Greater Akron Chamber

Greater Akron Chamber


Survive and then Thrive is offering an extremely discounted workshop for struggling small businesses to prepare to make their Opening maximum profits :
Christmas Blue Pages, AKA, Christmas Carol Songbook is available at Alexander Body & Fender Company if anybody needs a supply for caroling. They are FREE!!!!
Fantastic Advertising Opportunity for small businesses in Summit, Portage, and Stark Counties: The Women's Journals is offering a LIMITED TIME SALE for their June/July issue! A FULL PAGE ad for the price of a half page, a HALF PAGE ad for the price of a quarter page, and a generous discount on the BACK COVER! Here's your chance to reach over 50K in readership plus free web publishing! Want a feature article about your business - we can do that too! Hurry - Offer ends May 20th! Contact [email protected] for details!
This is a great opportunity to talk tax reform with Senator Portman and the Akron Tax Club!
I was disappointed that the Ohio Chamber is backing HB 160. It is ignoring hundreds of thousands of Ohio women and girls by allowing men in women's restrooms, changing areas, showers etc. Already Target Stores nationwide have had many incidents of predatory males entering these female only areas. I have nothing but compassion for individuals struggling with gender identity but this is not the way to go. Please see for the female side of the story. Thank you for the good work you do in the Akron area and I enjoyed your Connect Magazine. Very informative. Stev
Casting for a major broadcast network!!! Searching for families, specifically those with teenagers (as our show is geared towards that age group) who deserve a vacation of a lifetime. We are looking for people who always put others before themselves by volunteering all their time to those in need; or, families who have been through significant situations or trauma with their teens and rose above, or even entrepreneurial teens who came up with an awesome invention or idea to help others! If you, or someone special you’d like to nominate is deserving of an extraordinary custom vacation, we want to hear why! What’s your/their compelling story? In what ways are they selfless or deserving? Please email: [email protected]
Alexander Body & Fender Company is offering 50% off our Platinum Detailing package through the end of September. Certificates can be purchased that are good for 6 months. $250 value for $125. Call 330-376-8105 or stop in at 611 N. Main St, Akron. "The Gold Standard...Since 1928"
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NEWS TIP: Greater Cleveland & Akron Expands Role as Home of the International Environmental Art Movement as the Primary Economic Engine for the Region and as the 'Cradle for a Universal Culture of Peace' for All Living Things (Worlds Children) "....the Global Home of the Environmental Art Movement is the region in Northern Ohio that is noted for its growing concentration of Sustainable Design and Technology Industries. Geographically, the region occupies the same area where most of he companies are located. It is in the northeastern part of Ohio, an area stretching from the south end to Akron-Canton, Lorain in the west and Youngstown in the east. It is visualized as the home for many of the world's largest technology corporations, as well as thousands of small start ups working on a sustainable future.." Full Story:

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.

There is still time to join us on Friday for June's Morning Buzz! Take the opportunity to hear from Andre Campbell, Director of Diversity & Inclusion at United Way of Summit County, present "The Influence of Unconscious Bias." Register now:

Summa Health Updates Community on Beaumont Health Deal and Impact of COVID-19

"We were looking at the opportunity to grow in Michigan, but at this point, it is going to be all local growth. We actually have seen the health plans in a better financial situation than they had been so we will be investing here locally and continue to partner with the Chamber on the MEWA product. I think we now can show the value of a locally run health system. The dollars that are invested in SummaCare will be reinvested into our community." - Cliff Deveny, M.D., President and CEO of Summa Health.

"We got creative and focused on what was the need at hand. We've been able to keep our team employed fully and had more success than expected. We've been able to help provide PPE/medical supplies to the community." Learn more about this #ChooseGrowth330 story in this short video. Thank you, Nevin, of Outreach Promotional Solutions.

As we start to plan for economic recovery and take steps to re-open, MAGNET Ohio has developed a 4-part webinar series that will include valuable information, steps, actions, and resources to help you restart your business.

The next webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, June 9th, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. Part 3 topics will cover "Smart and Responsible B2B Sales and Marketing in a COVID-19 World" and "Tips and Suggestions for Ramping Up Your Business Development Activities." Register here:

Andre Campbell became Director, Diversity & Inclusion at United Way of Summit County in February 2019. Andre currently provides operational leadership to the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion facets of the organization, in ways that help leverage the diversity of staff, meet the changing needs of the community, and fulfill the organization's overall mission and vision.

Join us on June 12th to hear him present "The Influence of Unconscious Bias" at The Morning Buzz. Register:

Started seven years ago, Compassionate Catering Kandy LLC has grown exponentially. "To me, growth is learning. As you go through success, you learn to accept failures and fear and have a desire to keep trying to push on and push yourself. No matter what obstacle, you have to learn to grow."

