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Rick Haines completes leadership role as Chamber board chairman for 2012 “There is a choice you have to make in everything you do. So keep in mind that in the end, the choice you make – makes you. “ John Wooden As another calendar year has drawn to a close, and as the holiday season does the same, we are annually drawn to reflect upon the activities and memories made over the course of the past twelvemonth period. In my role as the Chamber’s board chairman for 2012, my reflection goes deeper and broader than in any year that I can recall. My choice of Coach John Wooden’s quote above is a great summary, as well as a great seed to be

planted, for all of us as Chamber members and community members, overall. Coach Wooden shares that choices are made each day. This is so true in our business activity, our social circles, in our churches, recreational activities, and in our families. His profound point is that in these choices we make, we are made. I share this point because, as Chamber members, we make choices each day that actually create and demonstrate who we are as individual businesses and as a Chamber for the Canton region. I must share that the work of Denny Saunier, Chamber president and CEO, and the Chamber board, executive management team and staff, and the support from our sponsors, members and volunteers, has resulted in yet another year of success in (continued on page four)

Karen Brenneman elected Canton Chamber board chairman; four new board directors named

INSIDE: Oil & Gas Update................................................. 3 AultCare Fast Break Breakfast.............................. 5 Business Excellence Award Nominations.............. 6 Oil & Gas Safety Training...................................... 7 Stir After Hours................................................... 8 Leadership Government Academy...................... 10 Leadership Board Service Training..................... 10 Enshrinement Festival Promotion & New Hire.... 11 OHSAA Wrap Up................................................. 12 ystark! Wear & Share......................................... 13 ystark! Twenty under 40 Nominations................ 14 ystark! Young Professional Profile...................... 15 AC-3 Form......................................................... 16 Safety Council Luncheon.................................... 17 Hot Business..................................................... 19 New Members................................................... 21 BizBitz.............................................................. 22 January Calendar.............................................. 23

Karen M. Brenneman, CPA, MT, managing partner for Hall, Kistler & Company LLP, has been elected chairman of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce board of directors for 2013. Newly elected members of the board are: Katrina Barton, general manager, Westfield Belden Village; Bruce Blaise, president, Kenan Advantage Group; Keith Fuller, senior director, corporate development, Chesapeake Energy Corporation; and Dr. Para Jones, president, Stark State College. Brenneman has worked with local and regional firms of all sizes over the last 28 years, and brings to Hall, Kistler the best features of each. She has been with Hall, Kistler since 1998, and served as Hall, Kistler’s tax partner before assuming the managing partner role in 2011. Her depth of accounting knowledge includes consulting on tax saving strategies. She also covers the areas of acquisitions, reorganizations and succession planning for closely held companies. Although Brenneman (continued on next page)

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specializes in corporate tax and physician organizations, her breadth of knowledge of the accounting industry allows her to serve a wide range of clients. Brenneman earned both her Master of Taxation and Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from The University of Akron. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, and sits on the BKR International America’s Region Board. She recently served as chair for the U.S. Tax Committee for BKR International. Actively involved in the community, Brenneman is on the Stark Development Board and finance committee of the Stark Development Board. She serves as the president of Canton Rotary, treasurer of Meyers Lake YMCA and is a member of the 15th Class of Leadership Stark County. Barton has been the general manager at Westfield Belden Village for over seven years. Her shopping center industry experience spans more than 13 years and began in marketing. She has been involved in the due diligence process for the potential purchase of malls, has helped transition a number of properties purchased by Westfield, and was instrumental in formulating and implementing their gift card program across the country. In addition, Barton and her husband Kevin own and operate the local Edible Arrangements franchise and are in

the process of building their second store. Barton is a graduate of North Canton Hoover High School and received her bachelor’s degree from Baldwin-Wallace College. She is passionate about her community and has served on a number of boards and committees, including the Jackson Local School Foundation board and Vintage Canton Committee. She is a proud graduate of the 21st Class of Leadership Stark County. Blaise has served as president of the Kenan Advantage Group (KAG) since September 2011. Previously, he served as executive vice president of the company’s Fuels Delivery Group from 2008 to 2010, and vice president of sales and marketing since joining the company in 2001. KAG is North America’s largest tank truck transporter and logistics provider, delivering fuel, chemicals, merchant gas and food products across the United States and into Canada and Mexico. Blaise has 28 years of experience in the transportation industry. Prior to joining KAG, he served in various management roles with Miller Transporters from 1983 to 2001. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mississippi State University, where he currently serves on their Marketing Advisory Board. He is also a member of various industry related associations including serving on the Membership and Education committees of the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America (SIGMA). (cont. p. 4)


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Oil & Gas Developments Monthly Report by David Kaminski, Director of Energy & Public Affairs Looking back at 2012, we can count 37 new members drawn to the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce for basically the same reason. That reason is our organization’s efforts to promote the energy business in Canton—the Utica Capital—and throughout the Utica Shale region. Many of these members operate their businesses outside Stark County. Over the course of 2012, they learned about the Canton Regional Chamber because of our Utica Shale programming. These new members strengthen the Chamber overall and add networking reach for Stark County-based members. Our three Oil and Gas Business Development Seminars, on April 11, June 15 and Oct. 9, 2012, attracted an average attendance of 140 people per session. Business people from throughout Northeast Ohio, and in some cases from Western Pennsylvania and Northern West Virginia, were attracted to the programs we offered in partnership with the Ohio Oil and Gas Association and We like to think that our Business Development Seminar was “Oil and Gas 101,” an introduction to the process of exploring the Utica Shale, an introduction into the demanding safety culture of the oil and gas industry, a look at the human resource challenges that could arise in a booming energy economy and, last but not least, coaching for businesses trying to find their economic opportunity in energy. Most of the time, that economic opportunity will not come by working

Chairman of the Board - Karen M. Brenneman Hall, Kistler & Company LLP Sr. Vice Chairman - Philip D. Fracassa The Timken Company Vice Chairman - Brian Belden The Belden Brick Company

directly for an oil and gas exploration company such as Chesapeake Energy. Most of the time, it will come by providing goods and services somewhere else within one of the concentric rings of economic activity that will ripple through the Utica region. Members attending our seminars have learned this, too.

