• Happy Hour: Hugh McMichaels
    Identity theft and online fraud are becoming increasingly common. The threats include using your credit card without your permission, gaining access to your bank accounts, and taking over your email. Merrill Lynch wants to educate you about common types of fraud and steps you can take to reduce the risk of becoming a victim. Speaker: Hugh McMichael, at Merrill Lynch Bio: Hugh is a Financial Advisor with The Siddiq Wealth Management Group at Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated. He began his financial services career in 2012 before joining Merrill Lynch in 2017. He follows a disciplined process that begins first with taking the time to understand each client’s particular needs, concerns and priorities. Given the extensive resources available at Merrill Lynch, as well as the collective experience of his team, He is able to create customized strategies that help his clients reach their goals. Key Takeaways: - What is identity theft. - How to protect your personal information. - How to recognize the main types of fraud. - What to do if you’re a victim of identity theft. Website :https://fa.ml.com/siddiqmgmtgroup Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/hugh-mcmichael

    LaunchHouse

    675 Alpha Park, Suite K · Highland Heights, OH

  • Lunch + Learn: Problems Not Products
    Customers don't buy products. They buy solutions to problems. But how do you find the customers who have the problem you're solving? Or back that up a few steps further - what problem are you solving? And for whom are you solving it? And why do they want that problem solved? And what have they been doing to solve that problem? And why isn't it working? Doan has executed this in his own ventures and has helped build a curriculum around this approach that students around the world are using to learn entrepreneurship by practicing entrepreneurship. He will lead you through an exploration of these kinds of questions, which any company should be consistently answering. A startup needs to answer these questions before launching, and after launch, and then again tomorrow. A large corporation needs to answer these questions to explore new product development and to update existing product features and branding, and more. Speaker: Doan Winkel BIO: As the John J. Kahl, Sr. Chair in Entrepreneurship and Director of The Edward M. Muldoon Center for Entrepreneurship at John Carroll University, Doan is developing the next frontier in university-based entrepreneurship curriculum and programming. Doan co-founded TeachingEntrepreneurship.org, an experiential entrepreneurship curriculum being used by university students around the world. He is the founder and director of the Entrepreneurship Education Project, which gathers data from nearly 20,000 college students from 400+ universities across 70+ countries to better understand how to teach entrepreneurship. He founded the McLean County Unit 5's Innovative Entrepreneurs experiential high school class to offer students the chance to experience what entrepreneurship looks and feels like. Doan co-founded internrocket.com to help young people discover and pursue their passion as a career path. While serving on the Board of Directors of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Doan builds programming to give entrepreneurship educators tools to turn their classrooms into experiences. Key takeaways: - A specific strategy & tool to help you identify exactly where to find your early adopters - A specific strategy & tool to help you plan and execute powerful customer interviews - Tools to SCALE your customer segments How you can reach him: www.teachingentrepreneurship.org Twitter: @trep_ed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/doan.winkel Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/doanemil/

    LaunchHouse

    675 Alpha Park, Suite K · Highland Heights, OH

  • LaunchHouse Info Session
    • What we'll do Join LaunchHouse for our monthly info session! Learn more about our community and what we have to offer you! Come tour our 13,500 square foot space, meet our coworking community, and learn more about the programming LaunchHouse has to offer! __________________________ WHAT WE DO LaunchHouse is a community where businesses and people come together and grow. It is more than just a place to work, it is a place for people to engage and learn from one another while developing their businesses. We are entrepreneurs, freelancers, startups, solopreneurs, designers, consultants, and anyone who doesn’t fit into a neat corporate box. You won’t find us working typical 9–5 jobs here. HOW WE DO IT We offer flexible membership options and a blend of private offices and open office space. If you’re looking for an inspiring and supportive community, as well as, a comfortable environment, you’re sure to find a home at LaunchHouse. WHY WE DO IT You’ll find our members not just working to build their dream, but helping each other to build theirs. Best put by an African Proverb, “if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Go Far with Us. • What to bring • Important to know

    LaunchHouse

    675 Alpha Park, Suite K · Highland Heights, OH

  • CoWork Oberlin Grand Opening Celebration
    Join us Thursday, November 8 to learn about the newest addition to the LaunchHouse/ Oberlin community - CoWork Oberlin powered by LaunchHouse! Take the opportunity to meet the Oberlin team, the partners from LaunchHouse, and get to know others who are ready to help create a coworking community. The event is FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. But, please register online so we can get an accurate count (https://bit.ly/2qbyQd9) For questions about the event, email [masked].

