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CEO message

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Stark County Economics

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Industrial Land & Business Parks

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A BOLD VISION FOR CANTON: CENTENNIAL PLAZA

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Canton Innovation District: How does it work?

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Business booming in Jackson Township

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Retail growth in Belden Village area

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Buildings prime for lease in downtown Canton

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Gervasi Vineyard opens The Casa

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Akron Children’s Hospital opens North Canton location

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Area education, business and economic development resources

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ver the past two decades, downtown Canton has undergone a miraculous revitalization. Once-blighted areas have been transformed into a lively and aesthetically pleasing center city. The re-energized atmosphere has attracted developers, property owners and entrepreneurs who have invested in buildings, businesses, restaurants and more. In more recent years, Canton has added an Arts District, Music Block and numerous pieces of public art drawing visitors and residents alike to experience downtown’s unique look and feel. Now, we have the opportunity to take the next step by redeveloping Market Square, Canton’s center-city green space, into Centennial Plaza, just in time for the NFL Centennial Celebration in September 2020. Not only will Centennial Plaza serve as a striking focal point inspired by our football legacy, but a connection to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village. See Page 16 for the complete story. Across Market Avenue from the future Centennial Plaza is the Renkert Building, a 10-story building featuring nearly 70,000 square feet of leasable space. Just a few blocks north on Market Avenue is the former Nationwide Building, a turnkey facility ready for immediate occupancy. Read why both buildings are well-primed to contribute to the future of downtown on Page 38. We’re frequently asked: What exactly IS the Canton Innovation

District’s Tech Incubator, how does it work and is my business a candidate? Linda Hale, Community Manager for the Canton Innovation District, answers all your questions and more on Page 26. Business is certainly booming in Jackson Township (see Page 30). Omni Orthopaedics, The Schroer Group and ComDoc have new buildings under construction or recently completed. Combined, the buildings total more than 130,000 square feet of state-ofthe-art office space. On the retail side, things are also moving: The township will welcome the popular game center and restaurant Dave & Busters by the end of this year, as well as a Meijer supercenter in 2020. Just a hop, skip and a jump (almost literally) from Jackson Township is Akron Children’s new pediatric primary care center in North Canton. With more than 100,000 visits to Akron Children’s Hospital by Stark County residents in 2016, the need was real for a dedicated Stark County facility. Read about the new center on Page 48. Gervasi Vineyard has expanded yet again, this time with The Casa, a boutique hotel designed to provide luxurious overnight accommodations. The stunning photos (beginning on Page 40) will have you wanting to book your next getaway ASAP! We think you’ll agree that there’s an abundance of good things happening in downtown Canton, Jackson Township and throughout Stark County. Thank you for reading this issue of Canton Inc.

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STARK COUNTY

ECONOMICS

INCOME AND MAJOR COST OF LIVING INDUSTRIES

$47,137

Median home value:

$122,900 Median rent:

$680/MO. Cost of living:

16.4% LOWER than U.S. average

Unemployment rate:

3.6%

(national average is 3.9%)

HOUSEHOLDS Canton population 71,323 Stark County population 373,612 Median resident age 41.8 Age 17 and younger 21.7% Age 18 to 64 59.8% Age 65 and older 18.5% Households 150,385

WORKFORCE Total workforce: 185,600 Average commute: 22 minutes

(NON-FARM)

Education and health services:

19.2%

Manufacturing:

15.6%

Trade, transportation and utilities:

18.8%

Professional and business services:

8.8%

Leisure and hospitality:

11%

Government:

11.7%

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Other:

14.9% EDUCATION

High school attainment:

90.0%

College attainment:

21.9%

Graduate or professional degree:

7.5%

WEATHER

Average January high:

33 degrees

Alliance Community Hospital Aultman Hospital Canton City Schools City of Canton Diebold/Nixdorf Heinz North America Mercy Medical Center Nickles Bakery Synchrony Financial Stark County government Stark State College Sugardale Foods The Timken Co. TimkenSteel Corp. Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Average July high:

82 degrees

Stark County Park District includes:

8,000 acres of land

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parks in addition to the parks maintained by cities and townships SOURCES: U.S. Census Bureau, Ohio Department of Development, NOAA and the National Weather Service, Stark Parks, U.S. Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics), Forbes.

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AKCAN INDUSTRIAL PARK Location: Green, Ohio Acres available: 200 Highway access: I-77 Zoning: Light industrial Rail access: No Development contact: Dan DeHoff, DeHoff Development, 330-499-8153

CANTON CENTURY PARK Location: Canton, Ohio Acres available: 30 Highway access: I-77/Faircrest at Exit 101 Zoning: Heavy commercial Rail access: No Development contact: Dan Spring, NAI Spring, 330-966-8800

CENTRAL WARNER COMPLEX Location: Canton, Ohio Acres available: 30 Highway access: U.S. Route 30 / I-77 Zoning: Heavy Industrial Rail access: No Development contact: Tim Putman, Putman Properties, 330-495-0600

ALLIANCE COMMERCE PARK Location: Alliance, Ohio Acres available: 75 Highway access: U.S. Route 62 Zoning: Light/heavy industrial Rail access: Yes Development contact: Jim Stout, Coastal Pet Products, 330-821-2218

CANTON INDUSTRIAL PARK - WEST Location: Canton, Ohio Acres available: 12 Highway access: I-77 Zoning: Light Industrial Rail access: No Development contact: Tim Putman, Putman Properties, 330-495-0600

EASTRIDGE COMMERCE PARK Location: Canton, Ohio Acres available: 88 Highway access: U.S. Route 62 Zoning: Light industrial Rail access: No Development contact: Dan DeHoff, DeHoff Development, 330-499-8153

