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Current highlights include:

3rd Annual Diversity Mixer on Oct. 17


The County of Summit and the City of Akron, in partnership with Black Pages Ohio and the Summit Magazine, would like to invite you to partner with us in this special event.  This 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.

  • Opportunities to network to a successful partnership
  • Connect small businesses to corporations
  • Exchange business cards with dozens of potential clients and exercise your expertise
  • Showcase your product or service to an audience of corporations and small businesses
  • Get information on corporate contracts and projects
  • Meet new clients
There will be light refreshments, a cash bar and door prizes.  This event is free and open to the business community.  Vendor spaces are available.  For more information, call (216) 391-7736.  

Member Marketplace

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.

More Member News & Events

Community Connections Northeast Ohio Seeking Employment Hosts for Students


Community Connections is seeking host employers for Summit County’s 2018 Summer Youth Employment Program, sponsored by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services (ODJFS). ODJFS acts as the employer who pays all wages, covers BWC, background checks, fingerprinting, and assumes liability. You just provide the work, they provide the labor! Students are supervised at all times by a highly qualified job coach, at a ratio of one job coach to two students. Students work four hours/day, five days/week. You pick the hours!

Soap Box Derby Continues Impacting Community Through Racing and STEM Education Programs


The International Soap Box Derby’s used Derby Downs for more than 70 events and over 10,000 trips down its historic track by community members and visitors as reported in the recently released Annual Report. Over 600 schools and 10,000 students are participating in the International Soap Box Derby’s STEM education programs. The All-American Racing program has more than 95 race districts which conducted 1,299 races with over 3,500 youth competing.

Pro Football Hall of Fame Concert for Legends Featuring Maroon 5 on Aug. 5


Maroon 5, one of pop music’s most enduring artists and one of the 21st Century’s biggest acts, will headline the 2018 Concert for Legends. The GRAMMY® Award-winning multiplatinum powerhouse’s performance will close out the 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls.  Concert for Legends tickets go on sale Friday, March 9 at 10 a.m. ET and may be purchased at www.ProFootballHOF.com/tickets. Ticket prices range from $50 to $275.

25th Annual Greater Akron Speaks Out for Values Breakfast on Apr. 30


25th Annual Greater Akron Speaks Out for Values Breakfast Inspiring Transformation: Establishing Our Roots and Exploring Our Future

Join Heart to Heart Communications for our 25th Annual Breakfast with speaker Ken Babby, Owner & CEO, Akron RubberDucks. Ken is an innovative, local leader, who has transformed the Akron RubberDucks as well as gone through transformations in his personal life. For more info and to register, visit h2hc.org.

Geri Douglas Marshall Hired as New Director of Development


The International Soap Box Derby continues to grow its fundraising efforts as Geri Douglas Marshall has been hired as the first Director of Development. “As we are in the middle of FY 2018, we welcome Geri as Director of Development. The Director of Development position will intentionally further develop the Derby’s mission by increasing revenues and expanding our reach both regionally, nationally and internationally,” stated President & CEO Mark Gerberich. The Derby continues to make great strides in ensuring its sustainability and mission. To further development and achieve our strategic goals, the Derby has hired the following individuals to fill these newly created positions.

Summit Metro Parks April 2018 Programs & Events


Summit Metro Parks offers something for everyone, including the following programs and events: Sunday, April 1, 9:30 - 11 a.m. - WATERFOWL WATCH Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail / Manchester Road Trailhead / 2740 Manchester Rd., Akron Spring is a great time to view ducks, geese and other waterfowl. New and experienced birdwatchers can join us during the migration. Bring binoculars or a spotting scope. For information, call (330) 865-8065.

Akron Zoo Offering Popular ZooCamp Summer Program


The Akron Zoo is once again offering ZooCamp programs throughout the summer for children two through 15 years old. ZooCamp runs June through August and one-day, three-day and five-day camps are available, as well as full-day and half-day camps. Registration is required, and spots fill quickly.

County Executive Shapiro and County Council Recognizing the Month of March as Women’s History Month in Summit County


Earlier this week, Summit County Council passed legislation that was approved by Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro recognizing the month of March 2018 as Women’s History Month in Summit County. The legislation, sponsored by Executive Shapiro and County Councilmember Paula Prentice recognizes the women of America, their historical achievements, as well as the struggles they have overcome and continue to face.

