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Use this section to stay abreast of the latest happenings at the Chamber in the areas of economic development, government advocacy, regional collaboration, and workforce as well as information on our networking events and programs.

Check out the latest edition of our electronic newsletter, e-Directions; read our press releases and recently published articles celebrating the Chamber’s accomplishments and the Greater Akron region; or read press releases submitted by our members.

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Greater Akron Chamber Announces a New Health Plan in Partnership with SummaCare

11/12/2018

Greater Akron—The Greater Akron Chamber recently announced receipt of a certificate of authority from the state of Ohio to begin offering a multiple employer welfare arrangement (MEWA) to provide health benefits for companies of 50 or fewer employees. The Chamber is partnering with SummaCare to offer the Chamber Health Benefits Plan to businesses in a 16-county service area. “Our MEWA will provide a cost-effective solution for small businesses as they try to control the costs of providing health benefits for their employees,” said Steve Millard, President and CEO of the Greater Akron Chamber. “We’re excited to expand our offerings through SummaCare, a company that has been a partner to the Chamber for almost 20 years in offering our small business members savings on health insurance premiums.” To enroll in the plan, businesses must be a member of the Greater Akron Chamber. Employers can select from multiple SummaCare plan designs and networks. Kevin Cavalier, Vice President of Sales at SummaCare added, “The MEWA allows small businesses to pool their risk by enrolling in a self-funded plan. The premium savings, rate stability and protection against unexpected claims costs should make this plan very attractive to local employers.” The Chamber Health Benefits Plan will be sold through area brokers. Quoting has begun on the plan with the first effective dates being January 1, 2019. For more information about the Chamber Health Benefits Plan, employers can talk to their broker, call the Greater Akron Chamber at 330-434-SAVE or go to www.greaterakronchamber.org/MEWA.

Greater Akron Chamber Presents Economic Outlook on November 16 Featuring Dr. Ned Hill

10/30/2018

Greater Akron—The Greater Akron Chamber invites you to Economic Outlook on Friday, November 16, 2018, featuring Dr. Edward W. (Ned) Hill, current professor of Economic Development Policy, Public Policy and Public Finance at The Ohio State University and former Dean and Professor in the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University.  He will present on what public policy can do to ensure the economic vitality of America’s heartland. In addition to Dr. Hill’s presentation, Dr. John C. Green, Interim President of The University of Akron as well as the Director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at The University of Akron, will give us his comments on the economy.

Akron Roundtable Presents a Roundtable Xtra on Oct. 29

10/16/2018

Greater Akron—The Akron Roundtable presents a panel discussion with leaders from the County of Summit, Ohio, the City of Akron and the Greater Akron Chamber to unveil the new Economic Development Initiative, “Elevate Akron.”  As an additional event which falls outside the regular Roundtable monthly luncheon schedule, this special presentation will be a Roundtable Xtra and will take place on Monday, October 29, 2018, at 12:00 NOON at the Quaker Station on the campus of The University of Akron. The topic will be, “’Elevate Akron’ - Embracing the New Economic Development Fundamentals.”

Greater Akron Chamber Takes Position on November Ballot Issues

10/2/2018

Greater Akron—This November, the Greater Akron Region will have multiple issues on the ballot that will affect our communities. The Greater Akron Chamber has reviewed a number of these issues on behalf of the business community and is taking positions on Ohio Issue 1 – the Summit County Children Services Proposed Tax Levy and the local proposed charter amendment to move Akron’s Primary Elections from September to May.  Each of these issues has been brought to and reviewed by the Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee, and a position has been taken by the Board of Directors on behalf of the organization.

S. Theresa Carter to Receive the H. Peter Burg Award at the Greater Akron Chamber's 112th Annual Meeting

10/1/2018

Greater Akron—The Greater Akron Chamber has announced that S. Theresa Carter, President of OMNOVA Solutions Foundation, will be the fifteenth recipient of the H. Peter Burg Economic Development Leadership Award.  Carter will be honored on Thursday, March 21, 2019, at the Greater Akron Chamber’s 112th Annual Meeting to be held at the John S. Knight Center.  This award recognizes Carter as someone who has displayed paramount leadership for the advancement of Greater Akron’s economic and community development.

Greater Akron Chamber Presents The Morning Buzz on October 12 Featuring Damon Hacker

9/28/2018

Greater Akron—The Morning Buzz is a monthly speaker breakfast series, which aims to connect small- and medium-sized businesses by facilitating the exchange of ideas and strategies for business growth and success.  On Friday, October 12, 2018, join us to hear Damon Hacker, President, CEO and a Founder of Vestige Digital Investigations, present “Investigation of Employee Misconduct in a Digital World.”  In addition to the speaker presentation, there will be On the Table* discussions.

Chamber Presents The Morning Buzz on September 14 Featuring Mark Birtha

8/27/2018

Greater Akron—The Morning Buzz is a monthly speaker breakfast series, which aims to connect small- and medium-sized businesses by facilitating the exchange of ideas and strategies for business growth and success.  On Friday, September 14, 2018, join us to hear Mark Birtha, President of the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park, present “Success and Challenges: Hard Rock Rocksino.”

