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#LUVCAK has landed in Canton & Akron! Are you feeling the #LUVCAK? We sure hope so! The Canton Regional Chamber is partnering with the Greater Akron Chamber, Akron/Summit CVB, Stark Development Board, The Repository and our own Canton/Stark CVB to support Akron-Canton Airport’s (CAK) newest airline partner, Southwest Airlines®. We are spreading the great news of their award-winning customer service and lower fares, and hopefully you’ve already received some emails and other items from us or our regional partners. What is #LUVCAK? It’s a grassroots campaign to reward you for supporting Southwest Airlines at CAK, our airport. (continued on next page)

Shemekia Copeland and Ana Popovic to headline 2014 Blues Festival Northeast Ohio’s premier free blues festival, Canton Blues Fest, has announced a 2014 lineup sure to strike a chord with blues fans throughout the region.

INSIDE: Oil & Gas Column................................................. 3 AultCare Fast Break Breakfast.............................. 5 BEAs................................................................... 6 Stir After Hours................................................... 7 NEW! Implement Workshop................................. 8 Enshrinement Festival Queen Applications......... 10 HOFEF Names Key Committee Chairs.................. 11 HOFEF Names Auxiliary Committee Chairs.......... 13 Leadership Signature Program.......................... 14 Leadership Informational Breakfast................... 15 Leadership Stark County Profile......................... 16 ystark! Fund Drive............................................. 17 ystark! Wear & Share......................................... 17 ystark! Profile................................................... 18 ystark! CEO Meet&Eat........................................ 18 Stark County Safety Council Luncheon............... 19 Funding Partners.............................................. 20 Stark County Safety Council Awards Banquet..... 22 New Members................................................... 25 BizBitz.............................................................. 26 March Calendar................................................. 27

The theme for the 2014 festival is “Women in Blues,” and it’s all happening in downtown Canton on Friday, June 20, and Saturday, June 21. This year’s lineup will feature Ana Popovic on Friday at 8:30 p.m. and Shemekia Copeland on Saturday at 8:30 p.m., along with music each day from noon to 10:30 p.m. The FREE outdoor summer festival, now in its 13th year, is presented by Canton Development Partnership, a department of the Canton Regional Chamber. About Ana Popovic The award-winning, hard-touring, guitar slinger blends smoking electric funk and slide guitar, jazzy instrumentals and a tight blues groove with soulful, feminine vocals. Add to the mix her incredible stage presence, all of which makes her an irresistible force in the world of contemporary blues music.

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#LUVCAK continued ... If you join Rapid Rewards® and book your CAK flights at, you will help us preserve lower fares from Akron-Canton Airport to desirable destinations like New York City, Boston, Atlanta, and Florida beaches. Southwest Airlines has shown a strong commitment to our community, and now it is our turn to demonstrate our commitment to this carrier, to help ensure their longterm growth and success right here at home.   If you haven’t taken a minute or two to enroll in Rapid Rewards, please do so today.    Here’s how to spread the #LUVCAK: 1. Head to and sign up for Rapid Rewards®. 2. What’s in it for you? Lots! You could win a $100 Southwest travel voucher just for signing up for Rapid Rewards. We will select five winners every week in March and April, sixty winners in all. Whoa – that’s a lot! And what’s more, one lucky winner will get four roundtrip tickets aboard Southwest (to any city they fly to in the U.S.)! Share the #LUVCAK by tweeting and posting on Facebook and any of your other social networks that you are feeling the LUV! Remember, Southwest flights and low fares are available online ONLY at Southwest flights cannot be booked at Travelocity, Expedia, Cheap Tickets, Kayak or any other source.  Excited? Then sign up at and share the LUV!

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Oil & Gas Business News by David Kaminski, Director of Energy and Public Affairs In April, we will build on the conversation at last October’s Utica Summit. We will offer a Northeast Ohio look at chemicals and plastics and Utica energy. Our presenter will be Paul Boulier of Team NEO. The event will be a business lunch on April 7 at Glenmoor Country Club. This event will be the second in the Canton Regional Chamber’s 2014 Utica Capital Series Presented by Huntington Bank. Boulier is vice president for business development at Team NEO, the nonprofit business attraction and growth organization that works to market Northeast Ohio, attract new businesses and aid in growth of existing businesses. Boulier develops business for the 18-county region’s core industries, including metal fabrication and machinery; polymers, chemicals and coatings; energy, oil and gas, and packaging and transportation. He comes to Team NEO with senior management experience at A. Schulman, Core Molding Technologies, Avery Dennison and Nova Chemicals. Boulier recently gave one of the nine 15-minute presentations at the half-day Utica 2020 program at Kent State University Tuscarawas, which was presented by the Tuscarawas Oil and Gas Alliance. He came to the Canton Regional Chamber early last year to tell us about his work and learn about ours. Among other topics, our Utica Summit, which was produced in partnership with The Repository, created a conversation about how Utica energy could invigorate the chemicals and plastics industry in the United States. We still are hearing business people talk about two speakers in particular. They were Tom Gellrich of TopLine Analytics of Philadelphia, and Peter Molinaro of Dow Chemical’s Washington office. They talked about how the natural gas liquids being found in abundance in the Utica shale, particularly ethane, can be converted into the raw materials for chemicals and plastics manufacturing and used in a vast array of products that are now being manufactured in Asia.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Chairman of the Board - Philip D. Fracassa The Timken Company Sr. Vice Chairman - William C. Shivers Huntington Bank

We hope Boulier can increase your understanding of these opportunities. Look for details on the April 7 event in your Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce e-mail.

Vice Chairman - Brian Belden The Belden Brick Company Vice Chairman - John A. Murphy, Jr. Day Ketterer Ltd. Vice Chairman - Mark Fleiner LG Fuel Cell Systems

Clean Fuels Ohio, a state non-profit organization that promotes use of natural gas as a transportation fuel, has completed a video recorded in December at the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority. It shows SARTA’s adoption of compressed natural gas as a fuel for its bus and car fleet.