Vice Chairman - John A. Murphy, Jr. Day Ketterer Ltd. Vice Chairman - William C. Shivers Huntington Bank Treasurer - D. William Allen Pro Football Hall of Fame Immediate Past Chairman - Rick L. Haines AultCare

The 2012 seminars would have been difficult, if not impossible, without the partnerships we enjoy with the Ohio Oil and Gas Association and ShaleDirectories. com. These two organizations helped secure leading industry speakers. They also helped promote the seminars outside the market of the Canton Regional Chamber.

President & CEO - Dennis P. Saunier Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Corporate Secretary - Steven J. Katz Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce

In the new year, we will continue to offer the Oil and Gas Business Development Seminar, but also will be offering new seminars, sponsoring speeches and creating networking events that increase our members’ knowledge and opportunity. We also will introduce our oil and gas website,, to more members as a quick source of information about the energy economy.


We are looking forward to the new year and new opportunities to serve our members. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, or if I may be of assistance to your business. David Kaminski Director of Energy and Public Affairs Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce (330) 458-2059

Katrina Barton Westfield Belden Village

Geoff Karcher The Karcher Group

Bruce Blaise Kenan Advantage Group

Judith E. Barnes Lancaster Attorney At Law

Thomas E. Cecconi Mercy Medical Center

Tim Maloney Canton Chair Rental

William R. Cook Chase N.A.

Rick McQueen Akron-Canton Airport

R. Eric Dellapina FirstMerit Bank N.A.

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

Darryl J. Dillenback DNS Insurance, Inc. Mark Fleiner Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems Keith Fuller Chesapeake Energy Corp. Jerry Gilin Diebold Inc. Greg Harbert CharterOne Bank Jason F. Haupt Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A. Jan Hein Ohio Desk Dr. Para Jones Stark State College Terrance L. Jones Multi-Development Services of Stark County



Mark J. Samolczyk Stark Community Foundation William C. Shivers Huntington Bank Paul E. Siegfried Siegfried Enterprises Inc. Bruce M. Soares Black McCuskey Souers & Arbaugh Alice C. Stephens The Employment Source Walter F. Wagor, Ph.D. Kent State University at Stark David M. Wheeler AEP Ohio Chris White The Repository

NEW BOARD MEMBERS Fuller has served as senior director – corporate development since January 2011. He was employed by GlaxoSmith Kline in marketing and management from 1997 to 2011. Fuller is co-chair of the Connect Appalachia Broadband Initiative and sits on the Stark State College Foundation Board. The New Philadelphia, Ohio, native received his degree in communications with a minor in biology from Kent State University in 1996. Chesapeake Energy Corporation is the second-largest producer of natural gas, a Top 15 producer of oil and natural gas liquids and the most active driller of new wells in the U.S. Headquartered in

Oklahoma City, the company’s operations are focused on discovering and developing unconventional natural gas and oil fields onshore in the U.S. Dr. Jones became Stark State College’s fourth president on February 1, 2012. Prior to returning to Stark State, Dr. Jones was president of Spartanburg Community College in South Carolina. Before going to Spartanburg, Dr. Jones spent 22 years at Stark State, including several years as vice president. She also spent several years in corporate advertising and communications.

Her passion for the community college mission is driven by her belief that students are best served by affordable, quality education that leads to rewarding careers. Dr. Jones holds a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska, an MBA with honors from Ashland University, and a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Mount Union College. She is chair of the Stark County P-16 Compact and serves on the boards of Stark Development Board, the Stark Education Partnership, and the Stark and Tuscarawas County Workforce Investment Board. She also serves on the Ohio Board of Regents’ Commercialization and Technology Transfer Task Force and serves on the national board of The Manufacturing Institute, an affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers.

2012 Board Chairman ... in programming, events and economic initiatives. We are blessed by this teamwork and synergy. Yes, they “make us” shine as an organization. I think Coach Wooden would say that we have “earned our letter” this year! I close by reiterating my appreciation to our entire membership base, as well as issuing a challenge to each of us as business leaders and community members. We must continue to find ways to use our business personalities, skills, and talents in order to further our regions’ strength in job promotion, economic development and image. I pass the leadership baton with renewed excitement because I know that each of you will accept this challenge as you have so positively and energetically done in the past. I know that you will find ways to make contributions to this end, thus “making us” an even stronger organization. It has been a privilege to lead side-by-side with all of you this past year!

Rick L. Haines, President & CEO, AultCare 2012 Chairman of the Board



UPCOMING EVENTS Ten “Old Fashioned” Sales Techniques That Work Wonders Online January AultCare Fast Break Breakfast featuring Matt Bailey Most people believe that the Internet has changed all the rules of sales and marketing. Not true, says Matt Bailey, president of SiteLogic Marketing. At the AultCare Fast Break Breakfast on Friday, Jan. 11, he will share his theory that the principles of selling and persuasion are the same as always, they simply need to be translated to a new medium. This month, you’ll learn how the standard practices of selling, marketing and networking are the same online as they are offline. Bailey will remind you of the oldest wisdom in the sales book: in order to market better in the future, look to the past. 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.

Valuable SEASON PASSES on sale now for exciting 2013 Speaker Lineup ... Mark your calendar for the 2013 AultCare Fast Break Breakfast Series season! Plan to attend the second Friday of each month— you’ll hear compelling speakers, meet new business contacts and enjoy a delicious breakfast. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to network and promote your business! Save $36 on a year’s worth of programs! Our $180 Season Ticket Books are an excellent value. You’ll pay just $15 per program, $3 off per ticket! That’s like attending two breakfasts free of charge. Season passholders are eligible for a special drawing each month, have access to the attendee contact list upon request, and receive special perks throughout the year! Visit to purchase a season ticket book, or contact Monique Thompson Kennedy at moniquet@ or (330) 458-2070 for more information.

