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News and Events by and for Greater Akron Chamber members.


Current highlights include:

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].

Akron Safety Town Seeking Volunteers in June


Volunteers are needed for a variety of positions. Most specifically needed are folks willing and able to help the children engage the activities within the small groups. Volunteers act simultaneously as mentor, chaperone, and teacher to support the adult team leaders/teachers. Volunteers can choose which day/days and how much time they want to serve. The first week is June 18-22, 8:30 a.m. to noon, Forest Hill CLC, 850 Damon St. The second week is June 25-29, 8:30 a.m. to noon, King CLC, 805 Memorial Pkwy. Volunteers can call Fairlawn West United Church of Christ's school secretary, Susan Kolarik at (330) 864-2179 to schedule dates and times.

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

Congratulations Akron Children's Hospital


CCG Automation, Inc. is excited to announce after one year of occupancy, Akron Children’s Hospital’s Kay Pavilion (KJP), is operating as one of the most energy efficient hospitals in Ohio with an impressive Energy Star rating of 88.  Year to date, Kay Jewelers Pavilion is rated higher than any other Energy Star labeled hospital in Ohio.  KJP is operating 38% below the national median– that is equivalent to annual avoided costs of over a $500,000 a year!  Great job Akron Children’s Hospital!

Cascade Capital Corporation Accepting Business Growth Award Nominations


Cascade Capital Corporation's annual Business Growth Awards Program recognizes area small- to medium-sized companies that have achieved significant sales and/or employment growth over the past five years.  All nominees that submit a nomination form are awarded a handsome plaque, but also have the opportunity to compete for the prestigious First Merit Legacy Award, Entrepreneurial Spirit Award, and the new Akron Community Foundation Philanthropy in Business Award.  Self-nominations are very welcome.  This very well-attended event will be held on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, at the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron.  Click here for a nomination form.

Please contact Bob Filipiak of Cascade Capital at (330) 379-3160 with any questions related to Business Growth Awards nominations.

Hughes Party Rentals/Akron Canton Jellystone Park Presents the Area's Only Mudd Volleyball on June 4


The area’s only Mudd Volleyball takes place on Saturday, June 4, 2016.  Cost is $320 per co-ed team of 6-12 players.  Price includes one shirt and one bottled water per registered player. Prizes awarded for the top two places!  Play will continue rain or shine (excluding lightning of course).  Guests are welcome to attend for a $1 entry fee.

Contact Hughes Party Rentals to register your child at (330) 328-3249 or at [email protected].

Hughes Party Rental/Akron Canton Jellystone Park Presents Waterball Battle and Kids Mud Run


Make plans to attend the Lake Township Fire Department Waterball Battle and Kids Mud Run Waterball Battle at 11:00 a.m. and Kids Mud Run at 2:00 p.m. June 25, 2016.  

Bring the entire family and play on the course after the races are over for FREE! Early bird registration deadline is May 27, 2016. After May 27, cost is $23 per child.

Contact Hughes Party Rentals to register your child at 330-328-3249 or at [email protected].

Huntington Bank Ranks Highest in J.D. Power U.S. Retail Banking Satisfaction Stufy for 4th Straight Year


Huntington Bank holds the top spot for customer satisfaction within the North Central Region for the fourth consecutive year according to the 2016 J.D. Power U.S. Retail Banking Satisfaction Study(SM). Huntington outperformed its closest North Central Region competitor by 18 points and received the highest score in the region for Facility, Account Information, Fees and Channel Activities.

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History Presents "The Art and Practice of Fly Fishing"


BEER, WHISKEY, FLY FISHING... April 29th at CLE Museum of Natural History

One more week until "The Art and Practice of Fly Fishing" event on Friday, April 29, at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History!  Enjoy a variety of displays, demonstrations and educational stations hosted by top-tier fly fishing talent, while sampling drinks by Brick & Barrel and Cleveland Whiskey and strolling the Museum's galleries. Fly fishing legend Jeff Currier will take the stage at 8:00 p.m., doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Advance tickets are only $20 each.

If you are interested in learning more about the Trout Club of The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, this event is for you!  Visit https://www.cmnh.org/calendar/reflections for more details.

2016 Hope Walk Helps Support Free Cancer Services at Stewart’s Caring Place


The 10th Annual Hope Walk for Stewart’s Caring Place: Cancer Wellness Center will take place Saturday, May 7, 2016, in Fairlawn.  All proceeds for this event make it possible for Stewart’s to provide their services at no cost to individuals and families touched by cancer.  The Hope Walk is a 2.3 mile walk starting and finishing at Stewart’s Caring Place, 2955 W. Market St., Suite R in Akron.

Registration for the event will begin at 9:00 a.m. and the walk starts at 10:15 a.m. Interested walkers can register for $15 on the Hope Walk page at StewartsCaringPlace.org or send in a registration form.  They can also register on the day of the walk for $20.  Anyone can register as an individual, create or join an existing team, or donate to the event online.  The owners of both Lucky Shoes and Bomba Tacos & Rum restaurant (opening in Fairlawn in May) are offering $50 gift cards to their stores for any team that raises over $500 for the event.

Water and snacks will be available during registration and food will be available for purchase for lunch following the walk. There will be music, bounce houses and face painting for the children, and many fun activities.  For additional information visit www.stewartscaringplace.org or call Stewart’s at (330) 836-1772.

