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SEPT. 2012




Vintage Canton 2012

A GRAPE evening downtown on Sept. 20

The Canton Development Partnership, a department of the Canton Regional Chamber, will host its annual Vintage Canton event on Thursday, Sept. 20, from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. along Central Plaza North in downtown Canton. Vintage Canton is a sophisticated downtown gathering, offering distinctive center city charm alongside live music, vibrant art exhibits and, of course, quality local wine and wine from around the world! The event gives guests the chance to relax and unwind while enjoying wine from local wineries, including the Bluebird Winery at Little Forest Inn, Breitenbach Wine Cellars, Fishers Foods, Gervasi Vineyard and Ravens Glenn Winery, along with selections from distributors, including L.A. Dick, Superior Beverage and Heidelberg Distributing. Guests will also enjoy a selection of quality microbrews from Heidelberg Distributing, Superior Beverage and World Market in our beer garden. Guests will also be able to enjoy small tasting plates for a nominal charge from downtown restaurants and Stark County favorites, including Arcadia Grille, Basil Asian Bistro, Bender’s Tavern, Chocolates by Erin, Desert Inn Restaurant and Lucca Downtown. The whole evening will be set to a musical backdrop of the rhythms of the Ryan Humbert Band: All Strung Out, from 5 to 7 p.m., and the Jeff Poulos Blues Revue closing out the night from 7:15 to 9:30 p.m. (continued on page 13)

INSIDE: New Board Members...............................2 Oil & Gas Update.....................................3 STIR After Hours......................................4 Community Salute Nominations Due.......4 AultCare Fast Break Breakfast..................5 Business to Business EXPO.......................6 Entrepreneur Experience.........................7 Fall NETWORK.........................................8 Enshrinement Festival Says Thanks........ 10 Enshrinement Festival Winners......... 11-12 Leadership 26th Class Announcement.... 14 Leadership Encounter Bus Tour.............. 15 ystark! Young Professional Profile.......... 16 ystark! Network & Unwine .................... 17 ystark! PerplexCity................................ 17 Safety Council Self-Defense Seminar...... 18 Safety Council Luncheon........................ 19 Fire Prevention Breakfast...................... 20 Hot Business on the Burner................... 21 Funding Partners.................................. 23 New Members....................................... 25 BizBitz.................................................. 26 September Calendar.............................. 27

Stark Parks Levy Endorsed by Canton Regional Chamber The Stark County Park District levy has received the endorsement of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. The park district is seeking a 1-mill levy for eight years. This property tax levy on the November ballot would raise about $6.8 million. It would replace the current one-half mill levy that expires in 2013.

“Stark Parks have enhanced recreational and healthy-lifestyle opportunities throughout the county, and this is important to the business community. Quality of life is a significant factor in attracting and retaining talented workers,” said Dennis P. Saunier, president and CEO of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce. Stark Parks director Bob Fonte said the district needs the additional money to offset the phase-out of the tangible personal property tax, lower property values and reduced state and federal funding. (continued on page 3)

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White joins Canton Regional Chamber board, Shivers appointed to executive committee Repository and Gatehouse-Ohio Media publisher Chris White has been elected to the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce board for a three-year term. In addition, William C. Shivers, president of Huntington Bank, Greater Akron/Canton Region, has been appointed vice chairman of the Chamber board of directors executive committee. White has served as publisher of The Repository and GateHouseOhio Media since June 2012. Previously, he was the general manager and senior vice president—sales & marketing for The Repository/Gatehouse-Ohio since 2007, overseeing sales and marketing functions of The Repository, The Times-Reporter, The Independent and The Suburbanite and their digital products. White’s proudest accomplishments include the launch of About magazine and Prior to joining Gatehouse, White served as regional vice president of sales from 2005 to 2007, working with publications in Oklahoma, Texas, Mississippi and Kentucky. Prior to that, he published The Edmond Sun and McAlester News-Capital while serving as Group Publisher for Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc. White has been recognized

by Presstime magazine in their “20 under 40” class of 2002. He currently serves on the Pathway Caring for Children Board. He enjoys an active life in Canton with his wife, Laura, and four children. Shivers is president of Huntington’s Greater Akron/ Canton Region. Shivers joined Huntington in 2007, with a diverse background and more than 15 years of commercial banking expertise. He is responsible for leading the delivery of commercial banking and treasury management services to corporate and institutional customers. Additionally, he develops and expands business relationships within the communities of the Greater Akron/Canton Region through participation and leadership in civic and community activities. In addition to Shivers previous commercial banking role at KeyBank, his diverse background encompasses serving as a state examiner for the State Auditors Office, and director of sales and marketing as well as vice president of operations for Quaker Manufacturing Corp. Shivers is a graduate of Hiram College and he received his MBA from Franciscan University. He is a graduate of Leadership Mahoning Valley and is active in the community.


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Oil & Gas Developments Monthly Report by David Kaminski, Director of Energy & Public Affairs Where is the Utica Shale oil and gas business starting to have an impact on our economy? During a recent conversation about oil and gas, Mayor William J. Healy of Canton pointed out that the unemployment rate in the city has fallen from 14.9 percent to 8.8 percent in the last 18 months. Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway, headquartered in Brewster, is able to serve the oil and gas industry in both the Utica and Marcellus Shale regions of Ohio and Pennsylvania. It employs 400 people. So far in 2012, it has hired 57 new people, due mostly to its business in the Marcellus and the anticipation of similar business opportunity in the Utica. This includes 37 conductors and train engineers.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Chairman of the Board - Rick L. Haines AultCare Sr. Vice Chairman - Karen Brenneman Hall, Kistler & Company LLP

Chesapeake Energy, with its Ohio headquarters in downtown Canton, recently told your Chamber that it has spent $831,000 this year so far at gasoline stations for its fleet. It has spent nearly $12.2 million on road improvements in the Utica. And Chesapeake now has 400 employees in Ohio.

Vice Chairman - Brian Belden The Belden Brick Company Vice Chairman - Philip D. Fracassa The Timken Company Vice Chairman - William C. Shivers Huntington Bank Treasurer - D. William Allen Pro Football Hall of Fame Immediate Past Chairman - George W. Lemon Retired President, Technical Products Group

Look for more news of Utica economic activity next month.

CESO Inc. is an engineering, architecture and surveying firm based in Dayton. It came to Canton to do work for Chesapeake Energy. CESO joined the Canton Regional Chamber in February with 18 employees. Now the office is up to 40. CESO is only one of several engineering firms that have come to Stark County or that have grown in Stark County because of the volume of oil and gas work available to such firms.

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

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Kevin Bogard Marathon Petroleum Co. LP

Tim Maloney Canton Chair Rental

Timothy M. Burke, Jr. FirstMerit Bank N.A.

Rick McQueen Akron-Canton Airport

Thomas E. Cecconi Mercy Medical Center

John A. Murphy, Jr. Day Ketterer Ltd.

William R. Cook Chase N.A.

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

Darryl J. Dillenback DNS Insurance, Inc. Mark Fleiner Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems Jerry Gilin Diebold Inc. Greg Harbert CharterOne Bank

Stark Parks continued ...

Jason F. Haupt Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A.

The Park District at its creation in 1967 had 40 acres of land. It now has 13 parks with four lakes, more than 80 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails and 7,000 acres of natural areas. District land and facilities continues to expand according to what it believes is affordable and maintainable. The 25 miles of Stark Parks trails along the Ohio-Erie Canal Towpath share 2.5 million visitors a year with the entire 101-mile towpath. Stark Parks estimates 1.3 million visitors per year to its trails alone and counts 200,000 annual visitors to the Exploration Gateway collaboration with the Stark County District Library at Sippo Lake Park. The Exploration Gateway building is one of many examples of collaborations between Stark Parks and other entities in Stark County.

Jan Hein Ohio Desk Terrance L. Jones Multi-Development Services of Stark County

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

Geoff Karcher The Karcher Group

Chris White The Repository

Judith E. Barnes Lancaster Attorney At Law

Mike Williams Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority



UPCOMING EVENTS Grillin’ and Chillin’ at Sippo Lake | September STIR AFTER HOURS at Exploration Gateway Center The incredible musical diversity of acoustic guitarist Pat Masalko will fill the air on the back patio of the Exploration Gateway at Sippo Lake Park for the this month’s Stir After Hours, on Thursday, Sept. 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Stark Parks and the Stark County District Library are teaming up to host this month’s Stir After Hours. Guests will be treated to a late-summer picnic on the patio overlooking Sippo Lake during Masalko’s performance. Masalko is a member of five bands. While performing with American Grease, Masalko opened for such great acts such as Kenny Chesney, The Beach Boys

and ZZ Top. He has performed at many Ohio events and venues, including Lock 3 Live in Akron, Rocking on the River in Cuyahoga Falls, Columbus’ Red, White and Boom Independence Day Celebration, and Findlay’s Bicentennial Party. In July, he began teaching music at Canton Music, after a five-year stint with R&H Music in Massillon. The Exploration Gateway at Sippo Lake Park is a center of nature, culture and life-long learning established in June 2007 as a partnership between the Stark County Park District and the Stark County District Library. The two organizations share more than a building: staff members work together daily to

demonstrate a commitment to education, the environment, community outreach and stewardship of financial resources that makes this partnership unique. The facility includes three banquet and meeting rooms, a video conference center, the Lily Pad Gift Shop and Herbert W. Hoover Foundation science classroom. For more information, visit or This month’s Stir After Hours will feature tabletop exhibits. For just $25, you can promote your products and services to guests and generate sales leads in an enjoyable networking environment. Contact Molly Romig, membership and sales manager, at (330) 458-2077 or for more information and to book your table. RSVP for Stir After Hours online at Thursday, Sept. 13 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Exploration Gateway Center 5710-5712 12th Street NW in Canton Cost: $5 RSVP by Sept. 11

REMINDER: Chamber seeking nominations for annual Community Salute Awards Send in your nominations for this year’s Community Salute awards! Help us recognize our community stewards, select individuals, corporations, businesses and organizations, for outstanding contributions to the greater Canton community.

Nominations for this prestigious award are due by Sept. 10.


Awards are presented in two categories, the Award of Merit and the Award of Appreciation. For full details on these awards and nomination criteria—and to nominate outstanding civic leaders—please visit: community-salute. Nomination forms are also available by calling Amy Nelson, events and marketing manager, at (330) 458-


2073 or emailing amyn@ Save the Date: This year’s Community Salute Awards recognition dinner will take place Wednesday, Nov. 7, at The University Center at Kent State at Stark.

UPCOMING EVENTS Next Generation Leadership: Where Text, Talk & Tweet Converge September AultCare Fast Break Breakfast featuring Leslie Ungar You are working in a multigenerational workplace, whether you realize it or not. This is the first time in history that four generations—four very different generations—are in the workplace at the same time. The quality of Next Generation Leadership will depend on understanding who makes up each group and what external influences shape their thinking. At the AultCare Fast Break Breakfast on Friday, Sept. 14, Leslie Ungar will lead you through recruitment, promotion strategies, conflict resolution and ways to motivate managers to embrace the challenges of managing generational differences.

You’ll hear a compelling speaker, meet new business contacts and enjoy a delicious breakfast. Plus, when you bring a door prize valued at $15 or more, you’ll receive 30 seconds at the microphone to promote your business. Friday, Sept. 14 7 a.m. registration
 7:30 a.m. program
 Courtyard by Marriott 4375 Metro Cir. North Canton, OH Cost: $18 members $21 members less than 48 hours in advance $25 non-members RSVP by Sept. 12

Communications expert Leslie Ungar ignites clients and audiences to believe in the singular conviction that they are their own best solution. She creates a personalized strategy to electrify the journey to performance potential, through developing new communication patterns and implementing methods that make things happen and help executives, business owners, leaders, and sales teams prosper. Ungar is president of Electric Impulse Communications, Inc., where she helps individuals and corporations supercharge their leadership performance by identifying their competitive edge to improve individual and company performance. Ungar hosts a monthly Time/Warner television show called Forum 360. She writes a monthly column for the Florida-based magazine Affluent, and is often interviewed and quoted frequently in regional and national media. Ungar serves as adjunct faculty at The University of Akron. Her undergraduate and master’s degree are both in communication and rhetoric. 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.



UPCOMING EVENTS Third annual Business to Business Expo seeking vendors The Business to Business EXPO, a spotlight event for Stark County businesses, is now in its third year of connecting your business to new business! Presented by The Repository and the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, the B2B EXPO offers small to large businesses an opportunity to showcase their products and services while participating in valuable networking and educational sessions. The B2B EXPO will be held at the Cultural Center for the Arts, located at 1001 Market Ave N. in downtown Canton, on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The B2B EXPO exhibition hall will be open during the event from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Attendees will have an opportunity participate in educational sessions offered throughout the day and a networking after hours session. “The Business to Business EXPO is a ‘must attend’ event for area businesses and businesspeople,” said event co-chairman and Chamber president and CEO Dennis Saunier. “This is an event that will benefit a CEO or high level leader in an organization, as well as an entry-level employee looking to grow personally and professionally. We are proud to be a presenter of the B2B EXPO and are appreciative of the support we have received from our sponsors.” Keynote speakers include Scott Rotruck, vice president of corporate development and state government relations for Chesapeake Energy Corporation at the breakfast event, and Michael Feuer, author, founder of Max-Wellness and co-founder of OfficeMax, at the luncheon event.

“It’s important that area businesses are working together with one another in order to realize growth and prosperity in our region,” said event co-chairman and Repository Publisher Chris White. “The Business to Business Expo offers a unique opportunity for business leaders from a variety of industries to network and learn from each other and to showcase their products and services.

of this year’s event, with supporting sponsorships to date from Mercy Medical Center, Huntington Bank and Chesapeake Energy.


Vendor registration is available online at or by calling (330) 458-2073. Discounted early bird booth space available! Admission for the event will be $2 for attendees. The breakfast, lunch and networking after-hours event tickets are additional. The Corporate University at Kent State Stark is serving as the title sponsor

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UPCOMING EVENTS Entrepreneur Experience The Canton Small Business Development Center at Kent State University at Stark and Stark Development Board will present the annual Entrepreneur Experience on Tuesday, Sept. 25. This series of events encourages the spirit of entrepreneurship in Stark County. The program revenue benefits the Canton Small Business Development Center scholarship fund. Keynote Speaker: Monica Cornetti, acclaimed author, international speaker and expert on empowering women in the workplace Cornetti is a highly sought-after keynote speaker because of her spunkiness and emphasis on fun while learning. She is the author of the forthcoming book What Were You Thinking?, and the acclaimed book Your Face Isn’t Finished Until Your Lipstick Is On: Rules of the Women’s Success Game. As a senior small business development specialist, Cornetti is the owner of EntrepreNow!, a business training and consulting firm. She has more than 20 years of experience in the corporate, nonprofit and academic sectors, with an expertise in bringing excellence to organizations through leadership and training. Lunch Speaker: Jennifer Downey, president, Ambiance, the Store for Lovers! Downey has been a successful retailer for the past 30 years. As Ambiance, the Store for Lovers’ pioneering president and CEO,

Downey has garnered numerous awards and accolades as one of the region’s top female executives. Among them, she has been an Athena™ Awards finalist, named Small Business Person of the Year runner-up by the U.S. Small Business Administration and Retail Rainmaker by Northern Ohio Live magazine. Most recently, her company was honored for the sixth year in a row for their World Class Customer Service and took home the Best Customer Experience award. She is an active member of COSE, the Cleveland Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners and a founding board member of Plexus, as well as several other organizations. $49 Special Price (was $149) This year, the Small Business Development Center is providing a $100 endowment per attendee. Ticket price includes breakfast, break station, lunch and keynote speaker Monica Cornetti’s latest book, Your Face Isn’t Finished Until Your Lipstick is On ... Rules of the Women’s Success Game. Attendance limited to 75. Register now at Tuesday, Sept. 25 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The University Center at Kent State University at Stark 6000 Frank Avenue NW in North Canton Cost: $49 Register online or call (330) 244-3290

ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival announces 2012 winners The 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival recently celebrated 49 years of excellence over a two and a half week period. This year’s festival featured 19 unique and diverse events for the enjoyment of nearly 700,000 people. The festivities were indeed a “One of a Kind Celebration!” and the following were winners in various competitions and categories:

of Kent (25:08.4) and Christina Oprean of Canton (30:03.1). In the 5-Mile Race Masters category, John Hopple of Canton (28:08.4) took top male honors, and Teresa Ferguson of Malvern (32:42.7) was first among females. In the 5-Mile Competitive Walk, Oscar Lanzi of Chicago (54:25.1) finished first among males, with Melenie Howe of Sarahsville (63:19.0) the top female finisher.

sponsored by: Buckeye Council, Boy Scouts of America BUILDERS’ AWARD – Best professional builder entry Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Queen’s Float, sponsored by: Kenan Advantage Group

OHIO STATE AWARD – Best non-professional builder entry A complete listing of results can be found Our Fallen Heroes, sponsored by: BALLOON CLASSIC on or www. Perry Township Rotary Club This year marked the 26th year of the Balloon Classic, which attracted 58 participating pilots with impressive ENSHRINEES’ AWARD – credentials, hailing from 14 different states, RIBS BURNOFF Most effective use of color harmony A panel of 75 lucky folks had the good including 36 from Ohio, along with the Building Healthy Futures, sponsored by: fortune to judge 11 rib vendors at current Japanese national champion. Akron Children’s Hospital the 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Ribs Burnoff. For Some pilots competed in a team format HOF BOARD OF TRUSTEES’ AWARD – the seventh consecutive year, Armadillo’s Most original concept for a prize package valued at $19,000, BBQ Company from Youngstown, Ohio, while others flew “fiesta” in a nonMaking Banking Easy, sponsored by: won First Place—Most Outstanding Ribs competitive format. The team of James CSE Federal Credit Union Mitchell, Steve King, and Steve Mitchell and a check for $2,500. Armadillo’s also took home the People’s Choice Award won top prize, while the team of Nick NFL AWARD – based on surveys taken by an anonymous, Best use of flowers or natural covering Donner, D.J. Stukas, and Eric Wasson independent group who surveyed more claimed second, and the team of Bill Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary, sponsored than 1,700 members of the general public by: Girl Scouts of Northeastern Ohio Cloninger, Ken Kus, and Chase Donner at the event. won third place. The top fiesta finishers were Kevin Witt, Rob Hihaly, and Dick Second Place—Mayor’s Award and a check JANICE C. MEYER AWARD – Rossen. For exceptional merit for $1,000 went to Grillin’ & Chillin’ from Lorain, and the General Chairman’s Award Louisville Constitution Queen Float, 2-MILE AND 5-MILE RACES, AND 5-MILE for Best Sauce and a check for $500 was sponsored by: Louisville Constitution COMPETITIVE WALK Day Committee awarded to Two Fat Guys from Canton. The morning’s activities began with approximately 200 energetic youngsters, EXCEPTIONAL MERIT AWARD – TIMKEN GRAND PARADE aged six and under, running to the finish For exceptional merit The Timken Grand Parade showcased line in the seventh annual Kids Fun Run. 12th Man Float, sponsored by: a large number of Hall of Famers who Everyone in this free, non-competitive The Health Plan - Hometown Region returned to Canton in 2012 to celebrate event was a winner, receiving a race medal, the induction of the newest Class of t-shirt and goodie bag to recognize their EXCEPTIONAL MERIT AWARD – Enshrinees into the Pro Football Hall of participation. Fame: Jack Butler, Dermontti Dawson, Chris For exceptional merit Greats of the Gridiron, sponsored by: Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, Curtis Martin, Immediately following, a total of nearly Solmet Technologies and Willie Roaf. 1,800 runners and walkers were ready to get started in the Pro Football Hall of Fame The Timken Company marked its seventh In the Timken Grand Parade “Battle of Enshrinement Festival 2-Mile and 5-Mile the Bands” competition, first place was year as a major sponsor of the parade. Races, as well as the third annual 5-Mile awarded to GlenOak High School Nearly 200,000 spectators along the Competitive Walk. route and millions more via the television Marching Band under the direction of Chris Irwin. For its efforts, the band broadcast enjoyed the Timken Grand Alex Wind of North Canton (10:31.2) received a $500 gift certificate from Parade’s 100 units including marching and Krista Roehlig of Uniontown Zampino’s Music courtesy of owners Patti bands, giant helium balloons, antique (12.26.5) were the top male and female, and Scott Grewell. Perry High School vehicles, specialty and animal units, and respectively, among over 950 runners in fabulous floats. Prizes were awarded to the Marching Band received second place the 2-Mile Race. Other ambitious runners honors, and Massillon Tiger Swing Band following float entries: opted for the more challenging 5-Mile placed third in the competition. Each course, participating in either the run will also receive Zampino gift certificates GRAND PRIZE – or the competitive walk. Top finishers valued at $300 and $200, respectively. Best overall entry in the parade in the 5-Mile run were Aiman Scullion Scouting, Your Access to Adventure, (continued on next page)



ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL cont. The Battle of the Bands, an integral part of the Timken 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 2012 Drum Corps International Competition was an exciting show featuring eight of the best drum corps in America, including five of the top twelve. The corps were at their peak performance levels just days before the world championships, and final scores were as follows: 8th place: 69.250 -- Pioneer from Milwaukee, Wis. 7th place: 78.400 -- Pacific Crest from Diamond Bar, Calif. 6th place: 79.450 – The Academy from Tempe, Ariz. 5th place: 86.050 – Blue Knights from Denver, Colo. 4th place: 87.100 – Boston Crusaders from Boston, Mass. 3rd place: 91.950 – Bluecoats from Canton, Ohio 2nd place: 93.750 – Phantom Regiment from Rockford, Ill. 1st place: 93.800 – The Cadets from Allentown, Pa.

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Tickets can be purchased in advance for $25 (by Sept. 19), and $35 at the door. Wine-free spectator tickets are available for $10. Bringing a group? Buy 20 tickets for a discounted price of $20 each! Ticket prices include eight wine tastings or microbrew samples, a variety of breads and cheeses, a collectible souvenir wine glass, and a chance to win a piece of fine jewelry from Gasser Fine Jewelers. Tickets can be purchased online, or at any of seven Fishers Foods locations.

This year’s event sponsors include KeyBank along with Gasser Fine Jewelers, Aultman Health Foundation, Fishers Foods, Schauer Group Insurance, Kenan Advantage Group, Brookside Country Club, the Downtown Canton Special Improvement District, The City of Canton, About Magazine, News-Talk 1480 WHBC and Mix 94.1, Canton Chair Rental, Rice’s Nursery and PPI Graphics. For tickets or details about Vintage Canton, visit www.VintageCanton. org, or contact event manager Krista Schumacher at kristas@cantonchamber. org or (330) 458-2091. Remember to purchase advance tickets to save $10 on the admission price!



LEADERSHIP STARK COUNT Y Congratulations to Leadership Stark County’s 26th Class Leadership Stark County is pleased to announce the 26th class of the Signature Program. These participants represent the diversity that is Stark County’s cities, villages, schools, non-profit organizations and businesses. These professionals are about to begin 10 months of leadership training and experiences that will provide an understanding of local issues, assets and resources. Signature Program 26th Class members include: Kevin Barton, president/owner, Edible Arrangements Eric Bauer, purchasing manager, Hendrickson Shaun Branon, director—organizational advancement, The Timken Company Kimberly Bricker, associate VP, human resources, AultCare Scott Brown, assistant managing editor, The Repository Rebecca Callahan, corporate supply manager, ComDoc Janet Capocci, events planning coordinator, Kent State University Ron Compton, senior human resources representative, Diebold, Inc. Margaret DeLillo-Storey, district clinical counselor, Perry Local Schools Steve Dezenzo, manager—finance & accounting, FedEx Custom Critical Everett Dockery, global procurement manager, Marathon Petroleum Company Alicia Doran, secretary, Mercy Medical Center Teresa Fedorchak, senior account manager, WRL Advertising Kathy Feichter, college store manager, Stark State College Robert Feielin, plant manager – Faircrest Steel Plant, The Timken Company Catherine Foltz, financial advisor, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Evrim Fulmer, community trustee Natalie Geib, manager, Reinhard, Kopko, Keller & McDonnell, Inc.


