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Taste of Canton is back for another helping on May 22 and 23 Downtown Canton never tasted so good! Taste of Canton, a two-day downtown food festival now in its fifth year, will be held on Wednesday, May 22, and Thursday, May 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Market Square (301 Market Ave. N) in downtown Canton. This incredible spring festival, featuring local flavor and local fare, is brought to you by the Canton Development Partnership, a department of the Canton Regional Chamber, and The Repository. Stark County food enthusiasts will enjoy an expanded event at this year’s Taste of Canton, including more seating, a greater variety of restaurants and more entertainment, along with the Little Chefs area for kids. Best of all, it is happening in the beautiful downtown Canton cityscape! Guests will get a true taste of Canton with more than 20 restaurants and specialty vendors participating. This year’s lineup includes (to date): Almost Heaven Ice Cream, Baja Pizzafish, Bender’s Tavern, The Canton Club, Chocolates by Erin, Corporate Downtown Bar & Grill, Danny Boy’s Pizza, Loby’s, MA Cuppycakes, Main Street Grill, Old Carolina Barbecue, Prestier’s Pub, Sports Therapy Bar & Grill, Tozzi’s Downtown and Two Fat Guys BBQ, and others.
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Chamber endorses Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities Issue 1 INSIDE: New Hire............................................................. 2 Oil & Gas Monthly Update.................................... 3 AultCare Fast Break Breakfast.............................. 5 Chamber Annual Golf Outing............................6-7 Stir After Hours................................................... 8 Spring NETWORK................................................. 9 Business Excellence Award Winners.............. 10-12 Ohio Tourism Legislative Day............................. 13 Enshrinement Festival Chairmen.................. 14-15 New Enshrinement Festival Hire ....................... 17 Leadership Goodwill Ambassador of the Year..... 18 ystark! Twenty under 40!................................... 19 ystark! 6th Annual Golf Outing.......................... 19 ystark! Receives Donation.................................. 20 ystark! Young Professional Profile...................... 21 Harvest For Hunger Campaign........................... 23 Stark County Safety Council............................... 24 Funding Partners.............................................. 27 Hot Business on the Burner............................... 27 New Members................................................... 29 BizBitz.............................................................. 30 May Calendar.................................................... 31
The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce has endorsed Issue 1, the Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities combined levy on the May 7 ballot. Before its unanimous vote to endorse the levy, the Chamber’s Board of Directors heard Developmental Disabilities Superintendent William Green explain that the 3.3-mill request is the combination of two existing levies, one of 1.9 mills that expires this year and another of 1.4 that expires in 2014. Because the Developmental Disabilities Board is seeking an early renewal of the latter levy, it is listed as an additional tax on the ballot. However, the Developmental Disabilities Board will cancel the 1.4-mill levy and not collect it if the May 7 measure passes.
This means the 3.3-mill levy on the ballot will not raise taxes for Stark County residents, only renew existing taxes. Green also told the Chamber that the Developmental Disabilities Board has a longrange plan to make their services more cost efficient, and to purchase more services from private businesses, to live with expected reductions in funding over the next several years. One goal of the Developmental Disabilities Board is to prepare citizens with developmental disabilities to function well and contribute to the community. (continued on page 23)
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The Canton Regional Chamber has been extremely helpful in providing insight and direction to our local outreach efforts. It has helped us make area connections, assisting in our effort to understand community needs and regional dynamics. We are grateful for the support that the Chamber has given to Chesapeake Energy, and look forward to continuing our relationship for years to come.
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Chamber hires Erin Thompson as new downtown events manager Erin Thompson has joined the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce as the downtown events manager in the marketing and events department. In her new role, Thompson will oversee downtown festivals and events, including Taste of Canton, Canton Blues Festival, Vintage Canton, Light Up Downtown and the Canton Farmers’ Market, among others. “Erin is among the most hardworking, friendly and conscientious professionals I have had the privilege of working with. When seeking someone to attend to the immense responsibilities of this type of position, what you’re really looking for is someone who is not only smart, but who will roll up his or her sleeves. Erin couldn’t get hers up fast enough, and the events are sure to
thrive under her management,” said Jess Bennett, director of marketing and events for the Chamber. A Canton native, Thompson earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from The Ohio State University, where she worked with Buckeye Sports Camps in the athletic department. She comes to the Chamber after four years at Day Ketterer, Ltd., a law firm in downtown Canton. Since returning to Stark County, Thompson has been a very active volunteer with the Josette Beddell Memorial Foundation—a local non-profit whose mission is to help better the lives of local families affected by breast cancer. She has co-chaired the 3rd and 4th annual Memorial 5k Run and served on the committee for the Wind Chime Ball fundraising dinner for the organization. Other volunteer efforts include Community Services of Stark County and the JR Coleman Center. Erin is also an active participant in the ystark! Dodgeball League and the Canton Recreational Softball Leagues.
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Oil & Gas Developments Monthly Report by David Kaminski, Director of Energy and Public Affairs Billions of dollars are being invested in the Utica Shale region of eastern Ohio by companies that are trying to connect energy-producing wells with customers for that energy. These particular investments can be described as the midstream infrastructure buildout, and that buildout was the subject of another successful Oil and Gas Business Development Seminar sponsored by the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and Shaledirectories.com. Approximately 160 people participated in the April 9 event held at the Alex D. Krassas Center at 25th Street and Harvard Avenue NW in Canton. This was the biggest audience yet for the business development seminar series that the Canton Regional Chamber has been running since early 2012. The midstream presenters were: Brent Breon of Caiman Energy. Caiman has partnered with Dominion, parent of Dominion East Ohio Gas, on a $1.5 billion midstream project called Blue Racer that builds upon Dominion East Ohio’s already extensive pipeline network in eastern Ohio. Scott Hallam of Access Midstream, formerly Chesapeake Midstream. Access has partnered with Momentum M3 and EV Energy Partners on a pipeline and processing plant project valued at $900 million when it was announced in early 2012. John Durand of Crosstex Energy. Crosstex is developing a pipeline network in the Utica, as well as a rail terminal and an Ohio River port facility to ship Utica products to chemical plants in the Gulf Coast region. Durand estimated that energy companies will be investing about $10 billion per year for the foreseeable future to bring domestic energy to market. Other speakers included Matt Henderson from the Penn State Marcellus Center for Research and Outreach, Kyle Quillen from
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Chairman of the Board - Karen M. Brenneman Hall, Kistler & Company LLP Sr. Vice Chairman - Philip D. Fracassa The Timken Company Vice Chairman - Brian Belden The Belden Brick Company
Access Network Builders, Joe Barone from Shaledirectories.com, Kathleen Steere from Stark State College and Todd Hawkins from Tesla NanoCoatings.
Vice Chairman - John A. Murphy, Jr. Day Ketterer Ltd. Vice Chairman - William C. Shivers Huntington Bank
The gas coming up from the shale in the Utica is a mixture of methane, or natural gas (the gas we use to heat our homes), and heavier hydrocarbons such as ethane, butane, propane and pentane. These latter gases are referred to as natural gas liquids or wet gas. These NGLs have to be separated from the methane, and then separated from each other so they can go to customers in purified form. The series of processing plants being built in the Utica separate methane from the other gases. Then fractionating plants separate the NGLs from each other.
Treasurer - D. William Allen Pro Football Hall of Fame Immediate Past Chairman - Rick L. Haines AultCare President & CEO - Dennis P. Saunier Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Corporate Secretary - Steven J. Katz Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce
One goal of the April 9 seminar was to explain the importance of midstream to the development of the Utica. Here’s one indication of that importance: there are just under 300 Utica horizontal wells drilled so far, but fewer than 80 actually producing energy for customers. One big reason for the disparity is the lack of infrastructure to get the gas to customers. That infrastructure is what the midstream projects are creating.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Judith E. Barnes Lancaster Attorney At Law
Bruce Blaise Kenan Advantage Group
Bradley R. McKain Marathon Petroleum Company, LP
Thomas E. Cecconi Mercy Medical Center
Once most wells can sell products to customers, we expect the Utica to really take off. Our thanks to the companies who showed support for the work of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce by sponsoring our April 9 event. In alphabetical order, they were: AultCare and AultWorks, Michael Baker Jr. engineering, Beaver Excavating, BL Companies engineering, Black McCuskey law firm, CESO engineering, Dawood engineering, Furbay Electric Supply, Hammontree & Associates engineering, Jackson Kelly law firm, Mercy Medical Center, The Repository and Rettew Engineering.
