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News and Events by and for Greater Akron Chamber members.

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Current highlights include:

Akron SCORE Presents "Grow Your Business with Email & Social Media" on October 4

9/20/2017

This presentation will provide a deeper look into the importance and effectiveness of why email marketing with social media engagement can drive action.  Many small businesses and organizations find themselves seeking the right strategies, tools and tactics to make their marketing efforts as effective as possible.  But between Facebook and Twitter, email and mobile, deals, and whatever new social network is rolling out that month—there’s a lot to keep up with. And there are only so many hours in each day.  The number of possibilities can feel overwhelming. This session will help make sense of the noise.  We’re going to show you how to make the most of the combination of email and social media for your business.  When the session is done, you’ll have a greater understanding of marketing basics like goals and objectives.  You’ll learn what a “campaign” is and what to write about and offer in that campaign.  You’ll be given some simple but powerful tips for how to get your messages opened and read, shared, and socially visible.  And you’ll see that there are some great tools you can use to help engage with your existing customers and supporters as well as expand your reach to new prospects. Throughout the session you’ll be given opportunities to capture your own ideas and build out the framework of your own “next great campaign.” So join us and start to build a plan that will help you grow your business by eliciting the responses you want from your customers or supporters.

All Chamber Business Networking Event at Infiniti of Akron on September 21

8/30/2017

Join us for an evening of networking and business connections including the Greater Akron Chamber, the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and more!  Bring your business cards and your appetite!  The delicious cuisine will be provided by Akron’s own Ken Stewarts Grill, and wine tasting will be provided by Gervasi Vineyards.

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Akron Area YMCA Jack O Lantern Jog on October 12

10/12/2017

The 2017 Jack-O-Lantern Jog 5K presented by NECA/IBEW will again take place this October in Lock 3, and we will run through the historically spooky Glendale Cemetery. In addition to the race, we will have tons of free entertainment and free child watch for the little ones while you participate in the run. 
 
Don't miss out on the fun. The event includes 5K, 1-Mile Fun Run, Costume Contest, Trick-R-Treat, food, fun, and friends, long sleeve T-shirt for participants* and the best participant swag bag in Akron. Click here for more details.

Akron SCORE Presents "Shorten Your Sales Cycle - Automate Your Marketing" on October 25

9/20/2017

Do you send the same information over and over? Do you ever forget to follow up with new subscribers, customer anniversaries and birthdays? How do you share your great case studies, success stories and customer testimonials? Or introduce customers to your diverse product or service offerings? And do you wish you had a way to reward new subscribers and inspire them to take action right NOW, when their interest is HOT?
 
Autoresponder campaigns do what YOU wish you had the time to do! Use  them to follow up, inform, entertain, & provide incentives for action & engagement - they work automatically while you focus on your business. This seminar will help you:
  • Learn the difference between automated messages and autoresponder campaigns
  • Decide where autoresponders can help you do better marketing communications
  • Understand key actions that trigger emails to be sent
  • Identify what steps to take to design effective autoresponder campaigns
  • Design the “evergreen content” that works best for your audiences
We’ll also cover dos and don’ts, show a sample autoresponder calendar, and share real case studies of success with autoresponder campaigns. Join us!  

Akron SCORE Presents "30 Ways to Grow Your Email List" on October 18

9/20/2017

Let's get Back to Business! It's time to grow your contact list! 
 
Join us for "30 Ways to Grow Your List" workshop - you'll leave with ideas and strategies to capture new contacts, grow your list and take action to help move your business forward.

Having an interested and qualified list of contacts that you can stay top of mind with is vital to every business. Continuing to grow that list is just as important. In this workshop we will show you 30 easy ways to grow your contact list today!
 
We will cover:
  •  Why someone should join your contact list and what’s in it for them
  • How to ask people to join your list "face-to-face"
  • How to use social media to grow your list
  • How to grow your list on your website or blog
  • How to use print material to get people to sign up
  • How to use events to help grow your list
  • How to use incentives and giveaways to grow your list
Plus, you'll have a chance to network with other attendees and grow your contact list, live during the workshop!

