ACTION Newsletter May 2022

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Twenty under 40! JUNE 21 AT GERVASI VINEYARD The 15th Annual Twenty under 40! awards presented by Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty, is produced by ystark!, a dept. of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, and The Canton Repository.

are the shining stars in our community and they represent what is possible in our region. Their sense of optimism and what’s possible here is sure to inspire others to choose Stark.

Twenty under 40! awards recognize Stark County’s leaders under 40 who have demonstrated dynamic leadership and social responsibility. These individuals are committed to making a difference in our community and creating a lasting, meaningful impact. They are the doers, dreamers, and difference makers. The longevity of the TU40! program, now in its 15th year, is a testament to the passion, strength, and grit of the young professionals who choose to live, work, and play in Stark.

We hope you will join us for this crystal anniversary celebration honoring a very special Twenty under 40! class of recipients!

It is the mission of ystark! to attract, retain and engage young professionals in Stark County. The 2022 class marks 300 young professionals recognized to date through the program. The recipients of this honor


THE 2022 TWENTY UNDER 40! CLASS: Julie Abiecunas, JRC Daniel Anschutz, Compassion Delivered and Meals by Chef Daniel Cyrus Ausar, Greatness Cafe Megan Chastek, Stark County Family Court Lauren Davis, Walsh University Serena Draper Hendershot, Canton City Public Health Kyle Quinn Dreger, Patriot Software Matthew Gooch, Internal Medicine Physicians

Rachel Hagemeier, Canton Symphony Orchestra Kent Hamilton, Plain Local Schools Ashley Johnson, Innis Maggiore Amelia Kocher, MPA, Alliance Family Health Center, Inc. Jason Mogus, Center for Renewed Minds, LLC Ashley Moore, Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital Daniel Riggs, Legacy of Honor Sarah Schmidt, Kent State University at Stark Meagan Shaheen, YMCA of Central Stark County - Meyers Lake and Eric Snow Family YMCA Kyle L. Stone, Stark County Prosecutor James L. Warnken, Apex Communications Network Stacie M Weimer, YWCA Alliance (Event information on page three)

Canton Blues Fest | Business Excellence Awards | Members Helping Members | Business Expo | Business After Hours | May QuickConnect SCORE | Group Tour Tickets & HOFF Schedule | Economic Development Update | Education Update | Golf Classic | Member Reception Stark County Minority Business Association | MAGNET | LSC Professional Development Conference | YP Meet & Eat | YP Profile | MEWA SCSC Webinar | Ohio BWC Virtual Training Classes | Snapshots from Social | New Members | Membership Renewals | BizBitz

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Mandy Sterling Chairwoman Senior Director Internal Audit, TimkenSteel Dennis P. Saunier President & CEO Steven M. Meeks Vice President & Chief Operating Officer Collyn Floyd Vice President of Events & Marketing Strategy Kelly Piero Director of Marketing, Communications and Public Affairs Molly Romig Advertising Sales / Action 330.833.4400 Sarah Lutz Editor and Graphics Manager

Twenty under 40!

The 2022 Twenty under 40! recipients will be recognized in The Repository’s ABOUT magazine June 2022 issue. We are thrilled to announce that the 2022 Twenty under 40! event will take place at Gervasi Vineyard in the open-air pavilion on Tuesday, June 21! Tickets are $65 for general seating and include (1) drink ticket and heavy hors d’oeuvres, or choose to purchase a Reserved Seating Table for $400 (includes six tickets). If you have any questions about the awards or nomination process, please call Kelly Piero, ystark! director at 330-458-2094. Twenty under 40! Awards Celebration Tuesday, June 21 6:00 p.m. Gervasi Vineyard 1700 55th St NE, Canton, OH 44721 Cost: $65 Sponsorships and congratulatory messages are available. For more information and to purchase tickets: PRODUCED BY:



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Canton Blues Fest The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that the Canton Blues Fest will be returning for its 21st year! The one-day fest will be jam packed with performers, featuring acclaimed artist, Annika Chambers. Following First Friday, Canton Blues Fest will cap a weekend of music at Centennial Plaza in Downtown Canton. Annika Chambers will take the stage on Saturday, June 4 at 9:30 p.m., and the opening act at 7:30 p.m. will be Gary Lee & The CatDaddy’s. The Jake Friel Band will perform at 6 p.m. ANNIKA CHAMBERS Like so many powerful vocal artists, can trace her love of music back to early childhood. “I grew up singing in the church,” she says. Not that she had to tell us. Citing the gospel influences of Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, Dottie Peoples and Whitney Houston, you can’t help but feel the Spirit moving through the entire room when Annika throws herself into the heart of a song. But it was during her two tours of duty in the US Army that Chambers realized the gift she had. “One of my colonels heard me singing, and he said, ‘Why don’t you sing the Anthem for one of our ceremonies?’” She was an immediate hit and became their first choice for all their music events, joining the gospel choir and even winning the talent show on her base. From there, Chambers became part of a touring band making the rounds through Kosovo and Iraq, providing a welcome lift for the troops’ morale. She also planned special


