ACTION Newsletter February 2024

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Great Networking, Great Food, Great Business Leads JOIN US ON FEB. 29! Experience a showcase of our thriving business community at the 21st annual Business Expo, presented by the Canton Regional Chamber Health Fund. Discover new businesses, create connections, find local products and services, and sample more than a dozen local restaurants as they compete for the coveted “Taste of Stark” golden fork award! Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Kent State Stark Conference Center For more info go to


Business After Hours | QuickConnect Luncheon | Stark Forum | Civics Bee | Women in Business Save the Date Marketing Matters | MAGNET | SCORE | ystark! Pub Tour | Twenty under 40! Nominations | Leadership Key Dates Safety Council | Member Renewals | BizBitz | New Members

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Bradley H. Belden Chairman Jeff Dafler President & CEO Melissa Coultas VP of Development & Partnership Relations Collyn Floyd VP of Events & Strategic Initiatives Kelly Piero VP of Marketing & Membership Strategy Molly Romig VP of Membership Development and Services Ad Sales / Action 330.833.4400 Sarah Lutz Editor & Creative Director

ACTION NEWSLETTER 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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QuickConnect Luncheon WITH AMANDA BRIDENSTINE, CEO of GrAI Med

Networking Series Dive into the world of artificial intelligence and tech entrepreneurship at the AultCare QuickConnect Luncheon on February 21.

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Learn from Amanda Bridenstine, JD, CEO of GrAI Med (Recurrent Health),a cutting-edge tech startup crafting advanced AI software for physicians in neuro-oncology and neuro-radiology.

Wednesday, February 21 11:30 am – 1:00 pm (Registration at 11:00 am) La Pizzaria Restaurant, Inc. 3656 Dressler Rd, Canton, OH 44718 $25/members, $35/non-members Register by February 14 at

Amanda also serves as Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving Advancement at Malone University. Join us for Amanda’s insights into her entrepreneurial journey and the pivotal role of AI on YOUR world. About the series: AultCare QuickConnect offers great networking opportunities for business leads. Join Stark County’s premier luncheon – enjoy activities, hear speakers, make connections, and savor lunch. Members can promote their business with


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Calling All Middle School Students

WE NEED YOUR CIVICS KNOWLEDGE AND CREATIVE ID E AS ! The national civics bee, through the US Chamber Foundation, is an annual competition that encourages young Americans to engage in civics and contribute to their communities through their creative problem-solving ideas. The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce is one of four chambers that is piloting the project in Ohio. Any Stark County 6th, 7th and 8th grade student or any student served by the Stark County Educational Resource Center is invited and encouraged to participate.

All top 20 students who participate in the live event will receive a certificate.

In the first round of the contest, local middle school students participate through an essay submittal. Students are asked to identify a problem facing their community and explain how a citizen or citizen group could solve the problem.

The top three students from each local competition will then advance to the state competition in Columbus.

The 500-word maximum essay will be evaluated on the following: • Demonstration of an understanding of civics •

Acknowledge and address opposing views

Acknowledge and address at least one Founding Principle and one Civic Virtue

Use of primary sources like newspapers, data, historical documents, images, or other documents that relate to the idea

Clearly describe a new or innovative idea

The local Stark County awards are: • First Place $500 • Second Place $250 • Third Place $100

Prizes for the State Competition are: • State First Place $1,000 • State Second Place $750 • State Third Place $500 The 500 maximum word essay submittal can be uploaded or mailed to Alexandra O’Connor at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce 222 Market Ave N, Canton, OH 44702. Essays will be accepted until February 19 at 11:59 p.m. This is a great after school, in school or independent activity for our young citizens! Good luck to all!

Judges will select 20 finalists to participate in the local live competition which will test civics knowledge. There will be two rounds of interactive questions using tablets. The top three from the elimination rounds will have 3 minutes to pitch their ideas to the judges and answer questions based on their essays.



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MARKETING MATTERS: UNLOCKING THE POWER OF LOCAL SEO This article will explore the crucial role of local Search Engine Optimization (SEO) in attracting more customers from your community. By optimizing your SEO strategy, you can enhance your business’s digital presence in local search results, driving growth and success. So, let’s dive in and learn how you can unlock the power of local SEO!


You possess a unique advantage as a business owner: your close connection to the community. Local SEO allows you to leverage this advantage and connect with potential customers in your area. When individuals search online for products or services, they often include location-specific keywords, such as “best coffee shop near me.” Incorporating these local keywords into your website content increases the chances of your business appearing in relevant local search results. Consequently, you can target potential customers who live or work in your immediate vicinity, increasing the likelihood of converting them into loyal patrons.


To make the most of local SEO, consider implementing the following best practices:


Optimizing your website for local SEO is essential. This involves integrating relevant keywords throughout your content. Additionally, including location-specific data such as your address, operating hours, and contact details makes it easier for potential customers and search engines to find and connect with your business.

Positive reviews are powerful signals for potential customers to trust your business and can influence your local search rankings. Remember to promptly respond to reviews, regardless of sentiment, to demonstrate your commitment to customer satisfaction.


