ACTION Newsletter March 2023

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The inaugural Stark County Women in Business Summit is a full-day conference designed to inspire and support women in their professional pursuits as well as address unique challenges that women face at different stages of their careers. The conference will feature keynotes from successful women entrepreneurs and executive, as well as interactive workshops that cover leadership, storytelling, work-life balance, and personal and professional wellness.

Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with like-minded women and build meaningful relationships, while gaining valuable insights and strategies. The conference will also serve as a launchpad for potential collaborations and partnerships.

Through dynamic and engaging presentations, the Stark County Women in Business Summit aims to provide a supportive and uplifting environment where women can come together to

learn, grow, and succeed in the everevolving world of business.

Tickets: $79; includes parking, a light breakfast with coffee, a boxed salad lunch and a cash bar cocktail hour accompanied with light hors d’oeuvres.

Thursday, April 27

8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

The Historic Onesto Hotel & Event Center

225 Second St NW Canton, OH 44702

8:15 AM | Registration and Networking

9:00 to 9:15 AM | Welcome

Nikolina DjDiva, Mid-day Host, Q92

9:15 to 10:00 AM | LEAD: Leading Effectively through Accountability & Development Interactive Session Stephanie Werren, VP and Director Kristina Belliveau, Assistant Director, Leadership Stark County

10:10 to 11:00 AM | Rotating Breakout Sessions, more to come!

Powerful Tips to Tell Your Story with Mike Gallina, Vice President of Organizational Development and Community Engagement, AultCare

Wellness Lounge: Enjoy relaxation and wellness activities + healthy snacks

11:00 to 11:50 AM | “Not Your Father’s Industry”

Panel Discussion: Women Leaders in Traditionally Male-Dominated Spaces

Moderator: Barb Bennett, Vice President of Education and Workforce, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce

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Panelists to date: Janelle Lee, Director of Client Engagement, MAGNET and Sandy Upperman, Community President, Huntington Bank

3:00 to 3:45 PM | Keynote Closing

Lisa Waite, President of Waite Communication and Professional Development, LOC

Ralph O. Lee Chairman

Dennis P. Saunier President & CEO

Steven M. Meeks Vice President & Chief Operating Officer


Collyn Floyd Vice President of Events & Marketing Strategy

Kelly Piero Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Public Affairs

Molly Romig Vice President, Membership Development and Services Advertising Sales / Action 330.833.4400

Sarah Lutz Editor & Creative Director

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12:00 to 12:45 PM

Lunch Fireside Chat – The Great Generational Shift in Leadership

Rachel Hagemeier, President and CEO, Canton Symphony Orchestra and Trina Cutter, President and CEO, PBS Western Reserve

1:00 to 1:45 PM

“Spacious Productivity” – How to Handle Your Life and Workload with Greater Efficiency and Less Agitation

Jason Henkel, Founder & Chief Balance Officer, Focus to Evolve, LLC

2:00 to 2:45 PM

“How I Did It” Entrepreneurship Panel Discussion: Taking the Leap Moderator: Whitney Prather, Owner, Yokefellow Creative

Panelists to date: Nicole Sirpilla, Owner, Sirpilla Soirees and Jennifer Bolyard, Owner, Jenny Can Cleaning

Leadership GPS: Establishing Influence and Visibility to Get a Seat at the Table Imagine how many world-changing ideas remain undiscovered simply because half of the population has been left standing! Lisa illustrates the progress that women have made in leadership positions and reveals the challenges that many still face.

Differences in strategic and tactical mindsets that hold women back are explored along with three specific skills to achieve their goals. Lisa is passionate about helping women navigate their way to the table by charting a new course toward greater success in their organizations.

3:45 PM

Cocktail Hour and Networking

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Networking Series

AultCare QuickConnect Networking Series Featuring Jim Porter, President of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Quick Connect 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 in Stark County. You’ll hear compelling speakers, meet new business contacts and enjoy a delicious meal. As a member, if you bring a door prize valued at $15 or more, you’ll even star in your very own 30 second commercial to promote your business! Please contact Ashley Winter at ashleyw@ or (330) 456-7253 if you are interested.

Join us for the March AultCare QuickConnect Series Breakfast at the Embassy Suites with Jim Porter, President of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet while getting the inside track on all the exciting developments at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Jim Porter was named President of the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Oct. 16, 2021. He had joined the Hall in March 2020 as the Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, responsible for overseeing the staff that implemented the Hall’s marketing and communications strategies on a daily basis and surrounding its major events,

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including Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls, along with the Hall’s social media channels and website. Previously, Porter was named Publisher of GateHouse Ohio Media in September 2013 and oversaw the management of The Repository, The Massillon Independent, The Alliance Review, The Dover Times Reporter, About Magazine, Friday Night Ohio, The Suburbanite and Jackson Suburbanite and their related digital products.

He held several executive management positions over his 33 years at The Repository, serving as VP of Circulation, VP of Sales & Marketing and General Manager for GateHouse Ohio Media prior to being named Group Publisher.

During his newspaper career, Porter won the prestigious International Newspaper Marketing Award for “best overall marketing results” and has been recognized as one of Presstime Magazine’s “20 Under 40” for the newspaper industry. Under his leadership, the Canton Repository was recognized as Newspaper of the Year five consecutive years (21052019). This distinction recognizes the best newsroom in the state of Ohio. He also received a number of Ohio Circulation Managers Association awards over the years.

Recently, Porter received the Clayton Horn Award, which recognizes an individual who positively impacts the community and strives to move it forward.