events, concerts, dances and karaoke nights, always doing her part to infuse the good time music into their lives. Returning to Houston in 2011 brought the creation of Annika Chambers and The House Rules Band. Audiences loved their combination of blues and soul and started paying attention to that powerhouse voice behind the microphone. Among her admirers was bassist Larry Fulcher (2012 inductee to the Blues Hall of Fame) and producer/musician Richard Cagle of Montrose Records. By the end of 2014, Chambers’ debut album, “Making My Mark”, was climbing blues charts across the US and Europe. Her meteoric success and rising attention brought Annika Chambers the coveted nomination for 2015 BMA (Blues Music Award) “Best New Artist 2015”. Her sophomore release, “Wild & Free”, did not disappoint, with a debut at #7 on the Billboard Blues chart! Building on her success, Chambers used this opportunity to showcase her ever-improving abilities to sing across multiple musical genres. The word continues to spread on this rising star as festivals from South America, Europe and right in her own backyard (Minnesota Bayfront Blues Festival, Las Vegas Blues Bender, Gloucester Blues Festival, Mississippi Delta Blues Festival)race to feature Annika Chambers in their lineup. A full-time music career can keep a person busy and yet Annika Chambers always finds time to give back to her community. Chambers has a deep passion for support-

ing and inspiring the next generation of musicians. When performing, she’ll often shift the spotlight to local youth musicians and she also donates time speaking in classrooms about the legacy that is the blues. “Annika Chambers’ voice has the righteous power to put her alongside greats like Aretha. Yeah… she’s that good.” – The Rock Doctor John Kareiff GARY LEE & THE CATDADDY’S Gary Lee & The CatDaddy’s is a Blues based Rockin’ Soul band from small town Ohio. GLTC lays down an unapologetic fusion of everything we love about American music. You’ll get a heavy dose of sizzling blues guitar, lively rock-n-roll piano, & driving grooves. All delivered with gospel-inspired vocals. Prepare to be moved. Free: First come first serve (Blankets and approved lawn chairs are permitted on turf ). For sponsorship information, please email Chris Gumpp or phone (330) 458-2055. Reserved Seats are available for purchase until Friday, June 3 at 5:00 p.m. or until the tickets are sold-out. If available after Friday, you may purchase your tickets at the event. For more information go to



2022 BEA Winners Announced! J O I N U S O N M AY 1 9 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 2022 Business Excellence Awards are: • • • • • • •

Canton Erectors, Inc. Canton Towing, Inc. ForeverLawn, Inc. FoxTrot Aviation Services, LLC Innis-Maggiore Ad Agency Powers Oil & Propane OMNI Orthopaedics

The winners will be honored on Thursday, May 19, at the DoubleTree Hilton Canton Downtown, beginning with a social hour at 5:30 PM and dinner at 6:30 PM, followed by the awards presentation. Tickets are $70 each, and tables of ten are available: The Business Excellence Scholarship Award, presented by Beese Fulmer and the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, will also be presented at the event. The scholarship will be awarded to a local student who writes the winning essay. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Chris Gumpp, Vice President of Development, at or 330.458.2055.


Members Helping Members Program

Members HELPING Members

Due to COVID-19, we’ve received a spike in requests from small business members who are struggling to renew their dues. We are asking members who are in a positive position to consider providing assistance through our “Members Helping Members” program. Here’s how you can help members in need as we weather the pandemic: •

Consider donating $319 (our basic small business membership), or your own specified amount, along with your annual dues payment. You’ll see a “Members Helping Members” line on your invoice or when you pay online. Any funds will go toward covering the dues of a member who simply can’t renew this year.

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Thank you to everyone who has contributed!


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RICH CRAIG & DOMINIC REOLFI, 415 GROUP Join us for the AultCare QuickConnect Networking Luncheon on May 18, featuring Rich Craig and Dominic Reolfi from 415 Group discussing “The Value of Your Business”. As managing partner at 415 Group, Rich Craig manages a portfolio of client accounts as well as being responsible for the day-to-day operation of the firm. For more than 30 years, he’s brought a wealth of accounting and consulting expertise to the firm with a focus in business valuation, forensic accounting, merger and acquisition assistance, as well as corporate tax and structured growth planning. Dominic Reolfi says 415 Group is like a family. He takes pride in his work as a senior manager, where he oversees, corporate tax returns, business valuations and individual taxation for 415 Group’s diverse group of clients. He focuses on construction, manufacturing/distribution and agriculture and has worked on more than 100 business valuations.

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 lunch. 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@cantonchamber. org or (330) 456-7253 if you are interested. Featured entree: Chicken parmesan sandwich with redskin potatoes. Wednesday, May 18 11:30 am – 1:00 pm (Registration at 11:00 am) La Pizzaria, 3656 Dressler Rd. Canton, OH 44718 $20/members, $30/non-members Register by May 11 at

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Six Tips for Talking About Your Business With Anyone HERE ARE 6 TIPS TO HELP YOU TELL YOUR STORY WITHOUT LOSING ANYONE’S INTEREST. 1. The Problem Talk about the problem that the business is solving. For example, if you have a cupcake business, you might say, “you know how hard it is to find good cupcakes in this area?” Then you might say, “I started a cupcake business in this area to solve that problem.” This establishes a true purpose for your business. 2. Who has the problem? Now let’s talk about the people that have the problem.

this area. We offer the standard cupcakes that most people like as well as cupcakes that we can create from the imagination of our customers,” This is your great solution to the problem. 4. Why you? This is where you tell why buy from you. You might say, “I have been making cupcakes for over 10 years for friends, family and local events and decided to take it to the next level and open a cupcake business.” This will tell people why they should buy from you. 5. How can they find you Tell them how to find you.

