Leadership Stark County Accepting Government Academy Registrations

Leadership Stark County is currently taking registrations for the 2016 Government Academy.

Government Academy is a five-week course of leadership development promoting excellence in local governance. This course is ideal for for civic-minded individuals interested in impacting local issues, government and service leadership. Current and potential elected officials, members of school boards, local boards and commissions, and any civic-minded citizens are encouraged to attend.

Individuals can learn how to participate in government, even if they do not intend to run for office.

Government Academy topics include:

  • Finding and using your strengths
  • Strengths based citizen engagement
  • Local and regional shared services
  • Working with and utilizing the Working with and utilizing the wormediwormeda
  • Strengths based economic development
  • Regionalism
  • Levels of citizenship
  • Campaigning
  • Government ethics
  • Board training

Government Academy runs Feb. 2-Mar. 3 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00-6:00 p.m. A concluding program will be held on Mar.  8 at 11:30 a.m.

The curriculum is facilitated by Leadership Stark County staff and by Dr. Chet Bowling, Ohio State University Extension.

Tuition is $425, and tuition assistance is available for individuals from government or non-profit organizations. Registrations will be accepted through January 18 or until the class is filled. Register online at www.leadershipstarkcounty.org.

Governmnet Academy is a collaboration among Leadership Stark County, Stark County District Library and The Ohio State University Extension.

Government Academy is supported by The Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement and the Stark County District Library.

For more information, contact Jenifer Hill, Program Manager, at 330-458-2094 or jeniferh@leadershipstarkcounty.org.

Marvin Montgomery Kicks Off AultCare Fast Break Breakfast for 2016

A perennial crowd favorite, Marvin “the Sales Doctor” Montgomery, Author/Motivational Speaker & Professional Sales & Customer Service Trainer, is coming back to get us Marvinized for 2016. Get ready to ring in the Fast Break new year with a fun, energizing session on Friday, January 8!

Unfortunately, a large number of salespeople waste a lot of time and resources quoting on what they think is a prospect but is actually a suspect.  A suspect is someone who is inquiring about your product or service but you have not determined if they are truly committed to moving forward. Don’t put the cart before the horse. The Sales Doctor will share what steps need to be taken in the first exploration meeting  to determine very quickly if you have a solid prospect or just a suspect.

Every month, Fast Break attendees can obtain business leads through enjoyable networking activities, hear a compelling speaker, meet new business contacts and enjoy a delicious breakfast. Plus, when you bring a door prize valued at $15 or more, you’ll receive 30 seconds at the microphone to promote your business.

Register now!

Geoff Karcher to Speak at December AultCare Fast Break Breakfast

Have you ever attended a fantastic presentation full of ideas and theories…then promptly forgotten what you JUST learned as soon as you get back to the office?

You’re not alone. Oftentimes, the best way to learn and have it “stick” is through real world examples.  At our December AultCare Fast Break Breakfast, Geoff Karcher, president of The Karcher Group, will conduct live reviews of real websites, showing the audience in real time what’s good – and not so good – about the sites he visits.  Our sponsor, AultCare, has already offered up their website for critique. Who knows, YOURS might be selected, too, if you attend!

You’re guaranteed to walk away with a deeper understanding of website dos and don’ts and how to apply those lessons to your own site.

About Our Speaker:

Geoff Karcher founded The Karcher Group in 1997. In just 15 years, he has taken The Karcher Group from its humble beginnings in his parent’s basement to a full service firm with a staff of 35.

Since the beginning, he has used innovation to help The Karcher Group stay at the forefront of the web business. In fact, he began offering search engine marketing services as early as 1998 – long before web marketing became the industry standard it is today.

Geoff remains very involved in all aspects of his business and oversees sales, web development, and SEO. Geoff’s favorite part of his job, though, is working with clients to make the Web impact their business.

Outside of the office, you can find Geoff with his and wife Amy’s huge families, on a boat, or camping.

About the Breakfast:

Obtain business leads through enjoyable networking activities, hear compelling speakers, meet new business contacts and enjoy a delicious breakfast. And, if you bring a door prize valued at $15 or more, you’ll even star in your very own 30 second commercial to promote your business!

