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On the Table Greater Akron to Dig Into Akron's Issues on Oct. 3


Akron Beacon Journal On the Table Greater Akron returns next month with more public mealtime conversations designed to improve the community. “On the Table is an opportunity for everyone in the community to have their voice heard,” Akron Community Foundation Vice President of Community Investment John Garofalo said in a prepared statement. “We want to ensure all residents have the opportunity to participate, even if they don’t know someone hosting a conversation or are not comfortable hosting themselves. We’re excited that this will also give attendees the opportunity to meet and interact with people from different backgrounds and neighborhoods.” The conversations, headed by the foundation, are open to Summit and Medina County residents.  They will be held Oct. 3 at various locations.

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MAGNET South Open House and Ribbon Cutting on Aug. 8


Join MAGNET for the Grand Opening of our new Akron office!  Grand opening attendees can look forward to tours of the new space, meeting local manufacturing executives, interacting with local companies and hearing from several speakers, including:

Tony Troppe, Downtown Arts Historic Building Owner
Dan Horrigan, Mayor of Akron
Steve Millard, CEO of the Akron Regional Chamber
Ethan Karp, CEO of MAGNET: The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network
Darlyn McDermott, Market Leader for MAGNET’s southern region
Sue Lacy, CEO of ConxusNEO

The event will also feature interactive displays from local manufacturing businesses including the Akron Soap Box Derby, Technology House, GOJO and Coastal Pet Products.

Girl Scouts of North East Ohio Presents the 20th Dessert First Gala on Oct. 20


The 20th Dessert First Gala, benefiting Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, will feature regional chefs competing in a dessert contest where the only rule is Girl Scout cookies must be an ingredient! Tickets inlcude: dessert tasting, drink tickets, appetizers, a filet mignon and salmon dinner, auctions and more!  Click here for ticket and sponsorship information.

Hale Farm & Village Presents Civil War Reenactment on Aug. 11 & 12


Thousands of visitors and reenactors flock to Hale Farm & Village annually for this popular summertime event—the largest annual Civil War reenactments in Ohio. Meet soldiers, cavalry and civilians. Hear the sounds of battle and smell the gunpowder. Shake hands with President Lincoln or shop for a hoopskirt. Don’t miss the excitement!

Hale Farm and Village Presents Made in Ohio Art & Craft Festival Aug. 31-Sep. 2


Hale Farm will host the Made in Ohio Art & Craft Festival. This juried festival features over 160 Ohio artisans, local food, entertainment and all that Hale Farm & Village has to offer. Vendors include jewelry artists, potters, woodworkers, glass artists, soap and lotion makers, quilters and a variety of unique artisans. Celebrate Ohio! Enjoy history, shopping and eating while celebrating our great state!

It Is Frogger-Time! $250.00 for 30-Day Unlimited Job Postings across the USA and Canada!


Is your company fed up with paying outrageous prices to post positions on the five largest job boards with little or no results? Where else can you get unlimited job postings for $250 a month? Froggerjobs.com was created to be a cost-effective alternative for smaller employers who could no longer afford the 'BIG 5'. We realize that we are not going to be the answer to every employer, but we can say that we will work with you to focus in on what you need if you will allow us the opportunity. That means working with you on a one-to-one basis. No computerized answering or self-help here...just human beings.

Save the date for NEOMED One Shining Evening Gala on Sep. 8


Save the date for NEOMED One Shining Evening Gala on Sep. 8 We invite you to join us in recognizing the many ways NEOMED advances students, advances innovation and research, and advances community health; honoring alumni award recipients; and the culmination of the University's Shine On campaign. It is sure to be a fun and memorable evening. Please hold Saturday evening, September 8, and plan to join us at this special event.

ServiceMaster Restoration by Lewis Construction Offers CE Classes on Jul. 24


Extreme Cleanup - Hoarding (42211) 3 Credit Hrs & Soaked Circuits (56797) - 1 Credit Hr

ServiceMaster & ERS invite you to join them for a free class and to earn four total CE credits. Afterwards, stay for Happy Hour with appetizers and drinks from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.  Please RSVP by July 17 to [email protected], phone (440) 701-5523, or www.svmlewis.com under contact. Registration is at 2:45 p.m., Class is 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Chamber Member, CESO, Inc. Opens New Office on May 31


CESO, Inc. had a ribbon cutting Thursday, May 31 at their new Akron location in the Crown Pointe Office Park (175 Montrose West Avenue, Suite 400). Their former northeast Ohio location was in Canton, but they are pleased to serve all of northeast Ohio from their new location in Akron/Montrose.