Porter served as the Chairman of the NFL Centennial Host Committee, Past Chairman of the Board of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce. He

serves or has served on the following boards of directors: Pro Football Hall of Fame, Pathway Caring for Children, ArtsinStark, Better Business Bureau, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Special Improvement District for City of Canton, Canton for All People and United Way of Greater Stark County and the City of Canton’s Steering Committee.

Porter served as co-chair of the Harvest for Hunger food campaign for the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank for three consecutive years. Prior to that, he was chairman of ArtsinStark’s annual fundraising campaign.

He is the founder and chairman of the Stark County High School Football Hall of Fame and executive director of the East-West All-Star Game in Stark County. He was inducted into the Plain Local Wall of Fame in 2004 as an individual and was inducted a second time, in 2018, as the past president of the Golden Eagle Athletic Association, which was honored as a group.

Porter resides in Jackson Township with his wife, Sarah, and has four daughters: Kaitlyn, 27; Bayley, 24; Emma, 18; and Reagan, 15. He attended Akron University and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Wednesday, March 15

7:30 am – 9:30 pm

(Registration at 7:00 am)

Embassy Suites

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North Canton, OH 44720

$20/members, $30/non-members Register by March 8 at

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How to Make Your Product or Service Indispensable

“Time to give that hat (or ponytail holder) a rest. Come in and see us. Appointments available for New Year’s Eve.” This step is important because content created out of this type of research/knowledge helps people identify with your business and think you are speaking to their specific needs. Speaking of…

Realize why they need you/what they want/what’s in it for them. Why do people buy what you’re offering? Do they want to look better, feel better, move quicker? Then take that a step deeper. Think about something else they could achieve working with (or buying from you). Consider things that make life easier and help them fulfill dreams.

Unless you are extremely fortunate, there’s a lot of competition out there. Your product or service must compete against a host of other businesses not just in your town but, potentially, across the globe. You’re also in competition with inaction or doing nothing at all.

If you haven’t analyzed the competition lately, you may be surprised by the competitive landscape. This morning, I discovered the design software Canva has launched an auto-writing feature so now I (along with thousands of marketing writers) are now in competition with AI, of all things. And while I can spend hours writing about how AI-generated content will never be able to trump the acerbic wit of my fellow humans, the truth is that some people will choose to go with the machine rather than hiring it out. The same may be true for your business.

So, what can you do?

You must find a way to become indispensable. Here’s how:


Since each business and industry are different, I can’t give you a strategic plan of specific steps tailored to you, but we can go over ideas that can be tailored to your business.

Know your market. You will never be indispensable to the entire world. Even someone who sells caskets must compete with the urn dealers. Don’t waste your time with those who will never be the right fit for you. Figure out who you help and concentrate on becoming indispensable to them. This can take discipline because we want to believe everyone could benefit from our business. But some customers are a better fit than others. Find them.

Identify your competition. It’s easy to identify all the businesses that sell what you do. But take that a step further. Competition is changing on a (seemingly) daily basis. For instance, fitness apps are now going to be in competition with Netflix that plans to launch a series of exercise videos (in conjunction with Nike Training Club) on December 30th. Competition is becoming less direct than a brick and mortar down the street. Next, ask yourself if a buyer doesn’t take the route of buying exactly what you sell, what are their options. For instance, if you cut and color hair, your competition is other salons, home dye boxes/processes, and inaction. People who are considering doing their hair always have the option of not doing anything. For that reason, a baseball cap may be your competition. Once you figure out who or what you’re competing against, you can start to craft some fun copy/ content around that. For instance building on the salon example, you could post,

Map out what’s holding them back. There’s a reason they’re not buying from you even though what you offer is what they need. Is there a barrier? For instance, if you run a gym, are they afraid there won’t be people like them there? Doubts lead to inaction. Do your best to address the doubts so you can speak more clearly to their needs.

Talk about what happens if they don’t choose you or don’t act. What won’t they achieve if they don’t buy from you? What will they continue to struggle with?

Consider extra content or services that can round out your offerings and make you indispensable. What can you add to your offerings to either create an experience or address additional needs they have. For instance, a business might add oil changes to its car wash, while a car wash could add a few gas pumps. Creating a one stop shop can help you bring in more revenue and save your customers time and money, making your business an obvious choice over the competition.

Becoming indispensable requires one thing above all else—a deep knowledge of your ideal customer. Once you know who that person is, you can offer them what they want, need, and can’t live without. Then all you have to do is convey that in your content and branding.



How does the Canton Regional Chamber provide value for your business?

Being part of the Canton Regional Chamber has helped UB Advertising grow beyond our office’s four walls by building our local presence, connecting with businesses in need of our marketing services, and allowing us to listen and adapt to meet the needs of our target market.

How is networking through the Chamber beneficial?

When we started our business years ago, we knew it was essential to our business growth to network with local business professionals. Through attending Chamber events and networking with fellow members over the years, our team has learned valuable networking skills and built long-lasting relationships; we have grown our brand recognition and generated a fantastic return on our investment.

Why are you personally involved as a Chamber Ambassador?

As an entrepreneur, I understand how knowledge and skillset can empower and help businesses and professionals grow to the next level by giving them an edge over their competition.

As a Chamber Ambassador, I can help local companies and business professionals build their businesses through connections and get the most out of their membership by utilizing the Chamber’s vast network and resources. In addition, by taking part on various committees, I represent local Chamber members while also helping to influence the decisionmaking to make events a success for the Chamber and its members.

Tell us more about the new monthly “Marketing Minute.”

By connecting and listening to fellow Chamber members at networking events and one-on-one meetups, we have seen a need to communicate how best to utilize Canton Chamber membership to meet your individual goals as a professional and for your company. We want to fill that

need by offering quick, actionable steps to make the most out of your investment as a Canton Chamber member.