Akron SCORE Presents "Drive New Business with Social Media" on October 11

9/20/2017

You know you should be on social media for your business or non-profit. You know it can help you drive more new and repeat business for your organization. But, do you know why? Do you know which social media platform will have the biggest bang for your buck? And when you start your profile, do you know what to say and how to grow your following? This session will answer all of those questions and more!
 
Let us help you: 
  • Determine the platform that’s right for you and your organization
  • Announce your presence and build your network
  • Create and share content that encourages action
  • Understand social media advertising and learn your options
  • Convert social media leads into potential customers by growing your email list
From understanding the different social media platforms, to choosing what to say and where to say it, this seminar will give you the keys to the most effective social media marketing for you. You don’t have to be on every platform, and you don’t have to make every post by yourself. Let us make social media easy - join us!

Buckeye Baskets - Holiday Gift Giving Made Easy

9/20/2017

Customize your gifts with your company logo items, a gift tag with your logo and a personal message to the recipient. Conveniently ship gifts anywhere in the world. Support the employment of people with disabilities. When you send a beautifully wrapped gift basket, you also provide creative work for people at United Disability Services. It's a gift that give twice!

Lunch and Learn - Security Protocols on October 11

9/18/2017

Advanced Network Solutions has partnered with SACS Consulting and Shon Christy Consulting for the first in a quarterly series of Lunch and Learn events. Please join this dynamic group of presenters for lunch provided by The Tangier and a discussion on the topic of Security; how to understand the physical, cyber, and social media levels and protocols every employee should know. You will walk away with valuable solutions and resources that will enable you to protect your company inside and out.

UPS and FedEx Take Different Approaches to Peak Holiday Volume

9/11/2017

If you use UPS for your small package residential shipments, expect to see a jump in costs this holiday season. UPS announced that it will add a 27-cent charge on all Ground residential packages from November 19 through December 2 and then again from December 17 through December 23. Air packages and packages that qualify as large or over maximum limits will also see an increase. In a notable departure from UPS, FedEx will not follow suit. Instead, the only holiday surcharge they will be adding is for packages that are big or bulky enough to require special handling. PartnerShip®, the company that manages the Greater Akron Chamber Shipping Program, has taken a closer look at these changes. Click here to learn more about what shippers can expect this holiday season. Greater Akron Chamber members receive exclusive discounts on select FedEx® services through the Greater Akron Chamber Shipping Program. For more information and to enroll, visit PartnerShip.com/GACC.

Hale Farm & Village Presents Hale Harvest 5K Run/Walk on October 7

9/8/2017

The Hale Harvest 5K, part of Hale Farm & Village's Harvest Festival, benefits InHale, an educational initiative that uses historic and natural resources to offer experiences that promote sustainable agriculture, civic leadership and education. The course invites runners and walkers to experience the natural beauty of Hale Farm & Village, as you run along nature trails, past historic houses and through farmyards.
 

2017 Cascade Capital Corp. Business Growth Awards on October 3

9/8/2017

Cascade Capital Corp. and the sponsors of the 2017 Business Growth Awards program invite you to attend Akron's premier networking event!  The Business Growth Awards recognize and honor businesses from our seven-county region that have achieved superior growth in sales and/or employment over the past five years.*
 
*Business must be located in Summit, Medina, Stark, Portage, Wayne, Ashland or Holmes counties to participate.

Sales Management and Leadership on November 2

9/8/2017

This one-of-a-kind course will teach sales managers the most valuable set of skills needed to take their sales team to a higher level of selling performance. The session will cover truly effective sales management and leadership techniques that the world’s best CEO’s incorporate into their own companies. This hands-on workshop will walk you through an overall process of developing your goals and objectives, preparing your team, tracking goals and progress, addressing challenges, keeping the team motivated and more. Each participant will leave the session with an intense sales plan that can be immediately put into action.
 
