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Advocacy & Communication Solutions

Advocacy & Communication Solutions offers expertise for nearly every facet of advocacy and communication work. It delivers customized services with targeted results, envisions and creates powerful short- or long-term strategies, builds internal team capacity to become experts themselves, and more. 

Amp Strategy

Amp Strategy

Amp Strategy amplifies the stories of organizations and people on a mission. Together, they amp up the messages of small nonprofits, national foundations, established manufacturers, retailers, and start-up entrepreneurs by celebrating authenticity and creating compelling stories. 

Becky Wolfe

Becky Wolfe - Leadership & Health Coach

Becky Wolf - Leadership & Health Coach offers leadership coaching for individuals and groups. Benefits include scalable, relatable tools that can be used and taught to others on your team for improved communication and efficiency.

BVU

Business Volunteers Unlimited (BVU)

Business Volunteers Unlimited (BVU) offers seminars and events packed with useful and practical knowledge, focusing on nonprofit governance, board roles, public policy, corporate community engagement, business volunteerism, and much more. They also offer consulting services in a number of different areas to help your nonprofit organization succeed.

Chris Thompson

Civic Collaboration Consultants, LLC

Civic Collaboration Consultants, LLC helps communities design, implement and sustain cross-sector collaborations that result in enduring, positive change. Chris Thompson, president of CCC, uses an engaging, inquiry-based approach to help diverse groups leave their logos and their egos at the door so they can get things done together. 

Community Legal Aid

Community Legal Aid

Community Legal Aid believes that all individuals, including those who are impoverished, should have the opportunity to control, improve, and enrich their lives and community.

Compass Consulting Services

Compass Consulting Services

Compass Consulting Services, LLC is a minority and women-owned and certified organizational development firm that helps companies meet their optimal performance by maximizing employee relationships and fostering inclusive work environments. 

Crossroads

Crossroads

Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training's mission is to equip institutions with shared language, frameworks, practices and tools that will assist them in: diagnosing how their institutions are structured to uphold white supremacy culture and systemic racism and; deploying strategies aimed at animating antiracist ways of being that result in racially equitable institutional culture and practices.

D.L. Plummer & Associates

D.L. Plummer & Associates

D.L. Plummer & Associates are a team of seasoned professionals who support organizations and communities to leverage differences in order to drive their missions and achieve their business objectives. They believe that managing diversity effectively is the most complex human resource challenge of the century, permeating every aspect of an organization’s internal functioning and external marketplace.

Daniel Juday

Daniel Juday

Daniel Juday can help your team understand and embrace meaningful inclusion. Topics range from anti-harassment training to systemic racism to organizational culture-building coaching, and everything in between. Create an opportunity for real learning and growth by transforming a blasé training into a compelling, interactive experience.

Dot Org Solutions

Dot Org Solutions

Dot Org Solutions is a multi-faceted organization that will help reduce the anxiety and stress felt by you and your team, giving you more time to focus on other important things. Whether you are looking to develop a new strategic plan, train your staff and board or evaluate your fundraising or marketing initiatives, our consultants take the time to learn, listen and lead your organization to better results.

Steven J. Karaiskos, Ph.D., Elpis Consulting

Elpis Consulting

Elpis Consulting focuses on mental health awareness for educators and students by leading intentional, thoughtful, individualized professional development, workshops, personalized mentoring, and organizational consulting rooted in dignity, reflection, listening, and well-being.

Equius Group

Equis Group

Equius Group founder Erica Merritt is a gifted facilitator, skilled coach and stellar leadership and organizational development expert. A Gestalt-trained professional, Erica has extensive experience leading and designing organizational development initiatives, designing and facilitating leadership programs and navigating complex environments. She expertly moves through environments ranging from community rooms to classrooms to board rooms.

ERC

ERC

ERC has been a trusted resource for organizations in Northeast Ohio and around the country for over 100 years. We help leaders build great workplaces through thought leadership, comprehensive data, and HR solutions that include membership, training and professional development, consultative services, and more.

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Evolve Marketing

Evolve Marketing strives for excellence and aims to produce positive results, work with amazing people who share their core values, create a steady work/life balance, and help make their community a better place for all. Their team has long been involved with many amazing organizations throughout the greater Akron region and has generously donated countless hours and industry expertise to assist with web design and marketing needs.

Fred Carter, Schooley Mitchell

Fred Carter, Schooley Mitchell

Schooley Mitchell's Akron-based strategic partner, Fred Carter, helps businesses achieve one of two possible outcomes through a completely risk-free analysis process. They either identify areas where savings can be found, or they can confirm that your current services are completely optimized and you're not overspending.

