Page 1

NEWSLETTER

APR. 2014

vol.

no.

XLVI 4

Pro Football Hall of Fame to receive $10 million from the State of Ohio to reconstruct Fawcett Stadium The State of Ohio has announced that its 2014 Biennial Capital Budget will include a $10 million grant to the Pro Football Hall of Fame to reconstruct Fawcett Stadium, the venue for the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony and the NFL/Hall of Fame game. The Canton Regional Chamber and the Pro Football Hall of Fame worked together over the past several months to help secure funding from the state. This grant is in recognition of the important role the Pro Football Hall of Fame and its annual Enshrinement Festival play in generating tourism and economic development for the State. In addition, it should help ensure that the Pro Football Hall of Fame field at Fawcett Stadium serves as the venue for the annual Enshrinement Festival as well as Ohio High School Athletic Association football championship games for many years to come. (continued on page four)

Feast on Local Fare at 6th Annual Taste of Canton May 21 and 22 in Downtown Canton Taste of Canton, a downtown food festival now in its sixth year, is happening on Wednesday, May 21, and Thursday, May 22, from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Market Square (301 Market Ave. N in downtown Canton).

INSIDE: Oil & Gas Column................................................. 3 AultCare Fast Break Breakfast.............................. 5 BEAs................................................................... 6 Spring Network................................................... 7 NEW! Implement Workshop................................. 8 Canton Blues Fest VIP Passes............................. 10 Chamber Golf Outing......................................... 10 #LUVCAK Bash................................................... 11 HOFEF Names Committee Chairs................... 12-15 Leadership Stark County Profile......................... 16 Leadership Stark County Signature Program...... 17 ystark! Profile................................................... 18 ystark! Fund Drive............................................. 19 ystark! Wear & Share......................................... 19 Funding Partners.............................................. 20 Stark County Safety Council Luncheon............... 21 Stark County Safety Council Awards Banquet..... 23 Stark County Safety Council Seminar.................. 23 New Members................................................... 25 BizBitz.............................................................. 26 April Calendar................................................... 27

This sweet & savory food fest, presented by Fishers Foods, is brought to you by the Canton Development Partnership, the downtown-focused department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce. (continued on next page)

WWW.C ANTONCHAMBER.ORG OUR MISSION: To lead the region in business and community development through collaboration and innovation.


TASTE OF C ANTON Apr. 2014 - Volume XLVI - No. 4

Phil Fracassa Chief Financial Officer The Timken Company Chairman Dennis P. Saunier President & CEO Collyn Floyd Editor and Director of Marketing & Events Denise Burton Director of Membership & Sales Advertising Sales / Action 330.458.2067

Sarah Lutz Graphics Manager

continued ... We’ve “beefed up” this year’s Taste of Canton with a new look and feel, new vendors (as well as returning favorites), and new features such as a wine and beer garden. Local foodies will enjoy two days of the best tastes of Stark County, an increased selection of craft beers, more seating, works from local artists, children’s activities and live entertainment. Best of all, it is all happening in the heart of the Downtown Canton Arts District. Food lovers will get a true taste of Canton with more than 20 restaurants and specialty vendors participating. This year’s lineup includes (to date): Almost Heaven Ice Cream, Baja Pizzafish, Bender’s, The Canton Club, Chocolates by Erin, Danny Boy’s, George’s Lounge, Loby’s, Lucca, M.A. Cuppy Cakes, Old Carolina Barbecue, Papa Gyro’s and more. Each will showcase their delicacies in the form of small sample plates, available from $2 to $6 each. Selections will include appetizers, entrees and desserts from a variety of cuisines. Tickets are on sale now at CantonChamber.org in one-dollar increments, and will be available soon at all Fishers Foods locations. Buy in advance of the event and receive 30 tickets for the price of 25! Restaurants interested in participating or community members interested in volunteering in the Taste of Canton may visit TasteofCanton.com or email erint@cantonchamber.org for more information. Whether you are heading downtown for family-friendly fun, or looking for a night out, it’s going to be a don’t-miss downtown event! This year’s Taste of Canton is hosted by the Canton Development Partnership, a department of the Canton Regional Chamber, and led by chairman Mike Walpole, co-chairman Keith Bennett, and a committee of volunteers including Julie Gill, Ken Huot, Donna Shadle, Barbara Abbott, and Lisa Davala. The fifth annual Taste of Canton is made possible by presenting sponsor Fishers Foods, and other sponsors (to date): The Repository and Canton Chair Rental.

is published monthly for the members of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce. The subscription cost is $25 per year and is included in the price of membership. Reader questions and comments are welcome and encouraged. Contents may be reprinted with credit. Address all inquiries to: Editor, Action Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce 222 Market Ave. N Canton, Ohio 44702 or call (330) 456.7253, or e-mail news@cantonchamber.org Advertising rates are available for Chamber members. Advertisement does not constitute endorsement by the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce.

LOOK FOR US ONLINE! Our Fan Page

Our Tweets

Our Group

Latest News

Facebook.com/CantonOhioChamber

Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce

@CantonChmbr

ChamberNews.org


BOARD OF

OIL & GAS

DIRECTORS

Upcoming Oil and Gas Events in 2014 Two new events in the Canton Regional Chamber’s “Utica Capital Series Presented by Huntington Bank” are on the horizon. We are now taking reservations at www. cantonchamber.org for “Midstream Ohio 2014,” a seminar on June 11 at Courtyard by Marriott. The midstream infrastructure build-out continues in Ohio, and midstream companies are coming to Canton to describe what they are doing and what they need to keep the work going. NEW FORMAT: With this seminar in June, we will experiment with a new format: programs that last just past lunch. The time for Midstream Ohio 2014 will be 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. We will give our patrons a high-quality educational and networking experience but not tie up their whole day. In fact, not all patrons can stay through an all-day seminar, as we have learned with five previous events we have produced since 2012, and a dwindling audience in the mid- to late afternoon is discouraging to speakers in the latter part of the program. So we’re going to stop all-day programming. We hope you support this new approach. In partnership with Joe Barone of shaledirectories.com, we at the Chamber are confirming the program speakers and will have more program details next month. LUNCHEON THIS MONTH: The other Utica Capital Series Presented by Huntington Bank event is right around the corner. If you have made reservations to hear Paul Boulier of Team NEO speak about the plastics and chemicals industry, keep in mind that the event is only a few days away, April 7 at Glenmoor Country Club. Paul is vice president for business development at Team NEO and a veteran of the plastics and chemicals industry, which could benefit greatly from the natural gas liquids being found in abundance in the Utica Shale. Paul will offer a Northeast Ohio view of the plastics and chemicals conversation that began here during the Utica Summit last October.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Chairman of the Board - Philip D. Fracassa The Timken Company

As always, we thank our presenting sponsor for the series, Huntington Bank, as well as our supporting sponsor, Furbay Electric Supply Co.

Sr. Vice Chairman - William C. Shivers Huntington Bank Vice Chairman - Brian Belden The Belden Brick Company Vice Chairman - John A. Murphy, Jr. Day Ketterer Ltd.

OOGA WINTER MEETING: Tim Furbay, president of Furbay Electric Supply, brought to mind the Winter Meeting of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association in Columbus last month. Tim was one of dozens of Stark County business people representing their interests in the oil and gas business. The Hilton at Easton in Columbus was the venue for the March 5-7 gathering that approached 1,500 people once again. Your Canton Regional Chamber was happy to join several Stark County companies in helping to sponsor the event.

