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Use this section to stay abreast of the latest happenings at the Chamber in the areas of economic development, government advocacy, regional collaboration, and workforce as well as information on our networking events and programs.

Check out the latest edition of our electronic newsletter, e-Directions; read our press releases and recently published articles celebrating the Chamber’s accomplishments and the Greater Akron region; or read press releases submitted by our members.

For media inquiries, contact Becky Guzy Woodford, Senior Vice President, at (330) 237-1227 or [email protected]
 

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Greater Akron Chamber Presents The Morning Buzz on December 8 Featuring Larry Moore of SCVSC

11/17/2017

The Morning Buzz is a monthly speaker breakfast series, which aims to connect small- and medium-sized businesses by facilitating the exchange of ideas and strategies for business growth and success. On Friday, December 8, 2017, join us to hear Larry D. Moore, Executive Director, Summit County Veterans Service Commission, present “Making a Difference: How Your Business Can Benefit from Employing Vets.”

Greater Akron Chamber Announces Nomnations for 2017 Arts & Culture Award

11/8/2017

The Greater Akron Chamber is seeking nominations for their third annual awards program to recognize member businesses in Summit County for their support of arts and culture. The award will be presented in collaboration with ArtsNow, a nonprofit focused on connecting arts, culture and community in Summit County. ArtsNow, a nonprofit organization with the mission of advancing arts and culture in Summit County, launched a countywide, interactive website www.summitlive365.com in 2015 that features arts and culture happenings.

Greater Akron Chamber Engages Search Firm to Find New President & Chief Executive Officer

11/3/2017

The Board of Directors of the Greater Akron Chamber is beginning its search for the organization’s next President & Chief Executive Officer, retaining Waverly Partners, LLC as its executive search firm. Waverly Partners is a national executive search firm and the preferred provider of executive searches for the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. Board Chair-Elect Marc Merklin of Brouse McDowell is serving as Chair of a four-member Search Committee that will work with Waverly Partners to identify qualified local, regional and national candidates.

Travel with the Greater Akron Chamber in 2018!

11/3/2017

Travel with the Greater Akron Chamber in 2018! Explore Spain’s Costa del Sol & the Portuguese Riviera: November 1-13, 2018 The Greater Akron Chamber is excited to offer our members and the entire community a new travel destination at an affordable price for 2018. Explore Spain’s Costa del Sol & the Portuguese Riviera this same time next year! This all-encompassing 13-day excursion includes round-trip airfare and 17 meals with highlights that include Madrid, Choices on Tour, AVE High-Speed Train, Cordoba, Costa del Sol, Granada, Alhambra, Ronda, Seville, Cascais, Lisbon, Mafra Palace & Monastery, Ericeira, Sintra, Obidos, Fatima and More!

Greater Akron Chamber Presents The Morning Buzz Featuring Dr. Brent Pawlecki on October 13

9/20/2017

The Morning Buzz is a monthly speaker breakfast series, which aims to connect small- and medium-sized businesses by facilitating the exchange of ideas and strategies for business growth and success. On Friday, October 13, 2017, join us to hear Dr. Brent Pawlecki, Chief Health Officer at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, present “How Can Worksite Wellness Impact the Community and YOUR Bottom Line?”

Chamber Presents The Morning Buzz Featuring Scott Swaldo on September 8

8/18/2017

The Morning Buzz is a monthly speaker breakfast series, which aims to connect small- and medium-sized businesses by facilitating the exchange of ideas and strategies for business growth and success. On Friday, September 8, 2017, join us to hear Scott Swaldo, General Manager of Gervasi Vineyard and The Twisted Olive, present “Lessons Learned from a Family-Built Successful Business.”

Greater Akron Chamber Seeks Input of All Who Live and Work in Greater Akron for Branding Research Process

7/31/2017

Greater Akron—The Greater Akron Chamber has partnered with North Star Destination Strategies to develop a community Value Proposition to build messaging that will help market the area to businesses, talent, and residents in the year 2018 and beyond. According to North Star CEO Don McEachern, at the heart of Greater Akron’s brand will be its competitive differentiator—in other words, what makes the area special so it can stand out in the marketplace. And one of the best places to find that figurative nugget of marketing gold is in the hearts and minds of the people who call Greater Akron home.