Being listed in local business directories and listings can greatly enhance your online presence and improve your visibility. Additionally, as a chamber member, you can benefit from your business listing on the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Membership Directory. This listing not only adds credibility to your business but also boosts your visibility among fellow chamber members and the local community, amplifying your local SEO efforts.


Implementing effective local SEO strategies is vital for driving growth and attracting customers from your local community. By optimizing your website, utilizing your Google Business Profile, building local citations, leveraging online reviews, and joining local business directories, you position yourself for success in local search rankings. As a chamber member, applying these strategies benefits your business and contributes to the growth of the local economy. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to unlock the full potential of your business. Contact UB Advertising today for expert local SEO services and take the first step towards dominating local search results.


Your Google Business Profile is a valuable tool for boosting your online presence. Ensure all the relevant information, such as your current address, phone number, website, and business category, is accurate. Encourage your customers to leave reviews on your profile and upload high-quality images that represent your business effectively.


Local citations are mentions of your business on other websites or directories. Consistent and accurate citations can positively impact your local search rankings. Consider listing your business on popular online directories such as Yelp, Yellow Pages, and Bing Places. Ensure your business’s Name, Address, and Phone number (NAP) information is consistent across all citations to avoid any confusion.


Encourage satisfied customers to leave reviews on platforms like Google Business Profile, Yelp, or Facebook.


Do You Have “The Right Stuff” to Open a Business FIVE QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE YOU BUILD YOUR STARTUP With barriers to entry lower than they’ve ever been for many types of businesses, it can be easy to overlook the fundamentals necessary for a startup to succeed. While it’s certainly true that you can start a business today with no physical location, no employees and next-to-no overhead, relying on little more than a good idea isn’t enough. Behind every successful business is a dedicated entrepreneur whose sweat and determination made their dream a reality. You’ll want to start by taking an honest assessment of your readiness to start a business and see it through to success. Here are five questions to ask before you begin to build your startup (the first question is the most important):

WHY DO YOU WANT TO START A BUSINESS? There are a myriad of reasons you might want to start a business. Do you have a passion for a particular product or service, and are you willing to do whatever it takes to share it with the world? That’s a great reason! Do you just feel like not making the commute to your current job and would rather “do something else” instead? That’s probably not the best reason. There undoubtedly will come a time in your business when you’ll have to rely on your passion to see you through. There will be setbacks and long hours and all manner of frustrations. At those times, it will be the vision of fulfilling your passion that will sustain you.

others), they’re hard workers (50–60 hour workweeks are not all that uncommon) and they don’t give up (you’ll hear “no” a lot when you’re starting out). Entrepreneurs are also generally comfortable taking calculated risks, making decisions, and playing different roles in their business as necessary. They also tend to have a knack for recognizing opportunities when they present themselves. They have a written business plan.

ARE YOUR FINANCES READY FOR THE STRAIN OF STARTING A NEW BUSINESS? Very few businesses will turn a profit right out of the gate. Quite the opposite. Most new businesses won’t make a profit for their first six to nine months of existence. First and foremost, you’ll want to assess whether you can go without an income for that long (especially if your new business requires that you quit your current job). Next, think about your credit history. Will you be able to obtain any necessary financing? Do you have a history of managing debt responsibly? Will potential investors or lenders see you as a good risk?

CLEAR VISION OF SUCCESS? What are the reasons for starting your business? Do you know what success

looks like? How will you know when you’ve “arrived”? You’ve probably heard the line from Alice in Wonderland: “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.” That applies to new businesses as well. How will you determine what it means to have a successful business? What is your “WHY”? Is it defined by the money you make? By the freedom it gives you? By the people you reach? Or the cause you champion? Success means different things to different people. What does it mean to you?

WHO MAKES UP YOUR SUPPORT SYSTEM? Nearly every successful entrepreneur has a cheering section they can turn to for inspiration. And many will have “practical” supporters, like a former boss or work colleague, who can offer insight and advice about business matters. Reach Out to a SCORE Mentor for Help Determining if You’re Ready to Start a Business A SCORE mentor can guide you on your entrepreneurial journey and help you determine if you’re ready to start a business. They can also stay by your side as you navigate the many obstacles you’ll encounter along the way. For more information and to find a mentor, visit

And that passion will also be infectious. It will draw clients and customers and employees (or freelancers or contractors) who share that passion. It may even help you get funding.

