Kent Area Chamber of Commerce

Connections | July 2021

Upcoming Events:


  • July 8th: UH Portage Business After Hours
  • July 17th: Kent Blues Fest
  • July 21st: Business After Hours at North Water Brewing Company
  • July 22nd: KACC Luncheon at Laziza
  • July 27th: Breakfast Blender at Little City Grill
  • July 28th: Breakfast with the City Manager at Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center
  • July 30th: Friendship Day at Laziza
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Mark Your Calendars!

26th Annual KACC/KSU Athletics Golf Outing



Date/Time:

August 13th

8:03 am


Location:

Racoon Hill Golf Club

485 Judson Road

Kent, OH 44240


Golf outing being finalized - watch for more information coming soon!

Fourth of July 2

KACC E-Blasts:



July 2nd: Hall-Green Agency

July 9th: Advanced Display Systems

July 16th: UH Portage Medical Center

July 23rd: Portage Community Bank

July 30th: METIS Construction Services

KACC Luncheon Speakers for 2021


July 22nd: Ken Babby-

Owner, Akron Rubber Ducks

August 12th: KSU 

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

July Sponsor: Akron Rubber Ducks

September Sponsor: Open Arms Adoption

October Sponsor: Hometown Bank

November Sponsor: Terry Ginn

Advertising

December Sponsor: NOACC

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Ken Babby

Owner of the Akron RubberDucks

KACC Luncheon

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Location:

Laziza

195 East Erie Street

Kent, OH 44240


Date/Time Information:

Thursday, July 22nd 

11:30 am - Networking

Noon - Lunch/Program

 

Contact Information:

kentchamber@kentbiz.com


Fees/Admission:

Cost: $20 KACC members/guests

Non-members $25 

(Note: No-shows will be billed.)

Walk-ins will be charged $30

Reservations are due no later than July 20th

Register Here

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


Arby's - Barb Friedman

July Business Spotlight:

Portage Park District Foundation

1768 Elm Drive

Kent, OH 44240

(330) 678-9127

www.portageparkdistrict.org


Their mission is to conserve Portage County’s natural heritage and provide opportunities for its appreciation and enjoyment.

June Ribbon Cuttings

Ribbon Cutting at Open Arms Adoption


On June 1st, the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting to welcome Open Arms Adoption to Kent. Their office is located at 11 South River Street, across from the Kent Free Library. 

Pictured participating in the ribbon cutting, left to right: Steve Smigel, Deborah Covert, Amanda Senn, Mary Kline, Alex Smigel, Noelle Smigel, Adam Copel, Jackie D’Antonio-Smigel - Executive Director of Open Arms Adoption, Leighan Fink, Jeff McClain, Dawn Sherman, Mayor Jerry Fiala and Tina Sellers-Smith.

Ribbon Cutting at Dirty Skate Company


The Kent Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed the Dirty Skate Co. at their grand opening on June 2nd with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Stop in and see them at 223 N. Water Street in downtown Kent for a great selection of skateboards, t-shirts, stickers, and more!

Pictured with owners Sherri and Matt McMinn is Mayor Jerry Fiala, along with chamber members, family and friends who joined in the June 2nd ribbon cutting.

Ribbon Cutting at Twin Lakes Golf Shop & Sports Collectibles


The Kent Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed Twin Lakes Golf Shop & Sports Collectibles, located at 1519 Overlook Road, Unit B, Lower Level in Twin Lakes, with a ribbon cutting on June 17th. Joining in the celebration are:

Front row, left to right: Tom Hall, Charlotte Morrette Pliske, Joy Pahls, Mayor Fiala, Erika Plute, Emilee Plute, Chris Plute (owner) and Mary Jo Cline.

Second row, left to right: Butch Morrette, Collin Kays and Mary Kline.

Ribbon Cutting at the “new” Arby’s


The Kent Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed the “new” Arby’s at their grand opening on June 28th with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Their new location is at 1821 E. Main Street in Kent.

Pictured participating in the grand opening, left to right: Mary Jo Cline/ Donna Manwaring, Director of Operations/ Joe Joltin, Area Supervisor/ Barb Friedman, Certified Training Manager/ Mayor Jerry Fiala/ Mary Kline/ Amy Wilkens/ Jennifer Lennnox.

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

August

  • Friday, August 6th 8:00 am Great Lakes Honda - Networking ~ Celebrating 5 Years (+1) Anniversary (Prizes & Giveaways) *
  • Thursday, August 12th 11:30 am KACC Luncheon
  • Thursday, August 12th 4:30 pm UH Portage - Business After Hours*
  • Friday, August 13th 8:03 am Racoon Hill Golf Club - 26th Annual KACC/KSU Athletics Golf Outing
  • Wednesday, August 18th 4:00 pm Water Street - Business Afterhours
  • August 21st - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm Hometown Plaza - Dog Days of Summer
  • Wednesday, August 25th 7:45 am Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center - Breakfast with the City Manager
  • Tuesday, August 31st Bowman Breakfast - Time TBD


September

  • 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 22nd 7:45 am Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center - Breakfast with the City Manager
  • Date to be determined - Business After Hours at The River Merchant


October

  • Friday, October 1st 8:00 am Great Lakes Honda - Networking*
  • Thursday, October 7th 4:30 pm UH Portage - Business After Hours*
  • Thursday, October 14th 11:30 am KACC Luncheon
  • Wednesday, October 27th 7:45 am Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center - Breakfast with the City Manager
  • Thursday, October 28th 8:00 am Little City Grill - Breakfast Blender*
  • Date to be determined - Business After Hours at Bistro on Main


November

  • 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 Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center - Tree City Awards


December

  • Friday, December 3rd 8:00 am Great Lakes Honda - Networking*
  • Saturday, December 4th Santa Comes to Town
  • Thursday, December 9th 11:30 am KACC Luncheon
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