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ELM RIDGE INDUSTRIAL PARK Location: Canal Fulton, Ohio Acres available: 16 Highway access: State Route 21 and I-77 Zoning: Light industrial Rail access: No Development contact: Don Schalmo, Schalmo Properties Inc., 330-854-9396

FORD PROPERTY Location: Canton, Ohio Acres available: 75 Highway access: U.S. Route 30 Zoning: Heavy industrial Rail access: Yes Development contact: Rafael Rodriguez, 330-453-5900

HARTVILLE INDUSTRIAL PARK Location: Hartville, Ohio Acres available: 2 Highway access: State Routes 43 and 619 Zoning: Light industrial Rail access: Some potential Development contact: Mayor’s office, village of Hartville, 330-877-9222

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MASSILLON ENERGY & TECHNOLOGY PARK Location: Massillon, Ohio Acres available: 400 Highway access: State Route 21 and U.S. Route 30 Zoning: Heavy industrial Rail access: Yes Development contact: Garret Kloots, 330-833-6325

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NEOCOM INDUSTRIAL PARK Location: Massillon, Ohio Acres available: 100 Highway access: State Route 21 and U.S. Route 30 Zoning: Heavy industrial Rail access: Yes Development contact: Mel Herncane, 330-833-3146

MILLS BUSINESS PARK Location: Canton, Ohio Acres available: 83.8 Highway access: I-77 Zoning: Light industrial Rail access: No Development contact: Dan DeHoff, DeHoff Development, 330-499-8153

PORT JACKSON Location: Jackson Township, Ohio Acres available: 16 Highway access: I-77 Zoning: Light industrial Rail access: No Development contact: Lisa Gould, Akron-Canton Airport, 330-668-4000

STARK COUNTY FARM Location: Navarre, Ohio Acres available: 300 Highway access: U.S. Route 30 Zoning: Light industrial Rail access: Yes Development contact: Dan DeHoff, DeHoff Development, 330-499-8153

STEIN INDUSTRIAL PARK Location: Canton, Ohio Acres available: 13 Highway access: U.S. Route 30 at State Route 43 Zoning: I2 Heavy Industrial Rail access: No Development contact: Tim Putman, Putman Properties, 330-495-0600

NOVA EAST Location: Massillon, Ohio Acres available: 25 Highway access: U.S. Route 30 Zoning: Light industrial Rail access: No Development contact: Dan Spring, 330-966-8800

Looking for more information, or for details about industrial buildings and service sector properties? Contact Michael P. Gill, vice president for economic development, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce at 330-458-2090.

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‘A BOLD VISION’ A city presentation on Centennial Plaza refers to the space as “functional,” “dramatic” and “memorable.” The “bold vision” includes elements from past plans as well as new features. The most eye-catching addition is a 75-foot structure made of steel arches. Renderings show four beams bent toward one another without touching,

forming a football-like shape, on the northeast end of the plaza. The area underneath the arches will be equipped with a light and sound system for a secondary performance area, said the city’s planning director, Donn Angus. The main stage is opposite the arches under a canopy. It’s an elevated platform with a 30-by-14-foot video board as the backdrop. During events such as the Canton Blues Fest, Angus said, the performance areas would allow two acts to play at once. That feature was requested by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. A contract between the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the city of Canton has yet to be formalized, but the Hall has committed to programming, maintaining and marketing Centennial Plaza for 10 years. “Centennial Plaza commemorates the founding of this country’s most popular sports league and the impact it has on our culture. This project also showcases the spirit of a community that takes great pride in being the birthplace of the National Football League. Centennial Plaza will connect downtown Canton to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village and serve as catalyst to Canton’s economic development,” said David Baker, president and CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Hall hosts many of the annual enshrinement festival events and expects

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HE LATEST PLAN FOR A GRASSY LOT IN DOWNTOWN CANTON IS MEANT TO TRANSFORM IT INTO THE EPITOME OF CITY PRIDE. Community leaders in May unveiled a $12.3 million Centennial Plaza design, the latest of several iterations. Canton City Council then agreed to appropriate $12.9 million to ensure the project’s unhindered progress. Mayor Thomas Bernabei said he appreciates the council’s support and commitment to the undertaking. “Centennial Plaza is going to be a central park for the city of Canton that we’re all going to take pride in, and we are very excited to proceed with it,” he said. The plaza design involves more than an acre of land, formerly known as Market Square and the Kresge block, southwest of Fourth Street NW and Market Avenue N. It removes a surface parking lot and adds decorative landscaping on surrounding streets. MKSK, which is based in Columbus, is the city’s architectural firm and construction manager.

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“CENTENNIAL PLAZA IS GOING TO BE A CENTRAL PARK FOR THE CITY OF CANTON THAT WE’RE ALL GOING TO TAKE PRIDE IN, AND WE ARE VERY EXCITED TO PROCEED WITH IT.”

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activities at Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village and downtown Canton to complement one another. “If we’re doing this the right way, we’re connecting the entire community and to lift us all up,” said Anne Graffice, vice president of development and strategic adventures. Graffice said she expects the Hall to collaborate with several community organizations and incorporate arts, education and senior citizen elements in programming. Having a downtown destination in Canton also would give Pro Football Hall of Fame visitors more reasons to

stay more than a few hours. “It is truly exciting, and I think it’s going to be a huge positive for the community,” Graffice said. An estimated cost of programming and maintenance has not yet been determined, but the Hall listed $2 million for the plaza in a request for lodging tax revenue meant to support the local tourism industry. Representatives from the city, Hall and Hall of Fame Village, Visit Canton, ArtsinStark, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Gervasi Vine-


yard and The Canton Repository will form a working group to oversee events and activities. One responsibility will be to select an operator for a cafe on the plaza’s northwest corner. An architectural oculus—a circular opening in the cafe roof—will project light into the sky. Other Centennial Plaza features include: a “Canton” word sculpture, digital kiosks, fire pits and outdoor seating. THE COMING YEAR Now that Canton City Council has autho-

rized city officials to proceed with the project and approved the funding and name change, the city will advertise and award a construction contract. Bernabei said architectural drawings and bid documents were to be ready June 6, and the project was to be bid shortly after. Construction is expected to begin in July and be completed in August 2020—just in time for the NFL Centennial Celebration the following month. “Everything is status quo,” Bernabei said.

