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CAAO Online Silent Executive Auction is OPEN!!!

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The Consortium of African American Organizations (CAAO pronounced K-O) is having its first Silent Executive Auction online at from June 1 through July 9, 2004.

CAAO is the umbrella economic development consulting organization for 24 black professional organizations in Northeast Ohio, including the National Technical Association, the National Association of Black Accountants, the National Society of Black Engineers, the National Black MBA Association, the Black Data Processing Association, Blacks in Management, Blacks in Government, the Black Professionals Association, Sankofa Fine Arts Plus, the Forest City Dental Society, the National Alliance of Market Developers, the NAACP, the President's Council, the Urban Financial Services Coalition, and many more.

CAAO's mantra is "Look, Listen, and Link" and reaches out to its over 8,500 members via its website with a joint calendar of events at and via its opt-in email service, passing on all relevant information on ten subjects, including entrepreneurship and career development.

Currently, CAAO is taking its mantra to the next level by auctioning off time with over 100 executives and community leaders, including Governor Bob Taft, Henry Meyer of KeyCorp, Mal Mixon of Invacare, Jerry Sue Thornton of Tri-C, and Ronn Richard of The Cleveland Foundation. Executives have donated from one hour to 18 holes of golf with them.

This online auction is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and the proceeds will launch CAAO's endowment fund.

So bid now and reserve time with the executive of your choice to pitch your company, your project, your proposal, and / or your credentials for advice, guidance, and opportunities.

CAAO's strategic partner is JumpStart, Inc. and event sponsors include Fifth Third Bank, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, JumpStart, Inc., and Cleveland Bridge Builders.

The auction closing event is being hosted by the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District from 6-9 p.m. at their new building at 3900 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115. Reservations are required. If interested in attending the event, please call William Holdipp at 216-774-2282. At the event, CAAO will award its Economic Impact Awards for 2004.
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Date:Jun 3, 2004
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