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Business Takes Flight at NEW B2B EXPO Enjoy sales, networking & education opportunities on Oct. 21 This October, the Canton Regional Chamber and The Repository will present a NEW spotlight event for Stark County businesses – the first annual Business to Business EXPO. This daylong tradeshow will feature products and services from more than 100 area businesses, as well as offer rich networking opportunities and educational programs for regional business professionals. Large and small businesses alike will showcase products and services to thousands of attendees on Thursday, Oct. 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Canton Memorial Civic Center, 1101 Market Ave. N in downtown Canton. In addition to the

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exhibits, attendees can attend several business programs – with topics including marketing, HR, sales, technology and more - along with a breakfast and luncheon event featuring keynote speakers. The keynote speaker for the first annual B2B EXPO is Robert L. Fornaro, chairman, president and CEO of AirTran Holdings, Inc., and its subsidiary, AirTran Airways, Inc. Fornaro has 30 years of marketing, planning and management consulting experience. Prior to joining AirTran, he operated a successful aviation consulting practice and held positions with Northwest Airlines, Braniff, Inc., Jesup & Lamont Securities, Inc. and Trans World Airlines. A Long Island, N.Y. native, Fornaro has a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and a master’s (continued on next page)

Creating a Culture of Inclusion in 21st Century Business Key concepts explored at Canton’s first diversity conference The Stark County Human Resources Association, an affiliate of SHRM, and the Canton Regional Chamber are bringing the first ever comprehensive diversity conference to Canton on Thursday, Oct. 14, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The conference aims to define diversity and inclusion within the workplace, and demonstrate how these important business practices can influence the strength and prosperity of the workplace and the community at large. Topics include Diversity & Inclusion 101, Diversity Impact on Economic Development, Developing Your Company’s Inclusion Plan and Recruiting and Retaining Minority Talent. In addition to these educational sessions, the afternoon conference program will consist of an (continued on page three)

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degree in city and regional planning from Harvard University. He is a director of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and serves on the board of the Georgia Aquarium. Aug. 2010 • Vol. XLII • No. 8

Thomas E. Cecconi Chairman Dennis P. Saunier President & CEO David Zingery Director, Marketing Jessica Bennett Editor Denise Burton Director of Membership & Sales Advertising Sales/Action (330) 458-2067 Sarah Bhatia Graphic Designer

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This year’s theme, Business Takes Flight, speaks to the focus of the event. “We wanted to present an event that would benefit local businesses as we come out of one of the toughest Dennis P. Saunier years ever,” explained event cochairman and Chamber president & CEO Dennis Saunier.“Business growth in Stark County relies on our ability to work together, and this event will provide a perfect way for businesses to share and network with one another.” “The Business to Business EXPO will be the ‘must attend’ event for area businesses and professionals,” said event co-chairman and Repository publisher Kevin Kampman.“We have developed an event

that will benefit a CEO or high level leader in an organization, as well as an entry-level employee looking to grow personally and professionally. We are proud to be a presenter of the B2B Kevin Kampman EXPO and are appreciative of the support we have received from our sponsors.” The Business to Business EXPO is sponsored by the Akron-Canton Regional Airport, Mercy Medical Center and The Corporate University at Kent State at Stark. Reserve your exhibit space now! For information on exhibiting your company at the B2B EXPO, or for more details and full FAQs about this exciting promotional opportunity, please visit www.starkb2bexpo.com. Exhibition spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis until Oct. 18 and discounts will be offered to exhibitors who register before Sept. 1 – reserve your spot now!

OHSAA Awards Football Finals To Both Stark County and Columbus The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors has voted to award both Stark County and Columbus the opportunity to host the state football finals for two years each beginning with the 2012 season. Stark County, which has hosted all or portions of the finals for the past 20 years and has two years remaining on the current contract to host the finals, has been awarded the 2012 and 2013 championships, while Columbus will host the finals in 2014 and 2015. Look for a full story about future plans for OHSAA in September's ACTION.

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engaging panel discussion by Stark County leaders from various quadrants of our community. “Too often, business professionals hear the word ‘diversity’ and immediately interpret it as dealing solely with race relations. That’s only one part of the equation,” explained Kelli J. Scott, SCHRA diversity chairperson and workforce planning & diversity coordinator for Aultman Health Foundation.“This conference’s first objective is to introduce attendees to the full spectrum of diversity, including aspects of generational, gender and sexual orientation differences, individuals who are differently-abled and even difference in education and experience level.” Speakers include Mayor William J. Healy II and Robert Torres, director of development for the City of Canton, Dr. Tameka Taylor and Ruth Ramos from Compass Consulting Services, Aimee Belden, director of ystark!, Traci Dunn from The Timken Company and Rev. Mark Simone from the Federated Church in Chagrin Falls among others. The conference will be held at The University Center at Kent State University at Stark and includes a continental breakfast, lunch and other refreshments.