Vice Chairman - Mark Fleiner LG Fuel Cell Systems Treasurer - D. William Allen Pro Football Hall of Fame Immediate Past Chairman - Karen M. Brenneman Hall, Kistler & Company LLP President & CEO - Dennis P. Saunier Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Corporate Secretary - Steven J. Katz Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce

One of our best pieces of advice to companies interested in the oil and gas business in Ohio remains this: Join the Ohio Oil and Gas Association, and in particular, attend this annual event. Studying the vendors and other participants is an excellent way to learn about the diverse needs of the industry in Ohio.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

ROUTE 30: As you may know, the Canton Regional Chamber has been deeply involved in persuading the state of Ohio that twolane Route 30 east of Canton has to be improved to meet the standards of Route 30 west of Canton, which is four lanes all the way to Chicago. We believe better access to the Pittsburgh market would be good for business throughout Stark County. In particular, we believe that the oil and gas business in Columbiana and Carroll counties, among the northern counties of the Utica Shale, would be aided by highway improvements. Oil and gas have added partners to the coalition of Route 30 proponents, where we represent your member interests.

Emil Alecusan Brewster Cheese

Judith E. Barnes Lancaster Attorney At Law

Katrina Barton Belden Village Mall

Bradley R. McKain Marathon Petroleum Company, LP

Bruce Blaise Kenan Advantage Group David Cemate Mercy Medical Center R. Eric Dellapina FirstMerit Bank N.A. Dr. Jay Gershen Northeast Ohio Medical University Jerry Gilin Diebold Inc. Michael Graeff Koch Knight, LLC Matthew Hammond Chesapeake Energy Jason F. Haupt Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A.

David Kaminski Director of Energy and Public Affairs davidk@cantonchamber.org (330) 458-2059

CANTON REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Dr. Para Jones Stark State College Terrance L. Jones Multi-Development Services of Stark County Dr. David A. King Malone University

3

Rick McQueen Akron-Canton Airport Frank Monaco Four Fifteen Group Jim Porter The Repository Stacy Radabaugh Charter One Bank Alan Rodriguez Jülz by Alan Rodriguez and Rodriguez’s House of Stones Mark J. Samolczyk Stark Community Foundation Bruce M. Soares Black McCuskey Souers & Arbaugh Tracy Stevens Dominion East Ohio Walter F. Wagor, Ph.D. Kent State University at Stark


FAWCET T STADIUM continued from cover ...

Once approved, this grant will put funding for the reconstruction project at close to 50% of the $24.3 million goal. David Baker, President of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, pointed out that the Enshrinement Ceremony is the “key event” among all the events held during each year’s two-week Enshrinement Festival. “Tens of thousands attend the Ceremony each year and millions more watch it on national television. So, it is absolutely imperative that we improve the venue for the Ceremony in order to sustain and strengthen not only that event, but the entire Enshrinement Festival. All of this is a part of the plan to increase the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s role as a major catalyst for regional tourism and economic development.” Steve Perry, recently retired President of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and our own Denny Saunier, President & CEO of the Canton Regional Chamber, are leading the project fundraising campaign.

Hall of Fame’s growth and development. We also want to thank members of the Ohio General Assembly, particularly Senator Scott Oelslager and Representative Kirk Schuring for their years of diligent effort to secure this historic level of support from the State of Ohio. This grant is a huge step toward the successful completion this project, however, there is much more work to be done and we are working with community leaders to secure additional financial support.” Saunier added, “We also want to thank the other members of Stark County’s delegation to the Ohio Legislature and other leaders for their ongoing collaboration to make this project a reality. This project was strongly endorsed as the top priority for this region by all of the area’s Chambers of Commerce and the Stark Development Board (SDB) on behalf of the businesses and community interests they represent.  When the Canton Regional Chamber was asked by Governor Kasich to lead this process, we invited the other Chambers and the SDB to participate in the process. We want to thank the executives at these organizations for joining us in making this recommendation to the Governor and the Legislature. This project was also strongly endorsed by the Superintendent of the

Canton City School District, for which we are grateful.” In the coming months, Perry and Saunier will work with government officials including the Mayor’s Office, Canton City Council, and County Commissioners, as well as area foundations and business and community leaders to secure additional financial support. The Pro Football Hall of Fame Project to Reconstruct Fawcett Stadium will preserve the iconic and historic elements of the 1938 structure. It will include new infrastructure and new seating in the North and South Stands, new technology systems for sound and video screens, improved parking, improved stadium access, new concession areas and restrooms and a new plaza adjoining the stadium and the Hall of Fame. The Project will be accomplished in two phases, starting in 2014 and completed in 2016.

Perry stated that, “During the past 50 years, the Pro Football Hall of Fame has become America’s premier sports Hall of Fame and the annual Enshrinement Festival has become a major tourist destination in Ohio. We certainly want to thank Governor John Kasich for his leadership and support of sustain the

4

CANTON REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE


UPCOMING EVENTS April AultCare Fast Break Breakfast: Strengthening Your One-on-One Communication Skills Want to have a strong employee team? Sell more stuff? Get a new job? You’d better know how to talk to people – a lost art in an age of texting, social media and other less-than-personal ways of communicating. Sue Grabowski will help you hone your skills and give you tips to break through difficult interactions, empower your employees and have better sales experiences. Change starts with you. About Our Speaker: Sue Grabowski is president of Grabowski & Co., a strategic marketing communications firm based in Uniontown. She is a Canton native and graduate of GlenOak High School and Malone University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Communications with a focus on Journalism. Sue and her team help organizations define who they are, then creatively convey that message to various audiences. Sue serves on the boards of Pathway Caring for Children, Mobile Meals of Summit County and Indigo Ink Press, as well as on committees at The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce. She resides in Uniontown with her husband Leonard and their three children, Abbi, Mitch and Zane. Friday, April 11 7:00 a.m. Registration 7:30 a.m. Program Courtyard by Marriott 375 Metro Cir NW Canton, OH 44720 Member $18 Non-Member $25 RSVP by Wed., April 9

About the Breakfast: Fast Break attendees have the opportunity to obtain business leads through enjoyable networking activities at an event that has built a reputation as one of the most energetic lead producing sessions in Stark County. You’ll hear compelling speakers, meet new business contacts and enjoy a delicious breakfast. And, if you bring a door prize valued at $15 or more, you’ll even star in your very own 30 second commercial to promote your business!

#FastBreak

PROPERTIES INC. REALTOR

Established 1985 t0ïDF Top 10 Commercial Real Estate Brokers in NE Ohio t3FUBJM Top 10 in Sales & Leasing in NE Ohio t.FEJDBM t*OEVTUSJBM t3FTJEFOUJBM t*OWFTUNFOUT t.BOBHFNFOU Tim Putman Wick Hartung Steve Marcelli Jim Bednar W Weslee l H Heiser i President Senior Realtor Realtor Realtor Broker, V.P. t%FWFMPQNFOU 330-495-0600 330-495-0601 330-327-5834 330-417-9034 330-323-1676 t4JUF"DRVJTJUJPO 3978 Fulton Dr NW, Canton, OH 44718 t&YDIBOHFT 330-498-4400 wwww.putmanproperties.com

CANTON REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

5


UPCOMING EVENTS Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce announces 2014 Business Excellence Award winners The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced the 2014 winners of the Business Excellence Awards of Stark County. This year’s Business Excellence Award winners include 91 Restaurant Group, Ameridial, HRM Enterprises, Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty, The Schauer Group and Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway. And the second annual Emerge Award for Entrepreneurs will be awarded to Todd Hawkins, president of Tesla NanoCoatings, Inc. This award honors outstanding entrepreneurs who have been in business for five years or less. The third annual Business Excellence Scholarship Award, presented by Day Ketterer and the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, will also be presented the evening of the Business Excellence Awards event. The scholarship will be awarded to the local student who writes the winning essay entitled: “The Impact of Business and Free Enterprise on the Development and the Continuing Success of the United States as a Global Leader.” The application deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, April 11, and details regarding the application for the scholarship can be found at www.dayketterer.com. All winners will be featured in an article in the May issue of our Action Newsletter. The Business Excellence Awards committee, chaired by Louanne Kiko, independent accounting consultant, selected this year’s winners. Selections were made on the basis of business and employment growth, stability and longevity, capital investment or facility expansions/improvements, innovation, and consistent involvement in the community.