What can members expect from the new monthly “Marketing Minute” powered by UB Advertising?

Getting the most out of your Chamber membership can start by simply showing up. Show up to networking opportunities such as the weekly Tip Clubs, the monthly Business After Hours and AultCare Quick Connects, or the annual Business Expo.

Make those connections and build relationships. Once you start to “show up,” what then? Our new monthly “Marketing Minute” will provide readers with helpful marketing tips and checklists that equip, encourage, and challenge fellow members when they ask, “Now what?”.

Anything else you want to add?

It is a privilege to be part of a strong local Chamber and community, and we are proud to play a small role in its success.

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Stark Forum:

We hear daily from area employers that they continue to be impacted by a historic labor shortage crisis. Alongside inflation and continued economic disruptions, recruitment and retention of employees remain a top concern for our business community.

As we kick off a four-part series on workforce, join us for a special extended Stark Forum with key statewide and regional leaders addressing workforce challenges and seeking solutions in both the public and private sector. Learn more about their workforce development efforts and gain insights as our community collaborates to identify, train, and develop the workers who will fuel future growth.

Stark Forum: State of the Workforce

Friday, March 31

8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Stark State College, Silk Auditorium

6200 Frank Ave NW North Canton, OH 44720

Mark Your Calendars!:


Education & Workforce Update:

Workforce plays a crucial role in the success of businesses and communities. A strong and skilled workforce is essential to maintain and improve productivity, innovation, and growth.

Investing in the development of the workforce is crucial for both individuals and the larger community. By providing opportunities for education, training, and career advancement, we can help workers develop the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in today’s ever-changing job market. This, in turn, will help businesses grow and compete in the global marketplace.

Moreover, a strong workforce is essential for attracting new businesses and investment into a community. Companies are attracted to regions that not only

have a talented and skilled workforce but also have the training and educational systems that support a skilled workforce. This creates a cycle of growth, as new businesses and investments lead to job creation, which, in turn, attracts more businesses and investments.

Furthermore, investing in the workforce can help to address the challenges of income inequality and poverty. By providing individuals with the skills and education needed to secure higherpaying jobs, we can help individuals out of poverty and improve the quality of life in our communities.

There are many opportunities through the state and locally that provide workforce training and funding for new and incumbent workers. Local training providers include our local high school

FROM THE Development Desk…

What our partners have in common is a desire to make a difference in their community and play a role in long-standing, local traditions. Have you always wanted your company to get involved with the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement?

Do you want to be a part of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting, Business After Hours or Vintage Canton, but you were not sure how?

By working collaboratively, we can create a partnership of shared value that tailors to your organization, your social investment strategy and successfully impacts you’re your bottom line.

Let’s do it!

WE CAN HELP YOU reach businesses, the community at large, and highlight your company’s dedication to Stark County. Learn how you can be a part of Stark’s biggest traditions and largest network.

CONTACT Melissa Coultas at (330) 458-2055 or

career tech centers, adult education programs through our public schools, workforce boards, and of course our local colleges and universities.

Learn about statewide and local efforts that are addressing and augmenting workforce capacity in our region. Join the Canton Regional Chamber as we present a Stark Forum: State of the Workforce on March 31, in partnership with Ohio Secretary of State, Frank LaRose. Find more information at: https://www.

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President & CEO Search Update:




The President & CEO reports to the Chair of the 33-member Board of Directors. The CEO supervises 9 Vice Presidents and a total staff of 20+. This person is the chief executive and administrative officer of the Chamber. The CEO is responsible for the comprehensive planning and operation of the organization including but not limited to: annual business plan; strategic plan; recruitment and motivation of volunteers; budget; employment, training and supervision of staff; advocacy; interpretation of policy; and other necessary functions of a highly

effective chamber of commerce. The CEO is the chief spokesperson of the Chamber and operates with a focus that includes public/ member relations and advocacy activities.

Ideal candidate will bring 10+ years of progressively responsible experience, with a minimum of 4 years in senior leadership and may come from a variety of backgrounds such as, but not limited to: the top executive of a progressive and comparably sized chamber of commerce, or related significant business association; experience as a “second in command” or other seniorlevel executive at a larger like-enterprise as noted above; an executive with a strong record of community involvement from a complex private or public-sector entity. Board interaction and experience leading large numbers of volunteers are strongly desired. A Bachelor’s degree is required. If a candidate brings experience in the chamber industry, then a graduate of U.S.

Chamber’s Institute for Organization Management or Certified Chamber Executive designation is desirable.

A more detailed Position Summary is available upon request.

Contact: WAVERLY PARTNERS is the preferred provider of executive search services of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. All inquiries will be held in confidence. Email:



We welcomed Ohio Senator Al Landis (R-31) to the Chamber on February 24 for the first-ever Chamber Chat. A group of 26 members joined Sen. Landis in an engaging roundtable conversation about several business and public policy issues. Sen. Landis, a 33-year veteran of the steel industry and former state representative and county commissioner, currently serves as Vice Chair of the Senate Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee and as a member of the Community Revitalization, Energy & Public Utilities and Small Business & Economic Opportunities Committees.

Sen. Landis shared with the group his commitment to working on behalf of his district, which includes all or parts of Tuscarawas, Wayne, Stark, Guernsey and Muskingum Counties, to support business growth, education, workforce development, affordable energy and mental health and addiction recovery. Together with the Chamber Chat participants, Sen. Landis discussed the importance of expanding education and training programs to meet the needs of employers and job seekers while ensuring we have

programs in place to help those with mental health and addiction challenges recover and find meaningful employment. He also discussed the state operating budget process and his ongoing collaboration with other area legislators on regional priorities.


