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Last Call for 2016 COMMUNITY SALUTE AWARDS Tickets! Join us on Wednesday, Nov. 9, as we recognize outstanding civic volunteerism and community service at our annual Community Salute Awards! William C. Shivers, Canton/Mahoning Valley regional president for Huntington Bank, will be recognized with the highest honor of the evening, the Award of Merit.

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The award will be presented along with five Awards of Appreciation: Betty Smith, EN-RICHMENT; Cyndi Morrow, Wishes Can Happen; Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio; Stark County Hunger Task Force; and The Prescription Assistance Network of Stark County, Inc.

Chamber says THANK YOU to Advantage Canton Funding Partners

INSIDE: Oil and Gas News................................................. 3 Thanksgathering................................................. 4 AultCare Fast Break Breakfast.............................. 5 AultCare Quick Connect Luncheon........................ 5 Attorney General DeWine Visits........................... 8 Fall NETWORK..................................................... 8 Employ-ability Summit....................................... 8 Light Up Downtown Winter Clothing Drive........... 9 LSC Business Leaders Forum.............................. 10 Enshrinement Festival Wins IFEA Award............. 12 Enshrinement Festival Photo Contest Winners.... 12 Workers Comp AC-3........................................... 13 Safety Council Monthly Luncheon...................... 14 Safety Council Be a Spotlight Company............. 14 Funding Partners.............................................. 15 New Members................................................... 17 2017 Membership Directory Printing Soon!........ 17 BizBitz.............................................................. 18 MAGNET............................................................ 18 November Calendar........................................... 19

As we prepare for our 2017 Advantage Canton program, we’d like to once again thank our 2016 Advantage Canton Funding Partners for their continued dedication to the Chamber’s economic development, workforce development, downtown revitalization, public policy and energy efforts. Begun in 2005, the Advantage Canton Economic Development Program has resulted

in millions of dollars in new investments and area employment growth. Without the support of our generous funding partners, these strides in economic development would not be possible. If your business or organization is interested in learning more about our 2017 Advantage Canton program, please contact Steven Meeks, Chief Operating Officer, at 330.458.2088 or


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

UPCOMING EVENTS November 2016 - Volume XLVIII - No. 11

Brian Belden Director of Sales Belden Brick Chairman Dennis P. Saunier President & CEO Steven M. Meeks COO Collyn Floyd Editor and Director of Marketing Denise Burton Director of Membership & Sales Advertising Sales / Action 330.458.2067

Sarah Lutz Graphics Manager

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

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A special award of appreciation will be given to The Boards of Directors for both the Canton Regional Chamber and Jackson-Belden Chamber for their dedicated support, perseverance and leadership as we merged into one UNITED organization in 2016. The event will be held at The Conference Center, Kent State University at Stark, beginning with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the awards program at 6:30 p.m. Limited tickets are available online for $55 at or by calling (330) 458-2070. ABOUT THE HONOREES Award of Merit Over the years, William C. Shivers has been an active business and community leader. Bill is president of Huntington’s Canton and Mahoning Valley Regions and is a 27-year veteran of the banking industry, Shivers joined Huntington in 2007. His diverse background encompasses serving as a State Examiner for the Ohio State Auditors Office; Director of Sales and Marketing, as well as Vice President of Operations, for Quaker Manufacturing Corp. William is very active in our community and currently serves as a member of the board, executive committee and past chairman for the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce; board member for the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce; 2015 campaign chairman, member of the board of directors and executive committee member of the United Way of Greater Stark County; leadership advisory council for Junior Achievement of East Central Ohio; trustee of the Alliance Area Development Foundation board and executive committee; board, executive committee and past chairman for the Stark Development Board; trustee for the Stark Community Foundation; secretary and trustee of the Community Building

Partnership of Stark County; board member of the Downtown Canton Land Bank; board member of the Akron/Canton Regional Foodbank; board member of the Better Business Bureau of Mahoning Valley; board member of Athena International; Parish Council member and chairman of St. Ann’s Church. He served as a former board member and treasurer of the Akron Urban League. He received his undergraduate degree from Hiram College, Hiram, OH and his master’s degree in business administration from Franciscan University, Steubenville, OH. William currently resides in Salem with his wife, Lori. They have three grown daughters, Alisha (Dan Mitoff ), Morgan and Mackenzie. William and Lori are the proud grandparents to granddaughter, Kennedy. Awards of Appreciation For nearly two decades, Betty Smith has used her talents to make her adopted community of Canton a better place. Smith, also known as “Betty Mac”, moved to Canton from Chicago in 1998 after marrying Rev. Mark Smith. Betty Smith is a very dedicated community activist with a passion for music, neighborhood revitalization and youth. Betty works tirelessly even after retirement. In October 2012, Betty co-founded and formed EN-RICH-MENT (ENjoying the RICHness of Music, Education, Nurturing and Training). She has also been the Executive Director since its inception. In an effort to better educate and prepare our youth to be productive citizens to our society, EN-RICH-MENT was created for under-served urban youth ages 5-18. Free music lessons in strings, brass, woodwind, percussion, art, dance, voice and drumline are provided every Saturday FREE of charge. During the summer they host a seven week fine arts camp. The EN-RICHMENT drumline is in partnership with (continued on page six)