You’ll hear a compelling speaker, meet new business contacts and enjoy a delicious breakfast. Plus, when you bring a door prize valued at $15 or more, you’ll receive 30 seconds at the microphone to promote your business. About the Speaker Matt Bailey is a foremost expert in online marketing. He is known for his conversational, entertaining speaking style and his ability to make technical topics both understandable and practical. He is the author of “Internet Marketing: An Hour a Day” and speaks at over 35 conferences a year. Bailey is the founder and president of SiteLogic Marketing, based in Canton. He grew up in Canton, served in the Army National Guard and graduated from Malone University (‘92). While staying close to his Ohio roots, he regularly travels and consults with companies in Scotland, France, Mexico and China.   With over 25 years in marketing (and 20 years online), Bailey excels in combining his marketing background with programming know-how to help companies create comprehensive strategies that improve online presence and profitability. As a world renowned speaker and corporate trainer, he has helped companies like Goodyear, Google, Gerber Life, The Direct Marketing Association, Proctor & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, American Greetings, Toys R ‘Us, MGM Resorts and Disney/ABC to take control of their online marketing. Friday, Jan. 11 7 a.m. registration • 7:30 a.m. program Courtyard by Marriott • 4375 Metro Cir. in North Canton Cost: $18 members • $25 non-members RSVP by Jan. 9



UPCOMING EVENTS Deadline nearing for Business Excellence Award nominations Get your nominations in this month for Stark County’s most prestigious business awards. The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for Stark County businesses. Help us recognize these leading companies by nominating them for the preeminent business award in our area by Jan. 25. The Business Excellence Awards recognize businesses that go above and beyond providing jobs and funding our economy—winners are those who are on the cutting-edge of emerging technology, making capital investments to our area, dedicating resources to the community and helping to make our region more appealing to business growth and relocation. Nomination deadline is Jan. 25, 2013. SAVE THE DATE! Honorees of this year’s awards will be recognized during the gala awards dinner held on Tuesday, May 7, at The University Center at Kent State Stark.

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Eligibility Any for-profit companies that are non-publicly traded and have been outstanding during the past year are eligible for nomination. For full eligibility information, or to nominate a company, please visit NEW THIS YEAR! This year, the region’s premier business awards will be honoring an area entrepreneur with a new award: the Emerge Award for Entrepreneurs. The award will honor entrepreneurs that have been in business for five years or less. When entrepreneurs emerge in our business community, the community is strengthened. The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce is excited to highlight this crucial segment of Stark County business at the Business Excellence Awards. To be considered, the entrepreneur’s current business must be for-profit, nonpublicly traded and in existence for five years or less. Submit your nominations online at If you have questions regarding eligibility or the nomination process for the Business Excellence Awards or the new Emerge Award, please contact Whitney Prather, events and marketing manager, at (330) 458-2073 or whitneyp@



UPCOMING EVENTS Oil & Gas Safety Training | SafeLand USA PEC Basic Certification For years, contractors have been required by oil & gas operators to complete separate, yet very similar, safety orientations for each operator. In an effort to save time and resources and ensure worker safety, a group of operators came together to create SafeLandUSA, a standard safety orientation for contractors. PEC is an accrediting body that trains and authorizes instructors to conduct the training. On Friday, Jan. 25, RiskControl360ยบ, a member of the CareWorks Family of Companies and authorized training provider, will present the SafeLandUSA PEC Basic Certification course at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce. Course Overview SafeLandUSA PEC Basic Certification is an essential course for any employee that is new to the oil & gas industry and will be working at or visiting drilling and production sites. This is required for any employee of a company that does exploration, production, drilling, refining, or other site work for any of the leading oil & gas operators. The one-day course gives each student a general idea of life and safety issues in the oil and gas industry, and provides a basic understanding at an awareness level of general safety information that an employee should know before entering a jobsite and while performing their assigned work duties.

This orientation has become the standard program for the industry and certifies a student at awareness level, and over 25 of the leading oil and gas operators accept this safety orientation. Upon successful completion of the course, each student is issued a photo ID with a unique barcode. The student information is then stored in an online database. Canton Regional Chamber and Stark County Safety Council members will receive a discounted tuition of just $175 per student; the non-member rate is $250. The class size is limited to 25 students, so register today. Contact Brad Hunt, MBA, director, RiskControl360, at bhunt@riskcontrol360. com or (330) 301-3262 or Michael Lorms, safety & risk consultant at mlorms@ or (614) 206-0335 for more information. Friday, Jan. 25 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Canton Regional Chamber 222 Market Ave. N in downtown Canton Cost: $175 for Chamber or Safety Council members $250 non-members RSVP by Jan. 11 Cancellations must be made at least five business days in advance and no-shows will be billed.

UPCOMING EVENTS Ring in the new year – and experience EMP’s new education center – at the first STIR of 2013 At the Stir After Hours on Thursday, Jan. 10, guests will be among the first to experience Emergency Medicine Physicians’ new Education Center, and help them celebrate their 20th anniversary. The cutting-edge education center features a 300-seat, state-of-the-art amphitheater and a media room equipped with the latest in multimedia technologies. “The construction of the EMP Education Center aligns with our mission and culture,” said CEO Dominic Bagnoli, Jr., MD, FACEP, FAAEM. “As EMP grows, we’ve broadened and deepened our education programs. This high-tech facility enables us to offer continuing education in a wide variety of formats, including lectures and video presentations. As healthcare changes, companies that can manage that change and educate their partners effectively will succeed.”

liaisons old and new, blending socializing with sales calls and swirling a little bit of dalliance into your dealings! Plus, each month in our Action Newsletter we feature a monthly company “Hot Business” feature article, and you can only be featured by coming to Stir After Hours! There’s no better way to reach our 2,600 member readers than with a feature that puts your company, product or service in the spotlight. Thursday, Jan. 10 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Emergency Medicine Physicians 4535 Dressler Rd. NW in Canton Cost: Free! RSVP by Jan. 8

The unveiling of the new facility comes at an important time in the company’s history—the celebration of the company’s 20th anniversary. EMP was founded in 1992 with a vision to be the best in emergency medicine. Today, EMP treats nearly 3 million patients per year in 60 hospitals nationwide. The construction of the new Education Center is the crown jewel of the recent renovations that have been undertaken at EMP’s corporate headquarters in Canton. Guests will be treated to tours of the facility, while they enjoy libations and appetizers at the growing company headquarters. The Stir After Hours Small Business Networking series from the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce adds a little swizzle and a lot of sizzle to the already successful Business After Hours event. Stir is about mixing business



LEADERSHIP STARK COUNT Y Government Leadership Academy applications available now Endorsed by leadership of both parties, Leadership Stark County’s Government Leadership Academy is perfect for elected or appointed government office holders, candidates, prospective candidates, or anyone who wants to know more about the political process. Leadership Stark County graduates and Chamber members are encouraged to apply and to share this information with government officials in the area. Past participants of the Government Leadership Academy include: • Keith Bennett, Stark County Engineer • Thomas Bernabei, Stark County Commissioner • Christine Clevenger, North Canton Community Improvement Corporation

• Patricia Fallot, Mayor and Council Member, City of Louisville • Anthony Flex, Plain Township Fiscal Officer • Frank Forchione, Judge, Stark County Court of Common Pleas • Scott Haws, Plain Township Trustee • Julie Jakmides, Alliance City Council • Michael Lynch, Nimishillen Township Trustee • Chris Smith, Canton City Council • Mary Strukel, Massillon City School Board

discount tuition is only $350 for applications received by Jan. 11. Partial tuition assistance is available for representatives of government, education, or non-profit sectors. Apply on line at: by Jan. 21.

