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AAF-Akron Presents Merry Mingle: A Holiday Social with Heart on Nov. 29


Join us for holiday fun, meet new people and do something good for the community! Co-hosted by AAF-Akron, AMA NEO, Greater Akron Chamber, NSME and PRSA. $10 Cover Charge. Event is open to all. All event proceeds benefit World Relief Akron. For more information and to register, click here. Registration deadline: Nov. 26.


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The Member MarketPlace is a member-to-member discount program that allows you to promote discounts to members. Connect to exclusive savings on services provided by Greater Akron Chamber Members for Chamber Members here!  To participate in the Member MarketPlace, contact the Chamber at (330) 237-1234.

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Local Businesses Invited to Share Best Practices at Lean Six Sigma Conference on May 11


For the first time, The Corporate University at Kent State University at Stark is holding a one-day conference targeting novice and seasoned professionals for a day of immersion with Lean Six Sigma experts. 
In today’s global market competition ranges from companies down the street to companies across the world and organizations must focus on cutting waste and streamlining processes to remain relevant and profitable. Dozens of local business employees successfully complete Lean Six Sigma training and certification every year at Kent State Stark. Sponsoring employers of participants are realizing cost savings of tens of thousands of dollars on subsequent projects. For every dollar spent on Lean Six Sigma training with Kent State University, employers estimate a 37-to-1 return on investment.
“Lean Six Sigma provides organizations with a systematic approach to enhance profitability and overall business performance as well as improve productivity and customer satisfaction. Virtually any key business process – operational, service, manufacturing, design or purchasing – where the Lean Six Sigma methodology is properly applied and sustained can return high yield, bottom-line results,” said Faith Sheaffer-Polen, director of The Corporate University.
Facilitators include Lean Six Sigma training veterans Robert Skillman, Stephen Skillman, Daniel Nicol, and John Novak.  Between them, they offer more than 75 years of expertise and skill in keeping companies competitive and sustainable.
Cost of the conference is $295 and includes breakfast and lunch. To register, contact Mona Zink at (330) 244-3508 or [email protected] For an agenda and more information about the conference, visit http://www.kent.edu/stark/cucc/conferences.

Hollis Brown at Musica on April 28


Catch Hollis Brown, an American Rock ‘n’ Roll band, at Musica on Friday, April 28. Named after a Bob Dylan song, the band was formed by Queens-natives and songwriters Mike Montali (lead vocals/guitar) & Jonathan Bonilla (lead guitar).  They soon found their musical brethren across America, recruiting Andrew Zehnal (drums) from Cleveland, Adam Bock (keyboard/vocals) from St. Louis, and Brian Courage (bass) from Long Island.  They have a hot new single out now called "Run Right To You".

Chamber Members Receive a 10% Discount from UA Solutions


The University of Akron’s UA Solutions provides instructors that are highly accomplished in their respective fields such as Project Management, Lean Mastery, Six Sigma, Strength Finder and Leadership Essentials. If you are looking to improve you productivity, customer satisfaction and employee morale, contact UA Solutions at (330) 972-7577 or visit us online at www.uakron.edu/uas!

Summit County 2017 Summer Youth Employment Program Registration Is Underway


Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro announced today that registration is underway for the Summit County 2017 Summer Youth Employment Program. Youths between the ages of 14–24 as of June 1, 2017, may qualify for summer jobs offered by the Summit County Department of Job and Family Services. Interested youths (or their parent, guardian, or designee) must register online for a first-come, first-served chance to participate.

Charge Into Summer Healthy Kids Day on April 29


What is a Healthy Kids Day? It's a YMCA national initiative to improve the health and well-being of all children. Come to a YMCA membership branch on Healthy Kids Day and participate in fun activities for the whole family.  From a color fun run, to a karate demo, to CATCH (Coodinated Approach to Childhood Health) -- enjoy the Akron Area YMCA for free.  Click here for details.

