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UTICA CAPITAL SERIES: Utica Upstream How will the drop in energy prices affect Utica Shale exploration in 2015? Find out at Utica Upstream, the first of this year’s Utica Capital Seminar Series events. Wednesday, April 8 | 8:00 am – 1:30 pm The Barrette Business and Community Center Walsh University, Grove St. NW | North Canton, OH The Canton Regional Chamber and have lined up industry experts to answer your most pertinent questions. Speakers include: - Rick Stouffer, editor of Shale Energy Business Briefing, a daily subscription newsletter for industry insiders. - Rick Simmers, chief of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management. - Dr. Jeffrey C. Dick of Youngstown State University, a geologist with extensive private-sector and academic experience. If you are a business that serves the oil and gas economy in the Utica Shale, you will need the best information going forward in 2015. These experts and more will give you what you need. Register online at or call 330.458.2070. Tickets are $175/each. To learn about sponsorship opportunities, contact: David Kaminski, vice president of public policy and energy, at or 330.458.2059. SPONSORS: Aultcare, Aultworks, Beaver Excavating Company, Furbay Electric, and Strata Worldwide.

Stark County golfers – save the date! INSIDE: Business Excellence Award-Save The Date............ 2 Oil & Gas Column................................................. 3 Canton Blues Fest................................................ 4 Stir After Hours/Table Top Expo............................ 4 AultCare Fast Break Breakfast.............................. 5 ystark! Pub Tour.................................................. 6 ystark! Wear & Share........................................... 6 Enshrinement Festival Key Chairs......................... 7 Enshrinement Festival Queen Applications........... 8 Leadership Signature Applications Due................ 9 Learn About Leadership Breakfast....................... 9 Funding Partners.............................................. 11 Stark County Safety Council Luncheon............... 12 Safety Council Prospective Billing Breakfast....... 12 CEO/Senior Management Breakfast................... 12 New Members................................................... 17 BizBitz.............................................................. 18 March Calendar................................................. 19

SAVE THE DATE for the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic, Stark County’s premier golf event, to take place on May 11 at Brookside Country Club. The Chamber, along with its Leadership Stark County and ystark! departments, is collaborating to merge what in the past has been three separate outings into one superior event and the extraordinary opportunity to golf at one of Ohio’s most prestigious golf courses. Golfers can register individually at $125 or at $500 for a foursome to enjoy a scramble format with shotgun starts at 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Stay tuned for registration details as well as contest and prize information. If your company or organization is interested in some great sponsorship opportunities at this event, please contact Chris Gumpp, Director of Community Events and Sponsorships at 330.458.2055.

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Business Excellence Awards Set for May 5 SAVE THE DATE for Stark County’s most prestigious business awards! Some of our region’s most outstanding companies will be recognized on May 5 at The Conference Center at Kent State University at Stark, beginning with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the awards presentations at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $55 per person. Register online at SPONSORS: Thanks to our event sponsors to date, including Day Ketterer, Stark State College, Westfield Bank, and The Repository. If interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact Chris Gumpp, Director of Community Events and Sponsorships, via e-mail at or by phone at (330) 458.2055.

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OIL & GAS MARCH Oil and Gas News Many oil and gas drilling companies are planning to spend less on drilling programs in the Utica shale in 2015. The low price of gas on the market is a major reason why. How long will this exploration slowdown last? Other than to report their spending plans to investors, many exploration and production companies are not saying much. However, the Utica remains a great place to produce energy in the long term. If your business depends on serving oil and gas exploration, or it depends on figuring out what is coming next in the Utica, you need good information. Our goal is to supply it to you. Our Utica Upstream Seminar, April 8 at Walsh University, is featuring expert observers of the Utica exploration to tell you what they think will happen. We have two more experts to add to the agenda for Utica upstream on April 8, and we are recruiting more. Joining us at the seminar will be Dr. Jeffrey Dick, a geologist and professor at Youngstown State University as well as a private consultant to the energy industry. Dick’s study of the upstream activity makes him a speaker that many organizations want to hear. He will be giving his first presentation in Canton.