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

SARTA also operates a public CNG fueling station in the community. CNG tractors from the Frito-Lay truck fleet and other adopters of CNG fuel can buy gas at SARTA just as they would buy gasoline at an auto filling station. The video features Kirt Conrad, the SARTA executive, Frito-Lay driver James Brown, Stark County Commissioner Richard Regula, SARTA driver Kathy Hall and a number of SARTA bus passengers, who all commented on how much quieter and less odorous a gas bus is, compared with a diesel bus. The Canton Regional Chamber also participated in the video.


We will let you know when the video is posted for wide distribution.

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

David Kaminski Director of Energy and Public Affairs (330) 458-2059

R. Eric Dellapina FirstMerit Bank N.A. Dr. Jay Gershen Northeast Ohio Medical University

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Jerry Gilin Diebold Inc. Michael Graeff Koch Knight, LLC Matthew Hammond Chesapeake Energy Jason F. Haupt Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A.


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


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

UPCOMING EVENTS Canton Blues Fest continued ... During 2013 Ana appeared on the cover of Vintage Guitar, Guitar Player’s Gear Guide and American Blues Scene. Her album “Can You Stand The Heat” was a “Pick Of The Week” by USA Today and featured on NPR Music. Nearly all of Ana›s albums made it to the Top 5 of the Billboard Blues Charts and are being played regularly on US radio. Ana and her phenomenal four-piece band as well as her Mo’ Better Love Big Band are tirelessly touring, playing major blues, jazz and rock festivals around the world.  She is endorsed by Fender, Mesa Boogie, Ovation and DR strings. Ana has shared headlining stages with B.B. King, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, Robert Randolph, Jonny Lang and many others. When not on tour, she resides in Memphis, TN. Visit for a full biography and discography. About Shemekia Copeland While only in her early 30s, two-time GRAMMY® nominee Shemekia Copeland is already a force to be reckoned with in the blues. She’s opened for the Rolling Stones, headlined at the Chicago Blues Festival and numerous festivals around the world, scored critics’ choice awards on both sides of the Atlantic (The New York Times and The Times of London), shared the stage with such luminaries as Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Mick Jagger, and Eric Clapton, and has even performed at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama. Heir to the rich tradition of soul-drenched divas like Ruth Brown, Etta James and Koko Taylor, the singer was presented with Taylor’s crown by her daughter, Cookie, on June 12, 2011 at the Chicago Blues Festival and given the honor of the new “Queen of the Blues” by official proclamation of the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois.

Membership passes are also available for $45. Visit to purchase VIP passes online, or contact Monique Thompson-Kennedy at (330) 458-2070 to reserve your passes today.

from deep within her soul and from the streets where she grew up, surrounded by the everyday sounds of the city – street performers, gospel singers, blasting radios, bands in local parks and so much more. Visit http://www.shemekiacopeland. com/biography for a full biography and discography. Go online to for a full list of festival performers and other details about this year’s event, including openers Anthony Gomes (Friday) and Mississippi Heat (Saturday). Blues Fest VIP Passes will be available again this year. Buy your two-day pass online for $75 and take advantage of FREE food and beer in the evening (after 5 p.m.), and incredible views of the stage all day. One-day Blues Fest VIP

The 2014 Canton Blues Fest is made possible in part by Standard Plumbing and Heating Co., along with sponsors (to date) including Aultman Health Foundation, 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 Interested in sponsoring the 2014 Canton Blues Fest? Contact Chris Gumpp, sponsorship manager, at (330) 458-2055.

Copeland’s passion for singing, matched with her huge, blast-furnace voice, gives her music a timeless power and a heartpounding urgency. Her music comes



UPCOMING EVENTS March AultCare Fast Break Breakfast: Encouraging Governments to Collaborate Local governments operate in an environment of rising costs, loss of state government funding and taxpayer reluctance to make up the difference through tax increases. Creative local leaders are turning to shared services to meet citizens’ needs. Governments are finding new ways to work together. The results can mean better service and cost savings. Panelists will explain Canton Regional Chamber’s interest in encouraging shared services among local governments. The Chamber has been interested in regional shared-services efforts for the past several years. It has participated in government efficiency conferences and has helped campaign for shared services projects in Northeast Ohio regional contests. Recently, the Chamber has formed a Shared Services Committee to encourage new activity in this area. The motivation for this work has always been: Creative, efficient government provides a good environment for business and job growth.


Government leaders Harold and Gonzalez join the panel to

talk about efforts they have led personally to make government more efficient and effective for the citizens, as well as tell the AultCare Fast Break audience about endeavors that their colleagues in government have undertaken. The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce is encouraging this move toward shared services. Chamber Director of Energy and Public Affairs David Kaminski will lead a conversation on the topic with our panelist Stark County Auditor, Alan Harold, Jackson Township Fiscal Officer, Randy Gonzalez, and Senior Vice President of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Steven Katz. They’ll discuss how a move of shared services can bring beneficial and innovative solutions to lower costs. Friday, Mar. 14 7 am registration 7:30 am program Courtyard by Marriott 4375 Metro Cir. in North Canton Cost: $18 members $25 non-members RSVP by Mar. 11


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BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS winners honored May 6 Stark County’s premier business award nominations are in, and the winners of the 2014 BEAs will be announced in the April issue of Action Newsletter! Winners of the Business Excellence Awards will be honored on Tuesday, May 6, at a distinguished ceremony and dinner at The University Center at Kent State University at Stark. Tickets for this event will sell out fast – make sure you reserve your seat today, and join us to find out which businesses will take Business Excellence Awards, Business of the Year, and who will be the recipient of one of the newest award category, Emerge Award for Entrepreneurs. Tickets are $55 and tables of 10 are available. Register online now at CantonChamber. org, or call (330) 458-2070. Tuesday, May 6 5:30 p.m. cocktail reception 6:30 p.m. dinner and awards ceremony The University Center at Kent State University at Stark 6000 Frank Ave. in North Canton Cost: $55 RSVP by April 30

Business Excellence Awards committee leadership The Business Excellence Awards of Greater Canton is managed by a volunteer committee, led by chairman Louanne Kiko, president at KCS, LLC, and vice chairman Randy Smith, senior banker at KeyBank. The Business Excellence Award committee members include: Chuck Bennell, Tam O’Shanter Golf Course, Dan Bryan, Farmers National Bank, Emily Clevenger, Day Ketterer, Ltd., Rich Craig, 415 Group, John Davide, Fifth Third Bank, Greg Endres, Key Bank, Dave Gianetti, Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C., Sue Grabowski, Grabowski & Company, David L. Groves, Bruner Cox, LLP, Matthew Hindergger, PNC Financial Services Group Dan Griffith, Premier Bank & Trust, Kayleigh Kriss, Mix 94.1 and News-Talk 1480 WHBC AM, Ron Manse, Walsh University, Larry Marcus, Consumers National Bank, Todd Nicolas, FirstMerit Bank, Bob Potts, Cohen CPA, Marty Richmond, Innis Maggiore, David Roberts, Farmers National Bank, Joe Schauer, Schauer Group, Inc., John Tucker, Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., LPA, and Glenda Zink, Stark State College of Technology.