Interested in exhibiting? Conference exhibitors receive all-day registration for one (a $119 value), logo advertising and publicity in conference marketing and one 8 ft. table space for $300. Visit the conference website to secure your space by Oct. 8. Conference registration for SCHRA and Chamber members is $99; non-members may attend for $119. Professionals involved in human resources and all levels of business management should plan to attend for engaging seminars from area experts. For more information about the conference, a full schedule of events, exhibiting information and to register online, visit www.CantonChamber.org. About the Diversity Committee of SCHRA The Diversity Committee exists to promote diversity and inclusion through activities and education. The organization spearheads efforts to diversify the chapter’s membership and leadership and to publicize quality diversity programs in the local community. For more information, visit www.StarkHR.com.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Chairman of the Board - Thomas E. Cecconi Mercy Medical Center Sr. Vice Chairman - George W. Lemon Retired President, Technical Products Group Vice Chairman - Rick L. Haines AultCare Vice Chairman - Kevin Kampman The Repository Vice Chairman - Dean L. Olivieri Fred Olivieri Construction Co. Treasurer - D. William Allen Pro Football Hall of Fame Immediate Past Chairman Ronald D. Becker Hilscher-Clarke Electric Co. President & CEO - Dennis P. Saunier Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Corporate Secretary - Steven J. Katz Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce

B O A R D O F D I R E C TO R S Michael S. Armbrester Marathon Petroleum Co. LLC James T. Batchelder The M.K. Morse Co. Karen Brenneman Hall, Kistler & Company LLP Timothy M. Burke, Jr. FirstMerit William R. Cook Chase N.A. Darryl J. Dillenback DNS Insurance, Inc. Philip D. Fracassa The Timken Company Jerry Gilin Diebold Inc. Derek Gordon Canton Jaycees

Thank you to our ADVANTAGE CANTON funding partners: AEP Ohio, AultCare, Aultman Health Foundation, Charter One Bank, Chase

Jason F. Haupt Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A.

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Rick L. Hull Premier Bank & Trust

FirstMerit Bank, Hilscher-Clarke Electric Company, Huntington Bank, KeyBank, Mercy Medical Center, PNC and The Timken Company.

Terrance L. Jones Multi-Development Services of Stark County

Walsh University Geoff Karcher The Karcher Group Tim Maloney Canton Chair Rental Rick McQueen Akron-Canton Airport John A. Murphy, Jr. Day Ketterer Ltd. John O’Donnell Ph.D. Stark State College of Technology Mark J. Samolczyk Stark Community Foundation William C. Shivers Huntington Bank Paul E. Siegfried Siegfried Enterprises Inc. Randolph L. Snow Black, McCuskey, Souers & Arbaugh LPA Alice C. Stephens The Employment Source Vicky L. Sterling Pinnacle Press Inc. David M. Wheeler AEP Ohio

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Join us for a shuttertastic soiree at the JOSEPH SAXTON GALLERY Capture the perfect evening for business networking at the Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography on Thursday, Aug. 19. The gallery will showcase the photographic works of Art Wolfe, one of the world’s most celebrated nature photographers. Wolfe is the author of more than 50 books and star of the PBS series ‘Travels to the Edge with Art Wolfe.’

dagguerotypes and tintypes to modern giclée prints; from Atget and Nadar to McCurry and Salgado, you will find it all at the Joseph Saxton Gallery.

Take in the stunning collection of blue chip photography while you nosh on delicious appetizers. You'll even be entered into a drawing to take home some picture perfect photographic prints!

Don’t forget that one Stir attendee will be selected as our Hot Business of the Month and receive a feature article in October’s Action Newsletter. What better way to reach our 2,800 members than to have your business in the limelight?

The Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography is one of the country’s newest premier photography galleries and unique in Northeast Ohio. A venue dedicated solely to photography is a rare find, let alone one on this scale. The gallery space is the result of nearly a year’s renovations to the century-old A.H. Wilson Building (1909) yielding the handsomely appointed display area so perfectly suited for showcasing master photography. The collection holds landmark works by more than 160 lensmen and spans the entire breadth and history of the photographic medium. From early

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The Reserves Network AUGUST’S HOT BUSINESS ON THE BURNER Your source for Total Staffing Solutions! The Reserves Network and their affiliates provide staffing, recruiting, training and human resource support services for businesses of all sizes. The Reserves Network connects job seekers with businesses looking for office, industrial, professional and technical applicants for temporary, temp-to-hire and direct-hire positions. Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Ohio, The Reserves Network has been honored for outstanding sales growth and management excellence, including being named a 13-time winner of the Weatherhead 100 Award for fastestgrowing companies in NE Ohio, ninetime North Coast 99 award winner for best companies to work for in Northeast Ohio and a seven-time NEO Success

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award winner for top-performing companies in NE Ohio. System-wide, the company works with over 1,000 clients in a multitude of industries. They place nearly 25,000 employees annually throughout Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

Want to see your business featured here? Come to our monthly Stir After Hours Small Business Networking series for your chance!

For more information about The Reserves Network and how it can help with your Total Staffing Solutions, contact Debra Lightfritz at (330) 864-2453 or dlightfritz@TRNstaffing.com, or visit the website at www.TRNstaffing.com.

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Chamber seeks nominations for annual COMMUNITY SALUTE AWARDS Corporations, business and organizations: the winner must have enhanced the welfare of Stark County citizens through outstanding success in business or service. Individual business professionals: the winner must have demonstrated outstanding performance in his or her profession, which ultimately benefits the community at large.

Community stewards make Canton a better place now and for future generations. We rely on these individuals to guide our community toward growth and prosperity, and to selflessly and tirelessly work to make the place where we live, work and play better. Each year, the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce recognizes the area’s unsung heroes at the Community Salute Awards Banquet by honoring select individuals, corporations, businesses and organizations for outstanding contributions to the greater Canton community. This year’s awards dinner will take place Wednesday, Nov. 10, at The University Center at Kent State at Stark.

