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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. 

Emerge Counseling Adds More Statewide Tele-Counseling Options

4/15/2020

Amidst the current challenges of Covid-19, many people are experiencing anxieties and concerns due to the resultant economic and stay-at-home restrictions impact. In response to this need, Emerge Counseling has significantly increased its tele-counseling services. Currently, anyone in the state of Ohio could receive counseling support from one of Emerge Counseling’s 35+ licensed clinicians and, in many cases, that assistance would be covered by their insurance

April 2020 CareWorks Comp Workers' Comp and Unemployment COVID-19 Update

4/7/2020

CareWorks Comp is acutely aware that the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) is an escalating global health concern. In light of this, clients will need their support more than ever in meeting the needs of their employees. CareWorks Comp also recognizes that a widespread outbreak could place increased demands on their capacity to meet those needs. They are fully committed to maintaining all services critical to the welfare of their clients and their employees. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and in order to provide the most timely and thorough information to all of their clients, they have included both public and private employer updates in one newsletter linked below . Please note that some of this information will not apply to you if you are a public employer.

Professional, Reliable Operator Training by Valley Industrial Trucks

4/2/2020

OSHA requires forklift operator training for anyone that might operate a forklift. This extends beyond your normal operators to include anyone that might simply have to start a forklift for any reason. This could include managers, truck drivers etc... OSHA also requires: "All operator training and evaluation shall be conducted by persons who have the knowledge, training, and experience to train powered industrial truck operators and evaluate their competence."

METRO RTA Announces Free Fares Beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020

3/16/2020

*UPDATE AS OF 4/5/2020 - Metro RTA Cutting Some Service in Akron; Pandemic Affecting Canton, Cleveland, Youngstown Transit* METRO Regional Transit Authority is offering free fares for all services, including line-service, SCAT, Call-A-Bus, and Northcoast Express, beginning Tuesday, March 17 until further notice. “These are challenging times for everyone,” said METRO Executive Director Dawn Distler. “By offering free fares, we hope to alleviate the financial burden so many folks are unexpectedly faced with in the communities we proudly serve. We also hope this assists with the distancing challenges our bur operators face when interacting with passengers during their trips.” METRO will continue providing service, but passengers are being encouraged to stay home if their trip is not medically or otherwise necessary. All passengers are encouraged to follow the CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of germs, including washing hands often and avoiding close physical contact.

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More Member News & Events

Cascade Capital Corporation's Business Growth Awards on Oct. 2

8/27/2018

Cascade Capital Corporation's Business Growth Awards Program honors companies in Summit, Medina, Portage, Stark, Wayne Ashland and Holmes Counties that have achieved outstanding levels of sales and/or employee growth over the past five years.  Please contact Bob Filipiak at (330) 379-3160 for further details.

University of Akron Interim President John Green to Kick Off DriveIT's New Speaker Series on Aug. 30

8/24/2018

Akron-based DriveIT — the information technology skills training company founded by former Software Guild leader Eric Wise — is teaming up with the Greater Akron Chamber to help teach leadership skills.  The two are launching a monthly series of events called [email protected] that will feature area civic and business leaders talking to live audiences. The events will also be archived online for the public. The series will kick off Thursday, Aug. 30, with a presentation by The University of Akron Interim President Dr. John Green: "SurrealPolitik: Leading a Medieval Institution in the Modern World."

Akron Pre-Pride LGBT & Ally Professional Network Night

8/23/2018

Join us for an evening of fun and professional networking in celebration of Akron Pride with 
other LGBTQ and Allied professionals. Bring your business cards and get ready to make new connections. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres. Space is limited - RSVP today!

SeibertKeck Insurance Presents "What CEOs Need to Know About Wellness" on Aug. 21

8/15/2018

The business risk advisors of SeibertKeck invite you to a morning of education all about wellness:

  • Justifying the long-term investment of transforming to a culture of wellness
  • Achieving unprecedented program participation rates
  • Lowering your premiums with a healthier workforce and less overall claims for preventable health issues
  • Incorporating biometric testing, individualized health coaching, and a personal wellness profile 

Franchise Ownership Workshop on Sep. 5

8/13/2018

Huntington National Bank, along with FRANNet, Cuyahoga Falls Chamber, and Benetrends are hosting this workshop, aimed at finding the right franchise and alternative funding sources and is targeted to anyone who is interested in starting their own business and/or acquiring a franchise.
 