In the competitive landscape of today, employers must get creative with the benefits they offer. From flexible work schedules, to increased development opportunities, there is one benefit that still rules them all: health insurance.

Are you a small business owner on the fence about offering health insurance for your employees? The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce has partnered with AultCare to offer a health care 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 health care 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.

According to a survey by Glassdoor, employees said health insurance is, by far, the most important benefit they receive from their employer. That’s why employers should offer health insurance to employees as their first company benefit, then add on additional benefits over time.

The top three benefits that make employees the most satisfied, according to Glassdoor’s study, are: Health insurance, Vacation and PTO and Pension plans, 401(K) & other retirement plans

If health benefits are a top priority for your employees, it should be a top priority for you. Offering it can help with recruiting and entice them to stay longer at your company.

For Chamber Membership information call 330-456-7253. For health care or health fund information, contact your independent broker or AultCare at 330-363-6390. All AultCare health plan quote proposals include commission, unless otherwise specified.

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Save the Date!


The Business Excellence Awards celebrate businesses that have distinguished themselves by being a significant presence in and/or providing substantial benefit to the citizens and economy of Stark County.

The winners of the Business Excellence Awards will be announced soon. They will be honored on Thursday, May 11 with a ceremony and dinner at the Doubletree by Hilton Canton Downtown. SAVE THE DATE!

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Melissa Coultas, Vice President of Development, at or 330.458.2055.



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Firing an employee stands as a particularly unpleasant and stressful action for many if not most small businesses and non-profits.

The firing might be for cause, such as disruptive behavior in the workplace or chronic tardiness. Or perhaps it’s due to an organization’s or business’s financial difficulties. Whatever the reason, how the firing is handled can make a significant difference in its effects - on the business, on other employees and perhaps with customers.

In recent times firing by email has become more widespread. It does remove human contact from the process, but apart from letting the boss off the hook, few view that means as best.

Here are some firings and how they were handled.

• An employee was seen using his office computer to access a porn site. He was warned that a second such incident would mean dismissal. Weeks later he was seen accessing such a site again. He was fired immediately and led from the building

• An employee wasn’t working to required performance standards. Instead of an abrupt firing, the boss spoke


candidly with him and advised the employee to begin looking for something else in a different field. No deadline for leaving was set, but within weeks the employee found something else and left. (Later he thanked the boss for the way his firing was handled.)

• An employee was found to be rude with customers. His inappropriate and unwise behavior was discussed with him, and it was made clear that he had to change. He proved either unable or unwilling and was shown the door with no notice.

• An employee’s work quality was good, but he was chronically missing project deadlines. He and his boss discussed this shortcoming, and he was given a bogie: Complete X number of projects by deadlines or resign to spare his being fired. (Two weeks later, he entered the boss’s office and confessed that he knew he couldn’t succeed and was resigning.)

In firing an employee, if at all possible, treat the employee with dignity and respect. Look the employee in the eye. Answer questions. In other words, engage in actual human conversation.

If a business or non-profit doesn’t have an employee handbook that includes guidelines on firing, it should create one. It needn’t be a tome of hundreds of pages. It can be more of a pamphlet, and SCORE can provide counseling in developing one. Contact SCORE at or 330-451-6509. Or visit the chapter’s website at

As an employer you should always be aware of any local, state, or federal laws that govern terminations and layoffs and make sure you’re in full compliance. Document all your actions in writing.

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Women of Tomorrow: Stark County and Beyond

Get a dose of inspiration from female leaders, along with career advice. Learn the stories of women from non-profits, business, social services, and the arts. What challenges have they faced and how did they overcome them? Gain a wealth of wisdom and empower yourself for the future.

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Liz Hand Financial Planner and Owner, Pleasant Wealth, LLC Carrilyn Long Program Manager, Ohio Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Rachel Hagemeier President & CEO, Canton Symphony Orchestra Stephanie Werren Director, Leadership Stark County
MODERATED BY Maureen Ater Vice President of Marketing and Development, Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio CELEBRATE WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH March 22 | 6:30 pm | Cultural Center for the Arts
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The Signature Program is ideal for business and community leaders who are ready to take their careers and community involvement to the next level.


Each year, a set number of participants are selected through an application & interview process. Our goal is a diverse class: professionally, geographically, and culturally.


• Covers 10 months, beginning with a 2-day Opening Retreat

• Day-long programs once per month cover a range of topics

• Enrichment opportunities take an hour or so per month.


• Tuition is $3,050 including meals, lodging, and materials

• Non-profit or small business participants may apply for tuition assistance



• Using the Gallup Strengths approach, find your innate talents and learn to use them for personal and team success

• Take an interactive and investigative tour of Stark County, exploring the cultural, economic, and historic features of our community

• Engage in strategic conversations with CEO’s, judges, and community leaders

• Go behind the scenes as you navigate local law enforcement issues on a ride-along and jail tour

• Attend a seminar on board governance, have the opportunity to be matched with a non-profit for board service

• Participate in a poverty simulation, share lunch with patrons at a local meal center, tour a homeless shelter

• Discuss local and regional issues with political and civic leaders, learn what it takes to run for office or join a commission

• Meet with school superintendents, tour alternative and traditional schools with principals, hear from school board members

• And many more experiences to expand your knowledge and awareness


Applications are available online and due by April 17, 2023. The program begins September 2023.



ystark! is currently seeking nominees for the 16th ANNUAL TWENTY UNDER 40! These awards recognize 20 incredible young leaders who are actively making a positive impact in the county across various sectors of the business, civic, government, arts, education and non-profit communities, including consideration in the following areas:

• Arts/Entertainment • Business •

Community Services/Non-Profit •

Corporate • Education • Financial Services

• Government • Hospitality & Tourism •

Legal Services • Manufacturing • Medical & Health Care Services • Other • PR/

Advertising/Marketing • Real Estate •

Retail • Social Service • Students (College) • Technology

Nominees are selected based on career acumen, community service and trusteeship, and personal and professional achievements. The Twenty under 40! selection committee is comprised of diverse business and community leaders representing a range of industry sectors from around Stark County.