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“CENTENNIAL PLAZA WILL CONNECT DOWNTOWN CANTON TO THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME AND JOHNSON CONTROLS HALL OF FAME VILLAGE AND SERVE AS A CATALYST TO CANTON’S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.” —David Baker


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In addition to the city’s commitment, there’s also a private fundraising campaign being led by Ted Swaldo, the founder of Gervasi Vineyard. City leaders projected $2.5 million in private funds, but Swaldo said “well over” had been pledged by mid-May. The Hall—a tax-deductible nonprofit—will receive the donations, which will be given to Canton with assistance from Huntington Bank. Swaldo said the private fundraising was ongoing, and pledges continue to come in. “I think people understand how valuable the plaza is to downtown Canton, actually to the whole county,” he said. Swaldo extolled the plaza as a tourist attraction and gathering place for locals. He expects it to help retain younger generations of residents and reverse the city’s population decline. “I think the programming that the Hall of Fame is going to do in conjunction with all the other agencies in town, there’s going to be something going on every week, and I think it’s going to be fun for everybody,” he said. HISTORY OF THE LAND Long before it was Centennial Plaza, the 300 block of Market

Avenue N was occupied by the Arcade Market and S.S. Kresge Co. store. The market, which had numerous vendors and was known for signature coney dogs, and the S.S. Kresge Co., later renamed as the Kmart Corp., were popular in the mid-1900s. By the 1980s, however, the Arcade Market was nearly vacant. The buildings fell into disrepair by the following decade. “It was becoming an eyesore,” said Dennis Saunier, who became president and CEO of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce in 2001. The city of Canton purchased the Kresge block’s five properties with $1 million through eminent domain. With a nearly $1 million state grant, the city then removed asbestos and demolished the buildings in 2004. Saunier said the Chamber worked with the city during the demolition process. “For many years, we had hoped and anticipated that that square could be turned into something that would have the ability to bring more people, more development, more enterprise into the downtown area,” he said. “We always saw it as a key parcel of land in downtown.”

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“WE BELIEVE THIS WILL BE AN EXCELLENT PLACE TO CONTINUE THE FESTIVALS AND EVENTS THAT ARE CURRENTLY BEING HELD DOWNTOWN, WHILE ATTRACTING NEW, VIBRANT ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMING.”

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In 2012, the city held a public contest and renamed the block Market Square. A selection committee received more than 300 submissions. The runners-up were “Kresge Commons” and “The Commons,” according to past reports. The Market Square name lasted almost seven years—a time when little else changed. Semipermanent bocce courts and a performance stage were added to the square in recent years. Meanwhile, plans to redevelop the lot remained just on the horizon. A downtown development plan produced for the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Canton Development Partnership, a department of the Chamber, in 2013 reinvigorated the effort to build something more than a green space.

The main hindrance cited by city leaders was a lack of money—now resolved. The same Canton City Council vote that appropriated $12.9 million for the public-private project also renamed the square Centennial Plaza. Saunier said the new name came from discussions amongst city and community leaders. It honors the National Football League’s founding in Canton, connects the city center to the Hall and thousands of annual visitors and creates a gathering space for local residents. “We believe this will be an excellent place to continue the festivals, events that are currently being held downtown, while attracting new, vibrant arts and entertainment programming,” Saunier said.


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HOW DO YOU APPLY? Visit JumpStartinc.org/apply. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? JumpStart does not charge a fee for technical business assistance, and most of its events and programming are free and open to everyone. Occasionally, a fee is charged for specialty training or events, such as QuickBooks and our annual community event, Startup Scaleup (StartupScaleup.org). IS FUNDING AVAILABLE? JumpStart hosts pitch competitions throughout the year in which winners are awarded $1,000 and all other participants are awarded $250. JumpStart also hosts local Impact Programs in several communities twice a year. The Impact Pro-

WHAT CLASSES DO YOU OFFER? Recent workshops include: Customer Validation, Value Proposition, Open Mic Pitch Night and Marketing 101. We have plans to offer additional workshops on Go to Market Strategies, Secrets to Small Business Success, Intellectual Property, Business Model Canvas, Funding Resources, Government Procurement and other workshops as we learn more about demand in Stark County. WHAT IS THE TECHNOLOGY INCUBATOR? The Technology Incubator, or Innovation District HQ, has several incubator bays or office spaces available to ambitious entrepreneurs who want to validate their business plan while working closely with JumpStart and other local mentors and advisors. WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR THE TECHNOLOGY INCUBATOR? Businesses must be tech or techenabled to qualify for office space at the incubator. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? Office space in the incubator starts at $350 per month. An incentive program is available to return up to 50% of rent paid to tenants that stay in the district at the completion of their term. Additional in-

centives might also be available through the city of Canton. WHAT IS INCLUDED? Residency at the incubator includes an office suite, use of the common areas, utilities and Wi-Fi with speeds of up to 100 Mbps, with higher speed available for a fee. HOW DOES JUMPSTART HELP DURING THE INCUBATION PROCESS? Business Assistance Services via oneon-ones, mentoring, office hours or cohort-based workshops, connections to ecosystem partners include: • Growth planning / access to sales • Financial projections and forecasting, growth funding planning, investor readiness preparation, budget & milestones forecasting • Market research, customer discovery • Talent (job board, recruitment services, HR services) • Mentoring program WHAT DOES A TYPICAL BUSINESS INCUBATOR EXPERIENCE LOOK LIKE? There isn’t a typical business incubator experience, as each entrepreneur/business has different needs. HOW LONG DO BUSINESSES STAY? We anticipate that businesses will stay at the incubator for 12 to 15 months. This should provide ample time for entrepreneurs to validate their business idea and make a “go/no go” decision on scaling the idea. Businesses can continue to receive technical services from JumpStart after they leave the incubator. For more information, call Hale at 330344-9044.