The 2013 Government Leadership Academy program meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 4 to 6 p.m., beginning Feb. 5 and concluding Mar. 14. Tuition is $395 and includes all materials and refreshments. The early bird

2013 Board Service Training & Placement Opportunities Leadership Stark County is strategically training community leaders for board service by providing boardsmanship training and board matching services.

Make your reservation now at, and be sure to forward to the board members of the organizations you support.

ROLE OF THE BOARD SEMINAR Friday, Feb. 1 8:00-11:30 a.m. Open to all, this board training is for board members, executive directors and the staff of non-profits, and prospective board members from Leadership Stark County’s Spotlight Stark County program. The seminar is also a great refresher for all Leadership Stark County alumni. The seminar will feature: • Legal Responsibilities of Board Service, presented by Randy Snow, Black, McCuskey, Souers & Arbaugh Law Firm

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• Role of the Board Training: A Leadership Perspective, presented by Mike Gallina, AultCare

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and agency rankings to find the best matches. If your non-profit agency is looking to recruit new board members, try the Leadership Stark County board matching process. You will get to meet potential members, inform them about what your agency does, and hear them talk about their aspirations for community service. Agencies that would like to participate may register at Space is limited to 20 non-profit organizations. For more information contact Fran Wells, director, at (330) 458-2094.

BOARD MATCHING SESSION Thursday, Feb. 21 4:30-6:30 p.m. Potential board members will be matched with non-profit organizations in a “speed-boarding” session. Agency representatives and Leadership Stark County participants will go through a rotation of 10-minute conversations to assess mutual interests. There are generally around 20 non-profits represented, and 20 participants, and Leadership Stark County uses participant

If you are a graduate of the Leadership Stark County’s Signature Program or Spotlight Young Professional’s program and would like to explore new areas of community involvement, please call us for more information.


ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL Enshrinement Festival announces promotion and new hire The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced that Chris Gumpp has been promoted to assistant director, and Alexis Shepherd has joined the staff as event manager. Gumpp was a 30-year Enshrinement Festival volunteer prior to joining the Enshrinement Festival staff in October 2004 as marketing and event manager, and moving into the position of sponsorship manager in March 2010. “As a volunteer, she chaired several of our largest committees, and as a staff member, she has been extensively involved in all aspects of planning and staging events, developing marketing and branding strategies, managing all department graphics projects, and assuming full accountability for the cash and in-kind sponsorship campaigns each year,” said Joanne Murray, Enshrinement Festival director.

In her new position, Gumpp’s duties will expand, but she will maintain responsibility for the sponsorship campaign so critical to the Enshrinement Festival’s success. “Chris has an unmatched passion for the Enshrinement Festival and an unequaled dedication to seizing every opportunity to assure that we retain our status as a ‘One of a Kind Celebration’,” said Murray. Shepherd will be responsible for working with committee volunteers, sponsors and other staff members to plan and stage the Community Parade and Timken Grand Parade, as well as serving as staff liaison to the Special Services committee and managing the department’s graphics projects. She is no stranger to the Enshrinement Festival, having served as a summer intern in 2008. A graduate of Canton Central Catholic High School, she went on to graduate from John Carroll University and most recently was assistant development director for the Kidney Foundation in Cleveland.

Shepherd noted that “returning to the Enshrinement Festival team as a full-time staff member is a wonderful opportunity, and I look forward to working with the dedicated staff and extraordinary corps of volunteers to assure the continued success of a community treasure that has flourished for the past 49 years.” “Alexis brings an exceptional amount of enthusiasm and experience to this position, and it’s an absolute pleasure to welcome her back to our team,” said Murray. “She comes to us with a proven track record relative to her ability to help us achieve our standards of excellence as we move toward the celebration of 50 years of success in planning and staging the annual festivities.” For complete Enshrinement Festival news and information, check the websites periodically: or



CONVENTION & VISITORS’ BUREAU OHSAA State Football Championship celebrates 23 consecutive years in Stark County The Canton/Stark County Convention & Visitors’ Bureau was thrilled to play host for the 23rd consecutive year to “High School Football’s Greatest Weekend” for the Ohio High School Athletic Association State Football Championships. Stark County was host to the OHSAA staff and administration, its board of directors, District Athletic Boards, 12 participating teams, bands, cheerleaders, football coaches and officials, and nearly 44,000 fans from all over the state of Ohio. The Canton/Stark County CVB and local host committee thank all of the people and businesses in our community who support the efforts to host the Championships. A special thank you is in order for the proud community partners whose commitment made it possible to host the Championships in 2012, including Aultman Health Foundation, Chesapeake Energy, Diebold Inc., Huntington Bank, Kenan Advantage Group, Mercy Medical Center, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Sugardale Foods and The Timken Company. Stark County looks forward to once again hosting the Championships in Canton and Massillon in 2013.

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YSTARK! ystark! unveils new “Wear & Share” eco-friendly fashion show It’s wearing... it’s sharing... it’s a fashion show, and then some! Wear & Share is an original ystark! event that focuses on reusability. The idea was born from a meeting of the ystark! Reads Book Club, where members read and discussed Annie’s Leonard’s The Story of Stuff. The book details the movement of reusing your “stuff” instead of buying new. “ystark! book club members loved the idea of reusability, and so we decided to design a creative, YP-driven event for Stark County around this movement. Thus, Wear & Share was born,” said Eric Smer, director of ystark! The Wear & Share program begins with a clothing drive: young professionals in the community donate their gently-used clothing to Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio, Inc. The donated clothes, along with others culled from Goodwill, will be made available to aspiring area fashion designers who must create an ensemble solely from the repurposed goods.


