Thursday, July 03, 2014

Nonprofit Thursday Report: NBMBAA, Diversity Center, Presidents Council Foundation

Cleveland National Black MBA Association Summer Mix set for July 10

Edgewater Park event scheduled for 5:30PM-8:30PM  

The National Black MBA Association Cleveland Chapter is encouraging young professionals to join in next week’s Engage! Cleveland's 5th annual Summer MIX. This is an opportunity to network with Cleveland's YP community in a relaxed environment while enjoying one of Cleveland's best assets — our waterfront. This is an excellent opportunity to check out the upgrades to Edgewater Park, a place some many of us have never even visited. 

The $10 registration includes appetizers and entrance to the networking pavilion.  Click here to register. 

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PC Scholars Graduation & Scholarship Reception set for July 10 at Tri-C Metro

Each fall, the Presidents’ Council Foundation works with high school guidance counselors in the Cleveland area to select a group of sophomores with GPAs in the 2.5 – 3.0 range, and who have both a strong desire for achievement and a career interest in business, construction, entrepreneurship, financial services, healthcare, law or manufacturing and a strong desire for achievement.

The students meet twice a month for three hours on Saturdays throughout the school year and into the summer for three years.

This year’s graduating crop of PC scholars will be saluted on July 10 at the Cuyahoga Community College’s Metro Campus for their academic and career preparation, and their leadership and life skills development. The program begins at 5:30PM and the public is invited.

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Free Professional Development Seminar is Cultural Competence Learning Opportunity

Diversity Center-MetroHealth collaboration designed for the healthcare and public safety communities

The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio, in partnership with MetroHealth System and The Collection Auto Group, is offering an LGBTQ-focused seminar in anticipation of the Gay Games being held in Cleveland next month.

The seminar is designed to assist healthcare and public safety professionals understand the impact this important aspect of identity has and to embrace the approach of respect for diversity and inclusion. Sponsors hope that attendees will be better prepared to address unconscious bias and inequities toward the LGBTQ community.

The free seminar will be Tuesday, July 29, from 8:30AM-11:30AM in MetroHealth’s Scott Auditorium, 2500 MetroHealth Drive, Cleveland, 44109.

The registration deadline is noon on Friday, July 25. To download a registration form, visit or call 216.752.3000.

Guest speakers and panelists will include MetroHealth president and CEO Dr. Akram Boutros; Dr. Henry Ng of MetroHealth System & Pride Clinic; Phyllis Harris, Director, LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland; Jacob Nash, TransOhio; Rachael Nolan, National Resource Center for LGBTQ Aging; and transgender activist Zoe Lapin.

CEUs for LSW, LISW, LPC, and LPCC will be available [$25.]

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The Presidents’ Council Foundation is holding its Sixth Annual Golf Outing on Monday, August 18 at the Barrington Country Club in Aurora. Registration is available online here or by calling 216.771.8702.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

New Publication, New Schedule, New event for Small Business Owners

Faithful readers have perhaps wondered where The Real Deal has gone, given that our last post was March 12.

Short answer: The Real Deal blog went on an unannounced sabbatical to prepare for the emergence of The Real Deal Press, a free monthly tabloid newspaper that made its debut in Cuyahoga County in early April.  More than 10,000 copies of each issue are distributed to over 200 locations in Greater Cleveland. The July issue hit the streets last week.

The mission of The Real Deal Press is to attract, articulate, and amplify civic intelligence and community good will to our coverage area and beyond. The* principal coverage area is comprised of those communities that make up the "BMW" school districts: Bedford, Bedford Heights, Highland Hills, Maple Heights, North Randall, Oakwood Village, and Warrensville Heights. Additionally, the Real Deal Press provides coverage of business, health, education, nonprofit, and civic affairs of particular interest or importance to our readership throughout Northeast Ohio.

It was always our intent to return to blogging on some schedule and in some fashion that would complement The Real Deal Press. Today is the day we do so. Many of you have become familiar with our Nonprofit Thursday posts. In that spirit, we offer Business Tuesday, a feature that will focus primarily on items of interest to minority business enterprises and other small businesses in northeast Ohio.

Most successful businesses, regardless of size, learn how to plan. To paraphrase a popular saying goes, those who fail to plan are planning to fail. This of course applies to a range of business activities, from financial projections to marketing to scheduling.

Small businesses are known for being nimble, and it is in that regard that we share this last-minute news of an event set for today that we just learned about. It intrigues us enough that we plan to attend.

The event, a Workshop On How To Use Facebook To Grow Your Small Business, will be held Tuesday, July 2, at Corporate College East, 4400 Richmond Rd, Warrensville Heights, OH 44128. Representatives from FB will conduct the presentation, which will run from 11:30AM-1PM.

The event is free. Register here or onsite beginning at 11AM.

Congresswoman Marcia Fudge of Warrensville Heights will offer welcoming remarks.

Nonprofit Thursdays will resume this week.

* Bedford, Maple Heights, and Warrensville Heights.

* Bedford, Maple Heights, and Warrensville Heights.