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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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Charene Creative

By ElevateGreaterAkron / December 19, 2022

Charisse and her daughter Amelia are second and third generation entrepreneurs. Charisse is the president of her design and branding company, Charene Creative. Amelia is the founder of her own telehealth counseling practice. Want to learn more about this growth story? Visit Charene Creative

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Sunshine Senior Staffing

By ElevateGreaterAkron / December 16, 2022

“The most important thing to remember when you’re growing or starting a business is to remember why you started.” – Terressa Dixon-Pickett, Owner and CEO, Sunshine Senior Staffing Agency Want to learn more about this growth story? Visit Sunshine Senior Staffing Agency

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BLU-Tique Hotel

By ElevateGreaterAkron / December 16, 2022

“The Akron region has really helped with the success of the hotel obviously being in a downtown setting. We’re starting to see a lot more social, sports, corporate business, so I think the outlook of the business is looking good and looking upward.” – Rob Purdy, Riley Hotel Group/Blu-Tique Hotel Want to learn more about…

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Sir Troy’s Toy Kingdom

By ElevateGreaterAkron / November 28, 2022

“Sir Troy’s Toy Kingdom now has the largest specialty toy store in the United States. The Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce has been so instrumental in the growth of our company and helping us attract very talented people to our team because we now offer healthcare.” – Heather Marks, Vice President, Sir Troy’s Toy Kingdom…

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Oh Snap Photo Lab

By ElevateGreaterAkron / November 28, 2022

“When people come into Oh Snap, they make sure they tell people about it, they photograph it, and they document their time here, and because of that, once you get one person in here, that one person is at least going to bring two or three.” – Tiffany Roper, CEO, Oh Snap Photo Lab Want…

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Broadway Self Storage

By ElevateGreaterAkron / November 28, 2022

“Broadway Self Storage was an idea I had for offices, billboard advertising, and storage. By buying this building, I thought I would help improve the area. The city has plans for this whole area to start making a comeback.” – Michael Collins, Owner, Broadway Self Storage Want to learn more about this growth story? Visit…

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METRO Regional Transit Authority

By ElevateGreaterAkron / November 28, 2022

“Learning those lessons from the pandemic about who our core riders are, we embarked on a transit development plan, and what is now blossoming into “Reimagine METRO,” which is our plan to redesign our bus network.” Jarrod Hampshire, COO, METRO Want to learn more about this growth story? Visit Reimagine METRO

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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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