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 The suggestion was retracted.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

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