May 11: Canton Regional Chamber Golf Classic Presented by Southwest Airlines

Golf Logo ColorThe Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, along with its Leadership Stark County (LSC) and ystark! departments, are joining forces to produce one exceptional outing and opportunity to golf at Brookside Country Club on  May 11.

This is the first year that the Chamber, LSC and ystark! have combined efforts to merge what in the past has been three separate outings.

The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic Presented by Southwest Airlines will give golfers a fantastic opportunity to network with Chamber members, business and community leaders and young professionals, all while enjoying their choice of a morning or afternoon of golf on Brookside’s prestigious private course.

Golfers can select their start time: 8:00 AM or 1:30 PM. Both the AM and PM groups include 18 holes on a signature course, greens fees, cart, golf course refreshments, contests and prizes, delicious lunch, and a “wow” gift from Southwest Airlines – all for $125 per golfer. Coffee and pastries will be provided prior to morning play; hors d’oeuvres will be available at the conclusion of afternoon play. Both groups of golfers are welcome to enjoy the afternoon hors d’oeuvres reception.

This event also affords golfers a rare opportunity to enjoy: a signature course designed by the legendary Donald Ross; one of Golf Week Magazine’s Top 100 America’s Best Courses for 15 years in a row; Golf Digest’s “Best New Remodel” in 2006; and a course that has hosted the US Open Qualifiers, US Senior Open Qualifiers, Northern Ohio PGA Sectionals and more.

Interested golfers can register online at or by calling Monique Thompson at 330.458.2070. Sponsorship opportunities are also available; for more information, please contact Chris Gumpp at 330.458.2055.

American Petroleum Institute Executive to Speak at Utica Upstream

Rayola DougherRayola Dougher of the American Petroleum Institute, a popular presenter at Utica Summit in Canton last October, will return to Canton, the Utica Capital, for Utica Upstream on April 8 at Walsh University.

In this current energy price slump, she will talk about how we can turn present-day energy and economic challenges into future opportunities that will make our country stronger for generations to come.

Utica Upstream, a co-production of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and, will be 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 8 at the Barrette Center at Walsh University in North Canton.

Ms. Dougher is a senior economic advisor at the American Petroleum Institute and is a member of API’s Media Relations Department. She is one of API’s principal spokespersons and covers a wide range of issues affecting the oil and natural gas industry, including crude oil and gasoline prices, industry taxes and earnings, exploration and production, hydraulic fracturing, and refining and marketing topics.

She has been interviewed on all the national network TV shows, as well as on numerous radio news shows, extensively quoted in newspapers and has testified before federal and state legislators.

Prior to joining API, Ms. Dougher was at the Institute for Energy Analysis where her research focused on carbon dioxide related issues and international energy demand and supply forecasts. She holds a master’s degree in economic development and East Asian studies from the American University and a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from the State University of New York at Brockport.

In addition to registering for Utica Upstream at, interested businesses and organizations can become sponsors. Contact:

David Kaminski
Vice President for Public Policy and Energy
Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce
(330) 458-2059

2015 Business Excellence Award Winners Announced

2015 BEA logoThe Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced the 2015 winners of the Business Excellence Awards of Greater Canton.

This year’s Business Excellence Award winners include:

  • A.R.E. Accessories, LLC
  • Brewster Cheese
  • Beese Fulmer Private Wealth Management
  • Hendrickson Trailer Commercial Vehicle Systems
  • Whitacre Greer Company 

The Business Excellence Award salutes companies that have distinguished themselves with longevity, growth, innovation, and consistent involvement in the community.

The third annual Emerge Award for Entrepreneurs will be awarded to Andrew Feucht, president of F.S.R.C. Tanks. This award honors outstanding entrepreneurs who have been in business for five years or less.

Business of the Year will be awarded to Enviroscapes. This award honors a single winner that has experienced growth in sales, employees or overall operations in the last full calendar year.

Winners of the Business Excellence Awards will be honored on Tuesday, May 5, at a ceremony and dinner at The Conference Center, Kent State University at Stark (6000 Frank Ave. NW, North Canton, OH 44720) . Tickets are $55, and tables of 10 are available.

Tickets are on sale now! Visit or contact Monique Thompson at (330) 458-2070 to register  by April 30.

The fourth annual Business Excellence Scholarship Award, presented by Day Ketterer and the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, will also be presented the evening of the Business Excellence Awards event. The scholarship will be awarded to a local student who writes the winning essay titled: “The historical role of private business in promoting democracy throughout the world.”    

The Business Excellence Awards of Greater Canton are made possible by our sponsors (to date) : Day Ketterer Ltd., Stark State College, Westfield Bank, and The Repository.

Allyson Bussey Named Interim Director of the Canton/Stark County Convention & Visitors’ Bureau

ally_busseyThe Canton/Stark County Convention & Visitors’ Bureau (CVB) has named Allyson Bussey as its interim director. Bussey joined the CVB in October of 2007 and has served as assistant director for the past year.

In this role, Bussey will oversee the day-to-day operations of the CVB, as well as represent and help implement the Bureau’s strategic vision of elevating the travel and tourism industry on a local, regional and statewide level. She will continue to oversee marketing and brand initiatives, media and partner relations and sales in the leisure and group tour markets.

“On behalf of the entire board of directors, I am pleased to share the appointment of Allyson Bussey as our interim director,” said Anne Graffice, executive director of alumni engagement at the University of Mount Union and CVB chairperson. “We are confident leaning on Allyson’s experience within the Bureau and her respected position within the industry. She brings valued expertise and a vision for the future that allows us to continue the implementation of our strategic plan, as well as our ultimate focus which is creating a positive economic impact for our region.”

Bussey has been in the travel & tourism industry for over 15 years and is active in many community and industry roles. She is an executive board member of the Ohio Travel Association, and past president of both the Adventure in Northeast Ohio and Lake Township Chamber of Commerce boards.  She was awarded the Northeast Ohio Tourism Excellence Award in 2014 and was the inaugural recipient of the Ohio Travel Industry Emerging Leader Award, also in 2014.

AEROSMITH Joins 2015 Enshrinement Festival Lineup with “Concert for Legends”

BW JP St Petersburg-1-3The 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival will feature more legends than ever before. AEROSMITH, Rock’s greatest live act, will perform at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s first-ever Concert for Legends on Friday, August 7 at 8 p.m. ET. The concert will pay tribute to the legends of the Game on the eve of the Enshrinement for the Class of 2015.

170712-1278(1)-2“The Hall is thrilled to have legends of the music world honor the legends of the Game,” shared Hall of Fame President David Baker. “AEROSMITH performing in the inaugural Concert for Legends will add even more excitement and energy to an Enshrinement Weekend that kicks off the NFL’s 96th season since its birth in Canton, and the launch to Super Bowl 50.”


AEROSMITH has many Gold Jackets (living Hall of Famers) who are big fans of the band. Class of 2008 Gold Jacket and former Patriots linebacker Andre Tippett will be on hand for the Concert for Legends alongside an expected 100 or more Hall of Famers and countless other NFL legends.

Concert for Legends tickets go on sale Saturday, March 21 at 10:00 a.m. EDT and may purchased on, by calling 800-745-3000, or at ticketmaster® retail outlets. Tickets prices: $35, $69, $99, $150 and $225.

The 2015 NFL/Hall of Fame Game between the Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers is already sold out. Fans can still purchase enshrinement tickets or ticket packages that include Enshrinement, Game, & Concert tickets. Ticket packages are available online at or by calling 1-844-4HOFTIX.

The annual Enshrinement Festival offers a variety of diverse events, both free and ticketed, for fans of all ages and interests to enjoy. For the full lineup of Enshrinement Festival events, visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival website at Ticket information for these events is also available online or by calling 1-800-533-4302.

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More Schedule Changes for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival:
The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival has traditionally held the Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner on Friday, the eve of the TimkenSteel Grand Parade and the Enshrinement Ceremony which are held on Saturday. This year the Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner will be held on Thursday night, August 6, at the Canton Civic Center. The event will now KICK-OFF Enshrinement Weekend and be televised nationally by NFL Network again this year in a 90-minute broadcast. This allows the concert at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium to happen on Friday.

Leadership Stark County Signature Program Applications Available for 2015-2016 Class

Applications are now available online at for the 29th Class of Leadership Stark County’s (LSC) 10-month Signature Program. The Signature Program is an in-depth examination of Stark County’s assets and challenges, along with an introduction to effecting community change.

The Signature Program is ideal for business and community leaders. Each year, selected participants enhance their leadership skills and gain an understanding of local issues, assets, and resources.

Prospective candidates and employers are encouraged to attend an informational breakfast on Thursday, March 19, 8:00-9:00 AM at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce.

At this free, no-obligation session applicants, prospective candidates will be offered an overview of LSC’s Signature program, an explanation of the application process, tuition assistance information and a question and answer segment. Reservations are requested by Tuesday, March 17. Make reservations online at or call 330-458-2095.

Your leadership experience begins with an intense two-day Opening Retreat in September that will provide you with an in-depth personal leadership assessment and dynamic workshops. From there you’ll meet once per month to expand your capacity for leadership and service in our community.

Your Signature Class experience includes:

  • Examining social and economic issues through panel discussions with political and
    civic leaders.
  • Exploring the cultural, economic, and historic features of Stark County on a wide-ranging
    bus tour.
  • Delving into economic development with on-site tours and small-group interaction with
  • Taking a jail tour, meeting with local judges, and investigating the justice system on a
    cruiser ride with sheriff’s deputies and police.
  • Role-playing within a poverty simulation and visiting non-profits to understand their
    unique concerns.

Applications are online at and are due Friday, April 2. Tuition is $2,650 and includes meals, lodging, and materials.  Tuition assistance is available for candidates from non-profit, education, and government organizations. Apply online.

For more information, please call the Leadership Stark County office at 330-458-2095.