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Current highlights include:

Early Learning is No Small Matter Special Screening on Apr. 17


Kevin Thompson, Regional President of PNC, and Joe Kanfer, Venturer and Chairman of GOJO Industries, invite you to a special screening of No Small Matter, the first feature documentary to explore the most overlooked, underestimated, and powerful force for good in America today: early childhood education.  

AtNetPlus Presents "Business Technology Forecast" on Apr. 30


Could Your Business Survive a Cyber Attack? 

60% of small businesses close their doors within 6 months of a data breach. Preparation and action can make all the difference in the aftermath of an attack. Our content experts will help lead your business down a proactive path and educate you on today's cyber threats. Through the lens of Technology, Law, and Finance, we will share a unique perspective that prepares you to protect and grow your business. 

Click here to RSVP for free (Breakfast included).

Predicting the Fate of Your Business

As we cover data protection & cyber security, the future of the workforce with more flexibility, and getting the best ROI from your technology, you can start to see where your business stacks up in these areas. The industry is changing and being able to adapt makes the difference between success or failure. 

Join the Forecast on April 30th and start planning the future of your company.

5th Annual Greater Akron Summit Business Conference & Expo on May 20 & 22


The Greater Summit Business Conference & Expo is a shared initiative by the County of Summit and City of Akron, and many others.  The event brings together small business, minority business enterprises, and corporations from across the State of Ohio to engage with corporations for the purpose of growth and development.

Attendees will be able to capitalize on numerous benefits from attending this event including workshops, the business-to-business trade show, and networking. Certified small businesses may also be eligible for contract opportunities provided by corporations as well as city and state agencies.

The Pitch Competition provides entrepreneurs and small business owners an opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of successful corporate leaders and business owners. The panelists will evaluate the participants business plan, ideas, and goals. The panelists will then make recommendations and assist where can.

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.

More Member News & Events

Cal Thomas and Juan Williams to Speak at Kent State University at Stark on Apr. 12


Kent State University at Stark’s next featured speakers are distinct voices on the American political scene, Cal Thomas and Juan Williams.  In a fair and balanced format, the duo will debate about issues driving America’s future and political leadership at 7:30 p.m. April 12 at the Kent State University at Stark Conference Center.
With more than 60 years on the frontlines of American politics, Thomas, a syndicated newspaper columnist and Fox News contributor, and Williams, a political analysist who launched his journalistic career at The Washington Post, will share their knowledge and commitment to presenting the facts.

Bloom Event Planners "Seeds to Seasoning" on Apr. 25


Enjoy a 3-course dinner prepared by executive chef Anthony Scolaro while learning about growing and using herbs to enhance the flavor of your dishes. Members from the Medina Herb Society will share their knowledge on planting and growing herbs and you will leave with your very own mini herb garden. To register click link below.

Employee Tip Video on Apr. 5 & 6


Job-Applications.com will be paying $20 for interviews with former employees of major brands for our YouTube channel. The event will take place in the Student Union on The University of Akron's main campus- 303 Carroll St, Akron Ohio 44325 on April 5th and 6th from 10am-4pm both days in Room 318. Candidates are required to sign a waiver.

FASTSIGNS of Medina Expands, Merges with Pilot Signs


Tob Coss, owner of FASTSIGNS® of Medina, and Ed Gonzales, owner of Pilot Signs, are coming together to merge their resources, personnel and experience to expand their business and production capabilities. Effective April 1, 2018, the merged businesses will operate under FASTSIGNS of Medina in the center’s current location at 2736 Medina Road.



Hilscher-Clarke provides 24-hour emergency maintenance and a full breadth of services – ranging from advanced testing, automation, data, voice and video work and more. We do it all, and we do it well. We know your community. There’s a benefit to being close to home. After continued success in Stark and Coshocton counties, we’ve expanded in Akron to better serve our customers. Our growing crew of nearly 400 employees welcomed to the team 60 new local electricians with our Akron expansion at 441 Munroe Falls Road.

One of Environmental Design Group's Founding Members Passes


William J. Bandy, Jr., one of Environmental Design Group's founding members, recently passed away at the age of 78. Bill was instrumental in leading the leverage buyout of Snell Environmental to form Environmental Design Group, Inc. in 1984. He served as President and Chairman of the Board from 1984 until his retirement in 2004. He was quiet in nature but held himself with the utmost integrity and garnered great respect from his staff and peers. Dedicated to his profession, his career spanned more than 45-years as an active member of ASME and ASCE. He supported numerous student development alumni programs at the University of Akron, most notably its Women in Engineering program which encourages women to join the field. A celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, April 25 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Clifford-Shoemaker Funeral Home in Cuyahoga Falls. A colleague, a mentor, and a friend, Bill's presence will be greatly missed.

