Greater Akron Chamber

The mission of the Greater Akron Chamber is to drive economic growth and prosperity for Greater Akron by supporting the success of the business community and acting as a convener of stakeholders on key issues facing the region.

The Greater Akron Chamber is an economic development organization serving the counties of Medina, Portage and Summit in Northeast Ohio. Our membership includes a diverse array of businesses, ranging from global manufacturers and educational institutions to local machine shops and non-profit organizations. We are committed to building a strong, innovative community. Read on to learn more about us.

Mission: OUR MISSION The mission of the Greater Akron Chamber is to drive economic growth and prosperity for Greater Akron by supporting the success of the business community and acting as a convener of stakeholders on key issues facing the region.

Have you registered for Economic Outlook 2020? Jacob Duritsky of Team NEO (Cleveland Plus) is moderating our panel and is here to tell you about some of the topics that'll be discussed on November 22. http://bit.ly/2Q85pGY

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Drips is the 20th Fastest Growing Company in North America on Deloitte’s 2019 Technology Fast 500™ – Drips Blog

Congratulations to Drips! Drips is the 20th fastest growing company in North America on Deloitte's 2019 Technology Fast 500. With nearly 5,000 percent growth over the past three years, it is no surprise to see Drips on the list. #ChooseGrowth330 http://bit.ly/34OOFbV

drips.com Akron, OH November 7, 2019— Today, Drips announced it ranked 20 on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences, and energy tech companies in North America now in its 25th year.

The Greater Akron Chamber, County of Summit, Team NEO (Cleveland Plus) and BioEnterprise Corporation partnered with the German American Chamber of Commerce to host German medical device companies looking to expand their presence in North America. The conference provided local companies and economic developers with the opportunity to hear about the latest development, trends and innovative solutions in the global medical technology markets.

We want to provide a key community space to members and beyond, and you can be a part of it! We’re inviting all caterers to join us for an overview of the Chamber and learn about how you can become an approved caterer for our new Event Center on November 13. Register here: http://bit.ly/2Kd7QnP

In late October, more than 40 of our community’s civic, non-profit, and corporate leaders embarked on a trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan, to see how the city has come together, mobilized resources for the common good, and spurred economic development in a big and meaningful way. Learn more about this 3-day trip: http://bit.ly/34Mjgab

The Chamber Health Benefits Plan allows employers to choose the best plan for their business and employees. Comparted to a traditional insurance program, a MEWA is self-funded. Many groups will even experience a competitive rate that may not be available. Contact your broker and learn more about the Chamber Health Benefits Plan: http://bit.ly/2kqAicn

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Elevate Akron event connects minority business owners with new opportunities

“The ultimate goal is to prove we all are changing for the good.” #ElevateGreaterAkron

Last week, the procurement corridor connected minority-owner businesses in the Greater Akron region with other local companies and organizations. With a focus on education and connection - attended learned how to register as vendors, make bids, and connect with agencies that can help manage and grow businesses. Learn more about this event: http://bit.ly/36zA7yE

beaconjournal.com Mike Smith is looking for ways to help build his year-old trucking and logistics company, Smooth Transporters.The 37-year-old Kent businessman was among

Join us at the Economic Outlook 2020! We partnered with the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and are presenting a panel of industry leaders from the region. Hear insights on key trends, industry issues, and their expectations of regional and national economic performance in the year abroad. https://bit.ly/2PyLgcZ

As Issue #14 on the Summit County ballot, this issue is asking voters to consider a levy renewal and as such, is not a new tax. The Summit County ADM Board will utilize the renewal to maintain current services and invest in new initiatives. A renewal is sufficient for the ADM Board’s current and future activities, in-part, because of increased investments from Ohio through Medicaid expansion and a 63% decrease in opioid deaths since 2016. The ADM Board is responsible for funding over 30 provider agencies across the county and spends 94% of its budget on direct treatment, community support, and education. This levy represents 78% of their overall budget and, if renewed, will continue costing an owner of a $100,000 home about $7 per month. The Greater Akron Chamber is a proud supporter of this levy renewal and asks our community to please vote on November 5th. Learn more about Issue 14: http://bit.ly/34hYuyZ

The Greater Akron Chamber is once again a partner in the Veteran and Community Career Expo. With 50+ area companies looking to hire and on-the-spot interviews - it is the perfect opportunity for any job seekers out there. Register at uakron.edu/VetCareerExpo

Pritt Entertainment Group

Wow! Congratulations to Pritt Entertainment Group on this exciting news. We can't wait to see how the new building turns out.

It’s an exciting day for PEG! We’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be renovating and moving into the historic Carlton Building in downtown Akron.

Check out all the details here -> https://prittentertainmentgroup.com/2019/10/pritt-entertainment-group-moving-to-historic-carlton-building-in-downtown-akron/

Representatives from the Mayors Association of Portage, Summit and Stark Counties and Elevate Greater Akron hosted the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) during their recent visit to NEO. JETRO facilitates, identifies and supports bilateral investment between both American and Japanese companies, and it recently opened a regional office in Columbus designated to serve the State of Ohio. County Executive Ilene Shapiro welcomed the delegation to Summit County and Japanese companies with a strong local presence also made presentations, including Bridgestone Americas, Hitachi Healthcare Americas and Shin-Etsu Silicones America.