6

Winners of the Business Excellence Awards will be honored on Tuesday, May 6, at a ceremony and dinner at The University Center at Kent State University at Stark. Tickets are $55, and tables of 10 are available. Visit CantonChamber.org or contact Monique Thompson Kennedy at (330) 458-2070 to register. Tuesday, May 6 5:30 p.m. social reception 6:30 p.m. program The University Center at Kent State University at Stark 6000 Frank Ave. NW in North Canton Cost: $55 RSVP by Apr. 29 The Business Excellence Awards of Greater Canton are made possible by our sponsors: Day Ketterer, Attorneys at Law; Farmers National Bank; Hall, Kistler & Company LLP; The Repository; and Stark State College.

#BEAs


UPCOMING EVENTS PowerUp Your Networking at Spring NETWORK 2014 on May 2 Harness your natural ability to connect with your potential customers (or what Maia likes to call, ‘your raving fans’.) Learn how to PowerUp your Networking with surefire strategies for preparing, attending, and following-up. Let’s talk Preparation: The first point in the lesson takes place before Spring Network even begins. First things first - prepare your mind to know that networking isn’t sales. It›s like courtship or dating. You wouldn’t meet a person and ask them to marry you right on the spot, would you?

No way! You’d learn more about them first and then tell them about yourself, right? The same is true for networking. Be prepared to take it slow and to build long lasting relationships that bring value. The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Spring NETWORK event on Friday, May 2, provides a way to revitalize your sales database and grow your contacts. Spring NETWORK will take attendees on a networking journey through four, fast-paced hours of energizing activities, complete with icebreakers and new ideas on how to increase sales prowess. Attendees will acquire new business contacts and potential sales leads at the event.

Spring NETWORK is being held at Skyland Pines. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the program, roundtable speed networking and continental breakfast following from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 and include breakfast. Register now online at CantonChamber. org or call (330) 458-2070. NETWORK is not just for sales and marketing associates; it will benefit anyone interested in establishing longterm relationships and increasing a company’s bottom line, including area business owners and purchasing agents. Every attendee will receive a registrant’s list for post-event follow-up and future contact. There is a maximum of two representatives per company permitted to ensure greatest networking exposure. Friday, May 2 8 a.m. registration 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. networking Skyland Pines 3550 Columbus Rd. NE Canton, OH Cost: $35, includes buffet breakfast No Shows will be billed. RSVP by April 25

ADVERTISE HERE! Call Denise Burton at (330) 458-2067

CANTON REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

7


UPCOMING EVENTS NEW! IMPLEMENT Workshop on April 29: Interactive + Practical Tips + Business Tools Get to Know Jon from the Innovation Garage®

Welcome to IMPLEMENT, a new workshopbased event that the Canton Regional Chamber has designed to help you learn and apply sound tips from industry experts. This workshop series provides an interactive, hands-on atmosphere with practical tips, allowing you to employ tools to strengthen your business. Workshop topics will range from social media to winning business practices.

Jon Washington is the owner & founder of The Innovation Garage® and our presenter. Jon has extensive corporate experience and has held various positions in product design & supply chain at companies like Diebold, Goodyear, Telxon Corporation, and was a co-founder of the Akron based product design firm Design Dynamics.   Jon developed the idea of The Innovation Garage® with the help of three trusted advisors - his children - as they approached him about starting his own business one evening over dinner. By the end of the meal, his then 10-year-old son

scribbled the name ‘Innovation Garage’ on the back of a business card, and soon Jon would file a trademark for the name and open up shop (or should we say garage). The Innovation Garage® is a business innovation firm that partners with its clients in the design of product, process, service and supply chain systems proven to accelerate long-term growth. Tuesday, April 29 10:00 a.m. – Noon Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce 222 Market Ave. N Canton, OH 44702 Cost: $25 RSVP by April 25th

The first installment of the series is all about innovation! Join the Innovation Economy Many organizations struggle with how to define innovation, capture value, and measure results. At this two-hour workshop you’ll learn how to lead and manage innovation as a ‘system’ that delivers increased speed and decreased risk. Be a part of this high-energy and interactive overview designed to expose you to a new innovation mindset. Gain insight that provides practical application in how leadership can connect the dots to build and measure a stronger innovation pipeline.   What is this innovation economy, anyway? Innovation economics is an actual thing. Truth is, it’s always existed, it just hasn’t always had such a ‘buzzworthy’ name. It’s based on the core beliefs that entrepreneurship, innovation, knowledge, technology and collaboration can help charge economic growth.

8

CANTON REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE


UPCOMING EVENTS 13th Annual Canton Blues Festival: VIP Passes on sale now! The Canton Blues Festival, presented by the Canton Development Partnership, a department of the Canton Regional Chamber, is back for its 13th year on Friday, June 20, and Saturday, June 21. The widely popular two-day festival is free—but make sure you get the best views of the stage with our one- or two-day Blues VIP Passes! You won’t want to miss this year’s headliners featuring leading ladies of blues Ana Popovic and Shemekia Copeland. Two-day Blues Festival VIP Passes are available for $75 per person. With your VIP pass, you’ll receive: Two-day Canton Blues VIP Access, complete with a delicious catered dinner (beginning at 5 p.m.), beer and soda, and private front-of-stage seating Advance notice of the year’s full entertainment line-up One-day passes are also on sale for $45 per person.

Visit www.CantonBluesFest.com for details and the full entertainment lineup! Get your Blues Festival VIP Pass quickly before they sell out—contact Monique Thompson-Kennedy, Event Assistant at (330) 458-2070 or moniquet@cantonchamber.org. The 2014 Canton Blues Fest efforts are being led by committee chairman, Lee Thomas, owner of Signature Design & Remodeling, and co-chairman, Vicky Sterling, president of Pinnacle Press. Committee members include Mary Beth Medford, Peggy Adkins, Jeff Polous, Don Brighenti, Bob Ressler, Patty Campbell, Jay Anderson, Nick Terry, Jeff Stover, Paul Thomas, and Angela Parker. The 2014 Canton Blues Fest is made possible in part by Standard Plumbing and Heating Co. and Cormony Development, along with sponsors (to date) including Aultman Health Foundation, Phil and Nancy Sonner, Superior Beverage Group, The Repository, The City of Canton, Mix 94.1 and News-Talk 1480 WHBC AM, Downtown Canton Special Improvement District, PPI Graphics and Kimble Companies.

2014 Annual Chamber Golf Outing | June 30 at Shady Hollow Country Club Our annual Canton Regional Chamber Golf Outing is coming up in June…this year at Shady Hollow Country Club. The 2014 Golf Outing package includes 18 exciting holes, cart included, along with complimentary range balls, gifts, lunch and dinner—all for $155 per person. Registration is limited to 144 players so sign your foursome up now! This is sure to be another sell-out. SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE: Many levels of sponsorship are available for the 2014 Annual Chamber Golf Outing, and we’re happy to customize a package for you. We have a wide range of opportunities. Make sure you get brand exposure at this sell-out event! For more information, contact Whitney Prather, events and marketing manager, at (330) 458-2073 or whitneyp@ cantonchamber.org. Monday, June 30 Shady Hollow Country Club 4865 Wales Avenue NW Massillon, OH 44646 Cost: $155 per golfer

10

CANTON REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE


UPCOMING EVENTS Join us for the #LUVCAK Bash on April 24 Fasten your seat belts. #LUVCAK is coming in for landing. Join us on April 24 for our #LUVCAK Bash, the culmination of our three-month-long grassroots effort led by the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Akron-Canton Airport and strategic regional partners.