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WHO IS CONSIDERED A CANDIDATE TO WORK WITH JUMPSTART? All entrepreneurs are welcome to apply for business assistance through the JumpStart website and/or attend JumpStart-hosted workshops throughout Northeast Ohio. Some JumpStart programming is geographically based—i.e., the Stark County Impact Program and Pitch Contest are aimed at businesses and entrepreneurs who are located in or plan to relocate to Stark County. JumpStart’s investment funds also have specific criteria, which can be found at JumpStartinc. org/funding.

gram is a 12-week training program that ends with the Impact Showcase, an event where all businesses pitch, and the top business is awarded $10,000 and all other participating businesses receive $2,500. In addition to our programs, there are several funding sources available to tech startups from JumpStart and other partner organizations. More details can be found at startupneo.org/resources/#investment.

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onstruction is underway at two sites, while another company opened the doors at its new facility. OMNI Orthopaedics, the Schroer Group and ComDoc are building new facilities. The multimillion-dollar projects have Jackson Township adding and keeping jobs. And officials anticipate more development will follow. “We’re trying to keep our businesses thriving and strong,” said Randy Gonzalez, fiscal officer development director for Jackson Township. Over the past 40 years, the

township has evolved from a farming community into a suburban retail mecca. The goal now is to bring in businesses and facilities that will support the established stores, restaurants and hotels. “We want to strengthen what we’ve got by bringing in new business,” Gonzalez said. In April, OMNI Orthopaedics started construction of a new facility that will triple its capacity to treat patients. The 38,000-square-foot OMNI/OASIS Surgery Center, which will offer orthopaedic spine and rehabilitative services, is under construction on Whipple Avenue just north of Portage Street NW.

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The new building will replace an office OMNI has on Belpar Street NW in Jackson Township. OMNI, which also has an office in Dover, outgrew its space and has spent several years seeking a new location in Jackson Township. The new location will allow OMNI to perform more joint replacement procedures and take on additional spine cases. OMNI treats about 85,000 patients per year. The Schroer Group has started building in the new Keck business park being developed by Jackson Township trustees on Wales Avenue NW. Schroer Group, which manages Altercare nursing homes around Ohio, will move its headquarters and Absolute Health Services business into a 62,200-square-foot building on 9.4 acres. About 250 employees will move to the site from

the Hoover District, where Schroer Group has leased space for the past 10 years. Jackson officials started efforts in 2017 to develop the former Keck Park as a business park. Schroer Group is the first company to build in the 33-acre development. After years of operating from multiple locations in Summit County, ComDoc has placed its operations under one roof in an office building and warehouse on Pittsburg Avenue NW. The company is bringing 250 jobs to the township. The 32,500-square-foot office building is attached to a 75,000-square-foot warehouse. It was built at the former Rohrer Farm on 12 acres that is part of a tract being developed by Industrial Commercial Properties, a Cleveland-based commercial real estate company. ComDoc sells and maintains copiers, printers and


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Eckinger, vice president of Eckinger Construction Co., and Chris Dickey, a general superintendent for the company, stand in the area that is being converted into a Dave & Buster’s restaurant and arcade; Cliff Whipkey finishes drywall at Dave & Buster’s; Tom Claridge, from Bernard Mechanical, installs heating and cooling ducts at Dave & Buster’s; Eckinger Construction Co. has started work to convert space on the second floor of the Sears store at Belden Village Mall into a Dave & Buster’s.


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ore prominent names are moving into the Belden Village shopping district. Michigan-based Meijer plans to build a 159,000-square-foot supercenter and gasoline convenience store on the district’s south side. Meanwhile, game center and restaurant Dave & Buster’s will open in space once used by Sears at the Belden Village Mall. The pair join a list of retailers and restaurants that have entered the Belden Village market over the past three years. Duluth Trading Co., Earth Fare and Fresh Thyme have opened, along with Fat Head’s Brewery, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers and Bubba’s 33. Developers note the Belden Village shopping district’s location between Canton and Akron has, for years, made it convenient to local residents. The area more recently has developed into a regional draw for people who live south of Canton and west of Massillon. Being a regional shopping destination has helped the district attract a wider assortment of retailers and restaurants.

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Meijer plans to build on 15 acres in a strip along Fulton Drive NW that is being developed as the Greens at Belden, which is part of the former Tam O’Shanter golf course. Developers are planning for retail centers on 62 acres bordered by Fulton Drive and Everhard Road NW. The remaining 215 acres is being developed as parks for the county and Jackson Township. Planning for the Belden Village location is in the early stages and is still being finalized with the Stark Regional Planning Commission. The store likely won’t open until 2020. The Meijer store will be part of a retail and recreational campus,

said Randy Gonzalez, fiscal officer and development director for Jackson Township. Early plans call for walking trails that will connect the parks and retail development. Gonzalez said he’s excited about the project because there is “nothing like that anywhere in Stark County, a campus like that.” Shoppers will find a full-line grocery with some locally sourced products. Half the store will carry merchandise similar to a department store, and there will be specialty departments including a pharmacy. Most Meijer locations are open 24 hours. Dave & Buster’s plans to open on what had been the second

floor of the Sears department store at Belden Village Mall. Sears is downsizing the local store, which was a 196,000-squarefoot anchor store on the mall’s east side. The new Sears store will use 73,000 square feet on the first floor. Dave & Buster’s will use about half of the space available on the second floor. Other tenants are being lined up for spaces on the first and second floors. Canton-based Eckinger Construction, which has worked on hundreds of Dave & Buster’s projects around the country, is building the Belden Village location. Plans call for Dave & Buster’s to be open before the Thanksgiving holiday.

