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Announcing the 2018 Speaker Series

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Join us for this exciting and unique series of presentations, featuring some of the region’s most interesting speakers and topics.

20 Questions with the Big Cheese
Luncheon with Matt Fish, Owner of Melt Bar & Grilled.
Matt Fish is the local boy who made it big! His first Melt Bar and Grilled opened in Lakewood in 2006, and was busy from day one, with lines around the block, lengthy waits for a table, and insanely positive buzz. Soon, there was a second Melt location. Then a third. Now, with double-digit locations, Melt Bar and Grilled remains true to Matt’s vision and passion for awesome grilled cheese and gourmet comfort foods. He’s a musician, chef, Food Network celebrity and savvy entrepreneur.  Join us as we sit down with Matt Fish and try to decipher his success in 20 questions.
Friday, January 26, 2018
The Clifton Club, 17884 Lake Road, Lakewood.
11:30am
Cost: $20/members, $25/non-members
Save $10 by purchasing the entire 2018 Speaker Series by January 26, 2018.
Purchase 3 out of 4 of the 2018 Speaker Series for $55 members/$65 non-members.
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Heroin, Fentanyl, Carfentanil: The Triple Threat on Our Doorstep
Luncheon featuring a panel discussion on the opiate crisis and what it means for employers. Hosted by the Cleveland Clinic Lakewood.
Friday, April 13, 2018
The Clifton Club, 17884 Lake Road, Lakewood.
11:30am
Cost: $20/members, $25/non-members
Purchase 3 out of 4 of the 2018 Speaker Series for $55 members/$65 non-members.
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The Booze Business & Bartending Basics
Happy Hour event featuring a discussion with Kevin & Ann Thomas, owners of Western Reserve Distillers, Lakewood’s first liqour distillery. Following the discussion, we’ll have fun learning some bartending basics and mixing cocktails with liquor distilled on the premises.
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Western Reserve Distillers, 14221 Madison Avenue, Lakewood
6-8pm
Cost: $20/members, $25/non-members
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Developing Downtown Lakewood: Teaming Up for Success
Luncheon featuring a panel discussion on major downtown development projects. Moderated by Bryce Sylvester, Planning & Development Director for the City of Lakewood.
The best cities in the world are able to continuously be reinvented, and Lakewood has historically welcomed this approach. The downtown Lakewood district has experienced consistent development for nearly a decade, and plans to see additional major investment over the course of the next 5 years. Hear from representatives from the Carnegie Group, the Lakewood Family Health Center, LakewoodAlive and current Lakewood merchants as they discuss the future of our downtown.
Panel discussion, moderated by Bryce Sylvester, Planning & Development Director for the City of Lakewood
Friday, October 19, 2018
Masonic Temple, 15300 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood. Catered by Brennan’s Catering & Banquet Center.
11:30am
Cost: $20/members, $25/non-members
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Thank you to our 2018 Speaker Series sponsors: