Business News & Notes
By Stephanie Kist
Area law firms compete in
United Way campaign
GREATER AKRON — The Akron Bar Association (ABA) has partnered with the United Way of Summit County to establish the United Way Law Challenge.
The friendly challenge has been issued to all ABA law firms to incorporate into their 2006 United Way campaigns and is one of several initiatives the ABA is undertaking to encourage greater financial commitment by the law community to United Way.
The United Way Law Challenge award will go to the firm with the highest percentage of increase in per capita contributions to United Way with at least 50 percent of all firm employees participating.
These criteria were established to encourage competition among firms of all sizes.
The winning firm will receive a commemorative plaque to display and will be recognized at events and in publications.
Local law firms currently running a United Way campaign are: Amer Cunningham Co.; Bernlohr & Wertz; Brennan, Manna & Diamond; Brouse McDowell; Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs; Corzin, Sanislo, Ufholtz & Ashley; Curtin & Associates; Goldman & Rosen; Hahn, Loeser & Parks; Kastner, Westman & Wilkins; Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Groggin; Millisor & Nobil Co.; Oldham & Dowling; Roderick Linton; Roetzel & Andress; Scanlon & Gearing Co.; Stark & Knoll; and Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease.
Contact Beth Houseman, leadership giving director, at (330) 643-5519 or bhouseman @uwsummit.org to find out how to participate in the United Way Law Challenge or for assistance in establishing a United Way campaign.
Personal chef not just for
WEST AKRON — Fairlawn Heights resident Tamara Mitchell, of Dine-In Diva — Your Personal Chef Service, provides time-challenged customers with healthy dinners prepared from seasonal ingredients that can be enjoyed in their own homes anytime.
She also prepares multiple meals for future consumption, all of them packaged and labeled with handling instructions.
Mitchell, who describes herself as a passionate cook, had been looking for a way to indulge that passion.
“The exciting thing about being a personal chef is that I get to deal with clients individually and prepare food that is specifically designed to satisfy their needs and wants,” said Mitchell. “I conduct a personal interview with each client to determine what he or she likes to eat and how, and whether they have any special dietary needs.”
Mitchell does everything from planning the meals and shopping for ingredients to preparing dinners in the client’s own kitchen.
According to Mitchell, hiring a personal chef is not exclusively for the wealthy. Meals usually do not cost more than dining out or ordering take-out, she said.
Additional services include in-home catering for small parties and special events, cooking classes and pantry organization.
Mitchell is a member of the American Personal Chef Association. She has earned the National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe Food Safety Certification and carries full liability insurance, she said.
Mitchell can be reached at (330) 571-8214 or dineindiva @personalchef.com. For more information, visit www.dinein diva.com.
Greater Medina Chamber poised
MEDINA — At the Medina Area Chamber of Commerce’s Monthly Membership Meeting recently, Chairman Curtis Perkins announced the chamber has changed its name and logo. The chamber now will be known as the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce.
In unveiling the chamber’s new logo, Perkins said both changes are indicative of the chamber’s increased focus on serving a diverse business community and contributing to the further progress of the greater Medina area.
Perkins noted the new name is more reflective of the chamber’s scope, which extends beyond the city of Medina into the adjacent townships of Lafayette, Medina, Montville and York.
The new logo, added Perkins, was developed to acknowledge the historical aspects of the chamber’s more than 65 years in Medina, while at the same time indicating movement toward future growth and prosperity for the entire community.
For details, call (330) 723-8773 or visit www.medinaoh chamber.com.
Company offers smokers
new way to quit
WEST AKRON — Advanced Laser Therapy Inc., opening Nov. 1, offers smokers a new way to quit.
Painless and noninvasive treatment involves a laser applied to specific acupuncture points on the ears, face and hands, which stimulates the body to release endorphins to help overcome withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting smoking and nicotine cravings, according to company officials.
The program consists of three laser sessions, guidance through lifestyle changes and a detoxification program utilizing vitamins and nutrients to help cleanse the former smoker’s body and heal itself from the effects of nicotine and other chemicals found in cigarettes. Appetite suppression points are included to help avoid weight gain often associated with quitting smoking.
This is a voluntary clinical research trial approved by the Food and Drug Administration and overseen by an accredited review board. Clients with a strong commitment to stop smoking are welcome to call or stop in to see if they qualify for this fee-based clinical research trial.
For more information regarding Advanced Laser Therapy, a smoking cessation clinic or to make an appointment, call (330) 835-1350 or (330) 472-7415 or visit the facility at 554 White Pond Drive, Suite A.