Eligible young professionals are between 21 and 40 years old, who work in all career industries, and live or work in Stark County. Full eligibility information is available at

Online submissions due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 10, 2023; no exceptions. Winners of the 2023 award will be toasted at the 16th Annual Twenty Under 40! Gala this summer – stay tuned for more details coming soon.


Join us for the 2023 Downtown Canton Pub Tour presented by ystark! on St. Patrick’s Day!

Pub Tour routes will be assigned by the “luck of the draw”! Your pint-sized group will be mixed and mingled as you work your way through some of the best spots in downtown Can ton. During the evening, you will receive a notification when it’s time to walk to the next spot.

Tickets are $20 and include Pub Tour t-shirt and drink specials all evening long, exclusively provided for Pub Tour partygoers, plus extra surprises all night long!

Special Group Pricing: Buy 4, Get 1 free! Upon registering, you may indicate if you would like to be paired with your guests (no more than 10 per group).

The 2023 Pub Tour is sponsored by C. Massouh Printing… for all your printing needs!

Friday, March 17

4:30 p.m. in downtown Canton Cost: $20

Register by March 3

MARCH 17th starts @4:30



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Safety Upcoming Events

SCSC LUNCHEON: Distracted Driving

Join us March 16 with Ohio State Troopers Shannon Mohney and Vance Norton. They will discuss the NEW distracted driving law which goes into effect in April 2023 as well as other traffic safety issues that can affect you in both the workplace and community.

You do not need to be a SCSC member to attend - all are welcome! Season passholders do NOT need to register.


Thursday, March 16 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: $23/person

Alex D. Krassas Event Center 251 25th St NW Canton, OH 44709 Register at

Join us for the Annual Crime Prevention Breakfast and Awards featuring keynote speaker Ohio Attorney General, Dave Yost. Awards will be given for the Canton City Police Department Office of the Year, Stark County Sheriff’s Office Deputy of the Year, Community Police Officer of the Year, and the Stark County Crime Prevention Citizen of the Year.

The Crime Prevention Breakfast is a special opportunity to show our appreciation for the hard work and dedication by Stark County law enforcement agencies.

You can support and honor these individuals, by purchasing tickets for the breakfast, either for yourself, or for distribution to the various law enforcement agencies. Your support helps honor these officers and allows officers from Stark County law enforcement agencies to receive a complimentary breakfast.

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Dave Yost was re-elected as Ohio’s 51st attorney general on Nov. 8, 2022, receiving more votes than any other attorney general in the state’s history.

During his first term as the state’s chief legal officer, he quickly gained a national reputation as a fearless advocate for the rule of law — or, as he puts it, “the same rules for everybody”

Yost’s goal is to “do big good”for the people of Ohio by protecting consumers, rooting out corruption, defending the environment, ensuring an open and competitive marketplace, and fulfilling the many other duties of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

Yost began his public-service career as Delaware County auditor, later winning election as that county’s prosecutor. From 2011 through 2018, he served as Ohio’s auditor of state and, in January 2019, began his first term as attorney general.

Yost earned his bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University and law degree from Capital University. He and his wife, Darlene, live in Franklin County; they have three grown children and four grandchildren.


Sam Shaheen

Sam is a Canton “lifer” having graduated from the old Glenwood High School and the University of Akron. He and his wife, Beth live in Jackson Township and have adult children, Christian, his wife Kendra, & daughter Emma. He is a long time Chamber Member and has served several Festival Committees. Sam is proud to be the 2023 Ambassador Chairman. Sam also enjoys TIP Club Meetings, the Annual Business Expo presented by AultCare & and the monthly AultCare QuickConnnect Series. You can also find him at the Business After Hours!!

Sam is a Commercial and Residential Real Estate Advisor/Realtor for Re/Max Crossroads here in the Canton Office. Re/Max is the world’s largest real estate broker and Crossroads has become the largest brokerage in Ohio. We serve Northeastern Ohio and Sam can usually be found working with clients in counties contiguous to Stark. Sam advises people on the biggest single investment of you life!

I have always supported the business community and its progress. I view the Chamber as a great opportunity to enhance the progress the business community and of my business.

Without questions, it is the friendships and associations that I get to form with people that I might not normally meet. I love visiting with a businesses to learn about what it does and the stories of their success.

I spent a good number of years on the Enshrinement Festival’s Grand Parade Committee. I also served on the Community Parade Committee and volunteered for many other events. My wife & I were fixtures at Ribs Burn-off.

It’s simple…you only get out of it what you put in! Get active & involved and it will come back in spades.


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

Boot Barn


Paula Hogue, Store Manager 4100 Belden Village St., NW – Suite 1120 Canton, OH 4718


Retail chain with a variety of Western and work-related apparel, shoes & accessories. Great gift ideas as well. Visit our new store soon. Shop our website for new items often. Follow us on social media for updates and regular specials.

Canal Fulton Enterprises, Inc. (ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS)

David Smith, President/Owner 4589 Erie Ave. NW Canal Fulton, OH 44614 (330)832-7200

As if providing exceptional service isn’t enough, we are also proud of our continued commitment in providing the highest quality electrical work for our customers. We strive for making the process simple and are always up-front with our customers to ensure fullservice satisfaction from beginning to end – whether the jobs are small or whether they are large.