Greater Akron Chamber's KNOW Empowering Women Luncheon to Feature Panel Discussion on Sep. 7

8/15/2018

Greater Akron—Join KNOW on Wednesday, September 7, 2018, for the next Empowering Women Luncheon to hear Grace Wakulchik, President of Akron Children’s Hospital, lead a panel discussion with several of her female colleagues. Panelists include: Lisa Aurilio, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, Chief Operating Officer at Akron Children’s Hospital. Kinshasha “Shai” Hawkins, MA, Director of Access Solutions at Akron Children’s Hospital. Teresa Volsko, MBA, MHHS, RRT, CMTE, FAARC, Director for Respiratory Care, Transport, The Communication Center and Interim Director for the Rebecca D. Considine Research Institute at Akron Children’s Hospital. Grace Wakulchik, President at Akron Children’s Hospital,

Chamber Announces 30 for the Future Recipients for 2018

7/27/2018

Greater Akron—Thirty Greater Akron Region young professionals have been named the recipients of the twelfth annual “30 for the Future” award. Part of the Greater Akron Chamber’s strategy to attract and retain talent in the region, the “30 for the Future” award honors young professionals (ages 25-39) whose stellar contributions impact their industries and the Greater Akron Region.

Chamber Presents The Morning Buzz on August 10 Featuring Craig Freeman

7/23/2018

Greater Akron—The Morning Buzz is a monthly speaker breakfast series, which aims to connect small- and medium-sized businesses by facilitating the exchange of ideas and strategies for business growth and success.  On Friday, August 10, 2018, join us to hear Craig Freeman, LegalShield, present “Cybercrime and Identity Theft Prevention…Don’t be the Next Victim.” Come learn how to protect your company from becoming a victim of Identity theft, including the dangers of public Wi-Fi use, twin tower attacks, hacking techniques and the “don’t click” rule that is violated daily.  You will also learn about the five major types of ID theft, and participants will better understand how the Eastern European Bloc and China make a strong living defrauding Americans daily.

Chamber Presents The Morning Buzz on July 13 Featuring Pete Fierle

6/29/2018

Greater Akron—The Morning Buzz is a monthly speaker breakfast series, which aims to connect small- and medium-sized businesses by facilitating the exchange of ideas and strategies for business growth and success.  On Friday, July 13, 2018, join us to hear Pete Fierle, Chief of Staff & Vice President of Communications at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, present “A Vision for the Future.”

Chamber Presents The Morning Buzz on June 8 Featuring Ian Schwarber

5/11/2018

Greater Akron—The Morning Buzz is a monthly speaker breakfast series, which aims to connect small- and medium-sized businesses by facilitating the exchange of ideas and strategies for business growth and success. On Friday, June 8, 2018, join us to hear Ian Schwarber, Chief Strategy Officer for DriveIT.

Regional Collaboration on Display at NPE 2018

5/4/2018

Greater Akron—“Akron USA” will, once again, be leading a delegation to the National Plastics Exposition (NPE) Trade Show May 7–11th at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. “Akron USA” is a public-private partnership that promotes investment opportunities in the Greater Akron Region to companies looking to expand or relocate at both domestic and international trade shows. The “Akron USA” Team will be joined by Premier Equipment, who also participated at the 2015 trade event, along with LT Molding Solutions, a division of Little Tikes, and Ravizza Packaging. The “Akron USA” delegation will be co-chaired by the Greater Akron Chamber/City of Akron and includes representatives from FirstEnergy, County of Summit, City of Fairlawn, City of Youngstown and Team NEO.

Greater Akron Chamber’s Small Business Council (SBC) Announces 2018 Excellence in Business Award Recipients

4/25/2018

Greater Akron—The Greater Akron Chamber’s Small Business Council will present its 36th annual Excellence in Business awards program at a breakfast on Thursday, May 24, 2018, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., at the Firestone Country Club, 452 East Warner Road, in Akron. Join us as we honor the accomplishments of local businesses who have consistently demonstrated outstanding performance, growth, staying power, innovation and proven leadership in the community. The Chamber is pleased to announce the following companies have been named as 2018 Excellence in Business Award recipients: Apple Growth Partners BalancePoint Healthcare Staffing - Emerging Business Award Environmental Design Group Group Management Services

Steve Millard Named President and CEO of the Greater Akron Chamber

4/23/2018

Greater Akron—The Greater Akron Chamber announced today that Steve Millard has been named President and CEO of the Chamber. He replaces Richard Norton who has served as Interim President since April 2017. Millard is expected to join the Chamber on or before June 4.

Greater Akron Chamber Announces Nominations for 30 for the Future Award for 2018

4/4/2018

Greater Akron—The Greater Akron Chamber proudly presents the 12th Annual 30 for the Future recognition program. 30 for the Future recognizes 30 young professionals (ages 25-39) who live and/or work in the Greater Akron Region, who are trendsetters in their industries and who make an impact on the region through dynamic leadership and community service.

Greater Akron Chamber Presents The Morning Buzz on April 13 Featuring Michael Mandato

3/8/2018

Greater Akron—The Morning Buzz is a monthly speaker breakfast series, which aims to connect small- and medium-sized businesses by facilitating the exchange of ideas and strategies for business growth and success. On Friday, April 13, 2018, join us to hear Michael P. Mandato, Executive Vice President, System C.A.R.E. Inc., present “Public Enemy Number 1.”

Greater Akron Chamber Presents The Morning Buzz on February 23 Featuring Jason Segedy

1/31/2018

Greater Akron—The Morning Buzz is a monthly speaker breakfast series, which aims to connect small- and medium-sized businesses by facilitating the exchange of ideas and strategies for business growth and success. On Friday, February 23, 2018, join us to hear Jason Segedy, Director of Planning and Urban Development for the City of Akron, Ohio, present "Revitalizing Akron: Making a Great Place Even Better."

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