Greater Akron Chamber Announces 30 for the Future Award Recipients for 2017

7/31/2017

Thirty Greater Akron Region young professionals have been named the recipients of the eleventh annual “30 for the Future” award. Part of the Greater Akron Chamber’s strategy to attract and retain talent in the region, the “30 for the Future” award honors young professionals (ages 25-39) whose stellar contributions impact their industries and the Greater Akron Region.

Chamber Presents The Morning Buzz Featuring Doug Piekarz on August 11

7/21/2017

Chamber Presents The Morning Buzz on July 14 Featuring Maureen Ischay 6/26/2017 Greater Akron—The Morning Buzz is a monthly speaker breakfast series, which aims to connect small- and medium-sized businesses by facilitating the exchange of ideas and strategies for business growth and success. On Friday, August 11, 2017, join us to hear Doug Piekarz, President & CEO of the Akron Zoo.

Chamber Presents The Morning Buzz on July 14 Featuring Maureen Ischay

6/26/2017

Greater Akron—The Morning Buzz is a monthly speaker breakfast series, which aims to connect small- and medium-sized businesses by facilitating the exchange of ideas and strategies for business growth and success. On Friday, July 14, join us to hear from Maureen Ischay, Sr. Director of Development, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum.

Greater Akron Chamber Launches Community-Wide Branding Program

5/18/2017

Greater Akron—The Greater Akron Chamber has launched an intensive branding program designed to discover, define and design Greater Akron’s competitive differentiator—or, what makes the area special so it can stand out in the marketplace. The ultimate goal of this initiative is to attract more businesses and talent to the area and to improve/maintain quality of life for current residents.

Chamber's SBC Announces 2017 Excellence in business Award Recipients

5/5/2017

Greater Akron—The Greater Akron Chamber’s Small Business Council will present its 35th annual Excellence in Business awards program at a breakfast on Thursday, May 25, 2017, from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m., at the Firestone Country Club, 452 East Warner Road, in Akron. Join us as we honor the accomplishments of local businesses who have consistently demonstrated outstanding performance, growth, staying power, innovation and proven leadership in the community.

Richard Norton Retained as Interim President & CEO of the Greater Akron Chamber

4/25/2017

Greater Akron—The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Greater Akron Chamber announced today that it has retained Richard Norton as Interim President and CEO of the Chamber, effective May 1. He will assume responsibility for the day-to-day activities of the Chamber, replacing on an interim basis Dan Colantone, who announced his resignation March 29.

Colantone to Step Down as CEO of Greater Akron Chamber

3/29/2017

Greater Akron—Greater Akron Chamber President and CEO Daniel C. Colantone has informed the Executive Committee of the Chamber’s Board of Directors that he will resign his position, effective May 31, 2017. Colantone has led the Chamber since February 1, 2000.

Chamber Presents The Morning Buzz on April 21 Featuring Jay Mellon of AtNetPlus

3/28/2017

Greater Akron—The Morning Buzz is a monthly speaker breakfast series, which aims to connect small- and medium-sized businesses by facilitating the exchange of ideas and strategies for business growth and success. On Friday, April 21, 2017, join us to hear Jay Mellon, CEO, AtNetPlus, present “Simple Solutions to Protect Yourself from Cyber Crime.” Jay will discuss how to recognize fake e-mails and when not to click, how to protect your business’s network and all the latest e-mail phishing scams you should be aware of.

Ohio Chambers' Government Efficiency Recommendations Recognized for Excellence

3/27/2017

Greater Akron—A new Harvard Kennedy School website with a focus on operational excellence in government will include the “Redesigning Ohio” report. Originally released in 2010 by nine Ohio chambers of commerce, the report provided recommendations for sweeping changes to help the state improve economic performance and reduce costs. “Redesigning Ohio” was one of 30 studies selected for the website.

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