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FASTSIGNS of Medina Expands, Merges with Pilot Signs


Tob Coss, owner of FASTSIGNS® of Medina, and Ed Gonzales, owner of Pilot Signs, are coming together to merge their resources, personnel and experience to expand their business and production capabilities. Effective April 1, 2018, the merged businesses will operate under FASTSIGNS of Medina in the center’s current location at 2736 Medina Road.



Hilscher-Clarke provides 24-hour emergency maintenance and a full breadth of services – ranging from advanced testing, automation, data, voice and video work and more. We do it all, and we do it well. We know your community. There’s a benefit to being close to home. After continued success in Stark and Coshocton counties, we’ve expanded in Akron to better serve our customers. Our growing crew of nearly 400 employees welcomed to the team 60 new local electricians with our Akron expansion at 441 Munroe Falls Road.

One of Environmental Design Group's Founding Members Passes


William J. Bandy, Jr., one of Environmental Design Group's founding members, recently passed away at the age of 78. Bill was instrumental in leading the leverage buyout of Snell Environmental to form Environmental Design Group, Inc. in 1984. He served as President and Chairman of the Board from 1984 until his retirement in 2004. He was quiet in nature but held himself with the utmost integrity and garnered great respect from his staff and peers. Dedicated to his profession, his career spanned more than 45-years as an active member of ASME and ASCE. He supported numerous student development alumni programs at the University of Akron, most notably its Women in Engineering program which encourages women to join the field. A celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, April 25 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Clifford-Shoemaker Funeral Home in Cuyahoga Falls. A colleague, a mentor, and a friend, Bill's presence will be greatly missed.

T-Shirt Wearers Could Win Spirit Airlines Vouchers in "Wear Your 330 Shirt to Work Day" Contest


You look great in that shirt, and the Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau wants you to share it with the world! As part of their “Wear Your 330 Shirt to Work Day” promotion, the A/SCVB is encouraging everyone to post selfies on social media for a chance to win two round-trip Spirit Airlines vouchers. The vouchers - a total value of $1,000 - will allow passengers to travel to just about any destination Spirit Airlines offers from the Akron-Canton Airport (some restrictions may apply). To be eligible for the contest, photos must:

VANTAGE Aging (formerly Mature Services) is Seeking Nominations for Awards


VANTAGE Aging (formerly Mature Services) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that promotes successful aging by providing programs to support the needs of older adults wishing to age in place. Each year, we host the SOAR Awards (Summit Oscars for Aging Resources) to recognize those in Summit County who are making a difference in the lives of older adults. We are seeking nominations for awards that may align with Greater Akron Chamber members’ interests. The Innovations in Aging Award goes to a person or organization who has done something innovative in the last year in Summit County to serve older adults. The Age Friendly Business Award goes to a business in Summit County who strives to be friendly to older adults in how they do business. Nominations are open through April 1 and can be made at vantageaging.org/events/soar/soar-nominations/.

Community Connections Northeast Ohio Seeking Employment Hosts for Students


Community Connections is seeking host employers for Summit County’s 2018 Summer Youth Employment Program, sponsored by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services (ODJFS). ODJFS acts as the employer who pays all wages, covers BWC, background checks, fingerprinting, and assumes liability. You just provide the work, they provide the labor! Students are supervised at all times by a highly qualified job coach, at a ratio of one job coach to two students. Students work four hours/day, five days/week. You pick the hours!

Soap Box Derby Continues Impacting Community Through Racing and STEM Education Programs


The International Soap Box Derby’s used Derby Downs for more than 70 events and over 10,000 trips down its historic track by community members and visitors as reported in the recently released Annual Report. Over 600 schools and 10,000 students are participating in the International Soap Box Derby’s STEM education programs. The All-American Racing program has more than 95 race districts which conducted 1,299 races with over 3,500 youth competing.

Geri Douglas Marshall Hired as New Director of Development


The International Soap Box Derby continues to grow its fundraising efforts as Geri Douglas Marshall has been hired as the first Director of Development. “As we are in the middle of FY 2018, we welcome Geri as Director of Development. The Director of Development position will intentionally further develop the Derby’s mission by increasing revenues and expanding our reach both regionally, nationally and internationally,” stated President & CEO Mark Gerberich. The Derby continues to make great strides in ensuring its sustainability and mission. To further development and achieve our strategic goals, the Derby has hired the following individuals to fill these newly created positions.

