West Side Business News & Notes
Women of Achievement Luncheon is May 16
FAIRLAWN — Women’s Network of Northeast Ohio invites organizations and professionals to celebrate local women leaders at its 15th Annual Women of Achievement Luncheon May 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn, 3180 W. Market St.
The Women of Achievement Awards will be given to nominated women who have made a difference in the community by encouraging success among women, breaking down barriers, mentoring, taking risks to overcome obstacles and supporting the overall progress of women. This year’s recipients are Cynthia Christian, Akron General Health System; Carla Davis, Akron-Summit County Public Library; Jani Groza, Westfield Insurance; and Lisa Mandel, Rubber City Radio Group.
The Dorothy O. Jackson Award will be given to a nominated organization that has demonstrated excellence and leadership in its commitment to the empowerment of women. This year’s winner is Soroptimist International of Canton/Stark County.
Marie Covington, founding president for Women’s Endowment Fund, will be the honorary chair. Betsy Kling, chief meteorologist at WKYC-TV, will serve as the event emcee. In-kind donations include desserts by Hattie Larlham Community Living and photography by Vicki Lantz.
Individual tickets can be purchased for $50 at www.womensnetworkneohio.com/WNCalendar. Organizations may also buy a table (eight seats) for $400. In-kind donations, financial gifts and program ads are still being accepted, as well.
Event proceeds will benefit Women’s Network programs, including the 2014 Authentic Leadership “Investing in Your Inner Self” workshop series, THRIVE! Mentoring Program and the Judith Resnik Scholarship Fund. For more information, call 330-256-1122 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sushi on the Roll announces changes for 2014
MEDINA — Sushi on the Roll provides sushi to Medina locals, Ohio businesses, regional hospitals, school cafeterias and college campuses, as well as street corner customers through its Mobile Sushi Bar. Its 7,000-square-foot headquarters is located at 985 Boardman Alley.
This year, the company is working with its newly recruited classically trained sushi chef — who has a talent for burgers, according to company officials — to create a new menu that includes offerings outside of traditional Japanese fare. The vision for a full-service restaurant at the Broadman Alley location includes gourmet burgers, high-quality steaks, salads, a few new appetizers and premium desserts.
The new eatery will be called Twiisted.
A renovation will include the addition of a 20-person sports bar, a granite sushi bar, new booths, an interior façade and an additional stone fireplace with lounge seating. The headquarters will be renovated in stages to avoid closing for demolition and rebuilding. New changes are expected to be completed every one to two months. The menu will also change with the restaurant, offering customers an opportunity to try the new options before they are added to the permanent menu.
These new fare options also will be added to the catering, delivery and chef-on-site services. The owners also are awaiting spring to start their second food truck season with the Mobile Sushi Bar.
Summit of Sustainability Awards application available online
AKRON — For the third year, a countywide awards program will showcase the best examples of commercial energy efficiency, waste reduction, water conservation and green purchasing.
The application process for the Summit of Sustainability Awards is now open and available at www.SummitOf Sustainability.org/apply-sosa. All applications must be completed by July 25. For more information, call Cindy Pantea at Keep Akron Beautiful at 330-375-2116. Winners will be announced Sept. 1.
Last year’s winners are highlighted in videos at www.SummitOfSustainability.org.
The categories are: small companies under 25 employees, medium companies with 26-249 employees, large companies with over 250 employees, and nonprofit/community organizations and public sector (government/schools). In addition to these categories, the judges have reserved the right to award a Summit of Sustainability Award medal to individuals or projects that are innovative within the submitted applications.
Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.
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