Fireside Chats - Wednesdays at 7 East Hall Lobby by the fireplace

Join us every Wednesday evening for an hour or two of stimulating conversation with local entrepreneurs!  If you have ever wondered how businesses or organizations get started, here's the chance to find out.

Each Wednesday an entrepreneur will tell their story.  Some of these entrepreneurs may be well seasoned, some may be just starting out.  Hear how they did it...what they did right...what they might do differently...and what they might do next!

Students can earn ACES points by attending!

Fireside Chats - Spring 2016 

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016

The Sweet Taste of Success! with Ethan Holmes ‘16, Founder and CEO, Holmes Mouthwatering Applesauce.
At the age of 15, inspired by a book and armed with his grandfather’s applesauce recipe, Ethan launched his dream of being an entrepreneur. Today, Holmes Mouthwatering Applesauce is currently sold at over 50 locations, including Heinens, Giant Eagle, Whole Foods and Marc’s Superstores. Holmes has been featured in Black Enterprise Magazine, The Plain Dealer, FOX 8 News, PBS, and more. Come hear how Ethan is building his applesauce empire.

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

Passion and Friends Meet in Middlefield! with Felicia Timas and Tracy Reid, Co-Owners, His Daughter.
Felicia and Tracy are two very creative friends that recently decided to combine their passions and talents to open a specialty retail store, His Daughter. His Daughter features unique and one-of-a-kind vintage décor pieces, along with Felicia’s handmade all natural soaps, lotions and essential oils. Come hear Felicia and Tracy discuss their journey from craft shows to bricks and mortar.

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016

Helping Small Businesses Grow and Succeed! with Steve Millard, President and Executive Director, COSE.
For over 40 years, COSE (Council of Smaller Enterprises) has protected and advocated for the small businesses in the region. As the region’s small business expert organization, COSE offers its members networking and educational events, advocacy on legislative and regulatory issues and cost-effective group purchasing programs. The programs and services COSE offers are designed to expand Northeast Ohio’s small business community. Come hear Steve discuss how COSE is helping small businesses grow.

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016

Star Light, Star Bright! with Kristina ’00 and Greg ’00 Dooley, Founders, Estrela Consulting. After years of working on the other side of the admission desk, Kristina realized she wanted to work individually with students to help find the right school for them. A move to Brazil in 2008 kick-started her journey and Estrela Consulting was created. Come hear Kristina and Greg talk about their journey from Hiram to entrepreneurs.

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016

Ready, Set, Accelerate! with Charles Stack, Co-Founder and CEO, Flashstarts and StartMart. Flashstarts is a business startup accelerator and venture fund and StartMart is a startup and co-working community, both founded by serial tech entrepreneur Charles Stack. Flashstarts focuses on accelerating startups with unique and innovative uses of software and technology. StartMart is a dynamic entrepreneurship hub connecting business to critical resources. Come hear more about the exciting startup opportunities right here in northeast Ohio!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Cleveland’s Favorite Writer! with Les Roberts, Author. Author of 23 novels, close to a dozen short stories, eight screenplays and countless newspaper articles and reviews, Les is most loved in Cleveland for the creation of his Slovenian detective, Milan Jacovich, the protagonist in 14 mystery novels. He began his career as an actor in Chicago, but moved to New York, where his writing began to take off, and then to Hollywood, where he began to write and produce for TV. Come hear Les discuss his journey from acting to producing to writing, how he ended up in Cleveland and the ways in which writing is a business.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Sketching Up Success! with Tricia & Rich Kaman, President and Vice President, Kaman’s Art Shoppes, Inc.
In 1965, Tricia Kaman was an art student and worked as a portrait artist during the summers at Cedar Point. In 1971, she started her own portrait stand at Geauga Lake Park, and since that time has grown a business that has locations in over thirty major theme and amusement parks throughout the United States and Canada, offering approximately 20 product lines and employing roughly 2000 people. Come hear Tricia and her husband Rich, share their story of building a unique and successful art business.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Welcome to the Good Life! with Ryan Florio, Founder and President, Inca Tea. Inca Tea’s story is that of three adventurous friends, a winding Peruvian mountain trail, 10 days, 16,000 feet, 28 degree weather and an amazing tea recipe. The experience and the magical tea concoction stayed with Ryan so strongly that in returning home to the U.S., he brought with him the dream of Inca Tea. Ryan’s Inca Tea company specializes in exclusive teas derived from an ancient Incan recipe with 1,000 years of tradition that uses antioxidant-rich purple corn. Come hear Ryan’s inspiring story.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

LOCLE Box (pronounced local) supports the trend of shopping local. Deby had a tradition of giving Ohio-made gifts to family and friends at the holidays. In Fall 2014, she decided to sell her boxes at the prompting of her daughter, Kimberly, a Nashville-based entrepreneur. Her business is about promoting local products and the incredibility talented people who make them. LOCLE Box makes it easy to send a gift of local artisan goods from Ohio to anywhere in the world, with all ordering done on-line. Come hear how Deby is promoting LOCLE and going global!