Summit Metro Parks April 2018 Programs & Events


Summit Metro Parks offers something for everyone, including the following programs and events: Sunday, April 1, 9:30 - 11 a.m. - WATERFOWL WATCH Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail / Manchester Road Trailhead / 2740 Manchester Rd., Akron Spring is a great time to view ducks, geese and other waterfowl. New and experienced birdwatchers can join us during the migration. Bring binoculars or a spotting scope. For information, call (330) 865-8065.

County Executive Shapiro and County Council Recognizing the Month of March as Women’s History Month in Summit County


Earlier this week, Summit County Council passed legislation that was approved by Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro recognizing the month of March 2018 as Women’s History Month in Summit County. The legislation, sponsored by Executive Shapiro and County Councilmember Paula Prentice recognizes the women of America, their historical achievements, as well as the struggles they have overcome and continue to face.

Suntrol Earns Eastman's National Dealer of the Year Award


Suntrol, the Midwest leader in window film, received Eastman’s coveted National Dealer of theYear Award for Window Film Excellence during a special conference held in Carlsbad, Calif., February 22-25. Suntrol was selected from a field of hundreds of dealers based on dealer loyalty, growth and use of Eastman’s exclusive sales and marketing programs.

Stan Hywet Opens for the 2018 Season on Apr. 3


Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens opens for the 2018 season on April 3, with the theme of "Health & Wellness, A Life Well-Lived." Guests will begin each visit in the updated and redesigned Orientation Room. Highlights of the season include a new tour geared for youth, a new garden featuring culinary and medicinal plants, a second season of the 3-D lightshow LightNights, and the addition of the Molto Bella Car Show coming in September.

Kent State Presents the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) 2018 July 16-22


Kent State University College of Aeronautics and Engineering and the British American Chamber of Commerce (BACC), Ohio, are partnering with the Farnborough Aerospace Consortium (FAC) and other aerospace associations to bring you the best opportunities for B2B meetings connections and contacts. You can join us in our prime location that is part of the FAC booth at Farnborough. Tap into our technical expertise and contacts to help you make the connections needed to grow your aerospace business internationally. Please contact us if you have an interest in being part of this exciting opportunity. Space is limited.

A Delectable Weekend of Chocolate & Wine at Gervasi Vineyard on Mar. 16-18


Celebrate Chocolate! Join us for Chocolate Weekend, a delectable three days of indulgence at Gervasi Vineyard™. This is an extraordinary opportunity for chocolate lovers to explore and experience the world of chocolate. All event ticket purchases are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Cruise-Ins Gervasi Vineyard


Showcase your automobile at our weekly Gervasi Cruise-In, Wednesdays from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m., June through September. Bring the whole family for a casual summer evening of car gazing, door prizes, food and live music!

Froggerjobs.com Presents April Job & Career Exp on Apr. 20 & 21


We had Great Plans for our Mega March Job Fair; however, due to an unforeseen maintenance issue with the heating system at the former Macy’s Department Store – Akron Chapel Hill Mall, we have been asked to reschedule our job fair to April 20th & 21st. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to not only meet with potential candidates, but it also provides you with the ability to promote your business. Networking is what this EVENT is all about! This event is being held at the former Macy's Department Store - Akron Chapel Hill Mall - Akron, Ohio from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Over 500 booths are available for exhibiting.

Hale Farm & Village Hosts "Maple Sugar Festival & Pancake Brakfast" on Mar. 10, 11, 17 & 19


From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., enjoy a hearty pancake breakfast and learn about tree tapping, the maple sugar process and experience oxen demonstrations. View period arts and crafts demonstrations such as glassblowing, blacksmithing, spinning and weaving. Adults: $15, Youth (3-12): $10, Members: $5, Breakfast only $5. Breakfast served 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.: pancakes, sausage, fruit, coffee and juice. *Presale tickets are good for any One day. Reservations not necessary. Hale Farm s located at 2686 Oak Hill Rd., Bath, OH 44210.

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