T-Shirt Wearers Could Win Spirit Airlines Vouchers in "Wear Your 330 Shirt to Work Day" Contest


You look great in that shirt, and the Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau wants you to share it with the world! As part of their “Wear Your 330 Shirt to Work Day” promotion, the A/SCVB is encouraging everyone to post selfies on social media for a chance to win two round-trip Spirit Airlines vouchers. The vouchers - a total value of $1,000 - will allow passengers to travel to just about any destination Spirit Airlines offers from the Akron-Canton Airport (some restrictions may apply). To be eligible for the contest, photos must:

VANTAGE Aging (formerly Mature Services) is Seeking Nominations for Awards


VANTAGE Aging (formerly Mature Services) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that promotes successful aging by providing programs to support the needs of older adults wishing to age in place. Each year, we host the SOAR Awards (Summit Oscars for Aging Resources) to recognize those in Summit County who are making a difference in the lives of older adults. We are seeking nominations for awards that may align with Greater Akron Chamber members’ interests. The Innovations in Aging Award goes to a person or organization who has done something innovative in the last year in Summit County to serve older adults. The Age Friendly Business Award goes to a business in Summit County who strives to be friendly to older adults in how they do business. Nominations are open through April 1 and can be made at vantageaging.org/events/soar/soar-nominations/.

ALIGN to Optimize Changing Technology to Stay Competitive IoT Event on Apr. 17


You don’t want to miss hearing from industry leaders about the impact rapidly changing technology is impacting how companies do business and recruit skilled talent.  A great event is being planned for and by the TechHire network with speakers from National Interstate Insurance, GOJO, Diebold, Summa, and Nanotronics.
Why attend the event?
  • Companies – finding skilled talent can be a challenge, but finding talent that will keep your company competitive in a time when technology is rapidly changing can create a greater challenge.  Come learn more about IoT technologies and the impact they have on how companies are doing business, how other companies are recruiting and retaining talent with these IoT skills and of course, the opportunity to network. 
  • Educators and workforce programs – hear what is needed in a skilled workforce and come develop innovative solutions our community can do together to build a talent pipeline in a world of rapidly changing technologies.
  • Economic and business developers – workforce is an important piece of a strong economic development strategy.  When companies are looking to locate or expand in our region, they need the confidence that a skilled workforce is accessible to them.  Come share about our region’s workforce needs and how we can become a tech talent hub that drives growth.

H & R Block Shred Event on Mar. 24


The Fairlawn Town Center office and the Belden Village Office will host “shred events,” where clients and other members of the community can come in to have their personal paperwork professionally,safely and securely shredded at no cost 2855 W. Market Street. Fairlawn, Ohio 4068 Belden Village Street (across from the mall) Canton, Ohio

Hale Farm & Village Presents Sow & Grow Farm Festival and Plant Sale on Jun. 9 & 10


Experience the past and present farming lifestyle of draft horse demonstrations, oxen talks, wheel plowing gardens, beekeeping and exploring the gardens on property maintained by the Great Lakes Brewing Company and the Bath Gamma Garden Club. The festival also features chicken keeping talks, sheep shearing, fiber dyeing and much more! June 9 and 10, 10 am – 5 pm Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 3 – 12 years of age, and free for members.  Click here for more informaton.

TEDxAkron 2018 on Apr. 21


TEDxAkron was organized in an effort to bring members of the Akron community together to discuss issues that impact the community and bring a positive change to the world beginning in Akron, Ohio.  At the TEDxAkron 2018 event on April 21, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. 

AAF-Akron Presents Immersive Technology Bootcamp on Mar. 22


Join us at Bounce, Akron's first innovation hub for New Territory's Immersive Technology Bootcamp. Virtual and augmented reality technology is here to stay and can be a great new business tool. Learn from the experts, experience live demos, and enjoy light appetizers at this one-of-a-kind event. Located on the 6th floor in Suite 607C. Park in the visitor's lot across from the blue awning. Enter under that awning and take the elevator to the 6th floor. Free!

Community Connections Northeast Ohio Seeking Employment Hosts for Students


Community Connections is seeking host employers for Summit County’s 2018 Summer Youth Employment Program, sponsored by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services (ODJFS). ODJFS acts as the employer who pays all wages, covers BWC, background checks, fingerprinting, and assumes liability. You just provide the work, they provide the labor! Students are supervised at all times by a highly qualified job coach, at a ratio of one job coach to two students. Students work four hours/day, five days/week. You pick the hours!

Soap Box Derby Continues Impacting Community Through Racing and STEM Education Programs


The International Soap Box Derby’s used Derby Downs for more than 70 events and over 10,000 trips down its historic track by community members and visitors as reported in the recently released Annual Report. Over 600 schools and 10,000 students are participating in the International Soap Box Derby’s STEM education programs. The All-American Racing program has more than 95 race districts which conducted 1,299 races with over 3,500 youth competing.

Pro Football Hall of Fame Concert for Legends Featuring Maroon 5 on Aug. 5


Maroon 5, one of pop music’s most enduring artists and one of the 21st Century’s biggest acts, will headline the 2018 Concert for Legends. The GRAMMY® Award-winning multiplatinum powerhouse’s performance will close out the 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls.  Concert for Legends tickets go on sale Friday, March 9 at 10 a.m. ET and may be purchased at www.ProFootballHOF.com/tickets. Ticket prices range from $50 to $275.

25th Annual Greater Akron Speaks Out for Values Breakfast on Apr. 30


25th Annual Greater Akron Speaks Out for Values Breakfast Inspiring Transformation: Establishing Our Roots and Exploring Our Future

Join Heart to Heart Communications for our 25th Annual Breakfast with speaker Ken Babby, Owner & CEO, Akron RubberDucks. Ken is an innovative, local leader, who has transformed the Akron RubberDucks as well as gone through transformations in his personal life. For more info and to register, visit h2hc.org.

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