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Local Businesses Lead Industry Response to Coronavirus

May 2020 - Many in the Stark County community are being recognized for their leadership amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Local business leaders have been featured in local news, tapped to participate on task forces for state and industry, and highlighted in the national news for their expertise and innovations.

Most recently, Mike Crawford, the CEO of Hall Of Fame Village & Media Co., was interviewed on CNBC’s Squawk Box based on his past experience as general manager for Disney Shanghai about Disney’s strategy for reopening and how other businesses could follow the company’s lead.


Also recently, Twisted Citrus owner Kim Shapiro was featured on CNN for her use of clear shower curtains between each table preparing to separate diners when restaurants reopen in Ohio on May 21. Jim Adams, Canton City Health Commissioner, recently served on the Ohio task force that developed the recommended guidelines to reopen Ohio restaurants.  Read his interview with Youngstown’s WFMJ.


Another local small business owner, Shawna Fibikar, was recently featured in the Canton Repository for her newfound success with Strung By Shawna's growing online sales in the face of this novel coronavirus.   Her make at home yarn activity kits were just the right kind of product to offer under stay-at-home circumstances. 


Local museum leaders, Alexandra Nicholis Coon the Executive Director at Massillon Museum and Kimberly Kenney the Executive Director at McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, guided peers within the Ohio Museums Association on a recent webinar on the best practices for reopening.  Local museum partners including MassMu, McKinley Museum, Pro Football Hall of Fame, Canton Museum of Art, National First Ladies’ Library, and Dennison Railroad Depot Museum in Tuscarawas County also led the way early on with a coordinated schedule of daily online content in response to the statewide stay at home orders, as featured on Cleveland.com.


The leadership of General Manager Scott Swaldo with Gervasi Vineyard is another example of local ingenuity in response to challenges posed by the current health pandemic.  The Still House at Gervasi Vineyard quickly transitioned their distillery operations alongside distilleries throughout Ohio from manufacturing spirits to making liquid hand sanitizer and was featured on Spectrum News 1.


With strong leaders at the helm, locals and visitors alike will be in good hands when visiting local Stark County businesses like these.

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