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WAITRESS The Musical & The Candle Studio at Summit Mall on Apr. 7

3/3/2020

The Candle Studio has teamed up with Broadway In Akron, the Greater Akron Chamber, Summit Mall, Sweet Mary's Bakery, and Starbucks for a special WAITRESS-themed Candle Party and a night at Waitress The Musical at EJ Thomas Hall. Join us for a WAITRESS Candle Making Party on Tuesday, April 7 at Summit Mall from 6-8 pm.

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.

Open Arms Adoptions News & Events

1/21/2020

Ready to begin the adventure of adoption? Join one of our 2020 training classes! Join us Friday June 19, 2020 for a day of FUNdraising through Golf! 9 am Shot Gun Start at Ellsworth Meadows Golf Course in Hudson. Sponsorship Opportunities Available. Save the date for Open Arms Adoptions Wine Pull: Join us Saturday November 7, 2020 at The NEW Center for our Signature Event. Sponsorship Opportunities Available!

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Area Business News

Bounce’s New Generator Nods to Akron’s Past While Looking to Build the Future

5/22/2019

The Bounce Innovation Hub’s first floor Generator space is open for business in Akron. What had been long-empty warehouse space dating back to the days of a once thriving tire-making complex is now repurposed with an eye to the entrepreneurial future. And it retains a strong Akron-y feel by showcasing the work of nearly 80 local artists and makers who created and put together 160 original works including furniture and decorations, made with locally sourced materials including some from the former tire factory. Bounce on Wednesday took the wraps off its now-finished $3.5 million renovation project and attracted hundreds of people to a daylong open house and grand celebration that stretched into the evening inside the former B.F. Goodrich building.

Summa’s New Tower Almost Ready

5/15/2019

Summa Health’s new “front door” — a seven-story tower that has been under construction since 2017 — is nearly ready for its debut. Patients will officially be seen in the new tower beginning May 28. The Akron health system is hosting an invitation-only reception Wednesday, followed by a community open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

NEOMED Breaks Ground on $36M Expansion Project for Bio-Med Academy

4/29/2019

The Northeast Ohio Medical University community celebrated the groundbreaking on Monday of its new, $36 million medical office building, which will allow Bio-Med Science Academy to expand.  The new building will house Bio-Med on its top two floors, an expanded area for clinical simulations on another floor and a yet-to-be-determined clinical partner offering community services on the ground floor. 

Jay Gershen and Elizabeth Bartz: Gov. DeWine Understands Our Transportation Needs

3/28/2019

Ohio must pass a transportation budget that addresses our transportation infrastructure funding issues, now, rather than providing a temporary fix that does not live up to the current needs of the state. Currently, there is earnest support from within the business community for increasing the state’s investment in roads and bridges and for increased levels of public transportation funding. Key leaders from within the Greater Akron region’s business community firmly believe that to properly address the tangible needs of Ohio’s infrastructure and ensure Ohioans can travel reliably and affordably, the administration of Gov. Mike DeWine must fight for the investment in roads and bridges that is consistent with its original proposal of increasing the motor fuel tax by 18 cents and support the House’s proposed increased level of support for public transportation.

Summit County Debuts New Economic Development Website

3/25/2019

Summit County is looking to harness the power of the internet to help its economic development efforts. The county on Monday, March 25, unveiled its new economic development website, www.summit4success.com, which is designed as a one-stop site for those looking to relocate or expand their operations in Summit County. Created by the county's Department of Community and Economic Development, the site offers everything from general information about the business environment in the county to data on available sites and demographic information. "My team is constantly developing creative and innovative ways to retain and grow existing business while also attracting new talent and commerce to Summit County," county executive Ilene Shapiro said in a news release. "This website provides convenient access to a wide range of information related to living and working in Summit County, allowing any interested party to make informed business or personal decisions. This website will further the exciting economic resurgence we are currently seeing throughout Summit County."

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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.

Member 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.

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.

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