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Apply for the Fourth Cohort of the Scalerator® NEO Program

1/16/2020

Northeast Ohio companies with roughly $5 million - $15 million in sales and a desire to grow are encouraged to apply as soon as possible for the fourth cohort of the Scalerator® NEO program, as spaces are limited. This intensive, six-month program is a proven classroom and peer-to-peer learning experience that has helped over 200 companies in the United States and around the world achieve significant, top-line growth including 40 in Northeast Ohio. The 2020 program will run April - October in Akron at Bounce Innovation Hub.   The online application and program information are available at www.ScaleratorNEO.org.  Apply by March 1.

Member Marketplace

The Member MarketPlace is a member-to-member discount program that allows you to promote discounts to members. Connect to exclusive savings on services provided by Greater Akron Chamber Members for Chamber Members here!  To participate in the Member MarketPlace, contact the Chamber at (330) 237-1234.


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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.

Alzheimer's Assoc. Greater East Ohio Area Chapter Holds "Longest Day Kickoff Party" on Feb. 13

1/7/2020

Help us kick off The Longest Day® 2020!  Join past and prospective teams in support of the Alzheimer's Association to celebrate last year's success and kick off this year's events! Heavy appetizers will be served. Happy hour drinks will be available for purchase. The Longest Day® is the day with the most light — the summer solstice. On June 20, thousands of participants from across the world will stand up to the darkness of Alzheimer’s through an activity of their choice to raise awareness and funds in support of Alzheimer's care, support and research.  RSVP to [email protected].

Save the Date (Aug. 1) for Stewart's Caring Place's 17th Annual Butterfly Gala

1/3/2020

The Butterfly Gala is the most attended and largest annual fundraiser for Stewart's Caring Place (SCP). Held each year at a different home in Northeast Ohio, this unique event brings close to 500 supporters of the agency together for an outdoor, relaxed, and memorable evening complete with valet service, VIP cocktail reception, plated dinner, silent and live auction, dancing, and more. This year, the Gala will be held on Saturday August 1, 2020 at the Wadsworth home of Dr. & Mrs. Michael & Brandi Gangel and will honor Spirit Award winners Mr. & Mrs. David & Lisa Craine.

IBH Addiction Recovery Center 50th Anniversary Gala on Apr. 30

12/18/2019

This event will celebrate 50 years of saving people’s lives! The Restoring Hope Award will be presented to the County of Summit ADM Board for their many years of support to IBH Addiction Recovery Center. Timothy and Aleta Killian and Dan and Sherida Pohl are serving as Honorary Co-Chairs of the Gala as they have been champions for IBH Addiction Recovery Center supporting us with their time, talents, and treasures. If you have any questions or would like further information about IBH Addiction Recovery Services, please contact Joann Magestro, Development and Community Relations Director, at (330) 644-4095, ext. 306 or [email protected].

415 Group Pledges $40,000 to Downtown Canton Plaza Construction

11/19/2019

415 Group recently pledged $40,000 toward the construction of Centennial Plaza in Downtown Canton.  The plaza will cost $12.3 million to build. Funding is coming from taxes, the state of Ohio, and private donations from local and state leaders and community organizations. 415 Group contributed to funding since many employees and clients are based in Canton and the surrounding area. The new plaza will feature a covered stage, video board, café, fire pits, a “Canton” sculpture and more. The city has a 10-year agreement with the Pro Football Hall of Fame for programming, and the new event space should attract local residents and visitors from northeast Ohio.  Giving back and supporting the community is one of 415 Group’s core values. Throughout the year, associates donate over 3,000 hours a year to more than 30 different organizations in communities where they live and where their clients operate

Summit Brew Path Holiday Knock-Out Tour Hosted by Life Is Good No Matter What on Dec. 14

11/11/2019

Complete your Summit Brew Path passport just in time to meet the December 15 deadline while supporting the mission of Life is Good No Matter What. Guests will meet at a central location (parking garage in downtown Akron, Ohio) and celebrate life today with tastings, give-a-ways, making new friends, and enjoying every stop along the way.

Guests will be transported to each of the 22 Official Brew Path stops to receive a free 2-ounce sample in their comemorative glass (44 ounces total!), stamp their passport and make any additional purchases to commemorate their experience. Each of the 22 stops will conclude after 20 minutes, for a total of 7.5 hours of craft beer adventure.

Tickets are $100 donation each with a limit of 50, first-come, first-served. Each ticket includes: charter transportation to all official brewery stops, commemorative Life is Good No Matter What 2-ounce tasting glass, 64-ounce stainless steel growler, a 2-ounce sample at each of the 22 breweries (44 ounces total!), and an official Summit Brew Path completion form. All paid guests will receive detailed information regarding parking, transportation, logistics and stuff that is fun. All proceeds support the mission of Life is Good No Matter What, a 501(C)-3 Non-Profit Organization.

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