The Chamber supports the small business community by advocating for its more than 1,800 members in Summit, Portage, and Medina Counties. We stand together before elected leaders at all levels to raise issues that are key to regional competitiveness and provide business assistance to both aspiring and seasoned entrepreneurs, increasing the formation of new businesses and strengthening the operations of businesses in the early stages of development.
The Greater Akron Region is poised to welcome economic growth and investment over the coming years. As a leading economic development organization, the Chamber works to create a climate that encourages business attraction, retention, job creation, entrepreneurship, workforce development and infrastructure support.
Economic Development services provided by the Greater Akron Chamber:
Complete orientation to the tri-county area
Site and building identification
Comprehensive statistical data and information for the region
Liaison to local and state government contacts
Access to regional business leadership
Fixed asset financing programs through Industrial Revenue Bond Financing and Ohio Enterprise Bond Financing
Personal support throughout the entire attraction, relocation or expansion process
Ohio has been ranked as “the most improved business climate in the U.S.” by Chief Executive Magazine’s 736 chief executives. Locally, the Chamber can help you reach the right organizations for incentives/tax benefits within the three counties and local municipalities on a project-by-project basis. The unique business climate provides an array of funding assistance through JobsOhio Loan and Grant Programs, State financing and grants, state economic development programs, and Brownfield and Revitalization funding.
A complete list of available funding assistance can be found at the JobsOhio Funding Site.
In 2013, the Greater Akron Chamber received the International Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) “Bronze” award for their program.
The Greater Akron Chamber exists to build a strong, innovative, and cooperative community.
Our vision for transformative growth is clear. Our opportunity is now. By joining the Greater Akron Chamber, you grow the Chamber’s membership and its influence, which amplifies the business community’s voice and focuses its collective energy leading to further economic development in our region. We invite you to join in our initiatives to grow our region’s economic future alongside one of the nation’s finest chambers of commerce.
Startups and Young Business
Have some questions about how to get started with a new business? The Greater Akron Chamber is here to help. Our economic development staff is ready to help you make the connections you need to build your business model, find funding, coaching and mentors, and resources to help you avoid the pitfalls of early company development.
Are you a young business leader that is ready for growth but don't qualify or want to pursue traditional financing? Don't quite have that value proposition or business plan down yet? Haven't been around long enough to have developed the track record investors look for? We will help direct you to regional resources that can assist with micro loan funding, new employee hiring, interns, and advisors ready to assist you in growing your business and adding jobs to the regional economy.
Looking for investors for your startup? Need to build the team, find space, find potential customers or suppliers? Since 2004, the Greater Akron Chamber has been an important part of the entrepreneurial support ecosystem that continues to gain strength and mass in Northeast Ohio.
Are you a young company that has outgrown your current space? The Greater Akron Chamber economic development group is an objective resource for finding a location that meets your specific needs.
Is your business minority-, female-, or veteran-owned? There are resources dedicated to help you start, grow, fund and learn to manage your business. The Greater Akron Chamber will cut through the noise and point you in the right direction.