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The CMBA moves to the Forefront of Downtown Corporate Event Space

By Thomas Hill   |  Photo by Thomas Skernivitz

A part of Northeast Ohio’s history since 1873 and created through a merger of the Cleveland Bar and Cuyahoga County Bar Associations in March 2008, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association had been able to meet its own needs at its previous locations, including the last 10 years inside the Galleria. But with the October debut of the CMBA Conference Center at One Cleveland Center, the organization can now better serve its members and Greater Cleveland.

“Prior to the move, in the Galleria, we had space for CLE (continuing legal education) and meetings. We had a room that was dividable into three classrooms and a couple of other conference rooms and a board room. Basically, about six areas for programs and meetings,” Mary Groth, CMBA’s co-interim director and director of development and community programs, says. “In our new facility, we’ve doubled our space, and we actually have more room here for meetings and programs, including a 300-plus-seat auditorium.”

Comprised of 22-full-time equivalent staff, a board of trustees, and 5,500 members, the CMBA can better embody its core values at its new facility. 

“We’ll be able to use and rent this space to others who want to use the amenities we offer,” CMBA CFO and fellow co-interim director Alla Leydiker says. “It’s not just for internal programs but also programs for business, community organizations, and others. Members can utilize and rent this space here as well at discounted rates.”

The new facility boasts a variety of business meeting rooms to provide member and non-attorney members throughout the community with meeting and work spaces. It features the latest technology available to provide hosting for multiple independent groups or an entire organization. Conference rooms are available for rent to both members and non-members to use for meetings, mediation, arbitration, and depositions for example.

“Meeting rooms have windows with very nice views looking out on St. Clair or East Ninth,” Groth says. “There aren’t a lot of conference rooms with a view, so it’s really nice to be here.”

Conference rooms can accommodate up to 10 individuals, along with the conference center’s Superior Video Conferencing room that accommodates up to 20 attendees. With individual classrooms and meeting rooms capable of holding up to 32, 48, 60, and 175 individuals, the venue was designed for on-demand accommodation for organizations large and small. It is especially geared toward the business community because it provides an auditorium that seats more than 300, with the option to break into smaller focus groups.

Depending on membership, type of room rental and length, rooms are offered on a daily, half-day, and hourly basis. Ranging from free to $1,500 for members and $75 to $1,700 for different uses, individuals and businesses can take advantage of the facility’s broad amenities.

“The space would be perfect for shareholder meetings,” Leydiker says. “Sometimes in a hotel, there are vacationers and other guests. We have a totally different environment here. It’s more business friendly, and we are pleased to offer that unique advantage.”

A private office space is available for free for members only, with access to free high-speed Wi-Fi, a laptop, and copier. Along with a more informal member lounge area to take care of matters between legal proceedings, the conference center allows visitors to charge their laptops and cell phones. Video conferencing is available, and all classrooms and meeting rooms feature projectors fitted with state-of-the-art audio/visual presentation capabilities. As Groth says about the member lounge area, “It’s a comfortable place.”

Event attendees can also benefit from the onsite catering provided by Sausalito Catering.   

“The CMBA Conference Center will help the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association establish a better connection between the legal profession and the business community of Cleveland,” Leydiker says. 

For more information: clemetrobar.org

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