About the Chamber

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Advancing Business and Developing Community since 1914.

The mission of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce is to serve our Members through partnerships, programs, services and events to advance the economic growth of Canton and the Stark County region.

Information on the Chamber & its departments


Advantage Canton RGBThe Chamber’s economic development department actively provides assistance to area companies, primarily in the industrial and commercial sectors, as they seek to grow and expand their businesses. The Chamber networks business owners and managers with various resources and incentive programs available in the community and strives to match the individual company’s needs to available and appropriate resources.

The overarching goals for the economic development department are to facilitate new capital investment and the resulting economic growth for Canton and the surrounding region. We will focus our efforts on providing existing and prospective businesses with pertinent information regarding the region’s assets. Efforts to reach out to the oil and gas industry will also be a priority.

Economic development is a relationship business and as such, the Chamber continually seeks new opportunities to increase business leaders’ awareness of our ability to help them grow their operations. In 2012, the Chamber, in partnership with DeHoff Development, will continue to aggressively pursue land sales to businesses in the Mills Business Park. The business park will further position Canton/Stark County to attract new industrial and commercial development. The Chamber will also help promote other industrial parks and sites as well.

The Chamber anticipates working closely with Stark Development Board and Team NEO on the implementation of the State of Ohio’s JobsOhio Program. The Chamber also partners with MAGNET, the Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network, throughout the year to bring educational programs and opportunities to members of the Stark County manufacturing community. In addition, the Chamber works with various organizations in order to promote an entrepreneurial climate in Stark County and with the Stark County Minority Business Association. We will also participate in the Regional Business Network through The Employment Source.


The Chamber’s Education Committee is the hub of numerous efforts, short-term and ongoing, to build partnerships between business and education in our community and region. The work of the committee centers on the need for an educated workforce.

In 2012, the Education department, which provides staff direction for the committee, will pay close attention to workforce development issues, particularly as they apply to the energy industry. It also will promote efforts that raise the area’s high school graduation rates, college attendance rates and college graduation rates.


The Chamber’s Government Affairs committee maintains strong, positive relationships with the area’s elected officials. It monitors legislative developments, speaks on issues of consensus concern, and conducts programs to provide opportunities for members to express their views

The Government Affairs department collaborates with other economic development organizations in Stark County and throughout the state. Goal of this collaboration is to pursue public policy that creates a positive climate for business growth and investment.

In 2012, the Government Affairs department will pay particular attention to issues of regulation and legislation that affects the energy industry.


The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce membership and sales department is the point of entry for unmatched business education, networking and volunteer opportunities for nearly 1,600 businesses. As Chamber members, businesses can participate in members-only programs and realize savings on workers’ compensation and healthcare insurance. The membership and sales department also makes possible a variety of advertising opportunities for Chamber members – including online banner ads and ads in newsletters and directories. The membership department aims to develop new ways to engage and communicate with existing members through programs, events and membership benefits.


With the assistance of hundreds of volunteers and committee members, the Chamber events department produces more than 50 events annually. These events range from pro-business, networking events to member-engaging programs. The Chamber events department is a hub of year-round activity, and acts as one of the chief catalysts for succeeding in our mission, “Advancing Business. Developing Community.” The goal of our events is to provide professional, unparalleled business events for Canton/Stark County.

Our business and networking events include:
Monthly AultCare Fast Break Breakfast and Stir After Hours networking events, Fall and Spring NETWORK, and our annual Golf Outing

Our award and annual recognition events include:
Business Excellence Awards of Greater Canton, Community Salute Awards and the Chamber’s Annual Dinner

Our downtown community festivals include:
Taste of CantonCanton Blues Festival, Vintage CantonLight Up Downtown, Canton Farmers’ Market, Canton First Fridays and others

Our safety council and manufacturing events include:
Safety Council CEO Breakfast, Safety Council Safety Awards Banquet, Monthly Safety Council Luncheons and MAGNET Events

For a full line-up of all Chamber events, visit the Chamber Event Calendar.


The marketing department directs and implements all marketing strategies, public relations activities and advertising campaigns for the Chamber and its departments. The department provides in-house creative concepting and graphic design work, copywriting, media relations, strategic brand management and offline and online marketing tactics. The marketing department is in the unique position to interact, collaborate and impact each of the Chamber’s departments and events, and the team works to align all advertising, marketing and PR essentials to support the Chamber’s mission and goals.


