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News and Events by and for Greater Akron Chamber members.


Current highlights include:

BCS Invites You to a Breakfast & Learn at the Metropolitan at the 9 on Mar. 1


Are you considering replacing your phone system with a robust VoIP solution? If so, this event is for you. Please join the BCS Team as they discuss options for a winning game plan by implementing an Onsite, Cloud or Hybrid VoIP system in 2018.  The BCS Team will share strategies and features of a leading VoIP solution...a must see demo included and plenty of Q & A time.

NSME's 46th Annual Accent on Excellence Event on Feb. 27


The annual National Sales & Marketing Executives (NSME) “Accent on Excellence” awards program in the greater Akron/Canton region recognizes the Executive of the Year, the Outstanding Community Leader, multiple “Achievements in Excellence” awards recipients and the Exceptional Sales and Marketing Collegiate Recipient.  Click here to see the recipients.
These honorees have demonstrated the highest levels of professionalism during their careers in diverse sales and marketing roles. Winners are selected by NSME leaders, based on nominations from local professionals, questionnaire responses provided by the nominees and publicly available information. Criteria include community and civic involvement, professional experience and demonstrated performance.

Member Marketplace

The Member MarketPlace is a member-to-member discount program that allows you to promote discounts to members. Connect to exclusive savings on services provided by Greater Akron Chamber Members for Chamber Members here!  To participate in the Member MarketPlace, contact the Chamber at (330) 237-1234.

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Urban Speaks Luncheon Series featuring Dr. Ruth Okediji on March 8


Dr. Ruth Okediji, William L. Prosser Professor of Law, University of Minnesota, will provide the keynote lecture on 'protecting your intellectual property'.

Dr. Okediji is an internationally recognized legal scholar in the field of intellectual property rights.  Her scholarship focuses on issues of innovation policy, economic development, and global knowledge governance in the context of international institutions and public international law. Professor Okediji has been acknowledged nationally and internationally for her research and professional service and is regularly cited for her work on IP-related issues in developing and least-developed countries. Furthermore, she has served as a policy advisor on the impact of IP protection on development goals for many governments and inter-governmental organizations. Dr. Okediji has also served as a consultant for the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development, the U.N. Development Program, and the World Intellectual Property Organization and has directed research and technical assistance projects in Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Caribbean.
A graduate of the University of Jos (LL.B.) and Harvard Law School (LL.M., S.J.D.), Professor Okediji is licensed to practice law in New York and Minnesota.

Akron Beacon Journal Presents Free Extreme Couponing Workshop on March 20


There are two times!  3:30 and 7pm ONLY!!
Learn Extreme Savings, Without Extreme Effort!

Come meet Mary Hoover, MASTER COUPONER and Ohio native! Mary has taught thousands of moms nationwide the REAL secrets of saving Big Time at the cash register!  She will teach you all the couponing secrets the PROS use to slash your grocery bill by hundreds of dollars a month. You'll learn an effortless weekly method that eliminates all the busy work and brain gymnastics from your couponing! All you'll need is Sunday newspaper coupons and internet accesss. Don't miss this Free event! It will change your world!

Mary uses a simple method to organize her newspaper coupons in just a few minutes a week!! Paired with just a few principles, she now spends less than $450 a month for her family of 5!  

DOOR PRIZES and GIVEAWAYS:  Win raffled Grocery Gift cards and other prizes!
SAVINGS ARE MEANT TO BE SHARED:  Make sure your friends attend with you. Who do you know looking for a major budget windfall? They will need to register, too.
Post a link to this registration page on your Facebook!

HURRY, LIMITED SEATING:  Don't miss out. FREE EVENT seating availability runs out, so print your ticket today while it is still available!

You must reside in the home delivery area of the the Akron Beacon Journal to attend.

American Heart Association 2017 Heart Ball on February 18


Join the American Heart Association for an unforgettable evening of hope and entertainment at the 2017 Akron Heart Ball.  Each year, community members, medical professionals and corporate leaders come together to celebrate the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association.  From the gourmet dinner to the silent and live auction – it’s an exciting night of glitz and glamour with the theme being 'The Carnival of Life.'

For years, the Heart Ball has helped to advance the lifesaving mission of the American Heart Association, a mission that has impacted the lives of thousands of men, women and children in the Akron area.  Contributions received go far in supporting cardiovascular research, professional and community education, and advocacy efforts.
The Heart Ball celebrates: our work and mission; our donors and volunteers; and – most important – the lives saved and improved because of everyone’s efforts. Join us!   We look forward to celebrating with you!

For more information, tickets or for sponsorship opportunities, visit the official Akron Heart Ball website at http://akronheartball.heart.org.

LegalShield Presents Medina SHRM Workshop on Identity Theft Awareness on February 28


Greater Akron Chamber members pay the member rate with coupon.

Member - $17.50; Non-Member - $19.50; Student - $12.
To attend, enroll at this link http://shrm-medina.shrm.org/

Identity Theft is an act of someone unlawfully obtaining and using another individual’s personal data in some way that involves fraud or deception, typically for economic gain or to create a crime in someone else’s name. It is now the fastest growing crime in the United States.

