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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

Arthritis Foundation  Red & White on Thursday Night: Committee Recruitment

10/9/2018

Are you interested in helping plan Akron’s favorite food & wine event? The Arthritis Foundation is now seeking 2019 Red & White on Thursday Night committee members! As a committee member, you will have outstanding networking opportunities with corporate and healthcare leaders while having a lot of fun and supporting a great cause. The committee meets for one hour, once per month. Please contact Allison Harris at (216) 352-6152 if interested and for more information. 

AAF-Akron Presents "Emmy-Nominated PEG Hosts Agency Tour" on Oct. 5

10/1/2018

Get a behind-the-scenes tour of PEG’s new downtown digs and hear how these Emmy-nominated creative story-tellers continue to make an impact with their work. Free event! No need to RSVP. Light fare provided by The Culinary Chameleon Catering & Cafe Street and surface lot parking available: Main/Bartges parking lot South Stadium parking lot.

3rd Annual Diversity Mixer on Oct. 17

10/1/2018

The County of Summit and the City of Akron, in partnership with Black Pages Ohio and the Summit Magazine, would like to invite you to partner with us in this special event.  This mixer provides the opportunity for small business owners and corporations to meet, network and promote their services.  The wide array of businesses and industries provides unique business-to-business collaborations and connections.

  • Opportunities to network to a successful partnership
  • Connect small businesses to corporations
  • Exchange business cards with dozens of potential clients and exercise your expertise
  • Showcase your product or service to an audience of corporations and small businesses
  • Get information on corporate contracts and projects
  • Meet new clients
There will be light refreshments, a cash bar and door prizes.  This event is free and open to the business community.  Vendor spaces are available.  For more information, call (216) 391-7736.  

Hattie Larlham's I Am Able campaign Creates Awareness to Employ Persons With Disabilities

9/27/2018

Hattie Larlham’s I Am Able campaign celebrates the abilities of employees with disabilities.  In October, they encourage you to visit their I Am Able website to learn how you can get involved. Share their posts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram using #IAmAble. The awareness you create could help find a job for a person with disabilities. 

OPEN M Multi-Chamber Networking Event on Oct. 10

9/19/2018

Join OPEN M for a multi-chamber networking event where guests will enjoy local food and beverage samples from 12+ local restaurants, such as TOM + CHEE, Wolf Creek and Aladdin's. Partner chambers include: Akron, Fairlawn, Cuyahoga Falls, Green, Tallmadge, South Summit, Peninsula, and BBB of Akron. RSVP to [email protected].

Celebrate Manufacturing Day on Oct. 5

9/13/2018

At CLA, we owe a huge debt of gratitude to manufacturers and distributors like you. You keep our economy humming, supply us with things we need and want, and hire millions of people from coast to coast. In honor of what you do, let’s celebrate Manufacturing Day together. You are invited to join CLA in Akron, Ohio for a complimentary breakfast followed by a presentation. Hear about how four local companies are using innovative technology to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Click here for more information.

Volunteer Guardian Program Needs Volunteers

9/13/2018

The Volunteer Guardian Program is a program of Summit County Probate Court, administered by Summit County Public Health.  Our goal is to match compassionate volunteers to serve as court-appointed Guardian of the Person to individuals in nursing homes and group homes in Summit County who are no longer able to make their own health care and placement decisions. Volunteer guardians serve as a voice and provide advocacy and decision-making to those in need.

Window World Akron Announces Grand Re-Opening on Oct. 5 & 6 and Ribbon Cutting on Oct. 4

9/11/2018

Window World of Akron will kick off the Grand Re-opening of their expanded showroom and warehouse with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony on Thursday, October 4, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. at 2424 Gilchrist Road, Akron, OH.  A Grand Re-Opening Open House for the general public will take place  Friday, October 5, 2018, and Saturday, October 6, 2018, with refreshments, prizes and a chance to win a $5,000 Home Makeover from Window World. 

On the Table Greater Akron to Dig Into Akron's Issues on Oct. 3

9/10/2018

Akron Beacon Journal On the Table Greater Akron returns next month with more public mealtime conversations designed to improve the community. “On the Table is an opportunity for everyone in the community to have their voice heard,” Akron Community Foundation Vice President of Community Investment John Garofalo said in a prepared statement. “We want to ensure all residents have the opportunity to participate, even if they don’t know someone hosting a conversation or are not comfortable hosting themselves. We’re excited that this will also give attendees the opportunity to meet and interact with people from different backgrounds and neighborhoods.” The conversations, headed by the foundation, are open to Summit and Medina County residents.  They will be held Oct. 3 at various locations.

Hale Farm & Village Presents "Holiday Market on the Farm" on Nov. 30

8/30/2018

Visit our own store, The MarketPlace at Hale Farm & Village, for handcrafted at Hale products along with other Ohio and holiday brands!  Enjoy Ohio-themed wine and beer tastings or relax by the fire with a glass of mulled wine. We  also welcome a Kitchen Takeover TBD.  Join us and explore our updated Holiday Market on the Farm shopping experience! (No Admission fee, the museum is not open this day.)  Click here for more information.

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