Thursday, April 24 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Akron-Canton Airport 5400 Lauby Road NW North Canton, OH 44720 Cost: Free with registration RSVP by April 21st

The #LUVCAK Bash will be a special edition of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce’s popular Stir After Hours. Come mix with business connections old and new as we join forces with our campaign partners: Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce, Akron/Summit CVB, Canton/Stark CVB, Stark Development Board, The Repository, and of course the AkronCanton Airport. While this marks the end of our #LUVCAK campaign, Southwest flights are just now taking off at CAK! And we think their low fares and non-stops are also reason to celebrate. When you come to the #LUVCAK Bash, get ready to enjoy hors d’oeuvres, music from Thompson Entertainment, live entertainment, and a cash bar. Register now at www. cantonchamber.org or call (330) 458-2070.

#LUVCAK Recap: In early February, the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce partnered with six regional campaign partners to bring awareness to Southwest Airlines and their award winning travel program, Rapid Rewards. In the beginning you may have wondered why the #LUVCAK campaign was important, but now you know that low fares are good for business and that AkronCanton airport has maintained the lowest average airfare in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Indiana for more than a decade. Signing up for Southwest Rapid Rewards is free and allows you to earn points for every dollar you spend. And remember: you can only book your flights on Southwest at Southwest.com.

CANTON REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

11 7


ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL Queen Committee Chair Named: Pageant Tickets Available Crystal McLendon has been named chair of the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Queen Committee. This is her second and final year in that capacity and assisting her with leadership responsibilities will be Brenda Stevens, committee vice-chair. A Canton native, McLendon is a graduate of Sandy Valley High School and Walsh University. She is employed by Nationwide Insurance as commercial processing supervisor and in addition to her years of service on the Queen Committee, she has previous Enshrinement Festival experience as a hostess for Hall of Famers during the Enshrinement ceremony. She and husband John are the proud parents of three children. The Queen Pageant will take place Thursday, May 8, beginning at 7 p.m. at The Canton Palace Theatre where 49 outstanding young ladies will vie for the crown. All seats are reserved at $20 each (subject to additional processing fee

12

and handling charge). For tickets, please visit www.profootballhofef.com or call 330.458.2048. At the conclusion of the Pageant, a Queen and seven court members will have been selected on the basis of personality, poise, beauty, communication skills, academic achievement and service to community. The number of court members selected coincides with the number of members of the Class of 2014 Enshrinees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Queen and her court will serve as role models and goodwill ambassadors throughout the community, and one of their most memorable experiences will be their ride on a float in the TimkenSteel Grand Parade. Â The Queen Committee is responsible for working with Enshrinement Festival staff in coordinating all activities relating to the Enshrinement Festival Queen and court and serving as chaperones during their community service activities and official event appearances. For more information regarding the Queen Pageant or sponsorship opportunities, contact Kathy Lindenberger at (330) 458-2056 or visit the Enshrinement Festival Web site at www.profootballhofef.com.

CANTON REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE


ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Names 2014 Key Committee Chairs Balloon Classic/Jackson-Belden Food Fest & Fireworks | Ribs Burnoff The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce has named the following key committee chairs: Randy Reed, Balloon Classic; Todd Hawke, Jackson-Belden Food Fest & Fireworks; and Brian Harbert, Ribs Burnoff. Reed is an escrow officer at Title One Agency and is a long-time Enshrinement Festival volunteer, previously serving on the Ribs Burnoff committee for 21 years, including two as chairman. A graduate of East Canton High School and the former Stark Technical College, he is married to Jay. He is a past president and chairman of the board of Canton Jaycees, JCI Senatorship, and WCR Affiliate of the Year. In addition to his support of the Jaycees, he has been an active member of East Canton Rotary and Stark County Association of Realtors. Assisting Reed as vice-chairman of the event committee is Casey Weisend, as the event proudly celebrates its 28th anniversary this year. What started in 1986 with 25 balloons at Weis Park has grown to a capacity field of nearly 70 balloons on the campuses of Kent State University at Stark and Stark State College, with nearly 125,000 people enjoying the two-and-a-half day event. The Balloon Luminary was added in 1993 and is currently known as the Night Glow, and a further milestone was marked in 1995 when the Jackson-Belden Food Fest & Fireworks came under the umbrella of the Enshrinement Festival and joined forces with the Balloon Classic, a great partnership that continues still today.

The Food Fest Committee is chaired this year by Todd Hawke, principal at GDK & Company, and also currently serving as a Jackson Township Trustee. He is a graduate of Kenton Ridge High School and Ohio Wesleyan University and has served in various capacities on the Food Fest Committee since 2002. He is actively involved in the community and serves on the boards of the JacksonBelden Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement of East Central Ohio, and American Cancer Society of Stark County. Todd and wife Tricia have one son and one daughter.

University. A long-time Ribs Burnoff Committee volunteer, this is his second year as chairman, and he previously chaired the Parking, Facilities, and Vendors sub-committees. He is vice president of Our Lady of Peace Men’s Club and past finance chair for the American Cancer Society Canton Relay for Life. He and wife Laurie are the proud parents of two daughters. Another long-time Ribs Burnoff Committee volunteer, Darren Faye, is serving as vice-chairman of the committee. Together, they will oversee all aspects of the Ribs Burnoff, which will take place July 30, 31 and August 1 at Stark County Fairgrounds. Special attractions include a wide variety of rib and specialty food vendors, beverages, children’s entertainment area, fantasy football zone of interactive inflatables, enormous sand sculpture, and musical entertainment.

Hawke will be assisted in the planning and staging of the Food Fest by vice chairman Carles Moore. It’s important to remember that the Balloon Classic and Food Fest activities will take place once again one week earlier than was tradition for many years, and will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 18, 19 and 20, so as not to be in conflict with several other major ballooning events throughout the country. The combined Balloon Classic/Food Fest event will include a wide variety of food and beverage vendors, children’s activity area, musical entertainment, and a spectacular fireworks display. Harbert, director of Aultman Management Services Organization, is a graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas High School and Walsh

CANTON REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

13


ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Names 2014 Committee Chairs Special Events | Staging The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Pro Football Hall of Fame have named the following key committee chairs: Maureen Schmucker, Special Events, and Gregory Briggs, Staging. Schmucker is a math teacher and volleyball and track coach at Oakwood Middle School in the Plain Local School system. A graduate of Canton Central Catholic High School, she obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Kent State University. A member of the Hospitality Committee since 2008, she also served as vice chairman of the Special Events Committee in 2013, and this is her first year as chairman of that committee. She is a volunteer for the Stark County Exceptional Olympics, active with the Stark County Mathematics Vision Project,

and is a lector at St. Louis Church. She and husband Larry are the proud parents of one son and one daughter. As Special Events chairman, one of her major tasks will be to coordinate the Hall of Fame Board of Trustees Reception, which is staged as the first official function for the Enshrinees and their presenters, returning Hall of Famers and other out of town guests. Additionally, the Special Events Committee provides services such as emergency medical and dental assistance for guests of the Hall of Fame during their stay in Canton, and the committee is always on call to assist the Enshrinees and their families as needed. Schmucker will be assisted with these many duties by vice-chairman Sharon Griffith.

the Staging Committee, after serving as a volunteer on the committee for the past 15 years. He graduated from Timken High School and attended Stark State. An Eagle Scout, he is the proud father of one son and one daughter. The Staging Committee directs the planning, preparation and production of the Queen Pageant, Fashion Show Luncheon, Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner, and Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable. Mark Miller is assisting Briggs as vice-chairman.

Briggs is a subcontractor in the flooring business, so he brings a great amount of expertise to his second year as chairman of

CANTON REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

15


LEADERSHIP STARK COUNT Y Signature Program Leader Profile: Judge Curt Werren This month we interview Signature Program 13th Class graduate Curt Werren, currently a judge in the Stark County Court of Common Pleas, General Division. Curt has also been a partner at the law firm Day Ketterer, Ltd. and was Executive Director at the American Red Cross, Stark County Chapter. He is married to Leadership’s assistant director Stephanie Snow Werren, also a Signature Program graduate (19th Class). As the dad of 15½ year-old triplets Jack, Hannah, and Grace, Judge Werren recently gave this warning to Stark County drivers:“Please use caution on the roads as three new temporary driving permits have been issued.” Wish him and Stephanie luck with the driving lessons! Why did you decide participate in Leadership Stark County’s Signature Program? I initially believed the Signature Program would serve as a gateway to community service. I found it to be much more. Leadership introduced me to so many previously unknown aspects of our County, its activities, programs and leaders, as well as assets. How has your experience in the program affected your service and leadership roles in the community?

