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Are You Ready for Some Football? Canton Kickoff Weekend Sept. 10-13 The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival fun continues with two NEW events in downtown Canton this month! CANTON KICKOFF CELEBRATION - THU-FRI-SAT, SEPT. 10, 11, and 12 This three-day event, “Canton’s Ultimate Kickoff Party,” coincides with the first game of the NFL season on Thursday night! Enjoy footballthemed family fun, including delicious food, beverages, activities and live music from 11:00 am to 10:30 pm daily. It’s all happening downtown - along Market Avenue North from 2nd to 4th Streets, in the parking area on the corner of 4th and Cleveland Avenue, as well as the 4th Street Arts District. The area was recently enhanced by the installation of the second of “The Eleven” pieces, this one known as “The NFL Draft.” Thursday evening will showcase several Gold Jacket/Hall of Famers and a special activity that we hope to become an annual tradition, (continued on page eight)

Chamber Opposes Proposed Ohio Amendment to Legalize Marijuana

INSIDE: Oil & Gas Column................................................. 3 Utica Summit III.................................................. 4 Community Salute Nominations.......................... 4 AultCare Fast Break Breakfast.............................. 5 After Work Networking........................................ 5 Enshrinement Festival Winners............................ 6 Enshrinement Festival THANK YOU....................... 7 Leadership Signature Program............................ 9 Leadership New Program Manager.................... 10 ystark! Monthly Meet-Up................................... 10 Safety HR Fair................................................... 11 Safety Council Luncheon.................................... 12 Fire Prevention Breakfast.................................. 12 Funding Partners.............................................. 13 New Members................................................... 17 BizBitz.............................................................. 18 September Calendar.......................................... 19

The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce is announcing its opposition to a proposed Ohio constitutional amendment that would permit growing, processing and sale of marijuana for recreational and medicinal use. The organization promoting this amendment calls itself ResponsibleOhio. The Canton Regional Chamber opposes the amendment out of concern for member businesses that strive to hire and maintain a drug-free workforce. The Chamber also is announcing its support for a constitutional amendment brought forth by the Ohio Legislature that would make

it difficult to use the Ohio Constitution for creation of a business monopoly. The Chamber believes that the ResponsibleOhio proposal is attempting to create a business monopoly by using the state Constitution to limit commercial growing of marijuana to 10 specific sites, one of them in Alliance. Both the marijuana amendment and the anti-business monopoly amendment will be presented to voters in the Nov. 3 election. Regardless of the outcome of the November vote in Ohio, marijuana would remain illegal under federal law.

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OHIO AMENDMENT ... September 2015 - Volume XLVII - No. 9

William C. Shivers president, Greater Akron/Canton Region, Huntington Bank Chairman Dennis P. Saunier President & CEO Collyn Floyd Editor and Director of Marketing Denise Burton Director of Membership & Sales Advertising Sales / Action 330.458.2067

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“In our strategic plan, we are dedicated to helping foster a qualified, competent workforce for business success, which leads to job growth,” said Canton Regional Chamber President and CEO Dennis P. Saunier. “Our opposition to ResponsibleOhio is based on workforce concerns: qualifying new employees for a drug-free workplace, maintaining a drugfree workplace, and unclear consequences for employers who have workers with medicinal marijuana prescriptions from physicians.” Though many of the largest employers among the Canton Regional Chamber’s 1,600 members have concerns about ResponsibleOhio’s marijuana proposal, Saunier said that the concerns are likely to be greater for small and medium-sized businesses because they do not have large human resources and legal departments to deal with this issue. Over the last few months, the Chamber consulted with representatives of both large and small businesses. It surveyed business leaders associated in various ways with the Chamber. Finally, Chamber leaders

met three times with representatives of ResponsibleOhio in an attempt to clearly understand their proposal. The Canton Regional Chamber will speak and write in opposition to ResponsibleOhio’s proposal between now and the Nov. 3 vote. It also will urge voters to support the effort to put severe limits on well-funded campaigns that would create business monopolies within the state’s Constitution. The investors in ResponsibleOhio who would control the 10 growing sites are prepared to spend $20 million to persuade Ohio voters to approve their amendment. ResponsibleOhio’s television campaign began during the broadcast of the Republican presidential debate in Cleveland last month. For more information on the Canton Regional Chamber’s position on this issue, please contact David Kaminski, vice president of public policy and energy, at 330.458.2059 or davidk@

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OIL & GAS September Oil and Gas News Rover Pipeline LLC has updated its economic impact estimates for Ohio, and it’s good news. The pipeline is expected to purchase more than $85 million in goods and services from Ohio businesses as its builders create an underground route for gas from the Utica and Marcellus shale gas fields to Michigan and Ontario. The route will pass in a west-northwest direction through Harrison, Carroll, Tuscarawas, Stark and Wayne counties on its way to Defiance, Ohio, where it will change its main direction northward toward Michigan.

being others, are key elements of the midstream infrastructure. These pipelines are needed to bring abundant Utica and Marcellus energy to market. Natural gas is in favor with the Obama Administration, relatively speaking. the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced its Clean Power Plan, which is bad news for the coal industry and for coal-fired power plants. But it led EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to say to Brad Plummer of

The Ohio companies that have signed contracts to supply and service the Rover work include: Ariel Corp., Industrial Piping Specialists, Emerson Process Management Automation, Port of Cleveland, Tiger Sand & Gravel, Pioneer Pipe, and Lincoln Electric. In addition, Rover will create 6,500 Ohio construction jobs, pay local landowners almost $100 million in easement payments, generate $135 million in Ohio ad valorem taxes, and support $147 million in property tax revenue during the first year of service.