ARE YOU “BUILT” TO BE A BUSINESS OWNER? Passion and desire are great. But there are also several traits that are common to most entrepreneurs. A successful entrepreneur is generally a “people person” (they like communicating and sharing ideas with



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ystark! is currently seeking nominees for the 17th ANNUAL TWENTY UNDER 40! These awards recognize 20 incredible young leaders who are actively making a positive impact in the county across various sectors of the business, civic, government, arts, education and non-profit communities, including consideration in the following areas: • Arts/Entertainment • Business • Community Services/Non-Profit • Corporate • Education • Financial Services • Government • Hospitality & Tourism • Legal Services • Manufacturing • Medical & Health Care Services • Other • PR/ Advertising/Marketing • Real Estate • Retail • Social Service • Students (College) • Technology

Nominees are selected based on career acumen, community service and trusteeship, and personal and professional achievements. The Twenty under 40! selection committee is comprised of diverse business and community leaders representing a range of industry sectors from around Stark County. Eligible young professionals are between 21 and 40 years old, who work in all career industries, and live or work in Stark County. Full eligibility information is available at

Online submissions due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2024; no exceptions. Winners of the 2024 award will be toasted at the 17th Annual Twenty Under 40! Gala this summer – stay tuned for more details coming soon. Twenty! under 40 is presented by ystark!, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, and The Canton Repository. Title sponsor:


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Phone: 330.499.6000 Fax: 499.6423


LEADERSHIP KEY DATES: Signature Education Day 2/8/24 LSC Alumni JRC Tour & Lunch 2/14/24 Build Better Boards Seminar 2/22/24 Sponsored by Black, McCuskey, Souers & Arbaugh, LPA Spring Spotlight Applications Due 2/22/24 Leadership Conference 5/8/24


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Safety Upcoming Events Join us for the March Safety Council luncheon featuring astronomer Phillip Creed. Phillip will not only unravel the mysteries of the upcoming total solar eclipse on Monday, April 8, but also shed light on crucial safety measures during this rare event. Delve into discussions about staying safe amidst potential traffic challenges, protecting your eyes from damage, and other safety considerations. This informative session will extend beyond the celestial spectacle, emphasizing safety in the workplace, community, and home. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn about the eclipse while gaining valuable insights into ensuring safety across various aspects of life.

To learn more about the 2024 eclipse visit Network and enjoy a delicious luncheon with over 200 safety professionals and more. Chance to WIN a $25 Visa card presented by the February Spotlight Company. You do NOT need to be a Safety Council member to attend - all are welcome. Season passholders do not need to register. Thursday, March 14 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Alex D. Krassas Event Center 251 25th St., NW Canton, OH 44709 Cost: $23

Crime Prevention Breakfast & Awards Join us as we honor the Canton City Police Officer of the Year, Stark County Deputy of the Year and Community Police Officer of the Year. In addition, the Crime Prevention Citizen of the Year will be presented with an award. This award goes to a citizen who goes beyond the call of duty in preventing a crime or provides the police department with information that leads to an arrest and conviction of a criminal offender. The Crime Prevention Breakfast is a special opportunity to show our appreciation for the hard work and dedication by Stark County law enforcement agencies. You can support and honor these individuals, by purchasing tickets for the breakfast, either for yourself, or for distribution to the various law enforcement agencies. Your support helps honor these officers and allows officers from Stark County law enforcement agencies to receive a complimentary breakfast. Sponsored by: • CANTON-STARK COUNTY EXCHANGE CLUB • CANTON REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE • STARK COUNTY CHIEFS OF POLICE ASSOCIATION • STARK COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE • CANTON CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT • STARK COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Wednesday, March 27 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. First Christian Church 6900 Market Ave. N. Canton, OH 44721

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THANK YOU TO OUR MEMBERS | JANUARY RENEWALS 33 Jordynstrong Foundation A & R Builders Ltd. ACY Communications Inc. Adams Signs & Graphics Advantech Service and Parts LLC Advocare Clinic AFLAC – Pamela Simpson Air Con Tech, Inc. Alco-Chem, Inc. ALD Decal & Graphics All Pro Storage Alliance Coins and Jewelry Altercare of Louisville Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing Amadeus Spa American Title Assoc Agency Anazao Community Partners Anne Marie’s Fine Jewelry & Gifts Anstine Machining Corp. Apex Electric Supply Co. Applied Behavioral Connections ARTZi Astoria Technologies AUI Aultman Hospital Aultman Health Foundation AultWorks Occupational Medicine Avalon Distributing Barley Heating & Air Conditioning Barnes Wallcovering Inc. Bear Creek Resort Ranch KOA Berlin Contractors Inc. Beth Dibell – Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realty Bin There Dump That, Northeast Ohio Blick Center Brad’s Carpet Cleaning, LLC BrightView Canton Addiction Treatment Center Brotherhood HVAC Bruster’s Real Ice Cream Bryce a. Custer – Ohio River Corridor, LLC / NAI Spring C.R. Kurtz, Inc. Heating & Cooling Campbell Construction Canman Media LLC Canton Food Tours Canton Palace Theatre Association Central Christian School Chippewa Golf Course City of Green Clark & Son Auction & Liquidation Clean Eatz Cleanrite Commercial Cleaning Cocklin Trenching Inc. Comfort Systems USA – Ohio Congregation of the Divine Spirit/ House of Loreto Connecting Point Creative Floats Creative Management Information Services, Inc. Culver’s of North Canton Daimler Truck North America Danny Boys Italian Eatery Dee-Oh-Gee’s Pet Spa Deka Lash Destefano’s, LLC Diebold Nixdorf – Americas Manufacturing Diva Gymnastics Academy Domestic Violence Project Inc. Don and Sara Armen Foundation Inc.