In your career, how have you used what you learned during your Signature Program experience? I find it essential to have knowledge of not only where people come from and how their particular environment shaped them, but I also depend greatly on my first hand knowledge of various programs and services, when fashioning remedies, protections, and solutions, including treatment, housing and mentorship. Describe your leadership style: Direct Provide an example of how your Signature Program training has transferred into your workplace? I have been able to carefully evaluate all programs and facets of the Court, and I have been open to new concepts. This has allowed me to develop my own intensive programs in taking on the most pressing issues faced - utilizing current assets and personnel. I was able to analyze, act, and bring together services that would have been otherwise unknown. What issues do you think future leaders should focus on? So many energetic leaders are ready to immediately take on problems they find before them. These leaders might focus on developing a broad understanding of what potential solutions are currently being offered (as can be learned during the Leadership class) and then work to be included or improve upon those solutions rather than creating a fragmentation of ideas.

I am more readily accepted and sought after for leadership as a graduate. I find I reflect on the training aspects in tackling current issues

What is your most significant memory from the Signature Program?

What nonprofit organizations have you recently served and in what capacity?

Self-generated class building at the retreat.

I’m currently treasurer of Stark County Safety Council, on the board of the McKinley Presidential Library and Museum, am immediate past president of Rotary Club of Canton, and have served on the board of the American Red Cross - Stark County Chapter, and Mental Health & Recovery Services Board.

What would you say to someone considering applying to Leadership Stark County? You will take from the program what you put into it, however, all will learn a great deal about themselves, their community and a way to apply both to improve all of our lives and make Stark County a better place. How have you remained involved in Leadership Stark County since your graduation? I remain involved as an alumnus and previously served as chairman of the Asset Building program day committee.

16

CANTON REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE


LEADERSHIP STARK COUNT Y Leadership Stark County is now accepting applications for the 28th Class of its Signature Program The Signature Program is ideal for business and community leaders who are ready to take their careers to the next level. Each year, selected participants enhance their leadership skills and gain an understanding of local issues, assets, and resources. Here, some recent graduates recount the benefits they received from their participation: Dave Pilati, director of curriculum, Plain Local schools Leadership Stark County has afforded me the opportunity to venture outside of the confines

of my normal daily experiences within the educational world. As a result, I have acquired valuable knowledge that I am applying on the job, and I have established valuable relationships on both a personal and professional level.  In short, Leadership Stark County has enabled me to grow both professionally and personally. Jason Shilling, Vice President Commercial Banking, Westfield Group Leadership Stark County was one of the best personal and professional experiences I have had since graduating from college.  Spending a whole year

getting to know intelligent, successful business peers, learning about our community, all with the end goal of making Stark County a better place. What a rewarding experience that will be perpetually beneficial throughout the remainder of my career Kimberly Davenport, Director of Human Resources, Shearer’s Foods LLC As the Director of Human Resources for Shearer’s Foods and being the one that tackles lots of employee relations issues, I have truly benefited from my participation in the program. My eyes have been opened to things others experience in their day to day lives. I have been educated on the support and programs available, and how, due to budget cuts, sometimes these services go away. I have a new found compassion for all my fellow citizens of Stark County.

Applications are available at LeadershipStarkCounty.org and are due by April 25. Tuition is $2,500 and partial tuition assistance is available for non-profit, government, or small business employees.

CANTON REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

17


YSTARK! Young Professional Profile: Kristin Green Editor’s note: In keeping with the ystark!’s mission – to attract and retain talented young people in Stark County – ACTION will feature a monthly profile of an individual who represents the group (ages 20-40) that ystark! is targeting. Name: Kristin Green Age: 33 Occupation/ Title/Place of work: Traffic and Production Manager, Grabowski & Co. Why are you interested Canton’s Young Professionals initiative? I’m interested because it keeps me up to speed on new things happening in the Canton/Stark County area. Plus, I like getting to meet new people and have the chance to be involved with different events. What is your impression of ystark!, what do you think of their events, etc.? I have a great impression the ystark! organization. It connects you with other young people in the area. I like that it’s on top of the upcoming restaurants and things to do in the area. Where did you grow up? In what cities have you lived and worked? I grew up in North Canton, attended college in Ashland and came home after graduation for a job. Why have you chosen to live in Canton? I live in North Canton, but go into Canton a lot for restaurants and activities. I like being near to close family and friends, plus I had a job offer here. I like that we have a small town feel but access to largecity amenities.

18

What type of dwelling do you live in? What do you think of the housing choices for YPs in the Canton area? I own a home. I think that the housing options are getting better. There are some decent apartment areas in Canton, but it would be great to see more downtown options. What do you like MOST about Canton? I like that it’s walkable and that when you are downtown for an event, you can park in one spot and then walk to restaurants and galleries. What do you like LEAST about Canton? I don’t like that when there aren’t events like First Friday, downtown appears to not have much going on. What are the opportunities for YPs in Canton when it comes to career opportunities, cultural access, leadership or community involvement opportunities? I think there are a decent amount of opportunities for different careers. We have lots of companies based here – from big to small. There are so many community involvement opportunities in my opinion. There are non-profits that serve many different areas of our population, and there is something to fit everyone. The leadership opportunities and cultural access is growing. The arts district is bringing new galleries and programming in that the young and old can take advantage of, and that’s fantastic. The Chamber’s Leadership Stark County programs are great. I participated in the Spotlight Stark County program, and I think I’m a better leader because of that. It introduced me to different organizations in Canton that I never knew about and pushed me to step out of my comfort zone and get involved in what’s happening here in Stark County.

in the way of apartments and houses. It would be great to see the houses closer to downtown being revitalized like what is happening with the Onesto Hotel. I think attracting more people to actually live downtown would help the area. I also think it would be great to have a convenience store or bodega closer to central downtown. Fishers is close, but it would be nice to see a corner store that people who live down there could go to. What do you do in the evenings or on the weekends for fun in Canton? We like to try out different restaurants and catch a movie at The Palace. What would you change about Canton if you could? The only thing I can think of changing is the pace of the revitalization. I wish that it was happening quicker, but know that these things take time. It’s growing at a good clip, but I’d love to see more and more new things happening downtown. Could you see yourself spending your lifetime in Canton? Yes, I could. What would cause you to want to leave Canton? What other cities in the United States would be appealing to you as a home base? Why? Since my family is here, it would take a lot for me to leave. But, a new job opportunity for my fiancé is probably the biggest reason we would consider leaving. Other cities that appeal to us are Boston and New York City. We like city life and the amenities it offers.

What’s missing from Canton that would attract more YPs? I think that we need more trendy housing downtown

CANTON REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE


YSTARK! ystark! 2014 Fund Drive continues through April 22nd ystark! has launched its 2014 Fund Drive, and will be calling for support from members and the local community through Apr. 22. This year’s Fund Drive theme is “#iamystark!” and the organization is seeking pledges of $25 or more. Pledges received through the Fund Drive bolster the various young professional events, activities, and initiatives that ystark! will work to achieve in 2014, including service projects, professional development opportunities, business and educational outreach, and the annual Twenty under 40! event, among others. This year, every $50 pledged gets you a raffle ticket for prizes donated by the Canton Charge, Canton Symphony

Orchestra, Canton Ballet, and the GRAND PRIZE of the private archives tour of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. ystark! depends upon its members, sponsors and the community at large to fulfill its mission of attracting, retaining and engaging young professionals in order to stem the “brain drain” phenomena in the region.

through a printable pledge card. Giving levels range from $25 to $500. Corporate or individual donations are welcome, and all donors will be recognized online for their pledge. For more information, contact Eric Smer, director, at (330) 458-2302 or erics@ cantonchamber.org.