Kiko is a CPA with more than 10 years of experience with a regional public accounting firm, Cohen & Company, followed by 10 years of industrial experience with two different companies. She is currently working as an independent consultant with multiple companies. Kiko is an alumnus of Leadership Stark County and has resided in Stark County all of her life. She was raised on a family dairy farm and is currently raising five children with her husband Jim on his family farm. She has volunteered with multiple organizations, sits on the Minerva Library Board and coaches youth basketball for Minerva. In her spare time, Kiko enjoys running, cooking, and dabbles with singing and playing the piano. Randy Smith is a senior commercial banker with Key Bank and has 30 years of commercial banking experience. Smith serves middle market banking needs of businesses in Stark, Wayne, Holmes, Tuscarawas, Carroll, Coshocton and Harrison counties. He has distinguished himself by being a problem solver, a connector, a strategic thinker, a good communicator and by maintaining a “glass half-full” outlook. Smith serves as a member and current chairman of North Canton’s TAP committee; he serves as an elder at MissionView Church. Smith is an alumnus of Leadership Stark County and is a past chairman of the North Canton Chamber of Commerce. He has also enjoyed serving for many years as a youth baseball and basketball coach. Smith and his wife Linda have been married for 29 years and they have four children Rebekah, Abihgail, Sally and Joe. Their family resides in North Canton.

Business Excellence Awards Scholarship

The law firm of Day Ketterer, in partnership with the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, will award their third annual scholarship award at the 2014 Business Excellence Awards. The scholarship is designed to acknowledge the importance of the role of business in the community and the nation, and to encourage students to continue to expand their business and leadership skills and to contribute to their local business community upon graduation from college. The scholarship amount of $1,500 will be awarded to an individual who is currently enrolled as a Stark County high school senior or a student at a Stark County University or College who writes the winning essay entitled: “The Impact of Business and Free Enterprise on the Continuing Success of the United States as a Global Leader”. The scholarship will be awarded to a Stark County high school senior or Stark County resident currently enrolled in college. The one-time scholarship can be used for tuition, room, board, textbooks or other educational expenses at any college or university in the United States. The scholarship will be presented on May 6 at the Business Excellence Awards of Greater Canton. The application deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, April 11, and details regarding the application for the scholarship can be found at www.

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UPCOMING EVENTS MARCH STIR After Hours: Move Over Winter, Let’s March into Spring Get your first glimpses of spring at the 2014 Stark County Home & Garden Show. Join us for a special ‘Preview Party’ the day before the show starts. Enjoy networking with professionals from area businesses, the savory tastes from Old Carolina Barbecue, and much more. Together the 2014 Stark County Home and Garden Show is presented by The Repository & BIA of Stark County. No other event offers attendees the variety and expert knowledge as the Stark County Home & Garden Show - now in its 68th year! To add to the excitement, there will be giveaways throughout the evening. Join us from 4-7 p.m. and be sure to visit the show from March 14th – 16th to tour more than 100 regional vendors and the beautiful landscape displays. Learn more at www.starkhomeandgardenshow. com Thursday, March 13th 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Stark County Fair Grounds 305 Wertz Ave NW Canton, OH 44708 Cost: Free RSVP March 10th Parking Available at the Main Exhibition Building




UPCOMING EVENTS Attend our IMPLEMENT Workshop Series


themes of 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 and gain insight that provides practical application in how leadership can connect the dots to build and measure a stronger innovation pipeline. Welcome to Implement, a new workshopbased event at the Canton Regional Chamber designed to help you learn and apply sound tips from industry experts. This workshop series provides an interactive, hands-on atmosphere and 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. Join the Innovation Economy Many organizations struggle with how to define innovation, capture value, and measure results. At this two-hour workshop you’ll be introduced to the

What is the 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. Get to Know Jon from the Innovation Garage® Meet Jon Washington, Owner & Founder of The Innovation Garage® 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 - which happened to be his children as they approached him about starting his own business one evening over dinner. By the end of the dinner, 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 it’s clients in the design of product, process, service and supply chain systems proven to accelerate long-term growth. Tuesday, April 29th 10:00 a.m. - Noon The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce 222 Market Avenue North Canton, OH 44702 Cost: $25 Space is Limited. RSVP by April 25th Parking Available in the Millennium Parking Deck

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ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL Deadline nearing for PFHOFEF Queen Pageant Applications Don’t miss the opportunity to compete in the prestigious Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Queen Pageant. The completed application and a $70 fee must be received by the Enshrinement Festival department at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, March 10. Applications and tickets are available at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Enshrinement Festival department, 222 Market Ave. N., in downtown Canton, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition, applications are available on-line at www. or contact Kathy Lindenberger, event manager, at 330.458.2056 or Candidates cannot be younger than a high school senior and 18 years old by May 1 or more than 23 years of age before Sept. 1. Candidates must reside and, if employed, work within a 30-mile radius of Stark County. The Queen Pageant will take place Thursday, May 8, beginning at 7 pm at Canton Palace Theatre. All seats are reserved at $20 each (prices subject to additional processing fee and handling charge). For tickets, please visit our website or call (330) 458-2048. The Enshrinement Festival Queen Pageant is not a beauty pageant. While overall appearance is certainly an important component, contestants are judged based on personality, poise, beauty, communication skills, academic achievement and service to community. If there is a tie at any point in the judging process, it will be broken by utilizing the scores for personality, poise, and beauty – in that order. A Queen and seven Court members will be selected to coincide with the number in the Class of 2014 which is comprised of linebacker Derrick Brooks, punter Ray Guy, defensive end Claude Humphrey, tackle Walter Jones, wide receiver Andre Reed, defensive end Michael Strahan, and cornerback/safety Aeneas Williams. In addition to greeting guests at many of the 24 events during the two and a half weeks of the Enshrinement Festival scheduled July 18 through Aug. 4, the Queen and Court will volunteer their time to civic organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Turnaround Community Outreach Center, MRDD and many more. Certainly one of the most memorable experiences for the Queen and Court will be their ride on a float in the Timken Grand Parade.

ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL FACTS: In 2014, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Enshrinement Festival will mark the 51st year of honoring the legends of professional football, which includes conducting a world-renowned festival celebrating the annual enshrinement of football players, coaches and contributors into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The collaborative efforts of this leadership team, combined with the professional staffs at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the dedicated team of more than 4,200 volunteers, will ensure the success of 24 diverse events from July 18 through Aug. 4, 2014. The Enshrinement Festival activities, attended by nearly 700,000 people, are expected to produce an economic impact of over $32 million for the Canton/Stark County area and $56 million for the State of Ohio. In addition, millions will experience aspects of the Enshrinement Festival as events are televised and covered by other media.   The central focus and highlight of this year’s Enshrinement Festival will be the Aug. 2 Enshrinement Ceremony for the Class of 2014 Enshrinees.   For the complete schedule of events, ticket information, and latest news, check the web sites periodically: or 



ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Names 2014 Key Committee Chairs Steering | General Chairman Alumni | Safety Management The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce has named chairmen of three key committees: Joe Halter, Steering Committee; Barbara Hammontree Bennett, General Chairman Alumni Association; and Ron Dougherty, Safety Management Committee. Halter, founding partner, chairman and CEO of Cantonbased Solmet Technologies, Inc., most recently served as the 2013 general chairman of the Chamber’s Enshrinement Festival committees. The function of the Steering Committee is to assist and facilitate as needed to successfully accomplish the Enshrinement Festival mission statement and goals. This committee’s approval is required for crucial Enshrinement Festival issues, such as annual budget, ticket pricing changes and policy issues.

past general chairmen, many of whom will offer assistance to the Enshrinement Festival in the areas of sponsor recognition, promoting community awareness and support in planning and producing Enshrinement Festival events.

He brings first-hand experience to the position as a result of his years of service on the Board of Directors of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, serving as chairman in 2006. His passion for the Enshrinement Festival runs deep, and his current service as a member of the board of directors of the Pro Football Hall of Fame allows him to bring a unique and energizing perspective to the joint planning efforts between the Chamber and the Hall. He has a strong dedication to the arts, service organizations and business community, and is currently active in Rotary Club of Canton, Stark Development Board, and Aultman Health Foundation board of directors. He and his wife Nancy reside in Canton and have two grown children.

Partner and secretary/treasurer of Hammontree & Associates, Limited, she is a native of Stark County and a graduate of Canton Central Catholic High and the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Just a few short years after college, she returned to her roots in Canton where she joined the family civil engineering and surveying business of Hammontree & Associates, Limited. She is a registered engineer in Ohio and five other states, and is a registered surveyor in the State of Ohio, is a member of the Canton Regional, Ohio and National Societies of Professional Engineers, as well as the American Society of Civil Engineers. Named Associate of the Year by the Stark County Building Industrial Association in 1997 and 2003, she has also chaired several of the association’s committees. A 1990 graduate of Leadership Stark County, she served as 2004 chairman of the board of trustees of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, and currently serves on the Walsh University board of advisors, Aultman Health Foundation board and executive committee and developer’s council chair of the Ohio Homebuilder’s Association. In addition, she serves as an appointee of the Governor on the Ohio Rail Development Commission. Bennett resides in North Canton with her two children and husband Keith.

Bennett was the 2009 general chairman of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival. This is her first year as chairman of the Alumni Association, a committee comprised of

Dougherty, of Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty law firm, is serving his 19th term as chairman of the Safety Management committee. He also serves as chairman of the Joint Coordinating

Committee that serves as liaison between the Enshrinement Festival department of the Chamber and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. A Canton native, Dougherty graduated from Canton Lincoln High and was honored in 2000 as a Distinguished Alumnus. He graduated from Dartmouth College and the University of Virginia Law School, and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1954-1957 as a lieutenant and captain. He served as chairman of the Stark County Public Defender Commission for 26 years and as Canton Assistant City Solicitor. He is the only Stark County lawyer to hold the office of president of the Ohio State Bar Foundation, and the only Stark County lawyer or judge to ever receive the Foundation’s Ritter Award in 2012, its highest award given to one lawyer or judge each year. Active in and chairman of various Enshrinement Festival activities since its beginning in 1963, Dougherty was the founder of the Enshrinement Festival General Chairman Alumni Association as well as its Individual Award of Merit recipient in 2009, and was the 2002 Award of Merit recipient from Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, he was The Wilderness Center 2004 honoree and is a member of the board and executive committee of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, where he also served as Interim Executive Director and Chairman of the Board. He has one daughter, one son, and three grandsons.



Women’s Impact Inc invites you to an inspiring evening honoring professional women of achievement... 3rd Annual Greater Stark County

Athena Leadership Awards Thursday, March 20, 2014

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Please join Women’s Impact Inc for an inspiring evening honoring the 2014 finalists for the prestigious Athena Leadership Award ® and celebrating this year’s recipient. The Athena Awards’ goal is to raise awareness of the significant contributions women make to our community, not only by way of their personal and professional accomplishments, but perhaps even more importantly, what they do to inspire and bring other women along on their paths to success. Athena Leadership Awards will be held at The University Center at Kent State Stark Social Hour 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Dinner & Awards Ceremony 6:30-8:30 p.m. Register to attend at Women’s Impact Inc takes great pride in honoring the amazing group of women who have been finalists for the award over the past three years. 2012 Recipients Renee Powell Janet Weir Creighton

