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September is right around the corner. Where did the summer go? There were a number of KACC events – 15 to be exact – including the annual Discover Downtown festivities welcoming KSU’s incoming freshmen to their new, home away from home. The weather was perfect, a dozen or so businesses took advantage of setting up tables and tents on Main Street to greet the students, and the KACC/VCB gave away free hot dogs, chips, granola bars and bottled water. Thanks to KACC members Acme Fresh Market #7 (Justin Bailey) and Walmart in Ravenna (Nikki) for their generosity and assistance feeding the hungry crowd.
You may notice that instead of a two-month snapshot of KACC events on page 1 of the latest issue of CONNECTIONS, only September is listed. The reason for that is the list was too long to fit in one place. You’ll find October’s list of events on page 3. Fact is, September (currently) has 12 events scheduled, but you know how likely that is to change. Not to be outdone, October looks to have 15 events already on the books. We’re not complaining by any means. What this says is our members are engaged and want to get the most out of their membership – networking events: morning, noon and night!
It’s so encouraging to see more and more of our members taking advantage of hosting a Business After Hours (BAH) to showcase their respective businesses. There are three scheduled during September and October (so far!).
A special thanks to Bert Bellinson of Little City Grill who approached the KACC offering to host a monthly Beer Dinner Night as a fundraiser for the Chamber’s $cholarship Fund. Talk about a no-brainer…great food, cold beer and money for the $cholarship fund – SOLD! We hope to see you on September 24th for the shrimp boil Bert has planned!
On August 1st, I celebrated FIVE years as the executive director of this amazing organization. I’d like to take the opportunity to thank all of our members for your support – professionally and personally – and your support of the Chamber and its efforts to help you build your businesses.
Lori M. Wemhoff – Executive Director
176 East Main Street
Kent, Ohio 44240