*To participate, you must have at least three salespeople in your organization, and we highly recommend you and your sales team participate in the Sales Academy course as a prerequisite.
 
$199 for Members of COSE/GCP or a Collaborating Chamber of Commerce 
$299 for Nonmembers

The Salvation Army Hires Former University of Akron Administrator

9/7/2017

The Salvation Army hired Theresa Beyerle, Ph.D., as Director of Institutional Research. Beyerle was most recently with The University of Akron where she was Associate Director, Institute for Teaching, directing the University’s service learning program.

UA 5K Homecoming Run/Walk Event 2017 on October 7

9/6/2017

ATTENTION ALL RUNNERS!!!!  Sport Science and Wellness Education, the Sport Science Academy and Student Recreation and Wellness Services present the 7th Annual University of Akron Homecoming UA 5k!  Register today!  The first 300 runners that register will receive a dry-fit long sleeve t-shirt!  If you are interested in helping out and volunteering for the event, please contact [email protected]. http://www.active.com/akron-oh/running/distance-running-races/ua-5k-homecoming-run-walk-event-2017.

Business Communication Specialists Presents “Ask the Expert” Webinar on September 20

9/1/2017

The “Ask the Expert” webinar will be facilitated by Tim Zarkovacki, Solutions Engineer at Palitto Consulting. This interactive session will discuss how API-driven VoIP phone solution integrations can improve workflow and give people the data that allows them to make informed decisions. For more information and to register, click below. 

Corporate Breakfast Event by NE Ohio Chapter of JDRF on September 12

8/31/2017

The Northeast Ohio Chapter of JDRF would like to invite Greater Akron Chamber members to attend their Corporate Breakfast Event at the offices of Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs; 3800 Embassy Parkway.  Any chamber member interested in learning more about JDRF, our mission and our upcoming JDRF One Walk being held at The University of Akron Stile Athletics Field House; please RSVP to Sherry Lepley at [email protected] or call (216) 654-9318 by end of day September 7.  We look forward to meeting you!

Akron Area YMCA Labor of Love Race on September 4

8/28/2017

Whether you're a weekend warrior, a would-be marathon master, a 5K connoisseur or a walking wonder, we've got you covered.  1M, 5K and 10K Race on Labor Day Monday, September 4 at 8 a.m. T-shirts and Medals to finishers -- who support a great cause. Get the details: yakronruns.org
 

Made in Ohio Preview Party on September 1

8/28/2017

Chamber Members receive 50% off tickets with the code CHAMBER. New this year we are kicking off the Made in Ohio Festival weekend with a Preview Night!  Join us at Hale Farm at dusk - Tickets Include: Local beer and wine, appetizers, an exclusive opportunity to shop prior to the show opening and Hale Craft demonstrations. Tickets $50 per person, Use code CHAMBER and receive a 50% discount. Purchase advance tickets at www.halefarm.org or call (330) 666-3711 x 1708. 
 

Geek to Chic Ribbon Cutting on September 1 and Grand Opening on September 2

8/28/2017

Geek to Chic and One of a Kind Pets both support second chances, so we're teaming up! 
Bring in an item from One of A Kind Pets 'wishlist' and receive an additional 15% off our already fantastic grand opening specials!  See the OOAK wishlist here.

The ribbon cutting will be this Friday, Sept 1st at 4:00 p.m. Then join us for our Grand Opening Party on Saturday, September 2 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.! This event will include: -merchandise discounts -door prizes -open auction -complimentary appetizers, beverages and wine.

Summa Health Volunteer Opportunities

8/28/2017

There are many volunteer opportunities at Summa Health to gain exposure to many different department from Emergency Department to HR and everything in between. We offer shadowing and internship opportunities as well. If you are interested in gaining more information in becoming a volunteer with Summa Health, please call (330) 375-3790.

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