Nominations for this prestigious award are due by Sept. 8. Chamber members are invited to submit nominees online at www.CantonChamber.org. Nomination forms are available by calling the Chamber at (330) 456-7253. Awards are presented in two categories, the Award of Merit and the Award of Appreciation. Awards of Merit are awarded to single individuals for continuous civic activities and dedication that goes beyond business or professional responsibilities. Awards of Appreciation honor any or all of the following for outstanding performance that benefits the community:

Individuals in Chamber of Commerce work: the winner must consistently and for an extended period, have demonstrated outstanding performance on the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, producing benefits to the civic or business community. Individuals in short-term activity: the winner must have initiated and completed a short-term activity resulting in widespread benefits to the community. The 2010 Community Salute Awards will begin with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and award presentation at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $50. Visit www.CantonChamber.org for more information, to nominate outstanding individuals and businesses in our community, or to register.

SAVE THE DATE: Vintage Canton is ripe around the corner! Save the date for the Chamber’s annual Vintage Canton, happening downtown on Thursday, Sept. 16. Vintage Canton is the perfect chance to relax and unwind while enjoying wine from local wineries, delicacies from downtown eateries and memorable live music. The festive downtown Canton backdrop provides an intimate, sophisticated atmosphere – making Vintage perfect for gatherings among friends. In addition to an expanded lineup of eclectic wineries, Vintage will also have a fine selection of microbrews again this year. It’s going to be a grape evening in downtown Canton from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. along Central Plaza. Tickets and more details will be available soon at www.VintageCanton.com. Look for a feature article with more details in next month’s issue!

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Fresh Eggs and Flying Lessons: Finding and Expressing Your Brand’s Position - AUGUST AULTCARE FAST BREAK BREAKFAST Note: This month's breakfast will be held on the third Friday of the month. Finding and expressing your company’s position is crucial for cutting through all of the competitive marketing clutter. At August’s AultCare Fast Break Breakfast Dick Maggiore you’ll hear from Dick Maggiore, a noted speaker on strategic positioning, and president and CEO of Innis Maggiore, the nation’s leading agency in the practice of building strong brand positioning. He will provide real world examples of how to differentiate your company’s brand. Maggiore is a past president of the Canton Advertising Federation and currently serves on the Child Welfare League of America National Board of

Directors, Kent State University Board, American Association of Advertising Agencies Cleveland Council Board of Governors, NorTech, Stark Development Board and the FirstMerit Bank Board. His work and commentary have been cited in two advertising textbooks. In 1998, the Canton Chapter of the American Advertising Federation named him Ad Person of the Year. In 2003, Dick received the distinguished Community Salute Award from the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce. In 2004, Dick received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Beyond this important segment of the program, Fast Break attendees have the opportunity to obtain business leads through enjoyable networking activities at an event that has built a reputation as one of the most energetic lead-producing sessions around. Bring a door prize

valued at $15 or more and receive 30 seconds at the microphone to promote your business. Friday, Aug. 20 7 a.m. registration 7:30 a.m. program Courtyard by Marriott 4375 Metro Cir., North Canton, OH Cost: $18 members; $21 members less than 48 hours in advance; $25 non-members RSVP by Aug. 18

Save your seat; register in advance at www.cantonchamber.org or call (330) 458-2085. In order to better accommodate guests at Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce events, we ask that you be sure to register in advance for each event. This will ensure that we have accurate counts for food service and seating. Please register online at www.cantonchamber.org. Please call (330) 458-2085 to register with Rosie Kurtz. Cancellations made less than 48 hours before the beginning of an event are not eligible for refund. No-shows will be billed. In order to reduce operation costs, registration for all major Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce events – such as Annual Dinner or awards dinners – must be paid in advance of the event. Guests may pay for monthly programs in advance or at the door by check, credit card or cash.

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BLUES FESTIVAL rocked downtown! 15,000 enjoy free 2-day festival An estimated crowd of 15,000 enjoyed the two-day Canton Blues Fest this summer – featuring headliners Elvin Bishop and Hot Tuna Electric. Thanks again to our generous sponsors and volunteers for making the Northeast’s premier FREE blues festival possible.

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Capture what makes Stark County great! ENTER THE CANTON/STARK COUNTY CVB PHOTO CONTEST The Canton Stark County CVB is hosting its annual PHOTO CONTEST to encourage local residents, visitors and businesses alike to showcase what they think makes Stark County a great place to visit. The CVB is looking for shots that reflect tourism activities in Stark County. Whether it is a quaint hometown event or a large, nationally known attraction, the CVB wants to see Stark County through your lens! The winning photographer will receive a $200 gas card and the winning photo will be featured in the 2011 Canton/Stark County Official Visitors’ Guide, which is distributed to over 100,000 people, along with the thousands of guests who will see the photo on the Canton/Stark County CVB’s website. Second and third prizes will also be awarded. Snap photos of TOURISM activities that call Stark County home and share your photos with thousands of potential visitors to the area.

Tourism activities include but are not limited to: sporting activities, accommodations, shopping, festivals, dining, farmers markets, outdoor dining, wine tasting, arts & entertainment and celebrations (weddings, social events, corporate picnics etc). Photos that include people in them are greatly encouraged! So grab the camera and explore Stark County and see what you capture. Please submit your entry digitally to photos@visitcantonstark.com by Aug. 20. For official rules and submission guidelines, visit www.visitcantonstark.com/Visitors/photocontest.php.

