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News and Events by and for Greater Akron Chamber members.


Current highlights include:

Tenacity Client Retention Webinar on Jun. 14 or 15


We are offering two one-hour webinars (pick one convenient to you) June 14 at 11:00 a.m. EST or June 15 at 1:00 p.m. EST. We’ll demonstrate the tools and take you through several simulations. Just send an email to Dr. Gary Selden, Director of the Tenacity Center at KSU ([email protected]) or give him a call at (470) 578-3191 in order to register. It might or might not be your finest hour, but it very well could be your most profitable one.

Art After Five at Western Reserve Hospital on Jun. 21


Join Western Reserve Hospital, in partnership with ArtsNow, Collide: Cuyahoga Falls, the Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Akron Chamber for an inspired evening of networking at the third-annual Community Art Showcase.  Enjoy complimentary drinks and appetizers while you socialize and network in a creative, relaxed setting. Art will be available for purchase, and Falls boutiques will host pop-up shops.  Live music will be performed.

WAKR Speaker Series with Terry Pluto on Jun. 28


Hey Sports Fans!  Mark your calendars for Thursday, June 28, as 1590 WAKR invites you to a special benefit luncheon for the Salvation Army.  Our featured guest speaker is Terry Pluto, sportswriter, newspaper columnist and author. The event will include a lunch, an auction, and raffles with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Salvation Army.  Table sponsorships are available.  Contact Dominic Rizzo at [email protected].

KOMJATI Presents "How to Find Your Brand Spanking New ™ Marketing Hook!” Workshop on Jun. 6


To stand out in today’s cluttered market you must be unforgettable. Descriptions like -- “We care”, “I specialize in...”, “20 years of experience” -- these may have worked in the past, but not today. Join Diana Komjati, Brand Spanking Super Star, in a three-hour, interactive workshop. We will search for the “hook” or angle that can be used in your marketing to differentiate your brand from your many competitors. $97. Registration is limited to 10.

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.

More Member News & Events

Retirement Planning with Natalie Choate on June 13


You won’t want to miss this exclusive continuing education opportunity when Natalie Choate visits the Akron area on June 13.  Akron Community Foundation is bringing this nationally known retirement planning expert in to speak on the following topics:
  • 201 Best (and Worst) Planning Ideas for Your Client’s Retirement Benefits
  • IRA Mistakes & How to Fix Them
  • Charitable Giving with Retirement Benefits
Contact Laura Fink at (330) 436-5611 or e-mail [email protected].
Continuing education credits have been approved by the Ohio Department of Insurance, Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc., and The Supreme Court of Ohio.  Accountancy credits will be self reporting.

Cost is $75 for individual; Table of 8 - $500 | Individual - $75

See a Skype Room System Demo and Catch a Ball Game on May 9


Are you available on May 9th to join Sikich LLP at The Duck Club?  Communication and collaboration is a priority for many organizations.  Did you know that it’s projected that 72% of work will be remote by 2020 If it’s not something on your radar, it’s time to start thinking about.
RSVP at http://bit.ly/2oI2VRz today to:
  • Learn what Skype Room System can provide to your organization.
  • See a live demo of Skype Room System.
  • Understand how to simplify voice management and reduce cost.
  • Have a good reason to leave work early for a fun evening with dinner and cocktails, and even catch a great view of the game!

YMCA Camp Y-Noah will be hosting a FREE FAMILY FUN DAY on May 7


Come discover how camp builds character and creates confidence. Family Fun Days are a great way to check out camp activities, meet staff and see what camp is all about. Activities include: Pony Rides, Canoeing, Climbing, Archery, Face Painting, Tours.  WONE and WQMX will be joining us with an on-site broadcast!

Skyline Trisource Exhibits Presents Advanced Exhibiting Workshop on May 17 & May 18


This 90-minute workshop, presented by Mike Thimmesch, will share research on major trends in eight key areas and how exhibitors are using this information to improve their trade show programs.  For over 25 years, Mike Thimmesch has created and implemented innovative marekting, lead generation, and exhibiting strategies.  Learn from an expert and your peers to dsicover how they aproach the same exhibiting questions and problems you face.  The workshop and lunch are both prvided at no cost to you.  To register, contact [email protected].

Shows at Playhouse Square


Get discounted tickets to shows, concerts, comedians, and much more at Playhouse Square. Visit www.playhousesquare.org/ceo and use promo code FUNTIX.