Katrina Barton Westfield Belden Village
R. Eric Dellapina FirstMerit Bank N.A. Mark Fleiner LG Fuel Cell Systems
Rick McQueen Akron-Canton Airport Alan Rodriguez Jülz by Alan Rodriguez and Rodriguez’s House of Stones
Keith Fuller Chesapeake Energy Corp.
Mark J. Samolczyk Stark Community Foundation
Jerry Gilin Diebold Inc.
William C. Shivers Huntington Bank
Greg Harbert Charter One/RBS Citizens, NA
Paul E. Siegfried Siegfried Enterprises Inc.
Jason F. Haupt Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A.
Bruce M. Soares Black McCuskey Souers & Arbaugh
Jan Hein Ohio Desk
Alice C. Stephens The Employment Source
Dr. Para Jones Stark State College
Walter F. Wagor, Ph.D. Kent State University at Stark
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Terrance L. Jones Multi-Development Services of Stark County Geoff Karcher The Karcher Group Dr. David A. King Malone University
David M. Wheeler AEP Ohio Chris White The Repository
TASTE OF C ANTON (continued from cover) Each will showcase their delicacies in the form of small sample plates, available for $2 to $6 each. Selections will include appetizers, entrees and desserts from a variety of cuisines. In addition to these delicious “tastes” of Canton, the event boasts fine wines and beers. The delectable local fare comes complete with local entertainment from the likes of Jeff Poulos and the Blues Revue Band (Wednesday evening) and Ryan Humbert (Thursday evening), along with DJ Magic Mike spinning all day, both days. Guests can enjoy the local flavor along with local art by strolling the artist’s row. Many of your First Friday favorites will be on-hand throughout the day! Whether you are heading downtown for family-friendly fun, or looking for a night out, it’s going to be a don’t-miss downtown event! All dishes will be purchased with Taste of Canton tickets, sold individually for $1 per ticket and redeemed at each vendor booth. Tickets can be purchased onsite
the day of the event, or in advance of the event at all seven Fishers Foods locations, the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, or online at CantonChamber. org. Buy before the day of the event, and you’ll receive a discount! Taste of Canton will be held rain or shine, and the entire Market Square greenspace will be tented for the occasion. For more information about participating restaurants and other event details, visit www.TasteofCanton.com.
Visit TasteofCanton.com for more information. Wed., May 22 & Thurs., May 23 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Market Square 301 Market Ave. N in downtown Canton Cost: FREE entry and $2-6/sample
This year’s Taste of Canton is led by chairman Barbara Abbott, president of Canton Food Tours, and a committee of volunteers including Julie Gill, Ken Huot, Donna Shadle and Mike Walpole. The fifth annual Taste of Canton is made possible by presenting sponsor Fishers Foods, and sponsors (to date): Chef Jon Molnar, Sugardale, Superior Dairy, Lipari Foods and Canton Chair Rental.
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UPCOMING EVENTS Where Greatness Lives: 50 Years of Hall of Fame History May AultCare Fast Break Breakfast featuring Joe Horrigan There is no question that football is America’s most popular sport, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame America’s premier sports museum and showplace. Join us for an exciting morning in celebration of the Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary and the 273 enshrined football legends. At the AultCare Fast Break Breakfast on Friday, May 10, Joe Horrigan, vice president of communications and exhibits and nationally recognized expert on the sport of football, will share memories and anecdotes from his book, The Pro Football Hall of Fame 50th Anniversary Book: Where Greatness Lives. He’ll also hint at what’s in store for the Hall of Fame city as the anniversary celebration approaches, and share updates on the “The Future 50” Expansion & Renovation Project currently underway. Copies of the book will be available for sale throughout the morning! Beyond this important segment of the program, Fast Break attendees have the opportunity to obtain business leads through enjoyable networking activities at an event that has built a reputation as one of the most energetic lead-producing sessions around. Bring a door prize valued at $15 or more and receive 30 seconds at the microphone to promote your business. Friday, May 10 | 7 a.m. registration, 7:30 a.m. program Courtyard by Marriott | 4375 Metro Cir. in North Canton Cost: $18 members | $25 non-members | RSVP by May 8
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UPCOMING EVENTS Don’t miss the annual CHAMBER GOLF OUTING at Tam O’Shanter It’s sure to be a sell out event!
S P O N S O R E D Get your reservations in now for the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Outing, happening on Wednesday, June 26, at Tam O’Shanter Golf Course. The annual Canton Regional Chamber outing is one of the best golf outings in Stark County, and it’s sure to sell out fast! The 2013 Chamber Golf Outing package includes 18 exciting holes, cart included, along with complimentary range balls, gifts and prizes, lunch and a fantastic dinner – all for $110 per person. Registration is limited to 144 players so sign your foursome up now! Tam O’Shanter offers two expertly maintained courses, a grass tee driving range and practice center, food and bar service, and country club style and quality for every golfer. The Hills and Dales courses have multiple tees for men and women. Every golfer from duffers to experts will find an appropriate challenge at Tammy. You will enjoy a relaxing round of golf at magnificently manicured, mature golf courses built in the late 1920s.
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SPONSORSHIPS STILL AVAILABLE Many levels of sponsorship are still available for the 2013 Chamber Golf Outing—from a $150 hole sponsorship to a $1,250 eagle sponsorship—and we’re happy to customize a package for you! Make sure you get brand exposure at this sell-out event! For more information, contact Whitney J. Prather, events and marketing manager, at (330) 458-2073 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers are also welcome! Wednesday, June 26 9 a.m. Registration, 10 a.m. Shotgun Start Tam O’Shanter Golf Course 5055 Hills and Dales Rd. NW in Canton Cost: $110 per golfer includes greens fees, lunch and dinner RSVP by June 21 at CantonChamber.org
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Our major sponsors to date include presenting sponsor Cintas, along with AultCare, Huntington Bank, The Karcher Group, Progressive Auto Group, Mercy Medical Center, The Repository and Tam O’Shanter Golf Course. Alex McCallion
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Meet the Committee Adam Miller, Committee Chairman Adam Miller, general sales manager at News-Talk 1480 WHBC and Mix 94.1, has been at the station since 2011. He has served on the Chamberâ€™s Golf Committee for nine years and as chairman for four years. Miller lives in Massillon with wife Erica and five-year-old son Easton. He is an OHSAA Basketball official. Miller graduated from Canton McKinley High School and has a degree in communications from Youngstown State University. Terri Fullmer Terri works for Sol Harris/Day Architects as human resource manager. She lives in Louisville with husband John and is mother to four children. Patty Gaston Patty Gaston has been the golf services manager for Tam Oâ€™Shanter Golf Course for 19 years. She volunteers on various area chamber committees and is a graduate of Ohio University. Alex McCallion Alex McCallion is attorney with Day Ketterer and represents business owners, corporate executives and banking officers in all areas of commercial and civil litigation. He is a graduate of Walsh University and College of William & Mary School of Law. Jim Murphy Jim Murphy has been with Haines and Company for three years. He is the local contact for nonprofits and other organizations working on data, direct marketing and direct mail fundraising. He is an avid golfer and is excited to help the Chamber with the golf outing for the second year. Keith Snyder Keith Snyder is the sales manager for Signature Services and Promotional Products and a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in Sports Medicine. He is a busy family man and outside of his family his love is golf.
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UPCOMING EVENTS Stirring up a taste of Italy | May Stir After Hours at Danny Boy’s Pizza When the original Danny Boy’s Italian Eatery opened in Rocky River in 1991, the company set out to create neighborhood joints with fantastic food, cozy, nostalgic atmosphere and plenty of swinging music. Now with five locations, including the North Canton eatery, the company is still striving for perfection after more than 20 years. At Danny Boy’s, every dish is a work of art and every customer through the door is a new friend. At this month’s Stir After Hours on Thursday, May 30, taste the true flavors of Italy as Danny Boy’s serves up thoughtfully presented food from the highest quality ingredients. You’ll be treated to award winning pie, as voted by Northern Ohio Live, Cleveland Magazine, CitySearch.com, Pizza Today Magazine, Cleveland Scene, Cleveland Free Times, and Fox 8 Hot List. This month’s event will feature a sampling of Danny Boy’s signature pizzas, pastas and world famous breadsticks.