Upcoming Leadership programs provide return on investment for your business Keeping your employees engaged in our community, exposing new employees to the assets of Stark County and rooting young professionals in the area with community trusteeship are just a few of the ways that you can ensure a talented pool of professionals will persist in our region. Leadership Stark County has four key programs that provide a strong return on value for your business by helping engage your workforce and energizing your current and future employees. Read on to learn about ways you can help your newest or youngest employees get more firmly involved in our region. Spotlight Stark County, a program for younger professionals age 24-34, begins this September. Participants receive personal leadership skills training from the Corporate University, Kent State University at Stark. The program meets six times in the fall, from 4 to 6 p.m. and enrollment is $450 per participant. Read how one participant has leveraged the value of his Spotlight experience: C a n t o n

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“The Spotlight session that I took the most from was the Strength Finder 2.0 … it came down to the simple phrase of ‘We spend more time working on our weaknesses then truly developing our strengths.’ I am not necessarily a ‘numbers’ person but here was a well-respected author telling me that it was okay, because I have strengths that maybe other people in my company don’t have. It was easier to let that go because of this statement and make me search out my talents to make them strengths.” Chris Kaboth, Whitacre Greer. Apply now for the 2010 Spotlight Stark County program at www.leadershipstarkcounty.org The Encounter Bus Tour, a one-day whirlwind trip across the county provides a geographic, economic and historic introduction to Stark County’s assets and resources. Community leaders hop on and off the motor coach as do participants. Leadership Stark County is accepting reservations for this year’s tour, happening Thursday, Oct. 21 from C h a m b e r

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Recent grad starts his ystark! Fellowship CHRISTOPHER BURR, TECHNICAL SERVICE SPECIALIST, TIME WARNER CABLE rate communications. His many achievements at Walsh include serving as president of the University’s Business Club, member of the University’s Student Government, crew leader for freshmen move-in and orientation, serving as an alumni ambassador, a member of the Walsh University Entrepreneur Experience and as senator to the University’s Residence Hall Association. Christopher Burr, a recent Walsh University graduate, has begun his ystark! Fellowship with Time Warner Cable. The corporate communications major focused on MIS and IT in his studies at Walsh, and now he’s putting those skills to the test with a tech-heavy, twoyear opportunity in Time Warner Cable’s technology service center. The ystark! Fellowship Program is a unique opportunity for undergraduate students who are searching for their first position post-graduation. The Fellowship will offer a true immersion experience – a full-time, salaried, high-exposure work opportunity that offers the benefits of professional development, community service involvement and networking opportunities. Burr will join two other fellows in the program - Aultman Health Foundation and The Repository both began hosting fellows last year. Burr graduated from Walsh University in the spring of 2010 with a B.A. in corpo-

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He also volunteered for Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans and locally at the Clean-Up North Canton Park’s Day. Recent internships include working in the information systems and marketing departments of Walsh University, the IT department of Plasticolors, Inc. in Ashtabula, Ohio, the IT department at Kent State University and as auction assistant at Dufina Auctions in Austinburg, Ohio. “As soon as I saw the information about ystark!’s Fellowship Program around campus, I was intrigued. It seemed like the perfect fit for my career interests,” said Burr. He didn’t realize the extensive IT and technology-related positions available locally with Time Warner.“I’m glad that ystark! exposed me to this highly-technical, computer-based position – otherwise I might have overlooked Time Warner as a potential employer!”

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Burr is currently deep in training, beginning with an extensive review of the company’s product lines, computer module testing and hands-on call fielding. He’ll complete his training on Aug. 27, when he’ll join other technical operators on “Tier 3,” Time Warner’s most elevated technical support team. “My experience so far at Time Warner has been exceptional. They’ve already discussed opportunities for advancement with me beyond the two-years of the Fellowship Program, including moving into other communication-based departments. They are truly interested in making sure I’m in the right role for me and letting me grow within the company,” said Burr. Burr is a transplant from Ashtabula County, and he’s eager to get started with the community involvement aspect of his Fellowship experience.“I always stay involved. Interaction is my thing. I want the full experience in my career and in my community. I believe that when you have a connection, you have the commitment. When I made the decision to move here after graduation, I wanted to make sure I was really connected to the area.” Burr currently lives in North Canton, a close commute to Time Warner Cable’s Belden Village location.

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Ready, Set, RIDDLE! - PerplexCity is back and more perplexing than ever! ystark! is back with round two of the perplexing puzzle game that took downtown Canton by storm last year. The game will be held in downtown and BEYOND on Saturday, Aug. 28, beginning at 4 p.m. Gather a team of up to five players and make sure that the whole gang is ready for a challenge that will take you all over town in pursuit of confounding clues. You’ll discover new and exciting locations throughout the city as you make your way to different businesses on foot and by car.

Remember: your team must hurry to each clue! You’ll be competing against 20 or so other teams, all racing you to the finish. The winning team will be the first one to solve ALL of the clues and make it to the end of the game, where they will be lavishly celebrated! Watch the PerplexCity video and register now at www.ystark.org.