This April, the designers’ eco-friendly creations will take to the runway for an exciting fashion show competition. Guests at the show can buy the outfits, along with other clothing and accessories sold the evening of the event by local designers. And a panel of judges will select their favorite outfit, while the audience delivers the People’s Choice award. How to Donate Clothes Donations of gently-used clothing are being accepted Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce (222 Market Ave. N in downtown Canton.) Donations can also be made on First Friday in January from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Chamber. Clothing will be donated to Goodwill to help with their mission of making good skills possible.

will be given a $25 credit to use at Goodwill to select materials to make one original ensemble for the fashion show competition. In addition, local accessory designers will be invited to take part in accessorizing the outfits. Attend the Wear & Share Fashion Show The Wear & Share Show will be held in April at the Metropolitan Centre in downtown Canton. Tickets will go on sale in early 2013, stay tuned for more details!

Calling All Designers Interested in participating as a Wear & Share designer? Go online to ystark. org for more details and to submit your application. If selected, designers



YSTARK! Nominate Stark County’s talented young leaders for sixth annual awards YSTARK! AND THE REPOSITORY PRESENT TWENTY UNDER 40! 2013 ystark! and The Repository are seeking nominees for the sixth annual TWENTY UNDER 40! awards. The awards recognize 20 incredible young leaders who are actively making a positive impact in the county. “Who are we looking for? We’re looking for the region’s best young professionals. Our winners are those who are working to make Stark County the destination for young professionals to live, work and play through their work in the business community and the community at large, as well as doing incredible things in their careers,” said Eric Smer, director of ystark!. Eligible “young professionals” are between 21 and 40 years old, who work in all career industries, and live or work in Stark County. Full eligibility information and details on the nomination process are available at Winners of the 2013 award will be toasted at a gala awards celebration this June.

The recognition of these deserving area young professionals is made possible by ystark! and The Repository, and sponsored by Aultman Health Foundation, Black McCuskey, Souers & Arbaugh, Diebold Inc., Huntington Bank and The Timken Company.

Nominations are being accepted now through Feb. 10. Nominate online at

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YSTARK! Young Professional Profile Editor’s note: In keeping with ystark!’s mission—to attract and retain talented young people in Stark County— Action Newsletter will feature a monthly profile of a YP in the Stark County community. Name: Nicole Hagy Age: 27 Occupation/Title/Place of work: Communications Coordinator, Invent Now Why are you interested Stark County’s Young Professionals initiative? I enjoy meeting new people and being active in the community, so ystark! is a perfect fit. It’s the mix of social events, networking and professional development opportunities that keeps me involved. What is your impression of ystark!, what do you think of their events, etc.? Out of all the community organizations I’m involved with, I most enjoy my time with ystark! The events are always so different, which make the Monthly Meet-Ups something I rarely miss! At the events, I feel surrounded by other young professionals who are proud of what they do. Where did you grow up? In what cities have you lived and worked? I grew up in the Hartville area and currently reside in Jackson Township. I spent two summers in college interning at WHBCFM in downtown Canton. That experience opened my eyes to all that Canton has to offer. After graduating, I worked for various non-profits, including the Stark County District Library, which taught me about different locations that were still new to me. Invent Now, the non-profit where I work today, is headquartered in Lake Township, making it rewarding to work in the same area I grew up!

Why have you chosen to live in Stark County? I attended Lake High School and later graduated from Walsh University. Once I completed my studies, I felt Stark County was the place I knew best—I didn’t want to leave! It’s important to be educated about the community you serve. What type of dwelling do you live in? What do you think of the housing choices for YPs in the area? I’m a homeowner, but I appreciate the housing options all around the county. Whether someone wants to live in an apartment or a home, in a busy part of the county or a quieter part, there are lots of affordable options. What do you like MOST about Canton? I like that even though Canton isn’t as large as Cleveland or Columbus, I still find myself seeing new faces and learning something new about Canton every chance I get. What do you like LEAST about Canton? I think people are still uncomfortable going downtown. Downtown has come a long way and even though I feel safe dining, walking and visiting businesses located there, I know others may have a different mindset.

job searching and placement for recent graduates would be beneficial. What do you do in the evenings or on the weekends for fun in Canton? I always make time for playing tennis on Saturdays at the Hall of Fame Fitness Center. I also enjoy spending time with my friends and family, attending events hosted by the organizations I’m involved with and visiting locally owned boutiques to find unique items for my home. What would you change about Canton if you could? More fun, affordable events. Could you see yourself spending your lifetime in Canton? Yes—my family, friends and career are all here in Stark County! What would cause you to want to leave the area? What other cities in the United States would be appealing to you as a home base? Why? I don’t plan on leaving Northeast Ohio anytime soon, but living in a big city would definitely be fun. I like exploring New York because you never know what you’ll find on the next block or around the corner.

What are the opportunities for YPs in Canton when it comes to career opportunities, cultural access, leadership or community involvement opportunities? When looking for volunteer opportunities and organizations that appreciate young people in leadership roles, it’s what you make of it! I had the opportunity to partake in Spotlight Stark County in 2012 and it opened my eyes to outstanding needs in our community. There are countless non-profits that are looking for young people with various skill sets to serve on boards or committees and it often just takes time to find the right fit. What’s missing from Canton that would attract more YPs? When I first graduated from college in 2007, I found it difficult to find a full-time job. I juggled multiple part-time endeavors for three years to make ends meet. I often thought that an organized group geared solely toward



Chamber’s Workers’ Compensation Group Rating saves significant premium dollars – submit your AC-3 today It’s time for you to begin planning for your workers’ compensation future. You are likely receiving information from many companies about their group rating programs and how much money they can save your business. While they may be able to save you money in the short term, these companies often lack the quality, comprehensive customer service and program stability that helps to ensure continued long-term group rating discounts. If your company is interested in group rating you should be considering the program that supports your local economy. As a member of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, it’s important to note that the Chamber has a partnership with CareWorks Consultants Inc. (CCI) and the Buckeye Workers’ Compensation Alliance. Our Chamber program is one of the most competitive available. In addition to offering significant premium discounts up to the BWC maximum discount, CCI provides comprehensive cost control services designed to help maintain your group rating status. Your Chamber membership may already qualify you for this group rating program. Long term discounts, high savings, program stability and comprehensive quality services could save you significantly by switching your program to CCI. Any company interested in applying, whether a Chamber member or not, should complete the AC-3 group rating application form below or online here: will provide a free, no-obligation analysis of eligibility. For more information about the Group Rating Program from CCI, please contact Bob Nicoll at (330) 452-1050, ext. 14. You may also contact Denise Burton at or Molly Romig at in our membership department with questions.

