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Monthly Archive for October 2013

MATRIC, e4, Annual Celebration headline this month’s newsletter

Advance Sheet
November 2013

As featured in:

Daily Mail

Gazette

 

 

In this month’s Advance Sheet, the Charleston Area Alliance showcases the Energy Efficiency in the East End (e4) program and our upcoming Annual Celebration.

Also, we honor MATRIC with the “Forward to the Future” award for November and we feature George Hohmann of George Hohmann LLC as our member testimonial.

Check out all of this along with our Alliance About Town photo section, a list of our upcoming events and much, much more.

Please click HERE or click the picture below to view the latest Advance Sheet newsletter.

11-13 newsletter

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Oktoberfest Business After Hours this Thursday

EmbassySmallEmbassy Suites
Business After Hours
Thursday, Oct. 31
5-7 p.m.
Embassy Suites
300 Court Street

Don’t miss Business After Hours at the Embassy Suites this Thursday.

The hotel will host an Oktoberfest celebration with traditional German food and entertainment. The hotel will also have door prizes at the event.

For more information on the event, click here.

The event is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. The early bird rate is $15 for Alliance members and $25 for future members.

Register here

Online advance registration ends at 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Prices at the door are $25 for Alliance members and $35 for future members.

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

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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Member Market: The IT world is constantly changing, is your business protected?

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.

Panel Discussion

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Elevations Academy submitted for CLE and CE credit

ElevationsBuiltCityWe Built this City:
Imagine. Create. Lead.”
Elevations Enrichment and Leadership Academy

Wednesday, October 30
11:15 a.m.-5 p.m.
Embassy Suites

This Wednesday’s Elevations Academy is the talk of the town.

Recently, the event was featured on the front page of the business section in the Sunday Gazette-Mail. You can check out the article HERE.

There is still time to register to be a part of West Virginia’s premier professional development and networking event for women. The program has been submitted for approval for CLE and CE credit. It also includes a donation drop off for Dress for Success.

About the Program

Without her influence the state of West Virginia might not have happened. This woman, an African American slave “married” to her white owner, fought legal courageous battles to gain custody of their child after the Civil War. This group of volunteer women founded Kanawha County’s first low-income housing project.

Who are they and what lessons can they teach today’s businesswomen and community leaders is the focus of the fourth annual Elevations Academy, West Virginia’s premier professional development and networking event for women.

The half-day program will be presented by the Charleston Area Alliance Elevations Professional Women’s Network on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the Embassy Suites, from 11:15 a.m.-5 p.m. The event is expected to draw 300 young professional and executive women.

For details, click HERE.

Using the state’s 150th sesquicentennial celebration and “Imagine Charleston,” (the city of Charleston comprehensive and downtown revitalization plan), as launching pads for discussion, “We Built this City” will empower attendees to take risks, take action and take the lead to move their businesses and their community forward.

The event will be submitted for continuing education credit for CPAs, lawyers and insurance professionals.

“Our region faces unprecedented opportunity. However, we cannot fully realize these possibilities without the engagement and leadership of women at all levels and in all spheres — business, politics and in civic and community groups,” said JoEllen Zacks, senior vice president of the Charleston Area Alliance.

“Our goal is to empower attendees to take risks to fulfill their own potential and help build a stronger future for our region.”

The conference schedule:

11:15 a.m. Registration/Expo Open: Area businesses and organizations will showcase their services and products

11:45 a.m. Welcome:  Sally Smith, Bowles Rice; chair, Alliance Economic Development Committee

Luncheon served 12:15 p.m.

Opening address: Teresa Keating, Business Manufacturing Technology Director, Dow Building & Construction, Baton Rouge, La.

