Jono Kontur, a student of entrepreneurship at Kent State University, started his company, Fresh Priority Food, after spending a semester in Florence last year. He’s importing gluten-free pizza crust mixes, Italian oregano and sauce from Ciro and Sons pizza shop in Florence. Jono already has the products in four stores in Northeast Ohio including Krieger’s in Cuyahoga Falls, where he’s giving out samples today until 2 p.m. And he’s in discussions with many other stores. Check out his website for more information.
Julie Johnson, CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve, and Eric Chojnacki, marketing chairman, talked about Aspire, the largest fundraiser for their organization. It’s an inspiring event that supports all the good work of the Boys and Girls Clubs. It also promises to be a fun evening of jazz, great food, and short talks by inspirational guest speakers, and it all takes place at St. George Fellowship Hall and Family Center in Fairlawn. But order your tickets now. They need your name and meal preference by 9 a.m. Monday. Visit the website for more information and to register for the event.
If you’re in the market for new floor coverings, Matt Moten, who owns the local franchise of Floor Coverings International, invites you to give him a call. You won’t have to go to a showroom to check out the inventory. Instead, a company representative will come to your home to talk to you about your tastes and what you want in a floor covering, and then one of Matt’s design associates will bring a mobile showroom right to your home. You’ll be able to choose from an array of samples in the actual space where the new floor covering will be installed. Call Matt at 330.842.4514 or visit his website for more information.
Greg McNeil is the founder of Cover2 Resources, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to fight the opioid epidemic through education and advocacy. Greg, whose son Sam died from a heroin overdose, does a series of Cover2 podcasts with interviews on the people and programs (including Quick Response teams and the Drug Free Clubs of America) that are helping young people avoid drug addiction or overcome it. Greg’s organization is instrumental in bringing noted journalist Sam Quinones to town on April 12. Mr. Quinones, who wrote Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic, will speak at three local venues: At 7 a.m. at Firestone Auditorium, he will be part of a panel about “Leaders in the Community Making a Difference”; at 11:30 a.m., he will speak at the Akron Roundtable luncheon at Quaker Station; and at 7 p.m. he will speak at the Akron-Summit County Library. The morning and evening presentations are free; the luncheon costs $20. Seating is limited at all three. For more information, visit the Cover2 website.