Get control of your business and time with EOS! Join us on November 7 to learn about Entrepreneurial Operating Systems for Small Businesses in the Greater Akron Chamber's new event space. Register here: https://bit.ly/36ckDQX

Members of the Greater Akron Chamber with less than 50 employees have the opportunity to take advantage of the Chamber Health Benefits Plan. Learn more about our MEWA plan today: http://bit.ly/2kqAicn

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Ferriot builds its business on reinvention

Ferriot is a current member of the Greater Akron Chamber and a great example of our #ElevateGreaterAkron initiative. Check out this article about Ferriot's growth throughout the years and currently! http://bit.ly/31xlQP6

crainscleveland.com From Plastics News: The 90-year-old Akron injection molding company has made a name for itself in everything from toys to business machines to shake-shingle siding.

The Greater Akron Chamber hosted more than 50 representatives from our local nonprofit and philanthropic community to discuss what can be done to best support our local ecosystem and how the Greater Akron Chamber can facilitate that support to both attract additional resources and leverage existing resources. Potential collaborations and ongoing challenges were addressed to identify ways to more positively impact the immediate - and long-term needs - of our community.

Along with Team NEO and the County of Summit, the Greater Akron Chamber hosted the 2019 Summit County Developer Forum. More than 60 real estate brokers, regional developers, and economic development partners attended the event to network, review the lead and site submittal process and discuss ways to collectively address the lack of inventory with regard to commercial and industrial buildings and shovel ready sites in excess of 30 acres.

Representatives from #ElevateGreaterAkron met with the Senior Management team at Coca-Cola Consolidated’s manufacturing facility in Twinsburg Township. This facility started production in 1974 and currently employs 164 people. Representing more than 300 Coca-Cola brands, millions of dollars have been invested in M&E in the manufacturing facility over the past several years.

As we mark the one-year anniversary of the “roll out” of Elevate Greater Akron, the team spoke to government officials and economic development practitioners from throughout the State of Ohio at the 2019 ODEA Annual Summit in Columbus about the unprecedented level of collaboration and cooperation among stakeholders.

Individually, the Greater Akron and Greater Canton regions are wonderful places to live and work. In recent months, we have been talking about how much better the stories of both communities could be if we took more opportunities to tell them together. Learn more: http://bit.ly/32yoRjL

The Greater Akron Chamber is proud of the great work the Summit Education Initiative and its partners, such as Akron Supt. David James, are doing to drive education initiatives within the region! Akron Community Foundation

Gregg Cramer, the Vice President of Economic Development at the Greater Akron Chamber is currently at K - The World’s No. I Trade Fair for Plastics and Rubber in Düsseldorf, Germany. He met with Elesa-Gartner, an Italian-based company that has its North American headquarters in Twinsburg. The company designs, manufactures and distributes standard components in both plastics and metals for the mechanical industry in a number of international markets.

You need to get out of the office with your team for motivation or just as a chance to pop in your headphones and crush those tasks in new surroundings. Where do you go?

ArtsNow is putting a list together of Summit County’s most creative places to host a meeting large or small—and we need your voice! Please take this 1-minutes survey and let us know where you recommend! https://forms.gle/QU595nLSRXjdg8qr8

Led by successful serial entrepreneurs, Dan Rose and Mark Whitmore, join us on November 7th to explore an approach to managing your growing business called the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS). You’ll leave the session with the tools and ability you need to get started with your leadership team on this approach to managing your operations. Register now: http://bit.ly/35Ercvk

After having grown up in Akron, Sarah J. Rogers moved to Kent from Columbus in 2018. "I feel welcome whenever I go. Just be open to exploring-look for the farmers’ markets, gallery hops, and special community events, which will quickly get you into the swing of things." Learn more about Sarah's experience: http://bit.ly/2mBAqGI #EXPGreaterAkron

Congratulations to our new members of the Greater Akron Chamber introduced at today's Morning Buzz. We are so grateful for your investment and glad to have you on board! Burn Boot Camp - Stow, OH , CenterLink Technologies , Sunday Creative Co. , Middlebury Kids & Rosa's Playhouse Early Learning Center.

KNOW on the Go!

The next Cuyahoga Falls Knowledgeable Network of Women on the Go is next week on October 16th! Join us at Beau's on the River in Cuyahoga Falls to listen and learn from Linda Boardman of Dietz Floral Studio. Register now: http://bit.ly/2ngoY3B

As part of #ElevateGreaterAkron, representatives from the County of Summit Executive Ilene Shapiro, City of Akron, Ohio - Mayor's Office, and Greater Akron Chamber met with Rochling Automotive at their manufacturing facility in the Massillon Road Industrial Park. In 2010, while attending “The K Show” - the world’s largest plastics convention - in Germany, the “Akron, USA” team first met with Rochling. In 2012, Rochling opened a 75,000 sq ft - state of the art - manufacturing facility, and in 2013 they proceeded to double the size of the building’s footprint. Over the past decade, the Greater Akron Chamber has worked closely with the company to support their continued commitment to - and investment in - our community. The meeting with Elevate Greater Akron was a continuation of the ongoing dialogue and discussion.