Doylestown Telephone Co. Dr. Wraps Vehicle Skins Dumont Sporting Goods Eckinger Construction Co. Edward Jones – Greg Olenick El Campesino Emerald Pine, Grief & Trauma Erwin T. Su, D.D.S. Fairway Carts/OnFire Marketing Fallsway Equipment Company Family Life Home & Health Care Services Farsight Management, Inc Fieldstone Counseling Inc. First Friends Church of Canton Fitzpatrick, Zimmerman & Rose Co. Grubbs Family Chiropractic FlorLine Group, Inc. For Paws Blue Cross Animal Hospital Formet-Clevenger & Gordon Funeral Home Fresh Mark Inc. Furbay Electric Supply Com GBC Design, Inc. Gemstone Gas & Welding Supply Gilland Body Shop, LLC Glenn Medical Systems Grand View Exterior Systems Hall, Kistler & Company LLP Hammond Construction Inc. Hannon Electric Company Harmon’s Pub AKA Lance Patrick Enterprises Inc. Harris, Miller, Finkelstein, CPAs Harrison Auto Parts Harrison Paint Company Hendrickson Trailer Commercial Vehicle Systems Heritage Christian School HFS Wealth Advisors Hilscher-Clarke Electric Co. Himes, Slater & Hershberger, LLC Holderbaum Sewer & Drain Service H-P Products Inc H-W Machine of Canton, LLC IHOP North Canton Infiniti of Akron Infinity Homes & Remodeling, LLC Isaac M. Wise Temple Jeder Inc. dba Merit Seed Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates Jumet Financial, LLC Kempthorn Motors Inc. King Properties Kisha & Tabellion Company Kisling, Nestico & Redick Layland Motors Living Water Church Lucia’s Steakhouse Massillon Plaque Company Mennonite Mutual Insurance Co. Microplex, Inc. Midlake Products Manufacturing Company Miller Myers Bookkeeping Solutions Miller’s Party Rental Center Miracle Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Mission BBQ Mobile IBC Services, Ltd. ModWash My HR Team LLC NewMarket Financial Advisors Northeast Erectors II, Inc. Osborne Family Dental Paarlo Plastics Inc

PBS Western Reserve (formerly Western Reserve Public Media) Philip J. DeMario, Moving & Storage, Inc. Phillips & Associates Insurance Agency LLC Pioneer Financial Services Inc Plakas Mannos Pro Art Signs LLC Public Salt Company – A Clarity Salt Co. Rea & Associates Reichman Plumbing LLC Restoration 1 of Northeast OH Robertson’s Excavating Inc. Ron Ruegg Automotive RTM Transport, LLC S.A. Comunale Co., Inc. SACS Consulting & Investigative Services, Inc. Safety Resources Company of Ohio, Inc. Santangelo Catering Sedgwick TPA Serena’s Landscaping Services, LLC Shady Hollow Country Club Shapiro Restaurant Group Shattered Window Productions Shearer’s Foods, LLC Sheet Metal Crafters, Inc. Shultz Machine, Inc. Sluggers & Putters Amusement Park Sol Harris/Day Architecture Stark County Auditor Alan Harold Stark County Regional Planning Commission Stark Industrial, Inc Stark State College Stark Tuscarawas Workforce Development Board State Farm – Robert Garner Steiner Lumber Stephen Greer Insurance & Financial Services, LLC Stumpy’s Tree Service, LLC Summit Glove That Plumber/That Handyman The Logistics Firm – PMB 284 The Mustard Man The Oak Clinic The Players Guild Theatre The Repository The Stark County Probate Court Theodore V. Boyd Tilmor LLC TNT Dumpster Services TruckCorp, LLC True Hire LLC Uhrichsville Carbide Inc. United Way of Greater Stark County University of Mount Union U-Shredd-It Van Nostran Young Coutts VANTAGE Aging W.W. Cross Industries Inc Waggoner Chocolates WagRich Excavating and Concrete Walsh University Water-Watts Inc. Williams Toyota Lift Windy Hill Hardwoods, Inc. Wishes Can Happen Inc. XL Pattern Shop, Inc. Young Volvo

BIZ Bitz Refuge of Hope Ministries announces CEO, Duane Wykoff, has informed the Board of Directors of his intention to retire from the organization effective January 31, 2024. He will work with the Board to assure a smooth leadership transition. The Board will begin an immediate search to find Wykoff’s successor. Wykoff joined Refuge of Hope as Executive Director in 2009 before his promotion to CEO. He previously had more than thirty years of management experience including responsibilities in employee and industrial relations, employee communications, human resources, and marketing. Wykoff said Refuge of Hope’s goal is to work themselves out of business but the need is great in Stark County. “In the past three years, we have gone from serving 67,137 meals to 102,801 last year,” he noted. “In the same time, we have gone from providing 11,561 bedded nights to 17,553 last year. The number of meals served and bedded nights provided are both records for our organization. Our clothing ministry welcomed 22,209 people in 2023 to choose needed apparel, blankets, household items, and hygiene products all of which were donated by our generous supporters.” Refuge of Hope is a faith-based, non-profit Christian rescue mission, the only such entity in Stark County. Our focus is to glorify God by providing hot, nutritious meals, clothing, healthcare for men, women, and children, emergency shelter, transition to independence for homeless men (and temporarily women), and spiritual hope through Jesus Christ.

