• Portage Development Board Updates & Events

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    September 8, 2022
    It's been an eventful summer at the Portage Development Board filled with business employers looking to locate, stay, and grow in Portage County. This month we are happy to share our advancement with a refreshed website, as well as two new PDB events for you to attend!

    PDB Updates

    Kent State's Understanding Emotional Intelligence to Increase Effectiveness 
    Studies have shown that an individual's level of Emotional Intelligence (EI) can be a greater predictor of success in the workplace than IQ. We can see this type of intelligence (or lack of it) play out in our lives on a daily basis, but may not understand its importance in developing key working relationships and our ability to influence others.
    Whether we are at work, home or in community, knowing and managing our emotions, and responding appropriately to the emotions of others, will determine our ability to work effectively and achieve the outcomes we desire. 
    September 14 and 15, 2022 (WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY)
    1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day
    LOCATION: Live, Virtual through Zoom PRICE: $345
    Register Now 
    2% Interest Biz Loans presented by ECDI through September 23
    As a response, ECDI is pleased to announce a limited time, 2% interest rate, low-documentation working capital loan for up to $20,000 to small businesses in Akron, Canton and across the State.
    The Details
    • Businesses registered for two years or more with the Ohio Secretary of State are eligible for a maximum of $20,000
    • Ohio Start-ups (registered less than two years) are eligible for a maximum of $10,000
           - This includes start-ups with pre-day 1, pre-operation funding needs
    • Government photo ID
    • The last 3 years of your personal tax returns
    • A business checking account
    • That's all the documentation that you'll need!
    • At least a 590 personal credit score
    • Current on Federal and State taxes
    • Have no more than one bankruptcy
    • If you have these, you've already met most of the qualifying criteria!
    Other Loan Options  
    Education and Business Consulting  
    Would you, or an entrepreneur you know be interested in these resources? Forward them this email or contact for more information. This offer is only available until September 23, so contact me today!
    Contact Chris Today 
    Kent State's Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Training and Certification
    Program Begins September 19, 2022 
    A highly trained professional, skilled in continuous improvements tools and techniques with the understanding of the concepts of Lean and Six Sigma, can enhance an organization's processes, assist in increasing productivity, support a continuous improvement culture and help an organization function at peak efficiency and accountability.
    Kent State's Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Training and Certification is a focused, intense program for continuous improvement change agents. These change agents will gain an understanding of, and skills in, the in-depth concepts, tools and techniques of Lean and Six Sigma.
    The content of this program will cover the basic principles of Lean and Six Sigma and how these complementary approaches can be leveraged to improve manufacturing and transactional/service-related processes. The Green Belt training and certification introduces improvement and design methodologies and tools, including statistical analysis using Minitab software.
    Register Now 
    Ohio EPA Virtual Compliance Assistance Conference Registration Now Open
    Connecting the pieces for compliance
    There's no need to travel - sit back, relax, and enjoy a front row seat while we bring the experts to you. Ohio EPA remains committed to assisting businesses, communities, and environmental professionals with their environmental compliance needs. Our FREE 2022 Virtual Compliance Assistance Conference will provide daily interactive sessions focused on compliance with air, waste, and water regulations, strategically and conveniently scheduled over two consecutive weeks. 
    This virtual conference will provide:
    • Live-streamed interactive presentations by Ohio EPA's inspectors, permit writers, and management; 
    • Live chat with agency experts during every session to answer questions and provide specific guidance for your regulatory challenges;
    • Ability to view a live feed and converse with your peers, industry leaders, and stakeholders using the Cvent conference app;
    • Opportunities to earn Continuing Education Credits;
    • And much more...
    Agenda and registration information are available here.
    Portage County Safety Council Webinar on October 6th
    Portage County Safety Council
    Sponsored by Family & Community Services, Inc.
    Thursday, October 6, 2022
    11:00 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    Free Webinar 
    Are You Ready to Lead Safety Differently? Presented by Pam Walaski, CSP, FASSP, Senior Program Director at Speciality Technical Consultants, Inc. This presentation was previously featured during the 2022 Ohio Safety Congress at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. 
    During this session, current philosophies about how to lead will be challenged to uncover myths and misconceptions attendees may be unconsciously holding onto that are hindering the success of their leadership efforts and how workers see and engage with them. This session will also align these concepts to inclusive leadership approaches, which are becoming critical skills for today's OSH leaders.
    Pam Walaski, CSP, FASSP has nearly 25 years of experience helping organizations create sustainable occupational safety and health programs. She specializes in conducting safety and health management system assessments and integrating risk management programs that assist organizations improve bottom line performance.
    This training is ideal for executives, supervisors, safety managers & human resource managers!
    Please register online no later than 12 pm on Tuesday, October 4, 2022. This training is open to all current & former safety council members, Portage Development Board members, PCHRA members and local chamber members. 
    Please Note: this event does not qualify for safety council rebate attendance credits or external training credits. 
    Register Now
    NE Ohio Safety Expo 2022 Returns October 20th
    After a two-year absence, BWC is excited for the return of this conference, brought to you in cooperation with the American Society of Safety Professionals - Northern Ohio Chapter. The one-day event features 17 education sessions and upwards to of 50 safety and health product and service exhibitors. All types of businesses are encouraged to attend. BWC program credit is available. Click here to view a flyer with additional details about the event.
    This year's safety expo will be held in Niles, Ohio at the beautiful new Eastwood Event Centre. This new conference center is a perfect fit for the expo, with easy driving access and ample parking, and large breakout rooms. 
    There will be educational sessions as well as a vendor area where companies and organizations will exhibit their latest offerings.
    When: Thursday, October 20, 2022
    • Registration: 8 - 9 a.m.
    • Conference: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    • Exhibit Area: 8 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
    Where: Eastwood Event Centre - 5577 Youngstown Warren Rd, Niles, Ohio 44446 
    Conference Price
    • Attendees: $30 Lunch is not included in the registration fee.
          There are many options around the area for lunch.
    • Exhibitors: $150 which includes an exhibit table. Spaces are limited. 
    Register Now 
    Call for Entries! 2022 Community Impact Awards through Nov. 30th
    Each year Dominion Energy, through the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, awards $110,000 in grants to nonprofits making an impact in our community. 
    The Community Impact Awards competition, co-sponsored with Cleveland Magazine, has awarded more than $2 million since 1996 to organizations in our service area.
    • Projects must have been completed between July 2022 and November 2022.
    • Projects must have made a major contribution to the economic or social revitalization in our communities.
    • Projects must have made a major contribution to support diversity, inclusion and equity in our communities.
    • Projects must describe how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed your ability to make impact in the community.
    • Projects must be located within the Dominion Energy service area to Ohio.
    • Organizations must be 501c(3).
    Refer to the award guidelines and entry information to prepare your nomination at: DominionEnergy.com, search impact
    Winners will be featured in a 2023 issue of Cleveland Magazine. The application period will close on Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at 5 p.m. 
    Apply Now
    Kent State's Certificate in Project Management Starts Soon
    Managing projects effectively is a vital skill for today's workplace. The Kent State Certificate in Project Management provides professionals with experience working as project managers or aspiring to take on project management responsibilities, with the skills needed to improve performance, provide leadership and deliver projects on time and on budget.
    Using a balanced mix of lecture, group exercises and a project case study, you will learn the skills necessary to manage a project from launch through completion. Particular emphasis is placed on defining the customer's requirements and building a realistic schedule. This certificate consists of the following programs:
    Essential Skills for Managing Projects
    September 20 and 21, 2022 (TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY)
    8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day
    LOCATION: In-person in Independence, OH
    FACILITATOR: Bob Jewell
    October 17, 18, 24 and 25, 2022 (MONDAYS AND TUESDAYS)
    1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day
    LOCATION: Live, Virtual through Zoom
    FACILITATOR: Bob Jewell
    Advanced Skills for Managing Projects
    *Essential Skills for Managing Projects is a prerequisite for this program
    October 4, 2022 (TUESDAY)
    8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    LOCATION: In-person in Independence, OH
    FACILITATOR: Bob Jewell
    December 5 and 6, 2022 (MONDAY AND TUESDAY)
    1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day
    LOCATION: Live, Virtual through Zoom
    FACILITATOR: Bob Jewell
    Project Leadership
    November 1 and 2, 2022 (TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY)
    1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day
    LOCATION: Live through Zoom
    FACILITATOR: Bob Jewell
    November 8, 2022 (TUESDAY)
    8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    LOCATION: In-person in Independence, OH
    FACILITATOR: Bob Jewell