2013 Recipient Dr. Para Jones

2014 Finalists

2013 Finalists 2012 Finalists

Shelly Chadwick

Sheila Markley Black

The Honorable Judge

Cheryle L. Casar

Mayor Kathy Catazaro-Perry

Alexandra Nicholis Coon

Judge Taryn Heath

Denise Penz

Taryn Heath

Trina Cutter

Maria Heege

Michele D. Evans

Judith E. Barnes Lancaster

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ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Names Auxiliary Committee Chairs Communications | Special Services | Security & Logistics The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival department of Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce has named the following auxiliary committee chairs: Sally Hoce, Communications; Diane Novak, Special Services; and Michele Shaffer, Security & Logistics. Hoce, a retired Perry Local Schools teacher, has been a member of the Communications Committee since 2007, served as vice chairman in 2011 and 2012, and chairman in 2013. A graduate of the former Glenwood High School, she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Kent State University and a Masters in Gifted Education from Ashland University. A member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International for Women Educators, she is active with Mercy Service League and as a member of the women’s board of Springhill Historic Home. She has one son and he preceded her as chairman of the Communications Committee. Hoce will be assisted by committee vice chairman Gary Bradway. The Communications committee assumes responsibility for communications equipment utilized at all Enshrinement Festival events. Members are responsible for distributing equipment, charging radios and telephones, monitoring EMS activities and serving as a clearinghouse for inquiries from guests, patrons and media. Novak graduated from Hoover High School and University of Akron and is currently owner/president of Novak Accounting. She previously served on the Appreciation Party Committee for 10 years and has been on the Special Services Committee for six years, with

this her first as chairman. She is extensively involved in community activities, serving on committees for a wide array of entities including, Aultman Hospital Women’s Board and Angel Auction, Wilderness Center, Taste of the NFL, Central Catholic High School, and St. Michael Church. She and husband Joe are the proud parents of a daughter and son. Assisting Novak with committee duties is vice chairman Jerry Gilin. The Special Services Committee assists many of the event committees with varied duties, including media and sponsor hospitality, registration at the Balloon Classic media flight, transportation for Drum Corps Competition, and hosting the Grand Parade float judges.

Eastern Stark Legacy Chapter #596, and Delta Kappa Gamma, Delta Upsilon. She serves as vice president of the Board of the Louisville YMCA. Serving as vice chairman of the Security & Logistics committee is Doug Froelich. The Security & Logistics committee issues security passes for all personnel servicing the events, oversees the delivery, distribution and security of food, beverage, flowers, favors, programs and other items necessary to the success of the three indoor events, and monitors movement of people from the perimeter rooms into the main auditorium for the program portion of each of the three events. The committee also provides security support for the Queen Pageant, Drum Corps Competition, Community Parade, Ribs Burnoff, Concert & Fireworks, Race, and Timken Grand Parade committees.

Shaffer is a principal within the Louisville City Schools. She graduated from Canton South High School, received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Akron, and Master’s Degree from Ashland University where she continues to pursue postMaster’s work. She has been honored as a Stark County Person of Character, recognized by the Louisville Chamber of Commerce as a School Employee of the Year, and is proud that her school has been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School. She is a member of the Ohio Association of Elementary Principals Association, Louisville Kiwanis, Diversity Team for Louisville Schools,



LEADERSHIP STARK COUNT Y Leadership Stark County is now accepting applications for the 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. Your leadership experience begins with an intense two and one-half day Opening Retreat in September that will provide you with an in-depth personal leadership assessment and dynamic workshops. From there you’ll meet once per month to expand your capacity for leadership and service in our community. Your Signature experience includes: •

Exploring the cultural, economic, and historic features of Stark County on a wide ranging bus tour.

Delving into economic development with on-site tours and small-group interaction with CEOs.

Taking a jail tour, meet with local judges, and investigating the justice system on a cruiser ride with sheriff’s deputies and police.

Examining social and economic issues through panel discussions with political and civic leaders.

Role-playing within a poverty simulation and visiting nonprofits to understand their unique concerns.

Experiencing local education by shadowing a school principal, frank discussions with superintendents, and first-hand observation.

To learn more, come to the Information Breakfast on April 2 or go to Applications are available now on the web site.



LEADERSHIP STARK COUNT Y Signature Program Information Breakfast For Prospective Applicants Wednesday, April 2, 8:00-9:00 a.m. at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce If you have always wondered what REALLY goes on at Leadership Stark County’s Signature Program sessions and “is it right for me?” – we invite you to attend our one-hour informational breakfast. For applicants, prospective candidates, and employers, we will cover: • What is the Signature Program and how does it work? • How will the Signature Program benefit me or my company? • How much time will it take to participate? • How do I apply? Join us and discover the answers to these and any other questions you may have. The no-obligation information breakfast is free, however, reservations are requested by Monday, March 18. All are welcome. Make your reservation by calling 330-458-2095 or online at

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LEADERSHIP STARK COUNT Y Leadership Stark County Leader Profile: Matt Sutter This month’s featured alumnus is 22nd class Signature Program graduate Matt Sutter, CEO of Sol Harris/Day Architecture. Something you may not know; he is an avid hockey fan and player. Matt played hockey in college at Virginia Tech and still plays in a league at Center Ice. Each winter he builds a backyard ice rink for his four boys where lively neighborhood games are played. Describe your leadership style: I believe in being a mentor and a teacher to those in my firm. If I can put people in situations where they are passionate about what they are doing then with the proper support and teaching, there will be success. I am always looking to train my replacement. So leadership for me is about supporting and developing the next group of leaders. Why did you decide participate in Leadership Stark County? I am originally from the Washington, D.C., area and was excited to understand the different dynamics of this area. It is very different from D.C., there is a greater sense of community in Stark County and a wonderful responsibility for giving back. It is a fantastic trait of this area that I wanted to be a part of. How has your Signature Program experience affected your service and leadership roles in the community? The experiences have given me a great overview of the different economic and volunteer organizations that make this a great place to raise a family. I have been able to connect with a few nonprofits and partner with them or volunteer. What nonprofit organizations do you serve and in what capacity? I’m currently working with: • Community Soccer Club - board member / treasurer • Leadership Stark County - board member, Economics Day Committee member, & Alumni Committee chair • TomTod Ideas, Inc. - bookkeeping partner • Wishes Can Happen - float builder for the Hall of Fame Community Parade In your career, how have you used what you learned during the program? Realizing that people come from different backgrounds and that they all see the world differently has allowed me to understand the different personalities in our office. This realization leads to much better communication and a better, more productive working environment. The relationships that were developed through the Signature Program have continued and I do business with several of the individuals that went through the program with me.