energy editor for Shale Media Group. This Western Pennsylvania native was one of the first business journalists to begin covering the Marcellus Shale play around 2007. Last month in this space, we announced that Rick Simmers, chief of the Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, would present at Utica Upstream. Among the many responsibilities of his department is the regulation of exploration and production. Utica Upstream is the first session in our Utica Capital Seminar Series for 2015. We want to thank AultCare-AultWorks, Beaver Excavating, Furbay Electric Supply and Strata Worldwide for becoming early sponsors of Utica Upstream. More sponsorship opportunities are available. Just contact me at the chamber. To register to attend, simply go to: David Kaminski Vice President of Public Policy and Energy (330) 458-2059

Also joining the April 8 program at Walsh University will be Rick Stouffer, editor of Shale Energy Business Briefing and senior

Chairman of the Board - William C. Shivers Huntington Bank Sr. Vice Chairman - Mark Fleiner LG Fuel Cell Systems Vice Chairman - Brian Belden The Belden Brick Company Vice Chairman - Bruce Blaise Kenan Advantage Group

Vice Chairman - Judith E. Barnes Lancaster Attorney At Law

Treasurer - D. William Allen Pro Football Hall of Fame Immediate Past Chairman - Philip D. Fracassa The Timken Company President & CEO - Dennis P. Saunier Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Interim Corporate Secretary - Brian Belden Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Recording Secretary - Connie R. Cerny Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Emil Alecusan Brewster Cheese

Frank Monaco Four Fifteen Group

Katrina Barton Belden Village Mall

Jim Porter The Repository

David Cemate Mercy Medical Center

Stacy Radabaugh Charter One Bank

R. Eric Dellapina FirstMerit Bank N.A.

Rodney Reasonover Stark County Community Action Agency

Dr. Jay Gershen Northeast Ohio Medical University Michael Graeff Koch Knight, LLC James M. Gresh TimkenSteel Matthew Hammond Chesapeake Energy

Robert E. Roland Day Ketterer, LTD. Mark J. Samolczyk Stark Community Foundation

Dr. Para Jones Stark State College

Bruce M. Soares Black McCuskey Souers & Arbaugh

Geoff Karcher The Karcher Group

Tracy Stevens Dominion East Ohio

Dr. David A. King Malone University

John M. Tucker Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A.

Bradley R. McKain Marathon Petroleum Company, LP


Alan Rodriguez Jülz by Alan Rodriguez and Rodriguez’s House of Stones


Mark Wright Aultman Health Foundation

UPCOMING EVENTS 14th Annual Canton Blues Fest Set for June 12 & 13 Northeast Ohio’s premier free blues festival, Canton Blues Fest, will be rocking Market Square in downtown Canton for the 14th straight year on June 12 and 13! The stellar lineup is nearing completion, so keep watching at for a full list of performers that will include more than 14 acts. Blues Fest VIP Passes will go on sale soon. Buy your two-day pass online for $80, or one-day pass for $50, and take advantage of FREE food and beer in the evening (after 5 p.m.), and incredible views of the stage all day. Returning this year is the “Back Porch” acoustic stage, featuring live music in between sets on the main stage. Canton Blues Fest is presented by Canton Development Partnership, a department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, and is made possible in part by Standard Plumbing and Heating Co., Cormony Development, Phil & Nancy Sonner, along with sponsors (to date) including Aultman, Superior Beverage Group, TimkenSteel, Signature Design and Remodeling, The Repository, The City of Canton, Mix 94.1 and News-Talk 1480 WHBC AM, and Downtown Canton Special Improvement District. The committee is co-chaired by Lee Thomas, owner of Signature Design & Remodeling and Vicky Sterling, vice president of sales and marketing at Pinnacle Press.



UPCOMING EVENTS March AultCare Fast Break Breakfast: A Hall of Fame Team with David Baker, president and executive director, Pro Football Hall of Fame Did you know that your business can benefit from understanding the Mission of the Pro Football Hall of Fame? The Hall’s Mission is to: Honor the Heroes of the Game, Preserve its History, Promote its Values & Celebrate Excellence EVERYWHERE.

