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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Dirty River Bike Works

By ElevateGreaterAkron / June 17, 2021 /

“The advice I would give for someone who wants to start or grow a business in Akron is to connect with people. Pretty much every single time I’ve asked for help someone has helped. The people in downtown have been really great to work with.” Want to learn more about this growth story? Visit dirtyriver.bike.com

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Smack Yo Mamma Wings & Things

By ElevateGreaterAkron / April 28, 2021 /

“Since I’ve opened up on North Howard, where my first store was at, the neighborhood there just embraced us and supported us so much.” Want to learn more about this growth story? Tommy Cherry,Smack Yo Mamma Facebook

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Mint Hair Collective

By ElevateGreaterAkron / April 28, 2021 /

“We have also been really fortunate to recently this month to hire a haircutting specialist and esthetician. So our team is growing, and we are seeing our clients and community respond to that.” Want to learn more about this growth story? Visit minthaircollective.com

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Ivory & Ash

By ElevateGreaterAkron / April 28, 2021 /

“My roots are here. Opening a business in Ohio has been a dream. All of my friends are here; a lot of them are entrepreneurs. Reach out to everyone you know that is an entrepreneur.” Want to learn more about this growth story? Contact Annie McGinty, ivoryandash.com

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Daisy Cakes

By ElevateGreaterAkron / April 28, 2021 /

“Our first year in business, 2018, we sold 13,000 cake pops, which I was astonished by. So last year, we ended up selling 76,000 cake pops. This year we are on track to crush this number as well.” Want to learn more about this growth story? Amy Mucha, daisycak.es

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Rubber City Reuse

By ElevateGreaterAkron / March 30, 2021 /

“If I can say one thing to a local Akronite trying to start a business, trying to become an entrepreneur. Stay persistent, don’t stop.” Want to learn more about this growth story? Contact Benjamin McMillan, rubbercityreuse.com

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META Center Inc

By ElevateGreaterAkron / March 30, 2021 /

“META has grown by ways of me being my own entity and able to share my story of transitioning and the work that I’ve done within the community and so by word of mouth, it has really helped with that.” Want to learn more about this growth story? Contact Giovonni Santiago, metacenterinc.org

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The CoLounge

By ElevateGreaterAkron / March 30, 2021 /

“We were supposed to launch and open up right when everything shut down. I had to pivot. With pivoting, I really started to learn and dig into how is the coworking and flexible office space going to change post-pandemic.” Want to learn more about this growth story? Contact Kristen Birkbeck, thecolounge.com

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Bluestone Bakery

By ElevateGreaterAkron / March 30, 2021 /

“The community support has been amazing. All of the orders and excitement has really put this company where it is right now.” Want to learn more about this growth story? Contact Ashley D’Andrea, bluestone.bakery.ohio@gmail.com

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Blaak Media

By ElevateGreaterAkron / March 30, 2021 /

“Akron is a part of me. It’s a part of my company. If you see my logo at the end of a video, Akron, Ohio pops up right underneath it because I’m very proud of that. “ Want to learn more about this growth story? Ashton Blake, blaakmedia.com

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