You might say “people have told me over and over they wish they could find good place to get great cupcakes around here.” This establishes that there are people that have the problem, your potential customers.

You can say, “we are located at 123 Main St. or you can find us online at www. Marc’” Ask them to come by your store and try something out or go to your website and sign up for your email newsletter. This is your ask, the most important sometimes forgotten part of your speech.

3. Your solution to the problem

6. Now this is the hard part

This is where you talk about your solution to the problem, your business.

Stop talking!

You might say, “that’s why two years ago I decided to start Marc’s Cupcake Shop. We offer the best homemade cupcakes in


Let the person ask questions to find out more about your business. This is when to answer the questions that are most important to the person you’re talking to.

Answer the questions so they will take action. Summary This entire process should only take you 60 seconds or less. This will allow you to either engage in more conversation or easily move on to someone else. Remember your purpose at this event is to meet as many people as you can. Your next goal is to get as many people as you can to take action by going to your site, stopping by your location or scheduling a time to talk further. Bonus Tip: If someone says that they would like to talk with you another time, get out your phone, and try your best to get it scheduled right now. Don’t wait! Take action now! You can reach SCORE at 330.880.4004 or To learn more about the chapter, including upcoming workshops, at


Clean Hydrogen: Here Comes the BOOM! Until recently, thoughts of hydrogen (which were few and far between) triggered memories of a Cold War childhood and the destructive power of the H-bomb. These days, I think instead of the economic boom that a clean hydrogen hub could ignite in our region.

the feedstock for producing hydrogen and be located in areas rich in natural gas resources. The hubs must also be located in regions with the manufacturing, power generation, transportation and workforce capabilities to capitalize on this emerging energy source.

What is clean hydrogen? It’s a fuel source that can power everything from electricity generation to vehicles while reducing our carbon footprint, and its economic potential is enormous. Experts at the U.S. Department of Energy predict clean hydrogen will become a $700 billion industry employing hundreds of thousands of workers in the United States over the coming decades.

These factors bode well for Ohio’s chances to attract one of the four national hubs. The Utica Shale is among the nation’s most significant regions of natural gas resources and production. Additionally, SARTA is a global leader in the adoption of hydrogen fuel in transportation, and our state and regional economy is home to many industries that can make use of hydrogen power in their operations.

This potential is what prompted Congress to include $8 billion in the bipartisan infrastructure bill to fund the creation of four clean hydrogen hubs across the country. The legislation stipulates that two of the hubs must use natural gas as

The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted in February to join the Ohio Clean Hydrogen Hub Alliance, and we have been working closely with industry leaders and policy makers to support Ohio’s bid

to land a clean hydrogen hub and the roughly $2 billion of federal investment that will accompany it. In March, we submitted a response to the Energy Department’s Request for Information in support of the Alliance’s efforts, and we expect the federal application process to begin in May. The Alliance has also begun coordinating with counterpart organizations in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, as a multi-state approach could be crucial to a successful application for federal dollars. While much remains to be seen, the economic impact of a clean hydrogen hub in our state and region could be massive. Your Canton Regional Chamber will continue our efforts to bring this potential economic boom to our businesses and communities. By Jeff Dafler, Vice President of Economic Development & Public Policy

Oh, the Places You Will Go! | EDUCATION UPDATE Oh, the places you will go! This endearing exclamation from Dr. Seuss is the common graduation battle cry for family and friends of recent graduates. But where will our 4,200 Stark County high school graduates go?

must offer a career pathway. Showing a new employee there is a way to advance in an organization and grow in Stark County may be a differentiator from another business just looking to fill an open position.

Some students learned a trade or skill through one of our 6 excellent Stark County career tech schools and have already been connected with local businesses through apprenticeships or work ready programs. Some students prepared to pursue a two-year or four-year degree in something that translates into a viable career pathway. But there are over 1,000 graduating seniors that are not on either of these paths.

To assist our young adults, the Stark Education Partnership is collecting contact information from our graduating seniors.

These young adults need encouragement, guidance, and networking as they find their way how to actively participate in our local economy. How can our local businesses help? With a very tight labor market employers cannot just offer a job to a graduate – they


The survey is found at https://www. This information will be used to: 1. Garner feedback from our graduates to find ways to improve the educational experience in preparation of college or career. 2. Communicate with our graduates so they are aware of opportunities and assets in Stark County. 3. To assist new graduates on their journeys through additional education or training and into careers.