“But it’s not EPA’s job to decide whether we like natural gas or coal better. It’s our job to actually look at where we can get continued carbon pollution reductions from both fossil fuels.”

Such large-scale gas transmission pipelines, Spectra Energy’s NEXUS and Kinder Morgan’s Utopia East and West


“Hydrofracking has certainly changed the energy dynamic considerably. You are absolutely right, it has created an opportunity for a shift away from coal into natural gas, and that shift has been enormously beneficial from a clean air perspective, as well as from a climate perspective.

That’s just the Ohio impact. Stretching 711 miles from Marcellus and Utica shale production areas to multiple U.S. markets, Rover Pipeline is a $4.2 billion project that will support $1 billion in spending and over 10,000 construction jobs. Once in service, it will provide businesses and homes across the Midwest with 3.25 billion cubic feet per day of Americanmade natural gas.

BOARD OF Chairman of the Board - William C. Shivers Huntington Bank Sr. Vice Chairman - Mark Fleiner Alent pic Vice Chairman - Brian Belden The Belden Brick Company Vice Chairman - Bruce Blaise Kenan Advantage Group

Vice Chairman - Judith E. Barnes Lancaster Attorney At Law

Treasurer - D. William Allen Pro Football Hall of Fame Immediate Past Chairman - Philip D. Fracassa The Timken Company President & CEO - Dennis P. Saunier Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Interim Corporate Secretary - Brian Belden Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Recording Secretary - Connie R. Cerny Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce

And that can be seen in EPA’s concerns about methane emissions (natural gas leaks into the atmosphere). Our Utica Summit III program is coming together and looking strong. See for yourself at Register today. David Kaminski Vice President for Public Policy and Energy (330) 458-2059

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Emil Alecusan Brewster Cheese

Frank Monaco Four Fifteen Group

Katrina Barton Belden Village Mall

Jim Porter The Repository

David Cemate Mercy Medical Center

Stacy Radabaugh Charter One Bank

R. Eric Dellapina FirstMerit Bank N.A.

Rodney Reasonover Stark County Community Action Agency

Dr. Jay Gershen Northeast Ohio Medical University Michael Graeff Koch Knight, LLC Matthew Hammond Chesapeake Energy Dr. Para Jones Stark State College

Alan Rodriguez Jülz by Alan Rodriguez and Rodriguez’s House of Stones Robert E. Roland Day Ketterer, LTD. Mark J. Samolczyk Stark Community Foundation

Geoff Karcher The Karcher Group

Bruce M. Soares Black McCuskey Souers & Arbaugh

Dr. David A. King Malone University

Tracy Stevens Dominion East Ohio

Bradley R. McKain Marathon Petroleum Company, LP

John M. Tucker Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A. Mark Wright Aultman Health Foundation



UPCOMING EVENTS Register Now for Utica Summit III on Oct. 13 Make your reservations now for Utica Summit III, an event that will look at the downstream uses for the energy found in Ohio’s Utica Shale. The one-day summit will feature several industry experts, such as Jonathon Winslow, vice president for development at Advanced Power, builders of Carroll County Energy, the gas-fired power plant.

Speakers (to date) include: • Jonathon Winslow, vice president of development, Advanced Power • Bruce McKay, senior policy advisor, federal affairs, Dominion • Nicole Decker, equity sector strategist, UBS

This is the third year that the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, The Repository, and have partnered to produce this regional conference designed to give you insights on energy in the Utica shale play and beyond. Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, at The Conference Center, Kent State University at Stark, from 8:00am-2:30pm. Cost per person is $275. Utica Summit III will seek to answer questions related to energy in the Utica shale play, including: • How will the nation use the abundance of energy discovered in the Utica and other U.S. shale plays? • Will it really lead to U.S. energy independence? • How will Utica gas affect transportation, electricity generation, the chemicals and plastics industry? • How will abundance and low prices encourage manufacturing growth?

•Tom Gellrich, founder, TopLine Analytics • Jason Hamman, founder, Hamman Consulting Group Which Businesses Should Attend? • Chemicals, plastics and polymers • Banking, consulting and investments • CNG transportation and fueling • LNG transportation and exporting • Commercial and industrial construction • Engineering • Law • Oil and gas services • Real estate • ANY business affected by the new energy reality in the U.S. For more information or sponsorship opportunities, visit or contact David Kaminski, vice president of public policy and energy, at or (330) 458-2059.