Over the past six years, ystark! has engaged 1,600 members, as well as local businesses and more seasoned community leaders, in an effort to cultivate a talented young workforce and to enhance Canton/Stark County’s image. Donations to the Fund Drive can be submitted online at ystark.org, or

Wear & Share 2014: It’s wearing ... it’s sharing ... it’s a fashion show and then some! Wear & Share is an original ystark! event that focuses on reusability. The idea was born out of the ystark! Reads Book Club. A few ystark! members read and discussed Annie Leonard’s The Story of Stuff which talks about the movement of reusing instead of buying new stuff. We loved this idea and decided to start it here in Stark County. And with that, Wear & Share was born. On April 22 at Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography, we recycle Wear & Share for an amazing year two. The evening includes shopping, a fashion show, competition, silent auction items, desserts, refreshments and charitable fun!

6:00 pm -- Doors open 7:30 pm -- Fashion Show & Goodwill Challenge Designers: Christopher Adams Kimberly Babcock Nichole Criss Katelyn Fullmer Amber Kapas Magan McLaughlin Stephen Ostertag

Aurora Glory Ross Sara Scarcella Megan Stuchell Phoebe Wagler Davora Williams Celebrity Judges Steve Antoniades Mandi Johnson Doreen Leaf Colette Wasdahl Lindsay Zimmerman

Register NOW at www.ystark.org. The Wear: It’s a fashion show of repurposed materials and clothing by local designers. There will also be hand-picked clothing, accessory and jewelry vendors for your own shopping pleasure! The Share: It’s a clothing drive to repurpose your clothes. Who knows, it may even end up on the runway! The Goodwill Boutique will be open on-site for you to create and share your own high fashion ensemble.

CANTON REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

19


Advance Your Career at Walsh University’s DeVille School of Business

Thank you to our ADVANTAGE CANTON funding partners: AEP Ohio AultCare

Introducing our new

12-Month Online MBA Option Specialties in Healthcare Management Management Marketing Entrepreneurship Inquire at 330.490.7181 or visit www.walsh.edu/mba

Aultman Health Foundation The Belden Brick Company Charter One Bank Chesapeake Energy Corporation

www.walsh.edu

The City of Canton Dominion East Ohio

4.92x4.88_MBA Chamber_news ad_.indd 1

12/19/13 10:41 AM

FedEx Custom Critical Fifth Third Bank FirstMerit Bank NA Hilscher-Clarke Electric Huntington Bank Kenan Advantage Group KeyBank The M. Conley Company Mercy Medical Center Northeast Ohio Medical Univ. PNC Bank The Repository

20

CANTON REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE


STARK COUNT Y SAFET Y COUNCIL April Safety Council Luncheon | Workplace Injuries – All is Not Lost Gust Callas, partner at Black McCuskey Souers & Arbaugh, LPA, will present on a variety of strategies that are “out of the box” regarding cost avoidance and cost containment measures when your employees are injured: safety first. Gust will have an informative talk on new ideas and strategies, including ways to reduce your liability exposure, as well as have the State of Ohio help reduce your workplace costs. Thursday, April 10 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meyers Lake Ballroom 3218 Parkway St. Canton, OH Cost: $16 RSVP by April 7th Spotlight company:

About our speaker: Gust Callas currently serves as Coordinator for the Labor and Employment Practice Area of the Firm. He is also a member of the Firm’s Litigation and Workers’ Compensation Service Groups. Gust has extensive experience in litigation and particular specialty in the defense and counseling of clients in employment-related matters. He has successfully argued cases before the Ohio Supreme Court, as well as the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Gust received both his law degree and undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Akron, receiving both degrees with the highest honors. Combining both degrees has assisted him in commercial litigation as well as advising several corporations as general counsel. Gust served as past President and Board Member of the University of Akron, School of Law, Law Alumni Association. Gust is recognized by his peers as one of the preeminent lawyers in his field, having received an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell*, and has been recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer from 2004 to 2014. In addition, he was named

to the Ohio Top 100 List for 2012 for labor & employment and selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers Business Edition from 2010 - 2013; a national publication. A member of the Stark County and Ohio State Bar Associations, he has been called upon as a lecturer for continuing legal education programs and conducted training programs for businesses and trade organizations nationwide. He also serves as a mediator for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio. A Canton native, Gust is active in many community and civic organizations and has served as the Treasurer of the Stark County Bar Association for over 20 years.

Baker, Dublikar, Beck, Wiley & Mathews attorneys at law Is it time for YOU to make a change? It’s time to consider if you’re getting the service you need... the service you deserve from your CPA firm.

Telephone: (330) 499-6000 Telecopier: (330) 499-6423 400 SOUTH MAIN STREET NORTH CANTON, OHIO 44720

Canton | 330.966.9400 Cleveland | 216.363.0100 Elyria | 440.323.3200

www.bakerfirm.com

NOW WITH OFFICES IN: Delaware/Central Ohio | 740.362.9031

maloneynovotny.com

CANTON REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

17 21


Workers’ Comp MCO Open Enrollment Coming Soon - April 28th-May 23rd 2014

Every Ohio employer must have a Managed Care Organization to medically manage their Workers’ Compensation Claims.

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation determines your premium.

You Deb Schlabach

determine your service.

Denette Edwards

AultComp MCO Services • Claims are managed efficiently, getting employees back to work faster. • We expedite treatment by collaborating with local providers, employers and the injured worker to get care delivered quickly to promote a safe and timely return to work. • Our local team is readily available and accessible – by phone or in person – to put employers in direct contact with people who can help. • Our local occupational health system doctors, hospitals and therapists are focused on employee recovery. • Doing all this helps reduce your BWC premium and may help you obtain better group rating. • Bills are processed and clinically reviewed for accuracy.

AultComp MCO, Inc. P.O. Box 4817 Massillon, OH 44648

330-830-4919 or 888-738-5800 • Email: aultcompmco@aultcompmco.com • www.aultcompmco.com


STARK COUNT Y SAFET Y COUNCIL APRIL SAFETY SEMINAR: The Safe Handling and Use of Chemicals in the Workplace Presented by the Stark County Safety Council and LEPC Working with hazardous chemicals can be a dangerous endeavor with serious consequences. Exposure to hazardous chemicals can result in serious health issues such as heart ailments and kidney and lung damage. The improper use of chemicals can cause fires, explosions and serious accidents. The problem is intensified if employees are not fully aware of all of the hazards associated with the chemicals they are exposed to. Exposure to hazardous chemicals is one of the most serious threats facing American workers today. The LEPC will explain: • What hazardous chemicals you may be exposed to and why they are considered hazardous • Ways to lessen chemical exposure • Ways to reduce the risks when working with hazardous chemicals.

The Stark County Hazardous Materials Response Team will have their vehicles on display during this event. Thursday, April 17 7:30 - 11:30 a.m. Meyer’s Lake Ballroom 3218 Parkway St NW Canton, OH 44705 RSVP by April 14th For reservations, register online at www.StarkCounty SafetyCouncil.org, or complete the form and mail to the address below or fax it to (330) 489-6005. REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS MONDAY, APRIL 14. Cost is free, but reservations are required.