Friday, Mar. 13 7 a.m. registration
 7:30 a.m. program
 Courtyard by Marriott 4375 Metro Circle in North Canton Cost: $18 members $25 non-members RSVP by Mar. 11 Call 330-458-2070 or visit www. to register.

David Baker will explain how you can apply these principles to make your business stronger and create your own Hall of Fame caliber team. Every month, Fast Break attendees can obtain business leads through enjoyable networking activities, hear a compelling speaker, meet new business contacts and enjoy a delicious breakfast. Plus, when you bring a door prize valued at $15 or more, you’ll receive 30 seconds at the microphone to promote your business.

Baker, Dublikar, Beck, Wiley & Mathews attorneys at law

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


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YSTARK! Kick off St. Patrick’s Day weekend with a pub tour of Downtown Canton Join ystark! and The Karcher Group as we tour some of the best spots in Downtown 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 much more! You can jump in at any point on the path. Make it to our last stop and you’ll receive some swag for completing the tour! It’s all happening Friday, March 13, from 4:00-8:00 pm in Downtown Canton. The first 100 to register will receive a tour t-shirt; sizes limited, register early to guarantee.   Register online at Cost is $5.

Save the date! It’s’s sharing... it’s a fashion show and then some! On April 21, we recycle Wear & Share for an amazing third year. The evening includes shopping, a fashion show, competition, silent auction items, desserts, refreshments and charitable fun ... all at the gorgeous Joseph Saxton Gallery in downtown Canton! 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. 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 gently used fashions. 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. 6:30 pm – Doors open 7:30 pm – Fashion Show & Goodwill Challenge Register online at Tickets are $20. Wear & Share is sponsored (to date) by B. Zimmerman Law.

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ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Names Committee Chairs The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival department of Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce has named the following committee chairs: Gary Bradway, Communications; Barbara Bennett, General Chairman Alumni Association; Ron Dougherty, Safety Management; Michele Shaffer, Security & Logistics; Diane Novak, Special Services; and Vicky Sterling, Steering. Bradway is retired from The Timken Company but continues to stay active in the community and at Christ The Servant Parish. He has served the Enshrinement Festival as a parade marshal and pop booth captain, as well as vice chairman of the Communications Committee in 2013 and 2014, with this his first year as chairman. He and his wife are the proud parents of one son and one daughter. Bradway and his vice chairman Donna Shadle will join with the committee in assuming responsibility for communications equipment utilized at all Enshrinement Festival events, as well as serving as a clearinghouse for inquiries from guests, patrons and media. Bennett was the 2009 general chairman of the Enshrinement Festival and 2004 chairman of the board of trustees of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce. A 1990 graduate of Leadership Stark County, she serves on the Walsh University board of advisors, Aultman Health Foundation board, and Ohio Rail Development Commission. She is currently director of administrative services for Muskingum Water Shed Conservancy District. Bennett resides in North Canton with her two children and husband Keith. The Alumni Association, a committee comprised of 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.

of various Enshrinement Festival activities since its beginning in 1963, and is serving his 21st 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. 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. He is a member of the Board of Trustees 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. Shaffer is a principal within the Louisville City Schools and 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, Eastern Stark Legacy Chapter #596, and Delta Kappa Gamma, Delta Upsilon. She serves as vice president of the Board of the Louisville YMCA. The Security & Logistics committee helps to maintain the safety at many of the events by monitoring movement of people and delivery of goods and services. Serving as vice chairman of the Security & Logistics committee is Doug Froelich.

Novak, former owner/president of Novak Accounting, previously served on the Appreciation Party Committee for 10 years and has been on the Special Services Committee for six years, (continued on next page)

Dougherty, of Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty law firm, has been active in and chairman



ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL Committee chairs continued ... with this her second 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, and Wilderness Center. She and husband Joe are the proud parents of a daughter and son. The Special Services Committee assists many of the event committees with varied duties, including media and sponsor hospitality, registration, transportation, and hosting. Assisting Novak with committee duties is vice chairman Jerry Gilin.

Sterling, vice president of sales and marketing for Pinnacle Press, served as 2014 General Chairman. Previously, she chaired the Ribs Burnoff Committee and served on the security committees for the Balloon Classic and Enshrinement Ceremony. She is a past

recipient of the Chamber’s Community Salute Award of Merit, Canton Advertising Federation’s Ad Person of the Year, and Junior League Woman of the Year. The Steering Committee assists and facilitates as needed to successfully accomplish the Enshrinement Festival mission statement and goals and approves critical Enshrinement Festival issues, such as annual budget, ticket pricing changes and policy issues.

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 9. 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


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 on Thursday, May 7 will begin at 7 p.m. at The Canton Palace Theatre. All seats are reserved at $20 each, and tickets can be purchased at the Canton Regional Chamber, and online at Pageant. At the conclusion of the Pageant, a Queen and five court members will have been selected on the basis of personality,

poise, beauty, communication skills, academic achievement and service to community. The Queen and her court will serve as role models and goodwill ambassadors throughout the community, volunteering their time to a wide variety of civic organizations. For more information regarding applications, tickets or sponsorship opportunities, contact Kathy Lindenberger at (330) 458-2056 or visit the Enshrinement Festival Web site at


LEADERSHIP STARK COUNT Y Apply Now to our Signature Program

Who should apply for the Signature Program? The Signature Program is ideal for business and community leaders who are ready to take their careers and community involvement to the next level. How does it work? Each year, a limited number of participants are selected through an application & interview process. About 25% of applicants are asked to re-apply the following year. Our goal is a diverse class: professionally, geographically, and culturally What’s the time commitment? • Covers 10 months, beginning with a 2 1/2 day Opening Retreat •

Day-long programs once per month cover a range of topics

If selected, what kinds of things will I get to do? Your Signature experience includes opportunities to: • Find your personal leadership style and learn how to make it work for you • Take a whirlwind tour of Stark County, exploring the cultural, economic, and historic features of our community • Take on-site tours and small-group interactions with CEO’s

What’s the Best Leadership Program for Me? Leadership Stark County program options explained Come to the Learn about Leadership Breakfast for prospective applicants on Thursday, March 19, 8:00-9:00 a.m. at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce. The free, no-obligation Learn about Leadership breakfast provides applicants, prospective candidates, and employers, answers to: • • • • •

What are the programs offered by Leadership Stark County? What is the Signature Program and how does it work? How will Leadership Stark County participation 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. While there is no cost to attend, reservations are requested by Monday, March 16. All are welcome. Make your reservation by calling 330-458-2095 or online at

• Go on a cruiser ride with police or sheriff’s department, and tour the Stark County Jail and meet with administrators • Attend a seminar on board governance, have a chance to be matched with a non-profit for board service • Take part in a poverty simulation, share a meal at a local nutrition center, tour a homeless shelter • Discuss local issues with political and civic leaders, meet with judges in their chambers, learn what it takes to run for office or join a commission • Meet with school superintendents, tour alternative and traditional schools with principals, hear from school board members • And many more experiences to expand your knowledge and awareness How much? • Tuition is $2,650 including meals, lodging, and materials •

Tuition assistance is available for non-profit or small business participants

When do I start? Our next Signature Program runs September 2015 through June 2016. Selection is completed by the end of June. Apply online at now through April 24, 2015!