Keith Arner, managing partner, said about the promotions, “The firm is thrilled to announce the promotion of our two exceptional colleagues to the position of partners. Their dedication, expertise, and unwavering commitment to excellence perfectly align with the values of our firm. These promotions not only reflect their individual accomplishments but also signifies a collective stride forward for our entire team. We look forward to their continued contributions in shaping the success of our firm.” 415 Group, the largest locally owned public accounting and IT consulting firm in Stark County, Ohio, announced nine promotions, including Todd Ruggles to partner. Todd Ruggles has been promoted to tax partner. Todd has been with the firm for 13 years, focusing on tax services in the real estate, construction, manufacturing/ distribution and health care industries. He coordinates and reviews engagements with a variety of clients while also supervising internal processes and developing staff members. In addition to tax projects, he also works on various business consulting, entity structuring and estate planning engagements. Other promotions include: Michael Harvey has been promoted to tax manager. Quaid Kloha has been promoted to tax manager.

Tony Peterson has been promoted to tax manager. Sabrina Ratsavong has been promoted to senior associate in the tax department. Alexander Bazzoli has been promoted to senior associate in the tax department. Seth Marsh has been promoted to senior associate in the assurance department. Drew Noble has been promoted to senior associate in the assurance department. Brenda Beaber, Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, Senior Associate 415 Access Brenda Beaber has been promoted to senior associate for 415 Access, the firm’s outsourced accounting division. Gervasi Vineyard Resort & Spa a premier destination for luxury and relaxation, is thrilled to announce the completion of extensive renovations at The Bistro, enhancing the overall dining experience for guests. Key highlights include: The interior design has been refreshed with contemporary aesthetics, creating a sophisticated ambiance that complements the scenic views. The Bistro’s restrooms were remodeled with new vanities, countertops, sinks, artwork, and flooring. Flooring was replaced and restored to highlight the beautiful quality and craftsmanship of The Bistro’s wood floors.

Join us in supporting Pathway Caring for Children on Saturday, March 16, 2024 for Pathway’s Annual Auction Event “Pathway to Possibilities” at Greystone Hall in Akron. YOU’RE invited to be part of the endless possibilities that lie within every Pathway child and family. Be part of the journey to a better tomorrow! Hall, Kistler & Company announces Andy Griffin, CPA and Seth Turner, CPA, CVA have been promoted to Partner. Additionally, Becky Stumperth has joined as a staff tax professional, and Shelly Belcher has taken on the role of billing and front desk coordinator at the firm.

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NEW MEMBERS WELCOME to our newest members, who joined Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce in December. We encourage you to patronize their businesses. If you know of other businesses that would benefit from Chamber membership, please contact Molly Romig, Vice President, Membership Development and Services at (330) 833-4400.

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821 Consulting (CONSULTING – SMALL BUSINESS) Valarie Nash 2355 Wilmington Ave. SE Massillon, OH 44646 (330) 470-4556

ARK Basement Services (WATERPROOFING CONTRACTOR) Seanne Creeks, Marketing Director 4326 Avondale Lane, NW Canton, OH 44708 1-866-93-Water Basement waterproofing, Structural Repair and Mold Remediation.

821 CONSULTING offers a full menu of services and can even provide virtual or in person HR support for those organizations in need of expert HR attention. With 30 years of Human Resources experience I am excited to do what I love best and that is to help companies grow their own employees because we all know that our employees are our greatest asset (and liability)!

Afia Wealth Management (FINANCIAL ADVISORS) Brandon Clemens 4450 Belden Village St. NW – Suite 301 Canton, OH 44718 330-224-3413 Comprehensive Wealth Management for Your Financial Future. BECAUSE life is happening, fast. And you need a friend on your side in the “up” times and “down”.

Bond Law Ltd. (ATTORNEYS) Douglas Bond, Owner 116 Cleveland Avenue NW – Ste. 600 Canton, OH 44702 (330) 495-8255 Civil Litigation We represent both plaintiffs and defendants in claims, lawsuits, and arbitration. Criminal Defense We provide passionate and zealous representation at a fair price to protect our clients’ rights and freedom. Family Law We understand that family legal matters are one of the most difficult things our clients and their children will ever experience. We are committed to empowering our clients to resolve these difficult issues effectively.

BECAUSE your “Why” is the most important thing in the world. At Afia Wealth Management, we offer comprehensive options designed to fit your unique you. We look at your total financial picture. And we do so from a point of view that puts your needs first…every time, all the time, time after time.


Canton For All People (NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION) 120 Cleveland Ave. SW Canton, OH 44702

Canton for All People is a Community Development Corporation formed by Crossroads United Methodist Church in partnership with the Lemmon and DeHoff family foundations to bring quality housing and opportunities for all people to downtown Canton. Canton for All People was formed to help the church address two of its primary focus areas (1) Overcoming Poverty Together (2) Seeking Health and Wholeness for All.