Oil and Gas News | November 2016 Experts in the chemicals and plastics industry see conditions that could lead to a growth in sustainable manufacturing jobs, thanks to the Utica Shale. Here are some of the takeaways offered by those experts at last month’s Utica Summit IV, our annual seminar on the downstream use of Utica energy: Shell Chemicals’ decision to build an ethane cracker in Beaver County, Pa., to manufacture polyethylene will make it easier for other ethane processing facilities to be built in the Appalachian Basin. The infrastructure and workforce built for Shell can be shared by others. New investments in U.S. chemicals and plastics manufacturing facilities exceed $40 billion. The industry’s raw materials, derived from natural gas, are available in the United States at a price that cannot be beat anywhere else in the world. Creating polyethylene in the region (as Shell Chemical will do) could have a $6.4 billion per year economic impact on the region. Plastics companies directly employ 73,400 Ohioans with a direct payroll of $2.4 billion.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Chairman of the Board - Brian Belden The Belden Brick Company

by the Chamber in partnership with Shale Directories and The Repository.

Sr. Vice Chairman - Judith E. Barnes Lancaster Attorney At Law

To study the presentation slides from Utica Summit IV, go to our event website, Each of the seven featured speakers are listed with a link to their presentations.

Vice Chairman - Joe Feltes Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLP Vice Chairman - Todd Hawke GDK & Co Vice Chairman - Rick McQueen Akron-Canton Airport

Our ability to produce these seminars for the business community would not be possible without the support of our sponsors.

Vice Chairman - Jim Porter The Repository Treasurer - D. William Allen Pro Football Hall of Fame Immediate Past Chairman - William C. Shivers Huntington National Bank

We are grateful for the support of three companies that were with us for Utica Upstream in April, Utica Midstream in June and Utica Summit IV. They are AEP Ohio, Beaver Excavating and Furbay Oil and Gas. Five other sponsors joined us for Utica IV: Akron Electric, Niagara Worldwide representing Center Port Terminal, Orion Strategies, Chas. E. Phipps Co. and Innis Maggiore.

President & CEO - Dennis P. Saunier Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce COO - Steven M. Meeks Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Recording Secretary - Connie R. Cerny Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce


We look forward to continuing our oil and gas work in the new year. David Kaminski Vice President for Public Policy and Energy (330) 458-2059

Emil Alecusan Brewster Cheese

Frank Monaco Four Fifteen Group

Katrina Barton Belden Village Mall

Lucia M. Pileggi KeyBank

Greg Brokaw Consumers National Bank, Jackson-Belden Office

Steven O. Pittman CliftonLarsonAllen

The United States will become a net exporter of natural gas in 2017. In 2016 so far, it has exported 113 billion cubic feet of liquefied natural gas on 33 tanker ships. Utica IV was the 13th major oil and gas conference since the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce began its energy work in April 2012. Utica IV was produced

David Cemate Mercy Medical Center Ajay Das The Timken Company R. Eric Dellapina FirstMerit Bank N.A. William F. Downey Kenan Advantage Group Chris DiLoreto Jackson Local Schools

Alan Rodriguez Jülz by Alan Rodriguez and Rodriguez’s House of Stones Robert E. Roland Day Ketterer, LTD. Dr. Denise A. Seachrist Kent State University at Stark

Mike Gallina AultCare Health Network

Bruce M. Soares Black McCuskey Souers & Arbaugh

Dr. Jay Gershen Northeast Ohio Medical University

Amanda Sterling TimkenSteel

Michael Graeff

Tracy Stevens Dominion East Ohio

Dr. Para Jones Stark State College Geoff Karcher The Karcher Group Dr. David A. King Malone University Bradley R. McKain Marathon Petroleum Company, LP Michael Moore FedEx Custom Critical


Rodney Reasonover Stark County Community Action Agency


John M. Tucker Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A. Brandon Wehl Portage Electric Products Inc. Mark Wright Aultman Health Foundation

UPCOMING EVENTS Chamber Gives Thanks to YOU our Members at Thanksgathering November STIR AFTER HOURS at the Millennium Centre Join us on Wednesday, Nov. 16, for a special Stir After Hours hosted by the Chamber. We’re giving thanks for you – our members – at our annual Thanksgathering event here at the Millennium Centre building. Mix and mingle with Chamber staff and fellow members as you enjoy entertainment, specialty hors d’oeuvres, delectable desserts, and wine and beer donated from these member businesses: A-Z Sounds Unlimited Buehler’s Buffalo Wild Wings Carrabba’s Italian Grill Chocolates by Erin Grinders Above & Beyond JAA! Dessert Studio & Café J & K Subway Kat’s Bake Shoppe McKinley Grand – Thorpe’s Napoli’s Italian Eatery

Norcia Bakery Peace Love & Little Donuts Quarry Golf Club Santangelo’s Shearer’s Snacks Siegfried Enterprises dba McDonalds Thatsa Wrapp The Irish Pub & Grill The Mustard Man Westside Bakery Millennium Centre businesses include CareWorks Comp, Day Ketterer Ltd, Attorneys at Law, Jülz by Alan Rodriguez, Schauer Group, Inc., and of course, the Chamber!

Wednesday, Nov. 16 5:00–7:30 pm Canton Regional Chamber 222 Market Ave., N. in downtown Canton FREE to members with a non-perishable food item or $3 donation RSVP by Nov. 14 at The Millennium Centre Parking Deck will be open late. Tickets will be validated.

Give those in need something to be thankful for by bringing your nonperishable food item or $3 donation for the Stark County Hunger Task Force and receive FREE admission to our member Thanksgathering event. Reservations are required.

