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G.R.I.T. Survival Series: Supporting employees in the COVID-19 return-to-school landscape

8/17/2020

Growing Resilient Impactful Teams (GRIT) is back with a Covid-19 pandemic Survival Series. Local education & human resource experts will discuss how small business owners can maintain their business and support employees with an uncertain return-to-school environment. What are the human resource implications for small business owners who have employees juggling work/kids in school and all of the uncertainty? What resources exist for employers in navigating these issues? What might local business owners be able to expect during this upcoming school year? Join this free webinar and learn how your business can be successful in the upcoming back to school season. GRIT Sessions are a collaborative effort of AUI, The County of Summit ADM Board and Summit County Community Partnership.

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. 

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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Greater Akron Economic Development Partners Launch COVID-19 Resource Guide for Employers and Employees

3/20/2020

On Friday, March 20, Greater Akron’s economic development ecosystem partners launched a one-stop regional guide to assist impacted employers and employees in the navigation of information, guidance and resources in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its corresponding economic implications. The City of Akron, County of Summit and Greater Akron Chamber, in partnership with a large number of organizations aligned with our Elevate Greater Akron initiative, are working closely together, coordinating resources and focusing efforts to ensure businesses and the people they employ have the access to timely, accurate information through an easily navigable website, gaccovid19.org.

Effort to Increase City’s Economic Inclusion Needs Your Help

3/7/2020

Mayor Dan Horrigan’s State of the City address underlined the need for all of us to recognize the value of driving shared prosperity in our region. At the Greater Akron Chamber we have been working closely with Mayor Horrigan, County Executive Ilene Shapiro and dozens of leaders within the philanthropic, business and non-profit ecosystem through our shared Elevate Greater Akron economic development strategy that includes driving action and measurable progress on economic inclusion.

Akron Launches Rubber City Match Program to Help Entrepreneurs, Great Streets Districts

2/25/2020

Akron is launching a new program called Rubber City Match that aims to help both entrepreneurs and the city's Great Streets initiative. The program, which Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan is expected to formally announce at his state of the city address Wednesday, Feb. 26, provides new and existing businesses in the 12 Great Streets Akron districts with financial aid, training and education. It also matches businesses to vacant retail properties in the districts, according to a news release.

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.

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Virtual Happy Hour for Young Professionals

9/10/2020

Casual happy hour presentation for young professional advisors in Greater Akron. It's a fun opportunity to connect with local colleagues while learning how Akron Community Foundation can equip you to accomplish your clients' goals through philanthropy.

WHEN

Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020 4-5 p.m.

WHERE

Virtual platform – details will be provided upon registration

DETAILS

Wear your favorite concert T-shirt and BYOB!

HOSTS

Matt Hochstetler, David J. Simmons & Associates Michael McLelland, PNC Institutional Asset Management Brittany Baranowski, CBIZ
Mike Grater, Highland Consulting Associates
Alex Rupert, Sequoia Financial Group
Laura Fink, Akron Community Foundation

QUESTIONS?
Laura Fink | 330-436-5611 | [email protected]

REGISTRATION
Registration is free. Reserve your spot by Sept. 11 at www.akroncf.org/YPAC.

U of A CBA Business Analytics Innovation Summit

8/28/2020

There is no doubt that the Business Analytics (BA) revolution (or hype?) continues at a blistering pace, with machine learning algorithms now taking their place as the "magical" technology of the day. While the initial fears about knowledge worker replacement have abated, many are wondering just how well their decisions can be "augmented" by their pal, the algorithm. And companies are amassing huge lakes of unanalyzed data just in case there are some gems amidst the dross.

Back in the trenches, business must do what they have always done: identify the right problem, gather the right data, perform the right analysis, and make the right decision.

The focus of this year’s Business Analytics Innovation Summit will be on decision–making. How has the use of Business Analytics (BA) changed the way your firm goes about deciding what to do? Specifically:

  • How do you decide what data, and how much data to collect? How long do you keep it, and in what format? What surprising things have you learned about data management in the past few years?
  • How do you prioritize what problems to try to solve using BA? Have you created new governance mechanisms? What makes the BA era different? Is BA just another element in your IT portfolio, or is it managed separately?
  • How do you choose which analyses to do? And how do you ensure that the decisions these analyses recommend are actually carried out in practice? How do you evaluate the risks that come with offloading a certain portion of the decision to a machine?

Emerging Mental Health Issues in the Workplace

8/18/2020

Hosted by Portage County Society for Human Resource Management, Summa Health and The NEW Center Emerging Mental Health Issues in the Workplace Join this virtual event discussing emerging mental health issues and concepts in the workplace. The panel of experts will give their insights during a brief presentation followed by an extensive Q&A session where attendees are encouraged to participate! Presenters: Employment Law Attorney Counseling Psychologist Psychiatrist EAP Counselor Occupational Health Physician Cost: $15 When: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 Time: NOON - 1:30 p.m. Where: Zoom link and log in information will be sent prior to the event to registered attendees *Earn 1.5 SHRM Hours for participating Register: https://pchra.shrm.org/forms/september-23rd-emerging-mental-health-issues-workplace

AAF Movie Trivia Night

6/30/2020

July 15 | 5:30pm - 6:30pm Zoom Hosted by National CineMedia Topic: 80’s-Disney-Actors/Roles-Marvel-Sports Free to participate. Each player will have their own pen/paper to write down the answers to the questions shown on the screen (and read by the host for those with video issues). At the end of the game, host will reveal the correct answers. It is based on the honor system as to how many each player got correct. Prizes will be mailed to the winners! Limited to the first 25 participants. Registration https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIudu-gqz8jEtXC8cuq6-kGeZ0mLHFS4svq

The CoLounge Tours

6/19/2020

Stop in and check out all the amenities that the CoLounge offers. Monday, June 22nd 4-7pm Wednesday, June 24th 10-1pm Friday, June 26th 10-1pm SPECIAL FOUNDERS RATES are now available via www.thecolounge.com. Inquire online and come next week to lock them in!

Kristen Birkbeck
[email protected]com

Open Arms Adoptions: Big Cup Golf Tournament

5/21/2020

July 10 at Fairways at Twin Lakes, registration will be at 8 a.m. with staggered tee times. BIG CUP TOURNAMENT Big cup golf: 8″ cup instead of 4″ cup. Limit of 60 golfers total, 2 people per cart. $85 per ticket 2 drink tickets 50/50 raffle Winner will get a prize Meal will be provided by the Overlook Restaurant. Spots have already been reserved so register at www.openarmsadopt.com today!

Ginger Swanson
[email protected]

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