Saturday, Aug. 28 4 – 8 p.m. Begins in the Kresge Green Space Market Ave. N between 3rd and 4th Sts. Downtown Canton Cost: $50 for up to 5 players Reservations are required RSVP by Aug. 24 online at ystark.org The game will be played rain or shine

Each team will receive a clue to kick things off and then hurry from clue to clue, revealing locations in downtown Canton and beyond to explore. Sound confusing? Don’t worry, we’ll provide instructions for everyone before the game starts.

Mix it up with the ystark! Politix Mixr! Dish the real issues with your YP elected officials Right now, there are more young professionals representing us in our local and regional government then there have been since 1994! ystark!’s Politix Mixr! is the perfect event for YPs to voice their thoughts about the real issues affecting our area and to hear directly from the young leaders who are guiding our governing bodies right here in Stark County!

Tuesday, Aug. 31 6-8 p.m. The Canton Club 101 Central Plaza S Canton, OH 44702 Cost: Free event with cash bar RSVP online at ystark.org by Aug. 26.

On Tuesday, Aug. 31, come to The Canton Club for this first-ever civic after hours event from 6 to 8 p.m. You’ll enjoy free appetizers and a cash bar while you mix it up with elected officials in a speednetworking format. You’ll spend five minutes with each elected official. There are just three important ground rules: be relevant, be real and leave your party politics at the door! Take this opportunity to meet our young decision-makers, communicate the issues you feel are most important for our community and become better informed and involved citizen! For more details, visit www.ystark.org. C a n t o n

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ystark! participates in Northeast Ohio Intergenerational Summit In June, an invitation-only group of more than 100 leaders, including representatives from the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce’s ystark! young professional initiative, participated in a first-of-itskind intergenerational summit at the newly renovated Crowne Plaza in Independence. The purpose of the summit was to blend senior and junior leaders to identify priorities to help the region become a talent magnet and reignite its economy. The group, half of which were young professionals, and half experienced, senior leaders, was comprised of state, county and local politicians; presidents and senior executives from the region’s top employers; and leaders from dozens of the region’s young professionals’ organizations. Attendees included representatives from Brunswick Companies, City of Cleveland, Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Foundation, Dominion, FedEx Custom Critical, Federal Reserve Bank, First Energy Corp., Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Greater

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Cleveland RTA, Hahn Loeser, Lubrizol, Notre Dame College, Oswald Companies, Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, Sherwin Williams, Swagelok, St. Luke’s Foundation, Team NEO, Third Federal Bank and The Timken Company. The morning session was facilitated by Molly Foley and Rebecca Ryan of Next Generation Consulting (Madison, Wis.) NGC’s research was used in developing the ystark! initiative in Canton to assist in retaining and attracting young professionals. At the Summit, the group committed to: • Working across generations and being inclusive in their approach to solutions.

“When we hear others ‘talk trash’ about Northeast Ohio, as leaders we will counter with something positive, to reframe the conversation.” • Supporting candidates for public office who share their priorities: P-16 Education Reform, strong downtowns in our city centers, and connecting students to the region’s opportunities. Action plans for the next 90 days were established in several key areas, and will be posted on the group’s LinkedIn group page: Northeast Ohio Young Professional Leaders.

• Being positive about the region’s opportunities and its future. Jacinda Walker from the City of Cleveland said,“We are tired of the negativity about this city.” Nathan Moore, VP of AXA Advisors added,

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THANK YOU for another One of a Kind Celebration! The 47th anniversary of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival is being celebrated this year with great enthusiasm. The festivities will undoubtedly provide memories to last a lifetime – especially for our special guests, the 2010 Class of Enshrinees. As Russ Grimm, Rickey Jackson, Dick LeBeau, Floyd Little, John Randle, Jerry Rice, and Emmitt Smith are immortalized in the halls of “America’s Premier Sports Museum and Showplace,” we stop for a moment to reflect on the massive community effort that make this year’s festivities possible. Over 11-days, 700,000 people will enjoy 18 diverse events that produce an economic impact of $30 million on the Canton/Stark County area and nearly $55 million on the State of Ohio. An immeasurable bonus is the pride of Canton being recognized nationally, and even internationally, as

the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the annual Enshrinement Festival events. All of these achievements are possible through a true team effort, and we gratefully acknowledge the members of our team: • Cash and in-kind sponsors who so generously share their marketing dollars to give us the resources needed to plan and stage successful events. • Governmental entities that so willingly provide the materials and manpower to make each event safe. • Media outlets that offer the forum for us to promote our brand and disseminate information. • Professional staffs at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce

and Pro Football Hall of Fame who have unending passion and commitment to maintaining the success of the Hall and the annual Enshrinement Festival activities. • Volunteers who give incredible amounts of time and expertise to attending to the myriad of details, without any expectation of reward beyond the pride of seeing the fruits of their labors. • Citizens and guests who attend the events with a sense of anticipation and contagious excitement. Heartfelt thanks to each and every person who in any way contributed to the success of the 2010 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival. As a result of your kindness, generosity, and support, it is indeed a One of a Kind Celebration!

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Dan Fuline, General Chairman

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Baker, Dublikar, Beck, Wiley & Mathews attorneys at law Telephone: (330) 499-6000 Telecopier: (330) 499-6423 400 SOUTH MAIN STREET NORTH CANTON, OHIO 44720 www.bakerfirm.com

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Call before you dig! August Safety Council Luncheon On Thursday, Aug. 12, Chuck Green will discuss a vital resource for Ohio residents and businesses alike – the Ohio Utilities Protection Service. The Ohio Utilities Protection Service acts as a commuChuck Green nication link between utility companies and individuals planning any digging activity to make sure that damage protection is the number one priority for all involved.

