West Side Business News & Notes
Chop It brings new fare to Summit Mall Food Court
FAIRLAWN — Chop It opened its fifth area location in early November at the Summit Mall Food Court.
The locally owned and operated fast casual restaurant serves made-to-order salads, wraps, smoothies and other fare options featuring more than 50 toppings and 30 salad dressings. The restaurant menu is focused on healthful options featuring local suppliers.
Chop It also offers a variety of catering options, including boxed lunches, platters and assortments and family-style salads.
“In our business, exceeding our guests’ expectations in all areas is everything,” said George Chase Jr., president of Chop It, in a news release. “Our goal is for Chop It to become more than just a healthy food option; we want it to become a way of life. We pride ourselves on our fresh ingredients, unique creations and quality presentation of our products.”
For more information about Chop It, including menus and locations, visit www.chopitsal adco.com.
Charter One’s Carving out Hunger initiative providing 7,800-plus meals
DOWNTOWN AKRON — On Nov. 13, Charter One volunteers sorted and repacked food at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank for distribution to local hunger relief organizations.
Charter One’s annual Carving Out Hunger initiative is intended to raise awareness of hunger issues and provide holiday meals to local men, women and children in need.
This year, Charter One’s Carving Out Hunger initiative will provide $10,000 to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, which will provide 7,886 meals, including 932 turkeys weighing a total of 10,252 pounds.
Charter One will provide more than 150 volunteer hours and $105,000 in grants to food banks statewide through Carving out Hunger.
During the past eight years, Charter One’s Carving Out Hunger initiative has donated more than $800,000 to food banks across Ohio.
Twelve area companies earn title of AHA Fit-Friendly Cos.
GREATER AKRON — Twelve local companies have been recognized as Fit-Friendly Companies by the American Heart Association (AHA) for helping employees eat better and move more.
These companies and the level of Fit-Friendly award received include:
• Akron Children’s Hospital — Gold
• BCG and Co. — Gold
• Brennan, Manna and Diamond — Gold
• Buckingham, Doolittle and Burroughs LLP — Gold
• InfoCision Management Corp. — Gold
• OEConnection LLC — Platinum
• Panther Expedited Services Inc. — Gold
• Robinson Memorial Hospital — Gold
• Summa Barberton Hospital — Gold
• Summa Health System — Gold
• Summa Western Reserve Hospital — Gold
• The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. — Gold, Worksite Innovation, Community Innovation
“Physical activity and employee wellness are important priorities at many of our Summit and Portage County companies, and we are so proud that these 12 companies have each done much to offer an atmosphere where physical activity is valued, healthy eating options are available, innovative health ideas are being implemented in the work place and the community, and additional American Heart Association culture of wellness criteria are met,” said Kim Enoch, senior AHA Heart Walk director in the Akron area.
The Fit-Friendly Companies program recognizes companies around the country that have implemented a culture of wellness through programs and strategies designed to improve the workplace environment, decrease health care expenses, increase productivity and improve employee health and well-being.
For more information, call 330-664-1905.
Employers hiring veterans by year’s end may get tax credit
OHIO — Employers planning to claim an expanded tax credit for hiring certain veterans should act soon, according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Many businesses might qualify to receive thousands of dollars through the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), but only if the veteran begins work before 2013.
Here are six key facts about the WOTC as expanded by the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, according to IRS officials:
• Hiring deadline: Employers may be able to claim the expanded WOTC for qualified veterans who begin work on or after Nov. 22, 2011, but before Jan. 1, 2013.
• Maximum credit: The maximum tax credit is $9,600 per worker for employers that operate for-profit businesses, or $6,240 per worker for tax-exempt organizations.
• Credit factors: The amount of credit will depend on a number of factors, including the length of the veteran’s unemployment before being hired, the number of hours the veteran works and the amount of the wages the veteran receives during the first year of employment.
• Disabled veterans: Employers hiring veterans with service-related disabilities may be eligible for the maximum tax credit.
• State certification: Employers must file Form 8850, Pre-Screening Notice and Certification Request for the Work Opportunity Credit, with their state work force agency. The form must be filed within 28 days after the qualified veteran starts work. For additional information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s WOTC website.
• E-file: Some states accept Form 8850 electronically.
Visit the IRS.gov website and enter “WOTC” in the search field for forms and more details about the expanded tax credit for hiring veterans.
Stephanie Kist contributed to this report.
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