Learn more about Compassionate Catering Kandy in this Q&A:

The Chamber Health Benefits Plan is a multiple employer welfare arrangement (MEWA) that allows employers with 50 employees or fewer to share in the healthcare costs of their employees. Being part of a larger, self-funded pool, employers can receive potential savings and have financial protection against unexpected claims costs. Learn more:

To help familiarize business leaders with the PeerSpectives program and to get comfortable with the group, we are providing an introduction to PeerSpectives Roundtables at an informational session on June 4th. Take advantage of the opportunity to talk, network, and share experiences with other business owners. Register for the informational session:

Nominations for 30 For the Future, our annual event highlighting young professionals in the Greater Akron Area, are now open! Nominate a notable young professional:

Binary Defense Managed Detection & Response

Binary Defense is offering members of the Greater Akron Chamber a discount on their comprehensive Managed Detection & Response Program. Managed Detection & Response (MDR) allows small businesses to achieve cybersecurity beyond antivirus and gain enterprise-level protection most cost-effectively. Learn more about an MDR in this video:

Every day the world is getting more connected, which means cyber criminals have more opportunities to steal your data. Security can quickly overwhelm a busin...

PeerSpectives Roundtables are meant for small businesses to get together and discuss the things they are doing around COVID-19 and other aspects of their business to adapt and restart.

This is a great chance to sit with other small business owners, talk to each other about the issues that they may be facing, and ask questions. This informational session is a great time to learn about these sessions and enroll so that you could learn about how to help yourself, help your business get to the next level, and to adapt following the pandemic. Register:

As we start to plan for economic recovery and take steps to re-open, Magnet Ohio has developed a 4-part webinar series that will include valuable information, steps, actions, and resources to help you restart your business.

The next webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, May 26th from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. Topics will include how the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation will support both employers and injured workers during COVID-19 and developing your programs to maintain OSHA Compliance. Register here:

Learn more about this webinar series and register for other parts below:

Leadership Luncheons provide the opportunity to network with other local Young Professionals and hear from a local leader. This quarter, join us to hear from Iriel Hopkins, MSW, LSW, System Director for Community Relations at Summa Health. Register now:

Join us May 26 to hear Mark Whitmore from Lodestone True North present "The “No B.S.” Biz Playbook – Understanding the 5 Pillars of Organizational Clarity."

Mark brings his varied business experience with him to his coaching. Combined with his knowledge of several business operating systems, and a catalog of tools he has developed to help business owners, he offers a dynamic, comprehensive, and effective business coaching experience.


Advanced Insurance Designs, Inc.

Meet Fred. He's one of our happy clients that obtained #MEWA through the Greater Akron Chamber Health Benefits Plan and our partner SummaCare.

We are happy to serve small businesses like this. Please ask us how the MEWA plan might work for you! #businessinsurance #AIDI #ProudChamberMember

Applications for the second round of the Summit County COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Relief Grant Program will be accepted until 9 am, Friday, May 22, 2020. For more guidelines and how to apply, click here:

If you are applying for the Summit County Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund, you may want to attend one of our information sessions. These sessions are designed to familiarize you with the program, eligibility requirements, and the application process. We will also answer questions about the application process or other aspects of the program for those on the call. Register now:

Are you happy with your current health benefits plan? With the Chamber Health Benefits Plan, in partnership with SummaCare, businesses with 50 or fewer employees can choose the right plan for them by selecting between 15 benefit plans, including 12 PPO and three HSA-compatible plans, two pharmacy options and four SummaCare networks. Contact your broker to learn more:

Randy Pargman is the Senior Director of Threat Hunting and Counterintelligence at Binary Defense. In this role, Randy leads the Threat Hunting team in reverse engineering malware and developing new techniques for detecting signs of emerging threats and attacker behavior that evade or defeat traditional security solutions.

Join us May 21 to hear him present "How to Protect Your Business from the Viruses You're Not Thinking About."


Staying CyberSecure During a Crisis - Binary Defense

Our partner Binary Defense has compiled information on Staying Cyber Safe during a time of crisis. Check it out: #CyberSafeAkron As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, cybercriminals are using phishing attacks to prey on coronavirus fears and targeting organizations that now have more remote workers and fewer IT and security staff. Binary Defense would like to offer some tips and tricks to keeping your data safe and secure.

The Summit County COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Relief Grant Program has been provided by Summit County in order to assist small businesses throughout Summit County with the financial hardship imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund has previously distributed $1,546,000.00 and has been extended and refunded for the second round of funding not to exceed $5 million, that the County received through section 5001 of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (that “CARES Act”).

The amount of the grant per business will be a maximum of $5,000 for businesses with two to thirty employees, and a maximum of $2,000 for businesses with less than two employees. Applications for the upcoming second round of the Summit County COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Relief Grant Program will begin to be accepted at 12 pm on Thursday, May 14, 2020, and will be accepted until 9 am, Friday, May 22, 2020. For more guidelines and how to apply, click here:

For more information on these grants, we are hosting information sessions daily. These sessions are designed to familiarize you with the program, eligibility requirements, and the application process. Learn more:

Totally Tangled Creations: By April Nicholson-Couch has seen incredible, self-funded growth. Having started her business as a hobby, she has put everything right back into it and as a result has grown her studio, income, and accessibility of her art. Learn more about her #ChooseGrowth330 story in this interview:

Join us May 19 to hear Roger Emerson from Emerson Thomson Bennett present "Diving Into Trademark Law: What You Need to Know." He'll be covering aspects of Trademark Law, including how to select a trademark, common law v. federal, and the process for applying for and winning trademarks. Register:

Ohio is slowly re-opening. Make sure you know the dates and other relevant information that pertains to your business. Check out the Greater Akron Business Resource Guide on COVID-19 to learn more:

As we start to plan for economic recovery and take steps to re-open, MAGNET Ohio has developed a 4-part webinar series that will include valuable information, steps, actions, and resources to help you restart your business. Tomorrow, Tuesday, May 12, is this first webinar in this series. Make sure to register:

Join us on May 20, 2020, for the Empowering Women Luncheon to hear Dawn Mitchell Owens founder and Chief Executive Advisor of The Corporate Couch present "Resilience Redefined: Finding Clarity & Focus During Changing Times." The first 100 people registered will receive Dawn's latest book, "Light After a Layoff." View a video message from Dawn below and register today!

On May 12, Gabe Nabors of Mustard Seed Market & Cafe will join us for a virtual event to present on Leadership and Versatility. Register now:

As the COVID-19 situation in Summit County continues to evolve, our community is preparing to ramp up testing capabilities/capacity. In order to ship the testing specimens to the labs, Summit County Public Health is in need of Styrofoam shipping containers at least 12” X 12” and no larger than the size of a home cooler. If your company has Styrofoam containers to donate please drop them off between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm (Monday-Friday) at 1867 West Market Street in Akron. We appreciate the business community’s support in the collection of this greatly needed item as we collectively work to stop the spread of COVID-19.

If you have any questions, or if you would like to coordinate the drop off of your donation, please feel free to contact the Summit County Public Health at 330-926-5795.

Manufacturers, make sure you are staying up to date on all things COVID-19. MAGNET has launched a Manufacturing Coronavirus Readiness Toolkit. Learn more about this resource for reopening, staying virus-safe, and maximizing PPP forgiveness. Latest Updates & Guidance:

Join us to hear a Q&A dialogue with Tom Lix of Cleveland Whiskey share what his company is doing to stay innovative during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lix spent some formative years in the U.S. Navy where in addition to some early bootleg distilling; he was cross trained in nuclear physics and thermodynamics along with seawater/freshwater distillation. A college dropout who hitchhiked across the country, fought forest fires in Alaska at the age of 17, and founded the first University-sponsored Motorcycle Club in America, he later earned his Doctorate in Business from Boston University.


The Greater Akron Chamber will host an employer community video conference call for members, business and community leaders on Tuesday, May 5 from 8-9am. Our agenda will include a brief update on the status of our community’s health system response to COVID-19 and include Donna Skoda, Summit County Health Commissioner and key leaders from our major health systems.

We will also hear from several employers on best practices as it relates to readying your company to re-start in compliance with the most recent orders from Governor DeWine. We will also provide information and answer questions for employers seeking to get back to work about compliance with state requirements, access to essential PPE and other considerations. Register here:

An incredible company and partnership making a true difference! Join us to hear a Q&A dialogue with Cleveland Whiskey Founder and CEO Tom Lix next week on more of what his company is doing to stay innovative during the COVID-19 pandemic. Register here:

Today was a big day! 9 pallets of Hand Sanitizer kits were shipped out to the state of Ohio from our distillery. Our team worked extremely hard to get these made.

Half a pallet of masks were donated by Ohio Awning & Manufacturing Co.. Thank you!👏

As for where the kits are going to be distributed, we will share that information with you when it is presented to us. Continue to stay safe and practice social distancing! Cheers!🥃
#handsanitizer #stateofohio #InThisTogetherOhio #StayHomeOhio #helpinghands #communityfirst #communitystrong #northeastohio #cleveland #clevelandpride #clevelandbusiness #localbusiness #thisiscle #distillery #distillerylife #sanitizerkits #ohio #localdistillery #whiskeybusiness #bourbonbusiness #bourbonwhiskey #bourbonlife #whiskeylife

Join us May 8 to hear Jay Mellon from AtNetPlus, Inc., present "Work Safely From Anywhere: Bringing Cybersecurity Back Into Focus & Preparing for the New 'Normal'."

Jay Mellon has been in the technology industry for over 25 years and has first-hand experience in how this industry has evolved over this time. He started his career working for IBM Global Services, traveling to large client accounts across the country, which eventually landed him in the Akron area to work on The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company account.

Register for this event:

As we enter a new phase of the world’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, businesses need to know how to reopen. How do we do that safely, protecting our workers and the public? How do we prepare to operate with the virus still circulating and what are the laws and best practices we should be aware of, as we search to find the new normal for business and government operations?

Join us this Friday as one of our community and Chamber members, Sarah B. Gregg, PE, presents "Reopening Your Business Safely." Register here:


Over nine years in business and still growing! Ernie's Catering is a full-service catering company that will prepare an elegant dinner for two or an event for 300. They are committed to serving good food that makes any occasion special at affordable prices. Watch this full growth story below. #ChooseGrowthAkron

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