Intellectual Property For Business Why It Matters

Join us for this informative breakfast seminar presented by the attorneys of Black McCuskey. Topics include: Protecting Your Ideas research & development, inventions & patents Developing and Protecting Your Brand trademarks: clearance, use, and registration

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 Registration/Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. Seminar: 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Kent State University at Stark Conference Center 6000 Frank Ave. NW, North Canton, OH 44720

Register at: BMSA.COM

Who Owns What in the Digital Age software/open-source, internet, copyright, and domain names Protecting Your Assets in Business Relationships contracts, agreements, & employment matters Preparing for Litigation Before It’s Too Late avoidance policies, on-going steps, and minimizing damage & costs Speakers: James D. Schweikert Daniel J. Schlue Patricia S. Kramer James M. Wherley, Jr. Whitney L. Willits-Monroe Rod A. Moore




UPCOMING EVENTS Now Two AultCare Networking Opportunities in November! We offer the AultCare Fast Break Breakfast and the AultCare QuickConnect Networking Luncheon, each month! Whether you prefer your networking at breakfast, at lunch or both, we’ve got you covered. November AultCare Fast Break Breakfast with Diane Helbig of Seize This Day Join us on Nov. 11 as Diane Helbig, president of Seize This Day, shares her strategies on how your business or organization can operate more constructively and profitably and achieve your small business goals. Diane is an international business and leadership change agent, author, speaker, and radio show host. As a speaker and workshop facilitator Diane merges energy and enthusiasm with rich content. You’ll leave with actionable steps as well as the excitement to implement those steps. Friday, Nov. 11 7:30 – 9 am (Registration begins at 7 am) Courtyard by Marriott 4375 Metro Circle, Canton $18 Members/$25 Non-Members Register by Nov. 9 at

November AultCare QuickConnect Networking Luncheon with Pamela Glowski & Bob Pacanovsky Miracle Resources & The Vacation Group Join us for our November networking luncheon as Pamela Glowski of Miracle Resources & Bob Paconovsky of The Vacation Group speak on “Behavior & Branding to Outclass Your Competition.” Get tips and resources to strategically brand your team, create a team that outclasses your competition, create your company brand from the inside-out, and create your personal brand through remarkable touch points. Wednesday, Nov. 16 11:30 am – 1 pm (Registration begins at 11 am) Shady Hollow Country Club 4865 Wales Ave. NW, Massillon $18/members, $23/non-members Register by Nov. 16 at

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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UPCOMING EVENTS Community Salute ... the Blue Coats Drum & Bugle Corps. The drumline and strings perform at various events throughout Stark County. They recently established an arts and veggie garden.

Cyndi Morrow is a business professional and dedicated community volunteer who focuses on doing everything within her power to improve the quality of life for everyone.

An accomplished organist, who for 25 years played at her church in Chicago and now plays for her husband’s church, Betty also created and produced the Canton Idol talent competition, founded the NuZone Festivals in downtown Canton, Golden Dove Awards, the Canton version of “Gospel Meets Symphony” and in 2015 Percussion Competition.

In 1982, while working a full-time job and fulfilling a myriad of other obligations, she and a friend co-founded Wishes Can Happen, a non-profit organization located in North Canton that strives to grant wishes to children in Ohio who are dealing with life-threatening illnesses.

Since 2000 Betty has hosted the television program “On Track with Betty Mac” on Canton City Schools channel 15 in which she spotlights community events, organizations and individuals in a positive and interesting way. Betty founded and served as Executive Director at Multi-Development Services of Stark County (1999-2009), a neighborhood-based social service agency that believes in the holistic approach to services. It offered programs for mothers with small children, a homeless shelter, transitional housing, neighborhood revitalization team, recording studio for youth, after school program for youth, community garden, and a health and wellness program. Betty has also been an active volunteer with Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival including chairing the Fashion Show Luncheon. She has served on the board of the Canton Symphony Orchestra, Community Services of Stark County (now ComQuest) and various committees including Malone College, WIC, the Canton Museum of Art Kimona Exhibit, and PR Director for the O’Jays Weekends. In 2013 she was inducted into the Senior Olympics Hall of Fame. Betty has authored two books, “Man with a Vision: Bishop Arthur M. Brazier” and “Unexpected Blessings in the Midst of my Pain”. Betty is married to Rev. Mark Smith. She has two children (Merrijo and Christopher McDaniel) who live in Chicago.


Entirely supported by donations, and with nearly 90% of every dollar donated going directly to granting wishes, they are able to grant up to 50 wishes per year. They have granted a total of more than 1,200 wishes and Cyndi affectionately calls each one “a non-stop love affair.” Wishes is governed by an all-volunteer 14-member Board of Directors who give unselfishly of their time and resources to help meet the Wishes mission. Cyndi spearheads a multitude of fundraising events that are held each year, with the most notable being the WHBC/ Mix 94.1 “Wish-A-Thon” every August - the most recent one (the 9th annual) raising more than $160,000. Additionally, as owner of Koala Kruizers since 1995, she is able to further impact the lives of so many, with a focus on children and senior citizens. Koala Kruizers offers specialized transportation for children and seniors via safe and reliable shuttle services for the greater Canton and surrounding areas. They often transport to medical appointments, adult and children daycare centers, and extracurricular activities. Koala Kruizers also volunteers its resources to support the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Canton Repository Grand Parade. Cyndi served as the Chairman of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Concert & Fireworks Committee and is a current member of the Enshrinement Festival’s Community Parade and Canton Repository Grand Parade Committees. Cyndi was awarded the Junior League Women of the Year President’s Award. She was a recipient of the Aultcare 30 recognition and has been

