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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.

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

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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 information about the program are available at www.ScaleratorNEO.org.  Apply by March 1.

The Reluctant Recession: NE Ohio Manufacturers Didn't Get the Slowdown They Expected and Project a Strong Economy

12/16/2019

Economists have warned of the beginnings of a national manufacturing recession since late summer, but even with a recent moderate slowdown in the industry, manufacturers in Northeast Ohio remain optimistic heading into 2020. Manufacturing has long been considered a reliable indicator of the health of the rest of the economy. Data from the Institute for Supply Management's Manufacturing Index indicated that November was the fourth straight month that the number used to represent whether there is expansion or contraction in the industry came in below the growth threshold. Strong profits, though, have most manufacturing owners upbeat and in the mood for expansion, even when the market slows a bit, as it did in 2019.

Akron Unveils 5-Year ‘Framework’ to Improve, Grow City

12/3/2019

Akron on Monday unveiled what it calls a strategic plan aimed at helping the city grow and thrive in upcoming years. The Five-Year Strategic Framework will help the city better focus its resources and relationships, advance equitable outcomes, and deliver improved services for all Akron residents, the city said in a news release. The plan is part of the new Office of Integrated Development, or OID, headed by Deputy Mayor James Hardy. The five-year plan will address issues reported in the Elevate Greater Akron initiative and other economic and community development programs, the city said. The plan does not call for tax increases. The plan’s progress will be tracked using economic and social indicators; the indicators will be reported annually.

Akron Startups Look for Bounce

11/18/2019

Akron’s Bounce Innovation Hub just helped 15 fledgling businesses network with potential investors, customers and mentors. The Akron organization at 526 S. Main St. hosted its first “Startup Showcase” Thursday evening in its recently renovated first-floor Generator event, meeting and work space. Local entrepreneurs made live pitches about their high-tech and low-tech businesses to about 100 audience members. The program was intended in part to show off the range of businesses that are using the 300,000-square-foot, multistory Bounce building in the former B.F. Goodrich complex. The structure is located within the Canal Place complex but is not affiliated with Canal Place. The business owners and other attendees also got to mix and mingle at the three-hour event.

Elevate Akron Event Connects Minority Business Owners With New Opportunities

10/25/2019

Mike Smith is looking for ways to help build his year-old trucking and logistics company, Smooth Transporters. The 37-year-old Kent businessman was among about 100 people who walked into the Bounce Innovation Hub early Thursday afternoon in downtown Akron to network at what was called the “Procurement Corridor.” The program was aimed at connecting minority-owned businesses with other local companies and organizations.

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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. 

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!

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

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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