Rock Hall, KeyBank Announce Free Admission for Clevelanders

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and KeyBank has announced details about the Rock Hall’s $10-million historic gift from the KeyBank Foundation, revealing a new “CLE VIP” program with free admission to the Museum for Clevelanders. City of Cleveland residents can now receive free walk-up admission. 

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson joined Greg Harris, Rock Hall CEO, Beth Mooney, KeyCorp chairman and CEO and former GCP board chair and current board member, and Chris Connor, Rock Hall board chairman were on hand for the special announcement prior to a ribbon-cutting and performance by Montage, 2018 Tri-C High School Rock Off Winners. 

The Rock Hall’s recent $10-million grant from the KeyBank Foundation is the largest philanthropic commitment in the museum’s history. The contribution supports the CLE VIP program and includes naming of the Hall of Fame gallery, which recently underwent a major renovation and was dedicated during this year’s Induction Celebrations. 

The Rock Hall generated $2 billion for the Northeast Ohio region since opening in 1995. In 2017, the Rock Hall made a $199-million economic impact on northeast Ohio and generated 1,800 jobs. More than 300,000 local school children have participated in the Rock Hall’s education programs and 5,000 plus Head Start students have participated in Toddler Rock music therapy programs. The Rock Hall has welcomed nearly 12 million guests to Cleveland since opening and over $10 million in ticket tax revenue has gone directly to Cleveland schools. 

Residents of Cleveland must show proof of residency such as a driver’s license or state ID at the Rock Hall box office to redeem a CLE VIP ticket and a voucher for one free fountain drink. Children under 18 residing in Cleveland may gain entrance with their guardians. 

Click here to learn more about the program.



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    When it comes to marketing, sharing content is the key to success. Google is always scouring the Internet for current and relevant content, and it is more likely to favor the websites and organizations that are providing it by placing them higher in search engine rankin

    When it comes to marketing, sharing content is the key to success. Google is always scouring the Internet for current and relevant content, and it is more likely to favor the websites and organizations that are providing it by placing them higher in search engine rankings.

    Despite the immense rewards, a lot of people struggle with content sharing. They think that 1.) They can’t write and 2.) No one cares to read about your industry and expertise. Both are untrue.

    Let’s start with the second item. People do not understand the ins and outs of your industry the way you do. And they don’t have time to seek out proper sources and absorb the information they may need when the time comes. So, it’s time for you to get over the idea that everyone knows about your industry and won't be interested in what you have to say. You have the ability to help people make informative decisions by sharing your knowledge and expertise.  And THAT is really valuable.

    So, when it comes time to write, consider two things.

    1. What do you know that they don’t?

    When you think about your industry, take a moment and write down 3-5 topics that you can write intelligently about. A great place to start is by considering the questions your clients ask you. Their questions and your answers are great topics for you to write about. It’s helpful information.

    2. Who do you follow in your industry?

    The other experts and gurus in your industry are likely sharing information that could be of value to your contacts, too. Your fellow industry experts would likely love to have you share their articles with your audience, and they can give you some additional credibility. 

    Getting Started

    Now let’s spend some time on the notion that you can’t write. Sure you can!  However, if you don’t enjoy writing or have the time for it, you can create a video. Video is huge these days. And the best videos are short – only 1 to 1.5 minutes. Even a 30 second video can be good. 

    After you have determined the topics you can write about, pick a couple, get in front of a camera and shoot a video. You can do this easily on your phone. It doesn’t have to be studio quality – it just has to convey a valuable message. If you don’t want your face in front of the camera, narrate a Powerpoint or record an audio file to share.

    In addition, there are plenty of freelance writers out there who are happy to learn about your industry and help you get your message out there. There are no barriers to entry once you decide to share your wealth of expertise.

    Remember, once sharing interesting content related to your industry becomes a part of your marketing strategy, you must distribute it through your available channels and be consistent. You don’t need to create something brand new every day, but you should carve out time each week to create the list of items you could write, speak and present about as well as time to work on them. There’s no time like the present, so if you aren’t doing this already – get started!

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    Diane Helbig is an internationally-recognized business and leadership development coach, author, speaker and radio show host. After a 20-year sales and business development career, Diane launched Seize This Day Coaching to help businesses and organizations operate more constructively and profitably.  Beyond her professional coaching, Diane is the host of “Accelerate Your Business Growth” radio show, an authorized local expert for Constant Contact and marketing chair for WIN Cleveland. She has also authored “Lemonade Stand Selling” and previously served as chairwoman of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce


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    The confidence level of small business owners in Northeast Ohio has seemed to have peaked and is now lower compared to the level of those surveyed in late-2012.  That’s according to a recent survey of 213 small businesses in the Cleveland area by the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE).