There will be a cash bar including $2 domestic bottles, $3 well drinks and $4 house wines. And some lucky guests will take home Danny Boy’s Gift Cards and free breadstick giveaways! New Event Format Our Chamber Stir After Hours events are now free for all members, and the events are exclusive to our members. Come and network with your fellow members, enjoy great complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cocktail from this month’s reduced price cash bar. And while the event is free, please don’t forget to register online. About Stir After Hours The Stir After Hours Small Business Networking series from the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce adds a little swizzle and a lot of sizzle to our already successful Business After Hours event. Stir is about mixing business
liaisons old and new, blending socializing with sales calls and swirling a little bit of dalliance into your dealings! Each month in our Action Newsletter we feature a monthly company feature article, and you can only be featured by coming to Stir After Hours! There’s no better way to reach our 2,600 member readers than with a feature that puts your company, product or service in the spotlight. RSVP for Stir After Hours online at CantonChamber.org. Thursday, May 30 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Danny Boy’s Italian Eatery 6081 Dressler Rd. in North Canton Cost: Free! RSVP by May 28 Parking is available in the Danny Boy’s lot and adjacent Levin Furniture lot.
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UPCOMING EVENTS Canton Regional Chamber honors 2013 winners of the Business Excellence Awards of Greater Canton The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced this year’s Business Excellence Award winners, including For Paws Blue Cross Animal Hospital, Gervasi Vineyard, OMNI Orthopaedics, Steel Equipment Specialists, Inc. and TruBridge Inc. In addition, Tam O’Shanter Golf Course received the “Committee’s Choice” award. And the first annual Emerge Award for Entrepreneurs will be awarded to Barbara Abbott, president of Canton Food Tours. This new award honors outstanding entrepreneurs that have been in business for five years or less. Winners of the Business Excellence Awards will be honored on Tuesday, May 7, at a distinguished ceremony and gala dinner at The University Center at Kent State University at Stark. During the evening, one of the Business Excellence Award recipients will be named Business of the Year. Tickets are $50 and tables of 10 are available. Visit CantonChamber.org or contact Monique Thompson Kennedy at (330) 458-2070 to register. The second annual Business Excellence Scholarship Award, presented by Day Ketterer and the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, will also be presented the evening of the Business Excellence Awards event.
ABOUT THE WINNERS For Paws Blue Cross Animal Hospital was established in 1948 in North Canton, and at that time it was the first building in the area specifically designed and built for use as a veterinary hospital. In 2011, Dr. Jennifer Jellison purchased the hospital with the philosophy that all pets, sick or well, would be able to find a place at For Paws. Under previous ownership, the hospital ceased taking new pet patients in 1997, and now the hospital is open to all pets, including emergency cases. More than $75,000 in new equipment investments have been made since 2011, including a new x-ray machine and surgical suite. The practice has been computerized with the latest medical software and invoicing system. In 2012, the hospital invested $100,000 to build a new treatment room, upgrade existing kennels, add a dental suite, and remodel the upstairs into office facilities. They have increased staffing, and expanded hours and efficiencies to ensure that they meet their promise that any incoming sick pet will be seen that same day. The hospital is committed to the community, serving as major sponsor and pet judge for the Caring Tails for Stark Trails, held in conjunction with Aultman Hospital and Stark Parks. They sponsor the Stark County Humane Society Dog Walk, the GlenOak Chorale and Drifters, and the North Canton Main Street Festival booth for the Stark County Humane Society, which resulted in 22 adoptions over the course of two days in 2012. They also sponsor the golf outing for the Abused Woman Foundation of Stark County. For Paws developed a community service project to provide care for animals at the Humane Society who require special
medical assistance prior to adoption. The hospital takes in one special needs pet per month and treats them until they are ready for adoption. On average, these pets require weeks of treatment, and in the last 18 months, the hospital has treated and helped place 43 dogs and cats (and one pygmy goat). The hospital also offers the Dr. Dean LeBeau Memorial Scholarship to one Stark County student planning a career in animal care. Dr. Jellison was inducted into the GlenOak Hall of Distinction in 2011, and received the Ohio State University Veterinary Medicine Alumni Recognition Award in 2010 for her public service accomplishments. For Paws received an honorable mention for community beautification from the Canton Garden Center in 2012. And in 2012, The Repository readers selected For Paws as the community’s choice for favorite veterinarian. Gervasi Vineyard, founded in 2010, is a family owned, 55-acre estate with stunning grounds, winery, bistro, boutique inn, marketplace, outdoor pavilion, culinary and wine education, and conference center. Gervasi Vineyard is a family owned and family inspired project of the Swaldo Family, which integrates their traditional Italian heritage with the many interests of the family, including great food, wine, fun, and appreciation for beautiful things. When purchased by the Swaldo family in 2008, the new owners took great pains to not only clean and beautify the property, but to save trees, re-purpose materials, salvage the natural lake and streams, and preserve all structures possible. As the project unfolded and as a result of the family’s creative energy, the original concept of a winery and small restaurant quickly expanded into a getaway destination, corporate retreat and much more. They have grown from phase one, which included The Bistro and Winery, The Marketplace, The Piazza and The Pavilion (2010), to phase two (2011-2012), including The Villa Grande, The Cucina Culinary and Wine Learning Center, and The Villas. Now in phase three, Gervasi is in the midst of completing The Crush House, a new winery and wine bar (slated for completion this October). Gervasi won the prestigious AIA Design Award from the Akron Chapter in 2010, and the project costs for all three phases exceeds $10 million. Gervasi is helping to boost the economy of Stark County by attracting out-of-town visitors, thereby driving tourism to the region. They currently welcome over 150,000 visitors annually, with over 70 percent traveling from outside of Stark County. Over the past two years, they have grown to over 60 full-time, 80 part-time, and 70 seasonal employees. This is an increase in the number of employees over last year alone, which was previously 15 full-time, 20 part-time, and 20 seasonal workers. In addition to its regular employees, there were 152 construction jobs created during the Gervasi Village project in 2011, and another 91 construction jobs have been created for the current Crush House project. Gervasi Vineyard has won many awards since opening, including being voted #1 Favorite Winery and #1 Favorite Fine Dining Restaurant in The Repository’s 2012 Readers Choice Awards. TripAdvisor currently ranks them #1 Restaurant and #1 Specialty Lodging in Canton, and TripAdvisor awarded the company with their Certificate of Excellence. The Villas at Gervasi Vineyard made the Top 10 Romantic Inns in America list, selected by
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UPCOMING EVENTS ILoveInns.com, and they received Diner’s Choice Best Overall Rating, Best Ambiance, Best Service, and others from Open Table Restaurant Network. They are the only AAA Four Diamond Award lodging in Stark County, and one of only 14 in Ohio. Gervasi Vineyard is an active community partner and generously supports numerous local charities, organizations, and schools. Managers and employees are encouraged to participate in local community and civic activities, and they host many local community events each year. OMNI Orthopaedics provides the highest quality of orthopaedic care possible. Along with the treatment of immediate or chronic problems, the company strives to integrate the doctrine of prevention in all treatment plans as a way to alleviate possible future difficulties. The company was founded in 1996 with the merger of Stark County Orthopaedics and Belden Village Orthopaedics, resulting in a total combined practice time in Stark County of over 30 years. OMNI is based in a 43,000 square foot state of the art facility, with satellite offices in Dover and Carrollton. Currently, OMNI employs 74 full-time and two part-time employees, and their surgery center (OASIS) employs 23. OMNI Physical Therapy employs 24 staff members, and the MRI staff includes three full-time employees. Since the merger, they have grown from nine physicians to 16 physicians, in addition to corresponding support staff. They have been a leader in new advances in orthopaedic care. The physicians continue to obtain updated training and education in Total Ankle Replacement, Total Shoulder Replacement, Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release, new technologies in Total Hip and Knee Replacement as well as overall general orthopaedic care and rehabilitation. They have continued to move forward in the area of technology, installing two complete digital x-ray systems, as well as updated computer systems. OMNI Orthopaedics was selected as Favorite Orthopaedic Care and Favorite Physical Therapy facility in The Repository’s 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards. The physicians and staff at OMNI