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Downtown Akron’s Bowery Project expected to generate $245 million in economic impact over 20 years, study finds

The Bowery Project is set to bring substantial benefits to the Greater Akron community within the next five years. Not only is it bringing more jobs to the area, but the economic impacts are six dollars for ever dollar spent. http://bit.ly/2mKnfmB

cleveland.com The $42 million Bowery Project to renovate six historic buildings on Main Street in downtown Akron is expected to create thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in economic impact, according to a study by researchers from the University of Akron and Kent State University.

[10/07/19]   Join us on October 11 at Morning Buzz - October! Whether you were at a previous #onthetable conversation or you missed out, you will want to be at this month's powerful gathering where we discuss Aging Seniors, Drugs & Addiction, and Diveristy & Inclusion. On the Table Greater Akron is a first-of-its-kind initiative created by Akron Community Foundation that brings together thousands of residents from all walks of life to share a meal and discuss meaningful ideas to strengthen our community. Register now: http://bit.ly/2OiP55m

On the Table Akron is a great initiative in our community Akron Community Foundation! If you missed out on participating yesterday - join us next Friday, October 11, for our On the Table conversation at Morning Buzz. Register now: http://bit.ly/2OiP55m

Today, we witnessed the power of our incredible community! It was the largest turnout so far in three years of facilitating #OntheTableAkron. We can't wait to see how today's conversations will lead to action. Thank you! And for those who participated, look for survey links and instructions for the On the Table Impact Grants in your inbox.

What an incredible morning. Thank you to all in attendance!

Great to join former Congressman Pat Tiberi, Greater Akron Chamber, GOJO Industries Inc. and The Boeing Company for panel on Northeast Ohio’s manufacturing economy and workforce needs this morning. We must attract new businesses and talent to Northeast Ohio and close the skills gap if we want to move our local economy forward. That’s what I’m focusing on this fall as we move forward in Congress.

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Downtown Akron hair-cutting places pop up

The Downtown Akron Partnership's pop-up program is still going! "Since the “pop-up” program began in 2015, more than two dozen new ventures in the service and retail sectors have participated, as well as all of the vendors inside the Northside Marketplace, which opened in 2017 in downtown Akron’s Northside District."

ohio.com Two new hair-cutting places on the same street in downtown Akron are trimming their rent bills thanks to a program designed to help fill empty storefronts

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Kenmore Boulevard gets historic status

Kenmore Boulevard has been experiencing revitalizations and new commercial activity in the past few years. Now being added to the National Register of Historic Places, there is an additional draw to have a business in this area. http://bit.ly/2m5w4XV

ohio.com The National Park Service has added Kenmore Boulevard to the National Register of Historic Places, a designation that has allowed developers elsewhere in

Chamber members who join the Chamber Health Benefits Plan also have access to health and wellness programs, like one-on-one health coaching. With an effort to improve employees health these programs are no additional cost! Learn more about MEWA: http://bit.ly/2kqAicn

EXP Greater Akron

We have 99 reasons why we love Akron, but what are yours? One of our favorites is that Greater Akron is within 500 miles of 42 major cities. #EXPGreaterAkron http://bit.ly/2m0APSu

As part of our renewed emphasis on business retention and expansion efforts, representatives from #ElevateGreaterAkron met with Nancy Spencer, General Manager and Director of Operations, and her senior management team from COLTENE.US, a global leader in developing, manufacturing and distributing dental consumables and equipment, at their facility in the Ascot Industrial Park. In addition to touring the state of the art manufacturing and R&D facility, the company provided an overview of their history, international footprint, product lines, and plans for continued growth in the County of Summit. http://bit.ly/2kzYmtj

On October 1st, join us in a discussion regarding manufacturing career pathways at the Manufacturing Workforce Solutions Forum. Interact with various stakeholders, like Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, concerned with meeting the workforce needs of the manufacturing sector. Register by September 30th here: http://bit.ly/2kCPB1s

Where is your company on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) journey? Take Team NEO’s IIoT Readiness Assessment to find out your organization’s preparedness to adopt IIoT: http://bit.ly/2m6mvIe

Our 30 for the Future host, Tyron Hoisten, and our leading sponsor, Ken Babby, here at the NEW Center LIVE discussing the importance of young professionals in our community to get our night started! Stay tuned for live coverage of tonight’s event and make sure you use our hashtag #30FTF when you are posting!

Last week, our Vice President of Economic Development Gregg Cramer, attended the 2019 NAI Global Convention along with a regional team from Northeast Ohio. The team worked to market the region to real estate commercial brokers from throughout both the nation and world.

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