for more information.

  • 6/8/2018: The senior conference will be held from 9a-1p at Lakeside High School – see JP for more information.

  • 7/5/2018: YMCA Urban Meyer event. Tickets are available see Cheryl or Megan

  • 8/3/2018: Kiwanis Ladies Only Golf Tournament-see Tim V for info and tickets

  • 9/14/2018: The Ashtabula County Food Bank is looking for help to help pack meals at 9am for about 3 hours. They are looking for at least 225 volunteers to pack 50,000 meals. See Gayle for more information.

  • 9/15/2018: The YMCA annual dinner raffle – see Cheryl or Megan for additional information.

ONE-MINUTE COMMERCIALS:

  • All members presented a one-minute commercial about his/her business.

  • The Bee award was presented from Shay to Shawn because he made her laugh!

GUEST SPEAKER:

  • Laura Jones from Leadership Ashtabula

  • Founded in 1988 and the first class was in 1989 and Otis was in that first class.

  • Nonprofit organization formed to inspire leaders to get involved in Ashtabula County.

  • The county has 702 square miles.

  • This year there were 38 adults participating in the class. It meets once a month and begins with a retreat. This year it was held at the Lodge. The Lakehouse has provided meeting space and MDR has provided promotional products.

  • There are several topics covered throughout the course curriculum such as agriculture, business economy, healthcare, quality of life, and education.

  • Go to Columbus for a political portion of the program.

  • Focus on challenges and issues in the county. What is new and different and what takes place in the county.

  • The value of the program is founded in relationship building with the members in the class.

  • High School Juniors and Seniors also get to participate. They rise to the challenge of the program and project work.

MEMBER EXCHANGES:

  • Members Present – 23

  • Sub – 0

  • Guests – 2

  • Number of referrals – 10

  • Door Prize was awarded to Suzette – Karen will bring it to the next meeting.

Next Meeting on June 7th, 2018:

  • Ten-minute presentation will be Ducro Funeral Services.

  • There is no success story scheduled for next week.

  • The meeting will be held at Ducro on June 7th.

Meeting adjourned at 8:35 am

May 24, 2018

Location: Crosswinds Grille

Present: Executive Committee Officers:

  • President – Shay Skidmore

  • Vice President – Elena Bienko (absent with alternate attending)

  • Secretary/Treasurer – Suzette Miller

  • See attendance sheet for remainder of attendees

Meeting was called to order by Shay Skidmore at 7:30am and all the following discussions and actions were taken:

Meeting minutes from May 10, 2018 approved as submitted.

WELCOME VISITOR(S):

  • Joanne Petkovich from Group Benefit Consulting, Inc.

MISSION STATEMENT:

  • Read by Shay S. (a different member will be selected to read the mission statement every week) -- “To exchange and promote business with members and support member businesses through information sharing. To support secondary business education in Ashtabula County encouraging and sustaining entrepreneurship.”

SUCCESS STORY:

  • Success stories are the week before your 10-minute. Don’t forget to get your bio ready.

  • Ducro was absent so Debbie P. from BHHS presented her success story this week – She indicated how past members of AcBE have continued to refer business to her which is indicative of the relationships developed with this organization.

  • There is no success story planned for the May 31st meeting – If Ducro would like to present on this day – it is open.

OLD BUSINESS:

  • Reminder: If Ashtabula City Schools or A-Tech Schools are closed or delayed our meeting will be cancelled.

  • Remember everyone must continue to recruit for open categories in our membership. The open category document was updated to reflect the open category of Pest Control.

NEW BUSINESS:

  • None

VP REPORT:

  • Attendance report emailed out to membership. Accepted as submitted.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

  • Checking account balance: $9515.02.04682.04

  • Scholarship savings account balance: $3849.15

  • Suzette and Shay have opened our account at Key Bank.

  • Susan will get the check for the closed accounts to Suzette for deposit into Key Bank. Once that is complete, a monthly budget report will be distributed to the membership.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Ethics: CHAIR- Don P.

  • No updates

Membership/Marketing: CHAIR- Susan Rosette/Suzette reported for Susan in her absence

  • Shared the flier created by Tim for the Bob Hegfield event. Only suggestions included was to add the Day of the week as Wednesday and to put some information about Bob on the back of the flier. Don P. will get 150 of the fliers printed for us to distribute

  • Ethics and Membership/Marketing will try to meet the first week of June to discuss the attendance bylaws ideas

Scholarship: CHAIR: Ken M.

  • No new updates

NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES:

  • 6/8/2018: The YMCA is planning their golf outing at Geneva on the Lake. See Cheryl for more information.

  • 6/8/2018: The senior conference will be held from 9a-1p at Lakeside High School – see JP for more information.

  • 7/5/2018: YMCA Urban Meyer event. Tickets are available see Cheryl

  • 8/3/2018: Kiwanis Ladies Only Golf Tournament-see Tim V for info and tickets

  • 9/14/2018: The Ashtabula County Food Bank is looking for help to help pack meals at 9am for about 3 hours. They are looking for at least 225 volunteers to pack 50,000 meals. See Gayle for more information.

ONE-MINUTE COMMERCIALS:

  • All members presented a one-minute commercial about his/her business.

  • The Bee award was presented from Brenda (ARHH) and Tim V. (Ziegler Heating) to Shay – Time suggested she wear it with her wedding dress!

TEN MINUTE SPEAKER:

  • Crosswinds Grille

  • Family owned business. In 2000, the Lakehouse Inn was purchased. It is now in its 19th summer season. The Crosswinds Grille and Spa are in their 6th year of operation. In 2002, began making wine. In 2001, the beach house was opened.

  • Fast forward to 2018, there are 31 full time (30 hours a week or more) employees year-round and 26 part time employees. With summertime, there are 30-35 additional summer jobs open.

  • The location is vibrant during the summer and winter is a struggle.

  • Working with local business owners to promote year around business. The Mother’s Day parade occurred with all the rain. People sat in their cars to watch and most open businesses were packed. If not for the parade, it is likely the area would not have had much business at all.

  • Over they years, modifications had to be done to improve business. Crosswinds stopped doing lunch. While it decreased revenue, the expenses decreased even more so it was a good decision.

  • Working with Destination Cleveland to do what we can regionally to promote year around business.

  • Building the catering business.

  • Crosswinds utilizes over 90% locally grown foods.

MEMBER EXCHANGES:

  • Members Present – 12

  • Sub – 1

  • Guests – 1

  • Number of referrals – deferred until next week because we did not have the forms

  • Door Prize was deferred until next week

Next Meeting on May 31st, 2018:

  • We will have a guest speaker at the next meeting – Laura Jones from Leadership Ashtabula

  • Ducro will be the 10-minute presentation on June 7th and is welcome to have a success story presentation on May 31st.

  • The meeting will be held at Ducro on May 31st.

Meeting adjourned at 8:27 am

May 10, 2018

Location: Ducros Route 20 Ashtabula

Present: Executive Committee Officers:

  • President – Shay Skidmore

  • Vice President – Elena Bienko

  • Secretary/Treasurer – Suzette Miller (Susan taking minutes – Steven Stoltz alternate attended)

  • See attendance sheet for remainder of attendees

Meeting was called to order by Shay Skidmore at 7:30 and all the following discussions and actions were taken:

Meeting minutes from May 3, 2018 approved as submitted.

WELCOME VISITOR(S):

  • None

MISSION STATEMENT:

  • Read by Elena Bienko (a different member will be selected to read the mission statement every week) -- “To exchange and promote business with members and support member businesses through information sharing. To support secondary business education in Ashtabula County encouraging and sustaining entrepreneurship.”

SUCCESS STORY:

  • Success stories are the week before your 10-minute. Don’t forget to get your bio ready.

  • No success story this week

  • Ducro will present their success story at the 5/24/18 meeting.

OLD BUSINESS:

  • Reminder: If Ashtabula City Schools or A-Tech Schools are closed or delayed our meeting will be cancelled.

  • Remember everyone must continue to recruit for open categories in our membership. (discussed during open meeting)

  • Voting on attendance/bylaws change conducted. Results:

  • Ethics and Marketing committees need to meet and discuss options

NEW BUSINESS:

  • None

VP REPORT:

  • Attendance report emailed out to membership. Accepted as submitted.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

  • Checking account balance: $9515.02.04682.04

  • Scholarship savings account balance: $3849.15

  • Suzette and Shay have opened our account at Key Bank.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Ethics: CHAIR- Don P.

  • Committee is reviewing a new application from Comfort Keepers.

Membership/Marketing: CHAIR- Susan Rosette

  • No new information at this time

Scholarship: CHAIR: Ken M.

  • Mike Fedler awarded the Scholarship on Sunday at Lakeside High School to Jessica Baumgarden

  • Ken will present next week at Geneva High School

  • Debbie Powell will be presenting later in the month at Grand Valley High School

NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES:

  • 5/11/2018: Junior Achievement is hosting “Designer Bag Bingo” at Saybrook Banquet Center with doors opening at 5pm. There is a buffet from 5p to 6:30p and an open bar from 5p to close. Cost per person includes one bingo card per 10 rounds of bingo and one dauber. The winner of each round of bingo will receive a brand new, authentic, designer bag from Coach, Kate Spade, or Michael Kors. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Patty at 440-576-6015 ext. 1037 or patty.stone@ja.org for more information.

  • 5/12/2018: The Geneva on the Lake Mother’s Day Parade will be held. See Karen for details.

  • 5/19/2018: Ashtabula Chamber of Commerce is having their second annual Casino Night at the Saybrook Banquet Centre from 6:30pm to 10:30pm. They are still in need of sponsors and silent auction items. Contact Karen F. if you have any interests or questions.

  • 5/23/2018: SHRM will have a morning educational session for Violence in the Workplace and Active Shooter at the Lodge. See Georgia or Karen F. for more details. There are still sponsorship opportunities available.

  • 6/8/2018: The YMCA is planning their golf outing at Geneva on the Lake. See Cheryl or Ron for more information.

  • 6/8/2018: The senior conference will be held from 9a-1p at Lakeside High School – see JP for more information.

  • 7/5/2018: YMCA Urban Meyer event. Tickets are available see Cheryl or Ron

  • 8/3/2018: Kiwanis Ladies Only Golf Tournament-see Tim V for info and tickets

ONE-MINUTE COMMERCIALS:

  • All members presented a one-minute commercial about his/her business.

  • The Bee award was presented from Susan (Chicago Title) to Brenda (ARHH) and Tim V. (Ziegler Heating). They were both really good and she could not make a decision.

TEN MINUTE SPEAKER:

  • None

OPEN MEETING DISCUSSION/ACTIVITY:

We discussed the Open Categories List—

Tim will reach out to an Auto Repair business

Mike Fedler has a couple of attorneys in mind to talk to

Brenda will speak with her Dentist and to the Principal of St John High School

Debbie Powell thinks we should revamp the pest control category. MC Lawn does not do inside pest control, that opens up a category.

