Kent Area Chamber of Commerce

Connections | June 2021

Upcoming Events:

  • June 1st: Ribbon Cutting--Open Arms Adoption
  • June 2nd: Ribbon Cutting--Dirty Skate Company
  • June 4th:1st Friday IN PERSON Multi-Chamber Networking
  • June 10th: KACC Luncheon
  • June 10th: Ribbon Cutting--Twin Lakes Golf Shop & Sports Collectibles
  • June 16th: Business After Hours at Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center
  • June 26th: Kent Heritage Festival

Mark Your Calendars!

  • July 10th: Wine 'n Nine at The Fairways of Twin Lakes
  • August 2nd: KACC Golf Outing at Windmill Lakes Golf Club

More information forthcoming!


Weekly E-blasts:

  • June 4th: Open Arms Adoption

  • June 11th: KSU Hotel & Conference Center

  • June 18th: Electronic Payments

  • June 25th: Anne Marie Noble-Haven of Portage County

KACC Luncheon Speakers for 2021

June 10th: Andrea Metzler-

Portage Park District Public Engagement Manager

July 22nd: Ken Babby-

Owner, Akron Rubber Ducks

August 12th: Randale Richmond-KSU Athletics Director

September 9th: David Poluga-KSU Airport Manager

October 14th: Brent Pfeiffer & DECA Students

November 11th: Kent Jaycees

December 9th: Roberto Sorgi-Owner, American Fireworks

2021 Luncheon Sponsors

June Sponsor: Portage Parks

District Foundation

July Sponsor: Akron Rubber Ducks

October Sponsor: Hometown Bank

November Sponsor: Terry Ginn


December Sponsor: NOACC

Kent Heritage Festival

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The Kent Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Kent are excited to present a “modified version” of the Kent Heritage Festival, to include live music and fireworks on Saturday, June 26. Enjoy family, fellowship, and fireworks in downtown Kent. Support local businesses, enjoy a bite to eat at one of our many great restaurants and grab a DORA drink as you stroll through downtown Kent tapping your toes to the live music playing throughout our downtown. Stay for the awesome fireworks show to launch at dark! There will be no outside vendors or road closures for this event. For more information, please contact the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce. See the article in the Record-Courier for more information: Kent Heritage Festival

KACC Luncheon

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Andrea Metzler:

Portage Park District Public Engagement Manager


For those attending, there will be proper social distancing and seating is limited to 40 attendees.


June 10, 2021

Networking/Sign in: 

11:30 - 11:55 AM


Noon - 1:00 PM


Kent State University Hotel &

Conference Center

215 S. Depeyster Street, Kent, Ohio 


$20.00 for attendees in person (box lunch)

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June Business Spotlight:

Ace Hardware of Kent

176 Cherry Street

Kent, OH 44240

(330) 593-5094

Ace Hardware of Kent is a loyally owned and operated company. They offer a full-line of hardware and features Milwaukee Tools and Ben Moore Paint products. They are committed to being ''The Helpful Place

2021 New Members:

Career & Community Studies--Jennifer Miller

Bedknobs & Broomsticks Estate Liquidation, LLC--Melissa Cogswell & Kirsten Kamenash

Office Max, Stow--Christopher Perry

R& R Home Remodeling-- Richard Hood

Events at Parkside--Rhonda Wiggins & Penny Kegg

The Wood Box-- Sam Hardesty

Ribbon Cuttings

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Ribbon Cutting for Events at Parkside

On May 19th, the Kent Area Chamber of commerce held a ribbon cutting for our newest member, Events at Parkside! Pictured left to right Sabrina Christian-Bennett, Portage County Commissioner; Mary Jo Cline, KACC 1st Vice President; Penny Kegg, Co-Owner; Ann Hanna, Franklin Township Trustee Chair; Kent Mayor Jerry Fiala; Rhonda Wiggins, Co-Owner; Joy Pahls, Hometown Bank; Keith Benjamin, Franklin Township Trustee; Michelle Hartman, KACC Board Member; and Mary Kline, KACC President.

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Ribbon Cutting for Open Arms Adoption

Join us on June 1st for the relocation ribbon cutting at Open Arms Adoption! Located at 11 South River Street, Kent (across from the library) at 5:00 p.m.

Ribbon Cutting for Dirty Skate Company

On June 2nd we will be hosting a ribbon cutting for Dirty Skate Company! Located at 223 North Water Street, Kent at 5:00 p.m.

Ribbon Cutting for Twin Lakes Golf Shop & Sports Collectibles

At 5:00 p.m. June 10th, we will be having a ribbon cutting at Twin Lakes Golf Shop and Sports Collectibles! They are located at 1519 Overlook Road, Unit B, Lower Level.

Kent Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area

Downtown Kent is the place to be! Grab your friends, grab a DORA beverage, and have some fun. You can support our locally owned businesses by eating, drinking, ordering curbside pick-up, or even buying something new. If you haven’t been to Kent in a while you’re invited back to have some fun!

DORA Participating Businesses Are:

157 Lounge, Barflyy Retro Bar & Arcade, Barrio Tacos, Belleria Pizza & Italian, Brewhouse Pub, Bricco, Buffalo Wild Wings, Dominick’s, Euro Gyro, Fresco, Kent State Hotel & Conference Center/Nineteen10 Restaurant & Lounge, Laziza, North Water Brewing Company, Pacific East, Panini’s, Ray’s Place, Steak-Eez, Taco Tantos, The Loft, The Pub in Kent, Tree City Coffee & Pastry, Troy Grille, Twisted Meltz, Venice Café, Water Street Tavern, & Zephyr Pub. 

NOACC Cost-Saving Benefits Available to All Kent Area Chamber of Commerce Members

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Group Health Insurance


Chamber Energy Program

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Managed Care Organization (MCO)

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Chamber Payments/Billing & Payroll/HR Programs

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Store Purchasing Program

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Workers' Compensation Group Rating Programs

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NOACC Chamber Shipping Program

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