4. To help make connections with job and career seekers with our local businesses to strengthen Stark County. So, the statement Oh, the places you will go deserves the response, “Stark County is a pretty fine place to go!” By Barbara Hammontree Bennett, PE, PS, LEED-AP - Vice President of Education and Workforce

It’s Tee Time! Join the Canton Regional Chamber, along with our Leadership Stark County and ystark! departments, for the Chamber Golf Classic presented by Huntington on Friday, May 27 at The Quarry. The Chamber Golf Classic will be a scramble format, with a shotgun start at 8:00 am. (registration begins at 7 a.m.) The cost is $140 per golfer which includes: • • • • • •

18 holes of play with cart Contests and prizes Golf course refreshments A full lunch at the conclusion of play Golfers will have the chance to win a number of valuable prizes including (but not limited to) restaurant gift cards, cash prizes and more! Come back and play voucher

Friday, May 27 at 8:00 a.m. The Quarry Golf Club 5650 Quarry Lake Drive Canton, OH 44730 Register:


Fri., June 3 • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Holiday Inn Canton • 4520 Everhard Rd. NW • Canton, OH 44718 Cost: Chamber Members - $5.00 | Non-Members - $15.00



Stark County Minority Business Association EXPANDING RESOURCES FOR ALL (ERA) | MAY 2022 The Stark County Minority Business Association is launching their second cohort for their Expanding Resources for All (ERA) program. With support from The City of Canton and the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, this 4-month program is designed to help small businesses expand and provide opportunities for these businesses to thrive and grow. 18 businesses were picked to receive a $4,000 grant to help their businesses, learn through workshops, and participate in a mentorship program with 18 qualified business leaders in the community. Entrepreneurs will be given the chance to learn about how to effectively run their business from various business experts. The topics taught will cover business plans, management planning, human resources, marketing strategy, brand strategy, business law, business accounting, and banking relationships.


The mentoring program will ensure that the entrepreneurs will develop a better understanding of organizational structure, fine-tune presentation skills and professional branding, and overall increase business growth and revenue.

Professional Development Conference INSPIRING THE LEADER IN ALL OF US: A PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE This conference will discuss company culture, developing your people, and engagement that matters. Speakers (to-date): • Margaret DeLillo-Storey, Certified Dare to LeadTM Facilitator • Dr. John Richards, President of Stark Education Partnership • Cyrus Ausar, Depression & Suicide Prevention Expert • Keith Arner, CPA CVA, Partner at Hall, Kistler & Company • Darla Brown, Vice President of Digital Services at The Karcher Group • Sam Feletta, CEO at Incept • Doug Pugh, Owner/Operator of Chick-fil-A • Dr. Constance Peek-Longmire, Diversity & Race Relations Presenter and Author Cost: $75 - includes breakfast, a Choose Your Path Lunch, and top-secret programming! For sponsorship opportunities please contact Kristina Belliveau at Thursday, May 19 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Stark Educational Service Center 6057 Strip Ave NW North Canton, OH 44720 Register:

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YP Meet and Eat W I T H C A N TO N F O O D TO U R S ystark! and Canton Food Tours are proud to bring you a fresh, NEW collaboration exclusively for YPs! Learn, socialize, and build your network while enjoying a fun, food-filled experience! We will enjoy small plates and dessert, meeting local restaurant owners at each stop. Along the way, our expert tour guide will share fun facts and trivia about the Hall of Fame City in which we work, play, and stay! You won’t want to miss this unique twist on networking and the behind-the-scenes scoop on downtown, local establishments, and regional economic development projects in the works! Overview: Learn fun facts and trivia, meet local restaurant owners, and network with other YPs as we make our way through the Canton Arts District for a guided tour by Canton Food Tours. Cost: $50, includes guided tour, 4 restaurant stops, numerous points-of-interest stops, dessert, swag bag, taxes, and restaurant staff gratuity Additional Information: •

We can accommodate dietary restrictions, food allergies, and preferences. Please note in advance at sign-up.

This is a walking tour with sit-down stops along the way. The tour is held rain or shine.

Drinks may be purchased at restaurant stops.

Parking, starting location, and additional details will be sent prior to the event.


Tour size is limited and will be filled on a first come basis! Don’t wait to reserve your spot(s)! Reservation must be made no later than one week prior to tour date.

YP Meet&Eat with Canton Food Tours Dates: May 11, July 13, Sept. 22 at 5:30 p.m. 555 Market Ave S Canton, OH 44702 Register:



GET TO KNOW THE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS WHO WILL SHAPE THE FUTURE OF CANTON/STARK COUNTY! EACH MONTH, WE’LL INTRODUCE YOU TO A YP WHO IS LIVING OR WORKING, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, THRIVING IN STARK COUNTY! Name: Morgan Brown Occupation/Title/Place of work: Education Director/Props Master, Players Guild Theatre & Full-Time Graduate Student, University of Saint Francis Age: 23 Why are you interested in Stark County’s Young Professionals initiative? I have such a passion for Stark County, where I was born and raised. There are so many amazing opportunities in Stark and even more wonderful people. To be part of ystark! means joining a group of likeminded, dedicated, diligent individuals who all share a common goal: bettering ourselves and serving our community. What would you share to encourage other people to join? I joined the ystark! Facebook group a few months ago and it has been a constant flow of positivity and encouragement. The YP community is one in which people are valued and supported, and having a group with whom to connect and share ideas is invaluable to young adults. Did you grow up in Stark? If so, where? If not, where did you move from and why? Yes! I grew up in North Canton and attended Plain Local Schools. I currently live in North Canton. Why do you stay in Stark County, from both a personal and professional point of view? Stark County is bursting at the seams with opportunities for people of all backgrounds and passions. From the arts to education to a thriving workforce, there is a place for everyone. I knew that if I stayed in Stark County I could find my professional home, right in the place I have called home my entire life.