Nino Gemma, CEO, Stark Federal Credit Union Joel Harris, director, TomTod Ideas, Inc. Christopher Kaboth, human resources manager, Whitacre Greer Nicholas Kennedy, organization director, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Lori Lewitzke, office manager, CKP Heating & Cooling LLC Jean Duncan McFarren, development manager, Stark County District Library Michael Minor, chief deputy of finance, Stark County Auditor Brandi Noll, assistant professor, Ashland University Michael Oesch, manager/CPA, MSA, Bruner Cox LLP Georgia Paxos, executive director, Canton Palace Theatre Association Lucia Pileggi, private bank market manager, Eastern Ohio/senior vice president, Key Bank Tracy Schlemmer, director, Aultman Health Foundation

Crystal Schneiders, executive assistant, Quest Recovery Services and Prevention Corey Minor Smith, director of legal services, Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority Eric Snodgrass, golf operations director, Tam O’Shanter Golf Course Robyn Steinmetz, marketing manager, Goodwill Industries Jason Tuma, partner, Brockman, Coats, Gedelian & Co. Gregory Watts, attorney, Krugliak Wilkins Griffiths & Dougherty Co. LPA Cathy Wyatt, owner/operator, Carpe Diem Coffee Shop Derrick Wyman, director of strategic initiatives, Walsh University Lauren Zink, education awareness analyst, Diebold, Inc.


LEADERSHIP STARK COUNT Y Put your staff on the bus for a new view of Stark County! The Encounter Bus Tour is ideal for providing community context for employees, new hires, or anyone new to Stark County. It’s the perfect starting point for becoming more involved in our region. On this a one-day, deluxe motorcoach tour of Stark County you will:

a new appreciation for our community and its people. Not only did the tour provide me with the history and current events affecting our area, it helped me discover the diversity of our community and options to serve. There is something for everyone, regardless of your interests.” – Lynn D. Shepherd, founder, SWAN360 Retirement Planning

Learn first-hand about Stark County’s growing businesses

Network with community leaders and business professionals

Find out about Agri-tainment and seasonal labor in Stark County

Enjoy lunch at The University Center at Kent State University at Stark

Tuesday, Oct. 16 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Departs from the Canton Regional Chamber 222 Market Ave. N in downtown Canton Cost: $69 per person (includes lunch) Register by Oct. 8

Discover how to become involved with local nonprofits

Lunch provided by: The University Center at Kent State University at Stark

Experience public/private partnerships and government collaboratives

Encounter Bus Tour proudly sponsored by:

Hear of Stark County’s past from local historians

Don’t delay; the 2011 Encounter Bus Tour was a sell-out. Make your reservations today at

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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 will feature a monthly profile of an individual who represents the group (ages 20-40) that ystark! is targeting. Name: Emily Gordon Age: 23 Occupation/Title/Place of work: Office assistant at the Canton Ballet and ballet instructor at L.A.C.E.Y. Performing Arts Center (located in New Philadelphia) Why are you interested in Canton’s Young Professionals initiative? I think this is a wonderful initiative that really plunges our YPs into so many projects around the area. I personally love being a part of the ystark! service committee. Not only have I made great connections and friends, but I am able to live out my passion of helping others and serving our community. I was a chairman of our most recent project, the ystark! College Care-a-Van. The goal of this project was to give some deserving high school seniors supplies, mentors and transportation to get to and succeed in college. It was a very rewarding project. We are also beginning to work on our annual holiday event where we hope to give bikes to underprivileged kids in our area. We did this project last year and we were able to provide over 80 bikes to foster children in the area. What is your impression of ystark!, what do you think of our events, etc.? I think ystark! offers an incredible amount of opportunities to young professionals in our community. The events ystark! hosts draw YPs together into up and coming areas. I think the organization and their events help our communities grow and reach out to all kinds of people in the community. There is a committee available for all interests. ystark! helps our community grow and provides programs and events to those who need it. Where did you grow up? In what cities have you lived and worked? I was born and raised in Canton, Ohio. I have always


lived here and truly love this city, especially as I continue to see it grow. Why have you chosen to live in Canton? I was born here and all of my family lives here. I was a dancer with the Canton Ballet for 16 years and loved every moment of it. As a result, I have a passion for supporting the many arts organizations in this area. Throughout my experiences with ballet, high school, and college I found my desire for service work in the community. I attended the University of Mount Union, where service learning projects are incorporated into their curriculum. As I began to discover my passion for helping others, I sought out organizations and committees to join in the Canton area that offered service project opportunities. What type of dwelling do you live in? What do you think of the housing choices for YPs in the Canton area? My husband and I own and live in a house in the city of Canton. I think there are a lot of housing choices for YPs. There are many great houses in diverse neighborhoods and I believe YPs have the energy and vision to turn around some of the neglected houses and bring new life to neighborhoods all over Canton. What do you like MOST about Canton? Canton’s location and its proximity to so many amenities make our city very convenient for my family. Within Canton alone, there is a fantastic arts district, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Fawcett Stadium, McKinley Monument, world class hospitals, Gervasi Vineyards, and more. There are also so many colleges and universities in our area and the cities all around us. Akron and Cleveland are two great neighboring cities that have additional amenities, and the convenience of Akron-Canton Airport allows locals and visitors easy access to a great many places. All of these things provide opportunities for YPs. I love the fact that Canton is moving into the green scene by providing recycling curbside and downtown and hosting a wonderful farmers’ market with local seasonal foods. What are the opportunities for YPs in Canton when it comes to career opportunities, cultural access, leadership or community involvement opportunities? There are several options for YPs in all of these areas. We have a large arts district with access to all sorts of cultural experiences. The arts district downtown offers many art galleries with all types of mediums. The arts alone provide

many volunteer and career opportunities. As the downtown area grows and more businesses (large and small) move into the Canton area, the career opportunities could be endless. As far as leadership and community involvement, ystark! provides so much. With all of the committees, there are many leadership positions so it is easy to get involved in the community. What’s missing from Canton that would attract more YPs? I think more downtown condominiums or apartments that are nicely renovated would attract more YPs. In young professional groups you have those that are ready to buy a house and those that still like the city life and living in an apartment or condominium. I think investing in these housing opportunities would go a long way to bringing more YPs to Canton. What do you do in the evenings or on the weekends for fun in Canton? I enjoy getting together with family and friends. If there is an event going on in town my husband and I try to attend as often as possible. We have both met a lot of friends through the community work we have done and through ystark! What would you change about Canton if you could? What I would change about Canton is the way people in our own community speak negatively about our area and our schools. I think Canton is what we make it and with so many people leaving Canton, it won’t be the great city it could be. There are success stories coming out of our schools on a daily basis but we tend to dwell on the negative issues in our community, ones that also take place in every community across the country. My husband and I had so many opportunities at McKinley High School that led us through graduation and prepared us as we moved on to wonderful universities. Could you see yourself spending your lifetime in Canton? Absolutely! As long as my family is here and Canton keeps moving forward, I know I will be in the Canton area. What would cause you to want to leave Canton? What other cities in the United States would be appealing to you as a home base? Why? The only reason I would ever leave Canton would be if my family’s job opportunities took us away from the community. Every time I go on vacation or visit other cities I always look forward to coming home. If I ever left, I know I would want to come back.