Orthopaedics support and sponsor various community events, including the Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival 2-Mile and 5-Mile Races, Aultman Hospital Women’s Board Angel Auction, Mercy Medical Centers Women’s Auxiliary Board Harvest Ball, Big Brothers/Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake (2012), fundraising events to support the Canton Total Living Center’s free Medical Clinic (2012), fundraising and participation in the 2012 Walk for Breast Cancer, and the annual used book drive to support Stark County District Library. They also provide free community lectures at their facility, and at Aultman Hospital and Mercy Medical Center. Steel Equipment Specialists (SES), located in Alliance, is a leading supplier of equipment and services for the metals, metals forming, and related industries. They pride themselves on innovative, custom engineered and manufactured equipment tailored to the specific needs of customers. SES takes great pride in offering specialty new equipment, or redesigned and improved equipment, to all types of steel manufacturers. Whether transporting hot molten steel in one of their Ladle Transfer Cars, transferring or cooling steel bars or tubes, charging or extracting a slab of steel into a hot furnace, or moving and rotating a coil of steel and transporting it from one area of the mill to another, SES offers stateof-the-art technological solutions. The company’s unique “design and build” structure allows them to handle projects ranging from small, specialty custom equipment to major capital expansions and investments. Founded in 1976, SES has grown to an organization of over 140 people, servicing the equipment needs of customers throughout the domestic market, as well as internationally (Canada, Mexico, China, Brazil, Russia and Turkey). In addition to their headquarters in Alliance, the city is also home to the company’s two manufacturing facilities, which are designed to allow mechanical and electrical engineers hands-on involvement in the construction phase of designs. SES has recently expanded its services through the acquisition of a new control and automation solutions company, SES Automation, located in Toronto,
Ontario, Canada. The acquisition of SES Automation expands the company’s offerings to include complete control and automation services, and facilities engineering. The recent growth in international and domestic projects has made it necessary to expand the company’s current engineering offices. The new office space, currently under construction, will expand by 5,000 sq. ft. In 2008, TruBridge Inc. launched a unique healthcare enrollment service to the nation’s baby boomer population throughout the U.S. from their North Canton headquarters. Through a contract with a Fortune 100 company, TruBridge piloted a newly approved process for enrolling clients in Medicare health plans using telephonic enrollment. This initial program has grown, and the company has now added other insurance carriers to their processes. Although the Medicare enrollment industry is seasonal in nature, TruBridge hires up to 150 employees each year, adding to the skilled work force and tax base of Stark County. With plans to diversify their call center offerings to other health-related businesses, they project an addition al 75 to 100 fulltime professionals will join their team within the coming year. Employees are given an additional 160 hours of training in Medicare and Insurance Carrier certification, customer service, sales and communication skills beyond the State of Ohio insurance licensing requirements. Located in the Old Hoover Building District, they are a proud supporter of the legacy of the region, and the building has experienced a 24 percent increase in business investment, with approximately $400,000 in capital and leasehold improvements made. TruBridge and its employees are committed to giving back to the community. In the last year, employees were actively involved in fundraising for Project Kare for Foster Children of Stark County, for Hurricane Sandy victims, Breast Cancer Awareness, the Alzheimer’s Association and the Polar Bear Drop for Hunger Awareness. They also provided educational programming for local radio stations and organizations on Medicare and aging topics. (continued on next page)
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UPCOMING EVENTS Tam O’Shanter Golf Course is the recipient of the Committee’s Choice Award. Tam O’Shanter Company (formerly the T.K. Harris Company) was founded in 1913 by real estate developer (continued on next page) Thomas K. Harris. The Hills and Dales Golf Courses at Tam O’Shanter opened in 1928 and 1931, coordinated with the residential development known as Hills and Dales Village. Harris’s vision was to create public-access golf courses with maintenance standards and amenities normally associated with exclusive private clubs. The company employs between 50 and 60 people depending on the season, provides valuable green space and family recreation for Stark County, attracts customers from surrounding counties, and welcomes golf travelers from a 200-mile radius. The golf industry fell upon hard times in the early 2000s as participation in the sport of golf declined around the country. Tam O’Shanter instituted necessary cost controls, and recently employment has rebounded. Unlike many oldline golf businesses, the company is financially strong and profitable. During the downturn in the golf economy, they prepared for the future, investing hundreds of thousands of dollars to upgrade and modernize. Additional investments funded a state-of-the-art golf practice and learning center. Members of Tam O’Shanter’s leadership have been volunteer leaders for decades, involved in every aspect of community betterment efforts: downtown retail development and later redevelopment, services to disadvantaged youth and wartime relief, and the campaign to bring the Professional Football Hall of Fame to Canton. The company and its owners were among the major contributors to the Hall of Fame project, and proudly display their original stock certificates from the Hall of Fame Capital Campaign. Tam O’Shanter owners and managers were also among the first volunteers and contributors to the acclaimed children’s golf program, The First Tee of Canton. Over the decades and continuing today, the company and its golf courses have enabled countless charities and civic organizations to build fellowship and raise money through golf. In 2012, Tam O’Shanter stepped up its charitable
efforts, planning and conducting a free seminar about fundraising and networking best practices for local nonprofits in order to help organizations increase their golf outing fundraising success, no matter where those events might be held. Local golfers have voted Tam O’Shanter Stark County’s Best Public Course for five years in a row. Barbara Abbott is the recipient of the Emerge Award for Entrepreneurs. In April 2010, she took a food tour in Scottsdale, Ariz. She quickly discovered that the basic concept—food, fun, adventure and learning—would be a good fit for downtown Canton’s quality restaurants, thriving arts district, incredible history, Hall of Fame City draw, and easy walking layout. Her passion for Canton inspired her to start Canton Food Tours, and in doing so she puts a magnifying glass over the gems of our community and people are amazed at what they see and experience. Canton Food Tours features a variety of tours that showcase the food, history, unique sites, and current events of Canton and surrounding region. Tours include the Signature Downtown Walking Tours, Van-Based Tours, Private Group Tours and Event-Based Tours. Culinary tourism across the U.S. is relatively new and diversifying at a fast pace. With her food tours, Abbott is able to introduce residents and tourists alike to restaurants, attractions and other partners, creating business for local businesses. Though only coming up on her second season of tours, Abbott is already examining expansion into regions in other parts of Stark County and other cities, as well as joining forces with Cleveland and Columbus tours for joint tours. Currently, Canton Food Tours has three tour guides and Abbott is planning to add up to two new guides for her second season, especially as she grows geographically.
tourism and business collaboration by several local organizations. Abbott, is active on many local philanthropic boards and committees, including the Aultman Women’s Board, Canton Symphony Orchestra and ArtsinStark. She is the chairman of Taste of Canton and a docent at the National First Ladies’ Library. She extends her philanthropic service to her business, hosting highly successful fundraiser tours for organizations including Jackson School for the Arts, Stark County Hunger Task Force and Canton Symphony Orchestra. The Business Excellence Awards of Greater Canton are presented by the Canton Regional Chamber and are made possible by our sponsors: Day Ketterer, Attorneys at Law, Farmers National Bank, Hall, Kistler & Company LLP, The Repository and Stark State College. Tuesday, May 7 5:30 p.m. Cocktails (cash bar) 6:30 p.m. Dinner and Program The University Center at Kent State University at Stark 6000 Frank Ave. NW in North Canton Cost: $50 (tables of 10 available) RSVP today online at CantonChamber.org
Abbott received the 2012 Annual Special Improvement District Award, which recognizes organizations that make significant contributions to the revitalization of downtown Canton. Canton Food Tours was one of five regional businesses to receive the Small Business of the Year Award from SCORE and Ohio Small Business Development Center at Kent State Stark. She has been asked to speak on the rise of culinary
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CON VENTION & VISITORS’ BUREAU Canton/Stark County Convention & Visitors’ Bureau touts tourism in Columbus John Kiste, executive director of the Canton/Stark County Convention & Visitors’ Bureau (CVB), and president of the Ohio Association of Convention and Visitors’ Bureaus, joined colleagues from The Ohio Travel Association and the Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association on March 20 for Ohio Tourism Legislative Day 2013. The day is designed to provide an opportunity for participants to meet with their individual elected representatives and talk tourism. It is a great time to discuss local tourism issues. Kiste was able to meet with State Representatives Christina Hagan, Steve Slesnick, and Kirk Schuring, State Senator Scott Oelslager, and their staffs.
This year, legislators learned that tourism sales generated 2.7 billion dollars in state and local taxes and that tourism is one of the top five Ohio industry employers, with a payroll of $10.6 billion. Participants were also able to assure their legislators that tourism is a wise investment for Ohio communities and the state, with TourismOhio returning $15 in state and local taxes for every $1 invested in their 2012 tourism marketing campaign.
issue management, trend identification and professional development. For more information on tourism in Ohio, or to contact Kiste with questions, go online to VisitCantonStark.com, email email@example.com or call (330) 456-7253.