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DEVELOPERS NOTE THE BELDEN VILLAGE SHOPPING DISTRICT’S LOCATION BETWEEN CANTON AND AKRON HAS, FOR YEARS, MADE IT CONVENIENT TO LOCAL RESIDENTS. THE AREA MORE RECENTLY HAS DEVELOPED INTO A REGIONAL DRAW FOR PEOPLE WHO LIVE SOUTH OF CANTON AND WEST OF MASSILLON.

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square feet. It is very possible to extend the project east to utilize an adjacent block that could be made available to support the total development. The Renkert development site is located across Market Avenue from what will become Centennial Plaza in 2020. This $12 million public/ private project will become the epicenter of downtown activities, while commemorating the founding of the NFL in the city. The former Nationwide Building at 1000 Market Avenue N was built in 1954, with an addition added in 1981. Total square footage of the building is 150,000, with a maximum capacity of 860 occupants. There are two floors above grade (north and south wings) and one floor below grade (south wing). The building has a fullservice kitchen/cafeteria, with seating for 176. The cafeteria area also has an outside patio for outside dining. The building has on-site parking for 700 vehicles. The building is located across Market Avenue from the Canton Memorial Civic Center, home of the Canton Charge basketball team (G league—Cleveland Cavaliers) and Canton’s Cultural Center for the Arts. The building is in pristine condition, is ready for immediate occupancy and is fully furnished. For more information on either building, contact Mike Gill at mikeg@cantonchamber.org or 330-458-2090.

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ERVASI VINEYARD HAS EXPANDED YET AGAIN. IN EARLY MAY, THE SWALDO FAMILY HOSTED A RIBBON CUTTING TO UNVEIL THE LATEST IN A LINE OF LUXURIOUS OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS, THE CASA. The grounds at Gervasi already host a slew of dining and overnight options. Dining options include The Bistro, The Crush House, The Piazza and the recently opened Still House, and overnight accommodations include The Villas, The Farmhouse and, now, The Casa. There’s an option for everyone looking for Tuscan-inspired upscale comfort without leaving town. “The Still House and Casa really solidify Gervasi Vineyard as the destination resort we’ve evolved into; these spectacular new additions are the capstone of that 10-year journey. We’re excited for locals to come out and enjoy these unique and special venues while also attracting more tourists from around the region,” said Scott Swaldo, general manager of Gervasi Vineyard. The Casa offers 24 individual suites with king-size beds, fireplaces, heated floors and other high-end amenities. Each room in The Casa has an adjacent covered patio, allowing guests to take in the view of the beautiful courtyard and pond. In addition to the rooms, the 18,000-square-foot structure offers a shared lobby and an exercise facility. Each morning, guests are offered a complimentary Italian-style continental breakfast delivered to their room. Breakfast items include a variety of housemade selections paired

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“THE STILL HOUSE AND CASA REALLY SOLIDIFY GERVASI VINEYARD AS THE DESTINATION RESORT WE’VE EVOLVED INTO ...” with fresh croissants, fresh sliced fruit, assorted juices, teas and coffee. Guests can enjoy the comfort of home without any hassle. Each 375-square-foot private suite has one king bed, two club chairs, an ottoman and connected 110-square-foot covered veranda. Two guests per room is the max at rates from $199 to $389 per night plus taxes. Guests also have the ability to add on deluxe in-room services. The luxury never ends at The Casa. Additional amenities include a walk-in shower, heated towel bars, access to a walking/cycling trail, free high-speed Wi-Fi, luxury toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, a hair dryer, blackout wood blinds and curtains, flat-screen TV, cable/satellite TV, insuite safe, refrigerator, Keurig, concierge service and more. For an even more opulent stay, guests can add on specialty foods, gift baskets, floral arrangements, in-suite spa services or yoga sessions. Also new at Gervasi Vineyard is its line of Gervasi Spirits and the distillery, The Still House. The state-of-the-art distillery’s annual capacity is 25,000 bottles, and it is capable of producing bourbon, whiskey, vodka, gin, brandy, rum and Italian liquors. If you’re interested in getting an up-close look at the production process behind Gervasi Spirits, there are free public tours of the distillery at The Still House on Sundays at noon and 1 p.m. year-round, excluding holidays. The Still House’s menu consists of wine barrel-finished bourbon, rosé vodka and blood orange gin. Enjoy them neat or mixed in a cocktail. The cocktail list ranges from classics to cutting-edge flavor combinations to please even the pickiest person in your party.

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HERE WERE MORE THAN 134,000 VISITS TO AKRON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL DURING 2016 BY STARK COUNTY PATIENTS SEEKING OUTPATIENT, EMERGENCY ROOM AND PRIMARY CARE. The numbers persuaded Children’s Hospital officials to consider establishing a pediatric primary care center in the county. A three story, 38,000-square-foot health center dedicated to pediatric care opened in late May at 6076 Whipple Avenue N, adjacent to Aultman North and the North Canton Medical Foundation. Children’s announced plans to build the facility in December 2018.