What do you see as valuable opportunities for YPs in Stark County when it comes to career opportunities, cultural access, leadership or community involvement opportunities? I have found early in my career that many businesses are open to mentoring young professionals who take an interest in their line of work. There are many opportunities to make connections that may lead to a career. As for cultural access, there are countless open doors for artists and intellectuals across Stark County. These doors are opened through networking and volunteer work, and after one starts getting involved, the doors continue to open. It’s a domino effect. What would attract more YPs to Stark County? I would love to see all of the fabulous opportunities for young professionals marketed more. Small businesses, independent firms, and community events alike could be bursting with involvement, as long as the public knows about them. The potential is there, so sharing the details will take it one step further. What do you do in the evenings or on the weekends for fun in Stark County or NE Ohio? I love attending community events such as First Friday in Downtown Canton. I am a theatre gal at heart, so you can often find me at performances at the Players Guild Theatre, Carnation City Players, and Avenue Arts Theatre, to name a few. I enjoy checking out local food options like Basil, Twisted Citrus, Game Time, and Eadies Fish House. In the summers, I spend many hours biking the Stark Parks trails, playing tennis at Malone University and Price Park, and paddle boarding on Portage Lakes. Could you see yourself spending your lifetime in Stark County and if not, what would cause you to leave? There is nowhere I would rather live than Stark County. Generations of my family have lived, worked, and thrived here and I plan to continue that legacy. The people, opportunities, arts, and culture make me proud to call Stark County home.

Morgan Brown

What do you like MOST about Stark County? The diversity is the best part of Stark County! At every event, workplace, or educational institution I have attended, I have met tons of people who have taught me about history, trades, cultures, and more. Regardless of what you love to do, you can find it in Stark County. Whether it’s kayaking, ice skating, painting, welding, acting, or [insert your passion!], there is a group of individuals who share your interests. What would you change about Stark County if you could? The only aspect of Stark County I would change is the weather... I love outdoor activities, especially biking, and in the colder months I yearn for the Stark Parks trails.

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The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and AultCare

have partnered together to offer a healthcare plan for the small business community through a Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangement (MEWA).

The MEWA was developed to provide additional options and to help control the costs of healthcare benefits. Medically underwritten MEWA rates may provide a less expensive option than a smaller community rated plan obtained under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This plan is available for small group employers with less than 50 employees.

Product Overview

Eligible Employers

• Small group coverage

• Under 50 eligible employees

• Self-funded plan with fixed monthly payments

• 75% minimum participation requirement

• Vision coverage included

• 50% minimum employer contribution for single coverage

• Groups are not subject to ACA community rating • Benefits administered by AultCare • AultCare Provider Network

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

Benefit Plan Options • 16 plan options » Traditional co-pay plans » Consumer Driven Health Plans/Health Savings Account (HSA) Compatible » Dental coverage as an ancillary benefit

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

SCSC Webinar Join us for the May webinar featuring Gust Callas, Partner - Black McCuskey Souers & Arbaugh, LPA. Gust will explain how the federal legalization of marijuana affects drugfree workplaces. Gust Callas currently serves as Coordinator for the Labor and Employment Practice Area of the Firm. He has extensive experience in litigation and particular specialty in the defense and counseling of clients in employment-related matters. He has successfully argued cases before the Ohio Supreme Court, as well as the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. A member of the Stark County and Ohio State Bar Associations, he has been called upon as a lecturer for continuing legal


education programs and conducted training programs for businesses and trade organizations nationwide. He also serves as a mediator for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio. A Canton native, Gust is active in many community and civic organizations and has served as the Treasurer of the Stark County Bar Association for over 30 years. ABOUT THE FY22 SCSC WEBINAR SERIES: The Ohio BWC has asked all Ohio Safety Councils to conduct all meetings virtually (online only) until July 2022. Each FREE, live webinar will feature dynamic speakers followed by a short Q&A session. Each month the Stark County Safety Council awards an attendee a $25 gift card (winner must be present). SCSC Webinar Thursday, May 19 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Register:


NEW DATE! SCSC Luncheons return in-person on Thursday, July 14. Join us with Howie Eberts, OSHA at the Alex D. Krassas Event Center More information will be coming soon. 19

Snapshots from Social


Top Row (L-R): Denny Saunier with Lisa Talbert who wins the Chamber egg hunt; Dennis Manzella, Enshrinement Festival Chair (center) at networking event; Chris Gumpp (right) at the Balloon Federation of America’s National Convention in Topeka, KS Middle Row (L-R): Leadership Stark County’s Spotlight Program at Deli Ohio; Congratulations to the YLA senior class! Bottom Row (L-R): ystark! YP Meet Up at MassMu and Greatness Cafe; Greater Stark County Urban League’s first Network & Chill event


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

Cleveland, OH 44113 (216) 377-2515 Alliance Country Club (COUNTRY CLUBS) Anna Strouble, Director of Events and Membership 725 E. Milton St. Alliance, OH 44601 (330) 823-1010 A private country club complete with a pristine 18-hole golf course and driving range, clay tennis courts, in-ground swimming pool, clubhouse for dining and events, located in Alliance, Ohio.