Tenacity Client Retention Webinar on Jun. 14 or 15


We are offering two one-hour webinars (pick one convenient to you) June 14 at 11:00 a.m. EST or June 15 at 1:00 p.m. EST. We’ll demonstrate the tools and take you through several simulations. Just send an email to Dr. Gary Selden, Director of the Tenacity Center at KSU ([email protected]) or give him a call at (470) 578-3191 in order to register. It might or might not be your finest hour, but it very well could be your most profitable one.

Manufacturing Sector - Cyber Workshop for all Small, Medium and Large Manufacturers on May 31


8:30 a.m. Breakfast 
9:00 - 11:30 a.m. Interactive Workshop including Case Studies 
Hear from Industry experts:
Gene Whaley IT Systems
Jessica Kerrigan Hylant Risk Management 
Darlyn McDermott MAGNET...Risk Management 
Robert Schmidt, MAGNET...DOD and Tier 1 Compliance 

Cost is free.  RSVP to Jenny Stupica [email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>  or (216-533-6807) by EOB May 28, 2018.  Feel free to forward this information to anyone in your HR, IT or Operations Management areas.

Gervasi Vineyard Grape Harvest Festival on Sep. 30


Gervasi will be awash in fall colors and Italian flavors for the 7th Annual Grape Harvest Festival.  Gervasi is joining forces with 720 Market for an event the whole family will enjoy. Join us for a variety of family-friendly activities, live music, and great food.  

Art After Five at Western Reserve Hospital on Jun. 21


Join Western Reserve Hospital, in partnership with ArtsNow, Collide: Cuyahoga Falls, the Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Akron Chamber for an inspired evening of networking at the third-annual Community Art Showcase.  Enjoy complimentary drinks and appetizers while you socialize and network in a creative, relaxed setting. Art will be available for purchase, and Falls boutiques will host pop-up shops.  Live music will be performed.

AxessPointe Chipotle Fundraiser on Jun. 19


AAxessPointe is hosting its first fundraiser at Chipotle! Tell the cashier you're supporting AxessPointe so they know to add you to the fundraiser! Telling the cashier is the only way the proceeds will count.

Kent State Names One of the Healthiest Universities in the Nation


Kent State University’s strategic focus on the health and well-being of students is receiving national recognition. Active Minds, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising mental health awareness among college students, announced Kent State as a winner of the prestigious 2018 Healthy Campus Award. Active Minds worked with the nation’s leading experts in student and campus health and conducted an extensive assessment to select the winners. Kent State emerged as a leader for its creativity, teamwork, innovation and excellence. The university also stood out for championing student voices, working collaboratively and using data and metrics to guide and consistently improve efforts for students.

MAGNET mspire 2018


MAGNET Are you a product-focused startup or small manufacturer ready to make your innovative idea a reality? Over $40,000 in prizes including...Cash Awards * Expert Assessments * Free MAGNET Incubation Center Memberships * Subsidized Projects and More! What is mspire? Northeast Ohio's only pitch competition exclusively for product-focused startups and small manufacturers. Why should you Apply? Winners are matched with resources to help them reach their unique goals. The deadline to apply is July 1.

Once Upon a Brand: Tell Your Story to Charene Creative


Since the beginning of mankind, stories have been used to pass down ideas, traditions and knowledge. In business, telling your story is a critical part of building your brand. It helps to shape how people view you and enables them to connect with your company. So how do you craft a brand story that people will embrace and share especially in today's noisy and cluttered marketplace? Understand your audience first. Then craft your story to connect, engage, move them to tears, laughter, to anger, to sympathy, to action. Above all else, be authentic so people believe you and will want to tell others about your business. Whether you need help crafting your story or assistance with a single project for print marketing, web design or social media, we are here to help! Don't stray from the path like Little Red Riding Hood did! Let's get started. Schedule your free 30-minute brand analysis today by calling our office at (330) 524-5001.

Akron Bar Association Offers "Ask An Attorney"


Call (330) 253-5038 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m .on the second and fourth Fridays of every month and receive FREE answers to legal questions from our volunteer attorneys. The Akron Bar Lawyer Referral Service also provides referrals to local, experienced, qualified attorneys.

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