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6/23/2011 - South Side Leader
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By Stephanie Kist

Main Library opening Library Shop Express

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Library Shop Express opened June 22 on the second level of the Akron-Summit County Main Library, 60 S. High St., next to the Children’s Library entrance.

The Library Shop Express will be open Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 to 8 p.m. It will sell office supplies, first-class postage stamps, bookmarks, greeting cards, tote bags and lunch bags, among other items.

Its evening hours will expand the availability and services of the Library Shop on Main, located on the first level of the library.

The Library Shop on Main, established in 1996, and the new Library Shop Express are owned and operated by the nonprofit Friends of the Main Library.

For more information, call 330-643-9070 or visit www.lsom.org.

E4S relaunches Akron Network  

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Entrepreneurs for Sustainability (E4S), a Cleveland-based economic development organization dedicated to putting sustainability to work since 2000, relaunched the E4S Akron network June 8 at an event at Musica.

Michael Dungan, interim executive director for E4S, stated that the Akron community has been a long-time supporter of the work of E4S.

“We felt it was important to remain embedded in the Akron market as we advance the implementation of sustainability principles across businesses, government agencies and nonprofit organizations,” he said. “Through the cheerleading of community members and the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Akron Community Foundation with a $60,000 grant award, we are able to bring E4S programming back to the Greater Akron area in 2011.”

E4S offered regular networking events and learning programs in Akron in 2008 and 2009 but suspended activity in the market due to the economic slowdown that affected the region, according to E4S officials. The organization plans to add a network entrepreneur as a full-time staff member to manage the relaunch and growth of the Akron network.  

For more information, visit www.e4s.org.

Akron-Canton Extension of USGBC starts up

NORTHEAST OHIO — The Northeast Ohio Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Akron-Canton Extension recently was launched. The chapter has had plans to increase its outreach in Summit, Medina, Portage, Stark, Ashland and Wayne counties.

The launch meeting included discussion of regional green building highlights, programs being facilitated in the months ahead, committee initiatives and how to engage with the Akron-Canton Extension.

The Cleveland Green Building Coalition began in 1999 in partnership with the Oberlin College Environmental Studies Program. An official Charter relationship was established with the USGBC in 2009.

The USGBC is a nonprofit community of leaders working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation.

The Northeast Ohio Chapter now has a 16-county service area that includes the urban areas of Akron/Canton and Youngstown/Warren.

The purpose of the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the USGBC is to generate support for various individual efforts, build momentum and advance the green building agenda in the region through education, consultation and cooperation.

Additionally, the chapter works to coordinate green building efforts within the area, assist the local government in implementing sustainable practices and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards, and to provide outstanding sustainable education opportunities for the local design and construction communities.

Membership is comprised of architects, engineers, interior designers, construction professionals, real estate professionals, building owners/operators, developers, built environment suppliers, municipalities, students pursuing related degrees, real estate/construction attorneys and sustainable advocates.

For more information, visit www.neogbc.org or call 216-961-8850.

Allstate entrepreneur opens new office

UNIONTOWN — Allstate Insurance Co. has announced the opening of a new office owned and operated by Allstate Exclusive Agent Chris Minick. Minick Insurance & Financial Services LTD is located at 9880 Cleveland Ave. N.W., Ste. D.

Agency staff can be reached by calling 330-433-2192.

“My staff and I are excited about the opening of our new office,” said Minick. “This is a full-service insurance agency offering a complete line of insurance products and service for our customers to help them protect the things that are important to them, whether it’s their car or home, or investment planning for the future.”

The agency offers auto, property and life insurance, as well as protection for motorcycles, boats, motor homes, recreational vehicles and businesses.

    — By Maria Lindsay

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