There are most likely other areas that we could do the same thing.

MEMBER EXCHANGES:

  • Members Present – 21

  • Sub – 1

  • Guests – 0

  • Number of referrals – 7 (held for next AcBE meeting)

  • Door Prize was awarded to NONE

Next Meeting on May 24th, 2018:

  • Good Morning Ashtabula will be the next meeting on 5/17/2018 will be at Framed on Main (the old Anderson Jewelry store Main Avenue ) .

  • Ducro will present success story on May 24th.

  • Crosswinds Grill will be the 10-minute presentation on May 24th and we will have a road trip to Crosswinds for that meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 am

May 3,2018

Location: Generations Behavioral Health 60 West St. Geneva

Present: Executive Committee Officers:

  • President – Shay Skidmore

  • Vice President – Elena Bienko

  • Secretary/Treasurer – Suzette Miller

  • See attendance sheet for remainder of attendees

Meeting was called to order by Shay Skidmore at 7:33am and all the following discussions and actions were taken:

Meeting minutes from April 26, 2018 approved as submitted.

WELCOME VISITOR(S):

  • Jack Wagner from Comfort Keepers

MISSION STATEMENT:

  • Read by Shay (a different member will be selected to read the mission statement every week) -- “To exchange and promote business with members and support member businesses through information sharing. To support secondary business education in Ashtabula County encouraging and sustaining entrepreneurship.”

SUCCESS STORY:

  • Success stories are the week before your 10-minute. Don’t forget to get your bio ready.

  • Karen presented the Crosswinds Grille success story. She expressed how she would have never met Don or Tim. How she has become very good friends with Holly. She connected with Georgia who has helped her become active with SHRM. Reconnected with Tom through Cheryl. Has worked with Gayle for security and Shay with the Lodge. AND she would have never known GBH existed if it were not for the group and meeting Suzette.

  • No success story next week – we will have an open meeting at Ducro.

  • During the open meeting, Membership and Marketing and Ethics will meet together to work on an attendance/bylaws recommendation related to LOA. Karen and Tim believe a positive resolution can be recommended if the two committees work together. Once they develop a recommendation, it will be presented to the membership for voting and possible change/addition to the bylaws.

OLD BUSINESS:

  • Reminder: If Ashtabula City Schools or A-Tech Schools are closed or delayed our meeting will be cancelled.

  • Next week we will hold voting about the attendance/bylaws change recommendations.

NEW BUSINESS:

  • It is with great sadness that we have learned of the recent passing of Kyle Prusinski who was representing MC Lawncare for the past several months.

  • Anna DeSorbes left Greg Sweet and they are unable to retain membership currently. Tiffany Johnston agreed to replace Anna on the Ethics committee.

  • Open categories have been printed and available for your reference. We need to recruit more members. Membership and marketing is recommending we decide as a group, which categories we would like to focus on and all members must be actively involved in recruitment. This list will be sent out with the minutes and be available at meetings for your reference.

  • There is a form available for everyone to identify if they have an alternate who may be willing to help sub occasionally. A roster of subs with contact information will be created and distributed for the members.

  • Tim identified that Route 20 will be closed in front of Ducro for the next few weeks. Shay will reach out to JP to see if we can enter the lot from the back for the next meeting that is held there on May 24th. Shay will update everyone via email.

VP REPORT:

  • Attendance report emailed out to membership. Accepted as submitted.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

  • Checking account balance: $9515.02.04682.04

  • Scholarship savings account balance: $3849.15

  • Suzette and Shay will be opening an account at Key Bank next week. Once it is open, Susan and Debbie will need to close the accounts at Andover and those funds will then be placed into the Key Bank accounts. Debbie has already signed the appropriate papers at Andover.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Ethics: CHAIR- Don P.

  • Committee meeting briefly after today’s membership meeting

Membership/Marketing: CHAIR- Susan Rosette

  • Wednesday, July 18th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm AcBE will have an event at Crosswinds Grill to kick off seed money for a Bob Hegfield scholarship. We will follow behind waitresses and waiters to assure customer satisfaction. We will ask all members to bring a basket for a Chinese raffle and we will have a 50/50 and a “tip jar”. This event will be required as attendance and the Good Morning Ashtabula meeting the next morning will be optional. We are calling the event “Celebrity Bartender” and we will send out invitations to other groups to join in on the fun.

  • When we go to GMA we want everyone to introduce themselves as a member of AcBE and for at least one member to talk about membership during his/her commercial.

  • The open category list was provided to help members think about what categories can be filled. It is not all inclusive and there may be some overlap so it is imperative that sponsors educate their prospective members about exclusivity and attendance.

Scholarship: CHAIR: Ken M.

  • Had 42 applications

  • Chose three recipients from three different schools (Geneva, Lakeside and Grand Valley)

  • Each awards presentation will be attended by a member of the committee to present the scholarship to the recipient.

NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES:

  • 5/5/2018: Ground Breakers Dance Team will be performing at the Lantern. See Kerry for more info

  • 5/5/2018: Ashtabula Co Builders Association is holding a reverse raffle to benefit the Andover community. See Georgia for any information.

  • 5/5/2018: Geneva on the Lake will be holding their first annual 5 K race. See Karen for details.

  • 5/11/2018: Junior Achievement is hosting “Designer Bag Bingo” at Saybrook Banquet Center with doors opening at 5pm. There is a buffet from 5p to 6:30p and an open bar from 5p to close. Cost per person includes one bingo card per 10 rounds of bingo and one dauber. The winner of each round of bingo will receive a brand new, authentic, designer bag from Coach, Kate Spade, or Michael Kors. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Patty at 440-576-6015 ext. 1037 or patty.stone@ja.org for more information.

  • 5/12/2018: The Geneva on the Lake Mother’s Day Parade will be held. See Karen for details.

  • 5/19/2018: Ashtabula Chamber of Commerce is having their second annual Casino Night at the Saybrook Banquet Centre from 6:30pm to 10:30pm. They are still in need of sponsors and silent auction items. Contact Karen F. if you have any interests or questions.

  • 5/23/2018: SHRM will have a morning educational session for Violence in the Workplace and Active Shooter at the Lodge. See Georgia or Karen F. for more details. There are still sponsorship opportunities available.

  • 6/8/2018: The YMCA is planning their golf outing at Geneva on the Lake. See Cheryl or Ron for more information.

  • 6/8/2018: The senior conference will be held from 9a-1p at Lakeside High School – see JP for more information.

  • 7/5/2018: The YMCA will have a meet and greet mixer at the Lodge from 5p-7p. Urban Meyer and Dean Hood will be present. The proceeds will benefit the scholarship assistance program

ONE-MINUTE COMMERCIALS:

  • All members presented a one-minute commercial about his/her business.

  • The Bee award was presented from the executive team (in Paige’s absence) to Susan. Reason: She presented a very uplifting comical commercial today. Helped us all to laugh.

TEN MINUTE SPEAKER:

  • Generations Behavioral Health – Geneva

  • Suzette introduced Shaun Pelley the new Recreational Therapy Coordinator and Steven Stoltz the new Licensed Social Worker for GBH.

  • Suzette thanked Georgia for the two floor banners and stress balls that were present to view. Also, thanked Don for the newly formatted brochures that were also available.

  • Steven Stoltz presented the following information about GBH:

  • Inpatient and outpatient opportunities

  • Elaborated on the fact that patients have the right to choose where they receive their inpatient psychiatric care.

  • Educated everyone on what a “pink slip” is – a legal 3-day court ordered emergency commitment to the facility

  • NAMI involvement – National Alliance for Mental Illness. The Ashtabula affiliate is restructuring and starting up again with the support of GBH. The intention of the group is to provide education and support to those in the community with mental illness. Classes will be held at GBH soon.

  • Presented need to assure loved ones have healthcare power of attorney to guide them in the healthcare world when in need and unable to make their own decisions.

MEMBER EXCHANGES:

  • Members Present – 18

  • Sub – 0

  • Guests – 1

  • Number of referrals – 7

  • Door Prize was awarded to Susan!

Next Meeting on May 10, 2018:

  • Next meeting will be at Ducro.

  • Good Morning Ashtabula will be on 5/17/2018 for Ashtabula County Medical Center. Location has not been disclosed yet – update to follow.

  • Ducro will present success story on May 24th.

  • Crosswinds Grill will be the 10-minute presentation on May 24th and we will have a road trip to Crosswinds for that meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 8:35 am

April 26, 2018

Location: Ducro at 500 W. Prospect, Ashtabula

Present: Executive Committee Officers:

  • President – Shay Skidmore (absent)

  • Vice President – Elena Bienko

  • Secretary/Treasurer – Suzette Miller

  • See attendance sheet for remainder of attendees

Meeting was called to order by Elena Bienko at 7:31am and all the following discussions and actions were taken:

Meeting minutes from April 12, 2018 approved as submitted.

WELCOME VISITOR(S):

  • None

MISSION STATEMENT:

  • Read by Kerry Stepp (a different member will be selected to read the mission statement every week) -- “To exchange and promote business with members and support member businesses through information sharing. To support secondary business education in Ashtabula County encouraging and sustaining entrepreneurship.”

SUCCESS STORY:

  • Success stories are the week before your 10-minute. Don’t forget to get your bio ready.

  • Suzette presented the GBH success story.

  • Next week the success story will be given by Crosswinds Grill.

OLD BUSINESS:

  • Reminder: If Ashtabula City Schools or A-Tech Schools are closed or delayed our meeting will be cancelled.

  • Discussion about absences and bylaws:

  • It has been discussed at great length and several members have offered great suggestions for our attendance policy. As a result, the executive committee shared the following topics to be considered during a vote during the May 10, 2018:

  • A more extensive sub list be created - anyone who has an alternate who can help periodically to serve as a sub for another member - please provide your alternate's name to the executive team so a list can be created quickly.

  • The bylaws do not have any form of approved LOA included. It has been recommended an adhoc committee be created to develop criteria for an LOA policy to be added to the bylaws (an LOA approval will need to be related to health issues of the member or family and/or short-term work-related needs - maybe the adhoc committee can be an offshoot of the Ethics committee so they would be the ones to approve/disapprove LOA requests going forward).

  • Increase the absence number to read 4 absences total (2 absences with subs would not count against the member) in a 6-month period. This would not include the alternate since the identified alternate and primary member are considered approved at a 50/50 split) These changes would go into effect during the second half of 2018 beginning July 1, 2018). This still gives a total of 6 (like before) except only 2 would require subs.

  • Next steps………………

  • Vote on preferences to change or not change the attendance policy on May 10th

  • Create a sub list with contact information to provide to the members

  • Plan on any recommendations for change that are majority vote to be put into place with the July 1st to December 31st 2018 attendance time period.