Friday, Dec. 11
7:00 am registration
7:30 am program
Courtyard by Marriott
$18 members, $25 non-members

Register at CantonChamber.org by Dec. 9

Light Up Downtown: Event Info, Street Closings, Winter Essentials Drive

Light Up Downtown, the annual holiday ELFstravaganza in downtown Canton, is happening next Thursday, Dec. 3, from 5:30-8:30 pm. Download the map here.

Presented by the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Light Up Downtown provides fun for the whole family, as 14 city blocks come alive with holiday-themed attractions, entertainment, refreshements and fun for children of all ages.

This year’s Light Up will feature Christopher Pop-In-Kins, every child’s favorite elf, in a musical main stage show. In addition, the show will feature community musical and dance acts, extended fireworks, and a very special visit from Santa.

Dozens of local performers will take to the main stage along Market Square (301 Market Ave. N in downtown Canton). The event pre-show, sponsored by Mix 94.1, will run from 5:30-6:00 pm, with the stage show immediately following. Fireworks are expected to start at 6:35 pm.

After the show concludes, families can walk up and down Market Avenue, as local businesses open their doors to provide live entertainment, refreshments and activities.

Street closings: 

Market Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic as follows:

  • Wednesday Dec. 2: from 3rd St. NW to 4th St. NW beginning at 3:30 pm  for stage set-up.
  • Thursday, Dec. 3: from 6th Street South to 6th Street North, from 3:30 to 10:30 pm.

Tuscarawas St. W. will be closed to vehicular traffic as follows:

  • Thursday, Dec. 3: from Piedmont Ave. NE to Court Ave. NW at 3:30 pm

Walnut Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic as follows:

  • Thursday, Dec. 3 : from W. Tusc. to 4th St. NE

2nd, 3rd, & 4th St. NE will be closed to vehicular traffic as follows:

  • Thursday, Dec. 3 from Piedmont Ave. NE to Rex Ave. NE

Parking:  Parking is available on-street and in the following parking lots and decks, for a nominal fee:

  • Timken High School parking lot
  • Stark County District Library lot
  • City Centre Parking Deck at 120 Cleveland Avenue South; enter off of West Tuscarawas; open until 10:30 pm
  • NewMarket Parking Deck at 233 Market Avenue South; enter on 3rd St. SW
  • Parking will not be available in the Millennium Center Parking Deck and surrounding lots due to being located in the fireworks drop zone

Winter Essentials Donations:
During the event, the Canton City Fire Department will distribute winter essentials – hats, mittens, scarves and socks – to children in need at Market Ave. S and 5th St. S. Donations of new children’s hats and mittens should be dropped off at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, or other downtown Canton locations, through Nov. 27. Visit  LightUpDowntown.com for a list of all donation locations.

Event sponsors include Key Bank along with AEP Ohio, Aultman, Quonset Hut, H-P Products, Lowes, Kenan Advantage Group, The Repository, Motten and Meadows Architects, TimkenSteel, Leppo Rents, CRI Technologies, Downtown Canton Special Improvement District, the City of Canton, Metro PCS, PPI Graphics, and Mix 94.1 and 1480 WHBC.

Visit  LightUpDowntown.com for more details. Light Up Downtown is also on Facebook.

Join the Chamber at Annual Thanksgathering Event on Nov. 18

Join the Canton Regional Chamber on Wednesday, Nov. 18, for a special Stir After Hours Presented by Farmers National Bank as the Chamber presents its annual Member Thanksgathering from 5:30-7:30 PM at the Millennium Center (222 Market Ave. N in downtown Canton).
You’ll have the opportunity to tour Millennium Center businesses including Careworks Consultants, Inc., Day Ketterer Ltd. Attorneys at Law, Julz by Alan Rodriguez, Schauer Group, Inc., REM Commericial, and of course, the Chamber of Commerce!
Enjoy entertainment and specialty hors d’oeuvres, delectable desserts, and wine and beer donated from member businesses including: 4 Cookie Divas, Arcadia Grill, Baja West Coast Kitchen, Canal Tavern of Zoar, Cheese Louise, Chocolates by Erin, Courtyard by Marriott, DiBella’s Old Fashioned Subs, Grinders Above and Beyond, Holiday Inn Canton, L.A. Dick Imports, Marco’s Pizza, McKinley Grand Hotel, Napoli’s Pizza, Norcia Bakery, Old Carolina Barbecue Company, Olive Garden, Penn Station, Pure Water Technology, Siegfried Enterprises dba McDonald’s, Smoke the Burger Joint, Thatsa Wrapp, The Cash Cow Girl, and Thompson Entertainment.

Give those in need something to be thankful for by bringing your non-perishable food item or $3 donation for the Stark County Hunger Task Force and receive FREE admission to our Member Thanksgathering event. Though the Thanksgathering event is FREE with your donation, please register online at CantonChamber.org.

Enshrinement Festival Wins IFEA Pinnacle Award

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival was recently recognized by the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) with a prestigious Bronze Pinnacle Award for “Best Event Video” in the category of events with budgets over $1.5 million. 

Awards were presented in 68 different categories at the 2015 IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards on September 21 – 23, 2015, during the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony held at the IFEA’s 60th Annual Convention & Expo in Tucson, Arizona.

Joanne Murray, vice president of community events & sponsorships, expressed appreciation to Larry Schock of PYEcom Home Video, who developed the event video from hundreds of hours of footage shot by the PYEcom team. Annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival overview DVDs are available for purchase at $24.95 each, plus shipping, by calling Chris Gumpp at 330.458.2055 or e-mailing chrisg@cantonchamber.org.

The professional competition draws entries from among the world’s top festivals and events.  Winning entries came from organizations as diverse as the 500 Festival, Indianapolis, IN; the Des Moines Arts Festival, Des Moines, IA; the National Archives, Washington, DC; the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, Pasadena, CA; the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, Mount Vernon, WA; SunFest, West Palm Beach, FL and the Edmonton Heritage Festival in Edmonton, AB, Canada.

International contenders included such diverse event organizations as Destination NSW in Sydney, Australia; Ludwig Van Beethoven Easter Festival in Krakow, Poland; the Singapore Garden Festival, Singapore; RedFilo Events in Abu Dhabi, UAE; Showtime Events; New Delhi, India; Festival Lent, Maribor, Slovenia and the Gimje Horizon Festival in Gimje City, South Korea.

“The IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Competition recognizes the outstanding accomplishments and top quality creative, promotional, operational and community outreach programs and materials produced by festivals and events around the world.  Striving for the highest degree of excellence in festival and event promotions and operations in every budget level and every corner of the globe, this competition has not only raised the standards and quality of the festivals and events industry to new levels, but also shows how event producers can use innovation and creativity to achieve a higher level of success.”

Enshrinement Festival Announces Top Leadership Roles for 2016

The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and Pro Football Hall of Fame have named two long-time community volunteers to the top leadership positions for the 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival.

CondeChip Conde, Stark County Property Tax Supervisor and long-time Enshrinement Festival volunteer, will serve as general chairman of the Enshrinement Festival activities planned by the Enshrinement Festival department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce.  Guy Ruda, account executive for Advantage Waypoint, will serve as general chairman of the Enshrinement Festival activities planned by the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Conde, a graduate of Canton Lincoln High School and the former Mount Union College (now University), has chaired many Enshrinement Festival committees including Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable, Concert & Fireworks, and Drum Corps International, and he continues to serve as a member of each of those committees, as well as the Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner Committee. In 2013, he served as co-chair of the 50th Anniversary Community Celebration Day at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and in 2015, he was the Chamber’s General Vice Chairman for the Enshrinement Festival. He and wife Kathy are strong supporters of the Canton Palace Theatre, including his tenure as a former Board member and current Capital Campaign Chairman. He is a Board member and president of the Friends of the Children’s Network, member of the Canton Lincoln High Alumni Association, and member of the Spanish-American Center. 

RudaRuda begins his first year as general chairman of the Hall’s Enshrinement Festival committees. During the 2015 Enshrinement Festival, while serving in the leadership role as general vice chairman, Ruda also completed his 15th year as chairman of the Enshrinement Committee. He previously served 18 years as a member of the Enshrinement Committee, as well as three years as chairman of the former NFL Experience Committee. A very effective mentor, he provides leadership to his volunteer team by adhering to a favorite motto, “People never improve unless they look to some standard or example higher and better than themselves.” Ruda and his wife Gail are the proud parents of David and Danielle.