Specific Performance Objectives:

  • Learn the 5 types and causes of Identity Theft

  • Understand how to reduce your chances of becoming a victim of Identity Theft

  • Identify the legal steps to take if you have already become a victim of Identity Theft

  • Understand the differences between the Identity Theft Plans being offered as protection

  • Discover why identity theft victims are likely much higher than publicly-reported statistics

  • Understand why a stolen identity is a powerful cloak of anonymity for criminals and terrorists

Flex-Team Staffing Consultants Earn ASA Certification for Higher Worker and Customer Care


Flex-Team Inc. of Akron & Canton is proud to announce that staffing consultants Sandi Adorni, Bernadette Bolen, Danielle Hayden and Stephanie Quay recently received the Certified Staffing Professional designation from the American Staffing Association. Professional staffers with decades of collective work under their belts, the CSP certification puts a valuable feather in each of their caps in terms of industry-wide competency standards on labor law and ethics within the temp staffing industry.

NAI Cummins Brings Large Condominium Development to Stow


Jennifer Fernandez, CCIM, SIOR brokered a land sale between seller BMB Northampton, Ltd. and buyer Universal Development. The property, which transferred today, includes 78 acres of land on Gilbert Road in Stow, Ohio, near the Stow Walmart. Universal Development plans to build a 220-unit development of condominium units for sale. The complex, an investment of more than $20 million to be completed in phases, will consist of 55 four-condominium buildings with units ranging from 1,500-1,600 SF.

TRIAD Selects Recipients of 2017 Design4Good Pro Bono Services


TRIAD has selected eight area nonprofit organizations to receive marketing, digital and graphic design services through their Design4Good pro bono partnership program. The recipients include: Akron Area YMCA • Akron Women’s City Club • Akron Zoo • Cuyahoga Falls Library • Safety Forces Center/Furnace Street Mission • Sugar Plum Tour • The Well Akron Community Development Corp. • Women’s Network Inc.

Lunch & Learn: Fit 3 Weight Loss Program on February 9


At Wellspring, it's all about wellness! We will sharing about the Fit 3 Program and show you how to Get Fit, Feel Fit and Stay Fit! A light lunch and beverage will be served. Please RSVP by February 7 to Sue at (330)414-8882.

UA Solutions Presents The Sales Accelerator on March 30, April 6, and April 13


The Sales Accelerator: HOW TO BE BOTH SUCCESSFUL AND SIGNIFICANT IN SALES Sales is about building effective and productive relationships. This is important because people buy from people they know, like and trust. Being successful in sales is not an “art,” but a process that can be learned. If you are coachable, trainable and willing to take action on what you learn, The Sales Accelerator is right for you! Dates: March 30, April 6 and 13, 2017 Class Meets: Thursday 8AM-5PM

Temp Staffing Provider Flex-Team Inc. Launches Employee Appreciation Campaign


Aware of the changeable nature of the temp employment workflow, Flex-Team, Inc. (FTI) has launched a campaign showing their workers their value while challenging them to work smarter for manu-clients. Starting in January 2017, FTI will reward two employees monthly with extra days of pay when they’re nominated by a client and drawn randomly from an auto-selection website. Staffing consultants will travel to work sites to announce the wins as Employee of the Month, presenting workers with certificates of honor.

Are You Smarter Than an Akron 5th or 7th Grader?


Keep Akron Beautiful awards cash prizes totaling $400 to four middle school students at the 2017 Akron Public Schools SMT Expo. Akron, Ohio (January 31, 2017) – On Saturday, January 28, 2017, three volunteer judges for Keep Akron Beautiful (KAB) attended the 61st Annual Akron Public Schools (APS) Science, Math and Technology (SMT) Expo, with the purpose of choosing top projects that addressed environmental concerns and aligned with Smart Goals from the city’s 2009 Greenprint for Action Sustainability Plan. The event was held at North High School and open to 5th through 12th graders.

CareSource Marketplace Enrollment Fair on January 27


CareSource will host an informational Marketplace Enrollment Fair.  Call Danielle to Reserve Your Space at 216-978-7888.  Breakfast will be served. 

Enroll by January 31, 2017.  Your coverage will be effective March 1, 2017.

415 Group Expands Information Technology Team with Acquisition of Proactive IT Solutions


415 Group announced today the acquisition of Proactive IT Solutions, a technology firm located in Salem, Ohio. 415 Group is a full-service professional firm providing information technology (IT) solutions, certified public accounting and business consultation services to clients throughout Northeast Ohio. As part of the acquisition, Andrew Gangi, owner of Proactive IT Solutions, has joined 415 Group as an IT Consultant.

Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy Community Open House on January 20


You are Invited to come see what Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy (CVCA) is all about. CVCA is a place that invests in, trains, encourages, and values every individual, and their students graduate prepared to encounter the real world. CVCA is a college preparatory, Christian, middle and high school (grades 7-12) that offers a rigorous curriculum, a multitude of co-curriculars, a strong athletic program, and so much more.  Come see what makes us different. Come see what makes us great. Come see why CVCA is worth the investment for your family. We would love to see you there!

With over $1,300,000 in financial assistance awarded to families in the 2016-2017 school year, a CVCA education is financially feasible.

Western Reserve Hospital Presents Go Red for Women Heal Your Heart Luncheon on February 10


Join Western Reserve Hospital for their FREE luncheon to learn about heart disease and help raise awareness about the #1 killer of women in the U.S.  Ilene Shapiro, Summit County Executive, will be the Emcee.  Keynote speakers will be:

  • Dr. Michael Bage, Western Reserve Hospital Physicians Cardiology
  • Para Jones, President, Stark State College
Space is limited. Register here or RSVP by February 3 to Kathy Romito at (330) 971-7408 or [email protected].

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