Testimonial The Nordonia Chamber is a great way to meet new people, get great ideas on how to work your business, and is a great support system. It is especially helpful to me because I have never been in sales before and I needed help with various challenges associated with that.

Damsel in Defense

I would not be where I am today if it hadn’t been for the NHCOC. The Women in Business group was and is a wonderful group of women who have resources that are invaluable to those starting a small business. I picked their brains and listened to their suggestions and resolutions to problems they experienced in their own businesses. Laura is a wealth of information and was intrumental is guiding me to be sure I had everything I needed to make my business a success. The abililty to advertise weekly through the chamber, for free, was the best way to start to get my business in front of people in the area.

It didn’t hurt that I was nominated Small Business of the Year for 2016! I must be doing something right that the organization recognized me and the store. I can only say that without them, I would not be where I am today. Well into my second year and going strong. Join the groups you can and listen, ask questions and do what is best for your business. Large or small, it all works. Give to the community and it will give back to you! Best chamber around! Jeannine Hausch, Long Tail Knits

Long Tail Knits

I have been a member of the Nordonia Hills. Chamber of Commerce since 2000. I remember the day I signed the papers. Coincidentally, it was at the Expo! The first official event that I attended as a member was a Business After Hours at Patio Enclosures. I had a great time and met a lot of people. In the past I traveled from business to business to hand out my business cards. I was always looking and searching for Gold. Now, I simply go to a Chamber event with a pocket full of business cards, walk around and talk with people. After the meetings I leave with a pocket full of their business cards, all prospective clients to who I can send proposals. I currently have over 20 clients in the Chamber and more coming!

But I do not just work for these people; I get referrals. Jim Daniel’s at Graphic Traffic may need a web designer, but i was happy to hear that a friend did! Sal Saracusa at The UPS Store in Sagamore Hills passed my name on to a friend as well. And so it goes!

Another great benefit of Chamber membership is that when I need a product of service, I know where to look first. My business and my family have used the services of Jackson Heating and cooling, Brentwood Health and Care Center, Hageman Pest Control, Nancy Trube of REMAX/Premiere Properties and many others. It is more reassuring for me to use the CHamber list than to pick a name from the Yellow Pages. And i often get a discount! (I always ask!)

But the best thing I enjoy (besides the bottom line) is the circle of friends that I have acquired along the way. It is great to go to any community event and see so many friends all in one place. I now consider the Nordonia Hills Chamber of Commerce the Gold that I was searching for.

Submitted by Julie D’Aloiso, NordoniaHills.news

In July 2003, I had a “mental breakdown” and decided to become an Entrepreneur. Obviously the things i needed to get my business going were customers. Seeing that we design was something that I offered, I figured that was a good place to start. Then i started making cold calls, something I thoroughly hate. I had some success with it, but I would much rather roll around in fiberglass insulation in my bathing suit. Through these efforts I gained a few clients, but it wasn’t good enough to fee the family yet. A number of friends and clients suggested that I check into the Chamber membership; I eventually decided to join. Although it was a couple of months before i got my first client as a result of that membership, as of this writing, I have made back my original investment over 10 fold.

Business is about trust and relationships. Just joined the Chamber and going to a few events did not bring me the clients that I was looking for. I made a point of not only going to events (After Hours, Coffee & Contacts, etc.) but i made a point of developing relationships. Through this networking, I have gained current and potential clients, and through the relationships I have built, I have received a number of referrals that have turned into solid business, including a very strong long-term client.

I have also received encouragement and advice on being a businessman. there are a lot of quality people in this community who are more than willing to help and who want to see you succeed – even some whom I would consider my competition.

Success doesn’t come without effort. It doesn’t happen over night. It takes work and an investment of time on your part to build those relationships and to gain that trust. Just joining the Chamber is not enough. The Chamber provides you with a vehicle to grow your business. You still have to get in and drive. In the end, the Chamber has been tremendous for both my business and for me as a person.

Submitted by Allan Wrona, Elkons IT Consulting