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G.R.I.T. Survival Series: Supporting employees in the COVID-19 return-to-school landscape

8/17/2020

Growing Resilient Impactful Teams (GRIT) is back with a Covid-19 pandemic Survival Series. Local education & human resource experts will discuss how small business owners can maintain their business and support employees with an uncertain return-to-school environment. What are the human resource implications for small business owners who have employees juggling work/kids in school and all of the uncertainty? What resources exist for employers in navigating these issues? What might local business owners be able to expect during this upcoming school year? Join this free webinar and learn how your business can be successful in the upcoming back to school season. GRIT Sessions are a collaborative effort of AUI, The County of Summit ADM Board and Summit County Community Partnership.

Akron Zoo volunteers to create masks for local community 

5/4/2020

Akron Zoo volunteers and staff have stepped up to sew masks from kits developed by the zoo’s veterinary team. Using a medical mask pattern from the University of Florida, volunteers are making masks with up to N99 level filtration using Halyard H600 surgical sterilization wrap material. These masks can be sterilized for reuse. 

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Greater Akron Economic Development Partners Launch COVID-19 Resource Guide for Employers and Employees

3/20/2020

On Friday, March 20, Greater Akron’s economic development ecosystem partners launched a one-stop regional guide to assist impacted employers and employees in the navigation of information, guidance and resources in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its corresponding economic implications. The City of Akron, County of Summit and Greater Akron Chamber, in partnership with a large number of organizations aligned with our Elevate Greater Akron initiative, are working closely together, coordinating resources and focusing efforts to ensure businesses and the people they employ have the access to timely, accurate information through an easily navigable website, gaccovid19.org.

Effort to Increase City’s Economic Inclusion Needs Your Help

3/7/2020

Mayor Dan Horrigan’s State of the City address underlined the need for all of us to recognize the value of driving shared prosperity in our region. At the Greater Akron Chamber we have been working closely with Mayor Horrigan, County Executive Ilene Shapiro and dozens of leaders within the philanthropic, business and non-profit ecosystem through our shared Elevate Greater Akron economic development strategy that includes driving action and measurable progress on economic inclusion.

Akron Launches Rubber City Match Program to Help Entrepreneurs, Great Streets Districts

2/25/2020

Akron is launching a new program called Rubber City Match that aims to help both entrepreneurs and the city's Great Streets initiative. The program, which Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan is expected to formally announce at his state of the city address Wednesday, Feb. 26, provides new and existing businesses in the 12 Great Streets Akron districts with financial aid, training and education. It also matches businesses to vacant retail properties in the districts, according to a news release.

Nationally Recognized Minority-Focused Startup Accelerator Coming to Akron

2/4/2020

Greater Akron—Bounce Innovation Hub, GAR Foundation, Burton D. Morgan Foundation, the City of Akron and the Greater Akron Chamber announced today their partnership with MORTAR, an accelerator and business development service for historically marginalized entrepreneurs.  MORTAR was founded in 2014 in Cincinnati and is a 15-week program that helps both existing and aspiring entrepreneurs learn the fundamental elements of business ownership and build a comprehensive business canvas. A primary goal of the program is to launch businesses that contribute to local economic development and establish a path to generational sustainability and wealth. It has been credited by Essence Magazine with helping Cincinnati become the fastest-growing economic power in the Midwest for minority small business owners.

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415 Group Expands Firm by Five Accounting and IT Team Members

8/18/2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
 
415 Group Expands Firm by Five Accounting and IT Team Members
 
CANTON, OH (August 17, 2020) — 415 Group, a certified public accounting and IT consulting firm, announced today the hiring of two new directors and a senior associate. The Canton-based firm also added two IT team members this year.
 
New director Jeffrey Buckshaw joins 415 Group to manage the Audit and Assurance team and engagements to provide the utmost quality and integrity of the services performed. Previously, Jeff was the Chief Financial Officer at Miller Weldmaster Corporation and had been the Assurance Services Senior Manager at a regional public accounting firm.
 
Eric Schreiber also joins 415 Group as a director in the audit department. He has 30 years of experience in public accounting, including more than 25 years as a partner with Ernst & Young. Eric has significant experience with financial service organizations, manufacturers and distributors, retail, service organizations, and a wide variety of ownership structures.
 
After working for the Ohio Auditor of State and other Northeast Ohio accounting firms, Shelley Knight-Bourn joins 415 Group as an internal audit associate. In this position, Shelley assists on audit and attestation engagements.
 
“Our accounting team keeps growing as we continue to add talented people who hold our same values,” said 415 Group Managing Partner Rich Craig. “We’re excited to go in to the second half of 2020 with an even stronger team for our clients.”
 
Earlier this year, two people joined 415 Group’s IT department. Wayne Gangi worked more than 10 years in IT Systems Support at Aultman Alliance Community Hospital. He is now a Remote Systems Engineer at 415 Group, helping to resolve the daily support tickets that are received.
 
Trenton Maynard, a former intern who graduated from Kent State University, is an IT consultant. He assists with Help Desk support, internal support and remote management system scripting. Trenton also manages the simulated phishing campaign program.
 
“We are grateful to be adding so many talented people to the firm this year,” said Craig, “as we continue to help our clients during a global pandemic.”
 
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About 415 Group
Located in Canton, Ohio, 415 Group is a full-service professional firm providing certified public accounting, business consultation and information technology services since 1981. Serving as a trusted advisor, 415 Group partners with clients across multiple industries to help them achieve their financial and business goals.
 
Media Contact
Anne Ferlito
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330-492-0094
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