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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.

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





Brace yourself for oddities, mysteries and astounding acts of advertising illusion! AAF-Akron holds its annual American Advertising Awards (locally known as the Akron-Canton ADDYs) at The Akron Civic Theatre on Friday, February 22, 2019. The prestigious American Advertising Awards event is a three-tiered national competition conducted annually by AAF. It honors creative excellence and cultivates the highest standards in the industry. With entries from Akron, Canton and surrounding areas, it is the largest advertising and marketing event in the area.

This year’s theme is ADDY Cadabra and is hosted by Eric Mansfield. The reception, beginning at 5:00 pm, includes restaurant tasting stations, a gallery of creative and cash bar. The award ceremony begins at 7:30 pm. Immediately following the awards, the official ADDYs After Party will kick off right on stage. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate and network with 400 area advertising and marketing communications professionals, industry suppliers and students! Greater Akron Chamber members receive $30 off non-member tickets by using this code: GACADDY19 

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!  

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.


More Member News & Events

Business Communication Specialists Breakfast & Learn 2018: Are You Ready to Embrace World Class VoIP on Aug. 22

8/2/2018

This event is for any company with as few as 10 and as many as 5,000 phone users who is looking to replace their phone system within the next 24 months. If your want to take the steps to learn and understand VoIP at a very high level, gather your team and join us. Whether your current system is nearing end of life, no longer supported or does not integrate with your current business processes, this event is for you!

VANTAGE Aging Grand Opening & Open House on Aug. 21

8/2/2018

VANTAGE Aging invites the community to our Grand Opening.  Join us in celebrating the power of positive aging as we open our NEW location in Akron. Hear from our special guests Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro and Akron Mayor Daniel Horrigan during a ribbon cutting ceremony. Then, enjoy building tours, an ice cream social, and gift card giveaways. Please RSVP by August 14 to [email protected] or call (330) 253-4597.

Women's Network Announces New Executive Director

7/23/2018

The Women’s Network of Northeast Ohio welcomes Jan Conrad as its new Executive Director. Ms. Conrad brings extensive experience in business startups, expansion strategy and an in-depth understanding of the unique issues faced by women in the workplace. As Executive Director, Ms. Conrad’s focus will be on building community impact, organizational capacity, growth momentum, and program development. This includes the upcoming Women’s Leadership Summit: Flux, a full day conference to focus on empowering women and creating equitable workplaces in our community.

The Karcher Group August 1 Lunch & Learn: Marketing in a Mobile World on Aug. 1

7/19/2018

We're living in a mobile world and your customers expect a seamless experience between their desktop and smartphone when they need to access your product or service. During our Marketing in a Mobile World session, we'll cover the various conversion points of the customer experience and how to meet them from a marketing and website development perspective. This event is free, and we’ll provide lunch.

SCORE Presents Social Media Workshop on Aug. 1, 8 & 15

7/19/2018

Join SCORE for a seminar that will show you the value of using social media to reach your customers, how it can lead to new customers and how it drives repeat business from your current customers. We’ll take a look at the most popular social media networks and help you decide what is right for your business. We’ll also look at what to post on social media. There is a $15 non-refundable registration fee for this course. 

Business Analytics Innovation Summit 2018 on Sep. 13

7/19/2018

Hosted by the Center for Information Techonologies & eBusiness at The University of Akron

This Summit will explore the real-world applications of data analytics and the tools you can leverage to grow your business and gain a competitive edge. Hear stories of seasoned practitioners discussing how to take products to market, develop knowledge that contributes to the success of the analytics ecosystem, and drive enhanced performance by harnessing the power of data analytics.

DriveIT Presents July MYOB Community Workshop "Designing an Effective Technical Interview Process" on Jul. 24

7/11/2018

Designing and implementing an effective technical interview process is critical in attracting/ evaluating technical talent. This free workshop highlights the necessary steps behind crafting a process that evaluates skill sets, actual accomplishments, culture fit and leadership potential. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and presentation begins promptly at 6 p.m. This MYOB installment is designed and led by DriveIT CEO Eric Wise. 

Seating is limited -- Attendance is at 50% so reserve your spot today.

MAGNET Announces the Grand Opening of the Rubber City MAGNET office in MAGNET South!

7/11/2018

MAGNET’s new office is designed to better serve the manufacturing businesses of Summit and Stark Counties through hands-on consulting, workforce development, new product development, and more. Grand opening to be held on August 8th with Formal Comments and Ribbon Cutting to begin at 4 p.m.  For over 30 years, MAGNET: The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network, has served the 21 counties of Northeast Ohio from its headquarters in Cleveland.  As of August 8th, MAGNET will “double down” on serving the manufacturing companies of Summit, Stark, Wayne, Medina, Portage, Mahoning, Columbiana, Tuscarawas and Homes counties through opening a new office at 9 North Main Street in Akron.  The core of this critical area contains over 1,300 manufacturing businesses, according to the Ohio Manufacturers Association.  MAGNET will focus on serving the manufacturing community from this new centrally-located satellite office.

Susan G. Komen Northeast Ohio Presents Akron Race for the Cure on Oct. 13

7/10/2018

The Race for the Cure® is celebrating its 8th year in the City of Akron on October 13 at Canal Park. Thanks to events such as the Race, Komen NEO has invested more than $15 million in local programs that assist low-income, disadvantaged women from accessing the life-saving services they need to diagnose & treat the disease. The Komen Race Series welcomes people of all ages & fitness levels, from walkers to elite runners.

AtNetPlus Experience the Solutions to Your Business Problems on Jul. 11 & Jul. 12

7/5/2018

Experience powerful solutions for whatever challenge your business is facing. The Customer Immersion Experience (CIE) is hands-on introduction to productivity tools. A true-to-life experience takes you through everyday business situations (working remotely, collaborating with coworkers) to let you see how you can make it all easy, convenient and secure. 

Naturalawn of America Offers All Natural Tick Flea Program

7/2/2018

ATTN:  Anyone in the greater Akron Area with a lawn.We can control and kill ticks, fleas & mosquitoes for an event or daily peace of mind for your pets & family!  Free quotes and guaranteed results!  Call (330) 920-9182.

The Ben Curtis Family Foundation Presents An Evening on the Links on Jul. 23

6/27/2018

The Ben Curtis Family Foundation was founded by 2003 British Open Champion, Ben Curtis and his wife, Candace in 2013. The mission of the Foundation is to help alleviate childhood hunger. Join us on Saturday, July 21st for a very special evening with a strolling dinner, full bar, dancing, and a charity auction at the Country Club of Hudson. Register early- seating is limited. 

4th Annual Ben Curtis Family Foundation Golf Classic on Aug. 21

6/27/2018

The Ben Curtis Family Foundation will host our 4th Annual Golf Classic on the North Course at Firestone Country Club. We hope you will join us for this exclusive event. We have a limited amount of golfers and company sponsorships, so please register early.  Schedule: 11:00 a.m. - Registration and Lunch 12:15 p.m. - 30 minute Clinic with Ben 1:00 p.m. - Shotgun Start 5:30 p.m. - Awards and Live Auction with heavy Hors D’oeuvres

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