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Art After Five at Western Reserve Hospital on Jun. 21

5/24/2018

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

5/11/2018

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

5/11/2018

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

5/4/2018

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

Stewart's Caring Place 10th Annual Hope Walk 2016

3/31/2016

Join us on Saturday, May 7, 2016, for the 10th Annual Walk to show support for those in the community who have been touched by cancer. Walk as an individual or gather a team! Proceeds make it possible for us to provide our services at no cost to those in need. 

For questions concerning the 10th Annual Hope Walk, call Jeannine Marks at (330) 836-1772.

Registration:
Individual: $15 (includes T-shirt)
Dogs: $10 (includes Stewart's Caring Place scarf)

Route:
2 mile walk - handicapped accessible route .
Starting and ending at: Stewart's Caring Place

Sponsorship Opportunities are available.
Food vendors will be available at the event.

DEADLINE TO GIVE: May 31, 2016
For more information visit:  http://www.stewartscaringplace.org/hope-walk.aspx

GASP's 9th Annual Spring Party

3/31/2016

GASP (Guardians Advocating Child Safety and Protection) invites you to their 9th Annual Spring Party on Sunday, May 1, 2016, celebrating 10 years of serving the community. Silent and Oral Auction, Appetizers, Dinner, Dessert, and Open Bar.  Please RSVP by 4/22/2016.  To register, call (330) 247-1402.

Akron Springfield Assembly of God Hosts Leadercast Akron Conference

3/29/2016

Leadercast is the world’s largest one-day leadership conference, broadcast LIVE from Atlanta and simulcast to hundreds of locations around the world on May 6, 2016.  This year marks the sixteenth year of the annual leadership conference and the fifth year that Leadercast Akron will be hosting the event at Springfield Assembly of God.  The theme of this year’s conference is, “Architects of Tomorrow,” focusing on visionary leaders who imagine and build a future that is rich in innovation, collaboration and full of hope. A future where problems are solved, questions are answered, and confusion gives way to clarity.

The conference will equip attendees to create their own visionary path.  Key speakers – visionaries in their own fields – will inspire the more than 150 people who attend locally, and the more than 100,000 people who will attend the event live in Atlanta or at hundreds of other simulcast locations in more than 20 countries.  Among the keynote speakers are:

  • Kat Cole—Group President, FOCUS Brands, Inc. (including Cinnabon®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, Auntie Anne’s®, and more)
  • Steve Wozniak—Co-founder of Apple, Inc.,
  • Henry Cloud—Acclaimed Leadership Expert, Clinical Psychologist, and Best-Selling Author
  • Nick Saban—Head Football Coach, The University of Alabama
  • Andy Stanley—Leadership Author and Communicator
  • James Brown—Network Broadcaster, CBS Sports and News
  • Rorke Denver—Navy SEAL Commander and Author
  • Chris Barez-Brown—Author and Creativity Guru
  • Tripp Crosby—Host of Leadercast, Comedian and Director

Former Kent State University quarterback and Cleveland Brown All-pro Josh Cribbs is scheduled to speak exclusively to the local audience at Springfield Assembly on May 6.  Cribbs has become a NE Ohio favorite since working hard to become a Pro-Bowl player after going undrafted from Kent State.

For more information and to purchase your ticket or group tickets to the Leadercast Akron event, visit www.leadercastakron.org.

WITAN will host “WOW 2016!"

3/29/2016


On April 8, 2016, guests will enjoy a delicious gourmet meal and participate in an elegant live and silent auctions. The event will include a Bourbon tasting, Casino Game tables and more! Individual tickets are $125 and sponsor opportunities are available. You can make your reservation by visiting http://www.witaninfo.org/WOW

Hudson Library & Historical Society's Distinguished Speakers Event

3/29/2016


Rustbelts to Brainbelts - The Smartest Places on Earth:
Why Rustbelts are the Emerging Hotspots of Global Innovation

 
Rustbelt cities such as Akron are becoming the unlikely hotspots of global innovation, where sharing brainpower and making things smarter—not cheaper—is creating a new economy that is turning globalization on its head. Co-authors Antoine van Agtmael and Fred Bakker will discuss Akron and other such cities showcased in their book, The Smartest Places on Earth: Why Rustbelts are the Emerging Hotspots of Global Innovation, at the Hudson Library & Historical Society’s Distinguished Speakers event on Thursday, April 14 at 7 p.m.
 
