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Canton

Canton's Pro Football Hall of Fame
Canton's Pro Football Hall of Fame
Ever since Bezaleel Wells founded the town in 1805, Canton has cherished an identity all its own. This was home to William McKinley, our nation's 25th president; Augustus Julliard, whose financial generosity led to the Juilliard School of Music; Jack Paar, on whose coattails Johnny Carson rode; musicians Macy Gray, Marilyn Manson, Boz Scaggs, the O'Jays; baseball great Thurman Munson -- the list of famous Stark Countians goes on. Top employers include The Timken Company, Aultman Hospital, Mercy Medical Center and Diebold Inc. Educational resources abound, including Malone University, Mount Union University, Stark State College of Technology, Walsh University and branch campuses for both Ashland and Kent State universities. Residents and visitors alike can sample a sense of that history and culture at the McKinley Presidential Library and Museum, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the First Ladies National Historic Site and a vibrant arts scene.

Canton Features

Ohio's rural biz incubators thrive with best practices, clear results

Ohio is home to a host of smaller and rural business incubators. Despite dispersed populations and limited local markets, many are getting results similar to their urban counterparts--on much tighter budgets.

Ohio's supercomputer: 154 trillion calculations per second

A massive computer cluster housed in the Ohio Supercomputer Center operates at staggering speeds--and businesses large and small around the state are using the digital giant to break through technological barriers.

State funds bridge hard times, pave a path to success for Ohio entrepreneurs

Ohio Third Frontier's generous funding programs bolster startups from the pre-seed stage, over the "valley of death," and through commercialization.

The money guide

As a companion to our main feature, hiVelocity outlines some of Ohio's state-sponsored funding opportunities for the innovative and savvy.

Founder Focus: Nikita Eelen of AMVONET

The young powerhouse talks about juggling a burgeoning business and a new wife while furthering his education in quirky Alliance, Ohio.
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Canton Founders

Matthew Bailey of SiteLogic

Matthew Bailey of SiteLogic

City: Canton

Matthew Bailey is founder of SiteLogic, a marketing consulting company.

Dave Zingery of SquareShare Studios

Dave Zingery of SquareShare Studios

City: Canton

Dave Zingery is founder of SquareShare Studios, a social media event marketing firm.

Karl Beitzel of Jack Hooks

Karl Beitzel of Jack Hooks

City: Canton

Karl Beitzel is inventor and founder of Jack Hooks, a Canton-based company that has created a knotless fishing hook.
                       

Canton Companies

1.
Quasar Energy Group

Quasar Energy Group

City: Barberton
Industry: Advanced and Alternative Energy,Entrepreneurship,Sustainability,Technology
2.
Arkovi

Arkovi

City: Dover
Industry: Entrepreneurship,Marketing,Software,Technology
3.
Jack Hooks

Jack Hooks

City: Canton
Industry: Entrepreneurship