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City National Bank’s block party returns May 10

City National Bank
Business After Hours
Thursday, May 10
5-8 p.m. 10 Hale Street

The annual block party known as the City National Bank Business After Hours will be held Thursday, May 10.

Business After Hours events are fantastic opportunities to network and meet the region’s leaders in a relaxed setting, all while enjoying food, drinks and entertainment.

This month’s event will feature food and drinks both indoors and outdoors. Summit Conference Center will provide catering. Also, former NFL players Carl Lee and Dennis Harrah will be on hand.

Click HERE to register for the event.

The cost for BAH is $15 for Alliance members and $25 for future members who register early online. Online registration ends at noon on May 10.

Prices at the door are $25 for Alliance members and $35 for future members.

The Alliance will be able to invoice only for groups of 10 or more. Contact Deb Coffman at DCoffman@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org for more information.

The Alliance cannot issue cancellation refunds within 48 hours of the event. Thank you.

 

 

 

 

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Member Market: Solutions To Help Manage Benefits Costs

Member Market: By Alliance Members for Alliance Members  

This “Member Market” is a paid announcement sent by the Alliance on behalf of a member to business and community leaders and young professionals.

 

 

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Early bird rates end today at 5 p.m. for Annual Celebration

Register now and get the early bird special for the 2012 Charleston Area Alliance Annual Celebration. The event will be held Tuesday, May 8, at the West Virginia Culture Center at the State Capitol.

The event will feature keynote speaker Greg Babe, president and CEO of Bayer Corporation. Bayer is one of the nation’s largest chemical and pharmaceutical companies. It’s also a major player in the state’s chemical industry.

Babe, who is retiring on June 30, is a 36-year veteran of Bayer. He has been president and CEO since October 2008. A native of New Martinsville, W.Va, Babe received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University in 1980.

Presented by title sponsor Jackson Kelly PLLC, the Annual Celebration will feature an engaging, fast-paced presentation, including remarks by Babe and a salute to the 2012 College Summit scholarship recipients and Leadership Kanawha Valley graduates.

The formal program will followed by a spectacular reception in the stunning lobby of the Culture Center. A VIP invitation-only reception for event sponsors will kick off the evening’s festivities. The full schedule includes:   VIP Sponsor Reception (invitation only):  4:00-5:00 p.m. Annual Celebration Formal Program: 5:00-6:15 p.m. Gala Reception:  6:15-8:00 p.m.   Tickets are $150 Alliance members/$200 future members through today at 5 p.m. Prices increase to $200 Alliance members/$250 future members after today.

Click here to register.

Sponsorships, which include an extensive package of recognition opportunities, also are available. For sponsorship information, contact Leigh Anne Strickland, lstrickland@charlestonareaalliance.org.

The state’s chemical industry, which includes Bayer, is an economic powerhouse. Chemistry companies in West Virginia directly employ 9,576 people and indirectly contribute 48,010 jobs to the economy, according to the American Chemistry Council. For every chemical industry job in West Virginia, an additional 4.2 jobs are created within the state’s economy. “The Annual Celebration, the Alliance’s largest fundraiser of the year, is your opportunity to share in the pride for the Kanawha Valley and sustain the Alliance’s vital work in creating jobs, enhancing our community and investing in people,” said Alliance President/CEO Matt Ballard.

“We invite you to join the more than 500 business and community leaders who will attend for this business event of the year. With your participation, we will truly have something to ‘celebrate’ on May 8 – and beyond,” Ballard said.

We are unable to invoice for groups with fewer than 10 or issue refunds for cancellations received less than 48 hours prior to the event. Thank you.

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Job Posting: Operations Manager with General Corporation

Position: Operations Manager
Company: General Corporation
Website: www.GeneralCorporation.com
Salary: Negotiable
Benefits: Full benefits
Location: Charleston, WV
Job Description:
Real Estate:
1. Project management
2. Employee management (maintenance staff)
3. Supervise property maintenance
Natural Gas:
1. Manage natural gas contractor and gas operations
2. Royalty and severance tax payments
3. Manage pipeline projects and well production
4. Regulatory compliance and reporting.

