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Akron Zoo volunteers to create masks for local community 

5/4/2020

Akron Zoo volunteers and staff have stepped up to sew masks from kits developed by the zoo’s veterinary team. Using a medical mask pattern from the University of Florida, volunteers are making masks with up to N99 level filtration using Halyard H600 surgical sterilization wrap material. These masks can be sterilized for reuse. 

Emerge Counseling Adds More Statewide Tele-Counseling Options

4/15/2020

Amidst the current challenges of Covid-19, many people are experiencing anxieties and concerns due to the resultant economic and stay-at-home restrictions impact. In response to this need, Emerge Counseling has significantly increased its tele-counseling services. Currently, anyone in the state of Ohio could receive counseling support from one of Emerge Counseling’s 35+ licensed clinicians and, in many cases, that assistance would be covered by their insurance

April 2020 CareWorks Comp Workers' Comp and Unemployment COVID-19 Update

4/7/2020

CareWorks Comp is acutely aware that the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) is an escalating global health concern. In light of this, clients will need their support more than ever in meeting the needs of their employees. CareWorks Comp also recognizes that a widespread outbreak could place increased demands on their capacity to meet those needs. They are fully committed to maintaining all services critical to the welfare of their clients and their employees. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and in order to provide the most timely and thorough information to all of their clients, they have included both public and private employer updates in one newsletter linked below . Please note that some of this information will not apply to you if you are a public employer.

Professional, Reliable Operator Training by Valley Industrial Trucks

4/2/2020

OSHA requires forklift operator training for anyone that might operate a forklift. This extends beyond your normal operators to include anyone that might simply have to start a forklift for any reason. This could include managers, truck drivers etc... OSHA also requires: "All operator training and evaluation shall be conducted by persons who have the knowledge, training, and experience to train powered industrial truck operators and evaluate their competence."

METRO RTA Announces Free Fares Beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020

3/16/2020

*UPDATE AS OF 4/5/2020 - Metro RTA Cutting Some Service in Akron; Pandemic Affecting Canton, Cleveland, Youngstown Transit* METRO Regional Transit Authority is offering free fares for all services, including line-service, SCAT, Call-A-Bus, and Northcoast Express, beginning Tuesday, March 17 until further notice. “These are challenging times for everyone,” said METRO Executive Director Dawn Distler. “By offering free fares, we hope to alleviate the financial burden so many folks are unexpectedly faced with in the communities we proudly serve. We also hope this assists with the distancing challenges our bur operators face when interacting with passengers during their trips.” METRO will continue providing service, but passengers are being encouraged to stay home if their trip is not medically or otherwise necessary. All passengers are encouraged to follow the CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of germs, including washing hands often and avoiding close physical contact.

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The 5 C's of Credit: How They Help You Get The Money

5/21/2020

This in-depth seminar is designed to provide entrepreneurs and small business owners with valuable information and insights on how loan officers and underwriters evaluate a potential business loan transaction.

Upon completion of this seminar, participants will understand the commercial credit evaluation process in a manner that will empower them to receive that “Yes, You’re Approved…!” Participants will also be provided with solutions related to solving various financial shortfalls that might be hindering their ability to acquire financing such as credit, collateral, and poor historic financial performance.

Ed Hopson is the owner and founder of Hopson Communications and Coaching, LLC, he has over 25 years of experience in business banking, SBA financing, small and minority business development, and consulting. Hopson won awards from former Governor Voinovich, Mayoral Proclamations, and was the founder of the MCBAP Micro-Loan Fund, MCBAP Networking Expo, and the newly developed Hopson Communications Mastermind Business Development Program.

Love Akron to Hold Ninth Annual Breakfast on Sep. 29

4/27/2020

The doors will open at 6:45 AM for networking and breakfast; the program begins promptly at 7:15 AM and will conclude at 8:30 AM. The morning will feature Love Akron partners, and remarks from Executive Director Kemp Boyd, as we take the organization from a noun to a verb. Bishop Joey Johnson and Pastor Cathy Johnson, The House of the Lord, and retired YMCA President & CEO Doug Kohl and his wife, Kathy Kohl, will serve as honorary event chairs. Two awards will be presented during the morning, the Servant Leader Change-Maker Award and the Allies Collective Impact Award. The Servant Leader Change-Maker Award will recognize an individual in the community who has made a positive impact on the lives of others. The Allies Collective Impact Award will be presented to an organization which exemplifies the mission of Love Akron by helping the city thrive. Both awards will represent those who aspire collective impact within our great city. 

Does Working From Home Have You Feeling Stressed?

4/15/2020

Hilton Garden Inn Akron has what you need to stay productive. Clean, quiet and private workspace; Free high speed wi-fi; Complimentary in-room coffee and tea; Reserve from 7 AM - 7 PM Daily. Book your own private office space in a guest room today! Call Margaret Sinclair at (330) 733-2900 or email [email protected] with any questions or to book.

Valley Industrial Trucks Are Hiring

3/10/2020

Our employees are rewarded with first–class compensation including a competitive wage, paid vacations, paid holidays, health insurance, retirement plans, paid training, company vehicles and a signing bonus when applicable.

St Patrick's Family Shooting Competition on Mar. 14 or 15

3/3/2020

REOPENING APRIL 7.

Feeling the luck of the Irish? When it comes to finding a family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day event it can sometimes be a challenge, but not this year! Shoot for the gold in our first-ever St. Patrick’s Day Shooting Competition.  And if our St. Patrick’s Day festivities turn out to be anything like our Valentine’s Day competition, you’re going to need all the luck you can get!

