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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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AAF-Akron Presents Fourth Annual Holiday "Merry Mingle" Charity Networking Event on 

10/21/2019

Visit Santa before he gets too busy! Join AAF-Akron, AMA NEO, NSME and PRSA Akron for our annual holiday networking event to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve. There will be food stations, cash bar, 50/50 raffle and a gallery  of kid club art for sale.  $10 cover charge.  Event is open to all.  You do not have to be a member of any of the hosting organizations to participate.  Registration deadline is November 15.

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens presents DECK THE HALL

10/21/2019

One million lights illuminate Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens during DECK THE HALL, the estate's spectacular annual holiday event taking place from 5-8pm on November 29-30, December 1, 5-8, 12-23, and 26-30, 2019.

2019 ATHENA Leadership Awards Dinner

10/16/2019

ATHENA Akron, Inc. will honor the 2019 ATHENA Leadership Award Recipients and Finalists at a dinner and awards program. The event recognizes exemplary women leaders for their professional achievement, community involvement, and for actively assisting women in reaching their full leadership potential.

This year’s Leadership Award recipients will join more than 60 local women leaders who have been honored as recipients or finalists of this important award. Recipients to be honored with the 2019 ATHENA Leadership Award include Traci Buckner, Executive Director, Akron Children’s Museum; and Grace Wakulchik, President and CEO, Akron Children’s Hospital.  Award finalists to be honored include Tina Boyes, Executive Director, Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance; Pamela Kiltau, Vice President of Private Wealth Management, Baird; and Pamela Wright, Partner, Sikich LLP.

The recipient to be honored with the 2019 ATHENA Young Professional Award is Erin Victor, Director of Engagement and Events, Focal Point, and Founder, Akron Snow Angels.  Award finalists to be honored include Kimberly Huff, Community Relations Representative, OMNOVA Solutions Foundation; and Antha Poleondakis, Investment Associate, Merrill Lynch.

Registration and networking begins at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 5:45 p.m. The evening’s program will be led by Retired Judge Carla Moore, and the Keynote Speaker will be 2018 ATHENA Leadership Award recipient, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s Sherry Neubert.  For more information, please contact Jana McClish at [email protected].

Spectrum Reach Presents a Networking Event at Market Garden Brewery on Oct. 24

10/14/2019

Join us for an exclusive event, with marketing keynote speaker and author Gerry O’Brion. At the event, you’ll also have a chance explore the new Spectrum Reach Ad Portal and enter to win a pair of Bose Quiet Comfort 35 Noise-Cancelling Headphones.  We’re taking the opportunity to celebrate Northeast Ohio businesses. Enjoy complimentary food and cocktails while mingling with other Cleveland-area professionals. Space is limited, so be sure to grab your spot today. RSVP here: https://go2.spectrumreach.com/NEOhio_AdPortal
 

Akron Urban League Presents Procurement Corridor Event on Oct. 24

10/4/2019

If you are a business owner and need information on how to find opportunities and contracts for your business, this event is for you!

Key Goals:

  • Business owners will meet face-to-face with local companies and learn how to bid on their contracting opportunities.
  • Business owners will be provided details on how to do business in the Greater Akron Region.
  • Business owners will receive coaching on how to navigate a vendor registration process in order to register and bid on opportunities.
  • Business owners will connect with agencies that have resources and services that can help with managing and growing a business.
Lunch and beverages will be provided for this event.  For more information, contact Carla Matthews:  Phone: (234) 542-4142 | Email: [email protected]
 

Divas with a Dream Networking Luncheon on Oct. 31

10/4/2019

You're invited to have lunch with other amazing professional women for synergy, energy, encouragement and comaraderie!  We inspire one another with inspiration, motivation and education.  Our topic for discussion is "Stress! The Silent Killer."

AAF-Akron Presents Marketing Communications Showcase on Oct. 24

10/1/2019

Meet Your Local Experts and Resources. Make connections and learn about valuable resources to help build your organization! Discover new ways to market your organization. This trade-show-style event will give you the opportunity to meet these unique exhibitors:

1. Baker Media Group
2. Better Business Bureau of Akron
3. Excelsior Marking
4. Fisher Institute for Professional Selling / The University of Akron
5. Graffitti Print Shop
6. JMC Brands
7. Kleidon & Associates
8. Lamar Advertising
9. Lodestone True North
10. Mohawk Paper
11. New Territory
12. Northern Ohio Printing
13. Sappi
14. Taylor Institute for Direct Marketing/The University of Akron
15. TechStyleLab – the Fashion School at Kent State University
16. United States Postal Service
17. WAKR / WONE / WQMX / WNWV
18. WRL Advertising
19. West Side Publishing Co.

TICKETS $10 Members of AAF, PRSA, NSME $20 Non-Members $5 Students
Hors d’oeuvres, raffle prizes and cash bar available throughout the event. 