Chamber Seeks Nominations for the 2015 Community Salute Awards Outstanding civic volunteerism and community service will be recognized during the Chamber’s annual Community Salute Awards dinner on Nov. 4 at The Conference Center at Kent State University at Stark.

Corporations, business and organizations: the winner must have enhanced the welfare of Stark County citizens through outstanding success in business or service.

The community is encouraged to attend the dinner in order to recognize exceptional community stewards – individuals, businesses and organizations who will be honored with the Award of Merit and the Award of Appreciation.

Individual business professionals: the winner must have demonstrated outstanding performance in his or her profession, which ultimately benefits the community at large.

Nominations for this award are due by Monday, Sept. 7, and can be submitted online at

Individuals in Chamber of Commerce work: the winner must consistently and for an extended period, have demonstrated outstanding performance on the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, producing benefits to the civic or business community.

Individuals in short-term activity: the winner must have initiated and completed a short-term activity resulting in widespread benefits to the community.

Awards are presented in two categories: the Award of Merit and the Award of Appreciation. Award of Merit is awarded to a single individual for continuous civic activities and dedication that goes beyond business or professional responsibilities. Awards of Appreciation honor any or all of the following for outstanding performance that benefits the community:


The 2015 Community Salute Awards on Wednesday, Nov. 4 will begin with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and award presentation at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $50.


UPCOMING EVENTS September AultCare Fast Break Breakfast: The Repository and Your Business Be among the first to hear from the new Executive Editor of GateHouse Ohio, the regional publishing company responsible for production of The Repository, The Independent, The Times-Reporter, Suburbanite, About magazine and more. what you will learn: Understand the basics of working with your local newsroom; pitching story ideas, marketing products, and engaging with readers. Learn about this growing company and the 200-year history of its flagship paper, The Repository, Stark County’s oldest, continuously run business. Looking forward, hear how these companies are adapting and engaging with readers and the community as local news organization.

ABOUT OUR SPEAKER: Rich Desrosiers was named executive editor of GateHouse Ohio Media in August 2015, returning to The Repository, where he began his career in newspapers 30 years previously. Desrosiers joined The Repository as a sports reporter shortly after graduating from the University of Akron in 1985. A few years later, he moved into a new role as the primary designer of the newspaper’s front pages.

Friday, September 11 7 a.m. Registration 7: 30 a.m. Program Courtyard by Marriott 4375 Metro Cir NW Canton, OH 44720 Member $18 Non-Member $25 RSVP by Wed., September 9

About the Breakfast: 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 in Stark County. You’ll hear compelling speakers, meet new business contacts and enjoy a delicious breakfast. And, 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!

After-Work Networking Opportunity at Seifert Companies Join the Canton Regional Chamber, along with other local area chambers, for a special networking opportunity on Tuesday, September 22, as we help celebrate Seifert Companies’ 30th Anniversary. Enjoy great food and drinks at their newly remodeled offices, as they demonstrate their 3D printer and interactive touchscreen projector, along with displays of their 3D modeling software, high-tech IT solutions and more. Tuesday, Sept. 22 5:30-7:00 pm Seifert Companies 2323 Nave Rd. SE Massillon, OH 44646 COST: Free!


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ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL Winners Celebrated During 2015 Enshrinement Festival The 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival recently celebrated 52 years of excellence with a wide variety of unique and diverse events for the enjoyment of nearly 700,000 people. The festivities were indeed a “One of a Kind Celebration of Excellence!” and the following were winners in various competitions and categories:

OHIO STATE AWARD – Best nonprofessional builder entry Freedom Isn’t Free, Sponsored by: 5 Point United Methodist Parish

ENSHRINEES’ AWARD – Most effective use of color harmony Ohio Lottery, Sponsored by: Ohio Lottery Commission

TIMKENSTEEL GRAND PARADE The TimkenSteel Grand Parade showcased a large number of Gold Jackets/Hall of Famers who returned to Canton in 2015 to celebrate the induction of the newest Class of Enshrinees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Charles Haley, Bill Polian, Junior Seau, Will Shields, Mick Tingelhoff and Ron Wolf, bringing the total number of Gold Jackets/ Hall of Famers to 295.

MAYOR’S AWARD – Best display of animation Learning is Our Game Plan, Sponsored by: Brown Mackie College

HOF BOARD OF TRUSTEES’ AWARD – Most original concept Wounded Warrior Project, Sponsored by: Wounded Warrior Project

Parade spectators were treated to the sights and sounds of 12 giant helium balloons, 15 marching and military bands, 11 floats, and 20 specialty units, as well as antique vehicles, animal units, and much, much, more. Specialty units like the giant walking flag, The Jesse White Tumbling Team from Chicago, the RAMinator, the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, and the Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders, their “Skol Line” and mascot Viktor thrilled the crowd of parade enthusiasts.