YSTARK! Network & Unwine on the Rails All aboard! Enjoy a two-hour train ride excursion through the scenic Cuyahoga Valley National Park while you network and unwine! While on board you will be introduced to five different wines, and each is served with chef-prepared hors d’oeuvres. You will learn of each wine’s characteristics: the body, aroma, bouquet and finish. 

Friday, Oct. 12 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Departing Boston Mills Station 7100 Riverview Rd. in Peninsula Cost: $55 RSVP online at

Everyone receives a Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad commemorative tasting glass. Space is limited, please RSVP early.

Seek, Solve, Race ... Repeat! Next month brings the third annual installment of PerplexCity, the perplexing puzzle game presented by ystark! The game will be held in downtown and BEYOND on Saturday, Oct. 13, beginning at 10 a.m. Gather a team of up to six players and make sure that the whole gang is ready for a challenge that will take you all over town in pursuit of confounding clues. You’ll discover new and exciting locations throughout the city as you make you way to different businesses on foot and by car. Each team will receive a clue to kick things off, and then hurry from clue to clue, revealing locations in downtown Canton and beyond to explore. Perplexed? Don’t be! We’ll provide instructions for everyone before the game starts. Remember: your team must hurry to each clue! You’ll be competing against 20 or so other teams, all racing you to the finish. The winning team will be the first one to solve ALL of the clues and make it to the end of the game, where they will be lavishly celebrated! Can’t wait for the 13th? Check out our videos online to get in the PerplexCity mood and then register at

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Saturday, Oct. 13 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Begins at Market Square 301 Market Ave. N in Downtown Canton Cost: $50 for up to 6 players Reservations are required RSVP online at The game will be played rain or shine



SAFET Y COUNCIL Welcome to JEOPARDY! September Stark County Safety Council Luncheon

Guests at the September Stark County Safety Council luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 13, will have a chance to get their trivia on with a special safety edition of America’s favorite game show! Join the Stark County Safety Council for a true test of member knowledge across the board on Safety related topics. This is sure to be a hit as safety professionals throughout the area have to answer safety categories in the form of a question. Lively discussions are likely to occur as we test the knowledge levels of safety professionals. Thursday, Sept. 13 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Meyer’s Lake Ballroom 3218 Parkway St., N.W. Canton, OH 44708 Cost: $16 RSVP by Sept. 10 Spotlight Company:



SAFET Y COUNCIL Honor our local heroes at the 47th Annual Fire Prevention Week Kickoff Breakfast The Stark County Safety Council, Canton Fire Prevention Bureau and Exchange Club will host Canton’s 47th annual Fire Prevention Breakfast, a key event observing National Fire Prevention Week Oct. 7 – 13. The event will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 8 to 9:15 a.m. at Skyland Pines Golf Club and Banquet Facility in Canton. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m. The breakfast will feature the city and county Firefighter of the Year awards and keynote speaker Mary Mondozzi, Akron Children’s Hospital Burn Center education coordinator.

quality programming. For Stark County Safety Council Members, attendance at this event counts as an attendance credit towards the BWC Safety Council Discount Program. Tuesday, Oct. 9 7:15 a.m. registration 8 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Skyland Pines Golf Club and Banquet Facility 3550 Columbus Rd NE in Canton $14 per person (reserved tables of 8 available) RSVP by Friday, Oct. 5

In addition, brief remarks will be made by Canton Mayor William J. Healy II, a representative from the Stark County Safety Council, and Captain Lorenzo Bagley, Canton Fire Prevention Bureau. The event is open to the public at a price of $14 per attendee. Registration for the Fire Prevention Breakfast must be received by Oct. 5. Register online at Want to donate the cost of seats or a table to a local firehouse? Contact Connie Cerny at or (330) 458-2061. The Stark County Safety Council is a committee of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and is comprised of local companies dedicated to the safety of their employees. The SCSC has been recognized statewide for

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HOT BUSINESS ON THE BURNER Enviroscapes | September Hot Business on the Burner Enviroscapes began in 1987 with a single, $5 per week mowing client. Since then, the company has grown to become a regional leader and multi-million dollar business specializing in commercial and high-end residential landscape and maintenance. At age 14, Enviroscapes owner Todd E. Pugh began mowing lawns to earn spending money and begin saving money for college. After graduating from college, he incorporated his growing business. Strong business values and ethics have enabled Enviroscapes to grow into a multi-million dollar landscape company. The company is known nationwide by its peers for award-winning landscapes and being a trend setter in LEAN business practices. Enviroscapes offers landscape design and build, landscaping maintenance and snow and ice removal services for commercial and high-end residential clients, corporate campuses, schools and universities, health care systems and public utilities.

landscape and business awards throughout the years. The company looks forward to creating a winning design for you or maintaining your landscaping. Enviroscapes is located at 7727 Paris Ave. in Louisville. For more information, visit, or call owner Todd Pugh at (330) 875-0768.

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

The Enviroscapes team consists of degreed and certified personnel who are passionate about people, business and landscaping. They have received numerous national and state





CANTON funding partners:

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



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. Bocabelli Inc. (SOAP) Colleen Fearon 4004 Avondale Lane NW Canton, OH 44708 (330) 477-9048

Jackson Kelly PLLC (ATTORNEYS) Tom Wilson 400 Market Ave. N Canton, OH 44702 (330) 452-7600

OD Social, LLC (MOBILE APPS) Melissa Bowman P.O. Box 2368 Dover, OH 44622 (330) 575-8482

Evolution Web Solutions (WEB DESIGN - COMPUTER NETWORKING & SERVICE & CABLING - COMPUTERS - SERVICE & REPAIR) Richard Henry PO Box 36012 Canton, OH 44735 (330) 323-3434

Jim Jelinek LLC Vistage International, Chair (BUSINESS COACHING) Jim Jellinek 1147 Wenger Rd. S Dalton, OH 44618 (330) 317-5018