Fireside Chats - Spring 2015

  • The Business of Art! with Jack Kotz ’83, Fine-Art and Commercial Photographer (9/9/15)
  • Perception is Reality! with Donald Wayne McLeod, Founder, PERCEPTIONOLOGY, LLC (9/23/15)
  • International Business! with Joe Bica, Managing Partner, U.S. Wine Exports Company, LTD (9/30/15)
  • Brewing up Success! with John Najeway, Owner, Thirsty Dog Brewery (10/7/15)
  • Design Your Business! with RJ Thompson, Asst. Prof. Graphic & Interactive Design, YSU and Owner, Zola Design LLC (10/14/15)
  • When it Rains it Pours! with Andrew Ratcliff ’86, freelance Project Manager and Artist (10/21/15)
  • Go With Your Skills! with Betsy Juliano ‘84, Founder and CEO, Litigation Management, Inc. (10/28/15)
  • Cleveland’s Tree Doctor! with Lauren Lanphear ‘79, President, Forest City Tree Protection Company, Inc. (1/4/15)
  • Hurricane Defense with Glenn Brzuziewski, Managing Partner, Hurricane Labs (11/18/15) 

Fireside Chats - Spring 2015

  • When it's Good to be Bad! with Reka Barabas, Director, Bad Girl Venture (1/21/15)
  • What I did Last Summer! with Hiram's 2014 EIW Team (1/28/2015)
  • Ready, Set, Accelerate! with Charles Stack, co-founder and CEO, FlashStarts (2/4/15)
  • Boldly Beating the Odds! with Nichelle McCall, founder and CEO, BOLD Guidance (2/11/15)
  • Social Enterprise: Money, Mission and Making a Difference! with Kay Molkentin (2/18/15)
  • Funding Your Start-Up! with Bob Cohen, CEO, Braintree Business Development Center (2/25/15)
  • Business in a Box! with Jack Warren '86, Director of Operations, Comfort Keepers (3/4/15)
  • Training with Bioskills Professionals! with Richard Anthony '82, Ph.D., President, Device Company International LLC (3/25/15)
  • A Renegade Risks Everything to be Unforgettable! with Cathy B. Horton, serial entrepreneur (4/1/15)

Fireside Chats - Fall 2014 

  • Helping Colleges Market Internationally! with Kevin Wang, Co-Founder, Mango. (9/13/14)
  • E = R! with Thom Ruhe, Founder and President, EcDev Partners LLC. (9/10/14)
  • Innovation: Powering People Forward! with Ryan Farris, Engineering Manager, Parker Hannifin Corporation. (9/18/14)
  • Sweat, Hydrate, Pursue! with Jarred and Brandon Smith, Creators and Co-Founders, NOOMA. (9/24/14)
  • From Mom and Pop to Millionaires! with Rita Scott, President, Young Explorers Montessori (10/8/14)
  • Social Enterprise: Money, Mission and Making a Difference! with Bill Leamon, Joe DeLoss, and Alison Tanker (10/15/14)
  • Developing the Secret Sauce for Success! with Forrest Reed, Founder, R&R Specialty Foods. (10/22/14)
  • Title TBD with Toby and Melanie Maloney (10/29/14)
  • This Doc Makes House Calls! with Sharmyn Clark, DVM, Mobile Veterinary Care (11/5/14)

Fireside Chats - Spring 2014

  • Family Business is in the Bag - or is it? with Anahid Thompson, Co-founder of Noubar Bags, Ltd. (1/22/14)
  • Powering Connections! with Lev Gonick, Co-founder and CEOr, OneCommunity (1/29/14)
  • A Squeaky Clean Idea! with Dave Baiko, Founder and CEO, Shower City LLC (2/5/14)
  • Mustard: It's not Just a Condiment! with Jim '88 and Karen '89 Scher, owners, Uncle Jim's Pepper Mustard (2/12/14)
  • Hiram's Entrepreneurial President! with Thomas V. Chema, President, Hiram College (2/19/14)
  • Growing Greens by Going Green! with Tim Ryan, Co-founder, Great Lakes Growers LLC (2/26/14)
  • Driven by Passion! with Chris Hostetter, Co-owner, Titan Media Blasting (3/5/14)
  • Taking Cleveland Clinic's Expertise to Market! with Dr. Thomas Graham, Chief Innovation Officer, Cleveland Clinic Innovations (CCI) (3/26/14)
  • A Flowering Entrepreneur! with William Goldner '78, National Program Leader, USDA-NIFA, and co-owner, Woodstream Orchids (4/2/14)

