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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.

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More Member News & Events

Jessica S. Forrest Joins Cleveland Office of Reminger Co., LPA

10/28/2019

Reminger Co., LPA is pleased to announce that Jessica S. Forrest has joined the Cleveland, Ohio office of Reminger Co., LPA. Jessica focuses her practice on matters involving probate litigation, trust disputes, estate administration, and estate planning. Prior to joining Reminger, Jessica worked at a small general practice firm in Akron, Ohio, working in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration, real estate, general civil litigation, small business law, and personal injury matters. 

Kent State University at Stark Presents Guitar Weekend on Oct 31 - Nov. 2

10/22/2019

Kent State University at Stark will present Guitar Weekend, a three-day festival for guitar enthusiasts.  Free and open to the public, the event is a celebration of all styles of guitar playing and features some of the most respected guitarists nationwide.  Organized by Professor Erin Vaughn, lecturer of music and coordinator of guitar and studio ensembles at Kent State Stark, Guitar Weekend is in its fourth year and blends a series of guitar workshops and concerts during the three-day span. This year’s event features guitarists who have performed with Van Morrison, Norah Jones and more. 

Akron Zoo to host Ghost Tours on Oct. 31

10/21/2019

The Akron Zoo is hosting the second annual Ghost Tours featuring guided tours of the zoo, led in partnership with Team Spectre, a leading paranormal group in northeast Ohio. The guided ghost tours, which begin promptly at 6:30 p.m., will include legendary ghost stories filled with historical facts about the zoo and its ghostly residents. The event also includes up-close animal encounters. Tickets are on sale now at akronzoo.org for $15 per person. This event is for guests 10 years or older.  For more information visit www.akronzoo.org or call (330) 375-2550.

AAF-Akron Presents Fourth Annual Holiday "Merry Mingle" Charity Networking Event on 

10/21/2019

Visit Santa before he gets too busy! Join AAF-Akron, AMA NEO, NSME and PRSA Akron for our annual holiday networking event to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve. There will be food stations, cash bar, 50/50 raffle and a gallery  of kid club art for sale.  $10 cover charge.  Event is open to all.  You do not have to be a member of any of the hosting organizations to participate.  Registration deadline is November 15.

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens presents DECK THE HALL

10/21/2019

One million lights illuminate Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens during DECK THE HALL, the estate's spectacular annual holiday event taking place from 5-8pm on November 29-30, December 1, 5-8, 12-23, and 26-30, 2019.

2019 ATHENA Leadership Awards Dinner

10/16/2019

ATHENA Akron, Inc. will honor the 2019 ATHENA Leadership Award Recipients and Finalists at a dinner and awards program. The event recognizes exemplary women leaders for their professional achievement, community involvement, and for actively assisting women in reaching their full leadership potential.

This year’s Leadership Award recipients will join more than 60 local women leaders who have been honored as recipients or finalists of this important award. Recipients to be honored with the 2019 ATHENA Leadership Award include Traci Buckner, Executive Director, Akron Children’s Museum; and Grace Wakulchik, President and CEO, Akron Children’s Hospital.  Award finalists to be honored include Tina Boyes, Executive Director, Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance; Pamela Kiltau, Vice President of Private Wealth Management, Baird; and Pamela Wright, Partner, Sikich LLP.

The recipient to be honored with the 2019 ATHENA Young Professional Award is Erin Victor, Director of Engagement and Events, Focal Point, and Founder, Akron Snow Angels.  Award finalists to be honored include Kimberly Huff, Community Relations Representative, OMNOVA Solutions Foundation; and Antha Poleondakis, Investment Associate, Merrill Lynch.

Registration and networking begins at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 5:45 p.m. The evening’s program will be led by Retired Judge Carla Moore, and the Keynote Speaker will be 2018 ATHENA Leadership Award recipient, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s Sherry Neubert.  For more information, please contact Jana McClish at [email protected].

Spectrum Reach Presents a Networking Event at Market Garden Brewery on Oct. 24

10/14/2019

Join us for an exclusive event, with marketing keynote speaker and author Gerry O’Brion. At the event, you’ll also have a chance explore the new Spectrum Reach Ad Portal and enter to win a pair of Bose Quiet Comfort 35 Noise-Cancelling Headphones.  We’re taking the opportunity to celebrate Northeast Ohio businesses. Enjoy complimentary food and cocktails while mingling with other Cleveland-area professionals. Space is limited, so be sure to grab your spot today. RSVP here: https://go2.spectrumreach.com/NEOhio_AdPortal
 

Akron Urban League Presents Procurement Corridor Event on Oct. 24

10/4/2019

If you are a business owner and need information on how to find opportunities and contracts for your business, this event is for you!

