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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

CliftonLarsonAllen's 2nd Annual Celebrate Manufacturing Day Breakfast on Oct. 3

8/28/2019

Join us for our 2nd Annual Celebrate Manufacturing Day Breakfast. This year a panel of local high school students and representatives from manufacturing companies will discuss a range of topics from entering the workforce to the issues growing the workforce. Following the panel, our event will flow into a student and professional networking session. 

If your company is interested in purchasing a table for the networking portion of the event, please e-mail Kelly Unger ([email protected]) for more information. 

Schedule 
7:45 – 8:15 a.m. — Registration and Breakfast 
8:15 – 8:25 a.m. — Welcome 
8:25 – 9:35 a.m. — Panel Discussion 
9:35 – 11:00 a.m. — Student and Professional Networking 

This event is free and open to the public.

Barberton Business/Employer Breakfast on Aug. 21

8/15/2019

Join Barberton Mayor Judge for a breakfast and networking event for the business community as the topics of talent recruitment, workforce retention and supply chain hardships will be discussed. Resources will be available to help you address your workforce issues and allow you to walk away with initiatives you can take action on immediately.

CAK Travel Forum on Sep. 24

8/13/2019

For travelers looking for smarter, healthier travel and insight into the airline industry, the Akron-Canton Airport is hosting an interactive travel forum. Join us for coffee and refreshments as we discuss how to optimize your business travel experience. Our agenda includes exciting experts in fields ranging from travel programs to travel health and beyond. This event is free, but you must RSVP here: https://www.akroncantonairport.com/business-travel/travel-forum-sign-up

The Love Akron Network's 8th Annual Awards Breakfast Sep. 24

8/13/2019

Doors open at 6:45 for networking and breakfast buffet.  Program starts at 7:30 a.m.  Featured speaker- Ken Blanchard, best-selling author of The One Minute Manager and Lead Like Jesus Individual seats are $75, with a variety of sponsorship opportunities available.

RFP – Development Services City Owned Property at South Munroe Road Industrial Park

8/13/2019

The City of Akron and Summit County are soliciting proposals from qualified developers for the purchase and development of city-owned property located at the South Munroe Road Industrial Park . The project envisioned is a SPEC manufacturing facility(ies) to serve an underserved sector in the City and County real estate market. 

Summit Metro Parks Announces September 2019 Programs & Events

8/13/2019

Summit Metro Parks offers something for everyone, including the following programs and events: Sunday, September 1, 9:30 - 11 a.m. WHAT'S A WATERSHED? O'Neil Woods Metro Park / Trail Lot 2550 Martin Rd., Bath Hike to discover how water flows across the land and what you can do to help our local waterways thrive. Good for spree credit. For information, call (330) 865-8065.

Holiday Inn Akron-West/Fairlawn Presents "Murder by Magic Mystery Dinner" on Oct. 25

8/9/2019

Merchant Entertainment is offering an evening of spooky thrills and ghostly apparitions on the anniversary of a long-ago tragedy. In 1929 the Vaudeville magician, “Morgo the Magnificient” was performing with his beautiful wife, Clarissa – when something went tragically wrong and Clarissa wound up REALLY sawed in half. Click here for more information and to register.

Hope Changes Everything Gala on Sep. 13

8/6/2019

50 years is a milestone in any field. But 50 years spent serving others and improving the overall health of our community is even more impressive. It has taken huge efforts from so many people throughout the years to make that happen, so come out to this Cocktail-Chic Event to benefit Open M.  The Hope Changes Everything Gala is an evening of fine dining and spirited bidding in support of OPEN M's mission in being a community leader in breaking the cycle of poverty and transforming lives, one person and one family at a time. Tickets are $100 or $750 for a table of 8. If interested, contact Jess Rist at [email protected] or (330) 434-0110.

AAF-Akron Presents "Strategies for Increasing Diversity in Design Disciplines on Sep. 19

8/5/2019

Presented by Jacinda Walker Founder of designExplorr and author of Design Journeys.  The lack of diversity in design is not a new problem. Although scholars, employers, organizations, and design professionals have been investigating it for more than 50 years, the problem still exists. Come listen as Jacinda Walker explains the problems causing the lack of diversity in design, shares the need for more resources and outlines strategic solutions to close the diversity gap in design disciplines. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Business Analytics Innovation Summit on Sep. 27

7/30/2019

This year’s Business Analytics Innovation Summit will tackle the critical question of how to produce benefits from Business Analytics initiatives. The six speakers scheduled to present at the Innovation Summit this year will tell their stories of deriving business benefits by using Business Analytics in their organizations. Free parking, breakfast and boxed lunch are included in the program. Click here to learn more and to register.

Battered Women's Shelter and The Rape Crisis Center presents "No Harm Awards" on Jul. 25

7/17/2019

The Battered Women’s Shelter of Summit and Medina Counties will host the presentation of its first NO HARM Awards, as well a building dedication at the agency, located at 974 E. Market St. Agency officials stated the award was established to recognize community partners who have made a difference in how victims and survivors of domestic violence rebuild their lives one day at a time. For more information, contact Melissa Hamlin at (330) 860-5624 or email [email protected].

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