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Thank you to our ADVANTAGE CANTON Business Advisors and Certified Public Accountants

funding partners: AEP Ohio

Mark Crawford, CPA



Canton | 330.966.9400 Cleveland | 216.363.0100 Delaware | 740.362.9031 Elyria | 440.323.3200

Aultman Health Foundation Charter One Bank Chase Chesapeake Energy Corporation City of Canton Consumers National Bank Dominion East Ohio FedEx Custom Critical Fifth Third Bank FirstMerit Bank NA Hilscher-Clarke Electric Company Huntington Bank Kenan Advantage Group Kent State University at Stark KeyBank Malone University Mercy Medical Center Northeast Ohio Medical University PNC Bank Premier Bank and Trust The Belden Brick Company The M. Conley Company The Repository The Timken Company


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SAFET Y COUNCIL Stark County Safety Council Monthly Luncheon Series: Better Life Flex-N-Stretch - Featuring Gene Lehman, Owner Workplace injuries are common in both the warehouse and the office station. Lower back and joint pain reduces productivity on the job and costs companies thousands of dollars every year. Stretching and exercise is the key to reducing many of these injuries. Companies are choosing to improve flexibility by using stretching stations in their wellness strategies. These “exer-stretching” stations are a cost-efficient way to reduce workers compensation claims and down time. The presentation will include demonstrations and address workplace issues such as: •

Prevention/relief of carpal tunnel syndrome

Prevention/relief of overuse/repetitive motion injuries

Stretching for pain from low back issues caused by improper lifting

Thursday, Mar. 12 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Meyer’s Lake Ballroom 3218 Parkway St. NW, Canton $16 per person RSVP at March Spotlight Company: All attendees have a chance to win a door prize provided by our spotlight company. About the speaker: Gene Lehman is a former school teacher who started his company, Better Life Flex-n- Stretch, in 2002. The company today is a premier on- site training and educational company teaching injury prevention, maximum athletic performance and the relief of pain from strains and sprains. His topics range from “Pill-less pain relief” to “Adding life to your years”.

Prospective Billing Breakfast

CEO/Senior Management Breakfast

What You Need to Know: BWC Prospective Billing for Private Employers featuring Lorrie Goodnight, BWC Business Consultant

“Leading Our Community to Improved Health” Featuring Edward J. Roth III, President & CEO, Aultman Health Foundation

As part of the ongoing efforts to modernize the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) operations and provide better service to Ohio’s employers, the BWC will be transitioning to a new prospective billing system beginning in July 2015. Prospective billing is an insurance industry standard practice that will enable us to collect premiums before extending coverage. Lorrie Goodnight, BWC business consultant, will explain the upcoming transition and the benefits to private employers. Topics will include:

“Safety First” is a mantra heard in many industries. However, because we are human there is always a risk of human error jeopardizing safety. This is something that should not just be accepted.

The reason for the switch, and its benefits to employers

Transition timelines for private employers

Changes to rating plan and BWC program deadlines

Basic introduction to available rating plans.

Thursday, Mar. 19 8:00 – 9:30 am; registration begins at 7:30 am Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce 222 Market Ave. N, Canton $10 SCSC members; $15 non-members Register online at


We can learn from organizations across several industries that are leading the way to improve safety through high reliability. This presentation will discuss where Aultman is on its journey towards high reliability and offer those in attendance some safety and high reliability concepts to consider within their organization. Please note: you don’t need to be a CEO or in senior management to attend. All are welcome. Wednesday, Mar. 25 8:00 – 9:30 am; registration begins at 7:30 am Skyland Pines Golf Club & Event Center 3550 Columbus Rd. NE, Canton $20 per person Register online at




Women’s Impact Inc. invites you to an inspiring evening honoring professional women of achievement ... Sponsored by:

4th Annual Greater Stark County Athena Leadership Awards Thursday, March 19, 2015 2015 Finalists

Shelley Loreen Boss, DDS

Sandra Watkins Cleaver

Alexandra Nicholis Coon

Nancy S. Gessner

Sue Grabowski

Laurie Moline

Anne M. Triplett

Please join Women’s Impact Inc. for an inspiring evening honoring the 2015 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 2012 Recipients Renee Powell Janet Weir Creighton

2012 Finalists Sheila Markley Black Cheryle L. Casar Trina Cutter Michele D. Evans Hon. Sheila G. Farmer Kari Groh Shannon English Hexamer