Matt Regimbal, Senior Business Development Manager

1 South Jersey Plaza

Folsom, NJ 08037


EnerConnex is a full-service energy firm that combines extensive industry expertise with proprietary technology and proven processes to help companies manage their energy expense and usage while meeting corporate sustainability objectives with little effort on their part.

Boys & Girls Club of Massillon, Inc. (NON-PROFIT)

Vincent Pedro, CEO 730 Duncan St. SW Massillon, OH 44647 (330)833-4395

The Boys & Girls Club impacts the lives of young people in vital areas such as academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. Club programs and activities help kids thrive. Our Mission is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.

Our objective is to provide a safe place to learn and grow; Ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals; Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences; and Hope and opportunity

Let us work to assist you with your electrical projects, whether residential or commercial. Call us today!

Floorcoverings International of Canton OH


Jason Andler, Franchise Owner 8045 Frank Ave. NW

North Canton, OH 44720


Drive Social LLC


Jennifer Mallow, Managing Partner 919 Cherry St. E, Ste. 200 Canal Fulton, OH 44614 (330)705-2207

Drive Social is a marketing and advertising agency that prides itself on 100% customer focus. We specialize in social media marketing, display ads, pay per click, search engine optimization, lead generation, and more. Contact us today for a consultation.

Floor Coverings International is the flooring store that comes to you! We bring hundreds of samples to you using our mobile showroom and are the #1 rated flooring experience in North America.

Grapes In A Glass


Tarmara Jorgensen, Owner

575 Market Ave. N

Canton, OH 44702


Whether you are out on the town or attending the theater, we are conveniently located in the heart of Downtown Canton’s Art District. Just two doors down from

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the historical Palace Theater and directly adjacent to Basil Asian Bistro. Enjoy your favorite guilty pleasure curbside, on our dogfriendly outdoor patio. We offer plenty of free parking directly behind the bar, between 5th and 6th street. Street parking is also available on Market Avenue (free after 6:00 pm and weekends).Each of staff members are highly trained and competent to guide you through your tasting experience. No matter your level of wine knowledge or the size of your party, we are prepared to answer any questions you may have. We have a menu of creative small plate creations that are perfect to satisfy your palate.

At Legacy Auto & Fleet, we pride ourselves with providing the best costumer care possible. With our convenient mobile services, we bring an incomparable customer experience. Each and every customer can expect fast, reliable, and honest service from our team. No matter the size of vehicle or service, Legacy Auto & Fleet strives to ensure all customers are 100% satisfied.

Legacy Auto & Fleet is proud to offer a wide range of mobile services. We serve all individuals, businesses, private fleets, commercial fleets, and much more! You no longer need to wait at a mechanic shop, auto repair shop, or dealership. With our fast and convenient mobile service units, we are able to service your vehicle wherever you choose!

The Minney Group dba Once Upon A Child, Plato’s Closet and Clothes Mentor is a retailer of gently-used clothing, accessories, toys and other items for infants, teens and adults. Seeking associates - start your career with us.

The Minney Group dba Once Upon A Child, Plato’s Closet and Clothes Mentor is a retailer of gently-used clothing, accessories, toys and other items for infants, teens and adults. Seeking associates - start your career with us.

Hopson Communications & Coaching LLC


Edward C. Hopson, Managing Partner

195 S. Main Street – Suite 202 Akron, OH 44308


We are a management consulting and small business coaching firm that specializes in business development, strategic planning, structured finance, and human capital management services. With our various services and products, a team of experts, and dedication to our client’s success, we are able to meet and exceed the expectations of every client that walks through our door. Your business’s success is truly our top priority. The team at Hopson Communications and Coaching, LLC is dedicated to helping you achieve your professional goals.

Majestic Trailer & Hitch


Benjamin Hall, General Manager 1750 E. Waterloo Rd. Akron, OH 44306 (330)798-1698

40 years in the industry! New and used trailer sales/service and also install hitches and the wiring required to properly pull a trailer. Very extensive parts selection in stock. Two locations - Akron and Alliance.

Northeast Ohio Comparion Insurance Agency (INSURANCE)

Danielle Fontes, Associate Sales Manager 3 Summit Park Drive, Suite 125 Independence, OH 44131 (216)403-8768

We know you want affordable choices when it comes to insurance. Comparion agents can quote trusted national and regional insurance partners with products that cover your family, income and assets like a home, car, boat or jewelry. Our local agents are in your community and can guide you through the complex process of finding the right insurance coverage.

Legacy Auto & Fleet LLC


Jacob Ruszkowski, Owner 9585 Georgetown St. Louisville, OH 44641


The Minney Group dba Once Upon A Child, Plato’s Closet and Clothes Mentor (RETAIL – RESALE)

Paula Mastroianni, Marketing and Community Relations Director 4653 Dressler Rd. NW Canton, OH 44718


Ohio Roll Grinding, Inc. (INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY)

Steve Robinson, Vice President – Sales 5165 Louisville St. NE Louisville, OH 44641 (330)453-1884

Ohio Roll Grinding, Inc. is a privately owned company established in 1981 located in Louisville, Ohio. We offer a wide range of services including Roll Grinding, Knife Sharpening, Chrome Plating, Fabricating

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and Trucking. We have four machines capable of diameters ranging from 1” up to 28” and overall length up to 174”. We can accommodate grind finishes as low as 0-micro mirror finish up to 150 micro. Crowning and concave available awhile holding TIR and profile tolerances within .0001”. Rolls can be sand or shot blasted to any micro desired. EDT also available.

Outfront Media


Emily Roe Bantum

7500 Pingue Drive

Columbus, OH 43085


We are leading the industry by elevating out-of-home advertising through a powerful mix of formats, locations and technology that surrounds and immerses hard-toreach audiences during the 70% of the day consumers spend away from home. We have a national footprint and a deep local presence to assist anyone.