Join us Saturday March 14th and Sunday, March 15th for a family-friendly shooting competition. Enjoy the chance to win the Pot of Gold at the end of the EVR rainbow and do something fun that gets your family out of the house!

60 minutes per session.  Schedule a time now!

WAITRESS The Musical & The Candle Studio at Summit Mall on Apr. 7

3/3/2020

The Candle Studio has teamed up with Broadway In Akron, the Greater Akron Chamber, Summit Mall, Sweet Mary's Bakery, and Starbucks for a special WAITRESS-themed Candle Party and a night at Waitress The Musical at EJ Thomas Hall. Join us for a WAITRESS Candle Making Party on Tuesday, April 7 at Summit Mall from 6-8 pm.

Nationally Recognized Minority-Focused Startup Accelerator Coming to Akron

2/4/2020

Greater Akron—Bounce Innovation Hub, GAR Foundation, Burton D. Morgan Foundation, the City of Akron and the Greater Akron Chamber announced today their partnership with MORTAR, an accelerator and business development service for historically marginalized entrepreneurs.  MORTAR was founded in 2014 in Cincinnati and is a 15-week program that helps both existing and aspiring entrepreneurs learn the fundamental elements of business ownership and build a comprehensive business canvas. A primary goal of the program is to launch businesses that contribute to local economic development and establish a path to generational sustainability and wealth. It has been credited by Essence Magazine with helping Cincinnati become the fastest-growing economic power in the Midwest for minority small business owners.

Empowered Leadership Presents "The Way to Wealth: The 6 Levers to Generating More Profit in Your Business" on Mar. 5

1/29/2020

If you're like most of us your goals for 2020 probably include increasing revenue and profitability in your business. You have plans laid out and are working hard towards this end. The truth is, there are only 6 things that really impact your business. Are you working on the right things? Join us as we uncover the 6 levers you should be focused on to grow your business and start creating the action steps you need to generate more profit faster. 

AAF-Akron Presents the 75th Annual American Advertising Awards on Feb. 21

1/29/2020

The 75th Annual AAF-Akron American Advertising Awards celebrates the creative spirit of excellence in advertising. It honors the best creative work produced by area advertising professionals and students. Hundreds of professionals from the Greater Akron and Canton advertising community will be in attendance at the largest advertising and marketing event in the area.

Free Valet Parking: Stage Door Lobby Entrance at 55 W. Bowery Street Taste of the ADDYs Reception: 5:00 - 7:30pm Featuring: Alexander Pierce Big Eu’es BBQ Chocolate Creations The Culinary Chameleon Catering & Cafe NOMZ Pots & Pans Jamaican Cuisine Saffron Patch Akron Waterloo Restaurant & Catering Cash bar (credit cards accepted) and gallery of entries Award Show: 7:30 - 9:00pm Emcee: Garrick R. Black, II Director of Marketing, Akron Urban League Executive Creative Director, Noir Creative After Party Onstage: 9:00 - 11:00pm Chocolate Creations coffee, cash bar TICKETS REGISTER AND PAY ONLINE BY FEB. 17 Professional: $60 Member / $90 Non-member Student: $35 Member / $40 Non-member

Engage Virtual Range (EVR) Offers Valentine's Couples Shoot on Feb. 14 & 15

1/28/2020

Ready, Aim, and Fall in Love in the First Annual Valentine’s Day Shooting Competition at EVR 1st Annual Valentine’s Day Shooting Competition Join us February 14 and 15th, for a couples’ shooting competition. Enjoy the chance to win one of four pretty exciting prizes all while enjoying valuable time together!  

Open Arms Adoptions News & Events

1/21/2020

Ready to begin the adventure of adoption? Join one of our 2020 training classes! Join us Friday June 19, 2020 for a day of FUNdraising through Golf! 9 am Shot Gun Start at Ellsworth Meadows Golf Course in Hudson. Sponsorship Opportunities Available. Save the date for Open Arms Adoptions Wine Pull: Join us Saturday November 7, 2020 at The NEW Center for our Signature Event. Sponsorship Opportunities Available!

Peoples Services Promotes Manager

1/21/2020

Peoples Services, Inc., a public warehousing, transportation logistics company, headquartered in Canton, announces the promotion of Adam Herman. Adam was named Director of Financial Operations in April 2019 and became a member of the Board of Directors as Treasurer effective December 19, 2019. Prior to joining Peoples Services in May 2017, Adam was employed at Koch Knight, LLC for eleven years as an accountant. He is a 2002 graduate of Kent State University with a BA in Accounting.

Valley Industrial Trucks now offering Aerial Lift Operator Training - Meet our Instructor

1/21/2020

Valley Industrial Trucks provides professional Boom Lift and Scissor lift training by a JLG Certified Trainer in the Youngstown, Akron and Canton Ohio area as well as Western Pennsylvania. Our aerial lift training is designed to teach your operators safe aerial lift operation as well as the abilities and limitations of aerial lifts.  Mandy Forlina is our JLG Certified Instructor. She is certified to train scissor lift operators and boom lift operators on all makes and model aerial lifts.

Binary Defense's Webinar: Keep Your Business Cyber Safe In 2020 on Jan. 28

1/17/2020

Are you interested in learning more about the cyber threats facing your business today?  In this webinar, a cybersecurity expert will describe the most prevalent types of attacks facing businesses today, and some best practices for businesses to protect their data, brand, and people.

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