Upcoming Events and Programs

SunDown RunDown Business Pitch Event Series - Canton

Connecting Entrepreneurs with Investors, Mentors and Talent

Oct. 19, 2017
Canton Brewing Company
120 3rd St. NW
Doors open 5:30 p.m.
6:00-8 p.m.

Pitch Your Idea!

5 minutes to pitch and 5 minutes of feedback, serious connections to build your network

Ohio is full of great entrepreneurial talent. If you have an idea and you want to make it happen, SunDown RunDown is the best place to showcase your idea.

SunDown RunDown is one of Ohio’s premier entrepreneur pitch nights. It’s a great way for entrepreneurs to connect with investors, mentors, talent and community leaders. Entrepreneurs give a five-minute pitch followed by five minutes of Q&A. The SunDown RunDown Canton Chapter is independently operated by volunteers who have donated their time to help connect entrepreneurs with the resources to take the next step. The audience at our events is made up of members of the regional entrepreneurial community who want to help create, nurture and grow the next generation of great companies.

SunDown RunDown welcomes everyone who has an interest in entrepreneurship. There is no charge to attend, but everyone purchases their own food and drink. Entrepreneurs hoping to pitch should apply ahead of time at www.sundownrundown.org. All other attendees can register at Eventbrite - Sundown Rundown Business Pitch Event - Canton. For additional information contact canton@sundownrundown.org or call 330-316-7967.

 

Information session aimed at entrepreneurs

July 11, 2017
Kent State University at Stark Conference Center
6000 Frank Ave. NW
Canton, Ohio
5 - 7 p.m.

An information session for individuals interested in starting a small business or those who are in the early stages of business formation.

The $10 fee includes materials. Registration and payment must be made online at www.cantonsbdc.org. The session will close one week prior to the event or when the session is full. For additional information contact Amy Schwitzgable or call 330-244-3290.

 

Caffeinated Ideas - Canton

Call it Crowd Sourcing your ideas.

August 9, 2017
Junior Achievement of East Central Ohio
4353 Executive Circle NW
Canton, Ohio
10 - 11 a.m.

Bring your business ideas (even if it is on a napkin) and we will talk about it. Need help with a marketing plan, let the group help you? Do you have talents or time and would like to interact with others starting or operating their business? Then we are looking for you!!! Our goal is to be informal and flexible.

There is no charge to attend. To register for Caffeinated Ideas in Canton. For additional information contact Stark Entrepreneurship Alliance or call 330-316-7967.

 

SunDown RunDown Business Pitch Event Series - Canton

Connecting Entrepreneurs with Investors, Mentors and Talent

April 6, 2017
Fox & Hound, Belden Village Commons
4834 Everhard Rd. NW, Canton, OH 44718
Doors open 5:30 p.m.
6:00-8 p.m.

Pitch Your Idea!

5 minutes to pitch and 5 minutes of feedback, serious connections to build your network

Ohio is full of great entrepreneurial talent. If you have an idea and you want to make it happen, SunDown RunDown is the best place to showcase your idea.

SunDown RunDown is one of Ohio’s premier entrepreneur pitch nights. It’s a great way for entrepreneurs to connect with investors, mentors, talent and community leaders. Entrepreneurs give a five-minute pitch followed by five minutes of Q&A. The SunDown RunDown Canton Chapter is independently operated by volunteers who have donated their time to help connect entrepreneurs with the resources to take the next step. The audience at our events is made up of members of the regional entrepreneurial community who want to help create, nurture and grow the next generation of great companies.

SunDown RunDown welcomes everyone who has an interest in entrepreneurship. There is no charge to attend, but everyone purchases their own food and drink. Entrepreneurs hoping to pitch should apply ahead of time at www.sundownrundown.org. All other attendees can register at the same site. For additional information contact canton@sundownrundown.org or call 330-316-7967.

 

SunDown RunDown Business Pitch Event Series - Canton

Connecting Entrepreneurs with Investors, Mentors and Talent

Nov. 17, 2016
Fox & Hound, Belden Village Commons
4834 Everhard Rd. NW, Canton, OH 44718
6:00-8 p.m.

Pitch Your Idea!

5 minutes to pitch and 5 minutes of feedback, serious connections to build your network

Ohio is full of great entrepreneurial talent. If you have an idea and you want to make it happen, SunDown RunDown is the best place to showcase your idea.

SunDown RunDown is one of Ohio’s premier entrepreneur pitch nights. It’s a great way for entrepreneurs to connect with investors, mentors, talent and community leaders. Entrepreneurs give a five-minute pitch followed by five minutes of Q&A. The SunDown RunDown Canton Chapter is independently operated by volunteers who have donated their time to help connect entrepreneurs with the resources to take the next step. The audience at our events is made up of members of the regional entrepreneurial community who want to help create, nurture and grow the next generation of great companies.

SunDown RunDown welcomes everyone who has an interest in entrepreneurship. There is no charge to attend, but everyone purchases their own food and drink. Entrepreneurs hoping to pitch should apply ahead of time at www.sundownrundown.org. All other attendees can register at the same site. For additional information contact canton@sundownrundown.org or call 330-316-7967.

 

Canton Food Tours: An entrepreneur’s experience

Barbara Abbott, President
Canton Food Tours

October 13, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Stark County Library
715 Market Ave N
Canton, Ohio

Canton Food Tours began when entrepreneur Barbara Abbott discovered the appealing and simple concept of a “food tour” when she took a tour in Scottsdale, Arizona in 2010.

From that chance experience, Abbott spent the next two years planning and developing Canton Food Tours, which launched in May, 2012. Regularly scheduled tours and themed events highlight the unique eateries, amazing artists, and rich history of Canton and surrounding region.

Since then, Abbott has expanded business into Wayne County and beyond. Canton Food Tours, now in it’s fourth season, has grown and diversified every year.

At the Lunch & Learn, Abbott talks about the rise of culinary tourism (across the U.S. and in Ohio), what it took to develop Canton Food Tours, and the power of business-to-business relationships.

Barbara Abbott grew up in Akron, attended the University of Akron and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She worked for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Recreation for 13 years, based out of Quail Hollow State Park in Hartville. Duties included public programming, special events, and supervising regional naturalists.

A Cantonian since 2004, Barbara is President of Canton Food Tours and Wooster Food Tours. Themed, small group walking tours allow participants to explore rich local history and discover points of interest while enjoying chef’s choice creations at great restaurants along the way.

Barbara is a board member of the National First Ladies Library, a member of the Aultman Hospital Women’s Board, a board member of the Jackson Twsp Arts Coalition, and volunteers her time with The Foundation for Community Betterment and United Way. She is also involved in numerous downtown arts and community events and local charities.

Barbara lives in Canton with her husband, Mike, and 10-year old son, Dominic. In her spare time she enjoys reading, playing the violin, birdwatching, participating in theatre, and hiking.

Registration Information

There is no cost to attend the event. To register, please email Annette@Starkcoohio.com or call 330.453.5900.

 

Discover how industry experts are transforming Northeast Ohio

Manufacturing Innovation

Sept. 14, 5:30pm Registration - 6:00pm Program
Shady Hollow Country Club
4865 Wales Ave NW
Massillon, OH
Price: $20.00 Students: $10.00 (includes dinner and non-alcoholic drinks, cash bar available)

Attendees will learn how three local entrepreneurs have developed and implemented innovative new solutions and transformed their businesses. The open forum discussion will focus on real world examples that have created new products and generated new jobs in Stark County.

Moderator is Tim Seifert, president of Seifert Technologies, Inc. The featured speakers will include:

  • Todd Hawkins, president and CEO of Tesla NanoCoatings, Inc. A petroleum engineer and protective coatings inventor, Hawkins has guided the development and commercialization of the company’s innovative coatings designed to prevent the corrosion of steel in the oil and gas, marine, military and industrial markets.
  • Jeff Dimos, president and COO of Miller Weldmaster Corp. During his tenure with the company, revenue and people have more than tripled, and the company has increased its presence to more than 100 countries and 20-plus distributors/partners around the globe.
  • Herb Kohler, president of Kohler Coating. Kohler is the inventor on 20 U.S. patents for coating and web handling equipment used in the paper, converting and corrugating industries.

The evening will include a brief overview of the Impact Angel Fund by Jon Elsasser, fund chairman, and Steve Paquette, president of Stark Development Board. The fund aids local entrepreneurs with new products that have the potential to start a new business in Stark County.

Registration Information

To register, go to manufacturing-innovation.eventbrite.com. Please contact SEA with any questions at 330.453.5900.

 

Brown Bag Luncheon Workshop Series at the Entrepreneur Coworking Office Space at the Stark County District Library

“Understanding Your Customers and Competitors: The Power of Market Research”

Featured Speaker

Jackie Sommers, Market Research Analyst
JumpStart

June 7, 2016
Stark County Library
715 Market Ave N
Canton, Ohio
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

The session will focus on market research from an entrepreneur’s perspective; and topics will include the basics of conducting market research, the importance of market validation, and understanding competitive analysis.

Following the presentation, JumpStart’s staff will be available for 1:1 discussion with those attending.

Remember to bring your brown bag lunch and your favorite beverage.

Registration Information

There is no cost to attend the event. To register, please email Annette@Starkcoohio.com or call 330.453.5900.

 

Alliance Networking Event

Featured Speaker

Mike Conny, President & CEO
MAC Trailer Manufacturing

May 10, 2016
MAC Trailer Manufacturing Inc.
2360 W Main St
Alliance, Ohio
5:30 - 7 p.m.

Mike Conny, President & CEO of MAC Trailer, will talk about his success as an entrepreneur who started a small business in Lexington Township in the 1980s as a one-man operation repairing wrecked trailers in a single-bay garage.

Today, MAC Trailer is the nation’s foremost manufacturer of dump, flatbed and transfer trailers, straight truck bodies, dry bulk pneumatic tanks in both food-grade and raw materials as well as an entire line of liquid tank trailers equipped for gas, oil, fertilizer or food-grade materials.

MAC Trailer now encompasses over 668,000 square feet of facilities on campuses covering over 115 acres with a staff in excess of 1,100 that services both national and international markets. Its locations include Alliance corporate office and manufacturing plant; Aftermarket Parts, Inc. and Showroom; MAC Service; the Salem, Ohio facility; MAC Liquid Tank Trailer in Kent, Ohio and Billings, MT. MAC has also expanded its dump line manufacturing into Oklahoma City, OK and Lima, OH to better serve its customers’ needs.

Registration Information

The program will be co-hosted by the City of Alliance and Alliance Area Development. There is no cost to attend the event. To register for this event, please email Annette@Starkcoohio.com. Space is limited to the first 50 persons who register.

 

SunDown RunDown Business Pitch Event Series - Canton

Connecting Entrepreneurs with Investors, Mentors and Talent

March 31, 2016
Fox & Hound, Belden Village Commons
4834 Everhard Rd. NW, Canton, OH 44718
6:30-8 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Pitch Your Idea!

5 minutes to pitch and 5 minutes of feedback, serious connections to build your network

Ohio is full of great entrepreneurial talent. If you have an idea and you want to make it happen, SunDown RunDown is the best place to showcase your idea.

SunDown RunDown is one of Ohio’s premier entrepreneur pitch nights. It’s a great way for entrepreneurs to connect with investors, mentors, talent and community leaders. Entrepreneurs give a five-minute pitch followed by five minutes of Q&A. The SunDown RunDown Canton Chapter is independently operated by volunteers who have donated their time to help connect entrepreneurs with the resources to take the next step. The audience at our events is made up of members of the regional entrepreneurial community who want to help create, nurture and grow the next generation of great companies.

SunDown RunDown welcomes everyone who has an interest in entrepreneurship. There is no charge to attend, but everyone purchases their own food and drink. Entrepreneurs hoping to pitch should apply ahead of time at www.sundownrundown.org. All other attendees can register at the same site. For additional information contact canton@sundownrundown.org or call 330-316-7967.

 

Clinical Innovation: Challenging Convention for Enhanced Patient Outcomes

Moderated panel discussions:
Clinical entrepreneurs and innovators
Entrepreneurial support and outreach

March 9, 2016
Gervasi Vineyard
1700 55th Street NE, Canton, OH 44721
4:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Clinical Entrepreneurship Panel: Moderated by Dr. Walter Horton, the panel will highlight healthcare innovators from several clinical areas (nursing, pharmacy, surgery, and ophthalmology). Panelists include:

  • Jackie Sanders, founder and CEO of Purple Carrot Idea Farm that is developing new solutions to communicate best practices in nursing across large hospital systems. These best practices have demonstrated considerable efficiency improvements and enhanced patient outcomes.
  • Dr. Philip Roholt, a leading ophthalmologist in Canton who holds several patents and is leading the development of a number of medical devices.
  • David Wagner, pharmacist at Alliance Community Hospital who has invented a semi-automated method of medication management that increases pharmacists' efficiency, improves patient outcomes, and substantially reduces medication errors.
  • Dr. Jeff Ustin, a trauma surgeon with the Cleveland Clinic who holds a number of patents and is active in a number of early stage medical device companies as a founder, inventor, investor and member of advisory boards.

Entrepreneurial Support Panel: Moderated by Elliot Reed of The REDIzone, the panel will include professionals active in all areas needed to translate an idea to a market-ready innovation. Panelists include:

  • Stark Development Board
  • Impact Angel Fund
  • Jumpstart
  • Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • The REDIzone

Provide education and awareness to clinical practitioners across all aspects of healthcare delivery on how they can be involved in innovation and entrepreneurship, either directly through the commercialization of their own idea or indirectly through participation on advisory boards.

Space is limited to 75 - RSVP via email Annette@starkcoohio.com