Suntrol Earns Eastman's National Dealer of the Year Award


Suntrol, the Midwest leader in window film, received Eastman’s coveted National Dealer of theYear Award for Window Film Excellence during a special conference held in Carlsbad, Calif., February 22-25. Suntrol was selected from a field of hundreds of dealers based on dealer loyalty, growth and use of Eastman’s exclusive sales and marketing programs.

Stan Hywet Opens for the 2018 Season on Apr. 3


Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens opens for the 2018 season on April 3, with the theme of "Health & Wellness, A Life Well-Lived." Guests will begin each visit in the updated and redesigned Orientation Room. Highlights of the season include a new tour geared for youth, a new garden featuring culinary and medicinal plants, a second season of the 3-D lightshow LightNights, and the addition of the Molto Bella Car Show coming in September.

Project Learn of Summit County Presents Night of Illumination on Mar. 10


Please join Project Learn of Summit County as they celebrate their Annual Signature Event - Night of Illumination!  The keynote speaker for the evening will be Matthew J. Wilson, President of The University of Akron, along with Honorary Chair Dr. Jarrod Tudor, Dean of Wayne College.  Enjoy an evening of hors d'oeuvres, drinks, dessert, silent auction, games and more!  Come help make a difference by "Empowering People and Advancing Communities."

Bellisimo Fine Arts & Fine Crafts Festival on Jul. 22


Don’t miss the 8th Annual Bellissimo on Sunday, July 22, 2018 from 12-5 pm. Enjoy an afternoon stroll through the Pavilion and along our pathways where more than 50 artists and artisans will display their work for sale. This event is FREE to the public.

Young Professionals of Akron Presents Social Networking at The Town Tavern


Join Young Professionals of Akron as we check out one of the area’s newest taverns, The Town Tavern, for networking and happy hour! There will be happy hour drink specials until 7:00 p.m., complimentary appetizers and the chance to network and meet other young professionals at this new venue. This event is open to both members and non-members!

Bounce Hub Open House on Apr. 13


Join us to celebrate innovation in Akron with the official launch of Bounce - Akron's first Innovation Hub! This event is open to anybody in the community that is interested in innovation and learning about Bounce. Attendees will have the chance to network with local startups, small businesses, program leaders and supporters of innovation in our region.The open house will include:
  • Bounce companies will open the doors to their offices so you can see what our startups are up to! Each floor of the building will be open for touring
  • Progressive dinner on each floor featuring local food and drinks (cash bar)
  • Virtual reality experiences provided by New Territories VR Arcade
  • Live music and local artists featured throughout the building
  • Networking with local founders, investors, entrepreneruship program directors and civic leadership
  • Opportunities to meet Bounce leadership and get more information on programming and ways to get involved

Dan Rather Speaks on Patriotism on March 16


Legendary Journalist & News Anchor Dan Rather speaks about his new book, “What Unites Us:  Reflections on Patriotism,” at the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park.  Tickets ($58/$48/$38) go on sale at the Rocksino’s Box Office and www.Ticketmaster.com
Rather has interviewed every president since Eisenhower and personally covered history-making events from the Kennedy Assassination through Viet Nam, Watergate, Tiananmen Square, the fall of the Berlin Wall, 9/11 and the Iraq Invasion.
His new book of original essays, “What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism", takes on the toxic political atmosphere and polarized opinions of our times with a hopeful reminder of the core ideals that all Americans share. Praised as a “tonic for our times” by USA Today, the book examines the principles that the U.S. was founded upon, the freedoms that define us, the values that have transformed us and the traits that have sustained us. It also incorporates Rather’s decades of experience as a living witness to history, covering the biggest events and news stories of our times.

Kent State Presents the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) 2018 July 16-22


Kent State University College of Aeronautics and Engineering and the British American Chamber of Commerce (BACC), Ohio, are partnering with the Farnborough Aerospace Consortium (FAC) and other aerospace associations to bring you the best opportunities for B2B meetings connections and contacts. You can join us in our prime location that is part of the FAC booth at Farnborough. Tap into our technical expertise and contacts to help you make the connections needed to grow your aerospace business internationally. Please contact us if you have an interest in being part of this exciting opportunity. Space is limited.

AxessPointe Community Health Centers Arlington Site Expansion Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on Apr. 5


Our location in the Arlington Plaza has more than doubled its size!  We have added more room to serve patients, and our administrative offices will be relocating there as well.  Open to the community!  Tours will be provided. The grand "reopening" ribbon-cutting will take place at 5:30/5:45 p.m. with networking from 4:30 - 7:00 p.m., and the program beginning at 5:00 p.m. RSVP to Stephanie Berry at [email protected] by March 29.

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