Early in May, the hospital opened a pediatrics and rehabilitative services center at 1149 Lincoln Way E in Massillon. That center provides routine checkups and immunizations, along with treatment of illness, injury and chronic diseases. The North Canton health center is designed to have all of Akron Children’s essential services at one address. The facility is staffed with six primary care pediatricians and a dozen specialists, has a lab and X-ray area and physical, occupational and speech therapists. More than 250 people will be employed there. The first floor is home to the

North Canton offices for Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics, which is a medical home for babies, children and teens. It is staffed by board-certified pediatricians, nurse practitioners and pediatric nurses, as well as experts in behavioral and mental health and positive parenting. Outpatient services for pediatric specialties are found on the second floor. Specialties include cardiology, endocrinology, allergy and immunology, neurology, pulmonology, sports medicine, orthopedics, urology, gastroenterology and ophthalmology. Rehabilitation services, including physical, occupational and


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speech therapy, are found on the ground level. Akron Children’s has been extending its services throughout Northeast Ohio, often aligning with other hospitals that treat adults to assist with care and treatment of children. Grace Wakulchik, president of Akron Children’s, said the hospital is ready to collaborate with other hospitals and medical groups to provide services for children. The goal is to make certain that families can receive good health

care for children and remain close to home, Wakulchik said. Akron Children’s collaborated with several partners to get the center built. Canton-area developer A. Altman Co. donated the building; the Timken Foundation awarded a $1.5 million grant;

Aultman Hospital provided a longterm lease on the land; and North Canton city officials approved an Industrial and Commerce Job Creation Grant that helps Akron Children’s recoup some of the income taxes it will pay over 10 years. The North Canton center was the second of three facilities Akron Children’s is opening in Northeast Ohio this year. The Mansfield Health Center opened in March, while the third in Boston Heights is set to open in September.

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AREA CONTACT INFO Mayor: Alan C. Andreani Alliance Area Chamber: www.AllianceOhioChamber.org Alliance Area Development Foundation: www.AllianceADF.com City of Alliance: www.CityofAlliance.com

CANAL FULTON

Mayor: Joe Schultz City of Canal Fulton: www.CityofCanalFulton-oh.gov Canal Fulton Chamber: www.CanalFultonChamber.org

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Mayor: Tom Bernabei City of Canton: www.CantonOhio.gov Canton Regional Chamber: www.CantonChamber.org

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Mayor: Cynthia Billings Village of Hartville: www.HartvilleOh.com

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Board of Trustees President: Todd J. Hawke Jackson Township: www.jacksontwp.com

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Board of Trustees President: John Arnold Lake Township: www.laketwpstarkco.com Lake Township Chamber: www.LakeChamber.com

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Mayor: David J. Held City of North Canton: www.NorthCantonOhio.gov North Canton Area Chamber of Commerce: www.NorthCantonChamber.org

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Board of Trustees President: Scott Haws Plain Township: www.PlainTownship.com

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Mayor: Kathy Catazaro-Perry City of Massillon: www.MassillonOhio.com Massillon Area Chamber: www.MassillonohChamber.com Massillon Development Foundation: www.MassillonDevelopment.com

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Progressive Field (home to Cleveland Indians)

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Trumpet in the Land, New Philadelphia

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KENT STATE UNIVERSITY AT STARK 6000 Frank Ave. NW North Canton, 44720 www.stark.kent.edu Phone: 330-499-9600

MALONE UNIVERSITY 2600 Cleveland Ave. NW Canton, 44709 www.malone.edu Phone: 800-521-1146

STARK STATE COLLEGE 6200 Frank Ave. NW North Canton, 44720 www.starkstate.edu Phone: 330-494-6170

UNIVERSITY OF MOUNT UNION 1972 Clark Ave. Alliance, 44601 www.mountunion.edu Phone: 800-992-6682

WALSH UNIVERSITY 2020 E. Maple St. North Canton, 44720 www.walsh.edu Phone: 800-362-9846 | 330-490-7090

NORTHEAST OHIO MEDICAL UNIVERSITY 4209 State Route 44 Rootstown, 44272 www.neomed.edu Phone: 800-686-2511


EDUCATION, LEADERSHIP, TALENT DEVELOPMENT CANTON REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Education Department works with businesses, educational institutions and employment professionals to create partnerships, pathways and dialog that will help meet employer workforce needs and ensure student success. www.cantonchamber.org, 330-456-7253.

LEADERSHIP STARK COUNTY Leadership Stark County, a department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, engages and educates Stark County’s community leaders through a range of programs tailored to meet business and community needs. LSC works with community organizations to identify, prepare and position graduates for leadership within these organizations. The result is a core of

motivated leaders with a lifelong commitment to community trusteeship. www.LeadershipStarkCounty.org, 330-456-7253.

STARK COUNTY EDUCATIONAL SERVICE CENTER The Stark County Educational Service Center is committed to meeting Stark County school district needs by providing quality educational support and services for more than 60,000 diverse, wide-ranging students in Stark County. StarkCountyESC.org, 330-492-8136. STARK EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP The Stark Education Partnership Inc. is a nonprofit education-reform support organization in Stark County, crossing the lines of 17 public school districts. The partnership

collaborates with educators, business and community and civic leaders to create and respond to opportunities that will add substantial and measurable value to education. www.EDPartner.org, 330-452-0829. YSTARK! ystark!, a department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, is Stark County’s dynamic young professional initiative. The organization works to attract, retain and engage young professionals, ultimately developing an involved and educated workforce for area businesses through programs, networking opportunities and educational engagement. ystark! program highlights include the Twenty under 40! awards and the Fellowship Program with local businesses. www.ystark.org, 330-456-7253.

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CANTON/STARK COUNTY BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES AKRON-CANTON AIRPORT The Akron-Canton Airport serves nearly one million people each year in Northeast Ohio. CAK offers nonstop service to 11 destinations and just one-stop to the world aboard American, Delta, Spirit and United Airlines. With an economic impact of more than $1 billion a year, the airport lends to economic development and an improved quality of life. Start your next journey at akroncantonairport.com.