Fireside Chats - Fall 2013

  • “A Brighter Idea!” with Gary Allen, Physicist, Principal Engineer, LED Innovation Team, General Electric (9/4/13)
  • Making a Difference! with Rob Nicholson, serial, social entrepreneur and Founder, Nicholson Center (9/25/13)
  • The Psychology of Management!  with Dr. Kimberly Bell, Management Psychologist, PRADCO (10/2/13)
  • It’s What You Say, Now How You Say It! with Nobby Lewandowski (10/9/13)
  • Lights, Camera, Action! with Nancy Carver Adams ’65 & Matt Starr, Co-Owners, I-CONN Video Production (10/16/13)
  • Liberal Arts for a Life Time! with Marshall Winkle ’57, retired HR Director, Ariel Corporation (10/23/13)
  •  What Color Are Your Glasses? with Mel McGee, CEO& Director of Technology, Sales Whale, President, imageNation, and Google Glass Explorer (10/30/13)
  • The Business of Healing! with Dr. John Cassidy ’76, CMO, CEO, President, Nexus Health Systems (11/6/13)

Fireside Chats - Spring 2013

  • Partnering with a Winning Brand! with Sal Baglieri, Owner/Operator, McDonald’s (1/16/13)
  • Keepin’ It Fresh! with Trevor Clatterbuck, founder, Fresh Fork Market (1/23/13)
  • A Dynamic Duo! with Halle and Benjamin Barnett, co-owners media.schmedia and mighty little (1/30/13)
  • Helping Students Achieve! with Jimmy Malone, co-host of the Lanigan & Malone Show on WMJI 105.7 FM, and founder of the Malone Scholarship Fund (2/6/13)
  • Money from a Hole in the Ground!  with Nick Barron, founder, Hole Patch, LLC (2/13/13)
  • Providing Support for Start-ups! with Jack Crews, President & CEO, Regional Economic Growth Corporation (2/20/13)
  • Revolutionizing Recycling! with Jay Schabel, CEO of RESPolyflow (3/13/13)
  • Launching Bio-Tech Spin-Outs! with Al Hawkins, Vice President of Business Development, BioMotiv LLC (3/20/13)
  • An Entrepreneur’s Day at the Beach! with Debbie Kuhn ‘86, founder girltrunks (3/27/13)

Fireside Chats - Fall 2012

  • The Business of Art! with Anthony (Tony) Mastromatteo, artist (9/5/12)
  • Mustard: It's not just a Condiment! with Jim '88 and Karen '89 Scher, Owners (9/12/12)
  • For-Profit Meets Not-For-Profit! with Jennifer Fredricks '95, President, Cancer Angel Network and Phire Branded Apparel and Graphics (9/19/12)
  • Baking Up Success! with Christina Benton '02 WEC, owner Just Pizzelles (9/26/12)
  • Spice it Up! with Sally Koepke, co-founder, Mom's Gourmet, LLC. (10/10/12)
  • Healthy Food from a Vending Machine?! with Tim Klug, co-founder, Essentially Organic Vending (10/17/12)
  • The Family Business! with James Busch '86, President, Busch Funeral Homes (10/24/12)
  • Find a Need and Fill It! with Bonnie Warren, Owner, Comfort Keepers (10/31/12)
  • Discovering Your Authentic Work! with Harriet Rubin, founder of Currency Imprint and Double Day Publishing; contributing editor for Fast Company Magazine; author; journalist; and Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow (11/7/12) 