WHERE WE’VE BEEN

1:00 p.m.  Trailblazers and Troublemakers: Lessons Learned from WV Women Who Changed History

Moderator: Mary Jean Davis, Charleston City Council

Panelists:

  • Prof. Connie Rice, WVU Department of History
  • Virginia Rugeley, Junior League of Charleston
  • Debby Weinstein, YWCA of Charleston

WHERE WE’RE GOING

2:30-3:15 p.m. Imagining our Future: Presentation and interactive leadership exercise facilitated by Susie Salisbury, VP of Community Development, Charleston Alliance/Charleston City Council

HOW TO GET THERE

3:15-4:30 p.m.  Creating the Future: Taking Risks, Taking Action, Taking the Lead

Moderator: Alisa Bailey, Charleston Convention & Visitor Bureau

Panelists:

  • Anne Barth, TechConnect
  • Georgette George, Monarch Properties
  • Catherine Nutter, House of Luxe
  • Danielle Snidow, Uncork & Create

LET’S MAKE IT HAPPEN

4:30 p.m. A Seat at the Table: Closing Remarks by Ellen Cappellanti, Deputy Managing Partner, Jackson Kelly

4:45 p.m. Use Your Voice: Can You Hear Me Now? Crystal Good, Mixxed Media

UNCORK THE FUTURE

6:00 p.m. “Starry, Starry Charleston” premier.

Explore your creative side and enjoy wine and gourmet hors d’oeuvres at a special interactive activity at Uncork & Create, which will feature the debut of a new art project, “Starry, Starry Charleston.”

Separate registration and payment required. 

Academy registration, which includes a luncheon and breaks is $90 for Alliance members $100 for future members.

For more information, click HERE.

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 is unable to issue cancellation refunds within 48 hours of the event. Thank you.      

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Member Market: Acorn provides quality IT services

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.

Acorn Technologies Flyer

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Trailblazers and Trouble-Makers: Early bird rates end Friday

ElevationsBuiltCity“We Built this City:
Imagine. Create. Lead.”
Elevations Enrichment and Leadership Academy

Wednesday, October 30
11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Embassy Suites

Early bird rates end this Friday for the fourth annual Elevations Academy, the state’s premier professional development and networking event that will inspire women to take risks, take action and take charge to lead their businesses and their communities forward.

This year’s conference will be held Wednesday, Oct. 30 at the Embassy Suites.”We Built this City: Imagine. Create. Lead” is presented by West Virginia American Water. The event runs from 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and is followed by an optional Uncork & Create event for attendees that starts at 6 p.m. (Capacity for this activity is extremely limited.)

Using the City of Charleston’s “Imagine Charleston” comprehensive plan as a launching pad for discussion, the program will:

  • Profile trailblazing women in WV history who took risks (and maybe caused a little trouble) to advance their communities or businesses
  • Feature an interactive community development exercise
  • Present strategies for moving forward from the perspectives of the technology sector, the creative class, downtown businesses and large corporations
  • Close with a powerful call to action through formal remarks and performance art.

The event opens with a luncheon, and includes an expo where dozens of businesses and organizations that market to women will showcase their services and products. Following the Academy, attendees may participate in a special “Uncork & Create” event, which starts at 6 p.m., for an additional fee. The after-hours event includes wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres, and will be held at 1031 Quarrier Street.

Historically, some or all of the Elevations Academy has been approved for continuing education credit. This year’s agenda will be submitted for approval by the WV State Bar and WV Board of Accountancy.

The opening speaker is Mary Beth Heydrick of DOW, a business manufacturing technology leader. Based in Freeport, Texas, Heydrick will share perspectives on leadership, innovation, risk and change. DOW is the year-round title sponsor and strategic partner for all Elevations events.

 

Other confirmed speakers to date are:

  • Alisa Bailey, Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Anne Barth, TechConnect
  • Ellen Cappellanti, Jackson Kelly
  • Mary Jean Davis, Charleston City Council
  • Georgette George, Monarch Properties
  • Crystal Good, Mixxed Media
  • Cathy Nutter, House of  Luxe
  • Prof. Connie Park Rice, PhD, WVU Department of History
  • Gina Rugeley, Junior League of Charleston
  • Susie Salisbury, Charleston Area Alliance
  • Danielle Snidow, Uncork & Create
  • Deb Weinstein, YWCA of Charleston

Dress for Success will accept donations of gently used professional clothing, handbags, shoes, and jewelry and other accessories, which will help disadvantaged women transitioning into the workforce.

