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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The Tea Lady

By ElevateGreaterAkron / December 20, 2021

“Write your plan. Save your money. Make an investment. Put a stake in the ground. Make sure its deep enough that it doesn’t come up if you have a bad day. You are going to stick to it because you want it to survive.” Renea Woods-Baylor, President and Tea Lady, Ohio Tea Lady Want to…

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VineWorks Marketing

By ElevateGreaterAkron / December 20, 2021

“My advice for a growing business in Akron and anywhere to be honest is to allow yourself the space to evolve. I say that almost everywhere I go because there are so many opportunities for organic growth and organic change that can just blossom in ways we can’t predict in business…” Want to learn more…

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Additive Engineering Solutions

By ElevateGreaterAkron / October 28, 2021

“Additive Engineering Solutions is an advanced manufacturing company that utlilizes some of the largest 3D printers in the world. Here at AES, we make a multitude of products from tooling and molds to the aerospace and construction industry to products for marine where we are printing full length 20ft. long submarines.” Want to learn more…

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Totally Baked Pizza

By ElevateGreaterAkron / October 28, 2021

“Regarding our growth, we opened on July 6th and we have been well received by the community and we have seen an organic consistent regular growth week in and week out. We have been embraced by our clients. We are making friends everyday.” Want to learn more about this growth story? Visit Totally Baked Pizza

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The Paper Mill Studio

By ElevateGreaterAkron / October 28, 2021

“I will say last season we had some challenges with Covid but we also at the same time saw such a great return to shopping local so we had one of our best holiday seasons so we are really grateful.” Erin Leslie, President and Creative Director, Paper Mill Studio Want to learn more about this…

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Art of Sucre

By ElevateGreaterAkron / October 11, 2021

“So we decided to do events where we would spin cotton candy in person at weddings, birthday parties, and in 2020 when the world shut down, instead of just closing the business and stopping doing events we decided to pivot to packaged cotton candy that we now ship all over the world.” Want to learn…

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Hopson Communication and Coaching, LLC

By ElevateGreaterAkron / August 30, 2021

“By being in banking myself years ago, I have a bunch of friends who are in various banks now and if I can connect them with my clients and it’s a win win scenario or connect them with an accounting firm or law firm that I know so that we really wear our resources well.…

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Always Dreaming Enterprises, LLC

By ElevateGreaterAkron / August 29, 2021

“My advice of the growing businesses of Akron, so utilize all of your resources. And there are a lot more resources than you know. Downtown Akron Partnership and the Greater Akron Chamber have been awesome.” Jason Miller, owner, Rubber City Comics Want to learn more about this growth story? Visit Always Dreaming Enterprises, LLC

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Art X Love

By ElevateGreaterAkron / August 29, 2021

“Working in Akron has been an incredible blessing for us because it has allowed us to demonstrate really our capabilities and to show best practices that really have application anywhere in the country. We have produced 93 unique initiatives in eighteen months.” Want to learn more about this growth story? Visit Art X Love

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Tech Diva Consulting, LLC

By ElevateGreaterAkron / August 29, 2021

“As far as growth, I have taken on some different clients as of these days that are actually much more education based especially with the advent of remote learning. I do expect growth especially with all the businesses that are being started since Covid. A lot of them are going to need websites. A lot…

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