What is your most significant memory from the program? The different perspectives of the people that are involved in non-profits. Visiting a downtown soup kitchen was very touching. Sitting and eating with some of the people that were being served while hearing their stories was impactful. This was one of the experiences that led my wife and I to adopt a boy from the area. What would you say to someone considering applying to the program? Apply, get involved. Get out of your comfort zone and come away with an appreciation for what a great community we have in Stark County. Being with other motivated, passionate people brings everyone up to a new level to have a greater effect in this area. You have a chance to impact this great community! Applications for the Signature Program are available at through April 25.



YSTARK! ystark! 2014 Fund Drive kicks off this month 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. 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, or 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

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, 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! Attendees: Save the date! Tickets are available for $20 at Designers: Apply online at!

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. 6:00pm – Doors open 7:30pm – Fashion Show & Goodwill Challenge Celebrity Judges Colette Wasdahl Steve Antoniades Mandi Johnson two others coming soon!



YSTARK! PROFILE Clinton A. Matthews; Age: 26 Account Executive - Accurate Staffing Why are you interested in Canton’s Young Professionals initiative? As Canton’s upcoming business leaders, if we are able to unite and bond, as we grow in our careers we will have the ability to grow a more united city. What is your impression of ystark!, what do you think of their events, etc.? The events are fantastic. It is an excellent way to network and trade ideas with likeminded individuals! Where did you grow up? In what cities have you lived and worked? I grew up in Uniontown – Go Blue Streaks. I have lived in Naples, Florida, for two years and also spent six months in Charlotte, North Carolina. Why have you chosen to live in Canton? There is no place like home! We have a major revival right in front of us. The chance to be part of this keeps me right here. Plus the amount of fantastic golf is an added perk!

What type of dwelling do you live in? What do you think of the housing choices for YPs in the Canton area? I live in a house right by Malone University. The housing market in this area allowed for a great starter house with a promise of a great return in the future. It’s safe and the city does an awesome job keeping the area clean. What do you like MOST about Canton? My family and friends are close, and the golf is amazing! Lots of clean places to take our little girl! What do you like LEAST about Canton? The snow interrupts golf season! What are the opportunities for YPs in Canton when it comes to career opportunities, cultural access, leadership or community involvement opportunities? Canton is a very diverse area. There are several opportunities to increase education. The job market is good with tons of major companies located right in the city. I have never had a hard time finding a group of people who share similar interests. What’s missing from Canton that would attract more YPs? I am not a big fan of the bar scene but a revitalized nightlife would greatly benefit Canton.

What do you do in the evenings or on the weekends for fun in Canton? First Friday is an awesome event! Evenings are mainly spent with the dogs at the park or out on the trails. What would you change about Canton if you could? I would have to reinvent the night/bar district. There is just not a common place for new professionals or the tons of college students to go to downtown. There is a lack of a draw to come to the current establishments. Could you see yourself spending your lifetime in Canton? My family just added a beautiful little girl. I could not dream of a better place to raise her. We have an awesome education system, and a ton of opportunity; I will always stay here! , 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? If I had to leave, it would take some coaxing. Although, if I had to leave or had an opportunity in Charlotte or Phoenix, I would probably consider a transition. Both places are growing cities with a lot of opportunity!

CEO Meet&Eat with Our Own Denny Saunier The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce celebrates 100 years of excellence and leadership in 2014. For over 30 years, a significant member of that leadership is our own president and CEO, Denny Saunier. Denny began his career at the Chamber as the director of the Canton/Stark County Ohio Convention & Visitors’ Bureau. He would go on to also serve as director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival and executive vice president of the Chamber before reaching the highest position within the organization. From ArtsinStark and United Way of Greater Stark County, to SID-Special Improvement District of Downtown Canton and the AkronCanton Regional Foodbank, Denny has and continues to serve the region’s community in varied ways.

region, what regional projects are in the works, and get to enjoy his entertaining style of public speaking. With vast business experience, communications education, a strategic vision for our region’s business needs, and young professional daughters of his own to advise, we welcome you to join us for lunch, to hear a glimpse into the past, present and future of the region’s largest business association, and take in words of wisdom from the man who has spent decades working to make Stark County a greater place to live, work and play! ystark! CEO Meet&Eat with Denny Saunier Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Mar. 25, 2014 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. RSVP by Mar. 23

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STARK COUNT Y SAFET Y COUNCIL March SCSC Luncheon | Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation DESTINATION: EXCELLENCE Destination: Excellence is designed to help Ohio employers focus on safety, accident prevention and return-to-work opportunities to bring injured workers back to work sooner. The plan offers a package of BWC programs that allow employers to customize their own riskmanagement plan and rewards their investments in accident prevention, cost control, and policy management. About our speaker: Lorrie Goodnight, Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, Business Consultant,

will explain each program under Destination: Excellence and the potential savings that your company could (and should) be taking advantage of. For reservations, register online at All attendees will have a chance to win a door prize provided by our spotlight company. RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY UNLESS YOU ARE A SEASON PASS HOLDER.