Job Requirements: No prior real estate or natural gas experience needed. Ability to multi-task and problem solve.

To Apply: Send resume and salary requirements to General Corporation, P.O. Box 6190, Charleston, WV 25362

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Ernst & Young named one of ‘The Best Accounting Firms to Work For”

The Charleston Area Alliance is proud to report that Alliance member, Ernst & Young, has been named one of “The Best Accounting Firms to Work For” according to Forbes Magazine. Ernst & Young is a proud sponsor of the Alliance’s “inclusion=innovation” initiative.

To read the Forbes piece, click HERE

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Strengthen your skills in PowerPoint on April 25

DigiTools: Microsoft PowerPoint (Now At Reduced Rates)
Wednesday, April 25 and Wednesday May 2
9 a.m. – Noon
Charleston Area Alliance
1116 Smith St.

Sign up today for Microsoft PowerPoint training.

DigiTools is a partnership between the Charleston Area Alliance and Bridgemont Community and Technical College to offer training on Microsoft and Adobe Software.

This next session will focus on PowerPoint, a popular commercial presentation program from Microsoft.

The session, which includes two classes, will be held Wednesday, April 25 and May 2 from 9 a.m. to noon. at the Charleston Area Alliance offices on 1116 Smith Street.

To register for the PowerPoint training, please click the link below.

Register Here.

Tools that will be learned during the PowerPoint session include:   • creating a presentation • formating text on slides • adding graphic objects • adding tables and charts • adding multimedia elements • adding special effects   And much more!

The classes are only open to the first 13 individuals who sign up. The cost is $40 for Alliance members and $65 for future Alliance members.

Future sessions in Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Word will be available for registration in the coming weeks.

If you’re a business professional or an individual interested in sharpening your computer skills, sign up and take the PowerPoint session.

For more information, contact Matthew Thompson at mthompson@charlestonareaalliance.org or at 304-340-4253.

The Alliance cannot invoice for groups of fewer than 10 and is unable to issue refunds for cancellations received less than 48 prior to an event.

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Lights, camera, action at the next SUCCESStrategies event April 25

SUCCESStrategies:
‘Producing and directing our own blockbuster’
Wednesday, April 25
Noon – 1:15 p.m.
DigiSo
1506 Kanawha Blvd. West

If you’re curious what a green screen, “The Colbert Report” and Vision 2030 all have in common, the next SUCCESStrategies event is right up your alley.

Economic development and Vision 2030 updates are on tap for this multimedia-themed SUCCESStrategies luncheon, which will be held Wednesday, April 25.

The luncheon will take place at DigiSo, a new digital arts production studio located on Charleston’s West Side. The studio was recently featured in a Charleston Gazette story, which you can read HERE.

Playing on the digital theme of the location, guests will learn how Vision 2030 intersects with digital media, past and present.

The event’s speakers will be some of the key senior business executives and community leaders who are leading the Vision 2030 task force working groups.

Speakers for the SUCCESStrategies session include:

• Steve Dexter (CEO, Thomas Health Systems)
• Steve Hedrick (Site Leader, Bayer CropScience)
• Tania Hotmer (External Affairs, AEP)
• Kevin DiGregorio (Executive Director, Chemical Alliance Zone)
• Patrick Crane (Policy Specialist, Higher Education Policy Commission)
• Matt Ballard, Drew Dunlap and Cullen Naumoff (Charleston Area Alliance)

Individual registrations are $25 Alliance members/$35 future members. Prices go up $10 each after April 20 at 5 p.m..

To register for the event, click HERE.

SUCCESStrategies is a professional development initiative of the Alliance and Dixon Hughes Goodman.

The Alliance will be able to invoice only for groups of 10 or more. Contact Deb Coffman at DCoffman@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org for more information.