inducted into the Plain Local Schools Alumni Association Hall of Distinction. For nearly 30 years, Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio has partnered with hard-working local families to help them discover strength, stability, and self-reliance through decent, affordable housing. With the support of countless volunteers and generous financial donors, Habitat has locally built and renovated nearly 500 homes, impacting more than 2,000 people in need. With an unwavering dedication to eliminating substandard housing in this community, Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio is a leader among U.S. Habitat for Humanity ministries and has been named the #1 affiliate in Ohio for best practices. Beth J. Lechner has served as the Executive Director/CEO of Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio for over a decade. Her leadership at Habitat has encouraged the exponential growth of the organization which began serving greater Canton, and today serves all of east central Ohio, including Stark, Carroll, Tuscarawas, Harrison, and Jefferson Counties. Along with this organizational growth, Habitat has expanded its programs beyond new construction and renovation construction to meet the shifting needs of this community through critical home repair and minor home repair. Today, Habitat utilizes all of these programs through the recently launched Renewal Project - a four-year, $3.5 million investment in the holistic revitalization of one entire neighborhood in northeast Canton. Habitat also operates Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Canton, a non-profit thrift store that supports Habitat’s home building and renovation efforts through donations and sales of new and gently used home goods and building supplies. Surrounded by a community of donors and shoppers, proceeds from these two stores have built over thirteen homes since 2005. When it all comes together, Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio is a Christian ministry, a multi-million-dollar home builder, and a thrift store that is on a


UPCOMING EVENTS Community Salute ... mission to bring people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Holding to the belief that every one of us deserves a decent place to call home, Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio is committed to offering more deserving families a hand up, not a hand out. The Stark County Hunger Task Force (SCHTF) began in 1981 when a group of Stark County residents looked at their community and saw something that made them pause: many of their neighbors did not have reliable access to adequate food for themselves and their families. The need they witnessed did more than cause them to stop and think -- it moved them to make a difference in the lives of their struggling neighbors. Located in their homes and churches, this small task force of dedicated and impassioned volunteers opened four distribution sites where they served free groceries to 3,000 people each month. Thirty-five years later, with 15.2% of the Stark County population, or over 57,000 people identified as food insecure, the Stark County Hunger Task Force continues to respond. As the need in Stark County has grown, so has the SCHTF along with it. Driven by a vision to decrease the rate of hungry children, seniors, and adults of Stark County on a larger level, a myriad of initiatives and adjustments, both internal and external, have allowed this organization to better combat local hunger. The development of a Stark County Hunger Task Force pantry network is at the center of that fight. From Canton, Massillon, Minerva, North Canton and Alliance to Canal Fulton, East Sparta, Beach City, Louisville, and Waynesburg, SCHTF now supports over 30 food pantries across the county. By joining forces with member pantries, the SCHTF and the network at large are able to reach more people, making a greater, largescale impact on hunger. Throughout the pantry network, the SCHTF and its member pantries serve a 3-5 day supply of free groceries to nearly 28,000 hungry individuals every month – an over 900 percent service increase from those original 3,000 served at our inception.

After two decades of operating entirely on the power of volunteers, SCHTF brought on its first full time director six years ago. Today, the total number of paid employees is three staff members, with one who is full-time and two who are part-time. Regardless of this change, SCHTF’s hunger-fighting team would be nothing without the many wonderful volunteers who, like its founding leaders, graciously donate their time and talents to serve their neighbors in need. From those who work in the pantries and at events to the all-volunteer board, they are still, without a doubt, the lifeblood of this organization.

Commitment to health and wellness of our community through access to medications is the cornerstone of PAN’s services. This is accomplished through Medication – Education – Collaboration. PAN’s hub of service is the PAN Charitable Pharmacy located at the Community Campus at Goodwill in Canton.

While the Stark County Hunger Task Force of today looks quite different than that of 1981, it remains grounded by the same vision as when it began: to alleviate hunger in this community and to positively influence the lives of those in need of food assistance in Stark County.

The Charitable Pharmacy relies on donated medications and samples through collaboration with the pharmaceutical industry, physicians and long term care pharmacies.

The Prescription Assistance Network of Stark County, Inc. (PAN) provides access for the most vulnerable populations to pharmaceuticals and education through the PAN Charitable Pharmacy, as well as collaborates with other health care providers and community organizations to maximize resources and provide effective and efficient services. PAN was established in November of 2002 through responsive grants from the Austin Bailey Health and Wellness Foundation, the Sisters of Charity Foundation and the Health Foundation of Greater Massillon. PAN was established as an independent 501 (c) 3 agency that would help all residents in need with prescriptions from any physician, clinic or hospital. The outcome was to coordinate, reduce duplication of service and to be the “go to” agency for prescription medication needs for the uninsured and underinsured of Stark County.

PAN has a contract with Northeast Ohio Medical University College of Pharmacy to serve as an underserved practice site for their pharmacy students. PAN collaborates with most health care entities and providers to serve the medication needs of the low to moderate income individuals and families in Stark County.