Club Z In-Home Tutoring Services (EDUCATIONAL SERVICE AGENCIES) Ahmed Cheema 5155 Foxchase Ave. NW Canton, OH 44718 (330) 754-2316 We help students with personalized 1-on-1 tutoring support. Our services are provided in-home, online, or at a mutual location. We cover all grades and all subjects, including test prep. Our tutors are local, vetted, and qualified. Each tutor and students is matched meticulously to ensure the best academic outcome. With Club Z! we: • Compliment schoolwork by utilizing the existing school curriculum • Boost classroom confidence • Collaborate with teachers • Require no long-term contracts • Offer flexible scheduling

ComDoc (COPIERS, FAX MACHINES & PRINTERS) Robert Stull, Sr. Account Manager 8247 Pittsburg Ave. NW North Canton, OH 44720 (800) 321-1099

NEW MEMBERS ComDoc has the technology and solutions your business needs to reach the next level. We have the latest printers and copiers from Xerox featuring ConnectKey technology, cutting edge document management solutions, cloud integrations, and MORE! Contact us to schedule a demonstration.

Continental Refreshment Services (FOOD SERVICES) Russ Meade, Director New Business 1259 George Washington Blvd Akron, OH 44312 Founded in the Midwest in 1989, Continental has grown from an office coffee and vending provider to the Great Lakes region’s leader in workplace food and beverage offerings. With a cutting-edge technology suite, bestin-class logistics and infrastructure, and a commitment to personal client attention, we consistently rank as one of the top contract dining and refreshment providers in the nation. From 24/7 micro-markets to full-service cafés and food delivery, our customized programs provide the resources of a global company with the responsiveness only a local partner can offer.

Diesel Controls Inc. (DIESEL PARTS & EQUIPMENT) Bruce A. Smith, President 3065 Greendale Ave. SW Massillon, OH 44647 (330) 837-4115

If it runs on Diesel, we can help! We look forward to hearing from you! Bruce Smith founded our Massillon, Ohio company in 1991 in the pursuit to provide superior customer service to diesel application owners. With fourteen employees, 35 years in the diesel industry, and an Association of Diesel Specialists Membership, Diesel Controls continues to follow a formula for success. DCI constantly expands to accommodate all of the recent advances in diesel technology. With thousands of parts in stock, test stands, the 7000 square foot facility is home to all you need for the repair and service of your diesel application.

Diversified Engineering, Inc. (ENGINEERS) Christopher Bower, President 175 Ray Avenue NE New Philadelphia, OH 44663 Diversified Engineering, Inc. provides a full range of civil engineering, surveying and environmental services in many markets including municipalities, healthcare, residential, commercial, industrial and institutional, and oil and gas. We take a collaborative approach, partnering with our clients to address each project with a range of engineering and consulting services. Our team integrates the latest technology, state-of-the-art equipment and proven methods to help our clients stay on schedule and save you money.

e2b teknologies, inc. (SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS) John Moss, VP of Customer Success 9325 Progress Parkway Mentor, OH 44060 (440) 853-1899

e2b teknologies is a passionate and experienced team of industry leaders and business advisers providing high quality, uncomplicated, and innovative Enterprise Resource Planning solutions and business applications built on modern technology platforms with turn-key consulting and custom development services. We endeavor in every way to make the world a better place through our products and services while exceeding expectations in everything that we do.

European Wax Center Canton/Belden Village (BEAUTY SALONS) Amy Mikes, Franchise Owner 4350 Belden Village St., NW Canton, OH 44718 (330) 915-3999 www. Put the days of nicks, razor burn, and stubble behind you by letting our wax experts pamper you with the best waxing services in Canton. Book a full body wax, leg wax, arm wax, Brazilian wax, bikini wax, or an eyebrow waxing reservation today to put your best foot forward! At European Wax Center, we are proud to celebrate every body, which is why we also offer waxing for men. Your skin deserves to shine just as bright as you. At European Wax Center in Canton we make that dream a reality. We know that once you experience the EWC difference, you won’t go back. That’s why we offer a variety of Wax Passes® so you can stay smooth and save money.

The Flaming Marshmallow (FOOD & BEVERAGE) Tonya Anthony & Katie Anthony, Owners 1011 – 47th St. NE Canton, OH 44714 (330) 413-3666


NEW MEMBERS The Flaming Marshmallow is a gourmet food truck built from a 1976 Argosy Airstream. The Flaming Marshmallow elevates American cuisine by locally sourcing fresh beef and chicken, then making all of our sauces, toppings and spices from scratch using the finest ingredients! This creates a unique experience and an explosion of flavors in each dish. A few of our elevated toppings include a homemade bacon jam and garlic aioli that go on our popular Jammin Burger, and a marshmallow fluff which is part of our S’mores Nachos topped with Heggy’s famous fudge. We specialize in making private events effortless and memorable for company picnics, guest appreciation events, parties, graduations, and more!

The Good Feet Store (HEALTH & WELLNESS) Darla Harris, Store Manager 4131 Belden Village Circle, NW Ste. B52 Canton, OH 44718 (234) 266-0450 For more than 30 years, The Good Feet Store has provided a non-surgical solution to pain relief; a 3-step system that works to improve and maintain proper foot alignment by exercising and strengthening the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the feet. Good Feet Arch Supports are designed to provide pain relief, balance and comfort. They are available in a wide range of flexibilities – extra firm to soft – to promote maximum performance and versatility for every foot and every lifestyle and are backed by a manufacturer’s Lifetime Limited Warranty.

Heritage Villas by Heritage Retirement Communities (SENIOR LIVING) Stephanie Potter, Regional Director of Sales and Marketing 905 Pittsburg Ave. NE North Canton, OH 44720 (330) 846-1499


Heritage Villas is a licensed Residential Adult Community providing Independent Living, Supported Living, Veterans housing, and Respite Care Services. The park-like campus consists of eight villas that house up to 10-12 residents each.

The purpose of the JTHS, founded in 1980, is to advance, encourage, and promote the collection and preservation of records, information, and artifacts pertaining to the history of the settlement and development of Jackson Township, Stark County, Ohio.

With a central hub of a community center, yet private rooms in each home, our residents can have the perfect balance of social life and quiet comfort. Come visit our private neighborhood to see for yourself!

JOIN US in working to preserve history by becoming a member, donating or volunteering. Visit our website or follow us on Facebook for membership information and other ways to support this non-profit organization.

Holmes Oil Distributing, Inc. (OILS – LUBRICATING & FUEL) Jeremy Burgett, President 5866 County Road 201 Millersburg, OH 44654 (330) 893-2199

Loby’s Bar & Grille (RESTAURANTS) 4736 Hills and Dales Rd. NE Canton, OH 44708 (330) 479-9860

Holmes Oil Distributing offers a full line of premium fuels to keep your equipment thriving. Not sure what product you need? Give us a call! One of our knowledgable team members will help guide you to the product your equipment needs.

Neighborhood haunt with a relaxed vibe offering classic pub grub, TVs & a patio with live bands.

While our most popular sellers at Holmes Oil Distributing are DA Lubricants, PennGrade1, and PennGrade Oil, we also stock Chevron and Schaeffer’s lubricants. If you don’t see the brand you need listed here, let us know! We’re able to source any brand of product that you may need.

Jackson Township Historical Society (HISTORICAL & EDUCATIONAL NON-PROFIT) Kim Demor, President 7756 Fulton Dr. NW Massillon, OH 44646

Canton’s Home for Great Food, Live Entertainment, Sporting Events, & Nightlife!

Follow us on social media to stay current with upcoming entertainment schedules! Service options: Has outdoor seating · Serves great cocktails · Doesn’t accept reservations.

Massillon WebWorks (WEB DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT) Andrew Marcelli, Owner PO Box 1217 Massillon, OH 44648 (330) 776-5585 Website Design Modern, responsive website design that delivers not just on looks, but is search engine optimized and brings in new customers. (continued on next page...)

NEW MEMBERS Website Maintenance Outdated website? Broken links or images? Getting 404 errors? Website infected with malware? We can help! Professional, Secure Email Ditch the @gmail address for your business and add a professional look by getting an email address @yourdomain. Local Search Engine Optimization Boost your business’s visibility in online searches from local potential customers. Consulting and Digital Strategy We can guide you on the next steps to launch your ecommerce website and more! Social Media Management We can make sure all of your social channels have fresh, updated content.

Minuteman Press of Canton (PRINTING SERVICES) Gary Older, Owner 4619 Whipple Ave. NW Canton, OH 44718 oh/canton MINUTEMAN PRESS of Canton Ohio is a family owned and operated commercial print store. We pride ourselves in the service we provide for our customers and the quality of our products. Our print shop family has provided our neighborhood (home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame) with a wide selection of printing services since March 2001. We offer off-set, full color digital and black and white printing, full bindery services, as well as artwork and design for an extensive range of printed items- business cards, envelopes, letterheads, memo pads, NCR forms, brochures, flyers, postcards, cheques, labels, presentation folders, stamps, mail-outs, large format printing and much more.


2757 Ontario Rd. Uniontown, OH 44685 (330) 413-8552 Our strategy is based on sensitivities, market informed data, performance diagnostics, talent and sales skills assessments, employee evaluations, negotiation training, relationship training, and optimizing account management. Leaders need to know what teams to build, how to motivate them, and where to lead them. Companies need to identify their purpose. Our mission is what drives us to do everything possible to expand potential. Revive Hair & Nail Solutions LLC (HAIR LOSS TREATMENT) Lisa Martin, Owner Premier Suites – Suite #25 2487 Whipple Ave. NW Canton, OH 44708 (234) 804-1515 Certified Hair Loss Specialist working with dermatologists and oncologists. She assists women suffering from hair loss, as they undergo chemotherapy. She was recently trained to service men, women and children by learning to measure and fit a client for a hair loss system and/or unit. Lisa is also an Approved Vendor for the VA Hospital, where the veterans are referred to her for hair loss services and a DME Provider. She offers Mico Pointing for thinning hair as well as weaves and wigs. Lisa conducts complimentary consultations by appointment only. She services men, women and children with medical hair loss issues.

Shanklin Heating & Air Conditioning (HEATING & COOLING – RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL) Taylor Clark, Marketing 2026 Alabama Ave. SW Dalton, OH 44618 (330) 832-5848

Shanklin Heating & Air Conditioning is Stark, Summit, and Wayne County’s most trusted, family-owned heating and cooling company. Shanklin installs, maintains, repairs, and replaces most types of heating and air conditioning equipment. We even offer services in geothermal, air duct cleaning, ductless air conditioners, air purification, and more.

Steel Valley Portable X-ray Service (HEALTHCARE) Terry Rothermel, President 5136 West Tuscarawas Canton, OH 44708 888-745-5771 Providing high quality, cost-effective, MOBILE Diagnostic Imaging to your facility! Mobile X-ray; EKG and Ultrasound provider. Anyone who has a need for EXPERT Diagnostic Services can contact the Ohio leader in Mobile X-ray services. Steel Valley. Thompson Entertainment (MUSIC – DJ SERVICES) Larry Thompson, President Canton, OH 44706 (330) 305-2576 Professional DJ and Emcee Services. Specializing in weddings, corporate events and fundraising events.

Tis the Season (RETAIL STORE) Andrea Troyer, Manager 4363 State Route 39 Millersburg, OH 44654 (330) 893-3232


NEW MEMBERS Tis the Season really is a must see! Here you can do all your Christmas shopping and find everything you need to create the Christmas of your dreams. Tis the Season is a one-of-a kind Christmas shop where you can find traditional as well as unique Christmas home decor and holiday gifts. Take our Christmas shop tour and discover why we are the favorite Ohio Christmas shop and see for yourself that a trip to Tis the Season is a must in the near future.

Tolin Designs (BUILDING MATERIALS) Greg DeMatteis 6414 Market N. Canton, OH 44721 (330) 826-1810

Your Personal Design Team! At Tolin Design’s Market Design House, we serve you by: One-on-one design appointments, personalized to you, where we dive deep into your vision and listen closely to your goals. Technology and skill to show new layout options and answer your remodeling and product questions. A studio full of samples and resources to accomplish any design or Pinterest inspired look!

Electrical wholesale and supply store, serving Tuscarawas and surrounding counties since 2000. Visto Vending Corporation (DBA JD’S GOURMET HOTDOGS) James Haavisto, Owner 2443 Wittenberg Ave. SE Massillon, OH 44646 (330) 224-3663 JD’s Gourmet Hot Dogs is a family-owned and operated custom-built mobile restaurant based in Canton, OH. We prepare our hot dogs with our own unique process. The Premier Build-Your-Own Gourmet ALL BEEF Hot Dog Stand! Premium Ice Cream Sundaes, Floats & More! Great for any catering needs; parties; graduations; birthdays and all types of celebrations. Follow us on social media and contact us to schedule your event today!

Tuscora Electric Supply (ELECTRICAL WHOLESALE & SUPPLY STORE) Jim LaCroix, President 832 Kaderly St. NW New Philadelphia, OH 44663 (330) 364-5541

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4,600 Sq. Ft. two story brick & stone modern medical office building on 1.09 acres in Belden Village. Asphalt parking lot with 24 spaces. Turn key medical clinic w/furniture, fixtures & equipment also available for sale. Room for expansion to double the size. 1st floor includes vestibule entry, large waiting area, reception area /nurse's station, 5 exam rooms w/sinks, procedure room w/sink, 2 lab rooms w/ sinks, 2 private offices, 1 larger offi ce with arestroom/shower, 3 additional restrooms, kitchenette, storage closet & janitorial closet. FOR SALE: $1,500,000 FOR LEASE: $18.00/S.F. NNN


From the Development Desk… What our partners have in common is a desire to make a difference in their community and play a role in long-standing, local traditions. Have you always wanted your company to get involved with the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement? Do you want to be a part of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting, Business After Hours or Vintage Canton, but you were not sure how? By working collaboratively, we can create a partnership of shared value that tailors to your organization, your social investment strategy and successfully impacts you’re your bottom line. Let’s do it! We can help you reach businesses, the community at large, and highlight your company’s dedication to Stark County. Learn how you can be a part of Stark County’s biggest traditions and largest network.

CONTACT Melissa Coultas at (330) 458-2055 or

The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and AultCare have partnered together to offer a healthcare plan for the small business community through a Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangement (MEWA). The MEWA was developed to provide additional options and to help control the costs of healthcare benefits. Medically underwritten MEWA rates may provide a less expensive option than a smaller community rated plan obtained under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This plan is available for small group employers with less than 50 employees.

For Chamber Membership information call 330-456-7253. For healthcare or health fund information, contact your independent Broker or your AultCare Representative. All AultCare health plan quote proposals include commission, unless otherwise specified. 7406/21

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