For the full range of sponsorship opportunities, click HERE.

Early bird individual registration is $90 for Alliance members and $100 for future members. The cost for each goes up after Friday at 5 p.m. to $100 for Alliance members and $115 for future members.

To register for the event, click HERE.

To register for the after hours Uncork & Create event, click HERE. Registration is extremely limited and restricted to Elevations Academy attendees.

A range of exclusive sponsorship opportunities is available. For more information, contact JoEllen Zacks, jzacks@charlestonareaalliance.org.

Last year’s Elevations event attracted more than 300 attendees. DOW is the title sponsor of Elevations.

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 is unable to issue cancellation refunds within 48 hours of the event. Thank you.      

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Kureha PGA receives Grand Award for product technology in Japan

Kureha’s Polyglycolic Acid Wins METI Minister’s Prize at the 5th Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Award

TOKYO, September 17, 2013– Kureha Corporation (“Kureha”) has received the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry’s Prize in the Product and Technology Development Category of the 5th Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Award for developing an environmental load-reducing, high performance biodegradable polymer, polyglycolic acid (PGA).

About the Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Award

The Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Award is an awards program recognized by the Prime Minister of Japan, which was established in 2005 with an aim to acknowledge and motivate individuals or groups of people who excel in various manufacturing (monodzukuri) fields. Award nominees include those who play key roles in today’s manufacturing and production, who have been supporting the tradition and culture of superior manufacturing skills and also who are expected to forge the future of manufacturing industries. The program has been jointly organized by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and held every two years since 2005, and took place for the fifth time this year.

Summary of Awarded Technology Development

Kureha has developed the world’s first technology to successfully mass-produce a high-performance biodegradable polymer, polyglycolic acid (PGA), which exhibits excellent mechanical strength, gas barrier properties as well as heat resistant properties. Kureha, the sole company who can steadily supply this high-molecular biodegradable polymer at an affordable price, has been actively collaborating with end users to develop applications, which led to the market development for PGA as a material used for shale gas extraction tools, medical devices and packaging.

In the award program, Kureha’s achievement was highly evaluated for the following points:

– Kureha established, with longtime prodigious efforts, the mass production technology for a new material based on innovative polymerization technology that includes ingenious use of solvents.
– Kureha PGA has been commercially adopted in the shale gas fields, leveraging its seemingly conflicting properties, high strength and biodegradability.
– Development of additional applications and lower cost production for PGA is further expected in future. Moreover, it is hoped that Kureha builds the strategic value chain for PGA, possibly including the construction of its production facility in Japan.

Editorial information:
Kureha Corporation
Public & Investor Relations Department
03-3249-4651

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Fall into ArtWalk this Thursday

ArtwalkDowntown ArtWalk
Thursday, Oct. 17
5-8 p.m.

Don’t miss Downtown ArtWalk this Thursday starting at 5 p.m.

ArtWalk, a Charleston Area Alliance program sponsored by Masters Law Firm, is a monthly event that draws hundreds of residents and visitors to downtown Charleston for a festive evening of culture and commerce.

The purpose of ArtWalk is to help revitalize downtown and to promote economic development through the arts.

Check out what’s in store for the October ArtWalk:

 

Gallery Eleven
1025 Quarrier Street

Kathy Boland will be the featured artist at Gallery Eleven for Artwalk.

Art Emporium
823 Quarrier Street

Art Emporium will feature Clayton Spangler’s new show “Charleston: Shades of Gray”. This show will feature a collection of black and white photographs of Charleston printed on metal. It will open with ArtWalk and will run through Nov. 16.