Individuals who qualify for PAN services are provided with a benefit card and access to prescription services for a full year. PAN provides more than two million dollars of prescription medications to more than 1,200 individuals multiple times each year. Special Award of Appreciation The Boards of Directors of the Canton Regional and Jackson-Belden Chambers of Commerce will receive a Special Award of Appreciation for their vision and leadership during the process to merge the two organizations. The merger followed nearly a year of talks between the two Chambers and their boards on ways the organizations could collaborate more extensively for the good of the region’s businesses and the larger community. The combined organization now serves nearly 2,000 members throughout the region.



UPCOMING EVENTS Chamber Welcomes Attorney General DeWine We were pleased to host Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine at the Chamber on October 11. DeWine met area business leaders to discuss major economic and social issues facing Stark County. Thank you to our business community and Attorney General DeWine for the substantive discussion! (Top L-R: Denny Saunier and Mike DeWine; Bottom L-R: Steven Meeks, Tom Turner, Mike DeWine and Benny Griffiths)

2016 Employ-ability Summit: The Untapped Workforce The Canton Chamber is proud to be a sponsor of the Northeast Ohio Regional Employment Network’s 2016 Employability Summit. This complimentary event focuses on the benefits of hiring people with disabilities, including less absenteeism, lower medical costs, greater tenure, less time off expenses and better performance. Lunch is provided. Thursday, November 10 10 am -1:30 pm Pro Football Hall of Fame 2121 George Halas Dr. NW Canton, OH 44708 Register at for this free event.



UPCOMING EVENTS Light Up Downtown’s “Spread the Warmth” Drive When the Light Up Downtown festivities happen on Thursday, Dec. 1, the Canton Fire Department will be “Spreading the Warmth” by handing out hats, mittens, gloves, scarves and socks to children in need. Be sure to support this crucial aspect of our event – DONATE new children’s winter accessories and socks between now and Nov. 23. Drop-off locations for your donations include: Avenue Arts Marketplace and Theatre 324 Cleveland Ave. NW Canton, OH 44702 Canton Palace Theatre 605 Market Ave. N Canton, OH 44702 Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce 222 Market Ave. N Canton, OH 44702

The Canton Repository 500 Market Ave. S Canton, OH 44702

McKinley Grand Hotel 320 Market Ave. S Canton, OH 44702

Carpe Diem Coffee Shop 215 Market Ave. N Canton, OH 44702

Onesto Event Center 225 Second St. NW Canton, OH 44702

Courtyard Canton 4375 Metro Cir. NW Canton, OH 44720

Only the Essentials Apothecary 340 Fourth S. NW Canton, OH 44702

FirstMerit Bank Branches:

Stark County District Library 715 Market Ave. N Canton, OH 44702

Belden Village: 4555 Belden Village St NW Central Plaza: 100 Central Plaza South East 62: 3100 Atlantic Blvd. NE Foxboro: 5594 Wales Ave NW|Massillon Hills & Dales: 2917 Whipple Ave NW Canton Fulton: 2150 Locust Street S. Louisville: 2150 E. Gorgas Street Massillon: 140 Lincoln Way W North Plaza: 1110 30th Street NW Oakwood Square: 6252 Middlebranch Ave NW Perry West: 2704 Lincoln Way E |Massillon

Malone University 2600 Cleveland Ave. NW Canton, OH 44709

United Way of Greater Stark County 401 Market Ave. N Canton, OH 44702 Be sure to put the FREE downtown holiday extravaganza on your calendar, and check out the current edition of Downtown Developments Newsletter, inserted within this issue of ACTION, for full event details. For more information, visit

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LEADERSHIP STARK COUNT Y Leadership Stark County Business Leaders Forum Set for Nov. 30 Panel to Address Past, Present and Future Challenges & Opportunities How have business challenges and opportunities changed in manufacturing, health care, education and technology over the past 30 years? Where are opportunities for growth and what new initiatives are needed to encourage economic development and jobs? Leaders in these sectors will share their perspective at this breakfast event on Wednesday, Nov. 30: Bob Brick, Founder, Chairman,  Chief Executive Officer, Agile Networks Robert Brick has more than 30 years of professional experience across a broad spectrum of business functions that include executive leadership, business strategy, organizing development, market development and mergers and acquisitions. He has been instrumental in the success of startup and high-growth companies throughout his career. Under the direction of Brick, Agile Networks has grown from a startup to a high-growth telecommunications company.

at the Robinson, Illinois Refinery where he held a number of positions including Operations Manager, Technical Services Manager, and Products Control Manager. In 2008 he was appointed Manager of Technologies and RAD, relocating to Findlay. In 2009, McKain moved from Refining to Marathon’s Transportation and Logistics organization. There, he led the Terminal, Transport, Rail, and for a time, the Marine groups. His most recent appointment in 2013 brought him to Canton as General Manager of the Ohio Refining Division. Wednesday, Nov. 30 7:30-8:00 am – Continental Breakfast and Networking 8:00-9:00 am – Panel Discussion North Canton Medical Foundation 6046 Whipple Ave. NW North Canton, OH 44720 Cost: $15 per person RSVP online at

SAVE THE DATE for our next 30th Year Celebration event. Economic Development Tour & Keynote Hendrickson Trailer - Jan. 30, 2017 Take a tour of one of Stark County’s cutting-edge businesses and global leader in heavy-duty suspensions, Hendrickson. Key leaders will share how Hendrickson continues to pioneer innovative solutions. January 30, 2017 Noon – 1:30 pm Hendrickson Trailer Commercial Vehicle Systems 2070 Industrial Place SE Canton, OH 44707 Cost: $15 per person, includes lunch, keynote address and tour RSVP at