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ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival names 2013 key committee chairs Fashion Show Luncheon • Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner • Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival department of Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce has named the following key committee chairs for the indoor events held at the Canton Memorial Civic Center and Cultural Center for the Arts: Sherri Mosnot, Fashion Show Luncheon; Rich Wilder, Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner; and Todd Ascani, Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable. Mosnot is a graduate of Louisville Senior High School and attended The University of Akron. A seven-year committee member, she has exceptional credentials to serve in a leadership role due to her her position as district manager for Northeast Ohio with Limited Brands-Victoria’s Secret. She is an annual volunteer for Pelotonia, a grass roots bike tour with the goal of ending cancer through research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. Along with husband Jim, she stays busy attending the activities of her son and two stepsons. The Fashion Show Luncheon on Friday, Aug. 2, will be a one-of-a-kind-fashion celebration. It will feature lively musical entertainment, generous door prizes, and state-of-the-art sound, lighting and video to showcase professional models wearing the season’s hottest his and her fashions. Doors will open at 11 a.m. with festivities beginning at 11:30 a.m. Great tickets are still available, as are a variety of fantastic sponsorships offering excellent promotional and branding opportunities. Assisting Mosnot with the massive details for this event is vice chairman Paula Hogue. Wilder graduated from GlenOak High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bowling Green State University. He is a lumbermillwork specialist with Fred Olivieri Construction Company and has served on the committee for 10 years, with this being
his second as chairman. An Eagle Scout, he volunteers for Stark DD Special Olympics, serves on the Board of Building Trades for Jackson High School, and is a church elder and deacon. He and wife Tracy are the proud parents of one daughter. The Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner is so named for the Hall of Fame Gold Jacket that will be presented to each member of the Class of 2013 Enshrinees during the event. It is one of three iconic symbols of induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the other two being the bust, which is unveiled at the Enshrinement Ceremony and forever showcased at the Hall of Fame, and the ring, which is presented individually to each Enshrinee at his home stadium in the ensuing football season. The Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner activities will begin at 5:15 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2, and tickets are still available. In addition to the Hall of Fame Gold Jacket presentation, the program will feature an emcee of national acclaim and introduction of a large number of returning Hall of Famers, in Canton for the Golden Reunion Anniversary as the Hall and Enshrinement Festival both celebrate their 50th anniversaries this year. Serving as vice chairman of the committee this year is Marilyn Nave. Ascani is program coordinator at the Stark County Health Department. A graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas High School and Ohio University, he has been on the committee for eight years, with this his
first as chairman. He serves on the board of Community Harvest, and he and wife Amy are the proud parents of one son and one daughter. The Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4, and features a center stage roundtable presentation featuring members of the Class of 2013 Enshrinees just hours after their emotional induction ceremonies. The roundtable will feature an unscripted, up close and personal format where they share stories and memories of their careers. Carol Hawk is assisting Ascani as committee vice chairman. Tickets for this fan favorite event are available. For ticket information on all Enshrinement Festival events, call (330) 458-2048 and check the Web sites for the complete schedule of events and latest news: www.profootballhofef.com or www. profootballhof.com FESTIVAL FACTS In 2013, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Enshrinement Festival will mark the 50th anniversary of honoring the legends of professional football, which includes conducting a world-renowned festival celebrating the annual enshrinement of football players, coaches and contributors into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The collaborative efforts of this leadership team, combined with the professional staffs at the Canton Regional Chamber and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the dedicated team of more than 4,200 volunteers, will ensure the success of 19 diverse events from July 19 to Aug. 6, 2013. The Enshrinement Festival activities, attended by nearly 700,000 people, are expected to produce an economic impact of over $32 million for the Canton/Stark County area and $56 million for the State of Ohio. In addition, millions will experience aspects of the Enshrinement Festival as events are televised and covered by other media. The central focus and highlight of this year’s Enshrinement Festival will be the Aug. 3 Enshrinement Ceremony for the Class of 2013 Enshrinees: Larry Allen, Cris Carter, Curley Culp, Jonathan Ogden, Bill Parcells, Dave Robinson, and Warren Sapp.
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ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival names 2013 key committee chairs Souvenirs • Hostesses • Ambassadors • Autographs The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival department of Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Pro Football Hall of Fame have named the following key committee chairs: Michelle Moyer, Souvenirs; Nancy Chapman, Hostesses; Richard Lutz, Ambassadors; and Steve Marcelli, Autographs. Moyer graduated from the former Glenwood High School and Ohio University and is currently enrolled at Stark State College. She is a commercial services processor at Nationwide Insurance and has been a member of the Souvenir Committee for six years, with this being her second as chairman. The mother of one son, she is a past member of the American Business Women’s Association and Society of Professional Journalists, and a current member of Plain Local Alumni Association and Shiloh Baptist Church. She and her team of highly energized volunteers are responsible for selling official souvenir and commemorative items at the majority of the 19 events over the nearly two and a half weeks of the Enshrinement Festival. Many of this year’s souvenir items, including the collector’s pin, will depict the Enshrinement Festival or Hall of Fame 50th Anniversary logo, and all items provide lasting memories of the festivities. Chapman recently retired as a physician contracting representative for Medical Mutual of Ohio, headquartered in Cleveland. She has served as an Enshrinement hostess since 1998, and this is her fifth year in the chairmanship role. She is a member of American Health Insurance Plans and Toastmasters of America. Chapman and husband Thomas are parents of two daughters and one son, and proud grandparents of six.
Chapman will be assisted by vice chairman Daisy Suggs in selecting and preparing the numerous volunteer hostesses who are given various assignments, including assisting in the press box during the NFL/ Hall of Fame Game and working on the stage during the Enshrinement ceremony. Each member of the Class of 2013 Enshrinees and their presenters will have a hostess assigned to his family while in Canton, and other hostesses will be used to assist returning members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and their wives. Lutz, a Canton native, is a registered architect with Caplea Studio Architects. In addition to his degree from Miami University, he completed the MBA Highlights program at Kent State University at Stark, as well as studies at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He was the First Play vice-chairman at its inception, with this year being his sixth consecutive year as chairman of the newly renamed Ambassador Committee, which is responsible not only for First Play, but also for the Ambassador Program and Welcome Ambassadors. Lutz is a Canton Rotary Paul Harris Fellow and graduate of Leadership Stark County. He shares his time and talents as a member of the Meyers Lake YMCA board and American Institute of Architects. He and wife Laura are the parents of two daughters.
begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1. Nearly 1,500 enthusiastic youngsters will pass an official NFL football through a three-mile child link chain, from the site in downtown Canton where the NFL was founded in 1920, to the steps of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Emphasizing the importance of physical fitness starting at an early age, it is also a great ceremonial kick-off to an incredible weekend of football. Marcelli, a Massillon native, is a Washington High School graduate and attended Walsh University. He is an executive sales associate at Putman Properties and a member of the Stark County, Ohio, and National Associations of Realtors. He received the Co-Star Power Broker Award in recognition of his accomplishments and is a member of the President’s Sales Club of the Ohio Association of Realtors. He is the proud father of two daughters and two sons. A member of the Autograph Committee since 1999, this is his third consecutive year chairing the committee, and he is assisted by vice chairman Scott Robertson. The committee oversees the sessions where fans have the opportunity to preserve football memories with autographs from the current Class of Enshrinees, as well as some of the previous inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. For the complete schedule of events, ticket information, and latest news, check the web sites periodically: www.profootballhofef.com or www.profootballhof.com.
Ambassador Committee vice chairmen are Matthew Petit and Laura Weisgarber. The First Play event will
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ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL Suarez joins Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Staff The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced that Melissa Suarez has joined the staff as event manager. Suarez will be responsible for working with committee volunteers, sponsors, and other staff members to plan and stage the Fashion Show Luncheon, Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner, and Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable, and will also be staff liaison to the Food and Staging committees.
She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Walsh University and was named Outstanding Senior in Corporate Communications. While in college, she interned at both Shannon English Marketing and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and shortly after graduation she served in a part-time role at The Repository. For the past four and a half years, she has been in public relations at Innis Maggiore. For many years, she shared her time and talents with Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
said Joanne Murray, Enshrinement Festival director. “She has all the abilities necessary to help us achieve our standards of excellence as we celebrate our 50th anniversary this year, and as we look to the future growth of the Enshrinement Festival.” For complete Enshrinement Festival news and information, visit www. profootballhofef.com and Twitter @ HOFEFestival.
“I have a strong passion for this community, and I am really excited about the opportunity to join the Enshrinement Festival team. I look forward to joining the other staff members and volunteers to plan and stage events that have such a positive impact on this area,” said Suarez of her new position. “Melissa brings a great deal of experience and enthusiasm to this position,”
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LEADERSHIP STARK COUNT Y Leadership Stark County honored by Goodwill Industries Leadership Stark County was honored by Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio last month at their Goodwill Community Breakfast as the Goodwill Ambassador of the Year. Leadership Stark County was chosen for helping to educate and inform about the mission of Goodwill and the Community Campus. Director Fran Wells joined Goodwill Executive Director Ken Weber and board member Marcus Miles (a Leadership Stark County graduate) on the stage as a special guest at the morning’s “talk show.” “Leadership Stark County has led numerous tours and held a number of events at the Community Campus, while explaining the concept to program participants and others. Seeing the Community Campus and all the organizations that are housed there is exciting for the Leadership Stark County participants as they envision their future contributions to our community,” said Wells. That this fits perfectly with Leadership Stark County’s mission of developing motivated leaders in our community is illustrated by the observation from class member Kevin Barton, owner, Edible Arrangements: “The most intriguing part [of the program] for me was the Goodwill tour. I had never been in a Goodwill store, let alone the Community Campus. My stereotypical view of the organization was completely changed after I walked the street themed hallways, and heard Ken Weber speak about the overall operations of the organization and the success it brings for itself and the people it serves.”
