Cost Saving Strategies for Small Business
Panel Discussion, moderated by Steve Meka

As a small business owner, you know that costs have skyrocketed lately! Whether you’ve been in business for a long time or just getting started, there are some concrete strategies to control costs and gain efficiencies to help stretch your dollars and protect your bottom line.

Learn how to save money on everyday business essentials such as payroll processing, energy costs, workman’s comp, health insurance, credit card processing, shipping and freight, prescription programs, office and breakroom supplies, software, waste and much more!

Moderated by Steve Meka, owner of STEM Handmade Soap, you’ll hear directly from:

Key Topics

  • Learn what types of cost savings programs exist that small businesses can easily access.
  • Get tips on best practices for vetting cost savings opportunities.
  • Determine if a cost savings program is worth the small investment of time to make a significant difference.
  • Find out how to leverage your cost savings to help your bottom line.
  • Hear about actual companies that have realized significant savings.
  • Gain knowledge about programs that you can offer as employee benefits.

Getting the right information can be daunting. That’s why we’ve assembled a panel of experts to help Lakewood business owners. Join us for an engaging FREE session where experts share insights on the cost savings programs that can make a difference to your business.

Event Details
📅 Date: June 11, 2024
🕗 Registration: 8:45am
🕗 Panel Discussion: 9:00am-10:00am
🕗 Direct Q/A: 10:00am-10:30am
📍 Location: Lakewood Public Library – Multipurpose Room at 15425 Detroit Ave.Lakewood, OH 44107


Panel Participants

Moderator: Steve Meka, Owner of STEM Handmade Soap

Chris Fedor
President, Schooley Mitchell
Chris Fedor, President of Schooley Mitchell, brings over 25 years of IT consulting experience to the table, focusing on optimizing operations and reducing costs for clients. Partnering with the Cost Reduction Company, Chris specializes in lowering overhead expenses such as energy, facility supplies, merchant services, shipping, and software as a service. Through meticulous invoice analysis and strategic vendor negotiations, he consistently delivers substantial bottom-line improvements, typically ranging from 7-10%. Chris’s dedication to client success is underscored by the company’s fee structure, where clients only pay based on actual savings realized. Residing in Lakewood, Ohio, with his wife Debbie, who is also a partner in the Cost Reduction Company, Chris seamlessly integrates his professional expertise with family life, raising five children aged 24 to 39. His commitment, expertise, and family-centered values make him an invaluable asset to businesses seeking to enhance efficiency and reduce costs.

Darlene Shutovich
Health and Life Insurance Broker, USA Benefits Group
Darlene Shutovich is a dedicated Health and Life Insurance Broker at USA Benefits Group, renowned for her ability to connect with clients and tailor insurance solutions to fit their unique needs. Her expertise helps small businesses and entrepreneurs find optimal health and life insurance options, rescuing them from plans that fail to align with their lifestyle or budget. Darlene’s passion lies in educating clients about their current plans and informing them of better possibilities, ensuring they make well-informed decisions.

Lauren Small
CEO & President, Lakewood Chamber of Commerce
Lauren Small recently took on the role of CEO & President at the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, leveraging over 15 years of collaborative marketing and brand management expertise to initiate a process of revitalization. In her approximately one-year tenure, she has been instrumental in steering the Chamber towards a positive trajectory, with a focus on enhancing member attraction, retention, and service quality. Under her leadership, the Chamber is experiencing momentum, with efforts underway to provide small businesses with a robust array of benefits and resources. Through strategic collaboration with the Chamber’s Board of Directors, Lauren is actively engaged in shaping the organization’s direction towards greater support for local economic growth and success. As a panelist, she will share insights into the ongoing revitalization efforts and discuss the evolving benefits available to small business owners through the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce.

Don’t miss out on finding out about cost savings programs that can make a difference to your business. Get your FREE ticket.

Additional questions? Contact Lauren Small at the Chamber:

This educational series is presented by The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and The City of Lakewood