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Chuck Green has worked as a public awareness & services coordinator for the Ohio Utilities Protection Service (O.U.P.S.) since 2007. Primarily servicing the Eastern Ohio Region, Chuck works closely with contractors, excavators and contract locators to spread the message of damage prevention. He provides safety talks to industry groups, participates in several Damage Prevention Councils and Utility Coordinating Councils and promotes cooperation amongst all stakeholders. In addition, Chuck acts as the communication link between O.U.P.S. member facility companies and O.U.P.S. management.

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Thursday, Aug. 12 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Meyer’s Lake Ballroom 3218 Parkway St. Canton 44708 Cost: $16 Reservations are required RSVP by Aug. 9 Spotlight Company:

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Reserve your space to exhibit at the annual Safety Council Business Expo on Sept. 9

Show off your company’s health and safety products with a display table at the fourth annual Stark County Safety Council Business Expo, held Sept. 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Meyer’s Lake Ballroom, 3218 Parkway St., Canton. Be among the 50 tabletop exhibitors who will reach an audience of more than 300 peers by showing the latest products and services in safety and health-related needs. SPECIAL PRICE! The SCSC is once again offering a special discounted exhibition price of $75 for members – a 50 percent discount from past years! Non-members can purchase a display table for $125. Two lunches are included with the purchase of a display table. The Business Expo will replace the monthly Stark County Safety Council Luncheon and counts toward fulfilling requirements for your Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation discount. Sign-in sheets will be available. To reserve your exhibit space, contact Connie Cerny at (330) 458-2061 or conniec@cantonchamber.org. The Safety Council is seeking DOOR PRIZE donations for this event – please contact Connie Cerny if your company is willing to donate a prize!

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WELCOME to our newest members, who joined Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce in June. 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.

Akron Aeros Baseball (BASEBALL - PROFESSIONAL) Ross Swaldo 300 S. Main St. Akron, OH 44308 (330) 253-5151 www.AkronAeros.com

Giant Eagle-Raff Rd (GROCERS - RETAIL) Tony Nader 608 Raff Rd. SW Canton, OH 44710 (330) 456-5757 www.gianteagle.com

Adam Olenick - Edward Jones (FINANCIAL SERVICES) Adam Olenick 4651 Dressler Rd. NW Canton, OH 44718 (330) 493-0047 www.edwardjones.com

Astoria Nursing & Rehab (REHABILITATION SERVICES) Heath Flickinger, LNHA 3537 12th. St. NW Canton, OH 44708 (330) 455-5500 www.astoriaskilled.com

I2r Power Cable Company (MANUFACTURERS - CABLES) Michael G. Pinney 1953 Sherrick Dr. SE Canton, OH 44707 (330) 588-3000 www.powercableco.com

Select 1 Insurance, LLC (INSURANCE) Donna Williams 7110 Whipple Ave. NW, Ste A102 North Canton, OH 44720 (330) 497-1700 www.select1insurance.com

Buzzbin Magazine (MAGAZINE) Michael Nasvadi 1728 Lincoln Way NW Massillon, OH 44647 (330) 236-5005 www.buzzbinmagazine.com

Janco Service Industries (JANITORIAL - SERVICE & SUPPLIES) John A. Yanak 824 W Streetsboro St. Hudson, OH 44236 (330) 650-4611 www.janco-services.com

Shear Envy (BEAUTY SALONS) Kelly Tanner 4333 Cleveland Ave. NW Canton, OH 44709 (330) 412-6477 www.shearenvybykelly.com

Catholic Charities of Stark County (SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCIES) James E. Armour 3112 Cleveland Ave. NW Canton, OH 44709 (330) 491-0896 www.ccstark.org

Alex D. Krassas Event Center at St. Haralambos Greek Church (CONFERENCE CENTERS & BANQUET FACILITIES) Carol Lynne Capocci 251 25th St. NW Canton, OH 44709 (330) 456-2766 www.StHaralambos.com

Sheetz, Inc. #342 (CONVENIENCE STORES) Patrice Virola 5057 Tuscarawas St. W Canton, OH 44708 (330) 479-8515 www.sheetz.com

Chick-Fil-A of Westfield (CATERERS - RESTAURANTS) Jonathan Winn & Jamie Rhoads 4228 Belden Village Mall North Canton, OH 44718 (330) 494-2894 www.chick-fil-a.com Danny Boys Italian Eatery (RESTAURANTS) Matt Hollingsworth 6081 Dressler Rd. NW North Canton, OH 44720 (330) 499-3726 www.dannyboyspizza.com Giant Eagle-Cromer Ave (GROCERS - RETAIL) Gary Malick 3100 Cromer Ave. NW Canton, OH 44709 (330) 492-5160 www.gianteagle.com

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Longaberger Inflatables, LLC (PARTY RENTALS) Amy Longaberger 501 Rachel Circle NW Massillon, OH 44646 (330) 705-0035 www.longabergerinflatables.com My Father's House Dialysis Care Facility, LLC (DIALYSIS) Arnice Llewellyn PO Box 8707 Canton, OH 44711 (330) 309-2605 www.mfhdialysis.com OfficeMax (PRINTING SERVICES OFFICE & COMPUTER SUPPLIES) Jake Trescott 4433 Whipple Ave. NW Canton, OH 44718 (330) 492-4900 www.officemax.com