We’ll provide the painting supplies you need, such as brushes, paint, and canvases. All you need to do is bring your crew, enough drinks to go around, and a healthy appetite for fun. No painting experience or skills required. You’re ready for your private painting experience!

best care. We involve you in every step of the planning process to move forward, together, on your path to comfort, happiness and success. Our greatest success with skilled nursing care is improving your quality of life as much as possible.

Painting With A Twist


Meagan Shoop, Owner

4400 Portage St. NW North Canton, OH 44720 (330)768-7373 north-canton

Are you looking for a fun painting experience at one of our studios? Then grab your friends and book a private painting party at Painting with a Twist! Get a studio all for yourselves, the undivided attention of an expert paint instructor, and all the privacy you need to laugh, drink, and have fun. Whether you’re planning a bachelorette party, a family reunion, or a long-overdue girls’ night out, you can find space for everyone!

At Painting with a Twist, we help make the party-planning process as easy as possible.

Perry Flooring (FLOORING – RETAIL)

Robert Smith and Shane Knight, Owners 5150 Tuscarawas St., West Canton, OH 44708 (330)956-9864

As new stores open and close, Perry Flooring has always been your place for quality flooring at WHOLESALE prices. With over 30 years of Installation experience between the two owners and almost 13 years of having the doors open at our retail location, Robert Smith and Shane Knight knows what it takes to make the customers happy.

Swaggard Construction (CONTRACTOR – GENERAL)

Robert Swaggard, Owner/Operator

8585 Edison St. Louisville, OH 44641 (330)704-5112

General Contractor/Handyman specializing in home remodeling projects, deck work, tile work, kitchen and bathroom remodeling. Able to complete projects of any size. Follow us on Facebook for more information and photos of our completed projects.


Jacob Holibaugh, Director of Public Relations 3015 – 17th St. SW Canton, OH 44708

(330)454-6508 the-pines-healthcare-center

We know that selecting the right skilled nursing facility, along with the right plan of care, is crucial when it comes to meeting your healthcare needs. The skilled care we provide follows a person-centered approach. We work with you or your loved one to identify which senior care services would be most beneficial. We believe in an ongoing relationship with our residents and their families to ensure we’re delivering the very


Jessica Beamer

2433 Cleveland Avenue SW Canton, OH 44707


Here at Vive Auto Sales, it is our mission to be the automotive home of drivers in the Canton, OH area. We provide a vast selection of used vehicles, exceptional car care and customer service with a smile! Our local dealership keeps a great stock of used cars, trucks, and SUVs in inventory. With competitive prices offered on every preowned model for sale on our lot, you won›t find a reason to visit any other dealership in Canton. We provide financing for everyone.




AFLAC – Pamela Simpson

Anstine Machine Corp.

Any Lab Test Now

Aviva Hills

Beatty’s Sports

Beth Dibell – Coldwell Banker

Schmidt Realty

Boggs Chiropractic

Burns Equipment Co., Inc.

Canterbury Commons Inc.

Canton Gear Mfg. & Designing Co.

Christophers Hair & Nails

C. Massouh Printing

Compounding Pharmacy of Green

Conrad’s Tire Express and Total Car Care

Cutler Real Estate

DeHoff Realtors – David Angione

DN Community Federal Credit Union

Duncan Press Incorporated

Dureska and Moore, LLC

East Canton Used Cars

Edward A Harter

Edward A. Lohnes DMD, Inc.

Edward Jones – Paul Frey

Environmental Flooring Group, LLC

Ernst & Young LLP

Family Life Home & Health Care Services

Fine Arts Skin and Laser

Fitzpatrick Properties

Framer’s Workshop

Franklin D. Leopold II, CPA

Gill, Weitzel & Company LLC, CPA’s

Gold Force Administrative Support

Greater Stark County Electrical

Trades Center

Grifols, Inc.

Hardesty Partners

Hartville Thrift Shoppe

Hoopes Fertilizer Works, Inc.

Houston Reed, LLC

Jackson Living/North Canton Living/ Hudson Neighbors

Jackson Township Rotary Club

Janet L. Dutt LLC

Jenior Appraisals & Liquidations, LLC

Jumet Financial, LLC

Inn at Whitewood Village

Karlo-Libby Funeral Home

Kell Painting & Decorating, Inc.

Kenstar Services, LLC

Laubacher Upholstery Inc.

LED Transportation – Luxury –Executive - Disability

Magnetech Industrial Services

MAPS Air Museum

Marshall Appliance, Inc.

Maumee Assembly & Stamping, LLC

Medicine Center Pharmacy

Medpro Group

Michael D’s/Demario’s Pizza

Middlebranch Auto Services

Morris Flooring & Design

Nail Design National Permits, Inc.


N L Construction Corporation

Oakdale Farms, LLC Timken Family, LLC

Partners In Family Practice

Pearle Vision

Pellegrino Music Center

Peterman Plumbing & Heating Inc.

Plakas Mannos

Polen Meats

Q.B.S., Inc.

R & J Ballroom Dance Instruction

Rainbow Connection

Randy’s Automotive

Red Lobster Resurance LLC

Rob’s Auto Service, LLC

Samaritan Care, Inc.

Sanctuary Grande Danbury Senior Living

Sheiyah Market

Smithville Bretheran Church

Stark Truss, Inc.

State Farm – Robert Garner

Strasburg Meats

Studio Arts & Glass, Inc.

Talecris Plasma Resources Inc.