American Petroleum Institute (NON-PROFIT) Todd Shelton, Ohio Mobilization Manager 88 East Broad Street, Suite 1320 Columbus, OH 43215 (614) 221-5439 API represents all segments of America’s natural gas and oil industry, which supports more than 11 million U.S. jobs and is backed by a growing grassroots movement of millions of Americans. Our nearly 600 members produce, process and distribute the majority of the nation’s energy, and participate in API Energy Excellence®, which is accelerating environmental and safety progress by fostering new technologies and transparent reporting. API was formed in 1919 as a standards-setting organization and has developed more than 700 standards to enhance operational and environmental safety, efficiency and sustainability.

Arthur J. Gallagher (EMPLOYEE BENEFITS) Rick Foster, Area Vice President 323 West Lakeside Ave. – Suite 410

Gallagher Better Works will help you build a BETTER workplace. See how your benefits improve your productivity. Contact me today for an individualized consultation. Serving you better begins with knowing you better.

Canton Regency Retirement Community (RETIREMENT & LIFE CARE COMMUNITIES & HOMES) Ashleigh Abrigg, Director of Sales & Marketing 4515 – 22nd St. NW Canton, OH 44708 (330) 477-7664 A three-story atrium featuring a water fountain sets the mood, while comfort, safety and peace of mind are our top priority. We provide 24/7 staffing and all of our apartments have emergency response systems, smoke alarms and sprinklers. Our pet-friendly community offers winter valet parking, on-site therapy services, on-duty maintenance staff, linen services, a furnished guest apartment, library, scheduled courtesy transportation, religious services, and daily newspaper delivery. From a grand piano to a luxury movie theater, there is no shortage of activities at Canton Regency. You can often find residents enjoying time together and playing billiards or attending happy hour in our on-site pub. Match wits at a game in our activity center, visit our on-site beauty salon, stay connected with family in our Internet café and attend Sunday service or quiet meditation in our serene chapel. Our exercise room or well-manicured courtyard with a walking path and garden are great for staying active.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Akron-Canton Airport (HOTELS & MOTELS) Jennifer Ruiz, General Manager 7883 Freedom Ave. NW North Canton, OH 44720 (330) 305-0500 We are a perfect base for business and leisure. We are conveniently located just minutes away for the Akron-Canton Airport. We offer 150 suites, fitness center and pool. Every stay includes a free made-to-order breakfast and an evening reception compliments of our DRIFTWOOD restaurant.

ForeverLawn NEO (TURF – SYNTHETIC) Jacob Domer, Project Manager 8007 Beeson St. Louisville, OH 44641 (330) 614-9583 ForeverLawn NEO provides unparalleled expertise and the highest quality, naturallooking synthetic grass for residential and commercial properties in Northeast Ohio. Offering more than 20 varieties of the finest artificial grass alternatives, ForeverLawn NEO offers money and resource-saving alternatives to traditional landscaping options. Applications include playgrounds, dog parks, sports fields, and muddy/high maintenance landscaping areas.

Foundations: A Place of Education and Recovery (MENTAL HEALTH & ADDICTION RECOVERY) Michelle L. Beyer, Executive Director 116 Cleveland Ave. NW Canton, OH 44702


NEW MEMBERS (330) 454-2888 Promoting recovery through peer support, education, advocacy and networking. We offer classes, support groups and a unique respite program. All of our services are offered free of charge, and the structure is planned with both physical safety and emotional safety in mind.

Heritage Villas (ASSISTED LIVING) Jennifer Geiger, VP of Business Development 905 Pittsburg Ave. NW Canton, OH 44720 (330) 846-1499 Senior living community that is unlike the typical large-scale hotel-style assisted living. We are a neighborhood of 8 villas located on a private drive in a park like setting. We have pride in offering all-inclusive pricing of $2,800 per month. Our residents love it here! Take a tour and see the difference.

IBEW-NECA Canton LMCC (UNIONS) Jason Walden, Executive Director 9050 Sweet Valley Drive Valley View, OH 44125 (513) 616-0667 We are the Labor-Management representatives for the IBEW-NECA Canton LMCC (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers - National Electrical Contractors Association Canton LaborManagement Cooperative Committee). We represent the unionized electrical contractors and electricians throughout the greater Canton area.


JJK and Associates Allstate (INSURANCE) Kristin Lockhart, Agent 2022 Locust St., S. Canal Fulton, OH 44614 (330) 854-2333 Utilizing our extensive knowledge of the insurance industry, we are better equipped to service your insurance needs. Our goal for the agency is to build long lasting relationships with our customers. I want to be your agent for life and for the generations to come We offer excellent customer service.

Lamanna Tree Service (TREE SERVICE) Frank L. Lamanna, President 3021 Myersville Rd. Uniontown, OH 44685 (330) 699-7474 Created in 1980 by Frank Lamanna. He built a reputable and thriving family business on reputation, relationships and hard work, all proven values for success. Our attention to detail, reasonable rates, and customer service make us the premier choice for tree and stump removal in this area.

