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The Alliance Chamber of Commerce, located in Alliance, Ohio, has been a staple in the community for over 90 years, providing leadership to its members, protecting their interests while promoting their businesses.

With a membership totaling over 400, the Chamber's tradition of community leadership continues strong into the 21st century.


Calendar of Events

February 1 - Collection of time capsule items begins

March 27 - Support a Chamber Service Provider Day

April 14 - Annual Chamber Dinner

April 15 - Sale of stock certificates begins

May 21 - Marketing Committee Luncheon Seminar

June 25 - Support a Chamber Restaurant Day

July 4 - 100th Anniversary giveaway at the July 4th celebration at Silver Park

August 21 - 100th Anniversary celebration featuring the John Hampu Band, mural unveiling and time capsule display and closure

September 14 - Chamber Golf Outing

Date TBA - ArtFest Coloring Contest

October 20 - Business Alliance Awards

November 28 - Support a Chamber Retail Business Day

December 4 - Light Up Downtown

Chamber News & Upcoming Events


The annual BusinessAlliance Awards luncheon held on October 20th was another huge success. This year over 230 people attended the event to see this year's award recipients:

  • Small Business of the Year- Frank's Family Restaurant
  • Large Business of the Year- University of Mount Union
  • Spirit of Enterprise- Mike Conny
  • Golden Spade Awards were also given to approximately 62 area businesses. Golden Spades are given to those businesses that are new to the community, under new ownership, have expanded or remodeled their facility and/or have added to their employee base in Alliance. Thank you for showing confidence in our community.

    Congratulations to all of this year's award recipients. You are all to be commended for the time and effort you each put in to make the Alliance area a better place to live and work.

    This year's event chairman Dustin Burgess, Nationwide Insurance, and his committee did great job of organizing another outstanding event. A very special thank you to this year's event sponsors Consumer's National Bank, Nationwide Insurance- Dustin Burgess Group, the University of Mount Union, HBK CPA's & Consultants and MAC Trailer. Without their sponsorships this event would not be possible.


    The Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce - ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY!

    Tuesday, December 8, 2015

    5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    Pucci's Pub & Vino, 2012 Tanglewood Ave., Alliance, OH


    The Stark County Convention and Visitors' Bureau (CVB) has announced that it is taking the final steps necessary to become an independent organization.

    The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) and CVB have been working together to develop plans to separate the two organizations and create an independent CVB. A special committee comprised of representatives from both organizations, in conjunction with the Stark County Commissioners' office, laid the groundwork for this transition over several months.

    The CVB, funded by lodging tax which is administered through the Stark County Commissioners, has existed as a department of the Chamber since the CVB's inception in 1980. Leadership from both organizations agree that the timing is right to elevate the CVB's position within the community to allow for future growth. The impact of travel and tourism in Stark County has grown exponentially over recent years, giving the CVB the financial viability to stand as its own entity. Achieving an independent CVB for Stark County has been a long-term objective for both organizations; self-supported CVBs are the industry standard across the country.

    "Recognizing the increasing opportunities within the travel and tourism industry was a real catalyst for the creation of an independent organization," said Anne Graffice, CVB chairwoman. "The primary objective is to position the CVB as a driver for economic growth and to serve the region as experts in travel and tourism."

    Mark Fleiner, Chamber Board senior vice chairman and liaison to this project agreed, "The landscape of travel and tourism in our region is changing and growing. We believe that now is the time to lift the CVB "up and out" as an independent entity positioned to develop and grow the impact of travel and tourism in the region."

    The CVB and Chamber will continue to work closely in several ways. Not only will the two organizations continue to collaborate on a number of regional projects, they will continue to maintain shared office space at 222 Market Ave N in downtown Canton, as well as certain shared services, including accounting, graphic design and IT support. This allows both organizations to maximize efficiency and synergy. The CVB will be moving to street-level office space to allow for maximum exposure for visitors.

    "This is an exciting time not only for the CVB, but for Stark County and the surrounding region," said Allyson Bussey, Interim Executive Director of the CVB. "With plans for projects like the Hall of Fame Village, the increase in the arts and cultural landscape and the addition of almost 800 new hotels rooms in Stark County, our organization is ready to embrace these opportunities. We are truly thankful for the Chamber's support for the CVB, which has helped us grow over the past three decades and now as we move forward independently."

    Questions regarding the CVB becoming an independent entity should be directed to Chairwoman, Anne Graffice at: 330.823.2030

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    The Woman of the Year/Athena Scholarship Fund was established in 2013, thanks to the generosity of the Alliance community, and the collaboration between the Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Alliance Foundation. The scholarship is awarded to a female graduating senior who exemplifies community service, academic achievement and leadership potential. The honoree must reside within Alliance City, Marlington Local, Sebring or West Branch Local School districts, and must attend and anticipate graduation from one of those schools or from St Thomas Aquinas.

    Alexandrea Garrett was the first scholarship recipient and she is a pre-med student at North- east Ohio Medical University (NEOMED.) Alexis Austin is the 2015 scholarship recipient and she is headed to Capital University to study pediatric nursing.

    Alexandrea Garrett was the first scholarship recipient and she is a pre-med student at North- east Ohio Medical University (NEOMED.) Alexis Austin is the 2015 scholarship recipient and she is headed to Capital University to study pediatric nursing.

    The charitable fund agreement with the Greater Alliance Foundation stipulates that the scholarship is paid directly to the college or university in which the honoree is enrolled. It is hoped that this scholarship, awarded annually, will continue in perpetuity. Please consider this worthwhile initiative in your charitable giving! Your tax deductible donation can be in honor of, or in memory of a significant woman in your life and is payable to the Greater Alliance Foundation. Simply write "Athena Scholarship" on the memo line and mail to the Foundation.

    Thanking you for your support!

    Woman of the Year/Athena Scholarship committee

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