Woomer, Nistendirk & Associates
231 Capitol Street

Woomer, Nistendirk and Associates will feature artist Jennifer McGee of The Creative Fire, LLC for ArtWalk.

Tony the Tailor
822 Virginia Street

Tony the Tailor will have a Zelli shoe trunk show during October’s ArtWalk. Hand-crafted in Tuscany, Italy, Zelli produces footwear for the gentleman looking for quality and a classic styling. All shoes will be 20 percent off during this event. Tony’s guest artist will be Kelly Bryant, who will showcase special Halloween art.

Romano and Associates
230 Capitol Street

“Through the Eyes of Many” is an exhibit of the Charleston Camera Club (CCC) members at Romano’s during October ArtWalk. CCC has been providing an informal and friendly environment for photographers of all levels since 1953, which makes it the oldest camera club in West Virginia. CCC offers educational meetings, friendly competitions, exhibitions, and opportunities to photograph public events and more in order to expand the photographic knowledge of its members.

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation
9
00 Lee Street, Suite 1600

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation will feature photography by Deborah Herndon. Also featured will be artists Jeanne K. Cochran, Arthur Evans, Mykal Baisden, Adrienne Galloway and Anna “Tookie” Nibert. Also, jewelry designs by Mary Blake and musician John Ingram will be featured.

Uncork and Create
1031 Quarrier Street

Uncork & Create is the setting for the West Virginia Youth Symphony’s Artist and Sponsor reception to kickoff the ”Painted Violin Project”. Unique instruments will be on display during ArtWalk. Come enjoy wine and cheese and the first opportunity to see 11 painted violins and one cello that local artists have turned into unique, one a kind art pieces.

Chet Lowther Studio
223 Hale Street

Chet Lowther Studio will be showing new works in encaustic, acrylic, oil, and works on paper at ArtWalk.

Mission Savvy
807 Quarrier Street

For October’s ArtWalk, Mission Savvy will have the grand opening of its second location at 807 Quarrier Street. Mission Savvy invites the public to take a walk through and experience a plant based kitchen and learn about the new culinary programs they are offering.

Vision’s Day Spa
238 Capitol Street

Vision’s Day Spa will feature two artists, photographer Penny Johnson and mixed media with newsprint Ashley H. Bennett.

West Virginia State University Art Department
123 Summers Street

West Virginia State University Art Department will feature an exhibit of the works by its faculty, including Josh Martin, Nik Botkin, Paula Clendenin, Molly Erlandson, Reidun Ovrebo and Megan Shultz.

Good News Mountaineer Garage
222 Hale Street

FOOTMAD will be hosting “Contra Dancing at the ArtWalk” at Good News Mountaineer Garage. The dancing is fun and easy. All dances will be taught beforehand.

Delfine’s Jewelry
245 Capitol Street

Delfine’s Jewelry will be featuring art by Leah Towler.

Other participating venues include:

Annex Gallery and Taylor Books

Capitol Conference Center

Chet Lowther Studio

GiGi

Hope Village Fair Trade Boutique at First Presbyterian Church

House of Luxe

Ivor’s Trunk

The Purple Moon/Modern by Design

Savvy Chic

Stray Dog Antiques

Timothy’s/Quarrier Diner

White Oak Photography

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Mattress Warehouse and Alliance to host ribbon cutting Wednesday

Mattress Warehouse
Ribbon Cutting
5 p.m.
40 River Walk Mall
South Charleston

Join Mattress Warehouse and the Charleston Area Alliance for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the company’s new location at the Riverwalk Plaza in South Charleston.

Mattress Warehouse, an Alliance member, features a huge selection of mattresses for sale at over 50 mattress stores across West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky.

The event begins at 5 p.m. Free food and drinks will be provided, plus the first 50 people will receive a free gift bag. Also, guests will have a chance to win a dream vacation.

See below for more details.

Riverwalk GO2

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Member Market: AlignHR – The new face of human resources

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.

ALIGNHR e-annoucement

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