Love’s Travel Stops (TRAVEL PLAZAS) Hannah Crise, Community Relations Coordinator 4898 Shuffel St. NW North Canton, OH 44720 (800) 655-6837

Love’s provides professional truck drivers and motorists with 24-hour access to clean and safe places to purchase gasoline, diesel fuel, travel items, electronics, snacks and more, as well as a selection of restaurant offerings.

Platinum Property Inspections (HOME INSPECTION SERVICES) Richard J. Fitzgerald, Owner 3564 Manchester Ave. North Lawrence, OH 44666 (330) 806-7109 Real Estate. It’s probably the largest investment you’ll ever make. We get the emotions of buying and selling, and how easily you can let those emotions get in the way before making sure there are no major issues to contend with. We give you knowledge needed to ensure that your dream home doesn’t become a nightmare. We’re committed to earning your respect and trust. We inform and educate you about what we see and find when we inspect your property. We put ourselves in your shoes! Our team of licensed and certified inspectors have the education and onsite experience necessary to uncover potential major issues that lesser field-experienced inspectors might miss. We know the red flags! We look for poor construction practices from roof to foundation and everything in between.

Valley View Animal Hospital (VETERINARY HOSPITAL) Rodney Tienarend, Owner 2167 Progress St. Dover, OH 44622 (330) 364-2552 Valley View Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in Dover, OH and is equipped to take care of your equine and small animal veterinary needs. (continued on next page)

NEW MEMBERS The professional and courteous staff at Valley View Animal Hospital seeks to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care and dental care for your small animals and equine.We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients. Valley View Animal Hospital strives to offer excellence in veterinary care to Dover, OH and surrounding areas. Wenger Farms LLC (FARMS) Ken Wenger, Co-Owner 13332 Church Rd. Orrville, OH 44667 (330) 683-7383

At your location or ours, we’ve got you covered. AultWorks Occupational Medicine specializes in treating work-related injuries and illnesses. We are certified by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. Our services include: • Injury Care • Drug and Alcohol Screenings • DOT and FAA Physicals • Pre-placement Physicals • Random Management Programs

Canton 330-491-9675 Alliance 330-823-8864

W Construction Supply LLC (CONSTRUCTION – EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES) Gary Parsons Jr., President 7590 Whipple Ave. NW North Canton, OH 44720 (330) 497-9090

Orrville 330-684-4767

We sell supplies and materials for the concrete and masonry industry at competitive prices; We stock a wide selection of the most common hand tools and can order any tool that you may require. We stock many name brand power tools to meet all of your construction material supply needs.

National expertise. Local talent. Certified public accountants (CPAs) and business advisors personally invested in the success of your business.

Canton 330.966.9400



T H A N K YO U TO O U R M E M B E R S | M A R C H & A P R I L R E N E WA L S 31 Incorporated Accel Pest Control Advanced Physical Medicine AFD Industries Inc Akron Children’s Hospital A-List Properties Ames Painting & More Inc Amore Services ARCOA Arrowhead Country Club Inc Aultman College Avalon Distributing A-Z Home Healthcare Services Baker Dublikar Beck Wiley Bolivar Volunteer Fire Dept. Breitenbach Wine Cellars Brosnahan Concrete Construction BSE Lighting Solutions Buckeye Paper Company Inc Buckeye State Credit Union Business Communication Specialists Cain Toyota – BMW Campbell Landscaping Candle Coach Canton Memorial Civic Center Canton Pediatric Dental Center LLC Carol Goff and Assoc. Carroll Hills Industries CIVPRO Engineering LLC Coleman Behavioral Health Community Hospice Conrad’s Tire Express Corporate Technologies Group Culp Myers Awning Co Cutler Real Estate – Boylan Dan Weaver Trucking LLC Deibel Surveying Dermatology Surgery & Cosmetics of NE Ohio Inc. Dietrich Orthodontics Dollar Bank Servicing Center Edward Jones – Andy Garlock Excel Ent, Allergy and Hearing Solutions Faith Bolen, State Farm Agent dba Bolen Fireside Tax First Commonwealth Bank

Giltz & Associates Inc. Graco/Liquid Control Corporation Graphic Enterprises Griffin Law Grinders Above and Beyond Hartzler’s Quality Housing Heath Business Solutions Heinemann Saw Company Heggy’s Nut Shop Inc Historic Zoar Village HPE, Inc. Hukill Tile LLC Image Video Teleproductions/WI Integrity Group Services Interim Health Care Jack’s Auto Express Koala Kruizers Keller Repair Keller Williams – Miller Doug Klingstedt Brothers Company Kolp Real Estate Lamar Advertising Lang Monument Company Inc Lincoln Business Coaching Macy’s – Belden Village Mall Malloonn Richard A Mary Ann Donut Shoppe Inc McDonalds – JN House MCF Industries Inc Meadow Wind Health Center Men’s Challenge Millman Surveying Inc. No Limits Transportation North Canton Drain Service North Canton Repair Shop Oakdale Farms LLC Ohio Auto Supply/Professional Ohio Eye Alliance – Canton Ohio Gratings Ohio Restoration Solutions & Construction, Inc. Old Carolina BBQ Co Papa Johns Pizza Peaceful Enterprises, LLC Perry Christian Church Phantom Fireworks of Canton