NFL AWARD – Best use of flowers or natural covering Louisville Constitution Day Queen & Court, Sponsored by Louisville Chamber of Commerce

JANICE C. MEYER AWARD – Best display of enthusiasm Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Queen & Court, Sponsored by: Malone University

Prizes were awarded to the following float entries:

EXCEPTIONAL MERIT AWARD – For exceptional merit Woodlawn, Sponsored by: Pure Flix Entertainment

EXCEPTIONAL MERIT AWARD – For exceptional merit Central Catholic State Champion Baseball Team- Division III State Champions, Sponsored by: Gervasi Vineyard

GRAND PRIZE – Best overall entry in the parade Scouting… Taking Adventure to New Heights, Sponsored by: Buckeye Council, Boy Scouts of America BUILDERS’ AWARD – Best professional builder entry The 12th Man Float, Sponsored by: Akron Auto Auction

EXCEPTIONAL MERIT AWARD – For exceptional merit HealthSpot, Sponsored by: HealthSpot

Tiger Swing Band received second place honors, and North Canton Hoover High School Band placed third in the competition. Each also will receive Zampino gift certificates valued at $300 and $200, respectively. The Battle of the Bands, an integral part of the TimkenSteel Grand Parade, is open to any high school band participating in the parade. Performances are evaluated on tone, intonation, ensemble execution and musical content by three judges with extensive marching band experience, and who are not directly associated with any participating marching band. DRUM CORPS INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION The 2015 Drum Corps International Competition was an exciting show featuring seven of the best drum corps in America. The corps were at their peak performance levels just days before the world championships, and final scores were as follows: 7th Place: 87.800 – The Cavaliers (Rosemont, IL) 6th Place: 88.300 – Phantom Regiment (Rockford, IL) 5th Place: 89.500 – Blue Knights (Denver, CO) 4th Place: 91.750 – Santa Clara Vanguard (Santa Clara, CA) Tied for 2nd Place: 94.650 – The Cadets (Allentown, PA), and Bluecoats (Canton, OH) 1st Place: 95.050 – Carolina Crown (Ft. Mill, SC) Additional congratulations to the Bluecoats who placed third with a score of 96.925 at the Drum Corps International World Class Finals competition in Indianapolis, IN.

In the TimkenSteel Grand Parade “Battle of the Bands” competition, first place was awarded to Lake High School Blue Streak Marching Band under the direction of Rich Kibler. For its efforts, the band received a $500 gift certificate from Zampino’s Drum Shop. Massillon



ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL It Was Indeed a One of a Kind Celebration of Excellence! Thanks to everyone who played a part in planning and staging the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival! The staffs at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and Pro Football Hall of Fame proudly joined with 4,500 extraordinary community volunteers to plan and stage a wide variety of events over two and a half weeks for the enjoyment of nearly 700,000 people. It was indeed a “ONE OF A KIND CELEBRATION OF EXCELLENCE!”  Our community is a special place, filled with special people, and never is it more evident than during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival, one of the most spectacular traditions in all of sports. Nowhere can fans see so many of the greatest heroes of the game in one place, at one time, including the Class of 2015 and a large contingent of returning Gold Jackets/ Hall of Famers. What a thrill it was to be in the national spotlight with vast exposure including print, radio, and television, especially with the expanded broadcast of the Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner on NFL Network, and broadcast of the Enshrinement Ceremony and the NFL/Hall of Fame Game which kicked-off the NFL’s 96th season.

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Sincere thanks to our citizens and visitors, sponsors and partners, all governmental entities, and the regional and national media who so generously supported our efforts. The consistent theme throughout the celebration was -- Canton/Stark County, Ohio, what an awesome place! And don’t forget to celebrate the start of the NFL season with the CANTON KICKOFF CELEBRATION ON SEPTEMBER 10, 11 AND 12 and GOLD JACKET 5K NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ON SEPTEMBER 13, all happening in downtown Canton!

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C ANTON K IC KO F F Canton Kickoff Weekend ... much like the Times Square ball drop on New Year’s Eve. The event will conclude on Saturday night with a fantastic fireworks display! There are two areas featuring great food. Taste of the Hall of Fame City will be located along Market Avenue North between 2nd and 3rd or 4th Streets, featuring “small bites” from area restaurants. The EMP End Zone Tailgate Lot will feature a casual tailgate atmosphere in the parking lot bordered by Cleveland and Court Avenues/4th and 5th Streets. It’s not a tailgate without burgers, beers, brats, and more, so vendors will bring their football flare and show everyone how to host a “hall of fame worthy” tailgate party.