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Spicy Rhyme (ENTERTAINMENT - BANDS) Lise' Rhyme 9425 Lafayette Dr. NW Massillon, OH 44647 (330) 280-4316 www.spicyrhyme.com Diana Gray Stromsky (RETIREES) Diana Gray Stromsky 3488 Dauphin Dr. NE Canton, OH 44721 (330) 491-1191 Westfield Bank, FSB (BANKS) Randall J. Smith 219 E. Maple St., Ste. 203 North Canton, OH 44720 (330) 497-2265 www.Westfield-bank.com

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Edge Interactive, LLC, where her responsibilities included search engine optimization, web design, graphic design, and web development. J.R. Coleman Outreach Services Board of Directors has announced that Tom Thompson will take over as executive director of the agency in Oct. 2010. Thompson began his career as a caseworker with Stark County Department of Job and Family Services. He has held various positions with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, including quality assurance supervisor, deputy account manager and deputy director. He replaces retiring executive director Kathy Strong. The 16th annual Glenmoor Gathering of Significant Automobiles, a Concours d’Elegance, will take place September 17-19 at the historic Glenmoor Country Club in Canton, Ohio. The 2010 gathering will feature more than 200 outstanding and unique vehicles and recognize the historic motorcars of Cleveland - automobiles built in Cleveland, Ohio. For more information about this year’s event and special features, visit GlenmoorGathering.com. Rose D. Sloat of The Learning Service, Ltd., received the Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) honor from Toastmasters International. This is the greatest honor that can be received by a member and is given to those who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and communication skillls and who have used those skills to help others in self-development. Sloat is a member of Stark Community Toastmasters #3342 Club. She is also a member of Hall of Fame Advanced Club and the Towpath Talkers Club. Karcher Group (TKG) is happy to announce Sara Heddleston has joined the company as a full-time Search Engine Optimization (SEO) specialist. Heddleston is responsible for various aspects of web marketing as it relates to TKG’s clients, including keyword research and link development, tracking industry trends, and implementing strategies to increase online visibility. Heddleston graduated summa cum laude from Kent State University in 2009, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing. While completing her degree, Heddleston worked for

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The Canton Museum of Art awarded scholarships totaling $2,000 to four area high school students. Maggie Duff of Jackson High School, who will attend the University of Akron; Katie Eastman of Hoover High School, who will attend Ohio University; Matt Horrisberger of Canton South High School, who will attend Heidelberg University; and Vincent Marazita of Hoover High School, who will attend the Cleveland Institute of Art each received $500 scholarships. The portfolio scholarship program is funded by the Canton Artists League, Canton Fine Arts Associates, The Artissimo Art Show and members of the Museum. Brian Layman, principal with Layman, D’Atri & Associates, LLC, has just released the first book written specifically for Ohio physicians. The 300+ page book, entitled, FOR OHIO DOCTORS ONLY: Shedding Light on Asset Protection, Tax and Estate Planning, educates local doctors on the best ways to structure their medical practice and personal affairs, reduce taxes and preserve their assets. Unlike nationally-oriented books, this title is based specifically on Ohio law. Further, doctors can be updated on new changes and techniques by utilizing the website that is associated with the book, www.forohiodoctors.com. Walsh University recently announced the appointment of Mark Heffernan as manager of Athletic Affairs. In this position, Heffernan’s responsibilities will include supervision of game day operations, athletic facilities management, promotions, marketing, ticket sales and developing a plan to televise a number of Walsh Cavalier football and basketball games on a state-wide cable television outlet. Before joining Walsh University, Heffernan was the Director of Corporate & Team Sales for Academy Uniforms & Promotions in North Canton. The Stark County District Library, ArtsinStark and Building Healthy Communities will again team up to provide “artists in residence” programs at the DeHoff Memorial Branch of the

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library, and the Jackson Sherrick and Skyline Terrace housing developments. Children in kindergarten through eighth grade will work with lead artist Craig Joseph and sculptor Joseph Close in a project called Story Tree, taking its lead from the Dr. Seuss book The Lorax. Children will create leaves and branches of a Story Tree, and engage in literary activities. As in the first artist in residence project, completed in February of this year, this new project combines the creativity of literature with visual arts. The Lorax also highlights elements of the library’s Summer Reading Club theme, Forests Green, Oceans Blue, Books READ as it makes statements on environmental awareness. The Story Tree will be made from recycled and found materials. Picciano’s Martini Bar in downtown Canton celebrated its first birthday in June. The establishment has provided a monthly guest bartending “Tips for Charity” event each month that benefit charities including Child & Adolescent Behavior, Wishes Can Happen, Pilot Club of Akron, Summit United Neighbors, A.B.L.E. Inc., Domestic Violence Coalition, Canton Players’ Guild Theatre, and N.A.M.I. To date, Picciano’s has donated more than $11,000 to charity from these events and from First Friday donations. For more information about Picciano’s events, contact owner Dina Tozzi at dtozzi@neo.rr.com. First Ohio Community Federal Credit Union will be hosting its 3rd Annual FREE Community Shred It Day on Saturday, Aug. 14. Participants can watch as their personal documents and receipts are destroyed by the Shred It Truck. They ask participants who utilize the free Shred It service to donate nonperishable items, which First Ohio will then donate to the Akron/Canton Regional Food Bank. First Ohio Community Federal Credit Union is a full-service financial institution and serves anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in Stark County. For additional information, visit them online at www.firstohiocfcu.org. Submit Biz Bitz articles to jessb@cantonchamber.org. Deadline is five weeks prior to publication.

