Kent Area

Chamber of Commerce

Connections | August 2021

Upcoming August Events

  • August 3rd: Leadership Portage County/Metis Construction Services Patio Party
  • August 6th: Great Lakes Honda - Networking*
  • Thursday, August 12th: KACC Luncheon
  • Thursday, August 12th: UH Portage - Business After Hours*
  • Friday, August 13th: 26th Annual KACC/KSU Athletics Golf Outing
  • Wednesday, August 18th: Water Street Tavern - Business After Hours
  • August 21st: Dog Days of Summer
  • Wednesday, August 25th: Breakfast with the City Manager
  • August 28th: 23rd Annual Portage County Environmental Conservation Awards Event
  • Tuesday, August 31st: Bowman Breakfast

For more information and to register for events go to our website

Fourth of July 2

26th Annual KACC/KSU Athletics

Golf Outing


August 13th

8:03 am


Racoon Hill Golf Club

485 Judson Road

Kent, OH 44240

2021 Luncheon Speakers

August 12th: Deborah F. Spake, Ph.D. - Dean of College of Business Administration and Professor of Marketing

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

September Sponsor: Open Arms Adoption

October Sponsor: Hometown Bank

November Sponsor: Terry Ginn


December Sponsor: NOACC

KACC E-Blasts

August 2nd: Ray's Place

August 6th: Kent Lions Club

August 9th: Portage Park District Foundation

August 13th: Wright Heating

August 20th: Brimfield Insurance Group

August 27th: Mental Health Recovery Board of Portage County

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Destination Kent CVB Visitor Centre

We are asking businesses to supply us with your brochures, flyers, or pamphlets, in quantities of 25 to 50 for the Destination Kent CVB Visitor Centre. Currently we are getting more traffic from travelers, parents with future students checking out our city and people relocating. Material can be dropped off Monday thru Friday, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 201A East Erie Street.

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Deborah F. Spake, Ph.D.

Dean of College of Business Administration and Professor of Marketing at Kent State University

KACC August Luncheon


Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center

215 S. Depeyster Street, Kent, Ohio 

Date/Time Information:

Thursday, August 12th

11:30 am - Networking

Noon - Lunch/Program


Cost: $20 KACC members/guests

Non-members $25 

(Note: No-shows will be billed.)

Walk-ins will be charged $30

Register at:

Reservations are due no later than August 10th


New Members

Career & Community Studies--Jennifer Miller

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

OfficeMax, Stow--Christopher Perry

R& R Home Remodeling-- Richard Hood

Events at Parkside--Rhonda Wiggins & Penny Kegg

The Wood Box-- Sam Hardesty

Arby's - Barb Friedman

August Business Spotlight


4220 Kent Road

Stow, OH 44224

Phone: 330-686-1171

For all your office and back to school supplies . . .

contact store General Manager, Christopher Perry, to pick up your Store Purchasing Card . . . get access to special pricing and more with your Store Purchasing Card

*Exclusive Chamber Member Benefits

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. 

Calendar of Events for 2021

Please try to join us at any of the events listed below.

Also, be sure to check our website for any add on events or date changes

*Multi Chamber Events


  • Friday, September 3rd 8:00 am Great Lakes Honda - Networking*
  • Saturday, September 4th 3:00 pm Kent Jaycees - Kent Craft Beer Fest
  • Thursday, September 9th 11:30 am KACC Luncheon
  • Thursday, September 9th 4:30 pm UH Portage - Business After Hours*
  • Wednesday, September 15th 4:00 pm The River Merchant - Business After Hours
  • Wednesday, September 22nd 7:45 am Breakfast with the City Manager
  • Wednesday, September 29th 5:00 pm Fourteen Chambers of Commerce ~ Members Only Event - Business After Hours Networking*


  • Friday, October 1st 8:00 am Great Lakes Honda - Networking*
  • Thursday, October 7th 4:30 pm UH Portage - Business After Hours*
  • Wednesday, October 13th 4:00 pm Bistro on Main - Business After Hours
  • Thursday, October 14th 11:30 am KACC Luncheon
  • Wednesday, October 27th 7:45 am Breakfast with the City Manager
  • Thursday, October 28th 8:00 am Breakfast Blender - Little City Grill*


  • Friday, November 5th 8:00 am Great Lakes Honda - Networking*
  • Saturday, November 6th Business, Community & Healthcare EXPO
  • Thursday, November 11th 11:30 am KACC Luncheon
  • Thursday, November 18th Tree City Awards


  • Friday, December 3rd 8:00 am Great Lakes Honda - Networking*
  • Saturday, December 4th Festival of Lights
  • Thursday, December 9th 11:30 am KACC Luncheon

NOACC Benefits

Northern Ohio Area Chambers of Commerce (NOACC), of which the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce is a member, is a regional partnership of over 120 community-based chambers of commerce in northern Ohio dedicated to helping chambers deliver competitive and cost-saving benefits and services for almost 30,000 member businesses. Our mission is to harness the power of the NOACC chamber partnership to provide benefits and resources that the individual business or chamber would be unable to obtain on their own.

The NOACC Chambers have a menu of discounted benefits – including health insurance benefits, workers compensation packages, shipping, supplies, etc., to choose from to offer the businesses they serve in their local communities. Members of NOACC Chambers can use any of the NOACC benefits by contacting the providers directly.

For an updated/complete list of benefits:

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