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An entertainment stage along Market Ave. will rock to the sounds of Disco Inferno on Thursday night and New Wave Nation on Friday night, and a smaller stage in the EMP End Zone Tailgate Lot will feature solo artists and/or deejays throughout the day. Learn more at GOLD JACKET 5K NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP – SUN, SEPT. 13 The 3.1 mile course will begin and end in downtown Canton; start line on Market Avenue North at 6th Street; south on Market to 4th Street South; west to Cleveland Avenue; north on Cleveland to 15th Street North; east to Market; south on Market to the finish line at 4th Street North. Whether you run, jog, walk or compete, every finisher will receive a one-of-a-kind huge ring medal as they cross the finish line and a high-five from Canton’s own 1996 Enshrinee Dan Dierdorf! Featured in this national championship race will be the winners from seven NFL cities - with plans to have a race in 16 NFL cities next year - and all 32 NFL cities in 2017 -- and bringing the winners to Canton for the series national championship. Registration is available at www.

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LEADERSHIP STARK COUNT Y Leadership Stark County Announces 29th Signature Program Class Congratulations to the 29th Class of Leadership Stark County’s Signature Program. Selected from an exceptionally competitive field, the 29th Class will explore over the next 10 months Stark County’s current issues, assets, and local and regional resources. The class includes: Lisa Aurand, Fraud Training Leader, Synchrony Financial

Chryssa Hartnett, Judge, Stark County Common Pleas Court Richard Hawkins, VP Information Technology, Timkensteel Jonathan Heckert, Payroll Manager, The Will-Burt Company

John Santora, President, C. R. Kurtz, Inc. Scott Schrader, Engineering Manager, LuK LLC Todd Shaffer, Operations Manager, Stark Parks

Dana Heffner, Manager, External Affairs, FirstEnergy

Maureen Tate, Assistant Director, Catholic Charities Serving Portage and Stark Counties

David Booth, Distribution Systems Supervisor, American Electric Power

Nicole Herrera, Assistant Professor, Stark State College

Donna Valentine, Vice President of Sales, GateHouse Ohio - The Repository

Lindsay Bowman, VP, Relationship Manager, Private Bank, KeyBank

Donald Hester, Engineering Manager, Hendrickson Trailer Commercial Vehicle Systems

Whitney Willits, Attorney, Black McCuskey Souers & Arbaugh

Andrew Brickley, Director of Sales, Mercy Medical Center Tammy Brown, Civil Rights Manager, Stark Area Regional Transit Authority - SARTA Harold Carter, College Pathways Coordinator, Canton City School District Jonathan Crawford, Executive Director, The Timken Family LLC Casey Davis, Associate Attorney, Buckingham Doolittle & Burroughs LLC Julie Elkins, Executive Assistant & Grants Coordinator, North Canton Medical Foundation Melanie Elliott, Marketing Manager, Hendrickson Trailer Commercial Vehicle Systems Joseph Ellwood, Sales Executive, Huntington Insurance

Jenifer Hill, Program Manager, Leadership Stark County Alex Hoce, Firefighter/Paramedic, Jackson Township Fire Department Michael Impagliozza, Director of Operations, V101 Management Services Bernadine Jenkins Snell, President, Bernie Jenkins, Inc. William Kusmits, Engineer, Marathon Petroleum Jennifer Linn, Manager, Risk Management, FedEx Custom Critical Darlyn McDermott, Sr Client Executive, Oswald Companies Kimberly Nidy, Director of Instruction, North Canton City Schools Darin Nissley, Executive Director, Lighthouse Ministries

Sarah Fearon, Missions Director, Faith Family Church Collyn Floyd, Director of Marketing and PR, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce

Matthew Onest, Associate Attorney, Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A.

Lisa Frank, Owner, SOL Pie Pizza (Formerly Ermanno’s Legendary Pizza)

Emily Provance, Resource Development Coordinator, Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Stark County

Stephanie Galbraith, Contract Billing/Flex Billing Admin, ComDoc

Jason Rebucci, Purchasing Manager, The Timken Company

Katherine Gessner, Sales & Marketing Manager, MCTV

Matthew Ritzert, Director, Cardiovascular Business Operations, Aultman Hospital


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LEADERSHIP & YSTARK! Leadership Stark County Welcomes New Program Manager Please join us in welcoming Leadership Stark County’s new staff member, Jenifer Hill. Jenifer comes to Leadership from scitrain, ltd where she will continue to maintain a role. As Leadership Stark County’s Program Manager, Jenifer will administer the Spotlight for Young Professionals and Government Leadership Academy courses. She is also a member of the 29th Class of the Signature Program.

County Government Academy program. Her current community involvement includes the ystark! events committee, Vice President of Training and Development Council of The Junior League of Stark County, United Way Young Leaders Society, in addition to being an active volunteer for a variety of events and organizations in Stark County. As a Canton native and Stark County advocate, Jenifer holds a Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Human Development from Walsh University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from The Ohio State University. Jenifer resides in Canton with her husband, Darin, and their two dogs.