    CoWork Oberlin Powered by LaunchHouse

    235 Artino Street · Oberlin, oh

  • Female Entrepreneurship Happy Hour
    Did you have fun at the Female Entrepreneurship Summit on 11/24 ? Here’s a chance to reconnect and network with fellow attendees from the event. Join the LaunchHouse Community for Happy Hour! Stop by LaunchHouse in Highland Heights to have a beer with our community of entrepreneurs & small business owners. Happy Hour is an opportunity to casually meet and network with the people that make our entrepreneurial community so great. Whether you have an idea, a business, or are just looking to make connections and meet some awesome people, come on over! This event is open to anyone who wants to reconnect with fellow entrepreneurs Female Entrepreneurship Summit or Female Entrepreneurs in Cleveland. All are welcome!

    LaunchHouse

    675 Alpha Park, Suite K · Highland Heights, OH

  • Lunch + Learn: SEO and content marketing
    Bio​​: Arastasia Rolain is a Motivator and Creative Business Owner that thrives off passion, snuggles with her border collie and Siamese cat, and a huge heart that gets the best of her. In 2014, she chose to follow her dreams and go full time with opening a photography business, in which she did name after her very odd and unique name, Arastasia. She now, currently, owns a studio in Cleveland where she spends her days creating magic, and supporting local business with too many cups of coffee. You’ll find her photographing weddings and incredible women that embrace their bodies through boudoir! When She’s not behind a lens, She love’s to hold meetups and connect with other entrepreneurs to learn about their goals in life and hopefully put a smile on their face. She believes kindness is the way to run a business and with a good heart and amazing marketing, we can all join in to strive for success Event Description: Join us on November 8th as Arastasia, with Arastasia Photography, walks us through the importance of content marketing and search engine optimization. You’ll receive helpful tips on how to create a person within your brand, how to TURN that brand into incredible content, and how to use all the right keywords to make sure you are being recognized by Google and the right customers! Key Take Away Points: 1. Content Marketing and the platforms you should be utilizing a. Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Google b. Create a person within the brand, not just a brand c. Content is EVERYTHING, document all the hard work you and your employees do i. Get creative with your posts, share reviews, share behind the scenes, share start to finish, just share share share 2. Search Engine Optimization - small tutorial on what it is a. What is SEO? b. Google runs the world c. Keywords i. Think as your CUSTOMER thinks. Put yourself in THEIR brain. ii. If you are not using appropriate keywords within your website, Google will not recognize you.

    LaunchHouse

    675 Alpha Park, Suite K · Highland Heights, OH

  • Lunch + Learn: Ditch the Elevator Speech-How to Network Like a Pro
    We’re on a mission to ditch the traditional elevator speech. Learning to communicate who you are and what you do effectively to prospects and clients is one of the most important, yet overlooked, components of your business foundation. In this presentation, participants will learn how to talk about what they do without sounding boring, bland and like everybody else, how to develop a personal brand, how to compose a customized “Who and Do What Statement” and how to build a network of influencers, prospects and brand advocates who move your business forward. Speaker: Cindy Earl, Founder of Claim Your Spotlight Bio: Cindy Earl, M.Ed. is the founder CEO of ClaimYourSpotlight.com. As a consultant, coach, trainer, author, speaker, marketing and business growth strategist for more than 16 years, she has consulted with hundreds of service-based business owners and entrepreneurs on marketing strategy, PR, lead generation, branding and sales. Cindy’s passion and purpose is helping service-oriented business owners live their dreams on their terms. She believes that if you do what you love, the money will follow; and many of my clients have proven just that. Cindy is the author of two books: “Claim Your Spotlight: Become an Instant Expert in Your Niche & Walk the Red Carpet to Business Success” and “The PR Spotlight System.” Her professional training includes certification as a Registered Corporate Coach (RCC), Book Yourself Solid Coach, Social Media Manager, and a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration and B.S. in Organizational Communication from Ohio University. On the community side, she currently serves as Director of Business Development for Aviatra Accelerators in Northeast Ohio, a non-profit organization that helps women to start and sustain businesses by giving them the resources and education they need to be successful. Cindy is also part-time faculty at Cleveland State University, College of Business and a member of NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners). Key Takeaways: 1. Develop a unique and memorable, authentic and personal brand statement. 2. Talk about what you do clearly and with energy and enthusiasm. 3. Get your free workbook "The 5 Most Powerful Marketing Strategies to Attract More Ideal Clients".