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PLEASE REGISTER ONLINE AT WWW.CANTONCHAMBER.ORG OR CALL (330) 458-2085

IN ORDER TO BETTER ACCOMMODATE GUESTS AT CHAMBER EVENTS, WE ASK THAT THEY BE SURE TO REGISTER FOR EACH EVENT IN ADVANCE. THIS WILL ENSURE THAT WE HAVE ACCURATE COUNTS FOR FOOD SERVICE AND SEATING.

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FIRST FRIDAY – Feelin’ Groovy On Aug. 6 get down for a Feelin’ Groovy First Friday. There will be plenty of flower power in this summer of love celebration with Aquarius Rising filling the air with peace and happiness. Don your bell-bottoms and wear some flowers in your hair, ya dig?

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ystark! Monthly Meet-Up at The Barrel Room Join ystark! for our August Monthly Meet-Up in the quaint atmosphere of The Barrel Room. With a great outdoor patio and games galore, it’s sure to be a great night for networking and socializing the way only ystark! can. Come sample from among more than 20 delicious wine selections along with a huge list of domestic, import and craft beer from around the world.

Wednesday, Aug. 11 6 – 8 p.m. The Barrel Room 7901 Cleveland Ave. N North Canton, 44720 Cost: FREE RSVP online at ystark.org

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Call before you dig! AUGUST SAFETY COUNCIL LUNCHEON On Thursday, Aug 12, Chuck Green will discuss a vital resource for Ohio residents and businesses alike – the Ohio Utilities Protection Service. The Ohio Utilities Protection Service acts as a communication link between utility companies and individuals planning any digging activity to make sure that damage protection is the number one priority for all involved.

Thursday, Aug. 12 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Meyer’s Lake Ballroom 3218 Parkway St. Canton 44708 Cost: $16 Reservations are required RSVP by Aug. 9

Join us for a shuttertastic soiree at the Joseph Saxton Gallery - August Stir After Hours Capture the perfect evening for business networking at the Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography on Thursday, Aug. 19. The gallery will showcase the photographic works of Art Wolfe one of the world’s most celebrated nature photographers. Wolfe is the author of more than 50 books and star of the PBS series 'Travels to the Edge with Art Wolfe.’

Thursday, Aug. 19 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography 520 Cleveland Avenue NW Downtown Canton Cost: $5 RSVP by Aug. 17

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Fresh Eggs and Flying Lessons: Finding and Expressing Your Brand’s Position August AultCare Fast Break Breakfast Finding and expressing your company’s position is crucial for cutting through all of the competitive marketing clutter. At August’s AultCare Fast Break Breakfast you’ll hear from Dick Maggiore, a noted speaker on strategic positioning, and president and CEO of Innis Maggiore, the nation’s leading agency in the practice of building strong brand positioning. He will provide real world examples of how to differentiate your company’s brand.

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Leadership Stark County Golf Outing The 2010 Alumni Golf Outing is Friday, August 27 at Fairways Golf Club in North Canton. Mark your calendars now and gather your Leadership class members for a foursome! Sponsorships are still available!

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Ready, Set, RIDDLE! PerplexCity is back and more perplexing than ever! ystark! is back with round two of the perplexing puzzle game that took downtown Canton by storm last year. Gather a team of up to five players and make sure that the whole gang is ready for a challenge that will take you all over town in pursuit of confounding clues. You’ll discover new and exciting locations throughout the city as you make your way to different businesses on foot and by car.

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Mix it up with the ystark! Politix Mixr! Dish the real issues with your YP elected officials Right now, there are more young professionals representing us in our local and regional government then there have been since 1994! ystark!’s Politix Mixr! is the perfect event for YPs to voice their thoughts about the real issues affecting our area and to hear directly from the young leaders who are guiding our governing bodies right here in Stark County!

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First Friday, Aug. 6 6 – 10 p.m. Downtown Canton FREE

Friday, Aug. 20 7 a.m. registration 7:30 a.m. program Courtyard by Marriott 4375 Metro Cir. North Canton, OH Cost: $18 members; $21 members less than 48 hours in advance; $25 non-members RSVP by Aug. 18 Friday, Aug. 27 8:30 a.m. shotgun start Fairways of North Canton 1500 Rogwin Circle, S.W. North Canton, 44720 Cost: $240 / foursome RSVP by Aug 25 Saturday, Aug. 28 4 – 8 p.m. Begins in the Kresge Green Space Market Ave. N between 3rd and 4th Sts. Downtown Canton Cost: $50 for up to 5 players Reservations are required RSVP by Aug. 24 online at ystark.org - The game will be played rain or shine Tuesday, Aug. 31 6-8 p.m. The Canton Club 101 Central Plaza South Canton, OH 44702 Cost: Free event with cash bar RSVP online at ystark.org

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August Action Newsletter 2010  

inside: STIR After Hours 5 Hot Business on the Burner! 7 Community Salute Nominations 8 Vintage Canton 8 AultCare Fast Break Breakfast 9 Blu...

August Action Newsletter 2010  

inside: STIR After Hours 5 Hot Business on the Burner! 7 Community Salute Nominations 8 Vintage Canton 8 AultCare Fast Break Breakfast 9 Blu...

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