Jenifer is a 2014 recipient of the ystark! Twenty under 40 award for volunteerism and is an alumna of the 2015 Leadership Stark

ystark! Monthly Meet-Up at Grapes in a Glass Show Off Your Best At The Best! Named the Best Wine Bar by the Akron-Canton HotList, you won’t want to miss this night of socializing and networking for your chance to show off your best side downtown. It may be after Labor Day but thankfully the “no white” rule doesn’t apply to your drink of choice.

Tuesday, September 8 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm Grapes in a Glass 575 Market Ave. N Canton, OH 44702 Cost: FREE! But reservations are required at

Tamara Jorgensen, Grapes in a Glass owner and one of the region’s leading sommeliers, will be on site to find a wine to match your perfect professional personality pairing - the new 4Ps! Space will be limited, register early.

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SAFET Y COUNCIL Prospective Billing Training presented by Stark County Safety Council What You Need to Know: BWC Prospective Billing for Public Employers As part of the ongoing efforts to modernize the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) operations and provide better service to Ohio’s PUBLIC employers, the BWC will be transitioning to a new prospective billing system beginning in January 2015. Lorrie Goodnight, BWC business consultant, will explain the upcoming transition and the benefits to public employers, including: • An overall base-rate reduction of 4 percent for public employers

• Increased ability for BWC to detect employer non-compliance and fraud Thursday, Sept. 17 8:00 - 9:30 am 7:30 am registration Canton Regional Chamber 222 Market Ave. N, Canton $10 SCSC members; $15 non-members Register online at

• Allowing BWC to better forecast the level of premium required to be collected each policy year • Opportunities for more flexible payment options (up to 12 monthly installments) • Better opportunities for BWC to provide quotes online or via phone

50th Annual Fire Prevention Week Kickoff Breakfast Join us for the City and County Firefighter of the Year Awards and scheduled Keynote Speaker George Sleigh, survivor of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Comments will be made by the honorable William J. Healy, Mayor, City of Canton, and Captain Derek Paige of the Canton Fire Prevention Bureau. Also being recognized are the City and County 4th Grade Essay Contest Winners. Tuesday, Oct. 6 8:00 – 9:30 am (7:15 am registration) Skyland Pines Golf Club & Banquet Facility 3550 Columbus Rd. NE Canton, OH 44705 Cost: $15/person (includes breakfast) Register online at StarkCounty by Sept. 29.

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NEW MEMBERS WELCOME to our newest members, who joined Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce in July. 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. 4.40 Performance (SPORTS & FITNESS - INDOOR ATHLETIC TRAINING) John Kroah & Chad Short 3634 Tabs Drive Uniontown, OH 44685 (330) 563-4664 A. Rifkin Co. (SECURITY BAGS) Sharon Deagan 1400 Sans Souci Parkway Wilkes-Barre, PA 18706 (330) 323-8162 All Tune and Lube Total Car Care (AUTO & TRUCK REPAIR & MAINTENANCE & TRANSMISSION SERVICE) John Hartman 2683 Cleveland Ave. NW Canton, OH 44709 (330) 456-0049 Arnette’s Gorgeous Creations, LLC (SEWING - CLASSES) Arnette G. Poore 2233 Whipple Ave. NW Canton, OH 44708 (330) 956-4990 Battlefield Live Ohio, LLC (ENTERTAINMENT - FACILITY & MOBILE) Ryan Armstrong 307 N. Tuscarawas St. Dover, OH 44622 (330) 364-6446 Body Shield, LLC (SECURITY GUARD & PATROL SERVICE) Jeffrey L. Smith 116 Cleveland Ave. NW #319 Canton, OH 44702 (330) 353-0512 CareSource (INSURANCE) Danielle Thompson 5900 Landerbrook Dr. #300 Mayfield Heights, OH 44124-4029 (216) 978-7888

Dale Carnegie Training (TRAINING SERVICES) Jeanne Wiedt 175 Schocalog Rd. Akron, OH 44313 (330) 801-4499

Royal Docks Brewing Company (BREWERY) John Bikis 7162 Fulton Dr. NW Canton, OH 44718 (330) 754-7939

The District Boutique (RETAIL STORES) Jen Geh 3875 Massillon Rd. #130 Uniontown, OH 44685 (330) 961-1859

Stark County Veterans Service Commission (GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS CITY - COUNTY - STATE) Kim Speakman 110 Central Plaza S #424 Canton, OH 44702 (330) 451-7461

E-Business Experts, LLC (BUSINESS TRAINING) Doug Lee 1411 Mishler Ave., Suite 21 Alliance, OH 44601 (330) 829-0168 echoing U Canton (DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES - SERVICES) Steve Remenarici 4325 Whipple Ave. NW Canton, OH 44718 (330) 492-8800 HEI Engineering Group, Inc. (ENGINEERS) Daniel Evans 1022 Heyl Road Wooster, OH 44691 (330) 262-0042

Timken Foundation (FOUNDATIONS) Jim Gresh 200 Market Ave. N #210 Canton, OH 44702 (330) 452-1144 Welcome Wagon (WELCOMING & REFERRAL SERVICE) Renie Emery 8293 Deacon Ave. NW North Canton, OH 44720 (614) 499-0465 Wells Fargo Commercial Banking (BANKS) Duncan R. Darby 3800 Embassy Parkway Akron, OH 44333 (330) 592-3771

It Works (HEALTH & WELLNESS & WEIGHT LOSS) Devon Kirk & Autumn Drews 2001 - 36th St. NW Canton, OH 44709 (330) 715-9553 M&M Design (GRAPHIC DESIGN) Mike Snee 6840 William Tell Ave. NW North Canton, OH 44720 (330) 494-2263



BIZ BITZ Barbara J. Stankowski, owner, president and CEO of AMTIS Inc. and a retired U.S. Navy captain, will present Organizational Culture as the keynote address for the Entrepreneur Experience on Tuesday, Oct. 6 from 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. at Kent State University at Stark’s Conference Center, 6000 Frank Avenue NW in Jackson Township. The event is sponsored by the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Stark Entrepreneurship Alliance. The Entrepreneur Experience series, presented by the SBDC at Kent State Stark, is designed to encourage the professional practices of entrepreneurs at all levels. The proceeds from these events benefit the Small Business Development Center Scholarship Fund. Westfield Bank, a regional community bank with eight locations in northeastern Ohio, has announced the hiring of Michelle Del Rio-Keller as vice president, commercial loan officer, and Thomas J. Heidy as vice president, treasury management officer. In her new position, Del Rio-Keller will focus on generating new commercial loan business and building long-term customer relationships in the Stark and Wayne county markets. A Massillon native and currently serving as a board member for numerous non-profit organizations throughout Stark County, she comes to Westfield Bank with more than 28 years of banking experience. Heidy arrives at Westfield Bank with outstanding industry credentials garnered from more than 25 years of financial experience. In his new role, he is responsible for leading the treasury management efforts of the Bank in the Stark and Wayne county markets by cultivating relationships with existing customers and developing new business opportunities. Heidy is a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) and Accredited ACH Professional (AAP) and is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree at Walsh University. Biery Cheese, a fourth-generation cheese producer headquartered in Louisville, Ohio, recently dedicated its cheese production facility in Plover, Wisconsin, with a ribbon cutting ceremony held August 1. The award-winning cheese producer acquired the Kickapoo Valley Cheese Company, located in Sherry, WI, in November 2013 and followed up that acquisition with the purchase of Basic American Foods’ production facility in Plover, WI in April 2014. Since the acquisitions, Biery has been making capital improvements at that plant, which is now officially known as Biery – Plover.

Innis Maggiore has announced two additions to the agency’s web development team to help it further its growing number of client digital projects. Jason Henry of Canton joined the agency’s staff of associates as a senior web developer and Joseph Chenevey of Akron was hired as a web developer. Henry earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Kent State University. He most recently worked in software development for OEC, and prior to that, FirstMerit, bringing to the agency a wealth of experience on the .NET platform and MVC framework. Chenevey comes to Innis Maggiore from Informediate, Inc. where he honed his extensive programing skills and developed business intelligence solution applications and a warehouse management system. He earned a degree from Kent State University and is working on another degree in technology. The local and state demand for more medical assistants and other positions in hospital settings and physician offices will be met thanks to a $386,616 Sector Partnership National Emergency Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) that the Workforce Investment Board of Stark and Tuscarawas Counties has received. The local Board will provide funding for eligible dislocated workers for both classroom and on-the-job training for medical assistants and other healthcare in-demand positions that are paid above the entry level rate of pay for the region. The purpose of the National Emergency Grant is to assist states and local workforce boards to provide in-demand career pathways for the dislocated workers. The grant is designed to effectively and efficiently re-employ dislocated workers, so those eligible for the program must be dislocated workers who have been unemployed for at least 27 weeks, unemployment insurance claimants likely to exhaust their benefits, or eligible veterans. The Malone University Wellness Council will host the eighth annual Malone University 5K and Pump & Run -- in honor of Coach Jack Hazen’s 48 years (and counting) of service to the running community – Saturday, October 3, 2015, on the home turf of the Pioneer cross country teams. Participants may compete in the 5K run only, or combine a bench press (the pump) and a 5-K (the run). Runners will earn a deduction from their race time relative to the amount of repetitions they were able to pump. Overall and age group prizes will be awarded as well as t-shirt giveaways and more. Participants who wish will receive free admission to the Malone zoo room and illusionist show taking place on the campus later that day. The pump will begin at 7 a.m.; the run will begin at 8:30 a.m. Walkers, families, kids, and competitors are all welcome!