Oster Sand & Gravel, Inc. (SAND & GRAVEL) Brian Oster 5947 Whipple Ave. NW North Canton, OH 44720 (330) 494-5472

Falcone’s Tavern (CATERERS - RESTAURANTS) Kendra Falcone 5029 Tuscarawas St. W Canton, OH 44708 (330) 477-0500 Full Tilt Coaching, LLC (BUSINESS CONSULTING) Laura J. Clair 4786 Dressler Road NW #129 Canton, OH 44718 (330) 491-6641 Fulton Drive Barber Shop (BARBER SHOPS) Joan Thomas 2571 Clearview Ave. NW Canton, OH 44718 (330) 452-2555 Fulton Drug (PHARMACIES) Timothy Kingsbury 1657 25th St. NW Canton, OH 44709 (330) 456-2476 Great Lakes Caring (HOSPICE) Becky Matthews, RN 1530 W. Market St. Akron, OH 44313 (888) 260-9835 ImmediaDent Urgent Dental Care (DENTISTS) Stephen Valenti 4324 Tuscarawas St. W Canton, OH 44708 (330) 478-4780

Kleinfelder (ENGINEERS - CONSULTING) Matt Spronz 555 Market Ave. N, Suite 100 Canton, OH 44702 (330) 453-2230 Legacy Roofing Services (ROOFING CONTRACTORS) Bud Buxton 3407 Kuemerle Ct. NE, Ste. B Canton, OH 44705 (330) 458-2804 Lisa’s Domain (MASSAGE THERAPY) Lisa Vanzant 6977A Promway Ave. NW North Canton, OH 44720 (330) 244-9198

Roetzel & Andress (ATTORNEYS) Shane A. Farolino 222 South Main Street Akron, OH 44308 (330) 376-2700 Superior Paving & Materials, Inc. (PAVING CONTRACTORS) Brian Oster 5947 Whipple Ave. NW Canton, OH 44720 (330) 494-5272 The Connection: Women’s Personal Protection (HEALTH - SAFETY) Tillie Kinsley 5509 Oakridge Drive Louisville, OH 44641 (330) 418-7302

Meaningful Solutions, Inc. (MEDICAL BILLING SERVICE) Jesse Calcei 441 Wolf Ledges Parkway Akron, OH 44311 (330) 417-6994 My Skin Rocs Rodan & Fields Dermatologists (SKIN CARE PRODUCTS) Dorrie Cable-Noggle 8866 Eastlynn Ave. NW Massillon, OH 44646 (330) 832-8166



BIZ BITZ Ohio Super Lawyers, a combined project of Law and Politics Media, Inc., and Cincinnati Magazine, has selected a total of 32 lawyers from Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLP for inclusion in their Super Lawyers’ publication. Buckingham’s attorneys include 22 Super Lawyers and 10 Rising Stars in their legal field. Cantonarea attorneys named Ohio Super Lawyers include: Joseph J. Feltes, health care law, Jeffrey A. Halm, estate planning and probate and Mark J. Skakun, III, intellectual property law. Canton-based attorneys named Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars include Justin S. Greenfelder, civil litigation defense, Dustin J. Vrabel, business/corporate and Amanda L. Walls, employment and labor. Further information on Buckingham and Ohio Super Lawyers is available at Joanne Kromka, executive vice president of American First Bancorp is pleased to announce that the mortgage loan officers at her company understand the needs of senior homeowners. Seniors can contact American First Bancorp with questions about mortgage loans at (330) 492-7757. American First Bancorp company is locally owned and operated at 4194 Fulton Drive NW in Canton, and licensed in Ohio, Florida and Colorado. The company offers conventional, FHA/VA, USDA, and OHFA products as well as the 203K program. Thanks to a generous grant from the Daniel M. and Maureen O. Gunn Foundation, The Wilderness Center recently completed and dedicated a solar photovoltaic (electrical) system. With the permission of the Gunn Foundation, the project is being dedicated to one of TWC’s founders, Arnold Fritz, retired professor of biology at Malone University. Fritz was a driving force behind the creation of The Wilderness Center in 1964. The system is expected to produce approximately 84,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually, providing more than 80% of the Hart Interpretive Building’s electrical needs each year. Over 25 years, the array will keep 1,574 tons of CO2 out of the air—the equivalent to 27 acres of trees planted


or 5,121,123 miles not driven. For more information about the Wilderness Center and the system, visit Pheasant View Dairy Goats, a business that is known for making all natural body products out of fresh goat milk, will be opening a store at The Hartville Marketplace at 1289 Edison St. in Hartville. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, year round. Items that can be found at the marketplace store are soaps, lotions, body butter, facial cleanser, shampoo and much more. For more information about the business and Marketplace, please visit Malone University Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team recently participated in regional competition in Cincinnati and were named a regional champion. The team moved on to SIFE national competition in Kansas City, MO with approximately 130 universities will be competing at SIFE’s prestigious National Exposition. This will mark Malone’s seventh trip to nationals overall, and the fourth consecutive year. SIFE’s mission is to bring together the top leaders of today and tomorrow to create a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business. The Malone SIFE team completed 21 projects this academic year including collecting more than 15,000 pounds of food for the Stark County Hunger Task Force and funding the repair of a well in Peredo, Haiti. They partnered with local organizations such as Love Canton, Kiwanis, Hammer and Nails, Inc., ReSTORE (Habitat for Humanity), Sam’s Club and Stark County Job and Family Services. The team was also awarded five grants, including the Sam’s Club “Step Up for Small Business” grant, The Walmart “Women’s Economic Empowerment” grant, and the Campbell’s Soup “Let’s Can Hunger” grant. Shearer’s Foods honored Jimmie Walker, third shift packaging supervisor, as the Jack and Rosemary Shearer 2011 Associate of the Year at their 12th annual Associate Appreciation Dinner. The Award is given to one worthy associate company wide, who exemplifies exceptional leadership and character. Walker inspires his production team to strive for Shearer Perfection every day at the Millennium plant in Massillon, Ohio. With this honor goes a trophy and prize of $2,500. The 2011 Department Associates of the