    The confidence level of small business owners in Northeast Ohio has seemed to have peaked and is now lower compared to the level of those surveyed in late-2012.  That’s according to a recent survey of 213 small businesses in the Cleveland area by the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE).

    COSE has released its Small Business Monitor survey that tracks trends, economic indicators and opinions of some of its 14,000-plus small business members.  The survey is conducted quarterly and is sponsored by FirstMerit Bank.

    A snapshot of findings includes:

    • 29% reported “feeling better” about the national economy, compared with 41% in 2012
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    Is your business planning special deals or promotions for Small Business Saturday?  If so, we want to hear from you! We are putting together a collection of Small Business Saturday offers for a special newsletter to go out prior to Small Business Saturday, and we’ll also share the deals on COSE’s website.

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    COSE is proud to provide a roundup of some of the deals that shoppers are going to see at their local small businesses on November 28:

    Visit Abigail's in Aurora on Saturday 11/28 and receive a free gift with purchase. 

    A Thomas Image is offering up to a 1-1/2 hour in-studio portrait photography session with an 8X10 Color Print on Premium Paper for $42.50 + sales tax (regularly $85.00) on 11/28.

    At All Brides Beautiful, you'll receive $200 off your $500 purchase when you bring in a gently worn prom or bridal gown. Sample Special Occasion dresses are on sale for $49 & $99. Select Sample Accessories are 50% off. Discounts valid 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on 11/27 and 11/28.

    The Fabulous Female Boutique is offering discounts on Vera Bradley throw blankets and other specials, including a reusable tote with $10 purchase on 11/28.

    Exclusively for COSE members, chamber partner members and small business owners, Big Fun in Cleveland Heights is offering a special 10% off your entire purchase on 11/28.

    Bobel's Office Plus is offering a HON Ignition Mid-Black Management Chair for $358.80 on 11/28 (regularly $736.00).

    Book an in-studio headshot session with David Schwartz Photography and save $75.00! Bulk pricing available upon request for businesses. Valid through 11/30.

    Purchase $100 in gift cards from Driftwood Restaurants & Catering on 11/28 and receive a free $25 gift card.

    Fish Window Cleaning is offering 50% off all pre-holiday window and gutter cleaning. Valid on 11/28.

    Present this webpage at Highland Hops and Vines and receive $5 off a wine tasting on 11/28.

    Holy Rosary Church is hosting the Alta House Holiday Boutique with free admission and parking, refreshments and a variety of jewelry, holiday and home décor, and craft vendors. Event runs 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on 11/28.

    Purchase $20 worth of merchandise at Interstate All Battery Center and receive a free 24-pack of alkaline batteries on 11/28.

    Ladies First Massage is offering $10 off a massage and mobile chair office massages on 11/28.

    The Lake County Captains have two stocking stuffer packages on sale through December 23, 2015. Both packages include merchandise vouchers and a ceremonial first pitch. Purchase a 16 ticket voucher package for $99 or 20 ticket vouchers and a meet-the-team party for $149.

    Visit Mac's Back-Books on Coventry and receive 10% off all 2016 Calendars & Holiday Cards, "Wheel of Fortune" special discounts every hour, book raffles and 10% off purchases for "shelfies" - photographs in the bookstore shared on social media on 11/28.

    Mary Kay consultant Candy Porostosky is offering 20% off Mary Kay products and gift sets. Valid 11/28 only. Call 440-417-4353 for information.

    My Junk Shoppe is offering 20% off all Mary Kay products and gift sets. Valid 11/27 only.

    Visit Penello Gallery on 11/28 and experience special guest performer "Cats on Holiday" playing live from 3:30 - 6:30 pm. accompanied by Israeli singer Yudit Barr. Refreshements and special discounts are also available. Discounts offered 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. 

    Revive-It, LLC is offering 20% off any painting service and a paint 2 rooms, get the 3rd free special (of equal or lesser value).

    SolSprint Cycling Studio is offering a special of 10 rides for $99 on 11/28.

    Soza Fitness & Wellness is offering 25% off all Soza Memberships on 11/28.


    Check out a list of chambers of commerce participating in Small Business Saturday:

    Brunswick Area Chamber of Commerce

    Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce

    Defiance Area Chamber of Commerce

    Greater Media Chamber of Commerce

    Lakewood Chamber of Commerce

    Mentor Chamber of Commerce

    Noble County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau

    Plexus LGBT and Allied Chamber of Commerce

    Willoughby Western Lake County Chamber of Commerce








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