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SAFET Y COUNCIL 2014 SCSC Awards Banquet | SAVE THE DATE! 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 losttime 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 April 10th For reservations, register online at



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NEW MEMBERS WELCOME to our newest members, who joined Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce in January. 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. Accurate Staffing (EMPLOYMENT SERVICES) Clinton Matthews 6973 Promway Ave. NW North Canton, OH 44720 (330) 265-5344 Adventure Landings (RECREATION) Mark Curry 2600 25th St. NE Canton, OH 44705 (330) 956-4799 Akron Auto Auction (AUTO AUCTIONS) Chad Bailey 2471 Ley Dr. Akron, OH 44319 (330) 773-8245 Allay Senior Care (ASSISTED LIVING - ALZHEIMERS) Tiffany Slovan 3328 13th St. NW Canton, OH 44708 (330) 454-6914 Body By Vi - Theresa Kennedy (HEALTH & WELLNESS & WEIGHT LOSS) Theresa Kennedy 635 S. Canal St. Canal Fulton, OH 44614 (330) 806-8639 Shawna Byer - Hayes Realty (REAL ESTATE & /PROPERTY MANAGEMENT) Shawna Byer 4368 Dressler Rd. NW Canton, OH 44718 (330) 209-5563 Greater Stark County Urban League, Inc. (SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCIES) Vince Watts 1400 Sherrick Rd. SE Canton, OH 44707-3533 (330) 456-3479

Inn at Whitewood Village (RETIREMENT & LIFE CARE COMMUNITIES & HOMES) Debbie Fankhauser 3146 Whitewood St. North Canton, OH 44720 (330) 499-1399 Josette Beddell Memorial Foundation (FOUNDATIONS) Mary Beddell PO Box 8497 Canton, OH 44709 (330) 685-2329 Life Line Screening (HEALTH & WELLNESS) Beth Macon 4645 Fulton Rd. NW Canton, OH 44718 (216) 581-6556 Little Caesars Northeastern Food Services Inc. (PIZZA) Elena Shepherd 1901 Cleveland Ave. NW Canton, OH 44709 (330) 455-2004 (ADVERTISING - MOBILE MARKETING) Michael W. Gusky 2955 Ravenna St. Hudson, OH 44236 (330) 449-0717 Revitalize Medical Group (HEALTH & WELLNESS) Glenn Akins 4535 Dressler Rd. NW Canton, OH 44718 (330) 554-3888

Ultra Clean By Design George Chiparatu 4305 Mt. Pleasant St. North Canton, OH 44720 (330) 526-2630 Visiting Angels (HOME HEALTH CARE) Sandee Dougherty 5888 Fulton Dr. NW Canton, OH 44718 (330) 497-5995 Weaver Commercial Contractor Inc. (CONTRACTORS - GENERAL) John Fiala 2148-A Eagle Pass Wooster, OH 44691 (330) 264-9020 Will-Burt Company (The) (CONSULTANTS - MANUFACTURING & FACILITIES) Rod Reese 401 Collins Blvd. Orrville, OH 44667 (330) 684-4082 Willis of Ohio (RISK MANAGEMENT) Darlyn A. McDermott 1001 Lakeside Ave. Suite 1600 Cleveland, OH 44114 (330) 858-5581

SECURI-COM of Canton (SECURITY CONTROL EQUIPMENT & SYSTEMS) Matthew Fechter 8762 Cleveland Ave. N North Canton, OH 44720 (330) 497-4001



BIZ BITZ The Employment Source in Stark and Tuscarawas counties is now OhioMeansJobs Stark and OhioMeansJobs Tuscarawas, respectively. “It is an effort by state lawmakers to re-brand Ohio’s workforce system and make it easier for individuals and businesses to find employment services,” explained Jennifer Meek Eells, executive director for the former The Employment Source one-stop centers. One-stop locations in Canton at 822-30th Street NW and in New Philadelphia at 1260 Monroe Street in the Monroe Center will remain the same. Both resource centers will continue to operate Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Job seekers can access a wide array of resources to assist with their job search, attend job search workshops and locate information on training. DeHoff Realtors is hosting a free, one hour, in-depth seminar covering career opportunities in the real estate industry on Tuesday, March 18, at 7:00 P.M. at the agency’s corporate office located at 821 South Main Street in North Canton. The session, which will feature Dave Maltese, general sales manager, and Linda DeHoff, president, will cover the ins and outs of the business, how it has changed during the past few years, current opportunities within the industry, and the local real estate outlook. Reservations are necessary for this free seminar and may be made by contacting DeHoff Realtors at jwhite@ or 330-499-8153, ext. 210. The shareholders and staff of the Delaware, Ohio-based public accounting firm Wolf, Rogers, Dickey & Co. (WRD) have joined Maloney + Novotny LLC, one of Northeast Ohio’s largest CPA and advisory firms with offices in Canton, Cleveland, Elyria and now Delaware, Ohio. Maloney + Novotny has expanded its Central Ohio footprint through the addition of more than 20 shareholders and former WRD staff. WRD’s history dates to the early 1920s, and the firm serves clients located in Delaware, Franklin and surrounding counties. WRD serves a vast array of clients which range from closely held entrepreneurial businesses and their owners to numerous governmental entities.


As part of its LINC luncheon series, The University of Mount Union is hosting a talk on Tuesday, March 25, by Dr. Sarah TorokGerard, associate professor and department chair of psychology entitled, “Tales from the Trails: Linking Classroom Learning to Ultra Marathon Training.” LINC (lunch, information, networking and conversation) luncheons are held at the Hoover-Price Campus Center at Mount Union. The series is open to the public and includes lunch, current topic discussion with a member of the Mount Union faculty and the opportunity to connect with members of the University, as well as the Alliance community. The cost for each lunch is $10. Payment is accepted at the door. Making tax time less taxing, Stark State College’s Enactus and Institute of Management Accountants clubs will again sponsor free tax preparation clinics for those who qualify. The clinics will be held on Saturdays, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., on March 22 and April 12 in rooms M104 and M105 in the Business and Entrepreneurial Studies Building on the campus at 6200 Frank Ave. NW in Jackson Township. The filing assistance is part of the Internal Revenue Service’s VITA program, which offers free help to people who make $52,000 or less. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic tax return preparation with electronic filing. To schedule an appointment, call 330-9948482 and request the Stark State tax clinic. Aultman College now offers its first bachelor’s degree program, an RN to BSN completion program. The 15-course degree program is comprised of face-to-face evening and weekend courses with low student-teacher ratios. Students are able to connect personally with faculty and staff, while enjoying a flexible curriculum. Aultman College will be holding a BSN Completion Program Open House Thursday, March 6, from 5-7 p.m. For more information, contact BSN Program Coordinator Jenn Loretto at or 330-3631186 or online at www.AultmanRNtoBSN. com. Ohio Lt. Governor Mary Taylor has released Ohio’s Common Sense Initiative (CSI) 2013 Annual Report including key findings and regulatory reform efforts for the past year. Launched in 2011 by Governor Kasich and placed under the leadership of Lt. Governor Mary Taylor, CSI is reforming Ohio’s regulatory policies and helping make Ohio a jobs and business friendly state. CSI reviews Ohio’s regulatory system to eliminate excessive and duplicative rules and regulations that stand in the way of job