AtNetPlus presents "Increase Your Productivity at Work"


Join us Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - http://atnetpl.us/cieaprilwed or Thursday, April 28, 2016 - http://atnetpl.us/cieaprilthurs.  Ever wanted to really understand how you could transform your business through technology to get more from each and every workday with the latest productivity tools available?  The Customer Immersion Experience offers just that:  A personalized, hands-on chance for attendees to live a “day in the life” of a Microsoft-powered business through a series of facilitated, everyday scenarios.

Goodwill of Akron Thrift Night Out


Bring your friends and join us for a Thrift Night Out on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at Goodwill on Waterloo Road. Enjoy a light dinner as well as thrift shopping basics class with local blogger and thrifting expert Dina Younis. To register, visit goodwillakron.org/goodwillweek or call (330) 786-2519.

Goodwill Industries of Akron Breakfast & Tour


Join us Thursday, May 5, 2016, at 7:30 a.m. for a continental breakfast meeting and tour of Goodwill. You may only know Goodwill for its retail stores, come behind the scenes and learn how donating, shopping, procuring services and volunteering all support the agency’s mission: To help individuals prepare for, find and retain employment. To register, visit goodwillakron.org/goodwillweek or call (330) 786-2519.

Summit County Clerk of Courts Sandra Kurt Adds Saturday Hours to Better Accommodate Customers


Effective Saturday, May 7, 2016, Summit County Clerk of Courts Sandra Kurt’s Title Bureau, Northfield Branch, located at 10333 Northfield Road, Suite 152 in Northfield Village, will add Saturday hours of operation, 8:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.  Exceptions are made on legal holidays.

The hours of operation are being added to better accommodate residents in need of title and passport services.  The BMV adjacent in the same building also has office hours on Saturday mornings. Adding Saturday hours at the Title Bureau allows residents to complete all their business in one visit.

“Saturday morning is often the only time that working folks have to handle these necessary tasks,” said Sandra Kurt, Summit County Clerk of Courts.  “Opening our Northfield Title Bureau on Saturday mornings will make it easier for people to get these errands done without having to take time off work or make multiple trips to the same location.”

Greater Summit Networking Event


You're Invited to attend the Greater Summit Networking Event on May 4.

  • Opportunities to network to a successful partnership.
  • Meet with representatives from various corporations, small businesses and city departments.
  • Learn about the 2nd Annual Greater Summit Business Conference & Expo.


Door prizes  ● Hors d'oeuvres  ●  Business networking

For more information and to RSVP, call (800) 900-7735 or visit www.BPSpecialEvents.com.

Akron Zoo to host a Party for the Planet to celebrate Earth Day


The Akron Zoo will celebrate Earth Day with their annual event, Party for the Planet, on Saturday, April 23. The zoo will showcase some of their sustainability efforts, while guest enjoy live entertainment and informational seminars.  Information highlighting some of the zoo’s green efforts and conservation will be available in Komodo Kingdom so guests can learn about what the zoo does to be sustainable and green. Guests can visit the zoo’s Green team, American Association of Zoo Keepers, Akron Zoo Chapter of FrogWatch USA and Polar Bears International. There also will be informational sessions, and live entertainment will be provided by Tom Todd: The Amazing One-Man-Band throughout the day.

The Akron Zoo is open 361 days a year. Hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and admission is $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, $9 for children (ages 2-14). Children under two are free and parking is $3. For more information visit www.akronzoo.org or call (330) 375-2550.

Community Business Leaders Breakfast


You are invited to attend Western Reserve Hospital's community business leaders breakfast on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, which gives business leaders an opportunity to network with each other and enjoy an inspirational message from a pertinent business speaker.

  • Breakfast and Networking: 7 - 7:30 a.m.
  • Hospital Update: 7:30 - 7:45 a.m., Dr. Robert Kent, President and CEO, Western Reserve Hospital
  • Keynote Speaker: 7:45 - 8:15 a.m., Kim Kucinich, Creating Resilient People in a World of Non-Stop Change
Please extend this invitation to others.  RSVP by May 18 to Kathy Romito at [email protected] or by calling (330) 971-7408.

Conversations & Co. Presents Soul Full Saturday


Join us on April 16 for an entire day of relaxation and pampering plus learn more about our amazing services!  Choose from: chair massages, yoga, mini facials, mini stress-relief sessions and more! 

Receive 3 sessions for $60 or 5 sessions for $100.

Purchase the 5-session package and also receive lunch, Conversations & Co. Membership Card, and a FREE swag bag full of goodies.

And don't forget, Mary Beth of Made by MB and local artist Sara Makosky are unveiling their new children's book, The Adventures of Dot & Cooper: The Brightest Star.  Stop by to pick up a copy of their new book and start collecting each of the matching stuffed animals featured in the story.

Akron Community Foundation Asks, "Who Is Your SHEro?"


Do you have a SHEro? A woman who has inspired and encouraged you? This Mother’s Day, honor the special women in your life with a gift in her name to the Women’s Endowment Fund. Your gift will help her be a SHEro to the women and girls in our community who need it most. Flowers and chocolates are fine, but why not give the gift that lasts forever! Learn more and give by April 30 at www.akroncf.org/SHEro.

UBS Financial Services Presents Aging Event on April 7


Please join us for a complimentary workshop where a panel of experts will answer questions regarding your aging parents and loved ones' care and well-being, along with guiding you along these important decisions yourself. The panel includes Laura Allio, a CPA, attorney, a representative from the Alzheimers Association, a Geriatric Medical Doctor and a few more. Please RSVP to (330) 655-7452 or [email protected] as food and drinks will be served. Thank you!

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