    Upcoming Events


    PDB Business Roundtable on September 22nd

    Join us for our fourth Portage County Business Roundtable of 2022! This program will feature a virtual presentation from Summa Health via Zoom on Thursday, September 22, 2022 from 7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. with Dr. Michael K. Atta of Summa Health. Registration is complementary but required.

    Schneller LLC Business After Hours on September 27th

    Join us for our second Portage Development Board Facility Tour After Hours of 2022! This tour will feature a presentation from Schneller LLC on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. at the Schneller LLC Headquarters, 6019 Powdermill Rd, Kent, OH 44240. Registration is complementary but required. Registrants can register via Eventbrite

    Upcoming Events in Portage County

    Ravenna Balloon A-Fest
    You're invited to the 43rd annual Ravenna Balloon A-Fair Festival on September 15th - 18th in the city's downtown and Sunbeau Farm in Ravenna Township. Balloons lift off at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, weather permitting.
    Learn more. 
    Main Street Kent Oktoberfest
    You're invited to Main Street Kent's Oktoberfest on Saturday, September 24th from noon - 10 p.m. Seasonal beer, German inspired food, polka music and more! This year's event is generously sponsored by Platform Beer Co., Hometown Bank, Portage Community Bank, The Portager, Klaben Auto Stores, and AMETEK.
    Learn more.
    Kent's Art in the Park
    You're invited to Kent's Art in the Park Festival on September 10th and 11th at Fred Fuller Park. 2022's event to feature artists who expressed their creative talents through photography, paintings, artful apparel, ceramics and pottery, drawings, jewelry, glasswork, metal, mixed media, sculpture and wood.
    Learn more. 
    Mantua Potato Festival
    You're invited to the 49th annual Mantua Potato Festival on September 9th - 11th at Buchert Memorial Park. Attendees can enjoy potato-based foods, fair foods, games, crafters tent and a beer tent. The full weekend schedule can be found on the festival's website.

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    behrhart@portagedevbd.org, (330) 297-3410
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