creation. To view the Annual Report or to submit ideas on cutting red tape, please visit The Wilderness Center, a nonprofit nature center and land conservancy headquartered one mile west of Wilmot, Ohio, is holding numerous events during the month of March. From woodcarving to snakes to nature walks, the Wilderness Center offers a variety of events of outdoor enthusiasts and naturalists. Get the complete schedule of 20+ events at Digity, LLC, a new company, has been founded by Dean Goodman (GoodCo Companies) and Garrison Investment Group. Digity announced it has completed its acquisition of 33 stations from NextMedia Group, including 1480 WHBC and Mix 94.1 in Canton. Collectively, Digity, LLC is a diversified media, digital, entertainment and event marketing company that owns and operates more than 65 live and local radio stations around the country. The Karcher Group, a North Cantonbased web development, marketing and hosting firm, has announced a new hire and promotion. First, the firm is happy to announce that Darla Brown has joined TKG’s content team as a content strategist. In this role, Darla will evaluate, generate and manage website and social media content for TKG clients. Darla comes to TKG from The Repository/About magazine in Canton. In addition, Kyle Crocker has been promoted to the position of web marketing strategist. In this key role, Kyle is responsible for the management and measurement of online and SEO initiatives for his clients in order to help grow their business. Crocker joined TKG in 2013 as a web marketing specialist. Named 2014 Design Star, Cyrus Custom Framing & Art’s Christian Harwell took home the grand prize at Larson-Juhl’s second annual Design Star: Framing Edition Competition. Hundreds of custom framers submitted entries to the framing competition held at the world’s largest event in the picture framing industry, West Coast Art & Frame in Las Vegas. Custom framers from around the world sent in photographs of their creative framing projects in seven categories: Objects, Mirrors, Textiles, Documents, Art on Canvas, Art on Paper and Photography. Comprised of industry experts, the panel of judges selected first, second and third place winners in each category. Christian Harwell earned both first and second place in the Photography category as voted on by industry expert and Larson-Juhl Designer, Linda Omelianchuk.



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Monthly Meet-Up: Mard-y! Gras Whether you know it as carnival, carnaval, carnevale or Fat Tuesday, the March Monthly Meet-Up is sure to be masked with tradition, networking, and downtown fun!

Tuesday, Mar. 4 5:30 to 7:30 pm George’s Lounge 229 Cleveland Ave. NW Canton, OH 44702 Cost: Free! RSVP by Mar. 3

First Friday “Arts in the ‘80s” It’s almost Spring! And what better way to March into the season than by giving your inner artist a boost at First Friday? The mood will be heavenly, as this foray frolics with gospel groups and harpists; a celestial backdrop to the spiritually inspired artwork that will be gracing the galleries and studios.

First Friday, Mar. 7 6 to 10 pm Downtown Canton Arts District Cost: Free!

Deadline: Monday, Mar. 10 By 5 pm Application Fee: $70

Enshrinement Festival Queen Pageant Application Deadline The deadline for the annual Enshrinement Festival Queen Pageant is nearing. Contestants must submit a completed application and $70 fee to the Enshrinement Festival department at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, Mar. 10. Visit for more information. Destination: Excellence March Safety Council Luncheon The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (Ohio BWC) Destination: Excellence program protects Ohio’s workforce by sharpening employers’ focus on safety, accident prevention and return-towork opportunities that bring injured workers back to work sooner. At the Stark County Safety Council luncheon on Thursday, Mar. 13, Lorrie Goodnight, Ohio BWC business consultant will explain each program under Destination: Excellence and the potential savings that your company can (and should) be taking advantage of!

Thursday, Mar. 13 11:30 am to 1 pm Meyer’s Lake Ballroom 3218 Parkway St., N.W. Canton, OH 44708 Cost: $16 RSVP by Mar. 10

Stir After Hours Get your first glimpses of spring at the 2014 Stark County Home & Garden Show. Join us for a ‘Preview Party’ the day before the show starts, and enjoy networking with professionals from area businesses, the savory tastes from Old Carolina Barbecue, and much more.

Thursday, Mar. 13 4:00 pm to 7 pm Stark County Fairgrounds 305 Wertz Ave NW Canton, OH 44708 FREE to members RSVP by Mar. 10

Encouraging Governments to Collaborate: A Panel Discussion March AultCare Fast Break Breakfast featuring Chris White Local governments operate in an environment of rising costs, loss of state government funding and taxpayer reluctance to make up the difference through tax increases. Creative local leaders are turning to shared services to meet citizens’ needs by working together and keeping costs down. Canton Regional Chamber director of energy and public affairs David Kaminski will lead a conversation on the topic.

Friday, Mar. 14 7 am registration • 7:30 am program Courtyard by Marriott • 4375 Metro Cir. in North Canton Cost: $18 members • $25 non-members RSVP by Mar. 11

2014 Pub Tour of Downtown Canton Presented by ystark! & The Karcher Group Join ystark! and The Karcher Group on a tour of some of the best spots for beverages in Canton. Get decked out in your favorite St. Patty’s day gear and enjoy exclusive drink specials, craft beers, free appetizers, St. Patrick’s Day flair, and more.

Friday, Mar. 14 4 pm to 8 pm Downtown Canton Cost: Free! RSVP by Mar. 12

ystark! CEO Meet&Eat The Canton Regional Chamber celebrates 100 years of excellence and leadership in 2014. For over 30 years, our own president and CEO Denny Saunier has helped lead the Chamber with a strategic vision and drive to make Canton/Stark County the best place to live, work and play.

Tuesday, Mar. 25 11:30 to 1:00 pm Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce 222 Market Ave. N in downtown Canton Cost: $15 RSVP by Mar. 21

Signature Program Informational Breakfast If you have always wondered what really goes on in Leadership Stark County’s Signature Program sessions, and whether the program is right for you or your employees, attend the one-hour informational breakfast.



Wednesday, Apr. 2 8 to 9 am Canton Regional Chamber 222 Market Ave. N in downtown Canton Cost: Free RSVP by Mar. 18

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