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2/13/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Springfield chamber changes name

SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Township Area Chamber of Commerce has changed its name to the Springfield Lakemore Business Chamber of Commerce.

The name of the chamber was changed to make it more inclusive to its surrounding area businesses and to focus on its business owners, according to chamber Chair Jerry Michael.

Lakemore Mayor Rick Justice thanked the chamber staff for the change and called the move, “a great step in the right direction for our community.”

The chamber, formed in 2009, is a nonprofit, membership-driven organization of community businesses and entrepreneurs committed to education and development of the community, according to its website, www.springfieldareachamber.org.

The chamber’s website will be updated to reflect the name change, according to chamber officials.

For membership and other information, visit the website.


Lake Township Chamber to recognize leaders

LAKE — Five business and/or community leaders will be recognized for their contributions during the past year at the Lake Township Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Service & Leadership Awards Dinner Feb. 25 beginning at 5:45 p.m. at the Hartville Kitchen.

Those being recognized at the chamber’s 25th annual dinner include:

  • Megan Wise, co-owner of Hartville’s Best Bib and Tucker consignment shop, for Chamber Service;
  • Tim and Chris Ramsburg, of Ramsburg Insurance Agency, for Community Impact;
  • Sherri Landis, Lake High School National Honor Society adviser, for Community Service;
  • Jerry and Barb Miller, of Miller’s Greenhouse, for Business Partnership Growth; and
  • Dr. Joe and Angela Gainey, of Uniontown Veterinary Clinic, as Business Professionals of the Year.

“This is the most exciting event of the year for us, as each of the award recipients embodies our theme of ‘Together we are ONE Chamber, ONE Community,’” said Christa Kozy, chamber president. “They are a tremendously giving group of individuals and organizations and we are honored to be colleagues and have this opportunity to honor them.”

The chamber will also welcome Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver as its guest speaker for the evening and host a book-signing where he will autograph copies of his recently published “No Mopes Allowed” from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Hartville Kitchen lobby. The book will be available for purchase at the event.

The public is invited to attend the chamber dinner event at a cost of $30. To register, visit www.lakechamber.com/25years, or call the chamber office at 330-877-5500.


Akron General’s ACA panel discussion geared toward small businesses

BATH — Akron General Health System will present “The Affordable Care Act and Your Business or Agency” March 6 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Akron General Health and Wellness Center-West, 4125 Medina Road, in the Summit Room. A complimentary breakfast will begin at 7:30.

This free panel discussion is sponsored by CareSource®. Panel discussions will include the following topics: understand how the Affordable Care Act affects your business; employer responsibilities, incentives and penalties; the health implications of being uninsured; and how community agencies can stay objective.

“Small businesses are facing important regulatory and health care coverage changes brought on by sweeping health care reforms. This session will provide timely information that will be tremendously useful in navigating the uncertainty and making the right decisions,” said Carol Icsman, vice president, managed care for Akron General.

“Small-business owners are faced with a number of challenges under the current health care system in comparison to their counterparts. The good news is there are more options for accessing coverage as a result of health care reform and the Affordable Care Act. We look forward to providing new information on the impact of health care affordability to business owners, employees and the general public,” said Scott Streator, vice president, CareSource Health Insurance Marketplace.

Panelists will include Icsman; Streator; Elizabeth James, MPH, public health specialist, Summit County Public Health; and Edward Redder, counsel, Thompson Hine LLP. The moderator will be Dr. David Peter, CMO,  emergency medicine physician for Akron General.

Register online at www.akrongeneral.org/ACAandYou by Feb. 25.


More than 9,000 job seekers assisted by Goodwill; annual meeting planned

AKRON — In 2013, Goodwill Industries Serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties helped 9,004 individuals through a number of services that offer assistance to people struggling to find employment, including soft skills training, job training programs, financial coaching, job placement and work experience programs.

The agency will formally present 2013 service numbers at its Annual Meeting and Celebration of Champions event March 27.

“We take pride in our mission to help individuals prepare for, find and retain employment,” said Nancy Ellis McClenaghan, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries Serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties. “We continually look for ways to increase and improve the services Goodwill offers to help individuals become more successful in relation to their employment goals.”

In 2013, Goodwill placed 489 individuals in positions at area businesses and provided 247 program participants with training and work experience within Goodwill’s Retail and Contract Services operations.

The agency will honor successful program participants and recognize businesses that have partnered with Goodwill to provide skills training opportunities, hired Goodwill graduates or used the agency’s services to help recruit qualified applicants at the annual meeting, which will take place at Portage Country Club, 240 N. Portage Path. The event will begin with networking at 5 p.m., followed by the program at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30. To register, visit bit.ly/Goodwillannualmtg or call 330-724-6995.


Akron SCORE Speakers Bureau revived

GREATER AKRON — Akron SCORE has added to the services it offers a four-county service area by reactivating its Speakers Bureau.

The Speakers Bureau consists of 12 counselors who will speak for free to business and civic organizations in Summit, Medina, Portage and Wayne counties when scheduled, according to Akron SCORE officials. The speakers are experienced executives who donate their time and skills to encourage and develop start-up and existing businesses, according to Akron SCORE officials.

All of Akron SCORE’s services are free, and in 2013, the organization assisted more than 400 small businesses in its service area through one-on-one mentoring and workshops designed to give clients improved business skills, according to organization officials. More than 1,000 counseling sessions were conducted during the past year, along with 86 workshops attended by 1,400 entrepreneurs, Akron SCORE officials said. Locally, SCORE counselors contributed 10,680 hours of their time in 2013 and supplied free services worth more than $1.6 million, according to SCORE officials.

Akron SCORE was formed in 1965 and is operated by 68 volunteer professional counselors with diverse business backgrounds, according to organization officials.

To schedule a speaker or for information on how to obtain assistance in starting or improving a business, contact Akron SCORE at 330-379-3163 or by emailing akronscore81@aol.com or visiting www.akron.score.org.


Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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