NEW BUSINESS:

  • Gayle brought up a concern related to confidentiality with scholarship information being sent via mail. She asked the scholarship committee to consider the actual need for the FAFSA information. Concern brought forward because her son’s application to another scholarship with the FAFSA info was received by the wrong person due to a mailing error.

  • Dr. Ken presented that the FAFSA information is really a last resort to determine a recipient if there is a tie amongst the applicants. Historically, this did occur once when the person of greater need was selected utilizing this information. The FAFSA is a document that proves the need versus an applicant just stating the need without support.

  • Membership discussed the possibility of some form of secure portal on the Internet that could be used instead of US mail.

  • Holly reported she will check with the company that does their background checks for applicants to learn if they have any means of assisting AcBE with this secure web portal.

VP REPORT:

  • Attendance report emailed out to membership. Accepted as submitted.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

  • Checking account balance: $9515.02.04682.04

  • Scholarship savings account balance: $3849.15

  • Elena was able to get the Secretary of State forms completed. Andover accounts will be moved to Key Bank in the very near future.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Ethics: CHAIR- Don P.

  • New member orientation will be held today after this meeting for about 15 minutes.

Membership/Marketing: CHAIR- Susan Rosette

  • Monday the 30th the subcommittee will meet at Dublin Down at 5:30pm for a meeting and will report more next week.

Scholarship: CHAIR: Ken M.

  • Have 42 applicants. The committee will be reviewing and selecting the winners today.

NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES:

  • 4/26/2018: The Lantern of Saybrook is having a blood drive today.

  • 5/5/2018: Ground Breakers Dance Team will be performing at the Lantern. See Kerry for more info

  • 5/5/2018: Ashtabula Co Builders Association is holding a reverse raffle to benefit the Andover community. See Georgia for any information.

  • 5/5/2018: Geneva on the Lake will be holding their first annual 5 K race. See Karen for details.

  • 5/11/2018: Junior Achievement is hosting “Designer Bag Bingo” at Saybrook Banquet Center with doors opening at 5pm. There is a buffet from 5p to 6:30p and an open bar from 5p to close. Cost per person includes one bingo card per 10 rounds of bingo and one dauber. The winner of each round of bingo will receive a brand new, authentic, designer bag from Coach, Kate Spade, or Michael Kors. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Patty at 440-576-6015 ext. 1037 or patty.stone@ja.org for more information.

  • 5/12/2018: The Geneva on the Lake Mother’s Day Parade will be held. See Karen for details.

  • 5/19/2018: Ashtabula Chamber of Commerce is having their second annual Casino Night at the Saybrook Banquet Centre from 6:30pm to 10:30pm. They are still in need of sponsors and silent auction items. Contact Karen F. if you have any interests or questions.

  • 5/23/2018: SHRM will have a morning educational session for Violence in the Workplace and Active Shooter at the Lodge. See Georgia or Karen F. for more details. There are still sponsorship opportunities available.

  • 6/8/2018: The YMCA is planning their golf outing at Geneva on the Lake. See Cheryl or Ron for more information.

  • 6/8/2018: The senior conference will be held from 9a-1p at Lakeside High School – see JP for more information.

ONE-MINUTE COMMERCIALS:

  • All members presented a one-minute commercial about his/her business.

  • The Bee award was presented from Kyle to Paige. Reason because she was able to present something different for Ducro that was lighthearted.

TEN MINUTE SPEAKER:

  • Tim Volpone presented for Ziegler Heating and Cooling.

  • Tim shared with us that his hobbies are motorcycle riding and woodworking but would like to try to learn to play the piano.

  • Tim put a spin on his presentation and instead of “presenting” he asked the membership to ask questions and he would answer them.

  • Holly shared that Tim’s company came during a renovation project to evaluate any needs related to heating and cooling that could be addressed during the project rather than an afterthought. Tim agreed it is a better plan to consider being proactive in these cases rather than reactionary after the project is complete.

  • Tim let everyone know that when you are having any project or new home built that you have the right to indicate to your general contractor who you would like to complete the different aspects of the build.

  • There was a question about generators and where they are located in the home. Tim explained that the generators usually are like a car engine and run on fuel so they need to be located outdoors due to carbon monoxide. They are attached to a power source within the home using a transfer switch. There is generally a 30 second timeframe when the generator will sense the voltage drop and need to start running. We install Generac and if needed will have a subcontracted electrician if needed. We can finance the entire project.

  • We do commercial refrigeration systems for schools and restaurants.

  • We do Geothermal heating and cooling system service and installations. It is a self-contained system. They drill into the ground in a 10 x 10-foot area and place four tube systems. Very efficient and good system.

  • We no longer do gas fireplaces because it is difficult to find parts for fireplaces purchased in the big box stores or online.

MEMBER EXCHANGES:

  • Members Present – 19

  • Sub – 0

  • Guests – 0

  • Number of referrals – 7

  • Door Prize was awarded to Karen from Crosswinds.

Next Meeting on May 3, 2018:

  • Next meeting will be a Road Trip to Generations Behavioral Health at 60 West Street in Geneva. You can park in the gravel parking lot across the street if no spaces are available at the hospital/attached nursing home.

  • Crosswinds Grill will present success story on May 3rd.

Meeting adjourned at 8:29am

April 12, 2018

Location: Ducro at 500 W. Prospect, Ashtabula

Present: Executive Committee Officers:

  • President – Shay Skidmore

  • Vice President – Elena Bienko

  • Secretary/Treasurer – Suzette Miller

  • See attendance sheet for remainder of attendees

Meeting was called to order by Shay Skidmore at 7:35am and all the following discussions and actions were taken:

Meeting minutes from April 5, 2018 approved as submitted.

WELCOME VISITOR(S):

  • Kerry Stepp, LPN will be replacing Steven Stoltz from the Lantern of Saybrook when he transitions to his new position at Generations on 4/23. Welcome!

MISSION STATEMENT:

  • Read by Shay S.. (a different member will be selected to read the mission statement every week) -- “To exchange and promote business with members and support member businesses through information sharing. To support secondary business education in Ashtabula County encouraging and sustaining entrepreneurship.”

SUCCESS STORY:

  • Success stories are the week before your 10-minute. Don’t forget to get your bio ready.

  • Tim V. presented his success story for Ziegler Heating and Cooling. Tim expressed that the work and energy that everyone puts into AcBE is what makes him and AcBE successful!

OLD BUSINESS:

  • Reminder: If Ashtabula City Schools or A-Tech Schools are closed or delayed our meeting will be cancelled.

  • None

NEW BUSINESS:

  • Shay reported that Angel Wassie submitted her letter of resignation. She would like to remain a member; however, the attendance policy is an issue for her due to a short term period of time.

VP REPORT:

  • Attendance report emailed out to membership. Accepted as submitted.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

  • Checking account balance: 9682.04 99682.049682.04682.04

  • Scholarship savings account balance: 3848.66

  • Deposit of $60 for 2 member’s absence fees and $50 returned for the Secretary of State application that did not get accepted.

  • Susan still managing banking until able to move funds from Andover. Having problems with the Secretary of State change required before moving accounts. Elena is going to see if she can get the documents submitted. If unable, we will just need to transfer signer at Andover from Susan and Debbie to Me and Shay.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Ethics: CHAIR- Don P.

  • New member orientation will be held on 4/26.

Membership/Marketing: CHAIR- Susan Rosette

  • Met on Monday the 9th. Decided to remove the idea of the Casino night being used as an AcBE social. Everyone is still encouraged to support the chamber’s Casino event.

Scholarship: CHAIR: Ken M.

  • Have about 10 applications and 8 more were received today.

NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES:

  • 4/12/2018: The Ashtabula County Safety Council and Ashtabula County Technical & Career Campus are hosting the Annual Awards Banquet on April 12th from 10am to 2pm.

  • 4/14/2018: Benefit for Homesafe at the Lantern. See Kerry for more info

  • 4/15/2018: The Geneva Chamber of Commerce is holding their annual Chinese Auction at Geneva High School. Doors open at 1pm.

  • 4/18/20108: The CEO at the Lanterns will be holding a presentation regarding the Lantern programs at Kent State from 6p to 8p. RSVP required. See Kerry for more info.

  • 4/20/2018 to 4/22/2018: RAM Clinic will occur. JP is still searching for vision professionals, please contact JP if you know of someone willing to participate. JP shared a letter that can go to any vision professional with the information and request for their services for this event.

  • 4/21/2018: The YMCA will be holding their Healthy Kids program from 1p to 4p

  • 4/22/2018: Big Brothers and Big Sisters is having a bowling event. If you would like more information, contact Karen F.

  • 4/26/2018: The Lantern of Saybrook will be having a blood drive

  • 5/5/2018: Ground Breakers Dance Team will be performing at the Lantern. See Kerry for more info

  • 5/5/2018: Ashtabula Co Builders Association is holding a reverse raffle to benefit the Andover community. See Georgia for any information.

  • 5/5/2018: Geneva on the Lake will be holding their first annual 5 K race. See Karen for details.

  • 5/11/2018: Junior Achievement is hosting “Designer Bag Bingo” at Saybrook Banquet Center with doors opening at 5pm. There is a buffet from 5p to 6:30p and an open bar from 5p to close. Cost per person includes one bingo card per 10 rounds of bingo and one dauber. The winner of each round of bingo will receive a brand new, authentic, designer bag from Coach, Kate Spade, or Michael Kors. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Patty at 440-576-6015 ext. 1037 or patty.stone@ja.org for more information.

  • 5/12/2018: The Geneva on the Lake Mother’s Day Parade will be held. See Karen for details.

  • 5/19/2018: Ashtabula Chamber of Commerce is having their second annual Casino Night at the Saybrook Banquet Centre from 6:30pm to 10:30pm. They are still in need of sponsors and silent auction items. Contact Karen F. if you have any interests or questions.

  • 5/23/2018: SHRM will have a morning educational session for Violence in the Workplace and Active Shooter at the Lodge. See Georgia or Karen F. for more details. There are still sponsorship opportunities available.

  • 6/8/2018: The YMCA is planning their golf outing at Geneva on the Lake. See Cheryl or Ron for more information.

  • 6/8/2018: The senior conference will be held from 9a-1p at Lakeside High School – see JP for more information.

ONE-MINUTE COMMERCIALS:

  • All members presented a one-minute commercial about his/her business.

  • The Bee award was presented from Karen to Kyle. He presented his commercial commenting about having eaten the only maple doughnut and then transitioned into MC Lawncare commercial using the maple tree and spring cleanup as a topic.

TEN MINUTE SPEAKER:

  • State Road Occupational scheduled but was not available for the presentation.