Year were also honored: Joseph Daverio, processing, Pat Evans, machine operation, Jim Johnson, maintenance, Andrea Keim, quality assurance, Donna Lamb, packaging, Dan Maley, Cleveland branch. George Maxin, warehouse, Mike Meyer, Columbus branch, Shannon Miller, management, Julian Sacco, sanitation, Chris Sample, administration, Jeff Stutzman, Massillon branch, John Tomalski, Pittsburgh branch, and Craig Whetstone, Youngstown branch. In addition, Larry Thornton, packaging department, won the 2011 Shearer’s Community Service Award for his work with Habitat for Humanity of Summit County. This Award is given annually to an associate who donates their own personal time to help the local, regional, national or international community. A $1,000 prize will be donated in the associate’s name. The company also honored associates celebrating service anniversaries and perfect attendance. Altogether, 379 awards were given to Shearer’s associates from the Ohio and Pennsylvania operations. Dutchman Hospitality Group has announced their purchase of Troyer’s Dutch Heritage Restaurant in Bellville, Ohio, as well as the purchase of a second Troyer’s Dutch Heritage Restaurant in Sarasota. Dutchman Hospitality Group is owned by members of the Emanuel and Alma Mullet family. Founded in 1969, the corporation is currently owned by Dr. Daniel and Mary Miller of Walnut Creek, Ohio, and Bob and Sue Miller of Middlebury, Ind. Dutchman Hospitality Group operates restaurants, bakeries, inns, retail shops, and a wholesale food distribution company. Their present locations are in Walnut Creek, Sugarcreek, Berlin, and Plain City, Ohio. Adding Sarasota, Fla., and Bellville, Ohio, means they now provide employment opportunities for over 1,100 individuals. More information about Der Dutchman Restaurants and other Dutchman Hospitality businesses is available at To submit news for BizBitz please e-mail Jess Bennett at jessb@



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Cinema in the City The final Cinema in the City free outdoor movie on the big screen is happening on Sept. 5! Bring your blankets and chairs, and enjoy theatre-concessions on sale by the Palace Theatre. In-crowd entertainment begins at approximately 8 p.m. and showtime is shortly after dusk. This month’s showing is Ferris Bueller’s Day Off!

Wednesday, Sept. 5 8 p.m. pre-show Dusk is showtime! Market Square 301 Market Ave. N in downtown Canton Cost: Free

First Friday: Now We’re Cooking A guilt-free evening of digestible delights, including food tastings, chocolate demonstrations and the Brewed Roots Festival (sponsored by Buzzbin Magazine), will please the palette of even the most finicky First Friday fans. Restaurant specials will be offered by downtown favorites, who will sweeten the deal with local musicians, art vendors and displays to satisfy all the senses. Bring your non-perishable food donations for Stark County Hunger Task Force.

First Friday, Sept. 7 6 – 10 p.m. Downtown Canton Arts District Cost: FREE!

Community Salute Nomination Deadline Send in your nominations for this year’s Community Salute awards! Help us recognize our Community stewards, select individuals, corporations, businesses and organizations, for outstanding contributions to the greater Canton community.

Monday, Sept. 10 Submit nominations online

Be Ready, Protect Yourself & Stay Safe Stark County Safety Council Self Defense Seminar Brian Geiser, U.S. National TaeKwonDo Champion and 5th Degree Black Belt will teach you how to have an unfair advantage over any attacker. Learn how to reduce your risk and how to respond if something bad happens. This important seminar will include information on pre-incident indicators, five stages of an attack, three methods of self defense, target areas, self defense techniques, recommended reading and informational Q&A.

Tuesday, Sept. 11 7:30 a.m. registration 8 – 9:30 a.m. program East Coast Martial Arts 5398 Fulton Dr. NW in Canton Cost: $10 for Safety Council members $15 for non-members RSVP by Sept. 7

Welcome to JEOPARDY! September Stark County Safety Council Luncheon Guests at the September Stark County Safety Council on Thursday, Sept. 13 will have a chance to get their trivia on with a special safety edition of America’s favorite game show! This is sure to be a hit as safety professionals throughout the area have to answer safety categories in the form of a question.

Thursday, Sept. 13 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Meyer’s Lake Ballroom 3218 Parkway St., N.W. Canton, OH 44708 Cost: $16 RSVP by Sept. 10

Grilin’ and Chillin’ at Sippo Lake September Stir After Hours at Exploration Gateway Center The incredible musical diversity of acoustic guitarist Pat Masalko will fill the air on the back patio of the Exploration Gateway at Sippo Lake Park for the this month’s Stir After Hours, on Thursday, Sept. 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Stark Parks and the Stark County District Library are teaming up to host this month’s Stir After Hours.

Thursday, Sept. 13 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Exploration Gateway Center 5710-5712 12th Street NW in Canton Cost: $5 RSVP by Sept. 11

Next Generation Leadership: Where Text, Talk & Tweet Converge September AultCare Fast Break Breakfast featuring Leslie Ungar At the AultCare Fast Break Breakfast on Friday, Sept. 14, Leslie Ungar will lead you through recruitment, promotion strategies, conflict resolution and ways to motivate managers to embrace the challenges of managing generational differences.

Friday, Sept. 14 7 a.m. registration/7:30 a.m. program
 Courtyard by Marriott 4375 Metro Cir. in North Canton Cost: $18 members $21 members less than 48 hrs. in advance, $25 non-members RSVP by Sept. 12

Vintage Canton Vintage Canton is a sophisticated downtown gathering, offering distinctive center city charm alongside live music, vibrant art exhibits and, of course, quality local wine and wine from around the world! Vintage Canton will be held on Thursday, Sept. 20, from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. along Central Plaza North in downtown Canton. Visit for more information. Entrepreneur Experience The Canton Small Business Development Center at Kent State University at Stark and Stark Development Board will present the annual Entrepreneur Experience on Tuesday, Sept. 25. This series of events encourages the spirit of entrepreneurship in Stark County. The program revenue benefits the Canton Small Business Development Center scholarship fund.

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! CANTON REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE


Thursday, Sept. 20 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Central Plaza Downtown Canton Cost: $25 in advance $35 at the door Tuesday, Sept. 25 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The University Center at Kent State University at Stark 6000 Frank Avenue NW in North Canton Cost: $49 Register online

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September 2012 Action Newsletter  

Action Newsletter September 2012 issue from the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce in Canton Ohio.

September 2012 Action Newsletter  

Action Newsletter September 2012 issue from the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce in Canton Ohio.