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Akron Zoo volunteers to create masks for local community 


Akron Zoo volunteers and staff have stepped up to sew masks from kits developed by the zoo’s veterinary team. Using a medical mask pattern from the University of Florida, volunteers are making masks with up to N99 level filtration using Halyard H600 surgical sterilization wrap material. These masks can be sterilized for reuse. 

Emerge Counseling Adds More Statewide Tele-Counseling Options


Amidst the current challenges of Covid-19, many people are experiencing anxieties and concerns due to the resultant economic and stay-at-home restrictions impact. In response to this need, Emerge Counseling has significantly increased its tele-counseling services. Currently, anyone in the state of Ohio could receive counseling support from one of Emerge Counseling’s 35+ licensed clinicians and, in many cases, that assistance would be covered by their insurance

April 2020 CareWorks Comp Workers' Comp and Unemployment COVID-19 Update


CareWorks Comp is acutely aware that the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) is an escalating global health concern. In light of this, clients will need their support more than ever in meeting the needs of their employees. CareWorks Comp also recognizes that a widespread outbreak could place increased demands on their capacity to meet those needs. They are fully committed to maintaining all services critical to the welfare of their clients and their employees. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and in order to provide the most timely and thorough information to all of their clients, they have included both public and private employer updates in one newsletter linked below . Please note that some of this information will not apply to you if you are a public employer.

Professional, Reliable Operator Training by Valley Industrial Trucks


OSHA requires forklift operator training for anyone that might operate a forklift. This extends beyond your normal operators to include anyone that might simply have to start a forklift for any reason. This could include managers, truck drivers etc... OSHA also requires: "All operator training and evaluation shall be conducted by persons who have the knowledge, training, and experience to train powered industrial truck operators and evaluate their competence."

METRO RTA Announces Free Fares Beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020


*UPDATE AS OF 4/5/2020 - Metro RTA Cutting Some Service in Akron; Pandemic Affecting Canton, Cleveland, Youngstown Transit* METRO Regional Transit Authority is offering free fares for all services, including line-service, SCAT, Call-A-Bus, and Northcoast Express, beginning Tuesday, March 17 until further notice. “These are challenging times for everyone,” said METRO Executive Director Dawn Distler. “By offering free fares, we hope to alleviate the financial burden so many folks are unexpectedly faced with in the communities we proudly serve. We also hope this assists with the distancing challenges our bur operators face when interacting with passengers during their trips.” METRO will continue providing service, but passengers are being encouraged to stay home if their trip is not medically or otherwise necessary. All passengers are encouraged to follow the CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of germs, including washing hands often and avoiding close physical contact.

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

Event: Go Over the Edge for Hattie Larlham


On Saturday, August 29, 2015, 100 daring fundraisers will rappel 22 stories down the PNC building in downtown Akron. The event raises funds for Hattie Larlham, a nonprofit that provides services to children and adults with developmental disabilities. To participate in this once-in-a-lifetime event, register at overtheedge.hattielarlham.org. Register as an individual or form a company team. Akron Chamber members save $20 with discount code: AKRONCH. Corporate partnerships and sponsorships are available.

Event: American Elite Kids Grand Re-Opening & Renovation Reveal


American Elite Kids Open House and Renovation Reveal! Wednesday August 26th 5-8pm FREE EVENT Featuring: Miss Katie's Preschool Playgroup Fresh Body Rock Victory Defense Systems More than just a simple coat of paint, AEK is undergoing a major renovation, and we want YOU to come and help us celebrate our new look!!! Bounce House Face painting Games & Prizes Featured Food Trucks: The Spread Southern Thangs Food Truck Popsmith Retro DogAmerican Elite Kids Grand Re-Opening & Renovation Reveal

Event: Chamber Hosts Ribbon Cutting at Teriyaki Madness


Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with the Greater Akron Chamber
July 15, 2015, 3-5pm
1 N. Hawkins Ave., Akron, OH  44313
(234) 231-1653
Teriyaki Madness - West Akron, Ohio is a new franchise based out of Las Vegas and Denver. It combines 2 hot trends - fast casual and Asian. The menu is based on West Coast Teriyaki style stir fry cooking.  The focus is on fresh ingredients with custom sauces made in house. With the West Akron location locally owned and operated, the owners are pleased to offer a taste and concept that is both new to the area as well as this part of the country. Please join us as we welcome this new restaurant to the community!

Event: Life Center Plus 2nd Annual Summer Blast


You are invited to this Summer's pool party on July 18 from 10a.m.- 7p.m.
Schedule of Events:

  • 10a.m.-12:00p.m. Gather up a team of friends, family or co-workers for a morning of adult-friendly activities! Get your game face on! * Make sure to register your teams!
  • Lunch 12:30-1:30p.m. Enjoy a Mexican-inspired lunch poolside at the Tiki Bar catered by Moe's!
  • Pool Party 1:30-7:00p.m.
Register here.   For questions, contact Tracy Cook at [email protected].

Voters Name Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park Tops in Gaming, Dining, and Entertainment


Northfield—Since Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park opened its doors on December 2013, the venue’s vision has been to become Ohio’s premier gaming, dining and entertainment destination.  Recently, Hard Rock Rocksino’s achievements in these areas have been recognized by local residents, media publications and professional organizations.