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YSTARK! Sixth annual class of Twenty under 40! recipients announced by ystark! and The Repository ystark!, a department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, and The Repository will recognize 20 incredible leaders at the sixth annual Twenty under 40! event, held Tuesday, June 4, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. This year’s Twenty under 40! are: Kara Baker Dodson, 35, Soles Law Offices Brad Belden, 37, The Belden Brick Co. Charity Davis, 38, Mercy Medical Center Latoya Dickens, 35, Aultman Hospital Sam Falletta, 39, Incept Corporation Marvin Ferguson, 33, Rite Aid Ryan Fulmer, 27, Beese Fulmer Private Wealth Management Aaron Geh, 38, The Karcher Group Derek Gordon, 27, City of Canton Stephanie Helline, 31, The Timken Co. David Hersher, 38, FirstMerit Bank Christopher Hunt, 32, Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A. Jennifer Mucci, 38, Mucci Team Cutler Real Estate Captain Daniel Mueller, 38, Ohio National Guard
Kristen Petrilla, 33, Quest Recovery & Prevention Services Emily Ribnik, 31, Kent State University at Stark Marisa Rohn, 33, Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio Chris Seeley, 34, Premier Bank & Trust Dr. Carrie Spangler, 39, Stark County Educational Service Center Andrew Williams, 39, Williams Toyota Lift Nominees were 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.
Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A., Robert J. – Events & Catering, and The Timken Company. Visit www.ystark.org or call (330) 458-2070 for more information and to attend the eclectic awards gala. Tuesday, June 4 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Gala location coming soon! Cost: $50 RSVP by June 1 at ystark.org
The recognition of these deserving young professionals is made possible through ystark! and The Repository, in conjunction with Aultman Health Foundation, Huntington National Bank, Krugliak,
Fore! Hit a hole-in-one at the sixth annual ystark! Golf Outing ystark! is hosting its sixth annual Golf Outing at the Fairways at Arrowhead on Friday, May 17. Get your foursome together for a day of YP networking, socializing and dominating on the course! With the beautiful fairways and sloping greens, this one will fill up quickly! Registration includes 18 holes of golf, range balls, on-course beverages, grilled lunch-at-the-turn and a post-outing reception. Get your foursome together for just $340. Check-in is at 9 a.m., the shotgun start begins at 10 a.m. Register online at www.ystark. org! Want an even bigger, better golf package? Try the Super Foursome: for $420, this package includes mulligans, skins and a putting challenge. Not super enough? Go all out with the Pro Tour Foursome for $520, and get all the benefits of the Super Foursome, plus a discounted hole sponsorship for your company. The deadline for registration is May 7. Hole sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information, contact Eric Smer at (330) 458-2302 or email@example.com. Friday, May 17 9 a.m. Registration 10 a.m. shotgun start Fairways at Arrowhead 1500 Rogwin Circle SW in North Canton Cost: $340/foursome RSVP by May 7
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YSTARK! Local YP receives emerging philanthropist award, donates prize to ystark! At their Annual Meeting & Campaign Awards event on March 20, United Way of Greater Stark County honored corporate partners, volunteers and outstanding workplace campaigns. Among the recipients was YP Derek Gordon, a member of the ystark! executive committee, who received the DeHoff Emerging Philanthropist of Stark County Award. Each year, the DeHoff Emerging Philanthropist of Stark County award is presented to an outstanding individual under 40 who impacts Stark County through direct service and volunteer work. The recipient receives $5,000 from the DeHoff family to be donated to a health & human services 501(c)3 organization of the award recipient’s choice.
young professional initiative. The gift will be made directly to ystark!’s service committee. For more information about United Way of Greater Stark County and other recipients, visit uwstark.org. For more information about ystark!’s service committee, visit ystark.org.
ystark! celebrates Gordon’s accomplishment (pictured left to right) Eric Dublikar, ystark! chairman, Eric Smer, director of ystark!, Derek Gordon, Matt Bailey, ystark! service co-chair.
Gordon has chosen to direct this $5,000 gift to ystark!, Stark County’s
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YSTARK! Young Professional Profile Editor’s note: In keeping with the ystark!’s mission—to attract and retain talented young people in Stark County— Action Newsletter will feature a monthly profile of an individual who represents the group (ages 20-40) that ystark! is targeting. Name: Ashley G. Schweigert Age: 29 Occupation/Title/Place of work: Marketing Communications Specialist, The Lincoln Electric Company Why are you interested Stark County’s Young Professionals initiative? I’ve grown up in Stark County, so it has a special place in my heart. I’m interested in ystark! because of the networking opportunities and professional development the organization offers. There are some inspirational people who attend these events, and it’s great to have a chance to connect with them. What is your impression of ystark!, what do you think of their events, etc.? The events are fun and laid back. They range from mixers to learning about the success of local companies. I like the variety and attendance. The mixers always have a large turnout. Where did you grow up? In what cities have you lived and worked? I grew up in Louisville and lived there for the majority of my life. I began my career at H-P Products, Inc. in sales and worked my way to a public relations position. Then, I moved to North Canton to work as a freelance writer/blogger for the North Canton Patch. I also became an associate marketing communications manager for Diebold, Inc. Currently, I’m a marketing
communications specialist for The Lincoln Electric Company in Cleveland.
What would you change about Canton if you could?
Why have you chosen to live in Stark County?
It would be nice to bring a fresher feeling to downtown with some trendy restaurants and clubs.
I love the area. I’m in a convenient location, close to many shops and restaurants. Could you see yourself spending your lifetime in Stark County? What type of dwelling do you live in? What do you think of the housing I always try to keep an open mind. While choices for YPs in the area? I’m comfortable here and wouldn’t mind spending my whole life in Canton, I’m I live in a cute brick ranch. The housing is too much of an adventurer to rule affordable and there are many options anything out. right now for young professionals. What would cause you to want to leave What do you like MOST about Canton? Canton? What other cities in the United States would be appealing to you as a I love the tight community. Everyone home base? Why? knows everyone. This is ideal for those who enjoy networking and getting I’m mostly concerned about stability. If my involved within the community. career forces me to look elsewhere, then I’m willing to explore other possibilities. I What do you like LEAST about Canton? love Chicago. It’s busy and diverse but still has that sense of convenience (unlike New The job market isn’t as abundant as it used York). to be. What are the opportunities for YPs in the area when it comes to career opportunities, cultural access, leadership or community involvement opportunities? Because this is a tight community, it’s easy to find ways to get involved. By attending ystark! events, I have been able to learn about other networking groups and get even more involved. The more you get involved, the bigger your network will become, thus increasing your chances to get seen by a potential employer. What’s missing from Canton that would attract more YPs? It would be nice to find ways to create more white-collar jobs. What do you do in the evenings or on the weekends for fun in Canton? My husband and I love Baja Pizzafish. It’s a young, fun environment—very west coast. I recommend this for young professionals looking for a cheap and trendy bite.
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CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (continued from cover) Hundreds of developmentally disabled citizens work for private businesses because of the care, education and training they have received from the programs of the Developmental Disabilities Board. “When the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce considers endorsement of a tax levy, it looks first for a reason based in community or economic development. The contributions in workforce development and the benefits to the local employers that are made by developmentally disabled workers is that economic development reason for supporting this levy,” said Dennis P. Saunier, president and CEO of the Canton Regional Chamber. “In addition, we appreciate the efforts of the Developmental Disabilities Board to find ways to live within its means and keep providing essential services to the people who need those services,” Saunier said.
Chamber increases Harvest for Hunger donations by 394% The Canton Regional Chamber recently concluded its annual Harvest for Hunger Campaign, aiding the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank in their mission to feed people and fight hunger. The Chamber had 100 percent participation from staff members, along with donors from the Stark County Safety Council and other member donations from recent networking events and programs. The Chamber donated a total of 1,478 pounds of food and $2,636.62 dollars, for a combined 9,500 meals for families in need in our region. This year’s food donations grew by 40 percent over 2012, and monetary donations grew by almost 400 percent!
