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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

Akron Area YMCA Presents "P.S. I Love You 5K" on Sep. 14

7/8/2019

These races benef the Kohl Family YMCA and our Middlebury neighbors.  The 5K and 1M event begins and ends at the Kohl Family YMCA/Summa Health campus in East Akron and travels through the Middlebury neighborhood, where they will meet and experience the people and businesses committed to the revitalization of this historic community . Participants will have the opportunity to “leave a lasting impression” at the end of their journey by contributing to a public art piece by Mac Love. For more Info: www.akronymca.org/psiloveyou

Hale Farm & Village Presents Pottery Workshop in July and August

7/1/2019

When was the last time you learned a historic craft? In 19th-century-style pottery, slab construction allows the potter to easily repeat forms. This then offers the chance for creative surface design on pottery pieces, such as adding texture and details with rubber stamps, found objects, and more. After you hand-build your very own piece, it will later be salt fired, which is a beautiful and functional reflection of historical earthenware. Finished pieces will be available for pick-up after scheduled firing, approximately 4 weeks after the workshop date. Adults and youth age 11 and up Cost: $72 for members, $82 for non-members

Akron Zoo Carnival of Tails on Jul. 28

6/24/2019

Visit the Akron Zoo for a day of carnival themed fun! There will be bounce houses, games, crafts, music, and prizes to win! Don't forget fair food galore! Even the animals will be joining the festivities with carnival themed enrichment. 
 

Hale Farm & Village Adult Trick Or Treating on Oct. 25

6/24/2019

Trick or Treat for cocktails and sweets at our first, adults-only Halloween Party!  You’ll visit six Wine/Beer/Crafted Cocktail and Treat Pairing Stations as you weave and wind your way throughout the spooky grounds of Hale Farm & Village at dusk. We’ve hand selected the best locally-made goodies to pair with a variety of seasonal drinks for an experience like no other. Enjoy live, local music by Abraham James, beer tasting from Mucky Duck Brewery, and delicious food from our very own Cafe 1810. Come dressed to scare if you dare! Tickets must be purchased in advance for The Adult Trick Or Treat (general music night is free)

Akron Zoo is Hosting Five Brews at the Zoo this Year!

6/24/2019

The Akron Zoo is hosing five Brews this year! June 22, July 20, September 7, October 5, and Wild Lights Brew on December 12. Adults 21 and over can sample beers and enjoy local food trucks while traversing the zoo after hours!

Akron Zoo's Pride of Africa Grand Opening on Jul. 29

6/24/2019

The Akron Zoo is welcoming African lions, Speke's gazelles, and white storks in the new Pride of Africa habitat opening on July 29! The expanded area also includes a spray pad play station, Boma feeding area for goats, and extended train ride giving guests an exclusive look into the lion habitat. 

Goodwill Presents Employee of Distinction Luncheon on Sep. 4

6/24/2019

Goodwill serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties invites area employers to nominate their outstanding employees for its 18th Annual Employee of Distinction Award Luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. At no cost, area businesses can nominate employees they would like to publicly recognize for their efforts. The keynote speaker at this year’s event is County of Summit Executive Ilene Shapiro.

Hale Farm & Village Presents Monthly Thursday Night Music Club

6/24/2019

Unwind and relax during our monthly Thursday Night Music Club! These social events feature local live music, MarketPlace shopping, cash bar, food by our own Café 1810, and a featured winery or brewery. 5pm – 9pm Thursdays – Music begins at 6pm Thursday, July 18 – Dick Cooper with featured winery It’s Your Winery Thursday, August 15 – Gretchen Pleuss with featured winery Nauti Vine Winery Thursday, September 19 – Katie Robinson with featured meadery Fiesty Brood Meadery Free Admission (museum sites are not open) and Free Parking For more information, please call (330) 666-3711.

Arthritis Foundation is Now Seeking Red & White on Thursday Night Committee Members!

6/12/2019

Help plan Akron's premier food & wine event! We are seeking volunteers to join the planning committee for the 2020 Red & White on Thursday Night, home of Akron Life magazine's 330 Flavor Awards. Grow your network, connect with corporate and healthcare leaders and support the Arthritis Foundation by helping plan one of the area's finest food & wine events! Contact Allison Harris at (216) 352-6152.

Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium Open House on Jun. 13

5/28/2019

Come explore Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium & Entertainment Complex.  This event will provide business leaders with the chance to discover unique entertainment opportunities for clients and employees while aligning your brand with the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Our events are designed to deliver the impact and return on investment you're looking for. From club seating to luxury suites, don't miss this exclusive opportunity to view all that Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium has to offer!

Learn More and Register at https://www.profootballhof.com/OpenHouse/.
 

WKSU Awarded General Excellence OAPME Prize for Fifth Year

5/10/2019

WKSU staff was honored with ten awards from Ohio Associated Press Media Editors (OAPME) in a Columbus ceremony on May 4. Top honors went to WKSU for General Excellence-Radio, the fifth consecutive year the newsroom earned the acknowledgement. The OAPME Awards reflect stand-out work created in 2018.

Revitalize Open House on May 30

5/7/2019

Revitalize Medical Group is so thankful for all of their loyal patients who trust them enough to refer their family and friends to them. They are celebrating another successful year, so they would like to thank YOU with another open house/ party!  This event is also for patients who have been curious about what they do, and to check them out with no committment.

Revitalize will have free chair massage, an opportunity to try acupuncture, an essential oil station and more.  They will also have a tincture-making station, free evaluation of your stress with Heart Math, and mini lectures like last year -- topics to be posted later. Brittany from Alternative Therapuetics will demonstrate neurofeedback and tell us who could benefit.  Hear from Bonnie Hayhurst about music therapy.  Dr. Candace Geisiki of Birthfit, will speak about acupuncture, and you will have the opportunity to try it if you would like! sign up.

Profile by Sanford now in Medina and Stow!

4/26/2019

Profile by Sanford is now in Medina and Stow! Contact us for a free consultation and see what we're all about! Meet our certified coaches, sample our delicious food, and learn about the plans we offer to get you back on track to reach your wellness goals. Call today at (330) 461-9651 and don't forget to mention you are a Chamber member!

Hale Farm & Village Car Meet on Jul 21

4/25/2019

Come explore cars from car clubs, car enthusiasts, private collectors and the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum - parked in the historic landscape of Hale Farm & Village! Come explore the old, the new and everything in between in this open registration car meet. The entire 19th century living history museum is also open to enjoy. Explore historic homes, see craft and trade demonstrations and visit the gardens and farm animals at Hale Farm & Village. Tickets/Contact: Car Owner/Club Registration is $10 to register a vehicle. Please visit https://www.wrhs.org/events/hfv-car-meet/ or call 330-666-3711 x 1713 to register. 

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