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!

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 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 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

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

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.”

Cultivate Business Leads at Fall NETWORK on Oct. 30

Jeanne_WiedtBring a big stack of business cards and get ready for speed networking! (Think speed dating, but without all the nerves!) The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Fall NETWORK event on Friday, Oct. 30, provides a way to increase your sales database and grow your contacts.

Fall NETWORK will take attendees on a networking journey through four, fast-paced hours of energizing activities, complete with icebreakers and new ideas on how to increase your sales effectiveness. Attendees will acquire new business contacts and potential sales leads at the event.

Event emcee Jeanne Wiedt, certified trainer, Dale Carnegie Training, will present business tips on building relationships and strategies for success.

Fall NETWORK will be held at Skyland Pines Golf Club & Banquet Facility. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the program and roundtable speed networking from 8:30 a.m. to Noon. Tickets are $35 for Canton Regional Chamber members and $60 for non-members, and include a full buffet breakfast. Register now online at or call (330) 458-2070.

NETWORK is not just for sales and marketing associates; it will benefit anyone interested in establishing long-term relationships and increasing a company’s bottom line, including area business owners and purchasing agents. Every attendee will receive a registrant’s list for post-event follow-up and future contact. There is a maximum of two representatives per company permitted to ensure greatest networking exposure.

Zurich-Based Investment Advisor to Speak at Utica Summit

Shepperd Investors_Shepperd FrederickThe economy is expanding in the United States but not in Europe. That is why Frederick Shepperd of Zurich, Switzerland, believes investment in the United States is attractive to wealthy European families and institutions.

Shepperd, a native of Tuscarawas County, Ohio, who now runs Shepperd Investors AG in Zurich, will speak about the potential for European business investment in Ohio when he appears at Utica Summit III on Oct. 13 at Kent State University Stark’s Conference Center.

A co-production of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, and The Repository, Utica Summit III is an annual conference featuring speakers who examine the “downstream” effects of Utica energy on manufacturing and other economic activity.

Shepperd advises European family offices and institutional investors. He says these investors are “quiet” and willing to take the long view rather than being driven by a company’s quarterly earnings reports.

These investors are furthermore interested in U.S. energy-based investments, he says. There is great opportunity to make these investors more aware of the Utica’s inexpensive and abundant natural gas finds, he believes.

To understand why the United States may be attractive to European wealth, one could look at a comparison of gross domestic product growth in the second quarter 2015: It was 3.7 percent in the United States, 0.3 percent in the Euro Area countries.

Born in Dover, Ohio, Shepperd is a graduate of University of Akron and Capital University School of Law. Shepperd Investors is a successor to family real estate investments that began in Tuscarawas County in 1918.

To register for Utica Summit III go to Sponsorship information is available from David Kaminski at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce:, or (330) 458-2059.

Ohio AG Mike DeWine to Speak in Canton on Oct. 15

2011_MikeDewineHiResWebOhio Attorney General Mike DeWine will speak Thursday, Oct. 15, in Jackson Township at a luncheon event sponsored jointly by the Jackson-Belden Chamber of Commerce and the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The event will be 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Emergency Medicine Physicians Auditorium at 4535 Dressler Road NW. Tickets for the box-lunch event are $15 and are available through Oct. 12 unless the event sells out sooner.

DeWine will provide an update on issues and activities involving his office. The attorney general provides a host of services for families, businesses, law enforcement, the legal community and state and local government. More information is at

To register, go to the events section of either or You also can call the Jackson-Belden Chamber at (330) 833-4400 or the Canton Regional Chamber at (330) 458-2070.

Attorney General DeWine began his public service career as Green County prosecutor. He then served in the Ohio Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, as Ohio’s lieutenant governor, and in the U.S. Senate before being elected attorney general in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. He is a native of Yellow Springs and a graduate of Miami University and Ohio Northern University’s law school.