Those interested in applying for the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Group Rating program should fill out the AC-3 group application form below and fax it back to Denise Burton at (330) 489-6005. Temporary Authorization to Review Information Policy Number ______________________________________

Company _______________________________________

DBA ______________________________________________

Address _________________________________________

This is to certify that CAREWORKS CONSULTANTS INC. (ID NO 150-80) . and Buckeye WC Alliance / Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce (41000, 2009/2010, code 11/20) including its agents or representatives identified to you by them has been retained to review and perform studies on certain workers’ compensation matters on our behalf. This limited letter of authority provides access to the following types of information relating to our account: 1) risk files, 2) claim files, 3) merit-rated or non-merit rated experiences and 4) other associated data. This authorization does NOT include the authority to: 1) review protest letters, 2) file protest letters, 3) file form CHP-4, 4) file motions, I-12s or IC-88s, 5) file self-insurance applications, 6) represent the employer at hearings or 7) pursue other similar actions on behalf of the employer. I understand that this authorization is limited and temporary in nature and will expire on Feb. 28, 2013 or automatically nine months from the date received by Employer Services or Self-Insured Department, whichever is appropriate. In either case, length of authorization will not exceed nine months. Telephone Number ____________________________________ Fax Number ____________________________________ E-mail Address _______________________________________________________________ Print Name _________________________________________________________ Title ____________________________ Signature ____________________________________________________________ Date __________________________

SAFET Y COUNCIL OSHA: Everything you need to know, and more

From recordkeeping requirements and updates to the top 10 violations The OSHA Act, along with regulations in Part 29 of the Code of Federal Regulation, Section 1904 (29 CFR 1904) provide specific recordkeeping, reporting, and communication requirements for all employers. Employers must be aware of these requirements, and any exemptions, to remain compliant. Join us for the Stark County Safety Council Luncheon on Thursday, Jan. 10, where Julie Weis, compliance assistance specialist for the Cleveland Area OHSA office, will provide an OSHA update. Attendees will receive information on how to properly prepare forms OSHA 300, 300a and 301, as well as details about records retention time, employee access to records, and the time period in which specific types of injuries and illnesses need to be reported, among other important requirements. Weis will also lead a discussion of the local areas of emphasis for inspections, including amputation hazards, high injury and illness rates, grain handling, primary metals and more. Weis will also review the top 10 OSHA violations. Weis is the compliance assistance specialist for the Cleveland Area OSHA Office. She has been in the Cleveland office for 26 years, 14 of which were as a compliance officer, performing safety and health inspections at worksites where hazards had been alleged. In her role as compliance assistance specialist, she enhances OSHA’s outreach efforts to small businesses, labor and

other organizations through speeches, seminars, partnerships, alliances and training sessions. She has made numerous presentations to organizations including the American Society of Safety Engineers, Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturer’s Association, Cuyahoga Community College, National Federation of Small Businesses, the Cleveland Bar Association, various construction organizations and safety councils, and others. Prior to working for OSHA, she held various positions in the medical field, including laboratory technologist, dialysis technician, and research assistant in the Biochemistry Department at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland. She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Hiram College. Thursday, Jan. 10 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Meyer’s Lake Ballroom 3218 Parkway St. NW in Canton Cost: $16 RSVP by Jan. 7




AultCare Aultman Health Foundation Charter One Bank Chesapeake Energy Corporation The City of Canton Dominion East Ohio Fifth Third Bank FirstMert Bank NA Hilscher-Clarke Electric Huntington Bank Kenan Advantage Group KeyBank Mercy Medical Center Northeast Ohio Medical Univ. PNC Bank The Timken Company



HOT BUSINESS Kleinfelder January Hot Business

Kleinfelder is an employee-owned architecture, engineering, and science consulting firm that provides solutions to meet the world’s complex infrastructure and natural resource challenges. Since its founding in 1961, Kleinfelder has grown and developed steadily to become one of the largest 100 percent employee-owned engineering companies. Their reputation as an innovative industry leader is based on the high-quality work they’ve performed on literally thousands of environmental planning, engineering, scientific, technical, and construction management projects involving numerous varied and complex services. With 50 years of experience, Kleinfelder’s reputation of providing innovative, common sense solutions to the most complex challenges has solidified its status as a trusted partner to its clients and a leader in the industry. They have the expertise, breadth of experience, and global capabilities to serve the energy, facilities, federal, transportation, and water markets with unrivaled service. In short, working as a team, their bright people deliver the right solutions.

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

The Canton location of Kleinfelder is located at 555 Market Ave. N, Suite 100, in downtown Canton. For more information, contact Matt Spronz, senior project manager, at the Canton location at (330) 453-2230, or visit



NEW MEMBERS WELCOME to our newest members, who joined Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce in November. 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. ALD Decal Manufacturing Co. (SIGNS - VEHICLE WRAPS VINYL GRAPHICS) Eric Hogue 435 Cleveland Ave. NW Canton, OH 44702 (330) 453-2882 Buffalo Wild Wings - Massillon (RESTAURANTS) Bob Senkar 235 Lincolnway West Massillon, OH 44646 (330) 837-2999 Case Farms (POULTRY PROCESSOR) Holly A. Blanton 1925 30th St. NE Canton, OH 44705 (330) 455-0241 Celebration Day Spa (DAY SPAS - TANNING - NAILS MASSAGE - AESTHETICS) Lee Ann Danner, BS, ESTM 4385 Everhard Rd. NW Canton, OH 44718 (330) 494-4884 Coltene/Whaledent, Inc. (DENTAL & ORTHODONTIC MANUFACTURING ) Craig Haueter 235 Ascot Parkway Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223 (330) 916-8885 Contractor Connection Inc. (CONTRACTOR SUPPLIER) Maria C. Maculaitis 1622 Miles Ave. NW Canton, OH 44708 (330) 479-9894 Corporate Downtown Bar & Grill (RESTAURANTS) R. J. Van Almen 401 Cherry Ave. NE Canton, OH 44702 (330) 454-4745 Dr. Wraps Vehicle Skins (PRINTING COMPANIES - SIGNS ADVERTISING - VEHICLE WRAPS) Rich & Debbie Hailstone 2680 Roberts Ave. NW #C Canton, OH 44709 (330) 452-2600