2013 Recipient Dr. Para Jones

2014 Recipient Kathy Catazaro-Perry

2013 Finalists Shelly Chadwick The Honorable Judge Taryn Heath Maria Heege Judith E. Barnes Lancaster Lorie Miller Corey Minor Smith Vicky Sterling

2014 Finalists Alexandra Nicholis Coon The Honorable Judge Taryn Heath Denise Penz

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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. Brunner Tool & Repair (PRESSURE WASHER EQUIPMENT REPAIR) Paul W. Brunner 3100 Lincoln St. E Canton, OH 44707 (330) 546-0828

Geisen Haus (RESTAURANTS) Gloria Cavalier 6955 Promway Ave. NW North Canton, OH 44720 (330) 499-9116

Canton Ballet (DANCE) Cassandra Crowley 1001 Market Ave. N Canton, OH 44702 (330) 455-7220

Genesis10 (EMPLOYMENT SERVICES) Stephanie Cayanus One Cascade Plaza - Suite 100 Akron, OH 44308 (330) 597-4100

Chip Townhomes Eureka Multifamily Group (APARTMENT RENTALS) Jamie Zook 3124 Kalahari St. NE Canton, OH 44705 (330) 454-1114

H & R Block (TAX RETURN PREPARATION) Crystal Eldridge 3816 W Tuscarawas St. Canton. OH 44708 (330) 478-1040

Classico Landscapes, Inc. (LANDSCAPING & MAINTENANCE & DESIGN) Brad Bartell 5805 Stark Blvd. Louisville, OH 44641 (330) 323-9485 Dioguardi’s Italian Foods (GROCERS - RETAIL FOODS - SPECIALITY) Jeff Labowitz 3116 Market Ave. N Canton, OH 44714 (330) 492-3777

The Hub Grill (RESTAURANTS) Damon West 5153 West Tuscarawas St. Canton, OH 44708 (330) 316-3250 Karlo-Libby Funeral Home (FUNERAL HOMES) Stephen P Libby 5000 Everhard Rd. NW Canton, OH 44718 (330) 494-9644 LED Transportation -- Luxury Executive - Disability (TRANSPORTATION) Gregg Elliott 2509 Krisko Cir. SW Canton, OH 44706 (330) 575-1927

Everstream - One Community (INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY) Darren Stefan 800 W. St. Clair, 2nd Floor Cleveland, OH 44113 (330) 936-5945

Mighty Car Wash (AUTO CARE - DETAIL SHOP) Miles Proctor 4016 Cleveland Ave .NW Canton, OH 44709 (330) 354-8458 Outlook Office Solutions (OFFICE FURNITURE & INTERIOR DESIGN) Bill Smith 1250 Bedford Ave. SW Canton, OH 44710 (330) 309-5770 Shakertown Apartments (APARTMENT RENTALS) Cheryl Niesz 5902 Shakertown Dr. NW #B1 Canton, OH 44718 (330) 494-6596 Skyline Terrace Apartments Eureka Multifamily Group (REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT) Candace Fontes 635 Alan Page Dr. SE Canton, OH 44707 (330) 456-7237 Sonja’s Wrap (It Works) (HEALTH & WELLNESS & WEIGHT LOSS) Sonja M. Morton 13930 Warwick Dr. NW Canal Fulton, OH 44614 (330) 844-3311 Welcome Home Cleaning Services (CLEANING SERVICES) Heather Piatt 4518 17th St. NW Canton, OH 44708 (330) 805-1169

Brian Linc Architect, LLC (ARCHITECTS) Brian Linc 815 Briar Ave. NE North Canton, OH 44720 (330) 352-2456

Forest Hill Cemetery (CEMETERIES) Cindy Gapen 4414 Cleveland Ave. NW Canton, OH 44709-1834 (330) 499-7353 Frank’s Electric, Inc. (ELECTRIC MOTORS - SALES & SERVICE) Brian Frank 11424 Beech St. NE Alliance, OH 44601 (330) 821-5457

Meaden & Moore, Ltd. (ACCOUNTANTS - CONSULTANTS) Alan A. Lupas 1100 Superior Ave. #1100 Cleveland, OH 44114 (216) 928-5415



