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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 The suggestion was retracted.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.