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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Military Hire

By ElevateGreaterAkron / January 28, 2021

“We’ve increased the number of job on our site by 14 times the original jobs posted on the site. We’ve added at least a half a dozen partners that are helpful in providing services to veterans.” Want to learn more about this growth story? Contact Jeff Finefrock, jfinefrock@saasfactory.capital​

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Whiskertin Lighting: Q&A with Glenn Miller

By ElevateGreaterAkron / November 20, 2020

What is the background story of your business? When/how was it created? In 2015, we made our first light and posted a picture on social media and got a great response from it. From there, we decided to start creating different types of lights. The business expanded from there and is still continuing to evolve. How do…

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GloLyte Lamps.: Q&A with Dominic Falcione

By ElevateGreaterAkron / November 19, 2020

What is the background story of your business? When/how was it created? Prior to starting this business, I was operating a business called Krunchworks (Design+Build). I have a studio in Bounce Hub Innovation that I’ve been operating out of for about 3 years. Many projects included lighting such as the Angel Falls Coffee Co. sign, the…

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NOMZ: Q&A with Kassandra Morrison

By ElevateGreaterAkron / November 15, 2020

What is the background story of your business? When/how was it created? We’ve been open for about two years. Sam, my partner, who makes all of our menus used to work for Mustard Seed. I used to own a t- shirt company, and inside of the Northside Marketplace with like a small shop in the back…

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Hustle Hard Fitness, LLC: Q&A with Jacqwelynn Wymann

By ElevateGreaterAkron / November 1, 2020

What is the background story of your business? When/how was it created? It began with a dream in 2017. I knew i wanted to help people become healthy and have fun doing it. I was about to leave the security of my job as a sheriff and pursue my dream of becoming an entrepreneur. After much…

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