BIZ BITZ Congratulations to Canton resident, Janay Johnson, food & nutrition services, for being named Mercy Medical Center’s Star Performer of the Year for 2014. 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.  Johnson was chosen as the Star Performer of the Month last March, and was recently selected from the 2014 candidates as the overall Star Performer of the Year. Johnson was nominated for going far beyond the scope of her job duties to help a patient’s family member in need.  Her keen awareness and quick action led to immediate medical attention for a hospital visitor who was in dire medical distress.  Johnson’s actions most likely saved this visitor’s life.  She has been an employee at Mercy since 2005 and was presented with her award by Thomas E. Cecconi, president & CEO, at Mercy Medical Center. Jim Tressel, president of Youngstown State University and head coach of The Ohio State University 2002 National Champion football team will be the featured speaker at the Men’s Challenge Fundraising Kick-Off Dinner, March 12 at the McKinley Grand Hotel in downtown Canton. Men’s Challenge is a Christ-based 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that addresses root causes of poverty by assisting “unemployable” men to achieve sustainable employment. Now celebrating their third year of existence, Men’s Challenge has had over 750 men participate in their program. Originating in Alliance the impact of Men’s Challenge was expanded last year when they opened a new office in Canton. The response has been phenomenal, said Dustin Burgess, who is the 2015 Fundraising Campaign Chairman for Men’s Challenge.

org. Materials can be dropped off to the foundation offices, located on the first floor of Aultman Hospital, or delivered by postal mail with a deadline of 5 p.m. March 13. SmArtSplash, a free family fun day of artmaking, performances and a little bit of learning, returns to the Cultural Center for the Arts (1001 Market Avenue North, 44702) on Saturday, March 7 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The ArtsinStark hosted event, is sponsored by Akron Children’s Hospital and Ceccini Enterprises, Inc. Created around the theme of “genius,” SmArtSplash includes make-ntake projects offered from Camp Wakonda, Canton Idol, the Early Childhood Resource Center, HeadStart, Artful Living and Camp Tippecanoe, who will also be leading a singalong.  Other stage performances include the Canton Ballet, the Plain Local School District Chorus, WeJoySing and the Arts Academy at Summit. Admission to the Canton Museum of Art is also free and the site of an enticing scavenger hunt focused on their current exhibit of the works of Ferdinand Brader.  The Canton Symphony Orchestra gets in the act by inviting kids to be a guest conductor.  The Massillon Museum will be doing an interactive pendulum painting project, while BZTAT leads a community art project.  Volunteers from Nationwide Insurance will be face painting ingenious designs.  Albert Einstein – America’s favorite genius – will be making a guest appearance and of course, posing for photo ops.  And, everyone will be able to capture their own genius-in-action at Red Couch Laboratories’ smart and sassy photo booth. The Stark County District Library and the Canton Symphony Orchestra are offering two collaborative events for patrons of all ages. Listen at the Library offers a chance for

children and their parents to interact with a trio of musicians from the Canton Symphony Orchestra. Stories will be read aloud and musicians will play accompanying music. Children will have the opportunity to ask questions about the songs and instruments. This is a wonderful way for parents to introduce their children to orchestral music. Sundays with the Symphony are orchestral performances for patrons of all ages. A trio of musicians from the Canton Symphony Orchestra will perform a set of pieces and will allow time for an audience question and answer session. Visit http://www. for dates and times in March and April. Walsh University has announced the appointment of Brian Greenwell to the newly created position of vice president for Administration, effective July 1, 2015. In his new position, Greenwell will be responsible for the Information Technology strategy of the University, management of IT resources, support eLearning programming, and the cyber and physical security of Walsh’s campuses. In addition, Greenwell will take the lead role in the strategic planning and architectural design of Walsh’s new academic learning center. He will continue to direct the operation of the Information Technology Department, which includes infrastructure, applications, customer support, telecommunications and technical services. Greenwell brings more than 25 years of experience to this position and most recently served as Walsh’s Chief Information Officer, where he directed the strategy and management of the Information Technology department. In addition, from 2009 to 2014, Greenwell held the positions of Director of Infrastructure and Customer Service Center Manager.