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SAFET Y COUNCIL The ABCs (and SDSs) of Compliance with OSHA’s Revised Hazard Communication Standard At the Stark County Safety Council luncheon on Thursday, May 9, Jacqueline Bollas Caldwell, director of Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., LPA, will present the ins and outs of compliance with OSHA’s revised Hazard Communication Standard. Guests will receive an overview of compliance deadlines, learn about employer training obligations, get an update on revisions to the Hazard Communication Standard and the new label and SDS requirements. In short, guests will leave with an understanding of all new employer obligations.
She is a member of the Stark County Bar Association, serving on the Corporate Law Committee, and on the Corporate Law and Environmental Law Committees of the Ohio State Bar Association. Caldwell also serves on the board of the Canton Ballet. She is the president of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton, and serves on the board of the Jackson Township Recycling Station. A graduate of Leadership Stark, she is active in the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, participating in the Environmental Quality Committee and the Safety Committee. Caldwell has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® and was named to the list of Ohio Super Lawyers.
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Caldwell’s practice focuses primarily in the areas of general corporate, OSHA and environmental law. Her practice has included all major areas of the business and corporate law field, including corporate and business formation, general corporate contract advising and drafting, bank loan negotiation, and buying and selling businesses. She frequently makes presentations to business and community groups regarding various corporate, environmental and safety issues. Caldwell is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where she was covaledictorian, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated with highest honors. She received her law degree from the Ohio State University College of Law, where she was named to the Order of the Coif, was a member of the Law Review, a Moot Court Advisor, and graduated summa cum laude.
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Hot Business on the Burner Rice’s Nursery As the summertime weather emerges, help your landscaping blossom this year with Rice’s Nursery. The people of Rice’s Nursery and Landscaping serve both commercial and residential customers with excellence in landscape architecture, landscape design/build, landscape maintenance, irrigation, low voltage lighting, lawn fertilization and a full-service garden center. Rice’s has been making Stark County yards and gardens more beautiful for more than 70 years. The same landscape design passion and talents that built Rice’s Nursery inspire one of today’s largest and most well-respected OCNT-certified (Ohio Certified Nursery Technicians) and CLP (Certified Landscape Professionals) landscape staffs in the state, including award-winning landscape architects, designers, technicians and more.
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Landscape design services include comprehensive residential and commercial landscape design/build, fine carpentry, natural and brick paving, natural and cast stone walls, pond/water feature installation, planting and lawn installation, irrigation system design and installation and landscape lighting.
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Your relationship with Rice’s Nursery need not end once your landscape design has been installed. With their “Full Service Landscape Maintenance” the team will come back to care for your plants, to answer your questions, maintain your lawn and landscape, monitor its progress, recommend specialty services and suggest changes in the course of care.
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In their garden center, Rice’s Nursery has everything you need to make your garden beautiful from mulch to shrubs, bulbs, and everything in between. For more information about Rice’s Nursery and Landscaping, visit www. ricesnursery.com, or come by the garden center, located at 1651 55th Street NE in North Canton. The garden center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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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 the Membership Department at (330) 458-2067. AMS Uniforms (ADVERTISING - PROMOTIONAL PRODUCTS - APPAREL - SAFETY CONSULTING & PRODUCTS,) David Ehrnsberger 1200 E. Kibby St., Bldg. 6 Lima, OH 45804 (419) 296-9601 fr-amsuniforms.com AVI Foodsystems Inc. (VENDING MACHINES FOOD SERVICES) Brian K. Hartley 3800 Victory Ave. Louisville, OH 44641 (330) 455-8093 www.avifoodsystems.com B Loco Mexican Cafe (RESTAURANTS) Gustavo “Gus” Moncada 237 Tuscarawas St. W Canton, OH 44702 (330) 581-5195 Canton Sign Company (SIGNS) Timothy J. Franta 222 5th St. NE Canton, OH 44702 (330) 456-7151 www.cantonsignco.com Dana Burgardt - Cookie Lee Independent Jewelry Consultant (JEWELRY - HIGH FASHION) Dana Burgardt - Cookie Lee 4987 Shawn Cir. NW North Canton, OH 44720 (330) 268-3726 www.cookielee.biz/danaburgardt Cork & Canvas on 3rd (CCO3) (WINE LOUNGE) Lisa Sims & Kevin Hall 322 Third St. NW Canton, OH 44702 (330) 453-2263 www.CCO3.com CTL Engineering, Inc. (ENGINEERS - CONSULTING) Joe Rustic 100 Central Plaza North Canton, OH 44702 (330) 994-1590 www.ctleng.com
Cuyahoga Machine Co., LLC (MACHINE SHOPS WELDING - METAL FABRICATION) Michael Kazimour 12301 Sprecher Ave. Cleveland, OH 44135 (216) 267-3560 www.cuyahogamachine.com Fairways at Arrowhead R & S Golf Partners, Inc. (BANQUET ROOMS PUBLIC GOLF COURSES) Rob Purcell & Scott DeMuesy 1500 Rogwin Cir. SW North Canton, OH 44720 (330) 433-1880 www.fairwaysnc.com Fireside Tax (TAX RETURN PREPARATION ACCOUNTANTS & CONSULTANTS) Timothy P. Singo 4953 W Tuscarawas St. Canton, OH 44708 (330) 478-1505 www.firesidetax.com Heighway Awards & Apparel (ENGRAVING - SCREENPRINTING EMBROIDERY) James Heighway 7313 Whipple Ave. NW North Canton, OH 44720 (330) 499-1074 www.heighwayawards.com Innovative Autocare (AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE) Jeff Goodwin 1330 Raff Road SW Canton, OH 44710 (330) 479-9230 www.innovativeautocare.com LAE-LAH Consulting, Inc. (CONSULTANTS) LaShawn Lewis, M.Ed., LPC, NCC PO Box 13162 Fairlawn, OH 44334 (434) 426-2226 www.lashawnlewis.com Partners Environmental Consulting, Inc. (ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANTS LAND SURVEYORS) Dan Brown 31100 Solon Rd., Suite G Solon, OH 44139 (440) 248-6005 www.partnersenv.com
NEW MEMBERS Quality Inn Hall of Fame (HOTELS & MOTELS) Prashant Patel 3970 Convenience Circle NW Canton, OH 44718 (330) 956-5056 www.qualityinnhalloffame.com ServiceMaster by Corbett (CARPET & UPHOLSTERY CLEANING & RESTORATION - FIRE & WATER RESTORATION ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANUP) Don L. Corbett 1325 South Main St. Akron, OH 44301 (330) 864-7300 www.servicemasterbycorbett.com Slater & Zurz, LLP ATTORNEYS James W. Slater 4450 Belden Village St. NW Canton, OH 44718 (888) 534-4850 www.slaterzurz.com Brian A. Smith, Atty. at Law (ATTORNEYS) Brian A. Smith 122 Central Plaza N # 101 Canton, OH 44702 (330) 701-1750 www.bsmith-law.com Stark County Association of Realtors (ASSOCIATIONS) Thomas LaRochelle 4344 Metro Cir. NW North Canton, OH 44720 (330) 494-5630 www.starkrealtors.com Unitec Products Corp. (MUSICAL / AV PRODUCTS) Marcella R. Petry 1300 Market Ave. Canton, OH 44714 (330) 454-7000 www.unitecproducts.com Zee Group, Inc. (RESTAURANTS) Zafar Tabassum 3654 Harris Ave. NW Canton, OH 44708 (330) 478-3399
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BIZ BITZ Mercy Medical Center has been named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics. The study examined the performance of more than 1,000 hospitals by analyzing outcomes for patients with heart failure and heart attacks and for those who received coronary bypass surgery and percutaneous coronary interventions such as angioplasties. This is the sixth time that Mercy Medical Center has been recognized with this honor. Black McCuskey Souers & Arbaugh, LPA has been named in the 2013 “Best Law Firm” rankings released by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers®. Black McCuskey earned a first-tier ranking in the Akron/Canton metropolitan market in the practice areas of bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law; commercial litigation; eminent domain & condemnation litigation; and trusts & estates law. In addition, the firm ranked high in mergers & acquisitions and in these litigation areas: banking & finance; trusts & estates; and construction. The third edition of these rankings features law firms given consistently impressive performance ratings by clients and peers. Achieving a high ranking is a special distinction that signals a unique combination of excellence and breadth of expertise.. Walsh University has announced the appointment of Ronald Manse as director of economic alliances. In this new position, Manse will act as a key liaison between prospective stakeholders and Walsh University. He will be responsible for the vision, articulation and education of the external community concerning the economic and social impact of Walsh University on the surrounding region. Manse will cultivate giving in all forms by representing Walsh University as a place wherein moral, spiritual, personal and philanthropic goals can be achieved through involvement. Manse joins Walsh from Bruner-Cox LLP, where he served
as managing partner from January 2003 until December 2010. He has more than 40 years of experience in taxation and business consulting. Grabowski & Co. was recognized as one of the fastest-growing companies in Northeast Ohio, receiving a 2012 Weatherhead 100 Award, ranking No. 63 on the list. The marketing and communications firm, headquartered in Uniontown, Ohio, was selected based on 66.7 percent sales growth over the last five years. The 16-person team includes graphic designers, web designers, writers and account services representatives. Throughout its 15-year history, the company has earned more than 40 ADDY® Awards for creative work from the Canton Advertising Federation, including two Best of Show awards. The company received a 2010 Business Excellence Award from the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce. In 2011, Sue Grabowski received a Distinguished Sales and Marketing Award from Sales & Marketing Executives International (SMEI). Grabowski & Co.’s clients range from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. North Canton Medical Foundation is pleased to announce that they have met all criteria for Laboratory Accreditation by COLA, a national healthcare accreditation organization. The Laboratory Excellence Award is achieved by those COLA laboratories that are found to be compliant with all COLA essential and required criteria at the time of their on-site survey. In addition, award recipients must have demonstrated successful proficiency testing for the prior three testing events and have no valid complaints against the laboratory. North Canton Medical Foundation has earned COLA accreditation as a result of a long-term commitment to provide quality service to its patients. COLA is a nonprofit, physiciandirected organization promoting quality and excellence in medicine and patient care through programs of voluntary education, achievement, and accreditation. Ronald W. Dougherty has received the Ohio State Bar Foundation’s highest honor, the Ritter Award. As a director in the Canton firm of Krugliak Wilkins Griffiths & Dougherty Co. LPA, Dougherty devotes substantial time and talent to many legal organizations.