2014 SCSC Awards Banquet On Wednesday, April 16, the Stark County Safety Council and the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation will honor area companies who are committed to maintaining a safe workplace during the 2014 Safety Awards Banquet at Skyland Pines Event Center. This year’s keynote speaker is David Baker, the new president and executive director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

During the evening, awards from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Division of Safety and Hygiene will be presented in the following categories: Group Award (for the lowest incident in each group), 100 Percent Award (for each company that worked the entire year without a lost-time injury), Achievement Award (for each company that decreased its incident rate by at least 25 percent from the previous year), and the Special Award (for each company that has accumulated at least 500,000 hours and operated at least six months without lost-time injury within a year). Wednesday, April 16th 5:00 - 6:00 Cash Bar 6:00 Dinner Skyland Pines Golf Club & Event Center 3550 Columbus Rd NE Canton, OH 44705 Cost: $35 RSVP by April 10th For reservations, register online at www.StarkCountySafetyCouncil.org

CANTON REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

23


NEW MEMBERS WELCOME to our newest members, who joined Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce in February. We encourage you to patronize their businesses. If you know of other businesses that would benefit from Chamber membership, please contact the Membership Department at (330) 458-2067. 3 Brothers Corner Tavern (RESTAURANTS) Troy DIttemore 7192 Fulton Dr. NW Canton, OH 44718 (330) 833-8333 http://www.3brostavern.com/ Aging In The Comfort Of Home (REMODELING FOR HOME MOBILITY) Kellie & Bob Straughn 5537 Lindford Ave. NE Canton, OH 44721 (330) 316-3456 www.aging-ohio.com Avon - Bridget Graham Independent Representative (SKIN CARE PRODUCTS) Bridget Graham 4813 Hattrick Rd. Ravenna, OH 44266 (330) 495-6883 www.youravon.com/bridgetgraham DiBella’s Old Fashioned Submarines (RESTAURANTS) Angela Casale 4220 Belden Village St. Canton, OH 44718 (330) 491-9851 www.DiBellas.com Habitat for Humanity for Greater Stark & Carroll Counties (SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCIES) Beth Lechner 1400 Raff Road SW Canton, OH 44710 (330) 915-5888 www.habitatstark.org H.D. Davis CPAs, LLC (ACCOUNTANTS - ACCOUNTING CONSULTANTS) John Deagan, CPA, CPBA 2223 Fulton Rd. NW - Ste. 108 Canton, OH 44709 (330) 455-1040 www.hddaviscpas.pro

Henderson Roofing & Construction, LLC (ROOFING) Stephanie & Ken Henderson 2635 Daffodil St. N.E. Canton, OH 44705 (330) 531-1334 www.hendersonohio.com Hennis Matthew - Hayes Realty (REAL ESTATE & / PROPERTY MANAGEMENT) Matthew Hennis 4368 Dressler Rd. NW - Ste 104 Canton, OH 44718 (330) 705-9088 www.hennishomes.com Hidden Hybrid Holsters (HOLSTERS) Brian Rossow 3666 Cleveland Ave. S Canton, OH 44707 (330) 484-3709 www.hiddenhybridholsters.com Job-Applications.com Doug Crawford 6615 Promway Ave. North Canton, OH 44720 (330) 417-2164 www.job-applications.com Level Seven (MARKETING CONSULTANTS TECHNOLOGY SERVICES & SOLUTIONS) Lisa Locklear 4807 Rockside Road - #700 Wadsworth, OH 44131 (216) 524-9055 www.lvlsvn.com New To You Construction Cody J. Sing 2315 Anderson Place SW Canton, OH 44706 (330) 956-0780 www.newtoyouconstruction.com North Shore Logistics (TRANSPORTATION) Tim Collins P.O. Box 40239 Bay Village, OH 44140 (440) 835-1280 www.northshorelogistics.com

Portage Electric Products Inc (MANUFACTURERS - THERMAL CONTROLS) Brandon L. Wehl 7700 Freedom Ave. NW North Canton, OH 44720 (330) 499-2727 www.pepiusa.com SERVPRO of Canton (CLEANING & RESTORATION COMMERCIAL & RETAIL) Jay E. Ragallis 1546 Georgetown Rd. Hudson, OH 44236 (330) 807-3966 Signature Solutions (CONTRACTORS - GENERAL REMODELING - SENIOR SERVICES) Jay Regallis 1546 Georgetown Rd. Hudson, OH 44236 (330) 315-2003 Southwest Airlines (AIRLINE COMPANIES) Karen Price-Ward 12138 Central Ave. #154 Mitchelville, MD 20721 (866) 395-5373 www.southwest.com SprayWorks Equipment Group, LLC (OIL FIELD CONSTRUCTION SERVICES) Kevin Stull P.O. Box 20388 Canton, OH 44701 (330) 587-4141 www.sprayworksequipment.com Table Six Kitchen & Bar (RESTAURANTS) Jayne Petit 6113 Whipple Ave. NW North Canton, OH 44720 (330) 305-1666 www.table6canton.com WTUZ Radio, Inc. 99.9 FM (RADIO STATIONS) Jarrod Slabaugh 2424 East High Ave. New Philadelphia, OH 44663 (330) 339-2222 www.wtuz.com

CANTON REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

25


BIZ BITZ Know someone who needs basic computer training? Goodwill’s Computers Again program now offers basic computer classes, free of charge, every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Classes are held at The Community Campus at Goodwill, located at 408 Ninth St. SW in Canton. The following topics and more will be covered: How to set up a home computer, how to navigate using the mouse and keyboard, how to use the Internet and email, explore the functions and use of Microsoft Office, and provide tips on keeping your computer ‘healthy.’ Likenew computers also will be available during these classes for purchase. Reservations are required to enroll, and will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, contact Devin Williams at 330445-1101. The Stark County District Library’s 15th annual poetry contest, titled Kapow! Pop! Poetry!, will be held March 1 through April 30. The contest is open to kids in second grade through adults. One original poem of no more than 250 words may be submitted per person. Entry forms and rules are available beginning March 1 at www.starklibrary.org/poetrycontest and at each SCLD location.  The deadline for submissions is April 30. A panel of judges will determine multiple winners in each of six age categories: grades 2-3, grades 4-5, grades 6-7, grades 8-9, grades 10-12, and adult.   All eligible submitted poems will be compiled into a booklet for circulation at the SCDL and will be published on the SCDL website. Stark Community Foundation has announced the appointment of Stephen A. Perry to its Board of Directors and Distribution Committee for a five-year term. Perry, who recently retired after serving eight years as Executive Director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, was a public appointment by the Foundation’s Trustee Banks Committee. He replaces Robert J. DeHoff who completed two five-year terms. Perry holds a bachelor degree in accounting from the University of Akron, and a master’s degree in management from Stanford University. He also attended the University of Michigan Executive Development program. He served as senior

26

vice-president of the Timken Company, and led the General Services Agency in the George W. Bush administration prior to his leadership role at the Hall of Fame. Hammontree & Associates, Limited, professional engineers, planners, scientists, and surveyors, with offices in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, has announced that Mr. Albert Avanesyan, P.E., P.S. and Mr. Douglas Plum have joined the firm. Avanesyan, P.E., P.S., has over 17 years of experience as a Civil Engineer and Surveyor. He is a graduate of Donetsk State Tech University in Ukraine with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering, and a graduate of the University of Akron with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. Avanesyan works out of the North Canton office in the Energy Department and resides in Copley, Ohio. Plum has over 19 years of experience as a civil designer and technician. He is a graduate of Stark State College with a degree in Civil Engineering Technology.  He also works out of the North Canton office in the Energy Department and resides in North Canton. Gunnar was officially sworn in as a Stark Parks’ ranger, making him the first k-9 ranger in Stark Parks’ 47 year history.  In keeping with the long-time tradition, the 10-week old male, Belgian Malinois and German Shepherd mix, was named by his handler, Ranger Jonathan Crock.  The tradition is one of the many ways the two officers will form a life-time bond. The name Gunnar means fighter, soldier, and attacker, but mostly is referred to by the Viking saying which means Brave and Bold warrior. In addition to the Park District’s first k-9 ranger, two rangers, Jacob Everetts and Jeff Reilly, were also sworn in at the board meeting. “The addition of Gunnar and our newest rangers is part of our pro-active safety approach as we continue to expand our trail system,” explains park director, Bob Fonte. “The new K-9 ranger will be a great help in getting into areas that our ‘human’ officer may not have access to.”  Canton Fine Arts Associates will host its 2nd Annual Springtacular Style Show and Luncheon on Friday, April 11, 2014. Enjoy this “fashionable” event featuring the latest spring offerings from Christopher and Banks Clothing, located at Belden Village Mall, and “It’s A Dusey Boutique” from Jackson Township. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Wilkof Courtyard of the Canton Museum of Art. The show also includes live music, a door prize raffle and a 50/50 drawing. The event will feature

