Friday, 19 July 2013 14:26

Healthcare Reform Seminar

2013 Healthcare Reform Seminar

In mid-July, Smart Business held the 2013 Healthcare Reform Seminar, presented by SummaCare, and sponsored by Rea & Associates, Sequent, Roetzel & Andress, The Greater Akron Chamber, and hosted by Firestone Country Club. More than 200 people heard insight, advice and strategy from a panel of experts on what employers need to know about healthcare reform.

Download a copy of the presentation

Contact these insightful panelists to learn more:

Kevin Cavalier, vice president of sales, SummaCare

Bill Hutter, founder & CEO, Sequent

Paul Jackson, partner, Roetzel & Andress 

Joseph Popp, tax supervisor, Rea & Associates

Marty Hauser, CEO, SummaCare (Panel Moderator)





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When Shon Christy clicked on the “start” button in 2010 to launch his social media marketing firm Christy Creative, he knew it would be difficult as a start-up business to compete with traditional marketing firms. So he focused on the untapped market of social media where no one was paying attention to the company as a specialty firm.

Over the last three years, the firm’s revenue grew by a phenomenal 120 times its 2010 showing. Christy Creative is the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce winner of the Emerging Business Award, which honors a company that has been in business for five years or less.

With its focus on the undeveloped social media marketing niche, Christy Creative was able to gain an edge on other firms, and as a result, began collaborating with marketing firms rather than directly competing with them.

As the client lineup was growing, Christy, president of the fledgling firm, realized that the performance of the restaurant vertical was outpacing the rest of the lineup. This was the impetus for the launch of a sister company, Eat Drink Promote, which has garnered attention as well as speaking engagements at some of the largest restaurant exhibitions in the country.

In addition, over the last few years Christy realized that there was also a need among companies that needed a lower cost automated service. This is being developed into a separate brand and involves creating content for restaurant and retail environments geared toward those industries. The particular organization, subscribes to the service and does a “cut and paste” for their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Christy feels his entrepreneurial journey — which he began midway through his career — has helped teach him that leaving a legacy is more important than financial gain. His company is a vehicle for him to serve and to give. Christy is heavily involved in organizations such as the Rotary Club and the Greater Akron Chamber Young Professionals Network, as well as nonprofit organizations.

How to reach: Christy Creative, (330) 315-2011 or


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The Greater Akron Chamber is proud to honor four local businesses with the 2013 Excellence in Business Award.  The purpose of this prestigious award is to honor companies who have demonstrated outstanding performance, growth, staying power, innovation and leadership in our community.


This year, we are proud to add the Emerging Business Award.  This award honors a company that exemplifies the ideals of the Excellence in Business Award and has been in business for five years or less.

In 1982 the Greater Akron Chamber’s Small Business Council created these awards to recognize outstanding businesses in our region. The Small Business Council promotes and represents the interests of businesses with 250 or fewer employees within Medina, Portage and Summit counties. The members of the SBC provide oversight and strategic counsel relative to the recognition event, affinity programs, membership and advocacy work led by the Greater Akron Chamber in support of the Chamber’s mission to drive economic development and prosperity for the people of the Greater Akron region.

We would like to thank the following sponsors for their commitment and leadership to the 2013 Excellence in Business Awards: Apple Growth Partners, Day Ketterer, Westfield Bank, Smart Business and Rubber City Radio.

On behalf of the Greater Akron Chamber, Small Business Council and our sponsors, we hope you enjoy reading about these exceptional companies and their business accomplishments.  Congratulations to the 2013 Excellence in Business Award recipients.



Dan Colantone, CCE

President and CEO

Greater Akron Chamber

Emerging Business Award

Christy Creative                    

Excellence in Business Award

Gavin Scott Salon & Spa

Excellence in Business Award


Excellence in Business Award



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