Dougherty is a Distinguished Life Fellow and past president of the Ohio State Bar Foundation, and serves on the OSBF’s Audit and Finance Committee. As a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, he has served on the Council of Delegates and the Board of Governors. Most recently, he served as the OSBA’s metro chair for the Moyer Legacy Fund Committee in Canton. He is also a Life Fellow of the American Bar Association. When not enriching the legal profession, Dougherty has dedicated numerous hours to the United Way of Central Stark County, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Canton Club, and the Buckeye Council of the Boy Scouts of America. GDK & Company has named Quinn E. Parker and Rodney L. Strata, Jr. as associates of the financial services firm. They will be involved in the sales and service of life, health, disability and long-term care insurance. Parker earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in economics at Malone University, where he was active in campus groups and debate team. He was a four-year golf team medalist and named to three all-American academic golf teams. Parker is a member of ystark!, a board member of the Church Sports and Recreation Ministers, and coaches high school golf. Strata previously worked in the healthcare industry and for the University of Mount Union in recruitment. He earned an MBA from Walsh University with a concentration in management, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mount Union. He lives in North Canton and is active in North Canton Jaycees and North Canton Chamber of Commerce. Peoples Services, Inc., a Canton-based third-generation logistics company that provides warehousing and transportation services, has placed 50th in the Weatherhead 100, an event that highlights the fastest growing companies in Northeast Ohio. PSI’s selection was based off of its 85 percent sales growth over the past five years. Peoples Services supports more than 425 employees and operates in six states: Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee, providing more than 4.5 million square feet of storage space in state-of-the-art warehouses.
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Business Excellence Awards of Greater Canton The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced this year’s Business Excellence Award winners, including For Paws Blue Cross Animal Hospital, Gervasi Vineyard, OMNI Orthopaedics, Steel Equipment Specialists, Inc. and TruBridge Inc. In addition, Tam O’Shanter Golf Course received the “Committee’s Choice” award. And the first annual Emerge Award for Entrepreneurs will be awarded to Barbara Abbott, president of Canton Food Tours. The ABCs of Compliance with OSHA’s Revised Hazard Communication Standard May Safety Council Luncheon featuring Jacqueline Bollas Caldwell At the Stark County Safety Council luncheon on Thursday, May 9, Jacqueline Bollas Caldwell, director of Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., LPA, will present the ins and outs of compliance with OSHA’s revised Hazard Communication Standard. Guests will receive an overview of compliance deadlines, learn about employer training obligations, get an update on revisions to the Hazard Communication Standard and the new label and SDS requirements. In short, guests will leave with an understanding of all new employer obligations. Enshrinement Festival Queen Pageant Young women from Stark County and surrounding communities compete for the title of Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Queen. The queen and court help to welcome the current Class of Enshrinees to Canton for the festivities, but more importantly, they serve as goodwill ambassadors and role models for youngsters in the community while volunteering their time for a wide variety of civic organizations. Where Greatness Lives: 50 Years of Hall of Fame History May AultCare Fast Break Breakfast featuring Joe Horrigan At the AultCare Fast Break Breakfast on Friday, May 10, Joe Horrigan, vice president of communications and exhibits and nationally recognized expert on the sport of football, will share memories and anecdotes from his book, The Pro Football Hall of Fame 50th Anniversary Book: Where Greatness Lives.
Tuesday, May 7 5:30 p.m. Cocktails (cash bar) 6:30 p.m. Dinner and Program The University Center at Kent State University at Stark 6000 Frank Ave. NW in North Canton Cost: $50 (tables of 10 available) Thursday, May 9 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meyer’s Lake Ballroom 3218 Parkway St. NW in Canton Cost: $16
Thursday, May 9 7 p.m. Canton Palace Theatre 600 Market Ave. N in downtown Canton Tickets: $20 Visit ProFootballHOFEF.com for tickets Friday, May 10 7 a.m. registration 7:30 a.m. program Courtyard by Marriott 4375 Metro Cir. in North Canton Cost: $18 members $25 non-members RSVP by May 8
ystark! Golf Outing ystark! is hosting its sixth annual Golf Outing at the Fairways at Arrowhead on Friday, May 17. Get your foursome together for a day of YP networking, socializing and dominating on the course! With the beautiful fairways and sloping greens, this one will fill up quickly! Registration includes 18 holes of golf, range balls, on-course beverages, grilled lunch-at-the-turn and a post-outing reception. Get your foursome together for just $340.
Friday, May 17 9 a.m. Registration 10 a.m. shotgun start Fairways at Arrowhead 1500 Rogwin Circle SW in North Canton Cost: $340/foursome RSVP by May 7
Spring NETWORK At the Canton Regional Chamber’s NETWORK event on Friday, May 17, you’ll network with up to 100 new business contacts. Experience four, fast-paced hours of energized activities and acquire new business leads for your business. Plus, Sarah J. Storer, senior content marketing strategist for The Karcher Group, will be on hand to provide ideas to help you generate great online content for your company.
Friday, May 17 8 a.m. registration 8:30 a.m. to Noon networking Tozzi’s on 12th 4210 12th Street NW in Canton Cost: $35 includes buffet breakfast RSVP by May 14
Taste of Canton Taste of Canton, a two-day downtown food festival now in its fifth year, will be held on Wednesday, May 22, and Thursday, May 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Market Square (301 Market Ave. N) in downtown Canton. This incredible spring festival, featuring local flavor and local fare, is brought to you by the Canton Development Partnership and The Repository.
Wednesday, May 22 and Thursday, May 23 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Market Square 301 Market Ave. N in downtown Canton Cost: FREE entry and $2-6/sample Visit TasteofCanton.com
Stirring up a taste of Italy | May Stir After Hours at Danny Boy’s Pizza At this month’s Stir After Hours on Thursday, May 30, taste the true flavors of Italy as Danny Boy’s serves up thoughtfully presented food from the highest quality ingredients. You’ll be treated to award winning pie, as voted by Northern Ohio Live, Cleveland Magazine, CitySearch.com, Pizza Today Magazine, Cleveland Scene, Cleveland Free Times, and Fox 8 Hot List. This month’s event will feature a sampling of Danny Boy’s signature pizzas, pastas and world famous breadsticks.
Thursday, May 30 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Danny Boy’s Italian Eatery 6081 Dressler Rd. in North Canton Cost: Free! RSVP by May 28
Twenty under 40! ystark!, a department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, and The Repository will recognize 20 incredible leaders at the sixth annual Twenty under 40! event, held Tuesday, June 4, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 4 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Gala location announced soon! Cost: $50 RSVP by June 1 at ystark.org
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Make MERCY MEDICAL CENTER “Your Choice” for Healthcare Mercy “Your Choice” allows those with non-network PPO plans to access Mercy services at in-network rates. That means no out-of-network penalties. If you’re ready to make the switch, call 330-588-4663 to find out if you qualify for “Your Choice.”