Warwick 2019 Technology Expo on Oct. 10

9/26/2019

Enjoy an afternoon lunch on the Cavs new practice court, tour the facility, speak with technology industry experts, and have the opportunity to go home with the grand prize of a night on the town in Cleveland, on us!

The Technology Expo will bring together business owners, C-level executives and senior IT professionals across all industries to discuss today’s current business and technology landscape. The event will feature demonstrations from some of today’s top business technology, along with a Cybersecurity keynote address from Warwick Chief Information Security Officer - Dan Banick.

Visit Warwickinc.com/technology-expo-2019 to learn more and register for the event or call us at (800) 860-0300

Ohio Launches “TechCred” to Give Businesses Access to Top Tech Talent

9/26/2019

Lt. Governor Jon Husted recently announced the launch of TechCred, a program that connects businesses with the talent they need and gives employees the ability to earn industry-recognized, technology-focused credentials, better preparing them for a job in today’s advanced, technology-infused economy.

Summit Metro Parks Announces October 2019 Programs & Events

9/16/2019

Summit Metro Parks offers something for everyone, including the following programs and events: Wednesday, October 2, 6:30 - 8 p.m. HIKE & FIRE: FLIGHT AT NIGHT Firestone Metro Park / Tuscarawas Meadows Area 2620 Harrington Rd., Akron Take a hike in search of creatures that take flight at night: owls, flying squirrels, moths and bats. Then, cozy up to a fire and listen to stories about our mysterious neighbors. Program will be moved to the shelter if it rains. Good for spree credit. For information, call 330-865-8065. Click here to read more.

Aerospace Perspectives: Past, Present and the Future on Sep. 24

9/9/2019

Co-Sponsored by Kent State University College of Aeronautics and Engineering

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and the 30th anniversary of Ohio Aerospace Institute by joining us for thoughtful perspectives on the past, present and future of commercial and defense aviation and cyber security. This full day program offers:

  • Connections to aerospace opportunities
  • Networking with industry leaders including retired NASA astronauts, legal and cyber security experts
  • Best practices and compliance requirements for government contracts, as well as control requirements for aerospace, including industry, academia and research organizations
  • Information on how your company can fi ll the growing maintenance, repair and overhaul need in the aerospace industry
We hope you will join us for the first in a series of programs covering various topics relevant to aerospace in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing, as well as the 30th anniversary of Ohio Aerospace Institute. Join us along with various aerospace industry leaders to hear thoughtful perspectives on the past, present; and future of our industry. Examine current trends, and best practices affecting advanced technology and component manufacturers in the aerospace and research arena.

OPEN M 2019 Networking Extravaganza on Oct. 30

8/30/2019

Join us for a multi-chamber event dedicated to expanding your own network. Enjoy free samples from local food and beverage vendors and mingle with other young professionals along with seasoned veterans. Tour the OPEN M facility to learn more about our exciting strides in Akron.

CliftonLarsonAllen's 2nd Annual Celebrate Manufacturing Day Breakfast on Oct. 3

8/28/2019

Join us for our 2nd Annual Celebrate Manufacturing Day Breakfast. This year a panel of local high school students and representatives from manufacturing companies will discuss a range of topics from entering the workforce to the issues growing the workforce. Following the panel, our event will flow into a student and professional networking session. 

If your company is interested in purchasing a table for the networking portion of the event, please e-mail Kelly Unger ([email protected]) for more information. 

Schedule 
7:45 – 8:15 a.m. — Registration and Breakfast 
8:15 – 8:25 a.m. — Welcome 
8:25 – 9:35 a.m. — Panel Discussion 
9:35 – 11:00 a.m. — Student and Professional Networking 

This event is free and open to the public.

Barberton Business/Employer Breakfast on Aug. 21

8/15/2019

Join Barberton Mayor Judge for a breakfast and networking event for the business community as the topics of talent recruitment, workforce retention and supply chain hardships will be discussed. Resources will be available to help you address your workforce issues and allow you to walk away with initiatives you can take action on immediately.

CAK Travel Forum on Sep. 24

8/13/2019

For travelers looking for smarter, healthier travel and insight into the airline industry, the Akron-Canton Airport is hosting an interactive travel forum. Join us for coffee and refreshments as we discuss how to optimize your business travel experience. Our agenda includes exciting experts in fields ranging from travel programs to travel health and beyond. This event is free, but you must RSVP here: https://www.akroncantonairport.com/business-travel/travel-forum-sign-up

The Love Akron Network's 8th Annual Awards Breakfast Sep. 24

8/13/2019

Doors open at 6:45 for networking and breakfast buffet.  Program starts at 7:30 a.m.  Featured speaker- Ken Blanchard, best-selling author of The One Minute Manager and Lead Like Jesus Individual seats are $75, with a variety of sponsorship opportunities available.

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