The Aultman Foundation is accepting 2015 grant applications Feb. 23 through March 13 from 501(c) 3 non-profit organizations with projects focusing on wellness, health education and human services. Special consideration is given to proposed projects and services that focus on the underserved, especially the poor, elderly and children. Proposed projects or services must impact the communities served by Aultman Health Foundation, which includes Stark, Wayne, Holmes, Carroll and Tuscarawas counties. The Aultman Foundation does not fund individuals, capital campaigns, annual campaigns, foundations, endowments or government entities. Application cover sheets and checklists (required) are available for download at www.aultmanfoundation.




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First Friday: Vegas Night First Friday is a monthly party in the downtown Canton Arts District featuring themed music, performance and visual arts events. Rain or shine, year ‘round.

First Friday, March 6 6:00 to 10:00 pm Downtown Canton Arts District Cost: Free!

Tabletop Business Expo Check out the latest products and services of local businesses while enjoying fantastic networking, complimentary food & drinks, and a chance to win door prizes.

Wednesday, March 11 5:00-7:30 pm Courtyard by Marriott in North Canton Cost: FREE

March Stark County Safety Council Luncheon Better Life = Flex-N-Stretch With Gene Lehman, Owner

Thursday, March 12 11:30 am -1:00 pm Meyer’s Lake Ballroom $16 per person

March AultCare Fast Break Breakfast A Hall of Fame Team with David Baker, President & Executive Director, Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Friday, March 13 7:00 am registration 7:30 am program Courtyard by Marriott in North Canton Cost: $18 members, $25 non-members

Business During Hours Luncheon Mixer Free admission to the 68th Annual Stark County Home and Garden Show, Friday 11:00 am 1:00 pm only! Food catered by Old Carolina BBQ, $1 draft beers.

Friday, March 13 11:00 am -1:00 pm Stark County Fairgrounds Cost: FREE

ystark! 2015 Pub Tour Join ystark! and The Karcher Group as we tour some of the best spots in Canton.

Friday, March 13 4:00-8:00 pm Downtown Canton Cost: $5 (first 100 to register receive a tour t-shirt)

Prospective Billing Breakfast BWC Prospective Billing for Private Employers with Lorrie Goodnight, BWC Business Consultant at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Thursday, March 19 8:00-9:30 am (7:30 am registration) at Canton Chamber Cost: $10 SCSC members; $15 non-members

CEO/Senior Management Breakfast “Leading Our Community to Improved Health” Featuring Edward J. Roth III, President and CEO, Aultman Health Foundation

Wednesday, March 25 8:00-9:30 am (7:30 am registration) Skyland Pines Golf Club & Event Center Cost: $20

Two New Attorneys at Black McCuskey Attorney Eric T. Francis is a graduate of Capital University Law School and practices in the areas of business, real estate and litigation. Attorney Ryan W. Maxwell graduated from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law and focuses his practice in the area of litigation. Black McCuskey is a full-service law firm with over 20 attorneys.

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Work-related accidents happen 24-hours a day. Injured employees need specialized, experienced attention to minimize injuries, speed recovery and return to work. Work Health & Safety Services (WHSS) is open 24/7 through its affiliation with Mercy Medical Center.

• Mercy Health Center of Carroll County 125 Canton Road, Carrollton, OH | 330-627-7641 • Mercy Health Center of Jackson/Massillon 7337 Caritas Circle NW, Massillon, OH | 330-966-8689 • Mercy Health Center of North Canton 6200 Whipple Avenue NW, North Canton, OH | 330-966-8689 • Mercy Health Center of Tuscarawas County 1031 West High Avenue, New Philadelphia, OH | 330-365-5100 If care is necessary after 9 p.m. - Mercy Medical Center Emergency Department 1320 Mercy Drive N.W., Canton, OH | 330-489-1055 | Daily 24-hour service

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