After coining the term “emerging markets” and building his multi-billion dollar investment firm around non-western surging economies, van Agtmael, along with renowned European journalist Bakker,  reassessed the conventional wisdom that the US and Europe are yesterday's story and began to see signs that the tide might be turning. In The Smartest Places on Earth, the co-authors present a case that America and Europe are in a new era of competitiveness coming from unlikely places— those cities and areas once known as "rustbelts" that have, economically speaking, been written off. Using Akron as an example, they explain a combination of forces—including visionary thinkers, government initiatives, start-ups making real products and even big corporations—have succeeded in creating what the authors call a "brainbelt." These "brainbelts" depend on a collaborative style of working that is unique to the societies and culture of America and Europe.
 
The Entrepreneurship Series is sponsored by The Burton D. Morgan Foundation. The Learned Owl Book Shop will provide copies of the book for purchase and signing.  Register for this free program online at hudsonlibrary.org or call (330) 653-6658 x 1010.

University Park Celebrates Five Years with a New Name

3/29/2016


Together, the Akron Area YMCA and Summa Health provide new ways to connect to rehabilitation and physical therapy services and amenities, including a fully functional performance training area and a new warm-water aquatic therapy pool. The facility currently serves more than 6,600 members.
 
On April 13, 2016, the University Park YMCA will begin the next chapter in its story when a new ribbon is cut and the facility is renamed the Kohl Family YMCA at University Park in honor of the 42-year legacy of leadership and community impact left by recently retired Akron Area YMCA CEO, Doug Kohl.

Stautzenberger College’s Medical Career Open House

3/29/2016


The event will feature observations, demonstrations, activities and more. This event is helpful to anyone considering a career in the medical field or even those who aren’t sure what they would like to do next. In addition to these educational features, there will also be games, prizes, giveaways, food and drinks. Hope to see you there!

Catholic Charities Community Services of Summit County

3/24/2016


A WIN for a great cause at the PLACE for a great SHOW

Derby for Dollars, a Kentucky Derby-themed evening to benefit Catholic Charities includes great food, derby activities, raffles, and much more. Father Leo Patalinghug, celebrity chef for the event, is the founder of Grace Before Meals, an internationally-renowned conference speaker, author, and radio host.  Fr. Leo appeared on The Food Network, where he defeated famous chef Bobby Flay.  Join us Friday, May 6 at the Hard Rock Rocksino in Northfield. https://derbyfordollars.eventbrite.com/

Akron/Canton NSME Monthly Meeting

3/22/2016


Jennifer Chernisky of Jennasis and Associates will present a workshop on the WHY Behind Your Social Media Platforms. For the dinner program, we will have a panel discussion titled, "Challenges of the Female Entrepreneur...Is it Different and/or Unique?"

On the panel, we welcome Norma J. Rist CEO Consulting, Inc.; Jane Vassas, VTC - Vassas Telecommunications Consulting; Chris Brown, Marketing Resources & Results;  and Jennifer Chernisky of Jennasis and Associates.

2nd Annual Blue Heron Homecoming

3/22/2016

Akron Waterways Renewed!

The City of Akron will host the 2nd Annual Blue Heron Homecoming on May 7.  There will be numerous educational booths and interactive displays, free lunch, plant tours and a look at the event namesake, the Great Blue Heron.
 

Employers Needed for Summer Youth Employment Program

3/22/2016


No Cost, No Liability to Employer

Summit County is pleased to announce the 2016 Summer Youth Employment Program is underway and currently seeking employers to serve as work sites for youth workers.  The county wishes to secure work opportunities with both large and small employers in the private, public and non-profit sectors.

Questions or interested in becoming a work suite?  Call Chris Brown at the Akron Urban League at (234) 542-4176.

Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park Launches New Brand Campaign "Find Your Rythm"

3/16/2016

 
There’s a vibe at Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park.  It’s the rush and roar of excitement of everything the award-winning property has to offer.  With a call to “Find Your Rhythm,” the Rocksino’s new branding campaign, invites guests to experience a variety of award-winning gaming, dining, and entertainment amenities.
 
The “Find Your Rhythm” campaign marks the Rocksino’s first brand campaign to launch since the venue opened in December, 2013.  The new campaign will highlight the variety of authentic experiences at the Rocksino.   Birtha further explains that in the television commercials, “’Find Your Rhythm is brought to life by highlight exciting scenes of fine-dining at Kosar’s Wood-Fired Grill, incredible live music in our 1,800-seat concert hall, and the thrill of winning on our gaming floor on any of our 2,278 games.”
 