Event: The EMPOWER! Women’s Entrepreneurship Mastery Program Workshops


Women’s Network of Northeast Ohio invites women business owners to its next series of workshops, Series Two: Ultimate Strategic Planning, in its EMPOWER! Women’s Entrepreneurship Mastery Program.  Anita Murphy, an experienced business strategist, will lead each session.  The five-week course will be held every Thursday in July, 3 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., at the Akron Global Business Accelerator at 526 S. Main St.  To register or learn more, visit www.womensnetworkneohio.com/events or call (330) 256-1122.

Welcome to Daisy!


Get your kindergartener or first grader started in Girl Scouts to help her sparkle shine through! As a Daisy, she’ll learn about herself and the world around her with friends by her side. Start her adventure by completing the Welcome to Daisy Program this summer. She’ll get to do a variety of fun activities that can be done right at home. It’s the season for your girl to blossom as a Daisy! Visit gsneo.org/daisy to get started today!

Event: Career Alternative Exploration Seminar


Have you dreamed about owning your own business? Or maybe you’re in transition and looking for a career you will love while giving you financial and personal freedom and stability? You may not know where to begin, but we can start you on the path to achieving your goals. This free, informative seminar will answer your questions about franchise business ownership and help you decide if it is right for you. Join us July 7th at 6:30 pm! 6100 Oak Tree Blvd., Ste. 200, Independence, OH 44131.  For more information, contact Terese McGroarty of FranNet of Northeast Ohio at [email protected].

Event: Akron Marathon Corporate Cup Challenge


We've teamed up with Sterling Jewelers to present the Corporate Cup Challenge, which will give local companies the opportunity to compete against one another for the title of Corporate Cup Champion. Companies will earn points based upon the number of runners and volunteers, amount of money raised for local charities, and top finishers in the marathon, half marathon and team relay.

Event: Akron RubberDucks Features 12:05 p.m. Game


On Monday, June 22, 2015, Akron RubberDucks will feature a 12:05 p.m. game.  All reserved tickets are only $5!  Come down for lunch and catch a couple of innings of baseball.  Gates open at 11:00 a.m.; game starts at 12:05 p.m.  Contact the Akron Rubber Ducks at (330) 253-5151 for tickets.  Box office is open Monday through Saturday at 10:00 a.m.  www.akronrubberducks.com

Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center - Best of Business & Pleasure


Meeting Enhancement Special - Book a 10 or more Overnight Room Block - Guests Receive Coplimentary Hot Breakfast - Book a Meeting of 25 or more (with catering) - Choose complimentary Meeting Room Rental or A.M. or P.M. Break (chef's choice).  Meetings must actualize May 1, 2015-August 31, 2015.  New Bookings Only (based on availability) Offer Code: CHMBR.  Questions: Contact Teresa Kirkland at [email protected].

Rossie Machinery Services Offers New Safety Products


In our effort to supply you, our valued customers all the products & services that keep your OSHA requirements in check, we NOW offer safety products & machine guarding.  We can drop ship right to your door. Special pricing for our Akron customers.  Contact Chris Rossi at [email protected] for more information.

Event: Akron RubberDucks Networking After Hours


On Thursday, June 11, 2015, network in fowl territory in left field at Akron RubberDucks Networking After Hours with professionals of the Greater Akron area.  Only $10 including your game ticket, two draft beers and hot dog.  Gates open at 4:00 p.m.; game starts at 5:00 p.m.  Contact Dee Shilling at (330) 253-5151 Ext. 286, [email protected]; www.akronrubberducks.com.  Use offer code:  DEE (case sensitive).

Event: Nation's Baseball 2015 Akron-Canton, Ohio Championship Tournament


The annual Nation’s Baseball 2015 Ohio State Championship Tournament will be held on the weekend of June 18-21, 2015, in the Akron/Canton, Ohio area.  Every year over 70 teams of all age groups enter the tournament causing it to be one of the most coveted and popular tournaments in Ohio.

Event: Sandlot League Championship Tournament


The first annual Stark Summit Sandlot Baseball League 2015 Championship Tournament is July 6-12, 2015. Seventy-five to 125 teams of six age groups will enter the tournament.

Event: The EMPOWER! Women’s Entrepreneurship Mastery Program Workshops


The EMPOWER! Women’s Entrepreneurship Mastery Program will offer two workshops in May and June. On Thurs., May 28, "Show Me the Money" will discuss a variety of funding options such as microloans, crowdfunding, venture and angel funds. On Thurs., June 4, community partners and other entrepreneurs will offer guidance on “Establishing Initial Business Systems” such as proper legal structure, marketing, financial systems and more. For more info, visit womensnetworkneohio.com or call (330) 256-1122.

Event: Next Level Leadership: Driving People and Performance to New Heights


Presented by: Ryan Estis and PrideStaff-Akron
When: May 6, 2015, 1:00pm ET
Learn how to move from traditional leadership principles to progressive techniques and technologies that are more suited for today’s business environment. This program has been approved for 1 (HR (General)) through the HRCI. Click here to register.

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