West Side Business News & Notes
Pita Pit opens in Fairlawn
FAIRLAWN — Local entrepreneur John Cavileer, 31, opened his second area Pita Pit location at 3750 W. Market St., Suite E, Jan. 29.
After working in the real estate industry for five years, Cavileer, an Ohio University graduate, entered the food industry. He opened his first Pita Pit when he was 26 on The University of Akron’s campus and said he is pursuing a third location.
Pita Pit offers sandwiches, soups, salads, breakfast items and smoothies.
Fairlawn Pita Pit hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays. For details, visit www.pitapitusa.com.
Business plan competition offers $10,000 award
DOWNTOWN AKRON — University Park Alliance (UPA) again will accept applications for the Start-UP! Business Plan Competition.
The competition is supported by the Charter One Growing Communities initiative, a project aimed at boosting economic and neighborhood development, and is open to all interested entrepreneurs who would like to locate a business in University Park. Business start-up assistance is provided by Torchbearers, a young professional organization focused on leadership development and community service.
The goal of the competition is to help attract and assist new businesses in the University Park neighborhood.
Interested entrepreneurs can begin the process by submitting an application found at www.upakron.com/start-up by March 15. Selected finalists will be notified in April.
“Business development is essential to building a sense of place and strengthening the soul of the community,” said UPA Executive Director Eric Johnson. “The support of the Charter One Foundation validates this issue and sends a powerful message that University Park is a place worth investing in.”
In April, finalists will present their plans before a panel of judges. Winners will be selected based on the most sound business model and viability of success within the University Park neighborhood. A cash prize up to $10,000 will be awarded. Multiple winners may be selected. Winning businesses also will receive accounting and legal assistance provided by Torchbearers as they continue in their start-up process.
For more information about the competition, visit www.upakron.com, call 330-777-2070 or email David Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.
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