Click here to view “Find Your Rhythm” video:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/cb25xyaqqorr374/AAC9u-5DsTqALKkoaJc6DVcna?dl=0

1 in 5 Small Businesses will be the Victim of a Cyberattack: Cybersecurity Workshop

3/11/2016


On average, data breaches cost business owners nearly $200 per record. Do you have a plan in place if your business became the victim of a cyber-crime? Could your business survive a breach or employee mistake?

Join Advanced Insurance Designs for an educational seminar on Cyber Liability and learn more about this growing problem.

8:00 a.m.  Registration and Breakfast
8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Cyber Liability Presentations
R.S.V.P. Tom Bartholomy [email protected]

Sinbad, Englebert, and Steve Miller Band Coming to Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park

3/11/2016


Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park announced the following upcoming concerts:

Sinbad – Friday, April 15, 2016 at 8:00pm
Sinbad, David Adkins, is an actor and writer, known for Jingle All the Way (1996), First Kid (1996) and Good Burger (1997).  One of his favorite quotes, “Who the heck is Donald Trump to fire me? I regret I didn't tell Donald Trump, 'You need to fire your barber. I'm sorry. I ain't feeling you, man. You're fired! I fire you, Donald Trump.'”  Prices:  $25, $48, $63.   For More Information:  http://imdb.to/1kp4b3e
 
Engelbert Humperdinck– Sunday, May 8 “Mother’s Day”
Engelbert has been a legend in the international music industry for the last forty plus years, with over 150 million records sold.  Some of the evergreen hits that belong to him include: “(Please) Release Me”, “ After The Lovin’,” “Spanish Eyes,” “The Last Waltz,” “Am I that Easy to Forget,” “There Goes My Everything,” and more.  Few people realize that several of the major forces in the world of rock ‘n’ roll, including Jimi Hendrix and The Carpenters, started out as opening acts for Humperdinck in the late 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s.  Prices:  $28, 48, $78.  For more information: https://www.engelbert.com/
 
Steve Miller Band, June 17, 2016 at 8pm
Steve Miller has been voted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  The multifaceted songwriter, singer, guitarist, producer will be inducted after being nominated for the first time this year. Miller will join fellow inductees at the 2016 induction ceremony, scheduled for April 8th, 2016.  Miller was a mainstay of the San Francisco music scene that upended American culture in the late '60s. With albums like Children of the Future, Sailor and Brave New World, Miller perfected a psychedelic blues sound that drew on the deepest sources of American roots music and simultaneously articulated a compelling vision of what music - and, indeed, society - could be in the years to come.  Prices:  $138, $108, $98, $78.  For More Information:  https://www.stevemillerband.com

 

Paintnite Fundraiser to Benefit EMERGE's Little Hearts Fund

3/11/2016

Our 1st Paintnite Fundraiser on Wednesday, April 27 from 6-8pm in the EMERGE Learning Center, 900 Mull Ave. in Akron. The cost is $45 with a portion of the proceeds supporting mental health care services for children. Snacks and beverages will be provided throughout the evening. No prior artistic talent needed. Each participant will produce a keepsake canvas painting. Register online at https://paintnite.com/events/1059182.html or contact Tanya Keaton at [email protected] for more info.

Portage-Summit Diaper Bank Plans Fundraisers for 2016

3/11/2016


Portage-Summit Diaper Bank has three terrific fundraisers planned in 2016. This helps us to purchase the diapers we don't receive through donations. We are currently seeking corporate sponsors for the events. If interested, please contact me and I will forward you our corporate sponsorship package. Portage-Summit Diaper Bank is a 501(c)(3) charity. We provide diapers to families in need in Portage and Summit county.

BCG Systems, Inc. Recognized for Excellence in Managed IT Services

3/11/2016


CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has once again named BCG Systems, Inc., to its 2016 Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list in the Pioneer 250 category. This annual list recognizes North American solution providers with cutting-edge approaches to delivering managed services. Their top-notch offerings help companies navigate the complex and ever-changing landscape of IT, improve operational efficiencies, and maximize their return on IT investments.

Save the Date: Employer Summit

3/9/2016

 
In partnership with Paycor and NEO Administration, AUI is proud to present its first Employer Summit.  Registration begins at 8:30 with presentations beginning at 9:00.  Breakfast is included with admission.

The speaking schedule includes:

  • Alternative Benefit Options for Traditional Health Insurance presented by AUI
  • Plan Documents & Compliance for ERISA, ACA, FSA, HRA, & HSA presented by NEO Administration
  • DOL Proposed Overtime presented by Paycor
The summit is free to attendees.  You can register by clicking here.  If you have additional questions about the Summit, please contact Karen Nist at:  [email protected].
 

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