    Lakewood Chamber of Commerce

    16017 Detroit Avenue · Lakewood, oh

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  • 1 Million Cups Cleveland
    1 MILLION CUPS (http://www.1millioncups.com/) is a free, nationwide program designed to educate, engage and accelerate early-stage startups. It was founded by the Kauffman Foundation and based on the notion that entrepreneurs can discover solutions and thrive when they collaborate over a million cups of coffee. 1 Million Cups meets at LaunchHouse on the 1st Wednesday of each month from 8:30am to 10am. The event is always free, and begins with casual networking (and coffee!) from 8:30 to 9. At 9am, we'll have 1 or 2 short presentations from local entrepreneurs along with a group Q&A and discussion. The meetup will conclude by 10am. Interested in learning more about 1 Million Cups, applying to be a presenter, or becoming a coffee sponsor? Visit our website (http://www.1millioncups.com/cleveland)! You can also follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/@1MillionCupsCLE). Questions + feedback may be directed to Andrew Kohn ([masked]), or Marybeth Stucker ([masked]). -- Speaker: Leah Berdysz Leah is on a “mission to empower and educate girls on how to be beautiful from the inside out through discovery of social, mental, and physical components”. In May of 2017 Leah graduated summa cum laude from John Carroll University with a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science and Entrepreneurship, and founded Empowered & Poised LLC. She is extremely passionate about wellness, entrepreneurship, and helping others to become their strongest, healthiest, and happiest selves. Leah has taught physical education at the Hebrew Academy of Cleveland for four years, and has over 10 years’ experience working to empower youth. Leah is also currently the Community Outreach Coordinator for LaunchHouse. -- About 1 Million Cups https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiscWISgJgw PLEASE NOTE: This is not the only platform taking RSVPs, so the number here does not reflect the total attendees.

    LaunchHouse

    675 Alpha Park, Suite K · Highland Heights, OH

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  • Cle Game Devs - Excuse to Create
    This is our casual "Excuse to Create" meetup event from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The purpose of this meetup is to give our members time and space to work on or share their projects away from distractions. Want to brainstorm or ask questions of other developers? Want to turn up you headphones and code without family distractions? Maybe look for opportunities to collaborate, pair-program or share your latest prototype? Then hopefully Excuse to Create will give you those opportunities.

    LaunchHouse

    675 Alpha Park, Suite K · Highland Heights, OH

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  • Happy Hour: Cleveland Cold Brew Coffee
    It's Happy Hour Time! Stop by LaunchHouse in Highland Heights to have a beer with the Cleveland community of entrepreneurs & small business owners. This week we will be joined by Karen Ross with Cleveland Cold Brew Coffee! Bio: Karen Ross, owner of Cleveland Cold Brew Coffee, has turned her love of coffee into a thriving business producing and selling bottled cold brew coffee. It started out as a dare: while watching game 7 of the 2016 NBA finals where the Cleveland Cavaliers had come from behind to tie the series, she told herself “if they win, I’ll do it”. Following the hashtag #itsalifestyle, Cleveland Cold Brew Coffee has set out to become a lifestyle brand sponsoring this year’s Laurel Live music festival and selling at various farmer’s markets and pop-ups. With decadent flavors like Salted Caramel Mocha, French Vanilla, and Pumpkin Spice, Cleveland Cold Brew Coffee does what most other cold brew coffees don’t – they add the cream making it a truly ready to drink experience! You can find her coffees at Cathy’s Creamery, Bloom Bakery, Mayfield Smoke Shop, and Coffee Phix. Ross, who received a Marketing degree from Ohio University, has a career that has spanned over 25 years in advertising, marketing, sales, and account management. She is godmother to Sade, and mom to 3 cats – Big Mama, Boy Boy and Bandit! All are welcome!

    LaunchHouse

    675 Alpha Park, Suite K · Highland Heights, OH