March of Dimes March for Babies on May 6


March for Babies is the March of Dimes biggest fundraiser and America’s favorite walking event. The money raised supports the March of Dimes mission to improve the health of babies.  We fund important research and community programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies and babies have a healthy start.

The March for Babies is a 3-mile walk or 1-mile family fun route that starts at Lock 3 park, ending back at Lock 3 for food and entertainment.  We’ve made some exciting new changes to our walk this year and can’t wait for our walkers to experience the new elements.  Our walk will now be three themed miles. The themes are: Hope, Remember & Celebrate. We’re also implementing a Superhero Sprint for all of our NICU grads!  Some old favorites will remain such as the Fun Zone and Taste of March for Babies. This year's walk will be an experience you won't soon forget!

Shaw JCC Annual Sports Dinner with Cleveland Indians Owner Paul Dolan on June 8


Cleveland Indians owner, chairman and CEO Paul Dolan will be the featured speaker for Shaw JCC's 15th annual Sports Dinner Thursday, June 8 at Canal Park in Akron.  Monies raised from ticket sales, auction and sponsorships will benefit Shaw JCC’s programs and services offered to the community. Tickets will go on sale to the public on April 26.  For more info, go to www.shawjcc.org/Dolan or contact Jody Faught at (330) 835-0025 or [email protected].

Western Reserve Hospital Art After Five on May 18


Join Western Reserve Hospital, in partnership with ArtsNow, Collide: Cuyahoga Falls, for an inspired evening of networking at the second-annual Community Art Showcase.  Enjoy complimentary drinks and appetizers while you socialize and network in a creative, relaxed setting. There will be live music, and art will be available for purchase. Cuyahoga Falls boutiques will host pop-up shops.  RSVP for this free event by May 11. For more information, contact Kathy Romito at (330) 971-7408 or [email protected].  

2017 Smart Culture Award Recognizes Main Street Gourmet


Smart Business Magazine has selected Main Street Gourmet as an honoree for the 2017 Smart Culture Awards. Smart Business Magazine and its Smart Culture Conference will recognize Main Street Gourmet on April 6, 2017, for having developed a culture that bolsters productivity, enhances job satisfaction and provides a competitive advantage in the marketplace. This new conference event will explore how corporate culture can become an asset to drive performance, transform your organization into an employer-of-choice and ultimately impact the bottom line.

Avatar Management Services Wins Eight Telly Awards in the 38th Annual Ceremony


Avatar Management Services, Inc. (Avatar), a professional services organization dedicated to making the world a safer place through education and training for the transportation industry, has been named a multiple campaign winner in the 38th Annual Telly Awards for videos used in client and educational training, as well as Avatar-branded marketing and promotional content.

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Presents Happiness and The Bottom Line on April 12


This Wellbeing and Engagement Seminar will focus on the Five Essential Areas of Wellbeing. This year’s program will feature Peter Dunn, a.k.a. Pete the Planner presenting “Improving Engagement Through Financial Wellness”.
Pete the Planner Pete is an award-winning comedian, a USA Today columnist and has appeared regularly on CNN Headline News, Fox News, and Good Morning America. Pete is regularly considered one of the foremost experts on financial wellness in the world! 

Rubber City Radio Group 3rd Annual FREE Small Business Summit March 28-30


Join Rubber City Radio Group for an educational marketing and social media seminar specialized for small- to medium-sized businesses looking to grow. Come to our seminar to learn about the spending habits of today's consumer and how to grab their attention. We will also be talking about how to get ROI from social media marketing with great tips on how to conquer your business's goals on social media. To register, contact T.J. Shark at [email protected]

Sikich Presents Office 365 Workshop at the Cleveland Microsoft Office on March 29


Have you been considering a cloud solution? Now is the perfect time to take a closer look. Register today for a two-hour interactive, hands-on session where attendees take Office 365 for a live test drive! Forget slides and sales pitches. You will get your own device with Office 365 and a persona to take on for the session.

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