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Peoples Services Promotes Manager

1/21/2020

Peoples Services, Inc., a public warehousing, transportation logistics company, headquartered in Canton, announces the promotion of Adam Herman. Adam was named Director of Financial Operations in April 2019 and became a member of the Board of Directors as Treasurer effective December 19, 2019. Prior to joining Peoples Services in May 2017, Adam was employed at Koch Knight, LLC for eleven years as an accountant. He is a 2002 graduate of Kent State University with a BA in Accounting.

Valley Industrial Trucks now offering Aerial Lift Operator Training - Meet our Instructor

1/21/2020

Valley Industrial Trucks provides professional Boom Lift and Scissor lift training by a JLG Certified Trainer in the Youngstown, Akron and Canton Ohio area as well as Western Pennsylvania. Our aerial lift training is designed to teach your operators safe aerial lift operation as well as the abilities and limitations of aerial lifts.  Mandy Forlina is our JLG Certified Instructor. She is certified to train scissor lift operators and boom lift operators on all makes and model aerial lifts.

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.

Save the Date (Aug. 1) for Stewart's Caring Place's 17th Annual Butterfly Gala

1/3/2020

The Butterfly Gala is the most attended and largest annual fundraiser for Stewart's Caring Place (SCP). Held each year at a different home in Northeast Ohio, this unique event brings close to 500 supporters of the agency together for an outdoor, relaxed, and memorable evening complete with valet service, VIP cocktail reception, plated dinner, silent and live auction, dancing, and more. This year, the Gala will be held on Saturday August 1, 2020 at the Wadsworth home of Dr. & Mrs. Michael & Brandi Gangel and will honor Spirit Award winners Mr. & Mrs. David & Lisa Craine.

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Area Business News

Greater Akron Chamber Unveils Inclusive Economic Development Strategy

3/22/2019

The Greater Akron Chamber has a new strategy to help grow the regional economy as well as the organization. The “strategy blueprint” was unveiled Thursday night before about 900 people at the chamber’s 112th annual meeting at the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron. The blueprint reflects the changes taking place in the area as well as in the chamber’s mission to help local businesses, Steve Millard, who nine months ago became the organization’s president and chief executive officer, said prior to the meeting. “We are laying the foundation for the work we need to do,” Millard said. “We can’t wait to write a perfect plan. You need flexibility in everything you are doing.” This new chamber initiative succeeds its previous Advance Greater Akron program. The plan incorporates significant parts of the “Elevate Greater Akron” program that the chamber, Akron and Summit County governments developed last year to help the region grow, thrive and include all residents in economic opportunities.

Collaborate and Elevate

1/7/2019

The Bowery is proof real progress is being made toward regionalism.  There has long been talk of the need for a regional approach to economic development in Northeast Ohio. However, in most cases over the years, regionalism has been easier said than done.

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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

Hale Farm & Village Presents Sow & Grow Farm Festival and Plant Sale on Jun. 8 & 9

3/28/2019

Experience the past and present farming lifestyle of draft horse demonstrations, oxen talks, wheel plowing gardens, beekeeping and exploring the gardens on property maintained by the Great Lakes Brewing Company and the Bath Gamma Garden Club. The festival also features chicken keeping talks, sheep shearing, fiber dyeing and much more! June 8 and 9, 10 am – 5 pm.  The Citizen’s of Hale auxiliary group will be holding their annual Plant Sale. Special historic and heirloom annuals, perennials and herbs will be offered  Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 3 – 12 years of age, and free for members.  

ALIGN 2019

3/26/2019

ConxusNEO is holding its annual workforce summit bringing together community leaders, ecosystem partners and resource providers. ConxusNEO is focused on driving strategy to better meet the talent needs of Greater Akron's employers. Your participation as a leader within the business community is really important to their work. We would really like to make sure all of the region's key employers are represented in this important event. We'd like to ask that either you or your top talent leader attend the event. Lt. Governor Husted will attend the event and talk about the state's focus on workforce and economic development support for employers as a part of the agenda. 

Early Learning is No Small Matter Special Screening on Apr. 17

3/12/2019

Kevin Thompson, Regional President of PNC, and Joe Kanfer, Venturer and Chairman of GOJO Industries, invite you to a special screening of No Small Matter, the first feature documentary to explore the most overlooked, underestimated, and powerful force for good in America today: early childhood education.  

AtNetPlus Presents "Business Technology Forecast" on Apr. 30

3/11/2019

Could Your Business Survive a Cyber Attack? 

60% of small businesses close their doors within 6 months of a data breach. Preparation and action can make all the difference in the aftermath of an attack. Our content experts will help lead your business down a proactive path and educate you on today's cyber threats. Through the lens of Technology, Law, and Finance, we will share a unique perspective that prepares you to protect and grow your business. 

Click here to RSVP for free (Breakfast included).

Predicting the Fate of Your Business

As we cover data protection & cyber security, the future of the workforce with more flexibility, and getting the best ROI from your technology, you can start to see where your business stacks up in these areas. The industry is changing and being able to adapt makes the difference between success or failure. 

Join the Forecast on April 30th and start planning the future of your company.

5th Annual Greater Akron Summit Business Conference & Expo on May 20 & 22

3/10/2019

The Greater Summit Business Conference & Expo is a shared initiative by the County of Summit and City of Akron, and many others.  The event brings together small business, minority business enterprises, and corporations from across the State of Ohio to engage with corporations for the purpose of growth and development.

Attendees will be able to capitalize on numerous benefits from attending this event including workshops, the business-to-business trade show, and networking. Certified small businesses may also be eligible for contract opportunities provided by corporations as well as city and state agencies.

The Pitch Competition provides entrepreneurs and small business owners an opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of successful corporate leaders and business owners. The panelists will evaluate the participants business plan, ideas, and goals. The panelists will then make recommendations and assist where can.

Hale Farm & Village Presents Preservation Workshop: Wood Windows 101 on Mar. 30

3/7/2019

Replacement windows aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. In fact, a historic wood window will last many times longer than its modern replacement if maintained properly over time. Robert Brookover, craftsman and owner of the Cohee Preservation Company, will demonstrate and discuss the many facets of keeping your historic wood windows in working order for decades to come. Please remember to bring your lunch pail. Participants will learn: • A brief overview of the history, science, and philosophy of historic wood windows • Assessment of conditions and planning the restoration • All steps of restoration from removal to reinstallation • Historic preservation standards • Safety equipment and procedures • Weatherization methods Date: 

Open Arms Adoptions Hosts KST by Adoption on Mar. 30

3/5/2019

Join us for a hilarious yet realistic picture of caring for sibling groups!  Help us KEEP SIBLINGS TOGETHER (KST) in forever homes.  We will watch the film Instant Family and then have a time to learn about adopting sibling groups from the foster care system.

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