Canton Development Partnership (CDP) is a coalition of area development organizations and city government that shares an interest in downtown Canton’s continuous improvement, revitalization, image and quality of life for its citizens.

The CDP’s mission is to support and coordinate the activities and programs of its partnering organizations in order to encourage and sustain community and economic development in downtown Canton. The CDP also strives to bring people to the center city through downtown events and festivals throughout the year.

The partnering organizations include Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Canton Special Improvement District Inc. (SID), Downtown Canton Land Bank (DCLB Corp.), Canton Tomorrow Inc. (CTI) and the City of Canton.

Learn more about the CDP at www.downtowncanton.com.


The mission of the Canton/Stark County Convention & Visitors’ Bureau (CVB) is to attract, orient and serve visitors, to educate local residents and to initiate projects and programs that promote and grow tourism in Canton/Stark County. It is the policy of the CVB to ensure professional, countywide representation of tourism entities to convention organizations, sporting events and motor coach tour companies, and to the individual leisure traveler.

Visit www.visitcantonstark.com for more information about the Convention & Visitors’ Bureau.


Through training in leadership skills and education about the community, Leadership Stark County (LSC) develops motivated leaders, with lifelong commitment to community trusteeship. LSC programs include:

  • Leadership Signature Program – 10-month program for a diverse group of participants that aims to enhance leadership skills and identifies local and regional issues, assets and resources.
  • Government Leadership Academy – six-week course that offers elected officials and aspiring candidates leadership development and education about local and regional government.
  • Spotlight Stark County – a six-session personal and professional development program and community engagement for young professionals.
  • Encounter Bus Tour – one-day program designed for professionals who are new to the area, it highlights historic, economic and cultural assets of Stark County.


The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival is a “One of a Kind Celebration” consisting of 18 diverse events over a two-week period, enjoyed by 700,000 people, and producing an economic impact of approximately $32 million for the Canton/Stark County area. The annual celebration surrounding the enshrinement of football heroes into the Pro Football Hall of Fame is the culmination of a year-long planning process by the professional staffs of the Enshrinement Festival department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, along with a team of more than 4,200 extraordinary volunteers who receive outstanding support from sponsors, community leaders, government entities, other Chamber departments, local citizens and visiting guests.

As we enter our 49th year, we are strongly committed to assuring safe and successful Enshrinement Festival events that continue to produce a positive social and economic impact and bring national recognition to our community, and to encouraging year-round enjoyment of the Pro Football Hall of Fame – “America’s Premier Sports Museum and Showplace!” – and our other numerous community assets.

Visit www.profootballhofef.com and www.profootballhof.com for full event and ticket information.


ystark! works to attract, retain and engage vibrant, energetic and diverse young professionals (YPs) in Stark County by collaborating with individuals, businesses and community organizations. The organization is dedicated to engaging and empowering YPs through networking, professional development, social and cultural events, civic involvement and philanthropy. These efforts will help to root YPs in the community and therefore retain them as productive citizens. ystark! continuously promotes Stark County as a desirable location for young professionals to live, work and play.

Visit www.ystark.org for more information and a full list of exciting upcoming events!


The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, with support from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (OBWC) Division of Safety & Hygiene, administers Stark County Safety Council (SCSC). The mission of the SCSC is to provide a forum for safety and health information, education and networking in Stark County, through leadership, innovation, facilitation, program, and support, in partnership with other public and private organizations.

The educational programming, monitoring of safety issues and operation of the Council is coordinated by a volunteer steering committee. SCSC conducts monthly meetings, workshops and seminars that examine and resolve potential and existing safety problems and inform participants about new techniques, products and services.

In addition, SCSC executes a quality safety campaign to promote greater interest in the prevention of occupational accidents and disease and recognizes companies with the best safety records during the annual Safety Awards Banquet. There is no membership fee. Members are required to attend a minimum number of programs annually and complete semi-annual safety reports. The Stark County Safety Council remains one the top councils out of more than 80 in the State of Ohio being named third in 2006, 2009 and 2010, number one in 2005 and 2007 and receiving an honorable mention in 2008 by OBWC for its membership growth and excellent programming.

Visit www.starkcountysafetycouncil.org for more information.