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Sheila E to Perform Charity Concert Benefiting the Akron Urban League on Aug. 16


Concert will be hosted by Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park World renowned, multi-talented musician, Sheila E., will perform a benefit concert to support the Akron Urban League at the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park. The event will be the first in a series of three-day events which will serve as the kickoff to the Urban League’s three-year sustainability campaign. As the agency approaches its 100th anniversary, the campaign will aim to ensure the organization’s future presence and growth in Summit County.

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The Software Guild Akron Networking and Employer Recruiting Event on Nov. 1 & 2


We are pleased to announce that the next group of eager and talented developers are preparing to graduate from The Software Guild. This is an invitation to our Employer Connect event that will take place on November 1st and 2nd from 1:00 - 5:30 p.m. The format for the event is similar to a speed interview/date (20 minutes provided per person). Typically, organizations follow-up with prospective candidates soon after these events realizing our developers are in high demand. Prior to the event, we will e-mail you the developer's resumes that have signed up expressing interest in interviewing with your organization.

Infiniti of Akron Hosts All Chamber Networking Event on Nov. 8


If you missed our first All Chamber Networking event in September, here is why you don't want to miss our upcoming one in November:
“WOW WOW WOW. I have NEVER been to such a productive networking event as tonight's event at INFINITI of Akron. Thanks to INFINITI'S Executive Manager Michael for hosting and for putting on such a successful event. I met a lot of people and made a bunch of introductions. I scheduled three deeper discussion appointments, a sales presentation, and was approached by a gentleman who has over 20 cars that he wants to insure. If you were at tonight's event you better put November's event on your calendar.”
— Facebook review
Make sure you join us for our second networking and business connection event on November 8th, which will include the Greater Akron Chamber, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and more! Bring your business cards and your appetite!  The delicious cuisine will be provided by Akron’s own Ken Stewart's Grille.  Wine tasting will be provided by Gervasi Vineyards – Small donation per glass requested to benefit the Hattie Larlham Foundation.

The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network Presents The State of Manufacturing on Nov. 10


Will the manufacturing industry keep growing at a healthy pace in 2018? How will government regulations and new legislation affect the industry? How will Northeast Ohio manufacturers take advantage of new opportunities - and face their challenges - in the new year?  Join us for a morning devoted to uncovering economic trends that will affect your business in 2018. Attend MAGNET’s third-annual State of Manufacturing event and stay ahead of your competition.  The cost is $10.

Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast on Nov. 7


Are you finding and hiring the right talent to take your business to the next level? Are your current employees working to their fullest potential?  Great culture is attainable for every business, no matter how many you employ or what industry you operate in. How healthy is your culture?  Safety in the workplace can strengthen your bottom line, however it can also improve your organization’s culture and ability to attract talent.ADP, CultureShoc, and SeibertKeck invite you to join a morning conversation of winning the war on talent, leading an energized and effective team, and improving organizational culture through workplace safety.

Convention & Visitors Bureau Captures Top Destination Award


The Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) received its 19th “Top Destination Award” from Facilities & Destinations Magazine. The annual reader poll of event and meeting planners surveyed their evaluations of destinations throughout the United States. The Akron/Summit CVB was among only forty-seven bureaus nationally to receive this year’s distinction and one of only nine from the Midwest region.

Development Fund of the Western Reserve Announcement


The Development Fund of the Western Reserve (DFWR), which is affiliated with the Development Finance Authority of Summit County (DFA), received the Project of the Year award from the Ohio Community Development Corporation Association (OCDCA) at its annual conference held in Toledo October 6, 2017. OCDCA is a statewide membership organization that fosters vibrant neighborhoods and improves the quality of life in all communities through advocacy and capacity building of their member agencies. The Project of the Year award was for implementing the Akron Community Revitalization Fund (ACRF) that DFWR recently fully capitalized as a revolving loan fund for projects located within the most distressed neighborhoods within the City of Akron. The award was accepted by Alyson Moritz and Rachel Bridenstine, who represented DFWR, at the conference breakfast attended by hundreds of the Ohio Community Development professionals. The ACRF project was truly a collaborative effort with over 20 organizations, many individuals, and funders. This award is an acknowledgement of the strong community vision to improve the City of Akron's core vibrancy with innovative economic development tools.

H. Jack's Works Hard for a Cure all the Month of October 2017


H. Jack's is working hard for the cure! October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and that's why a portion of the proceeds for every service call this month will go to Susan G. Komen Northeast Ohio to fund the fight against breast cancer. This is our second October partnering with the foundation, and we couldn't be more excited to start giving back to our great community.

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.

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