Ed Roth, president & CEO, Aultman Health Foundation For more than 30 years, Edward J. Roth III has been part of a team dedicated to providing the Stark County area with excellence and affordability in health care. Roth began his career with Aultman in 1981 and held a variety of management and leadership positions before being named president and chief executive officer in 2001. He has led Aultman with a spirit of compassion and a true belief in the power of each individual to make a difference. Adrian Allison, superintendent, Canton City Schools Adrian E. Allison was chosen as the first African-American and youngest-ever Superintendent of the Canton City School District. Allison’s career in public service includes posts as an Assistant Attorney General; Associate Superintendent, Ohio Department of Education, and Executive Director of Urban Policy. Bradley McKain, Refining General Manager, Marathon Petroleum Co., LP Brad McKain has been employed by Marathon Petroleum Company since 1984. He spent the first 24 years of his career



EN SH RIN E ME N T F E STI VA L HOF Enshrinement Festival Wins IFEA Gold Pinnacle Award The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival was recently recognized by the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) with a prestigious Gold Pinnacle Award for “Best Event Video” in the category of events with budgets over $1.5 million. Awards were presented in 68 different categories at the 2016 IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards during a ceremony on September 27, 2016, at the IFEA’s 61st Annual Convention, Expo & Retreat, presented by Haas & Wilkerson Insurance, in Tucson, Arizona Joanne Murray, vice president of community events & sponsorships, expressed appreciation to Larry Schock of PYEcom Home Video, who developed the event video from hundreds of hours of footage shot by the PYEcom team. The professional competition draws entries from among the world’s top festivals and events. Winning entries came from organizations as diverse as the Saint Louis

Art Fair, St. Louis, MO; the Fiesta Bowl, Scottsdale, AZ; the International Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington, DC; the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, Pasadena, CA; the Sausalito Art Festival, Sausalito, CA; Memphis in May International Festival, Memphis, TN and Celebrations Ottawa in Ottawa, ON, Canada. International contenders included such diverse event organizations as Destination NSW in Sydney, Australia; Ludwig Van Beethoven Easter Festival in Krakow, Poland; Cuckoo Events, Dublin, Ireland; Rotterdam Festivals, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Festival Lent, Maribor, Slovenia and the Boryeong Mud Festival in Boryeong, South Korea.

around the world. Striving for the highest degree of excellence in festival and event promotions and operations in every budget level and every corner of the globe, this competition has not only raised the standards and quality of the festivals and events industry to new levels, but also shows how event producers can use innovation and creativity to achieve a higher level of success.”

According to IFEA President & CEO, Steven Wood Schmader, CFEE, “The IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Competition recognizes the outstanding accomplishments and top quality creative, promotional, operational and community outreach programs and materials produced by festivals and events

Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Announces Photo Contest Winners In the 28th annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Photo Contest sponsored by Western Reserve Group, Doug Froelich of North Canton won the coveted $250 “Best of Show” award for his shot at the Balloon Classic/Jackson-Belden Music Fest & Fireworks. Froelich also earned $200 first place prizes for this photo from the Balloon Classic / Jackson-Belden Music Fest & Fireworks and his photo from the Canton Kickoff Celebration.

2016 Best of Show photo by Doug Froelich, non-professional



WORKERS COMP AC-3 Chamber’s Workers’ Compensation Group Rating Saves Significant Premium Dollars | Submit your AC-3 Today Take control of your workers’ compensation savings! Group rating is designed to allow employers of similar industries to “pool” their combined workers’ compensation experiences and file with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) as one “BIG” group to obtain rating discounts or refunds. The annual filing deadline is November 18 and now is your chance to apply for the group rating program administrated through CareWorksComp, Ohio’s largest TPA, which has generated savings for more than 48,000 Ohio employers. CareWorksComp’s multi-tiered workers’ compensation group rating program can save members more money with a variety of savings levels. They will evaluate your company’s workers’ comp experience and provide you with the best program options that will help you maximize your bottom line. Group rating members also receive companion cost control solutions provided by CareWorksComp including safety services and unemployment consultation. There is no cost or obligation to apply. Contact our Program Manager, Bob Nicoll, at 800.837.3200 extension 58595 or email him at robert.nicoll@ and he will assist you with your application. You can also learn more about CareWorksComp by visiting their webpage at www.

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STARK COUNT Y SAFET Y COUNCIL Stark County Safety Council November With Gwido Dlugopolsky, Senior Lean Consultant, MAGNET Learn how the philosophy and tools of Lean Daily Management can improve and support a safety program at the November luncheon. Gwido Dlugopolsky has over 35 years of experience in lean manufacturing, industrial engineering and program management. Gwido will explain how to develop a system that will reduce waste and optimize productivity.

You‘ll learn how to maintain an orderly workplace and to use visual cues to achieve a safe environment and more consistent operational results while using the smallest amount of time and materials. A clean, well-organized and safe work environment is an efficient and productive work environment! About Gwido Dlugopolsky: • 30+ years experience in industrial engineering, program management, continuous improvement and quality at leading manufacturing companies • Involved in the start-up of three manufacturing facilities • Lead implemented ISO 9001 Quality systems

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Directed the implementation of products from design to manufacture Certified Professional Engineer, PE, and Project Manager, PMP 6 Sigma Green Belt

Thursday, November 10 11:30 – 1:00 pm Meyer’s Lake Ballroom 3218 Parkway St. NW $17 per person RSVP by November 7 Spotlight Company:

Become a Monthly Luncheon Spotlight Company The Stark County Safety Council is pleased to offer the opportunity for you to showcase your company as the “spotlight” company and luncheon sponsor at one of our monthly luncheons. Cost is $150.00 plus a door prize valued at $25 or more to be raffled to the members. As a spotlight company, you will receive: • 3-5 minutes to conduct a brief presentation about your company. This can include history, mission, overview, success stories, etc. • Two lunches • 8’ table to display company products, awards, materials, services, etc.