SYLC Consulting Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Aug. 20

8/8/2018

Please join us as we cut the ribbon and introduce to you the offices of SYLC® Consulting! See first hand the serene space that we have created just for you. We can't wait to show you where we will meet all of your emotional wellness needs.
 

Akron Chamber Day at JACK Thistledown on Aug. 18

8/8/2018

All Greater Akron Chamber members will receive $10 in free VLT Play. No play requirement just call and register and get $10. If they are a new member, they will also get our play $10 get $10 promotion.  Should it be their birthday in August they will also receive a complimentary gift.  We will have activities for the kids including face painters, balloon artists, lawn games and activities, and a giant inflatable castle bounce house.  We also will offer to the first ten Greater Akron Chamber members a complimentary vendor location on the apron. Call (216) 662-8600 for reservations for Free Play.
 

Girl Scouts of North East Ohio Presents Camp Ledgewood Open House on Sept. 6

8/3/2018

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Girl Scouts of North East Ohio’s Camp Ledgewood Open House: Family, Friends and S’More!


Activities include: crafts, campfire, s’mores, camp tour and raffles!  Food and beverages will be provided in the Low Lodge Dining Hall. Also, stop by Low Lodge to meet our CEO, Jane Christyson, and learn more about the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio! 

See all Girl Scouts of North East Ohio’s Camp Ledgewood has to offer! Camp Ledgewood is in Peninsula, Ohio within the boundaries of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. This 400-acre camp features Low Lodge dining hall and activity center, a swimming pool, health center, trading post, and more! Housing units include cabins, platform tents, and troop house units. Ledgewood also hosts high ropes, zip line, and low ropes courses, an archery range, sports field, amphitheater, observatory, and Lake Loomis for boating and nature studies. Owned and operated by the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, Camp Ledgewood is enjoyed by more than 30,000 Girl Scout members throughout Ohio and is available for outside group rentals.

RSVP for food count to Candace at [email protected] or (330) 983-0368.  RSVP not required but appreciated.

Simplex-IT Arcade Party on Aug. 7

8/2/2018

Join Simplex-IT for an Arcade Party!  Get your game face on and join the fun for a fun-filled evening of classic video games and networking!  This event is open to everyone, so that means YOU!  All are welcome to attend!

Business Communication Specialists Breakfast & Learn 2018: Are You Ready to Embrace World Class VoIP on Aug. 22

8/2/2018

This event is for any company with as few as 10 and as many as 5,000 phone users who is looking to replace their phone system within the next 24 months. If your want to take the steps to learn and understand VoIP at a very high level, gather your team and join us. Whether your current system is nearing end of life, no longer supported or does not integrate with your current business processes, this event is for you!

VANTAGE Aging Grand Opening & Open House on Aug. 21

8/2/2018

VANTAGE Aging invites the community to our Grand Opening.  Join us in celebrating the power of positive aging as we open our NEW location in Akron. Hear from our special guests Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro and Akron Mayor Daniel Horrigan during a ribbon cutting ceremony. Then, enjoy building tours, an ice cream social, and gift card giveaways. Please RSVP by August 14 to [email protected] or call (330) 253-4597.

Women's Network Announces New Executive Director

7/23/2018

The Women’s Network of Northeast Ohio welcomes Jan Conrad as its new Executive Director. Ms. Conrad brings extensive experience in business startups, expansion strategy and an in-depth understanding of the unique issues faced by women in the workplace. As Executive Director, Ms. Conrad’s focus will be on building community impact, organizational capacity, growth momentum, and program development. This includes the upcoming Women’s Leadership Summit: Flux, a full day conference to focus on empowering women and creating equitable workplaces in our community.

The Karcher Group August 1 Lunch & Learn: Marketing in a Mobile World on Aug. 1

7/19/2018

We're living in a mobile world and your customers expect a seamless experience between their desktop and smartphone when they need to access your product or service. During our Marketing in a Mobile World session, we'll cover the various conversion points of the customer experience and how to meet them from a marketing and website development perspective. This event is free, and we’ll provide lunch.

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