Fireside Chats - Spring 2012

  • Acting Intrapreneurially! with Erik Weyls, President, Coventya, Inc. (1/18/12)
  • Applying 21st Century Technology to a Centuries-Old Process! With Tom Lix, CEO, Cleveland Whiskey (1/25/12) 
  • A Family E-Affair! with Bill Moss ’79, President, Towpath Polymers and David Moss, Founder, MossMedia (2/1/12)
  • Hatching Great Ideas! With Jim Cossler, Chief Evangelist, Youngstown Business Incubator, John Dearborn, President, JumpStart Inc., and Dar Caldwell, Founder and managing Partner, Shaker LaunchHouse (2/8/12) 
  • The Internship Queen! with Lauren Berger, CEO of Intern Queen Inc. and National College Speaker (2/15/12)
  • The Power of Love! with Alka Subramanian, Founder, Power of Love Foundation (2/22/12)
  • Success= Integrity + Connecting the Dots! with Dr. Fujita, Founder, President and CEO, Quality Electrodynamics LLC (QED) (2/29/12) 
  • Focused on Success! with Lisa Orlandi, Founder and President of Focus Design Technologies (3/14/12)
  • Building a Bio-Enterprise in Northeast Ohio! with Jon Snyder, President and CEO, Neuros Medical (3/21/12)

Fireside Chats - Fall 2011

  • Sweet Entrepreneurship! with Joel Fink, owner, Fantasy Candy (9/7/11)
  • Envisioning Success! with Tony Manna, President, Signet Enterprises (9/14/11)
  • Manufacturing in a Global Economy! with Michael Canty, CEO, President and Chairman of Alloy Bellows (9/21/11)
  • Food, Glorious Food! with Anne Hayman '88, chef and owner, On the Spot Gourmet (9/28/11)
  • A Business Born of Necessity! with Kimberlee Ullner, Founder, President, 1-2-3 Gluten Free (10/5/11)
  • Take Note! with Art Geigel '05, President and Founder, Ground Booth Software, Inc. (10/12/11)
  • From Hiram College to Silicon Valley! with Jim Waschura '83, President and Founder, SyntheSys Research, Inc. (10/19/11)
  • The Art of the Merger! with Doug Grimm '84, Chairman, President & CEO, Grede Holdings LLC. (10/26/11)
  • The Art of Publishing! with Molly McQuade (11/9/11)
  • Collaborating to be Green! with Bud Perry and Robert Stockham, Principals of Great Lakes Design (11/16/11)

Fireside Chats - Spring 2011

  • The Business of Art! with Clayton Pond (1/19/2011)
  • International Entrepreneur! with Isaac Yomtovian (1/26/2011)
  • The Art of the Merger! with Doug Grimm '84, Chairman, President & CEO, Grede Holdings LLC (2/2/2011)
  • GREENnPower! with Aaron LeMieux, Founder & CEO, Tremont Electric (2/9/2011)
  • Exit Strategy! with Kipp Krukowski, Owner & President, Confidential Business Sales, Inc. (2/16/2011)
  • On the Move with Mobile Food! with Chris Hodgson and Jeremy Esterly, owners, Dim and Den Sum Food Truck (2/23/2011) From Nurse to CEO! with Sandra Maddock, CEO & President, IMARC Research (3/16/2011) A Non-Profit Acting Entrepreneurially! with Dennis Allen, CEO, Hattie Larlham (3/23/2011) Measure 'Em Up! with Alex Neals, President, MeasureMeUp! (3/30/2011) A Lifestyle Brand of Doing Well While Doing Good! with Sharie Renee, Creator and President, Cosmic Bobbins (4/6/11)
  • Fireside Chats - Fall 2010
  • Mustard, It's Not Just a Condiment! with Jim '88 and Karen '89 Scher, Owners (9/8/10)
  • Acting Intrapreneurially! with Erik Weyls, President, Coventya, Inc. (9/15/10)
  • Global E-Commerce! with Michael Keresman III, CEO, President and Chairman of CardinalCommerce Corporation (9/22/10)
  • Risky Business! with Steve Osborn, President, Trilogy Plastics (9/29/10)
  • Imagine "What If...! with Jennifer Miller '01, Founder, President, Mission Savvy (10/6/10) Supporting New Business in Northeast Ohio! with Dennis Cocco & Cliff Reynolds, Co-Directors, GLIDE and the Innovation Fund (10/13/10)
  • When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Goat Cheese! Part II, with Jean Mackenzie, founder of Mackenzie Creamery (10/20/10)
  • Building a Bio-Enterprise in Northeast Ohio! with Jon Snyder, President and CEO, Neuros Medical (10/27/10)
  • Building the Future, One Venture at a Time! with Bill Recker, Hiram Trustee and Founder, IronBridge Partners (11/10/10)
  • On the Cutting Edge in Garrettsville! with Bill Whittenberger, President Catacel (11/17/10)
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