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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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Akron Area YMCA Jack-O -Lantern Jog on Oct. 12


The 2017 Jack-O-Lantern Jog 5K presented by NECA/IBEW will again take place this October in Lock 3, and we will run through the historically spooky Glendale Cemetery. In addition to the race, we will have tons of free entertainment and free child watch for the little ones while you participate in the run. 
Don't miss out on the fun. The event includes 5K, 1-Mile Fun Run, Costume Contest, Trick-R-Treat, food, fun, and friends, long sleeve T-shirt for participants* and the best participant swag bag in Akron. Click here for more details.

The NEW Center Hosts Sales Management and Leadership on Nov. 2


Proven sales trainers Hal Becker and Marvin Montgomery have designed a hands-on workshop for sales professionals and sales managers. Using years of experience as salespeople, sales team leaders and sales coaches, they have designed a full-day experience that will give you the strategies and tools you need to excel.

This is a full day sales training will cover the gamut of the sales process including effective cold calling techniques, selling on value vs. price, overcoming customer resistance and closing and follow-up technique. Heavy emphasis will be on qualifying the customer, listening skills, territory management and what the top 3% of all salespeople have in common for incredible execution. These sessions are designed for all levels of sales professionals form the novice to the very experienced. 
$199 for members of the GreaterAkron Chamber.

Diversity Business Mixer on Nov. 1


The “Diversity Business Mixer” provides the opportunity for small business owners and corporations to meet, network, and promote their services. The wide array of businesses and industries provides unique business-to-business collaborations and connections. Speakers will be: City of Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan; Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro; Berlon Hamilton, Supplier Diversity Director ClevelandClinic; and Rick Rebadow, Executive Vice President, Greater Akron Chamber. This event is FREE and open to the business community. For more information, please call 1-800-900-7735.

Fall in Love (With Pilgrim Square) on Oct. 20-21


Stop in to learn how-to's for some fun festival hair. Check out the amazing deals on our new Chic Geek line and sip on some hot cocoa while you mingle, shop and Fall in Love with Pilgrim Square (and your fall hair).  We will have special offers on our retail and a sale on our gift cards!

Akron Racers Game Worn Jerseys are for Sale


It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Akron Racers are dedicated to the cause, not just in October, but all year. General Manager, Joey Arrietta, takes a break in the action in the bottom of the 4th inning to start the "Bucket Brigade." The nightly campaign is designed to collect just one dollar at time toward the Akron General Muffins for Mammograms Program. This program has developed into a signature moment that has now become tradition at Firestone Stadium the past 17 years. The AGMC program provides funding for mammograms for uninsured men and women in our community.

Arthur J Gallagher Releases 2017 National Benefits Survey Results


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

Buckeye Baskets - Holiday Gift Giving Made Easy


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!

Lunch and Learn - Security Protocols on October 11


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.

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