demonstrations of spring beauty trends by representatives from Estee Lauder and Scott Talbot Salon and Spa. In addition, there will be an exhibition of original artwork by members of Canton Fine Arts. The exhibit will include many styles of artwork - from paintings and ceramics to fiber art, jewelry, mixed media and more. Cost of the Style show and luncheon is $25 per person. Reservations can be made by calling Carol Paris, Fine Arts Assistant, at 330.453.7666, ext. 105. The deadline is April 4th and credit cards will be accepted. Congratulations to Canton resident, Saidi Eckert, nurse assistant on Mercy Medical Center’s Medical/Telemetry unit, for being named the hospital’s Star Performer of the Year for 2013.  The Star Performer program is the hospital’s employee recognition and rewards program.  Hospital employees, volunteers and staff are nominated each month for demonstrating outstanding performance, being a team player, going “above and beyond,” being creative and innovative and championing service excellence.  Eckert was chosen as the Star Performer of the Month last February, and was recently selected from the 2013 candidates as the overall Star Performer of the Year. Eckert was nominated by patients and co-workers who appreciated her compassion and her ability to put others’ needs before her own. Eckert has been an employee at Mercy since 1968 and was presented with her award by Mercy President & CEO, Thomas E. Cecconi. The North Canton Public Library is excited to partner with ystark!, a department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce dedicated to attracting, retaining and engaging young professionals in Stark County, and Scott Bryant of Rembryant Studios to offer the Little Art Gallery’s upcoming exhibit featuring artwork made from sustainable materials. Eco Evolution, on display in the Little Art Gallery from April 3-10, will examine the evolution of discarded materials turned beautiful artistic design. Featuring artwork created from repurposed materials including wood and metal, Scott Bryant’s collection “The Language of Branches,” is dedicated entirely to trees. Additionally, the exhibit will showcase the fashion designs of local artists who competed in the 2013 ystark! Wear & Share event. An opening reception for the show will be hosted by the North Canton Public Library in the Little Art Gallery Thursday, April 3, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

CANTON REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE


4 7 10 11 16 17 22 24 29 5/2

APRIL C ALENDAR First Friday First Friday is a monthly party in the downtown Canton Arts District featuring themed music, performance and visual arts events and always a few surprises for adults and children. It is primarily a self-guided tour of local art galleries, studios, stores and restaurants. First Friday begins with a First Stop at the Canton Museum of Art @ 5:30, followed by the full-out event downtown from 6-10 p.m. Rain or shine. First Friday happens every month – year ’round!

Friday, April 4 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Downtown Canton Arts District Cost: FREE

Utica Capital Series Presented by Huntington Bank: Luncheon at Glenmoor Paul Boulier of Team NEO will speak about the plastics and chemicals industry from a Northeast Ohio perspective. Boulier is a veteran of the plastics and chemicals industry, which could benefit greatly from the natural gas liquids being found in abundance in the Utica Shale.

Monday, April 7 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Glenmoor Country Club Canton, OH 44718 Cost: $40 RSVP by April 2

ystark! Monthly Meet-Up ystark! hosts 50+ events a year when you add up Dodgeball, Monthly Meet-Ups, CEO Meet&Eats, service projects and more. At April’s Monthly Meet-Up two of those worlds will collide for the largest dodging, ducking, dipping, diving and dodging celebration and networking night! Stop out to Quaker Steak and Lube anytime from 5:30-8:30 pm (BONUS hour) to practice the five D’s of networking -- desire, dedicate, devote, drive and dominate. April AultCare Fast Break Breakfast Want to have a strong employee team? Sell more stuff? Get a new job? You’d better know how to talk to people – a lost art in an age of texting, social media and other less-than-personal ways of communicating. Sue Grabowski will help you hone your skills and give you tips to break through difficult interactions, empower your employees and have better sales experiences. Change starts with you.

Stark County Safety Council Awards Banquet Join the Stark County Safety Council and the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation as we honor area companies that are committed to maintaining a safe workplace.

Thursday, April 10 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Quaker Steak and Lube 6073 Dressler Rd NW Canton, OH 44720 Cost: FREE Friday, April 11 7:00 a.m. Registration 7:30 a.m. Program Courtyard by Marriott 375 Metro Cir NW Canton, OH 44720 Member $18 Non-Member $25 RSVP Wednesday, April 9 Wednesday, April 16 5:00-6:00 – Cash Bar, 6:00 – Dinner Skyland Pines Golf Club & Events Center 3550 Columbus Rd. NE Canton, OH 44705 Cost: $35 RSVP by April 10th

April Stark County Safety Council Seminar This seminar is presented by the Stark County Safety Council and Local Emergency Planning Committee. Working with hazardous chemicals can be a dangerous endeavor with serious consequences. Exposure to hazardous chemicals can result in serious health issues such as heart ailments and kidney and lung damage. The LEPC will help educate attendees on reducing risk and exposure.

Thursday, April 17 7:30 - 11:30 a.m. Meyer’s Lake Ballroom 3218 Parkway St NW Canton, OH 44705 Cost: Free, but reservations are required RSVP by April 14th

ystark! Wear & Share Wear & Share is an original ystark! event that focuses on reusability. On April 22, we recycle Wear & Share for an amazing year two. The evening includes shopping, a fashion show, competition, silent auction items, desserts, refreshments and charitable fun!

Tuesday, April 22 6:00 pm -- Doors open 7:30 pm -- Fashion Show & Goodwill Challenge Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography 520 Cleveland Ave. NW Canton, OH 44702 Cost: $20 RSVP by April 21st

April Stir After Hours Join us for our #LUVCAK Bash, the culmination of our three-month-long grassroots effort led by the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Akron-Canton Airport and strategic regional partners. The #LUVCAK Bash will be a special edition of Stir After Hours. Come ready to mix with business connections old and new as we join forces with our campaign partners: Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce, Akron/Summit CVB, Canton/Stark CVB, Stark Development Board, The Repository, and of course the Akron-Canton Airport.

Thursday, April 24 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Akron-Canton Airport 5400 Lauby Road NW North Canton, OH 44720 Cost: Free with registration RSVP by April 21st

Implement Workshop Series – NEW! This workshop series provides an interactive, hands-on atmosphere with practical tips, allowing you to employ tools to strengthen your business. Workshop topics will range from social media to winning business practices. The first installment of the series is all about innovation and will be presented by Jon Washington, owner and founder of the Innovation Garage. Spring NETWORK The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Spring NETWORK event on provides a way to revitalize your sales database and make real connections with new people in an exciting, speed networking format. Attendees will acquire new business contacts and potential sales leads at the event.

CANTON REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

27

Tuesday, April 29 10:00 a.m. – Noon Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce 222 Market Ave. N Canton, OH 44702 Cost: $25 RSVP by April 25th Friday, May 2 8 a.m. - Registration 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Networking Skyland Pines Golf Club & Events Center 3550 Columbus Rd. NE Canton, OH Cost: $35, includes buffet breakfast RSVP by April 25


Your Community. Your Health. Your Choice. In-Network Rates for out-of-network plans. Mercy “Your Choice” allows those with non-network PPO plans to access Mercy services at in-network rates. That means no out-of-network penalties. If you’re ready to make the switch, call 330-588-4663 to find out if you qualify for “Your Choice.”

cantonmercy.org | facebook.com/cantonmercy

Mercy Your Choice Chamber Ad FINAL.indd 1

1/22/14 1:18 PM

Profile for Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce

April Action Newsletter 2014  

April Action Newsletter 2014  

Advertisement