Where did the summer go? It's hard to believe that football season is right around the corner, and with it then comes the holidays. I'll try and slow it down a bit, namely since we have a bunch of events scheduled between now and the start of the holiday season. In fact, I was working on the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce Calendar of Events earlier this week and found that between Sept. 12 and Dec. 12, the KACC has 14 events scheduled. (For details, check out the Calendar of Events available at www.kentbiz.com.)
Thanks to everyone that attended the 3rd Annual Kick-Off $cholarship Luncheon held at Dix Stadium. Coach Paul Haynes spoke to a record crowd, introduced his staff and gave everyone an inside look as to what to expect from the Golden Flashes this upcoming season.
Proceeds from the tickets will go to the KACC $cholarship Fund 2014. Last year's event, along with the Tip-Off $cholarship Breakfast held prior to the start of the KSU men's and women's basketball seasons, allowed the Chamber to award three $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors from Theodore Roosevelt High School this past May.
Discover Downtown was a huge success! This is the Chamber's annual event welcoming new KSU students to their home-away-from-home, acclimating them with all that downtown has to offer them and their parents when they come to visit. Approximately 1,000 copies of the official visitors guide were given away that day, serving as an invaluable resource for Kent's newest residents. Special thanks to the Central Portage County Visitors & Convention Bureau for its monetary donation that helped defer the cost of 800 hot dogs, buns, bags of assorted chips, granola bars and bottled water. Thanks also to KACC members Acme Fresh Market No. 7 and Wal-Mart in Ravenna for their generosity and continued support of this town-gown event. We work very closely with KSU's Office of Student Success Programs, and appreciate all of their efforts in making the "Welcome to Kent" event so much fun for everyone.
At the KACC, we strive to provide our members with value and benefits that are worthy of their investment. These include a variety of networking events to help promote and build their businesses. To date, we've celebrated 21 ribbon-cuttings in 2013. Rumor has it that there are more ribbon cuttings and other networking events on the horizon.
The Kent Area Chamber of Commerce is honored to be a part of the energy and excitement that is being felt in downtown Kent. Our new home at Acorn Corner (the old Franklin Hotel) on the third floor above Buffalo Wild Wings is amazing. From our windows we can see people going in and out of places to shop and eat throughout the day ... every day. They're shopping and eating local ... patronizing the small businesses that are run by our friends and neighbors. Spending money and bringing more energy and excitement to a place that all along we've known is a great place to work, live, play and do business.
As always, thank you for your continued support of the KACC -- it is greatly appreciated.
Lori Wemhoff is executive director of the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce.