There are so many things happening in your Chamber, our community, state and nationally that it’s hard to narrow this message down to a few issues.
First of all, our thoughts go out to all of communities that are dealing with the aftermath of Irene. Except for a minor earthquake here, we have managed to avoid so many of the disasters that have devastated other parts of our country over the past several years. I know that one of the critical issues of rebuilding a community is to rebuild the infrastructure and get everyone back to work and the Chambers of Commerce in the areas that were affected will be working hard to help rebuild their communities.
We talk a lot about entrepreneurs. We are kicking off the YEA! (Young Entrepreneurs Academy) right after Labor Day. In case you missed the initial announcement, the Chamber has entered into a three-year agreement with YEA! and with the help of our many generous sponsors we will be conducting an eight month program at Medina High School with as many as 24 High School students creating twelve businesses. The application and more details will be on the front page of our website on Tuesday, September 6. If you have a high school student or know of one that would be a good candidate you can nominate him or her using the same link on our website. Thank you to all of our sponsors.
University of Akron/MCUC
John Gorsek, CPA (Gorsek & Co.)
BPR Rico Equipment
C. Martin Trucking
Conrad & Dowdell Productions, Inc.
Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston, Ltd.
Dyer, Hughes, Roche & Wilson
Cindy & Don Fuller
Gerspacher Real Estate Group
The Growth Coach – Mike Rao
Homestead Insurance Agency
Medina Vision & Laser Centre
Philpott Rubber Company
Sandridge Food Corporation
Western Reserve Bank
The Chamber has partnered with the City of Medina and several other organizations to provide a seven-week Medina Small Business and Entrepreneur Basics at the University Center. You can find out more details on this program on our website www.medinaohchamber.com. The program is designed for business start-ups but existing businesses are also encouraged to take these classes. If it is time for you to revisit your business plan or are considering growth, this program can help you focus and work on your business priorities to help you reach your goal.
Of course it is also fall and everyone gets to go back to school. The Chamber will be launching new training/educational programs over the winter to help you stay on top of technology, trends, new opportunities and business development.