AAF Akron Presents “Leading With Passion” on May 24


American Advertising Federation – AAF Akron invites you to “Leading With Passion” presented by Jodi Leigh Berg, PhD. President of Vitamix, on May 24, 2017, at The Tangier over lunch.  Learn how Vitamix strives to ignite the personal passion of every customer and employee, how unlocking that passion is reflected in the company’s newly refreshed brand, and how passion allows Vitamix to differentiate itself in an increasingly crowded high-performance blending market. Greater Akron Chamber members get 30% ticket discount when using the code "GAC-VITAMIX".

TEDxAkron 2017


TEDxAkron was organized in an effort to bring members of the Akron community together to discuss issues that impact the community and bring a positive change to the world beginning in Akron, Ohio.  At the TEDxAkron 2017 event on May 20, 2017, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. Greater Akron Chamber members get 15% off TEDxAkron tickets when you register using the code word "CHAMBER".

Wellness Solutions as Nature Intended


Discover wellness solutions as nature intended. Greater Akron Chamber members will receive a 10% discount off retail prices of all products from Wellness & Wealth by Choice. Contact Sue Gruber at (330) 714-7181 or e-mail to [email protected]

Akron Zoo - Hope for the Wild - on May 11


Join the Akron Zoo for a unique opportunity to hear from Conservationist Guy Western from Rebuilding the Pride, and learn about the zoo’s role in global conservation efforts. Visit the zoo’s exhibits and enjoy good food and entertainment. Tickets: Patron: $50 per person (includes food, open bar for 21 and older and drinks) Adult: $35 per per person (includes food. Cash bar available for those 21 & older.)

Hale Farm & Village (HFV) Barn Party 2017 on May 6


Relive your favorite field-trip experience on an adult level! FUNraiser Tickets include:  
themed food stations, open bar, and live music; and school day favorities:  historic demonstrations, wagon ridges, historic games and more!  Roll up your jeans, and become a kid again at Hale Farm. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased online at www.halefarm.org or call (330) 666-3711 x 1708.  All proceeds support our educational initiatives at HFV.

"Charity, Cocktails & Comedy" Benefit on May 4


The event benefits the Volunteer Guardian Program. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with Headliner Mike Polk Jr., Comedians Shawn Boyd, Jill Smith, Jasmyn Carter, Marlena Mann, Ryan Yex, Angelo and Ned Park, and Emcee Jason Sokol, 1590 WAKR.  General admission is $50 and includes heavy appetizers, two drink tickets, networking and clean comedy show. Tickets can be purchased directly through The Tangier’s Box Office at (330) 376-7171. 

UDS is Ready to WORK for YOU


Contact Anna Adelman at (330) 762-9755 Ext. 297 about using United Disability Services' highly motivated workforce to outsource work to one of their production sites in Akron, Kent, or Twinsburg. Greater Akron Chamber members receive a 10% discount.

Local Businesses Invited to Share Best Practices at Lean Six Sigma Conference on May 11


For the first time, The Corporate University at Kent State University at Stark is holding a one-day conference targeting novice and seasoned professionals for a day of immersion with Lean Six Sigma experts. 
In today’s global market competition ranges from companies down the street to companies across the world and organizations must focus on cutting waste and streamlining processes to remain relevant and profitable. Dozens of local business employees successfully complete Lean Six Sigma training and certification every year at Kent State Stark. Sponsoring employers of participants are realizing cost savings of tens of thousands of dollars on subsequent projects. For every dollar spent on Lean Six Sigma training with Kent State University, employers estimate a 37-to-1 return on investment.
“Lean Six Sigma provides organizations with a systematic approach to enhance profitability and overall business performance as well as improve productivity and customer satisfaction. Virtually any key business process – operational, service, manufacturing, design or purchasing – where the Lean Six Sigma methodology is properly applied and sustained can return high yield, bottom-line results,” said Faith Sheaffer-Polen, director of The Corporate University.
Facilitators include Lean Six Sigma training veterans Robert Skillman, Stephen Skillman, Daniel Nicol, and John Novak.  Between them, they offer more than 75 years of expertise and skill in keeping companies competitive and sustainable.
Cost of the conference is $295 and includes breakfast and lunch. To register, contact Mona Zink at (330) 244-3508 or [email protected] For an agenda and more information about the conference, visit http://www.kent.edu/stark/cucc/conferences.

Hollis Brown at Musica on April 28


Catch Hollis Brown, an American Rock ‘n’ Roll band, at Musica on Friday, April 28. Named after a Bob Dylan song, the band was formed by Queens-natives and songwriters Mike Montali (lead vocals/guitar) & Jonathan Bonilla (lead guitar).  They soon found their musical brethren across America, recruiting Andrew Zehnal (drums) from Cleveland, Adam Bock (keyboard/vocals) from St. Louis, and Brian Courage (bass) from Long Island.  They have a hot new single out now called "Run Right To You".

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