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2/7/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Lake Chamber Leadership Awards and Dinner planned

LAKE — The Lake Township Chamber of Commerce will present its annual Leadership Awards Presentation and Dinner Feb. 26 from 5:45 to 8 p.m. at the Hartville Kitchen.

According to event officials, the theme for this year’s event is “Find One, Serve Many. Helping Others Is Good Business.” The annual Service and Leadership Awards Dinner is the Lake Township Chamber’s marquis event, honoring business owners, managers or service organizations that exhibit exemplary business practices and customer and community service, according to event officials.

“The awards winners that we are recognizing this year all share a common theme — they are passionate about volunteerism and assisting the community’s nonprofit organizations,” said Chamber President Christa Kozy.

Service and Leadership Award Winners include:

  • Business Professional of the Year: Dan Dutcher, of Dutcher Door Inc.;
  • Community Impact: Kami Sommers, of Lake Township F.I.S.H.;
  • Economic Impact: Norman Wengerd, of GentleBrook Centre;
  • Community Service: Laura Ibarra and Miguel Alatorre, of Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant; and
  • Lifetime Achievement: Charles Snyder, of Snyder Agency Inc.

In addition to the awards presentation, networking, dinner and a special presentation by Jenn Snyder, founder of “Don’t Change the Channel,” a movement for promoting awareness of the importance of engaging in community-enhancing projects for every age, is planned.

Reservations can be made by calling 330-877-5500, emailing president@lakechamber.com or visiting bit.ly/LTCC2013din ner. A $5 savings will be offered to those who make a reservation by Feb. 15.

For more information on the Lake Township Chamber of Commerce, visit www.facebook.com/lakechamber or www.discoverhartville.com.


Torchbearers to host 10th Anniversary Reception

AKRON — Torchbearers, a young professional leadership development organization, will host its 10th annual Anniversary Reception Feb. 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Tangier, 532 W. Market St.

This signature event, attended by more than 250 community leaders, will feature several announcements to commemorate the organization’s 10th anniversary.

“We will celebrate the work of our dedicated members, thank key leaders in the community for their support and reflect on the impact the organization has had on the Akron area over the past 10 years,” said Kyle Kutuchief, press secretary. “Through Torchbearers, we are helping to ensure a vibrant, enduring culture of diverse leadership in Greater Akron that sustains and improves the region’s quality of life.”

This event is free and open to the public. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Registration is encouraged by Feb. 25 and available at www.torchbearersakron.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 Anthony 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 drobinson@upakron.com.


Maria Lindsay and Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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