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Scene75 Entertainment is Available for Holiday Parties

11/15/2017

Scene75 Cleveland's 80,000 square-foot venue features a full-service restaurant, two bars, an indoor electric go-kart track, a two-story laser tag arena, 18 holes of black-light miniature golf, more than 110 video and prize redemption arcade games, six mini-bowling lanes within a boutique lounge, bumper cars, a 4-D theater complete with motion seating and special effects, a bouncing inflatable arena, a laser maze, several private party and banquet rooms for birthday parties and corporate events, a concession stand, and more. Scene75 is known for having the best parties and private events and we look forward to earning that title in Cleveland as well! We are the best place to host your event because we help you to customize your party exactly the way YOU want it! We offer a variety of different packages for each occasion and then you have the option to pick which of our awesome attractions that you want in your party!

2nd Annual Merry Mingle on Nov. 30

10/31/2017

A  collaborative social event with AAF-Akron, AMA, NEO, NSME, NEOCC, and PRSA, this second annual holiday charity networking event benefits YEPAW (Youth Excellence Performing Arts Workshop).  $10 cover charge. There will be a cash bar, food stations, themed basket silent auction, and a 50/50 raffle.  6:00 p.m. YEPAW performance; 7:30 p.m. Raffle winners announced.  YEPAW uses the arts to engage middle and high school urban youth in activities that provide positive options for developing their talents, skills, and self-esteem.

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!

Member Marketplace

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More Member News & Events

Arthur J Gallagher Releases 2017 National Benefits Survey Results

10/4/2017

Staying on top of benefits and human resource changes takes endurance. When climbing an ever steeper competitive slope, employers need the latest information on how to negotiate unsteady terrain such as new regulations, demographic shifts, and technology disruptions in revenue and profit models. Gallagher’s 2017 Benefits Strategy & Benchmarking Survey provides data and insights that help steadily guide you along the path to peak performance.

Advanced Network Solutions Presents Lunch and Learn - Security Protocols on Oct. 11

10/2/2017

Advanced Network Solutions has partnered with SACS Consulting and Shon Christy Consulting for the first in a quarterly series of Lunch & 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

American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Invites You to our Walk on Oct. 14

10/2/2017

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks unite communities behind the American Cancer Society's efforts to save lives from breast cancer. Making Strides of Akron reflects its own community's support in leading the fight for a world without cancer! Join us to show your support for the cause. Registration opens at 8:00 a.m., and the walk begins at 10:00 a.m. Check out our website for more information: www.makingstrideswalk.org/akron
 

WhiteSpace Agency Tour on October 12

10/2/2017

Join us to tour WhiteSpace's new office in this fun setting and chat with professionals from the Akron area. Enjoy free appetizers from TLC Catering as you explore one of the trendiest office spaces in the area. 

Free to attend, no registration needed!

Play Big – A Chalk Talk with Jen Welter on October 16

10/2/2017

The Pro Football Hall of Fame is teaming up with Jen Welter, the first woman to coach in the NFL, for a special event. "Play Big – A Chalk Talk with Jen Welter" is an opportunity for fans to connect with Welter, hear her story as a leader for women in football and ask her questions about how they too can be trailblazers in life.
 
Welter is releasing her first book, Play Big: Lessons in Being Limitless from the First Woman to Coach in the NFL, on October 3. A sports memoir, Welter showcases the grit it took to reach the NFL and gives readers the coaching they need to do the same in their lives.
 
Welter made history as the first woman to coach in the NFL when she joined the Arizona Cardinals during training camp in 2015 as a linebackers coach. Her journey to the NFL is nothing short of remarkable as she laid everything on the line for the sport she is so passionate about – football. 
 
Prior to coaching in the NFL, Welter played women’s professional football for more than a decade, winning four national championships with the Dallas Diamonds. She then became the first woman to play as a running back in a men’s professional league when she joined Texas Revolution where she eventually became a part of the coaching staff. Welter also earned two gold medals as a member of Team USA in the 2010 and 2013 International Federation of American Football’s Women’s World Championship. Her achievements off the field are equally impressive as she holds a doctorate degree in Psychology, a Master’s in Sport Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree from Boston College.
 
Fans interested in attending the special Chalk Talk featuring Welter can register on the Hall’s website below. The event is $15 and includes a copy of her new book, Play Big: Lessons in being Limitless from the First Woman to Coach in the NFL, which retails for $26. Space is limited, and registration will close once capacity is reached.
 

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 Oct. 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!

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!
 
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!

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

9/20/2017

We’re going to show you how to make the most of the combination of email and social media for your business. 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. 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.

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.

Incept Hosts Marketing for Manufacturers on October 11

9/15/2017

This conference is focused on manufacturers who are interested in obtaining more quality leads using digital and inbound marketing tactics.  Why attend Marketing for Manufacturers?  Manufacturing companies face a unique set of challenges. While every company struggles with developing and implementing a successful marketing strategy, it can be especially hard for manufacturers. There are complicated products and processes, various markets and target personas, limited resources regarding time and money, and an outdated approach to marketing and sales in general. These can all be a recipe for obsolescence. However, for manufacturers that recognize these shortfalls and address them ahead of their competition, it can be a winning formula for increasing sales and revenue.

Price includes a continental breakfast, lunch buffet and snacks.  If you're interested in sticking around for a little networking, there will be an after-party, with drink tokens provided.  Reserve your spot using promo code GAC10 and save $10.  

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.

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.

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