About the awards

The Cascade Capital Business Growth Awards Each year, Cascade Capital Corp. honors companies in Summit, Medina, Portage, Wayne and Ashland counties that demonstrate stellar growth.

A company may earn a Business Growth Award by either:

  • Increasing its sales level by 100 percent or at least $5 million
  • Increasing employee numbers by 50 percent or at least 25 people

This year, 36 businesses in the Greater Akron region qualified for this prestigious honor. To underscore the diversity of companies in the region, this year, unlike in previous years, we’ve chosen to honor businesses in the categories of manufacturing, technology and service. Winners were chosen based on the general award criteria, and a best-of category winner was also named. As part of this year’s program, we’ve also established the FirstMerit Legacy Award to honor the company that has had the greatest impact on the Greater Akron region.

FirstMerit Bank, considered the bank for owner-managed businesses, is the financial partner to more than 35,000 Ohio and Western Pennsylvania businesses. FirstMerit Bank has been a partner to local businesses since its founding in 1845.

The hallmark of the bank is service, and FirstMerit is recognized by Greenwich & Associates as the nation’s top business bank for customer satisfaction.

We are honored to present this inaugural FirstMerit Legacy Award to this year’s recipient, SS&G Financial Services.