• Opportunity to have a business card or a small article in the Safety Council newsletter • Your logo included on the meeting notice and on the upcoming event section of the Safety Council and the Chamber’s websites • Your company shown as the monthly spotlight company in the Safety Council and the Chamber of Commerce Newsletter • Information about your business and a link to your website on the Safety Council website. If your company is interested in being a SCSC spotlight sponsor, please email Connie Cerny at conniec@canton or call 330.458.2061.


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MODERN LAW SINCE 1872 330.455.0173

Canton’s oldest law firm is also modern. When William R. Day founded our firm, he was committed to one idea: practicing law with the most modern techniques of the day. Now, 144 years later, we’re still committed to practicing law that values relationships, teamwork and an understanding that the path to success is as important as the success itself.

Thank you to our ADVANTAGE CANTON funding partners: AEP Ohio AultCare Aultman Health Foundation City of Canton Consumers National Bank Dominion East Ohio FedEx Custom Critical Fifth Third Bank First Merit 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 Karcher Group The M. Conley Company The Repository The Timken Company TimkenSteel



NEW MEMBERS WELCOME to our newest members, who joined Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce in September. 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. American Printing Inc (PRINTING SERVICES) Lora Boley 1121 Tower Dr Akron, OH 44305 (330) 630-1121 Avenue Arts (ART GALLERIES) Tricia Ostertag 324 Cleveland Ave. NW Canton, OH 44702 (234) 410-3475 Beyond Best Services (HEATING & COOLING & REFRIGERATION RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL HANDYMAN SERVICE) Spencer Wight 6059 Portage St. NW North Canton, OH 44720 (330) 575-6440 Certified Safety Training, Inc (SAFETY CONSULTANTS) Nicole J. Schoeppner 16250 Lisbon St. SE Minerva, OH 44657 (330) 309-3840

Clapper and Company, LLC (LANDSCAPING - LAWN CARE SNOW REMOVAL) Marsha Nyland 2751 Werner Church Rd. Canton, OH 44721 (330) 494-0712

Forshee Media LLC (VIDEO PRODUCTION SERVICE COMMERCIAL) Nate Forshee P.O. Box 1225 Massillon, OH 44648 (330) 236-3780

DeliverTHAT Aaron Hoffman 6570 Ethel St. Canton, OH 44718-4200 (330) 844-4721

Ladies Super Fitness (FITNESS CLUBS) Vanessa & Reidar Carlson 3171 Whitewood St. NW North Canton, OH 44720 (330) 536-3488

DreamTrips - Bob Thomas (TRAVEL - BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY) Bob Thomas North Canton, OH 44720 (330) 209-8484 Eco Inventions, LLC Toth Group Inc. Andrea Goren 154 Norton Ave. Barberton, OH 44203 (330) 745-9437

Only The Essentials Apothecary (HEALTH & BEAUTY) Carrie Paukov 340 4th St. NW Canton, OH 44702 (330) 418-7200 Out Of The Box Solutions, LLC OTB Solutions, LLC (BUSINESS COACHING) Mark Roberts 1967 Maple St. - Suite 184 North Canton, OH 44720 (330) 413-8552

Our 2017 Membership Directory is Printing Soon! Did you get our letter about updating your membership directory listing? If you need to make changes or updates to your business listing, be sure to submit them to Debbie Busby, director of membership development, at debbieb@ by Nov. 30. If you’re interested in promoting your business in our membership directory with an ad, reserve your space now! The publication will include: • Your member listing in the Membership Directory • Your member listing in the Buyer’s Guide sorted by business classification

• The Chamber’s 2017 Executive Board & Directors • The Chamber’s Executive Management and staff The book will be distributed in January 2017 to just nearly 1,900 Canton Regional Chamber member firms and their employees, new residents of Stark County, and people seeking information about where to buy or sell products and services. This useful directory is made possible only through the advertising support of our members. We appreciate your complete cooperation toward making this outstanding, professionally prepared

publication a success. There are a limited number of preferred position ad spaces available on a first reply basis. This is an excellent opportunity to sell your products and services throughout Canton and Stark County. To have your name placed on the priority calling list please contact: Debbie Busby: (330) 458-2051 Denise Burton: (330) 458-2067 Molly Romig: (330) 458-2077