Key Goals:

  • Business owners will meet face-to-face with local companies and learn how to bid on their contracting opportunities.
  • Business owners will be provided details on how to do business in the Greater Akron Region.
  • Business owners will receive coaching on how to navigate a vendor registration process in order to register and bid on opportunities.
  • Business owners will connect with agencies that have resources and services that can help with managing and growing a business.
Lunch and beverages will be provided for this event.  For more information, contact Carla Matthews:  Phone: (234) 542-4142 | Email: [email protected]
 

Divas with a Dream Networking Luncheon on Oct. 31

10/4/2019

You're invited to have lunch with other amazing professional women for synergy, energy, encouragement and comaraderie!  We inspire one another with inspiration, motivation and education.  Our topic for discussion is "Stress! The Silent Killer."

AAF-Akron Presents Marketing Communications Showcase on Oct. 24

10/1/2019

Meet Your Local Experts and Resources. Make connections and learn about valuable resources to help build your organization! Discover new ways to market your organization. This trade-show-style event will give you the opportunity to meet these unique exhibitors:

1. Baker Media Group
2. Better Business Bureau of Akron
3. Excelsior Marking
4. Fisher Institute for Professional Selling / The University of Akron
5. Graffitti Print Shop
6. JMC Brands
7. Kleidon & Associates
8. Lamar Advertising
9. Lodestone True North
10. Mohawk Paper
11. New Territory
12. Northern Ohio Printing
13. Sappi
14. Taylor Institute for Direct Marketing/The University of Akron
15. TechStyleLab – the Fashion School at Kent State University
16. United States Postal Service
17. WAKR / WONE / WQMX / WNWV
18. WRL Advertising
19. West Side Publishing Co.

TICKETS $10 Members of AAF, PRSA, NSME $20 Non-Members $5 Students
Hors d’oeuvres, raffle prizes and cash bar available throughout the event. 

Warwick 2019 Technology Expo on Oct. 10

9/26/2019

Enjoy an afternoon lunch on the Cavs new practice court, tour the facility, speak with technology industry experts, and have the opportunity to go home with the grand prize of a night on the town in Cleveland, on us!

The Technology Expo will bring together business owners, C-level executives and senior IT professionals across all industries to discuss today’s current business and technology landscape. The event will feature demonstrations from some of today’s top business technology, along with a Cybersecurity keynote address from Warwick Chief Information Security Officer - Dan Banick.

Visit Warwickinc.com/technology-expo-2019 to learn more and register for the event or call us at (800) 860-0300

Ohio Launches “TechCred” to Give Businesses Access to Top Tech Talent

9/26/2019

Lt. Governor Jon Husted recently announced the launch of TechCred, a program that connects businesses with the talent they need and gives employees the ability to earn industry-recognized, technology-focused credentials, better preparing them for a job in today’s advanced, technology-infused economy.

Summit Metro Parks Announces October 2019 Programs & Events

9/16/2019

Summit Metro Parks offers something for everyone, including the following programs and events: Wednesday, October 2, 6:30 - 8 p.m. HIKE & FIRE: FLIGHT AT NIGHT Firestone Metro Park / Tuscarawas Meadows Area 2620 Harrington Rd., Akron Take a hike in search of creatures that take flight at night: owls, flying squirrels, moths and bats. Then, cozy up to a fire and listen to stories about our mysterious neighbors. Program will be moved to the shelter if it rains. Good for spree credit. For information, call 330-865-8065. Click here to read more.

Aerospace Perspectives: Past, Present and the Future on Sep. 24

9/9/2019

Co-Sponsored by Kent State University College of Aeronautics and Engineering

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and the 30th anniversary of Ohio Aerospace Institute by joining us for thoughtful perspectives on the past, present and future of commercial and defense aviation and cyber security. This full day program offers:

  • Connections to aerospace opportunities
  • Networking with industry leaders including retired NASA astronauts, legal and cyber security experts
  • Best practices and compliance requirements for government contracts, as well as control requirements for aerospace, including industry, academia and research organizations
  • Information on how your company can fi ll the growing maintenance, repair and overhaul need in the aerospace industry
We hope you will join us for the first in a series of programs covering various topics relevant to aerospace in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing, as well as the 30th anniversary of Ohio Aerospace Institute. Join us along with various aerospace industry leaders to hear thoughtful perspectives on the past, present; and future of our industry. Examine current trends, and best practices affecting advanced technology and component manufacturers in the aerospace and research arena.

OPEN M 2019 Networking Extravaganza on Oct. 30

8/30/2019

Join us for a multi-chamber event dedicated to expanding your own network. Enjoy free samples from local food and beverage vendors and mingle with other young professionals along with seasoned veterans. Tour the OPEN M facility to learn more about our exciting strides in Akron.

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