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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 weekly chamber news & updates; 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.

For media inquiries, contact Audrey Wallace, Senior Director of Marketing & Communications, at (330) 237-1234 or [email protected].



Chamber Presents the Inaugural Greater Akron Inclusion Summit


Greater Akron—The inaugural Greater Akron Inclusion Summit presented by the Greater Akron Chamber is a half-day event where local and national business, civic and community leaders will learn more about the economic impact of inclusion, the opportunities ahead of us and the next steps we must initiate to create an inclusive economy in Greater Akron.

Chamber’s KNOW Empowering Women Luncheon to Feature Leslie Unger


Greater Akron—Throughout the year, the Chamber holds three Empowering Women Luncheons to offer audiences the opportunity to hear from women who are blazing the trail and making strides for professional women.  Join us on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, for the next Empowering Women Luncheon to hear Leslie Unger, President of Electric Impulse Communications, Inc., present "Take No Prisoners, Creative Ways to Reach Your Goals."

Chamber Announces 30 for the Future Recipients for 2019


Greater Akron—Thirty Greater Akron Region young professionals have been named the recipients of the thirteenth 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.

The Greater Akron Chamber Presents The Morning Buzz on August 9 Featuring Kimberly Beckett of Downtown Akron Partnership


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.  Join us to hear Kimberly Beckett, Director of Business Relations at Downtown Akron Partnership, present, “Make it to Main: Be a Part of Akron's Progress and Transformation.”  Kimberly will share with us the changes and plans for Downtown Akron and how it effects the entire Greater Akron business community. 

One Year Into the Job, Greater Akron Chamber’s President Says Lots More Work to Do


Greater Akron—When Steve Millard took over as president and chief executive of the Greater Akron Chamber just a bit over a year ago, the organization and the surrounding communities it serves were undergoing significant leadership transitions. The Chamber was also going through what members called much-needed self-reflection. The board was looking into redefining the multi-county organization’s mission and how it worked with public and private entities. And it was looking for the right professional to lead the Chamber in its evolving roles. They brought in Millard, who at the time was executive vice president of the Greater Cleveland Partnership and executive director of its Council of Smaller Enterprises, and whose background includes strategy consulting. He succeeded Richard Norton, the former Green mayor who served as interim president and chief executive officer after Dan Colantone left in 2017.

Register Now for this Friday's Morning Buzz


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 14, 2019, join us to hear Rachel Tecca, Director of the College & Career Academies of Akron within the Akron Public Schools, present "College and Career Academies of Akron: A Community Transformation.” 

Register Now for the 2019 Business Awards!


Greater Akron—The Greater Akron Chamber will present the 2019 Business Awards program on Thursday, June 6, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bounce Innovation Hub, 526 S. Main St., in Akron.  Join us as we honor the accomplishments of local companies, businesses, organizations and people that are elevating our community.  This year, awards will be presented in eight categories. 

Nominate a Driven YP Today! The Greater Akron Chamber is Now Accepting Nominations for the 2019 30 the Future Awards Program


Greater Akron—The Greater Akron Chamber proudly presents the 13th 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. Nominations will be accepted through Wednesday, May 22, 2019. 

Robert DeJournett Named Vice President of Opportunity and Inclusion for the Greater Akron Chamber


DeJournett Will Spearhead Economic Inclusion Strategy and Initiatives Greater Akron—The Greater Akron Chamber is pleased to announce that Robert DeJournett will be joining the leadership team of the Chamber as its Vice President, Opportunity and Inclusion.  DeJournett brings to the position twenty-four years of experience in diversity and inclusion, a history of committed civic leadership engagement and deep ties within the Akron community.

Greater Akron Chamber is Seeking Nominations for 2019 Business Awards


Greater Akron—The Greater Akron Chamber is accepting nominations for our 2019 Business Awards.  Each year, the Greater Akron Chamber celebrates the accomplishments of the local community by celebrating the companies, businesses, organizations, and people who are elevating our region.  We all know or do business with companies who deserve recognition for the exceptional work they do in the business community.  You can pay tribute by nominating a deserving company or person.  The deadline for nominations of the 2019 Business Awards is Friday, April 19.

Lead Greater - 112th Annual Meeting


The Greater Akron Chamber celebrates its 112th Annual Meeting on Thursday, March 21, 2019, at the John S. Knight Center. The Greater Akron Chamber will honor S. Theresa Carter, President of OMNOVA Solutions Foundation, with the H. Peter Burg Award.  This award will recognize Carter's leadership for her advancement of Greater Akron's economic and community development.  The Chamber will also elect its Board of Directors, celebrate its accomplishments, and share exciting new initiatives that will create opportunities for all to Lead Greater. During the meeting, the members will also be asked to consider and approve recommended changes to the organizations regulations and to elect members nominated to serve on the chamber's Board of Directors. A summary of those recommended regulation changes, the red-lined code and the Nominating Committee Report are available for your review. The program includes a reception with hors d'oeuvres, open bar, dinner, and silent auction. The silent auction offers guests a chance to bid on items that will benefit the Chamber's educational programs. The online silent auction is already available. 

Greater Akron Chamber Presents The Morning Buzz on Friday, February 8, 2019


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, January 11, 2019, join us to hear Ned Parks, Owner of Aegis 360™ Consulting, present “Culture is Built on Values and Delivered by Leaders.”

Greater Akron Chamber Presents The Morning Buzz on Friday, January 11, 2019


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, January 11, 2019, join us to hear Steve Millard, President & CEO of the Greater Akron Chamber.

Greater Akron Chamber Presents The Morning Buzz on December 14 Featuring Matthew Whitson


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, December 14, 2018, join us to hear Matthew Whitson, Managing Principal, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., present “Human Capital Investment Management & the Organizational Fingerprint.”  

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


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.

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


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


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


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.

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