D’s Elegant Events (EVENTS - PLANNING - RENTALS CENTERPIECES - FLORALS WEDDINGS - DESIGNS - LINENS) DeDe Duell 601 Cleveland Ave. N Canton, OH 44702 (330) 265-8976 Howard Hanna (REAL ESTATE) Debbie Dawson 4755 Dressler Rd. NW Canton, OH 44718 (330) 268-7899 Jarman Printing, LLC (PRINTING COMPANIES) Krista Jarvis 350 S. Union Ave. Alliance, OH 44601 (330) 823-8585 Kopper Popper (POPCORN) Melani Leksan 4217 Belden Mall NW, A17 Canton, OH 44718 (330) 966-5755 Lion’s Den Restaurant (RESTAURANTS) Frank Demetro 111 Cleveland Ave. S Canton, OH 44702 (330) 454-5466 Mellion Orthodontics (ORTHODONTICS) Dr. Nathan D. Mellion 3235 Wales Ave. NW Massillon, OH 44646 (330) 844-0467 Mr. Appliance of East Central Ohio, dba Mr. Appliance LLC (APPLIANCES - REPAIR COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIAL) Todd Locker 4275 Fulton Dr. NW Canton, OH 44718 (330) 478-5511

OmniPerk Business Development (MARKETING) Bill Forsyth III 2223 Fulton Rd. NW #107 Canton, OH 44709 (888) 621-6910 Sunrise Massage Therapy Services (MASSAGE THERAPY) Tina Read 260 Kent Ave. NE Hartville, OH 44632 (330) 877-2729 www.sunrisemassage Thermo Manufacturing, Inc. (MANUFACTURERS) Robyn Janes 3709 Columbus Rd. NE Canton, OH 44705 (330) 453-2914 Thirty One Gifts (PURSES & ACCESSORIES) Carmen Curts 2666 Winding Way NW Uniontown, OH 44685 (330) 354-4717 Tracker Lario Utica, LLC (OIL & GAS EXPLORATION & PRODUCTION) James P. Wason 1050 - 17th St., Suite 2200 Denver, CO 80265 (303) 534-9513 Waddell & Reed, Inc. (FINANCIAL SERVICES) David A. King 7129 Cobbledale Ave. NW North Canton, OH 44720 (330) 310-3968 Williams Toyota Lift (MATERIAL HANDLING EQUIPMENT) John Visner PO Box 359 East Sparta, OH 44626 (330) 866-2121



BIZ BITZ Mercy Medical Center has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Heart Attack Receiving Center Accreditation and is one of two in Ohio to receive the Mission: Lifeline Gold Performance Achievement Award. The accreditation program—sponsored by the American Heart Association and the Society of Chest Pain Centers—recognizes centers that meet or exceed quality of care measures for people experiencing the most severe type of heart attack, ST-elevation myocardial infarction. Mercy Heart Center underwent numerous onsite reviews by accreditation specialists from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. This is the second year Mercy Heart Center has received the award. To receive this award, hospitals must demonstrate for 24 consecutive months that at least 85 percent of eligible STEMI patients (without contraindications) are treated within specific time frames upon entering the hospital and discharged following the American Heart Association’s recommended treatment guidelines. Michelle Henry and Amanda Barna, founding partners of the Center for Marketing and Opinion Research (CMOR), are the proud recipients of the Athena PowerLink award in Akron in its inaugural year. The ATHENA PowerLink program provides women business owners with a year-long Board of Advisors, tailor-made to their business, to help them better strive towards the goals they have set for their company. The advisory panel specifically designed for CMOR is composed of area professionals, experts in marketing, communications, healthcare, call center, sales, law, and finance, who have volunteered their time to mentor Henry and Barna grow their company. CMOR is an Akron-based public opinion research firm providing professional research services to colleges and universities, hospitals, and community based organizations. The Board of Trustees of the Stark County District Library is pleased to name Tena Wilson as the new executive director of the Stark County District Library. She joins the Stark County District Library from the WinnetkaNorthfield Library District in Winnetka, Ill., but had also previously served with the Stark County District Library during her career, as well as working in sales and management for Canton’s OBS Specialty Vehicles and Cleveland Public Library. For more information, visit Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLP has announced that associates Justin S. Greenfelder, David J. Lindner, Michael J.


Matasich and Dustin J. Vrabel have been promoted to partner. Greenfelder is beginning his ninth year with Buckingham. A member of the Health & Medicine and Litigation Practice Groups, he is involved with medical malpractice defense, commercial and real estate litigation and appellate advocacy. Lindner has practiced at Buckingham for six years. He is a member of the Real Estate & Construction Law and Business Law Practice Groups, and has extensive experience in transactional work, including real estate law, leasing work, buying and selling of commercial property and condominium law. Matasich joined Buckingham as a docket clerk before becoming an associate. A member of the Litigation, Real Estate & Construction Law and Oil & Gas Practice Groups, he is utilizing his experience in commercial and real estate litigation and inheritance disputes towards an increased focus on oil and gas lease work. Vrabel is in his fifth year with Buckingham and is a member of the Business Law, Mergers & Acquisitions and Health & Medicine Practice Groups. He has extensive experience providing advice on the purchase and sale of divisions and businesses and a wide array of other corporate transactions. Further information on Buckingham is available at Malone University has named Amy Yuncker as archivist. Yuncker will oversee the preservation and exhibition of historical documents and artifacts associated with the 120-year-old institution. Yuncker is a graduate of The Ohio State University. Upon graduation she served at her alma mater’s library in a variety of positions including lead weekend supervisor for the William Oxley Thompson Library. She also served the Columbus Metropolitan Library while earning her master of library and information science degree through Kent State University. Earlier this year, she completed an internship at the Ohio Historical Society Library/Archives. The appointment comes soon after Malone University was awarded a grant from the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board (OHRAB) in the amount of $1,137 through the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). The OHRAB grant will enable the University to purchase archival quality supplies to appropriately house and organize the missions section of the Friends Historical Collection. Kent State University at Stark is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Faith Sheaffer-Polen to the campus community as the new director of The Corporate University. Sheaffer-Polen will manage the operations of The Corporate University, which builds consultative relationships with organizations in Stark County, southern Summit and eastern Wayne counties, providing high-quality training, consulting and interventions that align with each company’s unique strategy. Additionally, Sheaffer-Polen will oversee the Small Business Development Center, a grant-funded program to assist small business owners and managers through organizational development counseling. Most recently, Sheaffer-Polen was