CANTON REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization of nearly 1,900 businesses dedicated to the advancement of the economic, industrial, professional, cultural and civic welfare of Stark County. Since 1914, the Chamber has worked to advance business and develop community through partnerships, programs, services and events to achieve economic growth for Canton/Stark County. www.CantonChamber.org, 330-456-7253.

CANTON DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP The Canton Development Partnership, a department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, is a coalition of area development organizations and city government that share an interest in downtown Canton’s continual improvement, revitalization, image and quality of life for its citizens. Partner organizations include the Canton Regional Chamber, Downtown Canton Special Improvement District, Downtown Canton Land Bank, Canton Tomorrow Inc., and the city of Canton. www.DowntownCanton.com, 330-456-7253.

CANTON/STARK COUNTY CONVENTION & VISITORS’ BUREAU Visit Canton, the Stark County Convention & Visitors’ Bureau, is here to assist you in your travels to our area.Whether you are organizing a tour group, a convention or sporting event,Visit Canton has professional staff members ready to assist in your planning.They service the community by attracting tourists, convention and meeting planners and sporting events to the Stark County area and operating the Visitor Information Center. www.VisitCanton.com, 800-552-6051.

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Canton is home to well-known national landmarks such as the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Wm. McKinley Presidential Library & Museum and national monument, and the National First Ladies’ Library and Research Center. Mayor Thomas Bernabei is aggressively pursuing new companies and businesses to the city. Canton has a wide variety of attributes that make the city a smart location for companies of all shapes, sizes and industries, and the city has programs that provide incentives for business location, relocation or expansion. www.CantonOhio.gov, 330-489-3283.


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SHALEDIRECTORIES.COM ShaleDirectories.com is an online directory that connects oil and gas industry operators, their employees and families with local business. ShaleDirectories.com provides a comprehensive list of local businesses that can serve the E&P companies and oil-field service companies in the Marcellus and Utica shale region. www.shaledirectories.com.

SMALL BUSINESS GROWTH NETWORK The Small Business Growth Network brings together the resources, organization, infrastructure and content to allow new and existing businesses and non-profit organizations to create, grow and sustain a vibrant community in the Stark, Carroll, Tuscarawas, Holmes and Harrison county region. www.CantonChamber.org, 330-595-4575.

STARK AREA REGIONAL TRANSIT AUTHORITY SARTA provides more than 2.4 million rides a year in Stark County through fixed route and Proline services. Its goal is to ensure that Stark County residents, including employees, students, seniors and disabled individuals, have access to a quality transportation system that is reliable and affordable. www.SARTAOnline.com, 330-47-SARTA.

THANKS TO OUR ADVANTAGE CANTON PARTNERS Thank you to all the members of Advantage Canton, a group of strategic investment partners that support the mission of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce of leading the region in business and community development through collaboration and innovation. Advantage Canton’s economic development program is an investment in creating a stronger local economy which is good for everyone in Stark County.

AultCare

MAGNET

Solmet Technologies

Aultman

Mercy Medical Center

Sugardale

Dominion Energy

Northeast Ohio Medical University

Synchrony

PNC Bank

The Timken Co.

FedEx Huntington

The City of Canton

The Canton Repository

AEP Ohio

Fifth Third Bank

Home Savings Bank

Buckingham Doolittle & Burroughs

Hilscher-Clarke Electric Company

JP Morgan Chase & Co. M. Conley Company

For information regarding Advantage Canton, contact Michael Gill,VP of Economic Development at 330-458-2090.

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STARK COUNTY ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS The Stark County Association of Realtors®, proudly serving the Realtors®, home-buyers and home sellers of Stark County, strives to enhance the ability and opportunity of its members to conduct their business successfully and ethically, and to promote the preservation of the right to own, use and transfer real property. www.StarkRealtors.com, 330-494-5630.

STARK COUNTY BUILDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION The Building Industry Association of Stark County is a nonprofit trade association affiliated with the Ohio Home Builders Association and the National Association of Home Builders. Chartered in 1945, the BIA represents and promotes the interests and concerns of the building industry and the community. The organization provides Stark County consumers and businesses with a directory of member builders. www.BIAStark.com, 330-494-5700.

STARK COMMUNITY FOUNDATION Stark Community Foundation is the community’s trusted partner in giving for more than 750 individuals, families, businesses and organizations that have created charitable funds to impact the lives of others through the most effective philanthropy possible. Ranked in the top 10% of community foundations in the United States today, Stark Community Foundation is committed to serving donor needs and strategically addressing local issues. The foundation and its family of donors have granted more than $170 million to nonprofits since 1963. www.StarkCF.org, 330-454-3426.

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The Stark Entrepreneurship Alliance is a virtual network to assist startup, early-stage and small/medium-size companies in the Stark County area. Their goal is to be a single point of entry for companies seeking assistance in their formation, growth and sustained viability. www.starkentalliance.com, 330-543-7637.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT JOBSOHIO

JobsOhio is a private, nonprofit corporation designed to lead Ohio’s job-creation efforts by singularly focusing on attracting and retaining jobs, with an emphasis on strategic industry sectors. JobsOhio is your ambassador. www.Jobs-Ohio.com, 614-224-6446.

MAGNET

MAGNET, the Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network, supports, educates and champions manufacturing, with the goal of transforming the region’s economy into a powerful, global player. The organization helps manufacturers adopt innovative techniques, and increase productivity and global access. www.magnetwork.org, 800-669-2267.

BUSINESS RESOURCE NETWORK

The Business Resource Network aggregates resources to bring Stark,Tuscarawas and surrounding county businesses specialized services, funding through grants and loans and staffing options any company can access and use to do business better. www.thebrn.net, 855-669-4726.

SCORE

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. Canton.SCORE.org, 330-244-3280.