  • Membership and marketing report from Susan added the chamber needs the AcBE fliers and business cards as soon as possible. Tim V. agreed to deliver them to the chamber. The committee is working on an idea to have a celebrity bartender night at the Lakehouse Inn/Crosswinds on a night acceptable to Karen. A few dates were suggested and Karen along with the executive team identified Wednesday July 18th as a good night. The executive team agreed that attendance at the Thursday July 19th Good Morning Ashtabula would not be required but you could still attend if you wished. We would count the attendance at the celebrity bartender event as your meeting for the week. Each member would be asked to bring a raffle basket, so we could collect funds for Bob’s scholarship. Details about the event still need to be ironed out and the committee will report at the next meeting.

  • This time was taken to discuss membership opinions about the attendance policy. Opened the discussion with the understanding that everyone’s opinion is important. The following comments were made for consideration:

  • Suzette suggested changing the verbiage in the bylaws from 3 absences (and/or) 3 subs to be 6 absences inclusive of subs. Also, identified the fact that there are not enough subs and even when some members who do not have alternate members need a sub, the only ones available are already subbing for another member.

  • Karen suggested we let alternates for members sub who are interested so we could increase the sub list to help more members. Really wants to keep the attendance policy as is; however, would support Suzette’s idea if everyone feels it should go in that direction.

  • Gayle pointed out that AcBE is only as good as its members and in order to pass referrals and listen to member commercials and 10-minute presentations, it is important for everyone to make it a priority to attend regularly.

  • JP reminded the membership that the mission is to grow membership and scholarship funds. He pointed out the importance of attendance for networking and member’s business growth.

  • Ron pointed out that he thinks AcBE should consider the fact that work requirements may impact a member’s ability to attend the meeting and he would like to see a change in the attendance policy to allow approved absences for work related reasons.

  • Don P. stated he supports the current bylaws/rules and indicates the ethics committee should not have to decide what an approved absence versus an unapproved absence would be.

  • Tim V. pointed out from a membership and marketing committee standpoint, it is difficult to recruit new members with the policy as rigid as it is.

  • Tim and Karen suggested a subcommittee be developed to consider an addition of a policy for criteria that could be followed to allow for approved leave of absences. Currently, they don’t think there is any language in the bylaws about a leave of absence and if a member has a “temporary” issue that would restrict them from attending meetings, that might remove the attendance policy issue.

MEMBER EXCHANGES:

  • Members Present – 20

  • Sub – 1 (Chris C for Holly M)

  • Guests – 1 (Kerry Stepp who will be replacing Steven for the Lantern)

  • Number of referrals – 1 + 13 from the past 2 weeks.

  • Door Prize was awarded to John.

Next Meeting on April 19, 2018:

  • Good Morning Ashtabula at 8am at the Lantern of Saybrook.

  • Ziegler Heating will be the 10-minute presentation on April 26th

  • Generations Behavioral Health will present success story on April 26th.

Meeting adjourned at 8:35AM

April 5, 2018

Location: Ducro at 500 W. Prospect, Ashtabula

Present: Executive Committee Officers:

  • President – Shay Skidmore

  • Vice President – Elena Bienko (absent)

  • Secretary/Treasurer – Suzette Miller

  • See attendance sheet for remainder of attendees

Meeting was called to order by Shay Skidmore at 7:35am and all the following discussions and actions were taken:

Meeting minutes from March 29, 2018 approved as submitted.

WELCOME VISITOR(S):

  • Wade Mitchell – our speaker for the meeting

MISSION STATEMENT:

  • Read by Suzette M. (a different member will be selected to read the mission statement every week) -- “To exchange and promote business with members and support member businesses through information sharing. To support secondary business education in Ashtabula County encouraging and sustaining entrepreneurship.”

SUCCESS STORY:

  • Success stories are the week before your 10-minute. Don’t forget to get your bio ready.

  • No success story today.

OLD BUSINESS:

  • Reminder: If Ashtabula City Schools or A-Tech Schools are closed or delayed our meeting will be cancelled.

  • None

NEW BUSINESS:

  • None

VP REPORT:

  • Attendance report emailed out to membership. Accepted as submitted.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

  • Checking account balance: 9682.04 99682.049682.04682.04

  • Scholarship savings account balance: 3848.66

  • Insurance paid at $266 and one deposit for $20 for an absence fee not included in the current balance amounts3849

  • Susan still managing banking until able to move funds from Andover. Having problems with the Secretary of State change required before moving accounts. Elena is going to see if she can get the documents submitted. If unable, we will just need to transfer signer at Andover from Susan and Debbie to Me and Shay.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Ethics: CHAIR- Don P. Read our vision statement from the bylaws: The purposes of

the Ashtabula County Business Exchange (known as AcBE) are:

  • To establish relationships with other business people who become members of the Organization by educating them about the product, service or profession each of us exclusively represents. Relationships generate word-of-mouth advertising and exchanges which offer the opportunity to do business with others who are in the market for our product or service.

  • Promote secondary business education in the county through scholarships, mentorship programs, and information sharing.

Membership/Marketing: CHAIR- Susan Rosette

  • Planning on meeting next week – date, time, and location still TBD

Scholarship: CHAIR: Ken M.

  • Have about 10 applications. Three more received today.

NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES:

  • 4/10/2018: SHRM is having a breakfast event with Greg Myers speaking at 7:30am about growth partnership and workforce development. RSVP is required by 4/6/2018 to acshrminfo@gmail.com Breakfast is included in the cost along with the presentation.

  • 4/12/2018: The Ashtabula County Safety Council and Ashtabula County Technical & Career Campus are hosting the Annual Awards Banquet on April 12th from 11:30am to 2pm. For information on reserving a vendor table contact 440-576-5599. Deadline is April 2nd to reserve a space.

  • 4/14/2018: Benefit for Homesafe at the Lantern. See Steve for more info

  • 4/18/20108: The CEO at the Lanterns will be holding a presentation regarding the Lantern programs at Kent State from 6p to 8p. RSVP required. See Steve for more info.

  • 4/20/2018 to 4/22/2018: RAM Clinic will occur. JP is still searching for vision professionals, please contact JP if you know of someone willing to participate. JP shared a letter that can go to any vision professional with the information and request for their services for this event.

  • 4/21/2018: The YMCA will be holding their Healthy Kids program from 1p to 4p

  • 4/22/2018: Big Brothers and Big Sisters is having a bowling event. If you would like more information, contact Karen F.

  • 5/5/2018: Ground Breakers Dance Team will be performing at the Lantern. See Steve for more info

  • 5/5/2018: Ashtabula Co Builders Association is holding a reverse raffle to benefit the Andover community. See Georgia for any information.

  • 5/5/2018: Geneva on the Lake will be holding their first annual 5 K race. See Karen for details.

  • 5/11/2018: Junior Achievement is hosting “Designer Bag Bingo” at Saybrook Banquet Center with doors opening at 5pm. There is a buffet from 5p to 6:30p and an open bar from 5p to close. Cost per person includes one bingo card per 10 rounds of bingo and one dauber. The winner of each round of bingo will receive a brand new, authentic, designer bag from Coach, Kate Spade, or Michael Kors. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Patty at 440-576-6015 ext. 1037 or patty.stone@ja.org for more information.

  • 5/12/2018: The Geneva on the Lake Mother’s Day Parade will be held. See Karen for details.

  • 5/19/2018: Ashtabula Chamber of Commerce is having their second annual Casino Night at the Saybrook Banquet Centre from 6:30pm to 10:30pm. They are still in need of sponsors and silent auction items. Contact Karen F. if you have any interests or questions.

  • 5/23/2018: SHRM will have a morning educational session for Violence in the Workplace and Active Shooter at the Lodge. See Georgia or Karen F. for more details. There are still sponsorship opportunities available.

  • 6/8/2018: The YMCA is planning their golf outing at Geneva on the Lake. See Cheryl or Ron for more information.

ONE-MINUTE COMMERCIALS:

  • All members presented a one-minute commercial about his/her business.

  • The Bee award was presented from Suzette to Karen because she gave hope that summer is coming!

TEN MINUTE SPEAKER:

  • Wade Mitchell from Wade Mitchell Mediation. “Wade Mitchell is a mediator and attorney, retired from one of the country's largest law firms after more than 30 years of litigation experience. He has represented clients in a wide range of business, public, contract, construction, warranty, employment, real estate, product liability, and personal injury disputes.”

  • The median cost of breach of contract lawsuits in 2013 = $91,000

  • There are alternatives to lawsuits

  • Informal negotiations

  • Arbitration presented in front of a private judge or panel of three to make a decision

  • Mediation – use of a neutral third party as a mediator to solve a dispute

  • Helps identify real issues

  • Can be part of the process in settling a lawsuit

  • Helps find points of agreement

  • Can be formal or informal

  • All parties have to agree

  • Process where parties retain control

  • Basics of mediation include:

  • Dispute

  • Want to resolve

  • Agree to involve a third-party mediator

  • Negotiation

  • Resolution (or not)

  • Types of topics for medication:

  • Complaints

  • Construction contracts

  • Property boundary/use issues

  • Service contracts (customer satisfaction)

  • Workplace disputes

  • Issues with ongoing business relationships

  • When to mediate:

  • No rules

  • When ready (before or after an attorney is involved)

  • Can be a part of settling a lawsuit

  • The earlier the better

  • Structure:

  • Face to face

  • Breakout sessions

  • Phone and/or email communication

  • What do you give up?

  • Nothing except cost of the mediation and time

  • Confidentiality:

  • Not admissible in court

  • Held in confidence

  • Mediator can not be compelled to disclose/testify in court anything that is stated in mediation

  • One exception: must report if someone states something that they are about to do that breaks a law

  • How do you set up mediation?

  • First, both sides must agree to mediate and who will be the third party

  • Then the mediator arranges an initial call to address the format

Wade answered several questions. AcBE thanked him for his presentation and time.

MEMBER EXCHANGES:

  • Members Present – 21

  • Sub – 0

  • Guests – 1 (Wade Mitchell)

  • Number of referrals – 6

  • Door Prize not awarded this week. The 7 referrals from last week and the 6 from this week will be added to next meeting’s referrals for a door prize drawing.

Next Meeting on April 12, 2018:

  • State Road Occupational is to present their 10 minute.

  • Ziegler Heating will be presenting the success story.

  • Meeting will be at Ducro 500 W. Prospect, Ashtabula

Meeting adjourned at 8:30AM

March 29, 2018

Location: Ducro at 500 W. Prospect, Ashtabula

Present: Executive Committee Officers:

  • President – Shay Skidmore

  • Vice President – Elena Bienko

  • Secretary/Treasurer – Suzette Miller

  • See attendance sheet for remainder of attendees

Meeting was called to order by Shay Skidmore at 7:33 am and all the following discussions and actions were taken:

Meeting minutes from March 22, 2018 approved with one correction – location was at UH Geneva Medical Center and not at Ducro.