employed as a senior consultant for the talent coaching firm, CareerCurve. Previous positions include employment at The University of Akron, Spherion Staffing and Bank One. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Kent State University and a master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology from The University of Akron. For more information, visit Walsh University has announced the appointment of Dr. Ute S. Lahaie as the new Dean of Undergraduate Studies. Dr. Lahaie will provide administrative support and oversight for all undergraduate majors and programs, including general education and honors. In addition, she will co-chair the Faculty Committee on Retention, Promotion, and Tenure, the Academic Leadership Council, and adjudicate undergraduate academic grievances. Dr. Lahaie joins Walsh from GardnerWebb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. Prior to her position at Gardner-Webb University, Dr. Lahaie held a dual appointment as director of the Language Acquisition Center and professor of German at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Lahaie earned both her M.A. and Ph.D. from Justus-Liebig University. SoL Harris/Day Architecture is pleased to announce that Andrew Lallathin has successfully completed his registration exams and that he is now a licensed architect in the State of Ohio. Lallathin graduated from Kent State University with bachelor’s degree, and a master’s degree in architecture. He joined the team SoL Harris/Day in 2008, and has worked on a variety of projects over the past four years including education, recreation and institution projects. He is currently serving as project architect for the Plain Township Fire Station and the Seneca Lake Park Office. Michelle R. “Shelly” Durbin has joined the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board (MHRSB) in the newly created position of grant writer. In her new capacity, she will be responsible for researching, identifying, developing and writing Federal, State, Local and Foundation grant proposals that generate additional revenue streams for the MHRSB and the public behavioral health care system to provide increased services for mental health and substance abuse programs and services in Stark County. Durbin is an experienced grant writer, coming to the MHRSB from the University of Akron, where she served as director of development for University Libraries and the College of Fine Arts. Prior to that, she managed development and public relations functions for organizations such as the International Institute, the Greenleaf Family Center and Community Support Services, all in Akron, Ohio. Durbin graduated from the University of Akron with a master’s degree in communication and a bachelor’s degree in business & organizational communications/ marketing. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), where she has served in a variety of capacities on their board.



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First Friday “Cold as Ice” Back by popular demand! The January First Friday on Jan. 4 is all about the ice. Carving demos from experts and experimenters will heat up the streets all around the Canton Arts District. S’mores will be roasting and violins will be playing all evening. First Friday is sponsored by Stark Community Foundation, and presented by ArtsinStark, the County Arts Council, and the Downtown Canton Special Improvement District. For the most up-to-date First Friday information, visit ystark! Monthly Meet-Up at Corporate Downtown Bar and Grill There’s a new place in town and it’s perfect for young professionals! Don’t let the name fool you, this place is all locally based and there’s nothing “corporate” about it. Join us in kicking off the new year by welcoming the newest nightlife spot in downtown Canton. You can also enjoy the socializing, networking and free appetizers around the cash bar. OSHA: Everything you need to know, and more From recordkeeping requirements and updates to the Top 10 violations Join us for the Stark County Safety Council Luncheon on Thursday, Jan. 10, where Julie Weis, compliance assistance specialist for the Cleveland Area OHSA office, will provide an OSHA update. Attendees will receive information on how to properly prepare forms OSHA 300, 300a and 301, as well as details about records retention time, employee access to records, and the time period in which specific types of injuries and illnesses need to be reported, among other important requirements.

First Friday, Jan. 4 6 to 10 p.m. Canton Arts District In downtown Canton Cost: Free!

Wednesday, Jan. 9 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Corporate Downtown Bar and Grill 401 Cherry Ave. NE in downtown Canton Cost: Free! RSVP by Jan. 7 Thursday, Jan. 10 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Meyer’s Lake Ballroom 3218 Parkway St. NW in Canton Cost: $16 RSVP by Jan. 7

Stir After Hours at Emergency Medicine Physicians At the Stir After Hours on Thursday, Jan. 10, guests will be among the first to experience Emergency Medicine Physicians’ new Education Center, and help them celebrate their 20th anniversary. The cutting-edge education center features a 300-seat, state-of-the-art amphitheater and a media room equipped with the latest in multimedia technologies.

Thursday, Jan. 10 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Emergency Medicine Physicians 4535 Dressler Rd. NW in Canton Cost: Free! RSVP by Jan. 8

Ten “Old Fashioned” Sales Techniques That Work Wonders Online January AultCare Fast Break Breakfast featuring Matt Bailey Most people believe that the Internet has changed all the rules of sales and marketing. Not true, says Matt Bailey, president of SiteLogic Marketing. At the AultCare Fast Break Breakfast on Friday, Jan. 11, he will share his theory that the principles of selling and persuasion are the same as always, they simply need to be translated to a new medium.

Friday, Jan. 11 7 a.m. registration 7:30 a.m. program Courtyard by Marriott 4375 Metro Cir. in North Canton Cost: $18 members $25 non-members RSVP by Jan. 9

Government Leadership Academy - Applications Due! Endorsed by leadership of both parties, Leadership Stark County’s Government Leadership Academy is perfect for elected or appointed government office holders, candidates, prospective candidates, or anyone who wants to know more about the political process. The 2013 Government Leadership Academy program meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 4 to 6 p.m., beginning Feb. 5 and concluding Mar. 14.

Apply online by Jan. 21

Business Excellence Awards - Nominations Due! Get your nominations in this month for Stark County’s most prestigious business awards. The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for Stark County businesses. Help us recognize these leading companies by nominating them for the preeminent business award in our area by Jan. 25.

Nominate online by Jan. 25

Oil & Gas Safety Training SafeLandUSA PEC Basic Certification On Friday, Jan. 25, RiskControl360º, a member of the CareWorks Family of Companies and authorized training provider, will present the SafeLandUSA PEC Basic Certification course at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce. This orientation has become the standard program for the industry and certifies a student at awareness level, and over 25 of the leading oil and gas operators accept this safety orientation.

Friday, Jan. 25 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Canton Regional Chamber 222 Market Ave. N in downtown Canton Cost: $175 for Chamber or Safety Council members $250 non-members RSVP by Jan. 11

Please make reservations for all of our Chamber events online at (unless otherwise directed above), or call (330) 458-2070. Thank you for registering in advance!



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Mercy’s 6th year!

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TRUST IS EARNED. For a complete list of awards and accreditations, visit

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