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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

The Karcher Group Wins Awards for Work with Local Nonprofits

2/28/2019

The Karcher Group (TKG), a full-service marketing agency, received two awards in the 2019 American Advertising Awards, a competition conducted by the American Advertising Federation – Akron (AAF – Akron). Commonly known as the ADDYs, the event recognizes the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising. TKG received awards at the district level, which included entries from Akron, Canton and surrounding areas, and are now eligible to compete at the national level. TKG received a gold award in the category of Public Service Online/ Interactive Website for its work on StarkHelpCentral.com. Working alongside Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery (StarkMHAR), the team created a brand identity and a responsive, user-friendly web experience to resonate with Stark County teens, teachers, parents and caseworkers. TKG also won a silver award in the same category for its work on the United Way of Greater Stark County website. The Karcher Group crafted new messaging to help tell the United Way story, developed a multi-channel marketing strategy to get them noticed online and built their new website to roll out their updated digital identity.

2nd Annual CARE Coalition NEO Conference on Mar. 14

2/26/2019

Keynote speaker will be Bill Benjamin, international expert on Emotional Intelligence and partner at the Institute for Health and Human Potential. Bill will speak on Using Emotional Intelligence in the Healthcare Professions. We will also welcome Dr. Eric Coleman of the Care Transitions Institute back to speak about caregivers using the principles of Emotional Intelligence. Dr. Ann DiFrangia will share updates on her work with the Cleveland Clinic Akron General Alcohol and Drug Recovery Center and how emotional intelligence can be used to improve outcomes. And...Of Course... No CARE Coalition event would be complete without a signature panel discussion. Continuing education credits for LSW/LISW, RN (via reciprocity), PC/PCC, and LNHA are available.

Simplex-IT Arcade Party on Feb. 19

1/30/2019

Join Simplex-IT and the Hiram Alumni Association for an Arcade Party! Get your game face on and join the fun for a retro evening of classic video games and networking! This event is open to everyone, so that means YOU! And it's FREE! 

Akron Basketball Final Five

1/30/2019

Akron Men’s Basketball is making their final push in the Mid-American Conference! The final five home games at The JAR are loaded with premier opponents: - This includes a prime time matchup against arch-rival Kent State on ESPN U. - It also includes a marquee game against #18 Buffalo. - As well as MAC opponents - Bowling Green, Ohio University and Miami. Limited opportunities remain for onsite displays, videoboard and media advertising. There has never been a better time to market your brand in front of university alumni, donors and students! Please reach out with any questions for what is still available in our “Final Five Promotion!” Thanks for the consideration and Go Zips!! 

ACE Products & Consulting Presents "Recession - What You Need to Know!" on Feb. 12

1/29/2019

Join us to learn more about the potential recession and how to prepare. This course will give you beneficial information to leverage and prepare yourself and your business in the upcoming years possible recession and trade wars. Is the 10-year cycle going to affect you and your family personally or professionally? Come to this course and gain the knowledge needed, ask questions, and network. Long-term investing is like a journey. Whether you’re traveling or investing, you want to prepare for the trip and avoid wasting time and money along the way.

ACE Products & Consulting Presents "Rubber for Dummies" on Feb. 19

1/29/2019

This course is perfect for Sales, Customer Service, and any other non-technical personnel. You will gain a basic understanding about the rubber industry and the processes in this course. It’s a great primer to additional courses or as a stand-alone for basic knowledge of the rubber industry. 

AAF-Akron Presents "Craft Your Message: Paper Mixer" on Feb. 7

1/29/2019

Located in Lock 15 building and parking lot. No RSVP required. Complimentary event for designers, creatives and marketers who love paper! Featuring Mactac, Millcraft, Mohawk, Neenah and Verso. See and feel the latest offerings from these industry leaders! Cool giveaways and a chance to win free tickets to the American Advertising Awards on Feb. 22 at The Akron Civic Theatre. Food catered by TLC Catering, Inc.

The Karcher Group Acquires Pole Position Marketing Agencies combine to create digital marketing powerhouse

1/29/2019

The Karcher Group (TKG), a full-service marketing and web design agency, today announced the acquisition of Pole Position Marketing (PPM), a digital marketing agency headquartered in Uniontown, Ohio. The merger, effective Jan. 1, 2019, allows TKG to offer an unparalleled digital marketing experience, strengthening its expertise in search engine optimization, pay-per-click advertising and content marketing.

Arthritis Foundation Presents the 22nd Annual Red & White on Thursday Night on Jan. 24

1/14/2019

You are invited to the 22nd Annual Red & White on Thursday Night to benefit the Arthritis Foundation on January 24, 2019 at Quaker Station. Over 750 guests are expected to attend to sample tastings from the 330's best restaurants, enjoy international wine tastings and craft beer samples. All restaurants are Akron Life magazine 330 Flavor Awards winners and finalists. Additional event features include exciting auctions, raffles and more. Tickets can be purchased at www.arthritis.org/redandwhite.

AAF-Akron Presents "ADDY Cadabra! 2019 American Advertising Awards on Feb. 22

1/14/2019

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 

Corporate Technologies Group, Inc. presents Webinar on CRM & Cloud Telephony Integration on Jan. 24

1/8/2019

Corporate Technologies Group is hosting a webinar, CRM & Cloud Telephony Integration.  You've heard about integrating your Cloud telephony system with your CRM, but do you have the full picture on why you should? How does CRM and Cloud telephony integration help businesses? Why do businesses choose to connect the two? How does it work? What should you look for in a Cloud telephony system? We'll answer these questions and more at our free online event. Register today to save your seat! Click here to register.

Simplex-IT Presents Microsoft: What's Coming and Going in 2019 on Jan. 23

1/8/2019

Learn what Microsoft has in store for small-to-medium (SMB) businesses in 2019. Learn what products are losing support from Microsoft in 2019 and 2020. Face it, when it comes to introducing new technology to assist business with their IT and business needs, nobody outpaces Microsoft. When it comes to confusing people with confounding product names, versioning and product options that makes tax law a light read…well, nobody outpaces Microsoft. That’s why we’re putting on this special event. We’ll be pouring over what updates and upgrades Microsoft has in store for their major product lines in 2019. So come on over to our Stow offices, have lunch on us, settle back and hear what’s coming from Microsoft…and what’s going away. It's free to register.

Open Arms Adoption Presents Painting for a Purpose on Jan. 27

1/8/2019

Join us for a night of painting and fun. Feel free to bring in your favorite beverage and snacks to enjoy during the evening!  cups, wine openers & napkins will be provided for you. Up to 50% of the proceeds goes to Open Arm Adoptions! THIS CLASS OPEN TO: Ages 13 & up! 

QualityIP Has Been Selected as One of the 100 Fastest Growing Companies in Northeast Ohio for the 2nd Consecutive Year

12/10/2018

QualityIP, a leader in Managed IT Services, has been selected as one of the 100 fastest growing companies in Northeast Ohio for the second consecutive year.  The Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management started the Weatherhead 100 thirty-one years ago to celebrate entrepreneurship and the success of the region’s rapidly growing business environment. The annual gala and awards ceremony highlight the impact of these companies on the local economy, their respective communities, and all Northeast Ohio. 

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