Terry’s Truck and Trailer

Timkensteel Corporation

The Bowdill Company

The Pregnancy and Parenting Center

The Strip Delaware LLC

The Workshops, Inc. (Twi)

Thompson Animal Hospital

Three Putt Ltd.

Triple “S” Energy Management LLC

Uhrichsville Carbide Inc.

United Dental Laboratories

US Bagging, LLC

Village of Dennison

Visiting Angels

WayMaker Medical & Care Staffing

Wheeling Lake Erie Railway Company

Your Garage


Nine of the “Greatest of the Game” have been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2023. The Hall’s 49-person Selection Committee met virtually Jan. 17 to conduct the annual vote.

The new class of Enshrinees was announced during “NFL Honors,” a two-hour primetime awards special that aired nationally tonight on NFL Network, NBC and Peacock. The newest members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame are cornerback/safety RONDÉ BARBER, coach DON CORYELL, linebacker CHUCK HOWLEY, defensive end/defensive tackle/nose tackle JOE KLECKO, cornerback DARRELLE REVIS, cornerback KEN RILEY, offensive tackle JOE THOMAS, linebacker ZACH THOMAS and linebacker/defensive end DEMARCUS WARE.

Barber, Howley, Klecko, Revis, Joe Thomas, Zach Thomas and Ware learned of their election when a Hall of Famer knocked on their door. Those encounters can be seen Saturday, when NFL Network airs a one-hour special, beginning at 8 p.m. ET. The families of Coryell and Riley received the news in a phone call that included Hall of Fame President Jim Porter and a Hall of Famer.

The annual selection meeting capped the year-round selection process. The newly elected Hall of Famers were chosen from a list of 19 Finalists who had been determined earlier by the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee. Representatives of the accounting firm EY tabulated all votes throughout the process, including the virtual meeting.

The Class of 2023 will be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, Aug. 5, at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton.

Tickets for the Class of 2023 Enshrinement range from $35 to $175. Fans can learn more about the event and purchase tickets at

The annual Pro Football Hall of Fame

Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls, a multi-day celebration of the enshrinement of the newest Hall of Fame Class, is held each year in Canton.

The 2023 Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls will include:

Aug. 3: Hall of Fame Game

Aug. 4: Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner

Aug. 5: The Canton Repository Grand Parade

BIZ Bitz

Aug. 5: Class of 2023 Enshrinement

Aug. 5: Concert for Legends, featuring Zac Brown Band

Aug. 6: Enshrinees’ Roundtable

For more information, visit

Plato’s Closet and Clothes Mentor, is pleased to announce their Once Upon a Child store took top honors once again at the annual Winmark Franchise owners conference. This is the eleventh year in a row they have received this award.

There are 406 Once Upon a Child stores across the United States and Canada with only three of them posting revenue of over $3 million annually. Winmark”s national Once Upon a Child store average is just $1.170 million in annual sales.

Barb Minney Schweier, CEO and owner states, “I couldn’t be more grateful to our customers and our hardworking team who have consistently made us the leading store in North America. We strive every day to provide on-trend styles and products at an affordable price to help our customers stretch their dollar. We are humbled to be recognized for our work.”

The Minney Group is one of the oldest franchise owners in Winmark’s portfolio of stores. They also own Plato’s Closet and Clothes Mentor located in Thursday’s Plaza in the Belden Village area.

For more information go to or call 330-556-9974.

The Minney Group, dba Once Upon a Child, Plato’s Closet and Clothes Mentor, is a sustainable and stylish group of resale fashion and product stores located in Canton, Ohio. Founded in 1996 by Bob and Melany Minney, the operation is now run by daughter, Barbara Minney Schweier. The Minney Group employs approximately 75 people and prides itself on providing best-in-class customer service and being environmentally conscious by keeping gently-used clothing out of landfills.

Total Distribution, Inc. (TDI) Akron partnered with Summit County Continuum of Care, The Homeless Charity and Village as well as with The Akron Canton Regional Foodbank on Monday, January 23, 2023, to help deliver and provide warehousing for 20 pallets of donated blankets.

Lerryn Campbell, Executive Director of The Homeless Charity and Village of Akron, said, “We are very fortunate to have businesses like Total Distribution who care about our community and our neighbors in need.”

Summit County Continuum of Care, a collaboration of local agencies working together for the homeless population, launched the Point-In-Time (PIT) count on Tuesday, January 24th, 2023. This count helps the organization understand trends around homeless and whether homelessness is declining or increasing in our community.

The Akron Canton Regional Food Bank held 20 pallets of donated blankets for those without shelter in Akron. Working with The Homeless Charity and Village, TDI Akron donated its services of trucking and warehousing so the organization could ensure these blankets would be given to those in need on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, when all residents without shelter are accounted for throughout Akron.

To learn more & get involved, visit for Summit County Continuum of Care, for The Homeless Charity and Village, and www. for The Akron Canton Regional Foodbank.

About Total Distribution Inc.

Total Distribution Inc. (TDI), a Peoples Services, Inc. company, is a network of wholly owned 3PL companies, including Peoples Cartage, Central Warehouse Operations, with 8 million square feet of public and contract warehouse space. We operate over 45 facilities across seven states with 22 FDA registered facilities. In addition to medical and food-grade facilities, the company specializes in the storage and handling of chemicals, polymers, and plastics with a range of temperature-controlled and intermodal options available. TDI ranks as a Top Warehousing Firm according to Transport Topics’ 2022 Top 50 Sector Lists. The company also offers award-winning transportation, logistics and fulfillment services. For more information, visit

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The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and AultCare have partnered together to o er 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 bene ts. Medically underwritten MEWA rates may provide a less expensie option than a smaller community rated plan obtained under the A ordable Care Act (ACA). This plan is available for small group employers with less than 50 employees.

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

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