Aultman Hospital is searching for wellbehaved dogs of all sizes and their dedicated owners to participate in Happy Tails, a dog visitation program that exposes patients, family, visitors and staff to the positive experience of interacting with an animal. With the help of volunteers, the Aultman Hospital Happy Tails program provides a positive psycho-social experience and alternative therapy for patients. Research shows that spending time with a pet can reduce blood pressure and stress, normalize heart rate and improve circulation. The next Pet Partners Handler Course is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 3 at 8 a.m. The fee for this course is $50 and includes lunch, snacks, handler’s book and handouts. The course will be held in the Morrow House Auditorium at Aultman Hospital. Registration is required by Friday, Sept. 25. You must complete this course to evaluate with your dog. Pet Partners evaluations will be held by appointment only on Saturday, Oct. 17 at Aultman Hospital. The deadline to register for evaluations is Saturday, Oct. 3. To register or learn more about the Happy Tails program, please visit U-Haul International, Inc. is pleased to announce that All Tune & Lube has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer to serve the Canton community. All Tune & Lube at 2683 Cleveland Ave. NW will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, support rental items and in-store pickup for boxes. Hours of operation for U-Haul rentals are 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. After-hours drop-off is available for customer convenience. On August 1 The Sidewalk Museum opened in downtown Louisville, OH. It consists of 15 giant 4 by 8 foot paintings mounted vertically on the side walk along Main Street.  Eight of the paintings, which celebrate specific moments in Louisville history, are by teacher Ben Miller’s Louisville High School art students: Rachel Archer, Adriana Beaver, Paige Davis, Celia Keefe, Sami Keefe, Erin Kelly, Alexis Pochubay, and Alexis Springer.  Seven are by professional artist Tommy Morgan.  “We’re trying out The Sidewalk Museum for the first time anywhere in Louisville,” says ArtsinStark CEO Robb Hankins. The outdoor exhibit of temporary public art is part of 20/20 Vision and will be up for just three months.  It is sponsored by ArtsinStark, the City of Louisville, and the Louisville Area Chamber of Commerce.  

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First Friday: Friday Night Fever First Friday is a monthly party in the downtown Canton Arts District featuring themed music, performance and visual arts events. Rain or shine, year ‘round.

First Friday, September 4 6 to 10 pm Downtown Canton Arts District Free event!

Canton Kickoff Celebration Join us for the official kickoff to the NFL season at Canton’s Ultimate Kickoff Party in downtown. Food, fun, fireworks and more!

Thu-Fri-Sat, September 10-12 11:00 am – 10:30 pm daily Downtown Canton Food and beverages available for purchase

2015 Safety, Health and Human Resource Fair A variety of safety, health and human resource products and services for top leadership, managers and staff in these areas.

Thursday, September 10 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Meyer’s Lake Ballroom $16 per person

September AultCare Fast Break Breakfast The Repository and Your Business -- With Rich Desrosiers, executive editor, The Repository

Friday, September 11 7:00 am registration 7:30 am program Courtyard by Marriott in North Canton $18 members, $25 non-members

Gold Jacket 5K National Championship Run, jog, walk or compete! Receive a high-five from Gold Jacket/Hall of Famer and Canton native Dan Dierdorf, as well as an oversized “gold ring” medal!

Sunday, September 13 Race starts at 8:00 am Downtown Canton $40 adults, $20 kids

Stark County Safety Council Prospective Billing Training What You Need to Know: BWC Prospective Billing for Public Employers

Thursday, Sept. 17 8:00 - 9:30 am, 7:30 am registration Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce $10 SCSC members; $15 non-members

Joint-Chamber Networking at Seifert Companies Join your local chambers as we help Seifert Companies celebrate 30 years at a special networking after-hours opportunity.

Tuesday, September 22 5:30 – 7:00 pm Seifert Companies Free!

Canton Farmers Market Every Saturday through October 17, enjoy local produce, flowers, herbs, meats, cheeses, breads, and more!

Every Saturday Morning 8:00 – 11:30 am Timken High School Administrative Building Parking Lot (4th St. NW and McKinley Ave. NW)

COMING UP IN OCTOBER: Fire Prevention Breakfast - Oct. 6 Stir After Hours TABLETOP EXPO at Factory of Terror – Oct. 8 Utica Summit III - Oct. 13 Leadership Stark County Encounter Bus Tour - Oct. 15

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



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Work-related accidents happen 24-hours a day. Injured employees need specialized, experienced attention to minimize injuries, speed recovery and return to work. Work Health & Safety Services (WHSS) is open 24/7 through its affiliation with Mercy Medical Center.

• Mercy Health Center of Carroll County 125 Canton Road, Carrollton, OH | 330-627-7641 • Mercy Health Center of Jackson/Massillon 7337 Caritas Circle NW, Massillon, OH | 330-966-8689 • Mercy Health Center of North Canton 6200 Whipple Avenue NW, North Canton, OH | 330-966-8689 • Mercy Health Center of Tuscarawas County 1031 West High Avenue, New Philadelphia, OH | 330-365-5100 If care is necessary after 9 p.m. - Mercy Medical Center Emergency Department 1320 Mercy Drive N.W., Canton, OH | 330-489-1055 | Daily 24-hour service

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