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Chamber Press Room

Use this section to stay abreast of the latest happenings at the Chamber in the areas of economic development, government advocacy, regional collaboration, and workforce as well as information on our networking events and programs.

Check out the latest edition of our electronic newsletter, e-Directions; read our press releases and recently published articles celebrating the Chamber’s accomplishments and the Greater Akron region; or read press releases submitted by our members.

For media inquiries, contact Becky Guzy Woodford, Senior Vice President, at (330) 237-1227 or guzy@greaterakronchamber.org.
 

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Chamber Presents The Morning Buzz Featuring Doug Piekarz on August 11

7/21/2017

Chamber Presents The Morning Buzz on July 14 Featuring Maureen Ischay 6/26/2017 Greater Akron—The Morning Buzz is a monthly speaker breakfast series, which aims to connect small- and medium-sized businesses by facilitating the exchange of ideas and strategies for business growth and success. On Friday, August 11, 2017, join us to hear Doug Piekarz, President & CEO of the Akron Zoo.

Chamber Presents The Morning Buzz on July 14 Featuring Maureen Ischay

6/26/2017

Greater Akron—The Morning Buzz is a monthly speaker breakfast series, which aims to connect small- and medium-sized businesses by facilitating the exchange of ideas and strategies for business growth and success. On Friday, July 14, join us to hear from Maureen Ischay, Sr. Director of Development, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum.

Greater Akron Chamber Launches Community-Wide Branding Program

5/18/2017

Greater Akron—The Greater Akron Chamber has launched an intensive branding program designed to discover, define and design Greater Akron’s competitive differentiator—or, what makes the area special so it can stand out in the marketplace. The ultimate goal of this initiative is to attract more businesses and talent to the area and to improve/maintain quality of life for current residents.

Chamber's SBC Announces 2017 Excellence in business Award Recipients

5/5/2017

Greater Akron—The Greater Akron Chamber’s Small Business Council will present its 35th annual Excellence in Business awards program at a breakfast on Thursday, May 25, 2017, from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m., at the Firestone Country Club, 452 East Warner Road, in Akron. Join us as we honor the accomplishments of local businesses who have consistently demonstrated outstanding performance, growth, staying power, innovation and proven leadership in the community.

Richard Norton Retained as Interim President & CEO of the Greater Akron Chamber

4/25/2017

Greater Akron—The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Greater Akron Chamber announced today that it has retained Richard Norton as Interim President and CEO of the Chamber, effective May 1. He will assume responsibility for the day-to-day activities of the Chamber, replacing on an interim basis Dan Colantone, who announced his resignation March 29.

Colantone to Step Down as CEO of Greater Akron Chamber

3/29/2017

Greater Akron—Greater Akron Chamber President and CEO Daniel C. Colantone has informed the Executive Committee of the Chamber’s Board of Directors that he will resign his position, effective May 31, 2017. Colantone has led the Chamber since February 1, 2000.

Chamber Presents The Morning Buzz on April 21 Featuring Jay Mellon of AtNetPlus

3/28/2017

Greater Akron—The Morning Buzz is a monthly speaker breakfast series, which aims to connect small- and medium-sized businesses by facilitating the exchange of ideas and strategies for business growth and success. On Friday, April 21, 2017, join us to hear Jay Mellon, CEO, AtNetPlus, present “Simple Solutions to Protect Yourself from Cyber Crime.” Jay will discuss how to recognize fake e-mails and when not to click, how to protect your business’s network and all the latest e-mail phishing scams you should be aware of.

Ohio Chambers' Government Efficiency Recommendations Recognized for Excellence

3/27/2017

Greater Akron—A new Harvard Kennedy School website with a focus on operational excellence in government will include the “Redesigning Ohio” report. Originally released in 2010 by nine Ohio chambers of commerce, the report provided recommendations for sweeping changes to help the state improve economic performance and reduce costs. “Redesigning Ohio” was one of 30 studies selected for the website.

The Late Russell Pry to be Honored with H. Peter Burg Award at Chamber's 2017 Annual Meeting

2/23/2017

Greater Akron—The Greater Akron Chamber has announced that Russell M. Pry, late Summit County Executive, will be honored posthumously with the H. Peter Burg Award. Anthony J. Alexander, last year’s awardee, will present the award on Wednesday, March 16, 2017, at the Greater Akron Chamber’s 110th Annual Meeting at the John S. Knight Center. The award recognizes Pry as someone of paramount leadership for the advancement of Greater Akron’s economic and community development. The award was created in memory of H. Peter Burg by the Chamber’s Executive Committee to recognize a leader who promotes economic development in the Greater Akron region.

Chamber Seeks Nominations for 2017 Excellence in Business Awards

2/2/2017

Greater Akron—The Greater Akron Chamber is accepting nominations for our 2017 Excellence in Business Awards. We all know or do business with companies who deserve recognition for the exceptional work they do in the business community. You can pay tribute by nominating a deserving company for the Small Business Council’s Excellence in Business Awards.

Greater Akron Chamber Presents Stephanie York at the January 13 Morning Buzz

12/14/2016

Greater Akron—The Morning Buzz is a monthly speaker breakfast series, which aims to connect small- and medium-sized businesses by facilitating the exchange of ideas and strategies for business growth and success. On Friday, January 13, 2017, join us to hear Stephanie York, Vice President at Hennes Communications, present “Crisis Management and Communications: How to Plan & Prepare for the Unthinkable.”

Greater Akron Chamber Announces Nominations for 2016 Arts & Culture Award

11/29/2016

Greater Akron—The Greater Akron Chamber is seeking nominations for their second annual awards program to recognize member businesses in Summit County for their support of arts and culture. The award will be presented in collaboration with ArtsNow, a nonprofit focused on connecting arts, culture and community in Summit County.

Greater Akron Chamber Presents The Morning Buzz on December 9

11/28/2016

Greater Akron—The Morning Buzz is a monthly speaker breakfast series, which aims to connect small- and medium-sized businesses by facilitating the exchange of ideas and strategies for business growth and success. On Friday, December 9, 2016, join us to hear Bob Arnold, author of the soon-to-be released, The Uncanny Power of the Networking Pencil: The Natural, No-Anxiety Way to Spot Results-Oriented Networking Partners—Fast!

Greater Akron Chamber Presents Economic Outlook 2017 Featuring Jack Kleinhenz on November 18

10/31/2016

Greater Akron—The Greater Akron Chamber invites you to Economic Outlook 2016 on Friday, November 18, 2016. Join us to hear Jack Kleinhenz, Ph.D., present "Solving for 2017: Prospects and Perspectives." Is the economy on solid ground in the 8th year of the recovery? In spite of being one of the longest expansions, it has lacked intensity. Can we be excited? Jack will provide an overview of key economic indicators, a review of spending trends, and provide a discussion on the outlook.

Greater Akron Chamber Presents Mark Smucker as the Speaker for the October 14 Morning Buzz

9/26/2016

Greater Akron—Sponsored by SummaCare, The Morning Buzz is a monthly speaker breakfast series, which aims to connect small- and medium-sized businesses by facilitating the exchange of ideas and strategies for business growth and success. On Friday, October 14, 2016, join us to hear Mark Smucker, President and Chief Executive Officer of The J.M. Smucker Company discuss “Creating and Maintaining a Brand: Building an Emotional Bond With Consumers.”

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