BIZ BITZ During its recent Founders Day Donor Recognition event, Mercy Development Foundation awarded Randolph L. Snow its highest honor – the St. Augustine Award for Distinguished Service. This award recognizes an individual whose leadership and vision has impacted and helped transform Mercy Medical Center. A local attorney and community advocate, Snow is a dedicated servant leader to Mercy Medical Center. He served on Mercy’s Board of Directors from 2002 to 2011 and was also a member of the Mercy Development Foundation Board from 2011 through 2015. Snow chaired the Mercy Fund Development Committee and initiated the Planned Giving Committee In additional Mercy news, Mercy Service League held its 2016 Harvest Ball on Saturday, Oct. 15th at the Canton Memorial Civic Center Auditorium. Mercy Medical Staff president, Aida Safar, M.D., served as honorary medical staff chair, and Julie Gill and Kathleen Prasnal served as Mercy Service League co-chairs. The event raised over $250,000, with proceeds benefitting the Mercy Facility Transformation Project. Themed “Black & White,” this year’s Harvest Ball was an evening reminiscent of the roaring 1920’s, filled with fine dining,

dancing, fun and fellowship. The Harvest Ball, Mercy Service League’s signature fund raising event, attracted approximately 400 guests this year. COSO Media, an Ohio-based Internet Marketing agency, and Virtual DataWorks, a COSO Media company, has announced that Steve Gosney will join them as an account executive for both companies. Steve will be responsible for networking with their community to help businesses determine where they have opportunities to grow online as well as improve their I.T. functions. He began his career 15 years ago in sales with a Fortune 1000 company. While there, he moved from trainee to branch manager. As branch manager, he serviced the Akron-Canton Airport and also opened the first branch in Jackson Township. He then had the opportunity to further his career as a branch sales manager in the financial services industry in Indianapolis, followed by serving as a sales director with Flagship Mortgage. He then gained experience by becoming employed by Certified Payroll Services, Inc.  Allay Senior Care of Meyers Lake is sponsoring an educational program

with the Alzheimer’s Association on Tuesday, November 15 at 2:00 pm at the Stark County Library on Market Avenue in Canton. The topic is “Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers.”  The program is free and refreshments will be provided.  Please RSVP to Melissa Redd at either 330.904.3862 or  Peoples Services, Inc. recently earned the 2016 Family Business Achievement Award during the Family Business Conference at Cuyahoga Community College. This local third-generation business employs more than 500 people and conducts business in six states! Attached is a news release with more information. The award, presented by Smart Business Magazine, is based on history and evolution of the company; positive family-business linkage; multiple generation family business involvement; innovative business practices and succession planning strategy; nonfamily member engagement; and outside sources. Have business news you’d like to share via Biz Bitz? Send your news release to Collyn Floyd, director of marketing, at

[M]anufacturing Matters: Managing Global Political Risks | Presented by MAGNET: The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network, The University of Akron, and the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Attendees will learn about and discuss: • The Impact of Currencies • Energy Security • Violence and Terrorism • Political Movements • The Future of Globalization About [M]anufacturing Matters: This event series provides a deeper understanding into the major topics and trends that influence the businesses and markets of manufacturers in Northeast Ohio. PRESENTERS: Robert Schmidt, Senior Growth & Innovation Advisor, MAGNET Schmidt has more than 40 years experience in the manufacturing and consulting industries. Since joining MAGNET, he has worked with a variety of Northeast Ohio


manufacturers to help them succeed through innovation. Andrew R. Thomas, Ph.D Professor of Marketing and International Business,University of Akron In addition to teaching, Thomas is a best selling business author, founding editorin-chief of the Journal of Transportation Security, and a regularly featured analyst on outlets like BBC, CNBC, and ABC. Wednesday, Dec. 7 8 – 10 am Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce 222 Market Ave. N Canton, OH 44702 For more details and registration, visit manufacturingmatters



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First Friday: Super Heroes 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, November 4 6 - 10 pm Downtown Canton Arts District FREE!

Community Salute Awards Join us for a special evening as we celebrate our community’s unsung heroes.

Wednesday, November 9 5:30-8:30 pm The Conference Center, Kent State University-Stark $55/person

Employ-ability Summit The Canton Chamber is proud to sponsor the 2016 Employ-ability Summit which focuses on the benefits of hiring people with disabilities.

Thursday, November 10 10 am -1:30 pm Pro Football Hall of Fame FREE!

November Luncheon: Stark County Safety Council Learn how the philosophy and tools of Lean Daily Management can improve and support a safety program at our November luncheon.

Thursday, November 10 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Meyer’s Lake Ballroom $16 per person

November AultCare Fast Break Breakfast Join us as Diane Helbig of Seize This Day as she provides tips to help businesses operate more constructively and profitably.

Friday, November 11 7:00 am registration 7:30 am program Courtyard by Marriott in North Canton $18/members, $25/non-members

November AultCare QuickConnect Networking Luncheon Pamela Glowski & Bob Pacanovsky will speak on “Behavior & Branding to Outclass Your Competition.”

Wednesday, November 16 11:30 am – 1 pm Shady Hollow Country Club $18/members, $23/non-members

Stir After Hours at the Chamber: Thanksgathering It’s our Annual Thanksgathering here at the Canton Chamber, when we give thanks for you, our members! Fall NETWORK Cultivate relationships with 100 new contacts as we pair speed networking with business tips from SCORE. Casino Christmas Join ystark! and Jackson Belden Young Professionals for an evening of appetizers, cash bar and casino games. Proceeds and donations will benefit local families in need. Leadership Past, Present & Future Forum Business leaders in manufacturing, health care, education and technology join together to talk about the past, present and future business challenges in our community.

Wednesday, November 16 5:00 – 7:30 pm Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce FREE, with a non-perishable food donation Friday, November 18 8:00-11:30 am Skyland Pines Golf Club & Banquet Facility $35/person Friday, November 18 6-10 pm Courtyard by Marriott $25/person

Wednesday, November 30 7:30-9:00 am North Canton Medical Foundation $15/person

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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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ACTION Newsletter November 2016  

ACTION Newsletter November 2016