Cleveland Keynote Speaker

Patrick Schwerdtfeger is available to speak in Cleveland as a leading authority on self-employment, online marketing and global business trends. He has spoken in Cleveland on numerous occasions before including two business events (co-sponsored by Comcast Cable and Bloomberg TV) with attendees from the Greater Cleveland Partnership and the Garfield Heights Chamber of Commerce. Patrick is the author of the award-winning book Marketing Shortcuts for the Self-Employed (2011, Wiley) and a regular speaker for Bloomberg TV. If you are planning a business conference at the Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center, the Cleveland Convention Center on Lakeside Avenue, the International Exposition Center on Riverside Drive or some other convention space in Cleveland, Ohio, Patrick will deliver the buzz and energy you’re looking for. As a motivational speaker, his #1 objective is to leave attendees excited, inspired and energized to take action and see tangible results.

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Cleveland has many conference facilities, including:

  • Cleveland Convention Center on Lakeside Avenue East
  • InterContinental Cleveland on Carnegie Avenue
  • Cleveland Public Auditorium on Lakeside Avenue
  • Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center on Key Tower
  • Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland Downtownc on Carnegie Avenue
  • Other meeting spaces in Cleveland Heights, Rocky River and North Olmsted


General Information about Cleveland, Ohio, for Meeting Planners

Are you planning to be in Cleveland for a business conference or business meetings? Here are some general facts to start your trip in the right direction: Cleveland, Ohio enjoys a pleasant location right on the shores of beautiful Lake Erie. Cleveland was born in 1796, when its original settlers wisely settled near the banks of the sparkling Cuyahoga River. The city built itself up as a powerhouse in manufacturing and today houses heavy-hitters such as the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame and the Cleveland Browns and Indians. There’s always something great to experience in Cleveland, whether it’s a sporting event, a festival or a holiday parade. Here is Patrick’s economic forecast for America.


2014 Business Conventions in Cleveland, Ohio

During 2014, Cleveland will be hosting countless business events. The Cleveland Medical Mart & Convention Center (CMMCC) and Positively Cleveland will be hosting the 2014 CleanMed Conference & Exposition, at the Cleveland Medical Mart & Convention Center (CMMCC) in May. The 2014 Innovation Leadership Summit will be held in May at the Cleveland Convention Center. It is being organized by NineSigma. The Cleveland Convention Center will play host to the HCEA Annual Meeting, being held in June, that will be organized by The Healthcare Convention and Exhibitors Association. The Content Marketing Institute will be hosting Content Marketing World 2014 at the Cleveland Convention Center on Lakeside Avenue in September.

2013 Business Conferences in Cleveland, Ohio

Numerous conventions and meetings will take place in Cleveland during 2013 including the conference on Pain Management Education by Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education at Bunt’s Auditorium in January. In addition, the 2013 Annual Meeting, the Northern Ohio Human Resource Conference hosted by NOHRC itself is scheduled for March at the I-X Center. Meanwhile, the Cleveland Clinic Anesthesiology Institute is holding a Comprehensive Anesthesiology Review at the Intercontinental Hotel and Bank of America Conference Center in April. And in September, the Content Marketing Institute will hold the 2013 Content Marketing World at Cleveland Convention Center.

Speaking Opportunities for Aspiring Speakers in Cleveland

Cleveland Toastmasters clubs are a great place for Ohio aspiring speakers to practice their craft. Cleveland Club meets at Cleveland Public Library Stokes Tower on Superior Avenue East (Thursday at 12:05 PM), Financially Speaking Toastmasters Club meets at PNC Bank on East 9th Street (Wednesday at 12:05 PM), DFAS-CL Toastmasters Club meets at A J Celebrezze Federal Building on East 9th Street (Tuesday at 11:30 AM) and Mid-Day Toastmasters Club meets at 1100 Superior Building on Superior Avenue East (Monday at 12:00 PM).

Cleveland Food Choices for Convention Attendees

Fine restaurants abound in Cleveland, Ohio, and it certainly behooves the visitor or convention attendee to make time to enjoy them. LÁlbatros Brasserie is a popular French restaurant and bar that offers beautiful gourmet dishes and service to match. Do try the excellent cheese board! Looking for a good place for lunch? Try Slyman’s Deli, rumored to have the best in corned beef at a truly affordable price. For absolutely delicious, homemade American and European comfort food, as well as excellent value, go to Sokolowski’s University Inn in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood.

Cleveland Attractions for Conference Delegates

Of the many great things to do in Cleveland, several will probably catch your eye as possible sightseeing destinations during your convention or conference. The Museum of Art is usually tops on such a list, with its fantastic collection of art from pre-Columbian to modern times. The West Side Market is a popular indoor market, and one of the largest of its kind in the nation. If you don’t have a whole afternoon, you can still join a tour to see the USS Cod Submarine Memorial, open from May through September. This is the only original fleet submarine from the Second World War.

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