Phoenix Rising BHR Pregnancy Choices Premier Pharmacy ProTech Security, Inc. Questar Inc Red Lobster Republic State Mortgage Company Rice’s Landscapes Redefined RMS Media Roberts Embroidery & Screen Printing Rooster’s Canton, Inc Scott Talbot Salonspa Seifert Technologies Inc Shanafelt Manufacturing Co. Shark Distributing LLC Smyth Retail Systems Sparta Steak House and Lounge Stark Education Partnership Strata Granite & Marble Sun Revenue Partners Sun Valley Auto Repair, LLC Sweeper Market TD’s Tailgate Grill Terydon Inc The Canton Repository The K Company The R.L. Edwards Company The Quarry Golf Club Total Living Center Toyer’s Genuine Trail Bologna Trane HVAC Comm Bldg Service Spaulding R L Corporation Spectrum Reach Stark County Community Enterprise Corporation Stark Trumbul Area Realtors Urban Construction LLC US Casting Company U S Ecology Canton Versitile Machine Inc Victory Production Enhance Wallace Forge Company Warther Cutlery YMCA of Central Stark County Your Home Court Advantage


BIZ Bitz Innis Maggiore, the nation’s leading positioning ad agency, today announced the promotions of Cheryl Henderson to creative director, Alicia Jordan to art and video director, Emily Mays to associate creative director, Rich Grisak to senior media analyst, Veronica Smith to senior media strategist, and Jeremy Smith to senior web developer. The promotion of each of these associates is in recognition of their advanced professional development and their exceptional ability to delight clients and help grow their business. Huntington Bank has announced the appointment of local financial services veteran Sandy Upperman to community president. In this role, she will lead Huntington’s customer outreach as well as Huntington’s growth and investment in the Canton area, including civic and community engagement functions. Upperman joined Huntington in 2000 starting as manager of marketing and investor relations and progressing to senior vice president. Prior to joining Huntington, she was employed by Diebold, Incorporated where she served as Manager, U.S./ European Investor Relations and Community Relations. Total Distribution, Inc. (TDI), a public warehousing, transportation logistics company, headquartered in Canton, OH announces the promotion of Greg Hughes to Executive Vice President of Warehouse Operations. Hughes has been with TDI since 2001. In this new role, Greg will oversee all warehouse operations across TDI’s footprint. Previous roles within the company include General Operations Manager and Vice President of Operations. Prior to joining TDI, Greg worked extensively with interna-


tional 3PL clients like Walmart/Sam’s Club, Diebold and Rubbermaid.

mitt, Michael Aram, MacKenzie Childs, and Pampa Bay.

Additionally, TDI has been named to Transport Topics’ Top Dry Storage and Refrigerated Warehousing lists for 2022 for providing expert industry services in North America ranked based on annual gross revenue.

New unique luxurious lines will include Barefoot Dreams, Beekman, Voluspa, Zia Pia Imports, and many more. There will also be new GV branded apparel from Goodlife, Johnny O, and Beyond Yoga.

TDI’s temperature-controlled storage areas include refrigerated/cooler storage and freezer storage as well as dry storage. Additionally, TDI acquired a WinstonSalem, NC cold storage warehouse in December 2017 as well as the assets of Kandel Cold Storage, Inc. in Tallmadge, Ohio in October 2020. TDI continues to expand the company’s nationwide footprint and improve the service levels and flexibility for all its customers. Gervasi Vineyard will be expanding with the addition of a 20,000 square feet project in two structures to be built in the southwest corner of the 55-acre estate. The construction of the diverse multiuse expansion is underway. The Spa, The Wine Cave, product warehouse and distribution facility, and Rickhouse are the four components that will be taking shape. The Wine Cave and Tasting Room will allow for a traditional wine tasting experience that isn’t mixed with a restaurant experience. The Spa is the number one request Gervasi staff hears from hotel and local guests. The Spa will provide an additional benefit for guests to visit the property and experience exceptional amenities and services. Additionally, Gervasi has expanded its boutique gift shop. As Gervasi’s product portfolio expands, so does the need for The Marketplace expansion. Gervasi offers award-winning wines, Gervasi spirits, locally roasted fairtrade coffee, chocolate, GV Signature culinary products, and Gervasi branded clothing apparel. The Marketplace provides unique accessories and home décor from national lines such as UNOde50, Ham-

The Pro Football Hall of Fame and Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company are partnering to bring the internationally acclaimed rock band Journey to Canton on Aug. 6 as the headline act for the 2022 Concert for Legends Presented by Ford. The Concert for Legends, scheduled to begin at 8 p.m., will cap a revamped ‘Enshrinement Saturday’ schedule that includes The Canton Repository Grand Parade at 8 a.m. and the Class of 2022 Enshrinement at noon (all times Eastern). “Journey has been entertaining its fans for almost 50 years since the band’s founding, and we are thrilled to be working with Hall of Fame Village to bring these members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to the Hall of Fame City,” said Jim Porter, president of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “This Concert for Legends promises to be a memorable experience for fans filling Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium and a spectacular way to close out the Saturday lineup of events for Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls.” Tickets for the 2022 Concert for Legends Presented by Ford will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, April 1, through HOFVillage. com and Prices range from $59 to $225. An opening act for the show will be announced in the coming weeks.

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