SBDC

The Small Business Development Center at Kent State University at Stark is a fully funded nonprofit organization devoted to helping small businesses grow and individuals start new small businesses through training programs and consultation sessions. www.CantonSBDC.org, 330-244-3290.

MINORITY BUSINESS

The Stark County Minority Business Association fosters development and growth of minority-owned businesses. starkminoritybusiness.org, 330-455-6385.

OHIOMEANSJOBS

OhioMeansJobs, formerly the Employment Source, is northeastern Ohio’s premier workforce development and training center, connecting job seekers with employers by providing numerous resources. omjwork.com, 330-433-9675.

REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUND FOR OUR ECONOMIC FUTURE

The Fund for Our Economic Future is a collaboration of philanthropic organizations and individuals that have united to strengthen the economic competitiveness of Northeast Ohio through grantmaking, research and civic engagement. www.FutureFundNEO.org, 216-456-9800.

JUMPSTART, INC.

Jumpstart provides intensive assistance and service to Northeast Ohio entrepreneurs and selectively invests in the highest-potential companies. www.JumpstartInc.org, 216-363-3400.

TRADE CONSORTIUM

The Northeast Ohio Trade & Economic Consortium is a multicounty regional economic development partnership that works collaboratively in the region with the goal of attracting capital investment and jobs to Northeast Ohio through the administration of Foreign-Trade Zone 181. www.NEOTEC.org, 330-672-4080.

OHIO DEVELOPMENT SERVICES AGENCY

Working with partners across business, state and local governments, academia, and the nonprofit sector, the Ohio Development Services Agency works to attract, create, grow and retain businesses through competitive incentives and targeted investments. www.Development.Ohio.gov, 800-848-1300.

TEAMNEO

TeamNEO serves companies and site consultants by acting as the single point of entry into the 16-county Cleveland Plus region, and then works with counties and communities to ensure seamless attraction into Northeast Ohio. www.ClevelandPlusBusiness.com, 216-363-5400.


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STARK COUNTY HUMAN RESOURCES ASSOCIATION

STARK COUNTY SAFETY COUNCIL

STARK COUNTY PORT AUTHORITY

STARK ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD

Whether you are new to the human resources field or have years of experience, Stark County Human Resources Association is a local star ting point for networking, information, professional development and continued suppor t of excellence in human resources. The organization, founded in 1944, is an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management. Stark.SHRM.org, 330-451-8670.

The Stark County Por t Authority helps to provide the Greater Stark County area with an economic development tool for new capital investment, job creation and retention. The organization helps create and preser ve jobs through a wide variety of financing, real estate and foreign trade zone programs. www.StarkCoOhio.com, 330-453-5900.

The Canton Regional Chamber, with suppor t from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, administers Stark County Safety Council, the No. 1-ranked safety council in the state of Ohio. The safety council provides a forum for safety and health information, education and networking in Stark County, through leadership, innovation, facilitation, programs and suppor t. www.StarkCountySafetyCouncil.org, 330-4567253.

The Stark Economic Development Board is a private, nonprofit corporation created to help local companies grow and expand. In addition, it actively seeks to attract new business investments to Stark County, one of the most economically viable areas in Nor theast Ohio, as well as to advocate for workforce development. www.StarkCoOhio.com, 330-453-5900.

STARK COUNTY REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION

Stark County Regional Planning Commission improves the quality of life in Stark County and its communities through an effective regional forum characterized by communication, collaboration, facilitation and planning assistance. The organization includes metropolitan planning, community development and engineering depar tments. www.Co.Stark.OH.us, 330-451-7389.

INCUBOX

INCUBOX helps companies in the region grow from concept to star t-up to early stage to fullon market expansion. We provide advice and connections to resources, local and regional, connecting students and community-based entrepreneurs to the real world environment. INCUBOX accommodates both physical and vir tual companies of any type including those that have no tech, low tech and high tech. www. mountunion.edu/incubox 330-829-6804.

THANKS FOR

THE RIDE OF A LIFETIME! 21 years of supporting SARTA's mission YOU help make it happen. With your help, we provide efficient, affordable and sustainable mobility options for Stark County through Proline, Contracts and Fixed Routes served by over 200 employees. Your support keeps adding up: + 2.4 million rides a year + 160,000 Proline rides a year + 5,000 rides to work a day + 10,000 rides for veterans to the Cleveland VA clinic

Sartaonline.com Š 2018 Stark Area Regional Transit Authority. All rights reserved.


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PHOTO BY RAY STEWART CHAMBER DINNER Sarah and Jim Porter, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Dennis Saunier and Rick McQueen are pictured at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 105th annual Dinner, where Governor DeWine was the keynote speaker.

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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.

Product Overview

Eligible Employers

• Small group coverage

• Under 50 eligible employees

• Self-funded plan with fixed monthly payments

• 75% minimum participation requirement

• Groups are not subject to ACA community rating

• 50% minimum employer contribution for single coverage

• Benefits administered by AultCare • AultCare Provider Network

www.aultcare.com/mewa

• Member in good standing with the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce

Benefit Plan Options • 12 plan options » Traditional co-pay plans » Consumer Driven Health Plans/Health Savings Account (HSA) Compatible • Ancillary Product Offerings » Dental Coverage » Vision Coverage

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. 3024/18


People are at the heart of what we do. At its heart, a business is about people. A group of people coming together to create something bigger than themselves. To create a solution or a product or an experience in the service of other people. At Huntington, it’s our belief that running a business is about more than making money, it’s about making people’s lives better. So let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work, together.

Member FDIC. ⬢®, Huntington® and ⬢Huntington. Welcome® are federally registered service marks of Huntington Bancshares Incorporated. ©2019 Huntington Bancshares Incorporated.


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