Stories spark connections. They allow us to see ourselves in history and help us to relate to those around us. They remind us of our commonalities and serve as critical junctures for ideas, opportunities, and a sense of community.

Storytelling is a universal concept that lies at the foundation of this work. There are stories of growth, innovation, collaboration and progress all around us. They need to be told as a way to connect people and inspire them to keep moving forward. Share your story with us and help us to continue to Elevate Greater Akron.

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Steere Enterprises

By ElevateGreaterAkron / June 28, 2022

“Fortunately with some of the incentive money, the PPP loans, we were able to get back to full production very quickly and actually build inventory. That really paid dividends a couple months later when the plants reopened and the market recovered very quickly. Cars have been heavily in demand by consumers and our sales have…

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ASW Global

By ElevateGreaterAkron / May 27, 2022

“With all the variability that’s going on, you have inflation, you have lack of space especially in the warehousing community; those are things were we are looking to provide solutions and opportunities for our clients. So they are able to bring their product and we are able to move it effeciently for them.” Jonathan Thornton, Director…

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JG Promotions

By ElevateGreaterAkron / April 19, 2022

“We’ve gone from small venues of 23 business to working with the Summit County Parks Department and renting a park and doing 100 vendors and food trucks and music. Having a set schedule and a set location here in the Akron area, I have to say people have been great.” Want to learn more about…

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Ethicrace Clothing Company

By ElevateGreaterAkron / March 22, 2022

“My brand is not just for one demographic of people. It’s for everybody in the whole world so that is where we came up with the name Ethicrace.” – Terrence Bailey Sr., CEO/Co-Founder Ethicrace Clothing Company Want to learn more about this growth story? Visit Ethicrace Clothing Company

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Akron CNC Training

By ElevateGreaterAkron / March 22, 2022

“People can come in, get enrolled, train for just four months and literally change their life. People have changed professions. People have gained employment in just four months and many of our graduates nowadays are placed before they even graduate because the demand is so high.” Want to learn more about this growth story? Visit…

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Green Harvest Capital

By ElevateGreaterAkron / March 15, 2022

“Green Harvest Capital is a private equity fund that was founded to own and operate workforce housing real state in Northeast Ohio. We look for neighborhoods like Highland Square, walkable neighborhoods with establishments that are convenient to our tenants.” Want to learn more about this growth story? Visit Green Harvest Capital

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Legacy 31

By ElevateGreaterAkron / January 31, 2022

“In the last 7 months or so, I’ve actually doubled the people that I reach out to. I had a semi viral post on Facebook and so with that post a lot of people reached out, “Hey can you tell your story here; Hey can you tell your story there.” Because I did that and…

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Barry Pediatrics

By ElevateGreaterAkron / January 31, 2022

“One of the pieces of advice that I was given that I remind myself all the time is it’s not about the decision, it’s about being decisive. If I have to pivot, if I have to change what I’m doing, I will do that but I am just not planning on giving up until it’s…

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Rogue Awakening

By ElevateGreaterAkron / January 7, 2022

“Connect with other local businesses. That is the biggest thing I can say is connect with other local businesses. Support them. They’ll support you back and be vulnerable with your community.” Giovanna Knudsen, Owner, Rogue Awakening Want to learn more about this growth story? Visit Rogue Awakening

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Welcome to the Pit

By ElevateGreaterAkron / January 6, 2022

“My wife and I, we wanted to open up a gym to help our family members and just give back. We wanted it to be more of a family type of gym where everybody felt comfortable to train the way they wanted to train. And one of the things we wanted to stress was versatility…

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