Tanisha Thomas

News Intern

Tanisha Thomas is majoring in journalism at Kent State University where she will be graduating this year in May. During her time at Kent State, she has written for The Burr Magazine and Uhuru Magazine, and produced and anchored for TV2. She is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Uhuru Magazine. In her down time, she enjoys playing Sims, discussing pop culture or curling up with her dog Lucky.

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a rendering of the reception area in the Generator at Bounce
HAZEL TREE DESIGN STUDIO

The City of Akron is investing $475,000 in the Bounce Innovation Hub to further its future success.

In return, the city will receive access to Bounce’s facility, including holding private meetings without a rental fee and having a desk in its co-working space.

Bounce’s Chief Marketing Officer Jeanine Black says the investment helps Bounce’s mission to be a more inclusive and accessible resource for women and minority entrepreneurs.

“Our numbers have really gone up, which is very encouraging, and these funds will only help us continue that work," Black says.

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RUDY AND PETER SKITTERIANS / PIXABAY

Residents living in Summit, Portage, or Medina county looking to switch to greener options to help the environment can start with their lawn mower and possibly get paid to do it.

The Akron Regional Air Quality Management District is offering $100 gift cards to people who switch from a gas-powered mower to a battery powered mower. The district says battery powered lawnmowers release no exhaust, mow quieter and require low maintenance.

A stock photo of stethoscope and chart.
/ PIXABAY

A health finance expert warns Ohio consumers about a new healthcare product hitting the market.

AARP is testing out a new branded short-term care insurance option provided by Medico Insurance Co. Ohio is among 17 states where it is available to buy.

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/ CONSUMER ENERGY ALLIANCE

Northeast Ohio manufacturers are facing two main challenges—finding skilled workers and adopting new technology. That’s according to an annual survey of nearly 700 Ohio companies.

Team NEO and manufacturing advocacy group MAGNET found 56 percent of those who responded to the survey reported increased revenue last year. Nearly three quarters expect revenue growth this year.

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TINA BOYES / KENMORE NEIGHBORHOOD ALLIANCE

A new cafe is fulfilling a part of the Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance’s plan to add more food-related businesses to Kenmore Boulevard.

Lil' Bit Cafe hosted a grand opening Wednesday. Not only does it meet a growing demand for more sit-down restaurants in that area, it also increases job opportunities. The restaurant is partnering with the culinary training program called Jump On Board For Success. JOBS will train teen and young mothers for possible employment at the restaurant.