WELCOME VISITOR(S):

  • Elena Marquetti-Ali, Business Development Director for Geneva Shores and Mentor Woods Nursing Facilities

MISSION STATEMENT:

  • Read by Karen Fagnelli (a different member will be selected to read the mission statement every week) -- “To exchange and promote business with members and support member businesses through information sharing. To support secondary business education in Ashtabula County encouraging and sustaining entrepreneurship.”

SUCCESS STORY:

  • Success stories are the week before your 10-minute. Don’t forget to get your bio ready.

  • No success story today.

OLD BUSINESS:

  • Reminder: If Ashtabula City Schools or A-Tech Schools are closed or delayed our meeting will be cancelled.

  • None

NEW BUSINESS:

  • None

VP REPORT:

  • Attendance report emailed out to membership. Accepted as submitted.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

  • Checking account balance: 9832.04

  • Scholarship savings account balance: 3848.66

  • Susan still managing banking until able to move funds from Andover.

  • The bank accounts should be changed over in the next week or two once the amendment to the Secretary of the State of Ohio is validated as complete.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

  • Ethics: CHAIR- Don P.

  • Don read the attendance requirements from the bylaws. Reminder that there are no excused absences identified in the bylaws except for a medical reason. Don suggested if anyone wants revisions to the bylaws attendance policy it can be considered. No member voiced desire to change the policy.

  • After 3 absences and 3 substitutions, a member will be charged $20 for every meeting missed and is expected to be paid at the next attended meeting. Reminder letters are sent by the VP when someone is expected to remit a fee for absences.

  • Membership/Marketing: CHAIR- Susan Rosette

  • The committee needs to schedule another meeting soon.

  • Considering an opportunity for a social for the group and want to firm up the plan before presenting.

  • Scholarship: CHAIR: Ken M.

  • We have several applications. Enough for consideration at this time.

NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES:

  • 3/31/2018: Greg Sweet Ford is having a free Easter Egg Hunt. See Anna for more details.

  • 4/10/2018: SHRM is having a breakfast event with Greg Myers speaking at 7:30am about growth partnership and workforce development. RSVP is required by 4/6/2018 to acshrminfo@gmail.com Breakfast is included in the cost along with the presentation.

  • 4/12/2018: The Ashtabula County Safety Council and Ashtabula County Technical & Career Campus are hosting the Annual Awards Banquet on April 12th from 11:30am to 2pm. For information on reserving a vendor table contact 440-576-5599. Deadline is April 2nd to reserve a space.

  • 4/14/2018: Benefit for Homesafe at the Lantern. See Steve for more info

  • 4/20/2018 to 4/22/2018: RAM Clinic will occur. JP is still searching for vision professionals, please contact JP if you know of someone willing to participate. JP shared a letter that can go to any vision professional with the information and request for their services for this event.

  • 4/24/2018: Big Brothers and Big Sisters is having a bowling event. If you would like more information, contact Karen F.

  • 5/5/2018: Ground Breakers Dance Team will be performing at the Lantern. See Steve for more info

  • 5/11/2018: Junior Achievement is hosting “Designer Bag Bingo” at Saybrook Banquet Center with doors opening at 5pm. There is a buffet from 5p to 6:30p and an open bar from 5p to close. Cost per person includes one bingo card per 10 rounds of bingo and one dauber. The winner of each round of bingo will receive a brand new, authentic, designer bag from Coach, Kate Spade, or Michael Kors. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Patty at 440-576-6015 ext. 1037 or patty.stone@ja.org for more information.

  • 5/19/2018: Ashtabula Chamber of Commerce is having their second annual Casino Night at the Saybrook Banquet Centre from 6:30pm to 10:30pm. They are still in need of sponsors and silent auction items. Contact Karen F. if you have any interests or questions.

  • 5/23/2018: SHRM will have a morning educational session for Violence in the Workplace and Active Shooter at the Lodge. See Georgia or Karen F. for more details. There are still sponsorship opportunities available.

ONE-MINUTE COMMERCIALS:

  • All members presented a one-minute commercial about his/her business.

  • The Bee award was presented from Dr. Ken to Suzette. He advocated that mental health issues are psychologic in nature and can be attributed to nutrition.

TEN MINUTE SPEAKER:

  • None – open meeting today

  • Group divided into 3 teams. Once team discussed financial and accounting issues, another group discussed human resource issues, and the last group discussed customer service and marketing issues. Each team reported out a summary of the discussions held by the group.

  • Don P. thanked Shay for the opportunity to share business concerns with colleagues. He felt it was a valuable activity to all involved. Shay further thanked Gayle L. since she was instrumental in generating the idea for this activity.

MEMBER EXCHANGES:

  • Members Present – 20

  • Sub – 1 (Chris Carahar for Kevin Steed)

  • Guests – 1 (Elena Marquetti-Ali from Geneva Shores Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center joined us)

  • Number of referrals – 7

  • Door Prize not awarded this week. The 7 referrals will be added to next meeting’s referrals for a door prize drawing.

  • Debbie P. and Elena Bienko expressed thank you to each other for great referrals and working relationships related to a recent business contact.

Next Meeting on April 5, 2018:

  • Speaker – Wade Mitchell will present

  • Meet at Ducro

Meeting adjourned at 8:38 AM

MARCH 22, 2018

Meeting was called to order by Shay Skidmore at 7:33 am and all the following discussions and actions were taken:

Meeting minutes from March 8, 2018 approved as submitted.

WELCOME VISITOR(S):

  • None

MISSION STATEMENT:

  • Read by Paige Campbell (a different member will be selected to read the mission statement every week) -- “To exchange and promote business with members and support member businesses through information sharing. To support secondary business education in Ashtabula County encouraging and sustaining entrepreneurship.”

SUCCESS STORY:

  • Success stories are the week before your 10-minute. Don’t forget to get your bio ready.

  • No success story today.

OLD BUSINESS:

  • Reminder: If Ashtabula City Schools or A-Tech Schools are closed or delayed our meeting will be cancelled.

  • None

NEW BUSINESS:

  • Shay has some ideas for activities at the next open meeting. She will send an email.

VP REPORT:

  • Attendance report emailed out to membership. Accepted as submitted.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

  • Checking account balance: 9832.04

  • Scholarship savings account balance: 3848.66

  • Susan still managing banking until able to move funds from Andover.

  • Scholarship checks have been cashed

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

  • Ethics: CHAIR- Don P.

  • Don reported that there will be another new member orientation meeting. The committee will get together and meet.

  • Membership/Marketing: CHAIR- Susan Rosette

  • Susan R. reported on the meeting 3/12/2018 at Rennick’s on Bridge Street in Ashtabula at 5:30pm.Worked on ideas for promoting the Bob Hegfield scholarship for adult student. Discussed planning a social outing for the membership

  • Scholarship: CHAIR: Ken M.

  • There are two applications received for review thus far.

NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES:

  • . Bring the kids!

  • 3/28/2018: The YMCA will have their Annual Meeting at the Lodge. See Cheryl for more details.

  • 3/31/2018: Greg Sweet Ford is having a free Easter Egg Hunt. See Anna for more details.

  • RAM Clinic in April we can get info from JP Ducro.

  • 4/12/2018: The Ashtabula County Safety Council and Ashtabula County Technical & Career Campus are hosting the Annual Awards Banquet on April 12th from 11:30am to 2pm. For information on reserving a vendor table contact 440-576-5599. Deadline is April 2nd to reserve a space.

  • 4/14/2018 Benefit for Homesafe at the Lantern. See Steve for more info

  • 5/5/2018 Ground Breakers Dance Team will be performing at the Lantern. See Steve for more info

  • 5/23/2018: SHRM will have a morning educational session for Violence in the Workplace and Active Shooter at the Lodge. See Georgia or Karen F. for more details.

ONE-MINUTE COMMERCIALS:

  • All members presented a one-minute commercial about his/her business.

  • The Bee award was presented from Ziegler Heating to Dr. Ken Geneva Spinal (props always get the BEE) .

TEN MINUTE SPEAKER:

  • University Hospital Geneva / Conneaut Medical Center

MEMBER EXCHANGES:

  • Members Present – 17

  • Sub – 1 (Chris M. for Kevin Steed)

  • Guests – 0

  • Number of referrals – 7

  • Door Prize awarded to Debbie Powell BHHS

Next Meeting on March 29, 2018:

  • Open Meeting held at Ducro’s.

Meeting adjourned at 8:34 AM

March 8, 2018

Location: Ducro at 500 W. Prospect, Ashtabula

Present: Executive Committee Officers:

  • President – Shay Skidmore

  • Vice President – Elena Bienko

  • Secretary/Treasurer – Suzette Miller (absent)

  • See attendance sheet for remainder of attendees

Meeting was called to order by Shay Skidmore at 7:33 am and all the following discussions and actions were taken:

Meeting minutes from March 1, 2018 approved as submitted.

WELCOME VISITOR(S):

  • No visitors

MISSION STATEMENT:

  • Read by Gayle L. (a different member will be selected to read the mission statement every week) -- “To exchange and promote business with members and support member businesses through information sharing. To support secondary business education in Ashtabula County encouraging and sustaining entrepreneurship.”

SUCCESS STORY:

  • Success stories are the week before your 10-minute. Don’t forget to get your bio ready.

  • No success story today.

OLD BUSINESS:

  • Reminder: If Ashtabula City Schools or A-Tech Schools are closed or delayed our meeting will be cancelled.

  • Reminder our meetings begin with networking at 7:15am and the business portion starts at 7:30am. Please try to attend the networking time so everyone can benefit.

NEW BUSINESS:

  • No new business

VP REPORT:

  • Attendance report emailed out to membership. Accepted as submitted.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

  • Checking account balance: not reported

  • Scholarship savings account balance: not reported

  • Susan still managing banking until able to move funds from Andover.

  • Scholarship checks have been cashed

  • Suzette applied for the amendment to the Secretary of the State of Ohio to list her as the secretary treasurer so the bank accounts can be moved. This amendment fee was $50.00

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

  • Ethics: CHAIR- Don P.

  • Don reported Ethics had denied Jordan Trenn from Huntington Mortgage Group due to conflict with Key Bank. In the past, there was a bank and a mortgage group; however, this business is not located in Ashtabula County. Jordan remains interested and Ethics will continue to review.

  • Membership/Marketing: CHAIR- Susan Rosette

  • Susan R. reported the next subcommittee meeting will be on 3/12/2018 at Rennick’s on Bridge Street in Ashtabula at 5:30pm.

  • Scholarship: CHAIR: Ken M.

  • There are two applications received for review thus far.

NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES:

  • 3/9/2018 to 3/11/2019: The home show will be at the mall. It is much more though than just a home show and will include a vendor fair and craft show.

  • 3/17/2018: Kiwanis Club of Geneva 5th Annual Red Barn Duck Race at 6pm. Event will be held at the Harpersfield Community Center, 5604 Cork Cold Springs Road, Harpersfield, Ohio. Donation of $25 per person or $45 per couple, includes entrance, dinner, beverage, beer, and the opportunity to wager on LIVE duck races. For tickets contact: Maria (440) 346-2146 mlausin@windstream.net, or Cindy (440) 339-4324 hilltop@ncweb.com or ask any Kiwanis member.

  • 3/24/2018: The annual Rotary dodgeball tournament at Kent State is planned.

  • 3/24/2018: The Ashtabula Kiwanis will be hosting a pancake breakfast to raise funds for the longest day of Lent. It will be held at the Headstart Building on Main Ave. There will be an Easter Egg hunt and breakfast with the Easter Bunny. Bring the kids!

  • 3/28/2018: The YMCA will have their Annual Meeting at the Lodge. See Cheryl for more details.

  • 3/31/2018: Greg Sweet Ford is having a free Easter Egg Hunt. See Anna for more details.

  • 4/12/2018: The Ashtabula County Safety Council and Ashtabula County Technical & Career Campus are hosting the Annual Awards Banquet on April 12th from 11:30am to 2pm. For information on reserving a vendor table contact 440-576-5599. Deadline is April 2nd to reserve a space.

  • 5/23/2018: SHRM will have a morning educational session for Violence in the Workplace and Active Shooter at the Lodge. See Georgia or Karen F. for more details.

ONE-MINUTE COMMERCIALS:

  • All members presented a one-minute commercial about his/her business.

  • The Bee award was presented from Chris McCain/Kevin Steed to Chris C. for Ziegler Heating and Cooling.

TEN MINUTE SPEAKER:

  • No ten minute speaker today.

  • All committees met for the 10 minutes.

MEMBER EXCHANGES:

  • Members Present – 17

  • Sub – 1 (Chris M. for Debbie P.)

  • Guests – 1 (Kyle from MC Professional Lawncare. Mike introduced him as his new alternate)

  • Number of referrals – 8

  • No door prize this week since we had an open meeting.

Next Meeting on March 8, 2018:

  • University Hospitals Geneva and Conneaut Medical Center will have the 10-minute presentation on 3/22/2018. Location: At Geneva Medical Center in the Private Dining Room (PDR). You can find this room by entering the main entrance.

  • The success story on 3/22/2018 will be State Road Occupational.

  • Next week’s meeting is GOOD MORNING ASHTABULA-ASHTABULA CO. TECHNICAL AND CAREER CAMPUS at A-tech in Building A room 110.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 AM

February 22, 2018

Location: Ducro at 500 W. Prospect, Ashtabula

Present: Executive Committee Officers:

  • President – Shay Skidmore

  • Vice President – Elena Bienko

  • Secretary/Treasurer – Suzette Miller (Absent)

  • See attendance sheet for remainder of attendees

Meeting was called to order by Shay Skidmore at 7:35am and all the following discussions and actions were taken:

Meeting minutes from February 8, 2018 approved unanimously.

WELCOME VISITOR(S):

  • Aaron Butler from Ducro Services

MISSION STATEMENT:

  • Read by Ken M. (a different member will be selected to read the mission statement every week) -- “To exchange and promote business with members and support member businesses through information sharing. To support secondary business education in Ashtabula County encouraging and sustaining entrepreneurship.”

SUCCESS STORY:

  • Vector Security: Gayle Loftus presented

  • Success stories are the week before your 10-minute. Don’t forget to get your bio ready.

OLD BUSINESS:

  • Reminder: If Ashtabula City Schools or A-Tech Schools are closed or delayed our meeting will be cancelled.

  • Discussed breakfast being provided by AcBE for every open meeting – motion by Tim V and second by Susan R. – unanimously approved – motion carried.

NEW BUSINESS:

  • Motion to change banks from Andover to Key Bank made. Elena explained the change would be to move to a checking only account due to low interest rates. The balance needs to stay at $2,500 for the account to remain service fee free. Consider opening a 6 month CD in the future. Holly M. seconded the motion. Unanimously approved. Motion carried.

VP REPORT:

  • Attendance report from February 8, 2018 meeting approved as submitted.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

  • Checking account balance: $9,008.04

  • Scholarship savings account balance: $3,848.66

  • Susan still managing banking until able to move funds from Andover.

  • Scholarship checks have not been cashed yet

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

  • Ethics: CHAIR- Don P.

  • Reviewed leave of absence policy. Must be a good reason to request a leave of absence in order to get the leave granted.

  • Membership/Marketing: CHAIR- Susan Rosette

  • Members to meet at the break to determine next meeting

  • Scholarship: CHAIR: Ken M.

  • One new application received and given to Ken for committee review

NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Suzette asked the membership to send any information they would like added in the networking section via e-mail so the items could be more thorough in the minutes – Shay briefly identifies the opportunities and the minutes will have more detail.

  • 2/28/2018 at 6pm there will be an educational seminar offered by Bankers Life at the Lantern of Saybrook. On the 21st the topic on the 28th the topic is about long-term care insurance.

  • 3/9/2018 to 3/11/2019: The home show will be at the mall. It is much more though and will include a vendor fair and craft show.

  • 3/17/2018: Kiwanis Club of Geneva 5th Annual Red Barn Duck Race at 6pm. Event will be held at the Harpersfield Community Center, 5604 Cork Cold Springs Road, Harpersfield, Ohio. Donation of $25 per person or $45 per couple, includes entrance, dinner, beverage, beer, and the opportunity to wager on LIVE duck races. For tickets contact: Maria (440) 346-2146 mlausin@windstream.net, or Cindy (440) 339-4324 hilltop@ncweb.com or ask any Kiwanis member.

  • 3/24/2018: The annual Rotary dodgeball tournament at Kent State is planned.

  • 3/24/2018: The Ashtabula Kiwanis will be hosting a pancake breakfast to raise funds for the longest day of Lent. Details to follow.

  • 4/12/2018: The Ashtabula County Safety Council and Ashtabula County Technical & Career Campus are hosting the Annual Awards Banquet on April 12th from 11:30am to 2pm. For information on reserving a vendor table contact 440-576-5599. Deadline is April 2nd to reserve a space.

ONE-MINUTE COMMERCIALS:

  • All members presented a one-minute commercial about his/her business. Each member presented a commercial for the business of the member sitting to their right.

  • Last meeting’s award of the Bee trophy was presented to Brenda Cobb.

  • The Bee Award was not passed on this week.

TEN MINUTE SPEAKER:

  • No 10-minute speaker – sub-committees meet.

MEMBER EXCHANGES:

  • Members Present – 21

  • Sub – 2 (Chris Carahar for Suzette M. / Chris McCann for Debbie P.)

  • Guests – 1 (Aaron B. from Ducro)

  • Number of referrals – 8

  • Door Prize awarded to (will be awarded next week)

  • No bonus prizes were provided to award.

Next Meeting on March 1, 2018:

  • Vector Security will have the 10-minute presentation

  • We will meet at Ducro.

  • University Hospitals will do their success story.

Meeting adjourned at 8:31AM

February 8, 2018

Location: Ducro at 500 W. Prospect, Ashtabula

Present: Executive Committee Officers:

  • President – Shay Skidmore

  • Vice President – Elena Bienko

  • Secretary/Treasurer – Suzette Miller

  • See attendance sheet for remainder of attendees

Meeting was called to order by Shay Skidmore at 7:30am and all the following discussions and actions were taken:

Meeting minutes from February 1, 2018 approved unanimously.

WELCOME VISITOR(S):

  • Patty Donato from Media One was welcomed.

MISSION STATEMENT:

  • Read by Suzette Miller (a different member will be selected to read the mission statement every week) -- “To exchange and promote business with members and support member businesses through information sharing. To support secondary business education in Ashtabula County encouraging and sustaining entrepreneurship.”

SUCCESS STORY:

  • None scheduled for this week

  • Success stories are the week before your 10-minute. Don’t forget to get your bio ready.

OLD BUSINESS:

  • Reminder: If Ashtabula City Schools or A-Tech Schools are closed or delayed our meeting will be cancelled.

NEW BUSINESS:

  • No new business

VP REPORT:

  • Need just a few more annual applications submitted.

  • Only two members still need to pay 2018 membership dues (both members are aware).

  • Attendance report from February 1, 2018 meeting approved as submitted.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

  • Checking account balance: $9,933.04

  • Scholarship savings account balance: $3,848.66

  • Susan still managing banking until able to move funds from Andover to Key Bank. AcBE discussed in the past and agreed to move funds to a member bank. The executive committee will determine when and how this will occur.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

  • Ethics: CHAIR- Don P.

  • There are a few member applications that need to be located that were turned in.

  • UH Geneva/Conneaut Hospitals were approved as members last week.

  • Membership/Marketing: CHAIR- Susan Rosette

  • Tim Valpone presented the outcome of a meeting Elena and he had with the Ashtabula Chamber since our last meeting.

  • They recognized AcBE and appreciate the organization for attendance at the monthly Good Morning Ashtabula Chamber Coffee Networking events.

  • The agreed to promote AcBE through the Chamber by placing the AcBE literature in the front chamber office, putting an AcBE update in each month’s chamber newsletter and adding information about AcBE in the quarterly email blast.

  • Tim agreed to be the contact to send information to the Chamber for the publications.

  • The chamber requests items to be in Word or Publisher.

  • Don P. will help update a flier that can be placed at the Chamber office.

  • Scholarship: CHAIR: Ken M.

  • Have only had one scholarship application arrive thus far and it was someone out of state.

  • Signage was placed at the schools at the end of last year.

  • Need to contact the schools to have them remind students to apply.

NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Suzette asked the membership to send any information they would like added in the networking section via e-mail so the items could be more thorough in the minutes – Shay briefly identifies the opportunities and the minutes will have more detail.

  • 2/10/2018: University Hospitals is hosting a Women’s Health Expo at the Ashtabula Town Square Center Court from 10am to 2pm.

  • 2/11/2018: There is a YMCA open house from 1p-3p.

  • 2/14/2018: ​Your Greater Ashtabula Chamber of Commerce and the Ashtabula County Society for Human Resource Management (ACSHRM) is offering a series of seminars. The first event-Addressing the Needs of the Under Resourced Employee--will be held Wednesday, February 14th at the Greater Ashtabula Chamber of Commerce, 4536 Main Avenue, Ashtabula, Ohio from 11:30am until 1pm. ​Cost is $12 for ACSHRM and Ashtabula Chamber members and $15 for non-members. Lunch will be provided. To register, please contact ACSHRM via email at acshrminfo@gmail.com or call the Greater Ashtabula Chamber of Commerce by calling 440/998-6998 by Monday, February 12.

  • 2/15/2018: The Geneva Chamber of Commerce is holding the annual Business Expo at the Geneva High School at 1301 South Ridge Road, Geneva on February 15th from 5p to 7:30p. If interested, contact the chamber at 440-466-8694 to purchase a vendor table. For Geneva Chamber members, the cost is $65 and for non-members it is $95.

  • 2/17/2018: Talk to Georgia about the chili cookoff tickets in Lionsville. There are raffle tickets you can purchase to help support the event. The event is from 12p-4p.

  • 2/21/2018 and 2/28/2018 at 6pm there will be an educational seminar offered by Bankers Life at the Lantern of Saybrook. On the 21st the topic is regarding Medicare supplemental plans and on the 28th the topic is about long-term care insurance.

  • 3/9/2018 to 3/11/2019: The home show will be at the mall. It is much more though and will include a vendor fair and craft show.

  • 3/17/2018: Kiwanis Club of Geneva 5th Annual Red Barn Duck Race at 6pm. Event will be held at the Harpersfield Community Center, 5604 Cork Cold Springs Road, Harpersfield, Ohio. Donation of $25 per person or $45 per couple, includes entrance, dinner, beverage, beer, and the opportunity to wager on LIVE duck races. For tickets contact: Maria (440) 346-2146 mlausin@windstream.net, or Cindy (440) 339-4324 hilltop@ncweb.com or ask any Kiwanis member.

  • 3/24/2018: The annual Rotary dodgeball tournament at Kent State is planned.

  • 3/24/2018: The Ashtabula Kiwanis will be hosting a pancake breakfast to raise funds for the longest day of Lent. Details to follow.

  • 4/12/2018: The Ashtabula County Safety Council and Ashtabula County Technical & Career Campus are hosting the Annual Awards Banquet on April 12th from 11:30am to 2pm. For information on reserving a vendor table contact 440-576-5599. Deadline is April 2nd to reserve a space.

ONE-MINUTE COMMERCIALS:

  • All members presented a one-minute commercial about his/her business.

  • Last week’s award of the Bee trophy was presented to Dr. Ken McLeod. He is not present to the executive committee picked the award winner this week. The award went to Brenda Cobb because we loved the chocolate hearts and we love our hearts!

TEN MINUTE SPEAKER:

  • Susan Rosette from Chicago Title gave a nice presentation to the group.

  • One new thing we learned about Susan is that she started a new hobby of loom knitting. She and her sister make hats and donate them to the homeless shelter.

  • Info about Chicago Title was shared:

  • In business since 1982 and originally owned by Bill Brainard.

  • When the business started, title companies were encouraged to take on the name of their underwriter, hence, the name Chicago Title. This is no longer permitted by the underwriters.

  • The current owner is Jim Janson. He has been in the title business since 1992.

  • The company has seen many changes since it’s inception. Several other agencies have become a part of Chicago Title through joint ventures and actual purchase. In 2005, there were 6 employees but through the growth of the company there are now 57.

  • Services include:

  • Title and Escrow for both residential and commercial real estate properties throughout the state of Ohio – primarily in Ashtabula and surrounding counties

  • Issue preliminary judicial reports when property is a subject of civil lawsuit

  • Perform mineral exams for both oil and gas companies/landowners

  • All work is conducted (even if outsourced) within the United States

MEMBER EXCHANGES:

  • Members Present – 20

  • Sub – 1 (Chris Carahar for Holly M.)

  • Guests – 1 (Patty Donato from Media One)

  • Number of referrals – 11

  • Door Prize awarded to Elena B.

  • No bonus prizes were provided to award.

Next Meeting:

  • New week is the Good Morning Ashtabula at 8am – ACSHRM is hosting at Guyreinos Deli, 1033 Lake Ave., Ashtabula

  • The following week on the 22nd, we will have an open meeting here at Ducro. Vector security will do the success story. Committees, be prepared to meet.

Meeting adjourned at 8:25 AM

Respectfully recorded and submitted by Suzette Miller, Secretary/Treasurer

FEBRUARY 1, 2018

REMINDER OUR MEETINGS WILL BEGIN AT 7:30. NETWORKING BEGINS AT 7:15 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

I. OPEN NETWORKING

II. WELCOME VISITOR(S)

MISSION STATEMENT: Read by Cheryl Johnson (a different member will be

selected to read the mission statement every week.

“To exchange and promote business with members and support member businesses through information sharing. To support secondary business education in Ashtabula County encouraging and sustaining entrepreneurship.”

III. SUCCESS STORY – The Lantern of Saybrook – Steven Stoltz

Success stories are the week before your 10-minute. Don’t forget to get your bio ready.

IV. OLD BUSINESS: -

Reminder: If Ashtabula City Schools or A-Tech Schools are closed or delayed our meeting will be cancelled.

Don P. stated that he plans to summarize all the open categories and share at

at our next meeting.

V. NEW BUSINESS /OPEN FORUM:

Nothing new

VI. MINUTES: No changes to the previous minutes.

VII. VP REPORT:

ANY OUTSTANDING FINES NEED TO BE PAID.

DUES ARE STILL OUTSTANDING FOR SEVERAL MEMBERS.

PLEASE TURN IN YOUR APPLICATION IF NOT DONE SO AS YET.

No additional report.

VIII. TREASURER’S REPORT (Susan still has all the banking info, updates to

follow)

-Checking account balance: $9,913.04

-Scholarship savings account balance: $3,848.66

IX. COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Ethics: CHAIR- Don P.

Don suggested if anyone has a prospective member, to informally approach the

Ethics committee or any potential conflicts prior to encouraging the membership.

Ethics has been making sure there are no conflicts between UH and State Road Occupational. It was agreed by UH that they will discuss inpatient only and the outpatient would be for State Road Occupational. Application accepted.

Membership/Marketing: CHAIR- Susan Rosette

Thank you expressed to Elena for her work to coordinate the social last Friday.

19 individuals attended the Main Escape social and then met at Dublin Down for

Food and drinks. Everyone had a great time.

Scholarship: CHAIR: Ken M.

Dr. Ken discussed the idea of AcBE deciding if we wanted to change the organization into a fundraising organization or not. To begin a process to sustain a new scholarship in Bob Hegfield’s name could be a change in the organizational culture. Karen F. reported that Membership and Marketing brainstormed the idea and was only to plan the seed for Scholarship to consider. Holly M. reported for Membership and marketing that the idea of a fundraiser for Bob Hegfield scholarship was intended to be a one time scholarship and the committee thought scholarship would want to consider. It was suggested an ad hoc committee be developed to work on the fundraising if AcBE choses to move forward. Membership expressed agreement of this idea.

NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES:

2/2/2018: A wine and paint night at the Lantern of Saybrook. $35 for adult and children can come for $5 each.

2/3/2018: Geneva Winterfest and Chili Cookoff featuring the Geneva on the Lake Hot Chocolate Bar. See Karen or Ken for information.

2/7/2018: There will be a blood drive at the Lantern of Saybrook.

2/14/2018: ​Your Greater Ashtabula Chamber of Commerce and the Ashtabula County Society for Human Resource Management (ACSHRM) is to offering a series of seminars. The first event-Addressing the Needs of the Under Resourced Employee--will be held Wednesday, February 14th at the Greater Ashtabula Chamber of Commerce, 4536 Main Avenue, Ashtabula, Ohio from 11:30am until 1pm. ​Cost is $12 for ACSHRM and Ashtabula Chamber members and $15 for non-members. Lunch will be provided. To register, please contact ACSHRM via email at acshrminfo@gmail.com or call the Greater Ashtabula Chamber of Commerce by calling 440/998-6998 by Monday, February 12.

2/15/2018: The Geneva Chamber of Commerce is holding the annual Business Expo at the Geneva High School at 1301 South Ridge Road, Geneva on February 15th from 5p to 7:30p. If interested, contact the chamber at 440-466-8694 to purchase a vendor table. For Geneva Chamber members, the cost is $65 and for non-members it is $95.

2/17/2018: Talk to Georgia about the chili cookoff tickets in Lionsville. There are raffle tickets you can purchase to help support the event. The event is from 12p-4p.

2/11/2018: There is a YMCA open house from 1p-3p.

2/21/2018 and 2/28/2018 at 6pm there will be an educational seminar offered by Bankers Life at the Lantern of Saybrook. On the 21st the topic is regarding Medicare supplemental plans and on the 28th the topic is about long-term care insurance.

3/9/2018 to 3/11/2019: The home show will be at the mall. It is much more though and will include a vendor fair and craft show.

3/17/2018: Kiwanis Club of Geneva 5th Annual Red Barn Duck Race at 6pm. Event will be held at the Harpersfield Community Center, 5604 Cork Cold Springs Road, Harpersfield, Ohio. Donation of $25 per person or $45 per couple, includes entrance, dinner, beverage, beer, and the opportunity to wager on LIVE duck races. For tickets contact: Maria (440) 346-2146 mlausin@windstream.net, or Cindy (440) 339-4324 hilltop@ncweb.com or ask any Kiwanis member.

3/24/2018: The annual Rotary basketball tournament at Kent State is planned.

4/12/2018: The Ashtabula County Safety Council and Ashtabula County Technical & Career Campus are hosting the Annual Awards Banquet on April 12th from 11:30am to 2pm. For information on reserving a vendor table contact 440-576-5599. Deadline is April 2nd to reserve a space.

Visit Ashtabula Wave website for great articles or events in our area

XI. ONE MINUTE COMMERCIALS –

AWARD FROM: Mike Fedler

AWARD TO: Dr. Ken – he was able to get up off the floor!!! 😊

XII. TEN MINUTE SPEAKER – Steven Stoltz from the Lantern of Saybrook

Steve toured anyone interesting in seeing the building after the meeting. The

Lantern of Saybrook served a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs, pancakes,

Bacon, sausage and of course coffee, orange juice and water.

Steve offered any AcBE member who would like a road trip but can not have it in their location due to limited space to give him a call and he could have the

Meeting at the Lantern. (Thank you Steve!)

XIII. MEMBER EXCHANGES –

Members Present - 22

Sub: 2

Guests: 1

Number of referrals: 7

Door Prize awarded to: Randy ($25 gift card to Harry Buffalo)

BONUS Prizes sponsored by our members: none

IV. OTHER BUSINESS - none

Meeting adjourned at ____ AM

JANUARY 25, 2018

REMINDER OUR MEETINGS WILL BEGIN AT 7:30. NETWORKING BEGINS AT 7:15 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

I. OPEN NETWORKING – Meeting called to order at 7:30am

II. WELCOME VISITOR(S) NONE

MISSION STATEMENT: Read by Kevin Steed (a different member will be

selected to read the mission statement every week.

“To exchange and promote business with members and support member businesses through information sharing. To support secondary business education in Ashtabula County encouraging and sustaining entrepreneurship.”

III. SUCCESS STORY – The Lantern of Saybrook (they were absent so Brenda Cobb did a success story)

Success stories are the week before your 10-minute. Don’t forget to get your bio ready.

IV. OLD BUSINESS: - NONE

Reminder: If Ashtabula City Schools or A-Tech Schools are closed or delayed our meeting will be cancelled.

Reminder the cost of $18.15 per person (guests are welcome) must be given to Elena by Friday the 19th to reserve your space at the organization’s social at the Main Escape on January 26th at 7pm. Immediately afterwards, everyone is invited to meet at Dublin Down.

V. NEW BUSINESS /OPEN FORUM: Leave the speaker rotation as Suzette has created it and if there are any changes they can be addressed at that time.

When we have an open meeting we will not be having breakfast unless someone wants to bring something, they are welcome to.

VI. MINUTES: No changes to the previous minutes.

VII. VP REPORT:

ANY OUTSTANDING FINES NEED TO BE PAID.

DUES ARE STILL OUTSTANDING FOR SEVERAL MEMBERS.

No additional report.

VIII. TREASURER’S REPORT

-Checking account balance: $9,069.36

-Scholarship savings account balance: $3,848.66

IX. COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Ethics: CHAIR- Don P. ---Ethics is working with UH and State Road Occupational regarding approving UH application to be sure there is no conflict.

Membership/Marketing: CHAIR Susan R.- The committee met at Crosswinds Grille on the 17th. Susan Rossette will chair committee. We came up with several ideas for a possible fund raiser to implement a new Scholarship for Bob Hegfield. There will be more information to present after the next meeting. We discussed some possible guest speakers. Our winners for the new members contest were Suzette Miller 2 new members, and Tim Volpone 1 new member. Great job.

Elena already reported on the social for the Main Escape and Dublin Down.

Scholarship: CHAIR: Ken M. The 3 recipients of last year’s scholarships have been paid. They are discussing the addition of an adult student scholarship in memory of Bob Hegfield

NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES:

1/31/2018: The Lantern of Saybrook will hold an Essential Oil event and will make rollers for $5 each.

2/2/2018: A wine and paint night at the Lantern of Saybrook. $35 for adult and children can come for $5 each.

2/3/2018: Geneva Winterfest and Chili Cookoff featuring the Geneva on the Lake Hot Chocolate Bar. See Karen or Ken for information.

2/7/2018: There will be a blood drive at the Lantern of Saybrook.

2/17/2018: Talk to Georgia about the chili cookoff tickets in Lionsville. There are raffle tickets you can purchase to help support the event. The event is from 12p-4p.

2/11/2018: There is a YMCA open house from 1p-3p.

2/21/2018 and 2/28/2018 at 6pm there will be an educational seminar offered by Bankers Life at the Lantern of Saybrook. On the 21st the topic is regarding Medicare supplemental plans and on the 28th the topic is about long-term care insurance.

3/9/2018 to 3/11/2019: The home show will be at the mall. It is much more though and will include a vendor fair and craft show.

3/24/2018 Annual Dodgeball Tournament for Rotary. See Mike Fedler for details.

Visit Ashtabula Wave website for great articles or events in our area

XI. ONE MINUTE COMMERCIALS –

AWARD FROM: Shawn Wollam Grand Valley Insurance

AWARD TO: Mike Fedler- Edward Jones (great story)

XII. TEN MINUTE SPEAKER – OPEN MEETING COMMITTESS BROKE OUT FOR DISCUSSION

XIII. MEMBER EXCHANGES –

Members Present - 20

Sub: 1 – Eric for Ducro Services

Guests: 0

Number of referrals: 4

Door Prize awarded to: Referrals will be added to next week’s drawing

BONUS Prizes sponsored by our members: None

IV. SPEAKER ROTATION* (*Subject to change)

See Attachment

2/1/2018 The Lantern of Saybrook (Road trip) located on Rt. 20 in Saybrook)

Success Story will be Chicago Title

Meeting adjourned at 8:40 AM

January 11, 2018~First Mtg. of the Year

REMINDER OUR MEETINGS WILL BEGIN AT 7:30. NETWORKING BEGINS AT 7:15 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

I. OPEN NETWORKING – Meeting called to order at 7:30am

II. WELCOME VISITOR(S) Tiffany Johnston from UH Geneva/Conneaut Medical Centers

MISSION STATEMENT: Read by Tim Valpone (a different member will be

selected to read the mission statement every week.

“To exchange and promote business with members and support member businesses through information sharing. To support secondary business education in Ashtabula County encouraging and sustaining entrepreneurship.”

III. SUCCESS STORY – Angel Wassie from State Road Occupational did a quick presentation summarizing the successes her business has attained since rejoining AcBE. The increase in business has been in the form of miscellaneous referrals including lab, hearing tests, and x-ray services.

Success stories are the week before your 10-minute. Don’t forget to get your bio ready.

IV. OLD BUSINESS: -

Reminder: If Ashtabula City Schools or A-Tech Schools are closed or delayed our meeting will be cancelled.

The budget had been sent out to everyone’s email in December. A motion was made by Holly M. to approve stipulated by the budget being sent out again for another review, Susan R. seconded the motion and the budget was approved unanimously by the membership pending another review.

Discussed option to move banking from Andover to Key Bank so AcBE remains with member companies. The membership agreed. Tim V. recommended the scholarship funds remain in an interest-bearing savings account. The membership agreed.

Reminder the cost of $18.15 per person (guests are welcome) must be given to Elena by Friday the 19th to reserve your space at the organization’s social at the Main Escape on January 26th at 7pm. Immediately afterwards, everyone is invited to meet at Dublin Down.

V. NEW BUSINESS /OPEN FORUM:

VI. MINUTES: No changes to the previous minutes.

VII. VP REPORT:

ANY OUTSTANDING FINES NEED TO BE PAID.

DUES ARE STILL OUTSTANDING FOR SEVERAL MEMBERS.

No additional report.

VIII. TREASURER’S REPORT

-Checking account balance: $9,913.04

-Scholarship savings account balance: $3,848.66

One previous member is not renewing – Leanne from Ashtabula County

Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing.

IX. COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Ethics: CHAIR- Don P.

Please remember to submit your renewal application with business

description listed. Also, your annual dues are required.

Membership/Marketing: CHAIR- The committee will meet at Crosswinds Grille at 5pm this Wednesday the 17th to determine the next chair.

Elena already reported on the social for the Main Escape and Dublin Down.

Scholarship: CHAIR: Ken M.

Three students were selected. Still waiting for transcripts. Need the address/contact info for one of them. The checks can be written and sent out now.

NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES:

1/13/2018: Martin Luther King Social at the Ashtabula County District Library 6:00. See Tim Volpone for more info. Tickets are still available.

1/15/2018: Pancake Breakfast at 8am. There is a guest speaker for Martin Luther King at the Peoples Baptist Church. See Tim Volpone for more info. Free – donations will be accepted.

1/31/2018: The Lantern of Saybrook will hold an Essential Oil event and will make rollers for $5 each.

2/2/2018: A wine and paint night at the Lantern of Saybrook. $35 for adult and children can come for $5 each.

2/3/2018: Geneva Winterfest and Chili Cookoff featuring the Geneva on the Lake Hot Chocolate Bar. See Karen or Ken for information.

2/7/2018: There will be a blood drive at the Lantern of Saybrook.

2/17/2018: Talk to Georgia about the chili cookoff tickets in Lionsville. There are raffle tickets you can purchase to help support the event. The event is from 12p-4p.

2/11/2018: There is a YMCA open house from 1p-3p.

2/21/2018 and 2/28/2018 at 6pm there will be an educational seminar offered by Bankers Life at the Lantern of Saybrook. On the 21st the topic is regarding Medicare supplemental plans and on the 28th the topic is about long-term care insurance.

3/9/2018 to 3/11/2019: The home show will be at the mall. It is much more though and will include a vendor fair and craft show.

Visit Ashtabula Wave website for great articles or events in our area

XI. ONE MINUTE COMMERCIALS –

AWARD FROM: Shay selected the winner – could not remember who had it

Last. If you have it – please return.

AWARD TO: Shawn from Wollam Grand Valley Insurance (we all had a good laugh!)

XII. TEN MINUTE SPEAKER – John Steel from CompTech PC

XIII. MEMBER EXCHANGES –

Members Present - 21

Sub: 1 (Chris C. for Brenda C. – Ashtabula County Regional Home Care)

Guests: 1

Number of referrals: 13

Door Prize awarded to: Debbie P.

BONUS Prizes sponsored by our members: None

IV. SPEAKER ROTATION* (*Subject to change)

Suzette is working on the speaker rotation and will get it out as soon as it is complete.

The Lantern of Saybrook will give their success story on 1/25/2018 and will have the 10-minute presentation on 2/1/2018.

Next week is Good Morning Ashtabula (Inadvertently reported the wrong location – the correct location is Fitzgerald’s at 1023 Bridge Street in Ashtabula.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 AM

November 9, 2017 ~Weekly Meeting

REMINDER OUR MEETINGS WILL BEGIN AT 7:30. NETWORKING BEGINS AT 7:15 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Reminder: If Ashtabula City Schools or A-Tech Schools are closed or delayed our meeting will be cancelled

I. OPEN NETWORKING

II. WELCOME VISITOR(S) Ashley Fertig

MISSION STATEMENT:

To exchange and promote business with members and support member businesses through information sharing. To support secondary business education in Ashtabula County encouraging and sustaining entrepreneurship.

III. SUCCESS STORY – Key Bank

IV. OLD BUSINESS:

Debbie will create the flyer to pass out. Invite anyone you want to the Good Morning Ashtabula meeting in November

Discuss the idea of ordering a new table cover with the new LOGO

Good Morning Ashtabula Meeting 11/16 we are hosting. We will be purchasing from Crosswinds Grille the main dish which will be breakfast pizza. We need to have members bring sides.

V. NEW BUSINESS /OPEN FORUM: Consider taking a seat on the executive committee or on one of the other committees. We need to get our new seats in order by 12/7.

VI. MINUTES: OK..

VII. VP REPORT: OK

VIII. TREASURER’S REPORT

-Checking account balance: $6378.99

-Scholarship savings account balance: $3,708.19

The invoices will be sent via email along with the application that we need completed to ensure current updated information

IX. COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Ethics: CHAIR-Don Pikovnik

January-June 2017 committee members: Karen Fagnilli, Don Pikovnik, Susan Rossette, Shawn Holmes, Gayle Loftus (carry over)...Don passed around a card for members to submit their names for seats for the committees for 2018

Membership/Marketing: CHAIR- January-June 2017 Committee Members: Tim Volpone, Cheryl Johnson, Randy Jackson, Suzette Miller, and John Steele

REPORTED: Elena reported on the Main Escape event that is planned for Jan 19th or 25. $24 per person and we will be going to Dublin Down after the event to celebrate our escapes.

The contest for getting New Members is underway…who wants to WIN????

Agenda for the GMA meeting was put together.