Please plan to attend the Chamber's Oct. 13 monthly meeting, as Nordonia Schools Superintendent Dr. Joe Clark will give the annual State of the Schools presentation, along with Superintendent Dr. Celina Roebuck, who will discuss happenings at the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center. This meeting is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. at Spennato's Italian Ristorante & Pizzeria in Northfield Village. Admission, which includes lunch, is $15 for Chamber members, $20 for all others. Please RSVP to the Chamber Office 330-467-8956. This meeting is open to the public.

Employers! Are you looking for ways to increase employee retention and/or improve your benefit package? Allstate Benefits are available at no cost to the employer. Plus, these programs will actually reduce your payroll taxes. These benefits are currently being used by major retailers such as Costco, Home Depot and Lowe's because they are the best programs on the market. Now your business -- no matter how big or small -- can provide these amazing benefits to your employees. Join us at the Lunch & Learn at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 19 at the Golden Corral Macedonia to learn more. This information is presented by Kristen Medcalf Monroe, Allstate Insurance -- 330-468-0800,;

Come, eat and compete! The Chamber is hosting an After Hours Pie Party at the Chamber Office on Thursday, Oct. 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. Anyone wanting to contribute a pie should call Chairperson Marilyn Knapp-Walko (Mary Kay Beauty) at 330-748-4319. This event is sponsored in part by Anthem. The winning pie (and pie-maker) will be promoted in the News Leader, Chamber website and social media. All area business people are invited to join us in the judging and casual networking. Pie, wine, coffee, making new contacts -- a perfect fall evening.

It's time again to show the LOVE! Reserve Tuesday, Dec. 6 for the Nordonia Hills Chamber Friends & Family Holiday Party. The community is invited (adults only please). This year the fun will be from 5 to 8 p.m,. at the Greenwood Village Community Center in Sagamore Hills. Admission is $5 plus five non-perishable foods.

Pick-a-Prize raffle items are now being collected in the Chamber Office. Please call regarding sponsorships (from $25 to $250 is suggested) and donations. For more information, see

I know the economy is still slow, but this is the time to open your hearts to others whose need is greater. The Chamber Holiday Party supports the Emergency Assistance Center that feeds hungry people right here in Nordonia Hills. Please plan to attend our holiday party, and bring your co-workers.