The Alliance cannot issue cancelation refunds within 48 hours of the event. Thank you.

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Swoosh on down to Business After Hours on April 26

Snowshoe Mountain
Business After Hours
Thursday, April 26
5-7 p.m.
Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences

Sign up today for Snowshoe Mountain Business After Hours.

The popular Pocahontas County ski resort is traveling west to host the festivities April 26 at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences.

The resort has rented out the Clay Center’s Intermezzo Cafe and Gizmo Factory, so that guests can enjoy those featured parts of the museum.

Business After Hours events are fantastic opportunities to network and meet the region’s leaders in a relaxed setting, all while enjoying food, drinks and entertainment.

Click here to register for the event.

The cost for BAH is $15 for Alliance members and $25 for future members who register early online. Online registration ends at noon on April 26.

Prices at the door are $25 for Alliance members and $35 for future members.

The Alliance will be able to invoice only for groups of 10 or more. Contact Deb Coffman at DCoffman@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org for more information.

The Alliance cannot issue cancellation refunds within 48 hours of the event. Thank you.

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Time is running out to register for this Thursday’s Elevations luncheon

Elevations Professional Women’s Network Luncheon
Thursday, April 19
Charleston Civic Center

11:45 a.m.-Noon: Informal Networking (Optional)

Noon-1:15 p.m.: Program

Time is running to register Elevations: Professional Women’s Network Luncheon this Thursday, April 19. Online registration ends at 5 p.m. tomorrow.

The next event in this exciting series will feature Alisa Bailey, the new head of the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).

The event will be held this Thursday, April 19 starting at 11:45 a.m. at the Charleston Civic Center.

Bailey, the incoming president and CEO of the city’s CVB, will be the featured speaker. She is a Charleston native and former head of the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC).

Tickets for this special event are $40 for Alliance members/$50 future members.

Click HERE to register. Online registration ends at 5 p.m. tomorrow.

Sign up now to learn all the exciting things on tap for the city at the next Elevations: Professional Women’s Network Luncheon.

The mission of the 1,700-member Elevations Professional Women’s Network is to “enrich, empower and elevate women to achieve success.” Through luncheons and other events featuring high-profile speakers, Elevations provides an affirmative network that connects professional women with the information, resources and contacts that helps them, their businesses and their communities succeed.

Elevations is presented by the Charleston Area Alliance and Title Sponsor Dow.

We are unable to invoice for groups with fewer than 10 or issue refunds for cancellations received less than 48 hours prior to the event. Thank you.

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The 10th Anniversary season of Downtown ArtWalk continues this Thursday

Downtown ArtWalk
Thursday, April 19
5-8 p.m.

In 2012, the Downtown Charleston ArtWalk will be celebrating 10 years as the Capitol City’s premiere art event. This season promises to be even bigger, better and more exciting than before.

The April 19th edition ArtWalk will add two new venues: Delfine’s Jewelry and the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation.

Check out what’s in store for Thursday’s ArtWalk.

The Purple Moon 9
06 Quarrier Street

The Purple Moon is pleased to host members of the West Virginia Allied Artists for a group show. In addition to the Allied Artists, also featured will be works by other national, regional and local artists and, of course, a plethora of mid-20th Century design.

Art Emporium
823 Quarrier Street

Art Emporium will be featuring “Friends Among the Hills,” a showing of paintings by Emily Roles and wire jewelry by Sue Chase. Sue and Emily are long time friends and always West Virginians.

Emily’s acrylic paintings on paper feature a variety of colorful West Virginia landscapes, and Sue combines beads with wire in her designs to make one of a kind rings, bracelets, earrings and necklaces.

Chet Lowther Studio
223 Hale Street

Chet Lowther will be showing new works in encaustic, oil, and acrylic for the April ArtWalk.

Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation
900 Lee Street, Suite 1600 (A new addition to ArtWalk)

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation features 29 limited edition pieces of Deborah Herndon’s work ranging from photographs of French and Spanish architectural details and urban landscape (including “French Kiss Knocker,” finalist in the 67th Allied Artists Juried Competition) to one of Herndon’s more recent pieces, “Orchestra Hall, Violin Blue,” a metallic photography print/raised paint tracing on cardboard overlay.

Michelle Krompecher of White Oak Photography will showcase an exhibition of select images from her most recent travels, observations, and experiences. The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation is a new venue for ArtWalk beginning in April. It’s located at the Huntington Bank Building.

Gallery Eleven
1033 Quarrier Street

Gallery Eleven is pleased to feature artist Kathy Boland with her exhibit “Grand Dames of Charleston, WV” for the April ArtWalk. The exhibit will be open through April 30. Gallery Eleven is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Good News Mountaineer Garage
221 1/2 Hale Street

Good News Mountaineer Garage Gallery will feature art from students at Mountaineer Montessori School for this month’s ArtWalk. The fourth, fifth and six grade art students at the school have spent the last two months creating woodblock prints, drawings, mosaics, paintings and sculpture depicting the tragic deaths of miners at the historic Hawks Nest Tunnel.

The student’s work will be for sale and the proceeds will go to an educational component of the Hawks Nest Tunnel Project.

Taylor Books
226 Capitol Street

Featured for the April ArtWalk at Taylor Books’ Annex Gallery are an assortment of assemblage and mixed media work from Robert Villamagna. Villamagna works in assemblage, lithographed tin, paper collage, and mixed-media.His work has been exhibited at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Andy Warhol Museum, the Mattress Factory, ARC Gallery (Chicago), Erie Art Museum, among others.  Three of Villamagna’s works are in the State of West Virginia permanent collection.

Blacksmith artist Jeff Fetty will be appearing in the gallery with a collection of his work and celebrating the publication of a new book featuring his metal designs. Metal Design International 2012 gathers eight metal designers from around the world each year to participate in its publication. Fetty is only the second American to receive this great recognition.

Jon Salo of Charleston will have some new mixed media sculptures on display.

House of Luxe
817 Quarrier Street

House of Luxe will feature brightly colored resin and crystal rings and earrings by “Angelique de Paris.” Also featured is crystal jewelry by Deborah Grivas and Balinese jewelry designs by Anna Beck.

Romano and Associates
230 Capitol Street, Suite 200

Romano and Associates will feature a solo exhibition from Ian Bode. “The Passenger,” the simple figure you will see in nearly every piece of Ian Bode’s work, is a resident of the town of Chuckburgh, which is a nod to Charleston, WV, the town that Ian grew up in and currently resides.

Inspired by artists such as Charles Schultz, Sergio Aragones (Mad Magazine), Gary Larson, Keith Haring and Rene Magritte, Ian uses a “less is more” style for “The Passenger,” which allows the surroundings of each panel to convey the intended thoughts or feelings.

In his work, Ian examines the song lyrics, movies, and books that are part of our culture, along with overheard conversations and his own thoughts. More recently Ian has begun picking up the paint brush again, something he had not done outside of art class since the late 1990’s. Some of these paintings are collaborations with his friend and fellow “Chuckburgh” artist, Dave Thomas.

The Charleston Ballet
100 Capitol Street

Visit the Charleston Ballet Downtown Dance Studios during the April. Register for a free drawing for our SURPRISE GRAB BAG filled with various gift items valued at $175+. Watch dancers as they prepare for upcoming performances. Meet photographer KD Lett and view his new series of dancer portraits and videos.

Stray Dog Antiques
219 Hale Street

Kept. – an exhibition of portraits of people and their pets, curated by Stray Dog Antiques, will be featured during the April Artwalk.This exhibition features portraits of people and pets, by untrained and folk artists. Ranging from charming to cheesy, this collection will be on display through May. Join us for Artwalk and stroll through our three floors of unique treasures.

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