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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Modern Vitality

By ElevateGreaterAkron / July 30, 2021

“When covid hit we were really lucky that we are part of Akron and it’s a city full of people with grit that were able to rebound and able to lean on each other to rebuild afterward and even during. The amount of support that we had from local businesses has been mind-blowing.” Want to…

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24 Karat Posse

By ElevateGreaterAkron / June 17, 2021

“24 Karat was inspired by our friendship and the qualities we value which are authenticity, unity, and always strives for first place.” Want to learn more about this growth story? Visit 24KaratPosse

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Gotham Gym & Savage Fitness

By ElevateGreaterAkron / June 17, 2021

“To any of the businesses that are growing here in Akron, one of the key things I would say as a piece of advice, look to all the resources that are available. Make sure that you understand the different populations and target markets that exist here because there are so many.” Want to learn more…

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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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