Suzanne Allen

Future Positive

Future Positive focuses on helping nonprofit organizations and their leaders reach their full potential through executive coaching, board development, strategic planning, and facilitation. Dr. Suzanne Allen is an IAPPC Certified Positive Psychology Coach® with a successful career in higher education and nonprofit leadership.

GHK Consulting

GHK Consulting

GHK Consulting Founder Gretchen H. Kunkel brings her three decades of professional experience and subject matter expertise augmented by top advisors in the nonprofit sector to every engagement. The firm is flexible, agile, and creative when it comes to meeting clients’ unique needs.

Grants Plus

Grants Plus

Grants Plus understands the grant seeking process, how to interpret the grant making patterns of funders, and how to guide nonprofit leaders to strategically grow their grant revenues.

Heart to Heart Leadership

Heart to Heart Leadership

Heart to Heart Leadership is a leadership development fee-for-service non-profit organization that partners with individuals and organizations to cultivate purpose-driven, values-based, community-minded leadership.

Inbloom Consulting

Inbloom Consulting

Inbloom Consulting guides clients to self-sufficiency. For a time, they become an extension of your team, but at the end of their process, they leave you with the skills and savvy to chart your own course forward. 

J.B. Davis

J.B. Davis

J.B. Davis is a senior marketer with deep brand strategy expertise who has a 20-year track record of helping corporations, agencies, and non-profits achieve marketing objectives by developing insights-based positioning, crafting powerful narratives, and partnering with colleagues to bring ideas to life across touchpoints and experiences.

Janus Small Associates

Janus Small Associates

Janus Small Associates has been built on Janus' deep and solid experience as a leader of nonprofit community organizations. A nationally noted authority on nonprofit management, Janus has earned the trust of community development, faith-based, social service, arts and cultural, education and environmental organizations.

Jennifer Brown Consulting

Jennifer Brown Consulting

Jennifer Brown Consulting works across industries and sectors no matter where they are in their DEI journey.  Our clients include multinational corporations, middle-market and small companies, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies. 

Kulture City

KultureCity

KultureCity is the nation's leading nonprofit on sensory accessibility and acceptance for those with invisible disabilities. Their Sensory Inclusive™ Certification is available to venues, organizations, small businesses or caring individuals who want to learn more about sensory needs and how to better engage with individuals with sensory needs. 

Leadership Akron

Leadership Akron

Leadership Akron's mission is to inspire, strengthen, and empower leaders.

Locke Step

Locke Step Partners

Locke Step Partners has worked 1:1 with nonprofit directors to raise significantly more unrestricted funds. They accomplish this by nurturing donor relationships, developing fundraising strategies fit for you, and building support systems so you feel confident asking for five, six and seven-figure gifts. In 2024, they added a host of professionals to their team to expand their offerings in the areas of grantwriting, human resources, facilitation, and strategic planning.

Amy Morgenstern

Main Stream Enterprises, Inc.

Main Stream Enterprises, Inc. specializes in leading governance and planning processes addressing strategy and culture with a variety of nonprofit and philanthropic organizations - large and small. They assist their clients with improving performance to achieve equitable outcomes.

Markwood Partners

Markwood Partners, LLC

Markwood Partners, LLC works with business and HR leaders to help create talent management strategies that contribute to the success of their businesses by attracting, developing, and retaining a critical business asset – people.

Marlon Moore Consulting

Marlon Moore Consulting

Marlon Moore Consulting's mission is to change the world with practical, leading-edge solutions that fosters innovation, promotes equitable cultures, empowers diverse talent, and elevates inclusivity through leadership.  Dr. Moore assists organizations and diversity professionals with strategic objectives designed to create more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplaces, communities, and societies.

Minerva Financial Arts

Minerva Financial Arts

Minerva Financial Arts, Founded by Elaine Grogan Luttrull, CPA-PFS, AFC®, is the leading authority on financial wisdom in the arts. We empower creative individuals with pro-artist financial education and counseling, delivering clear and actionable financial content built specifically for creative individuals. 

Moore

Moore Strategic Consulting

Moore Strategic Consulting is committed to building high-performing impact organizations that are working to improve opportunities for others.  Our role is primarily to serve as organizational and community change catalyst. We are skilled at organizational and community change processes. We facilitate, lead, design, shape, evaluate and innovate.

Ohio Diversity Council

Ohio Diversity Council

NDC Consulting, a division under the National Diversity Council, is committed to help organizations achieve success in today’s global market. We offer strategic consulting in three major areas and provide results tailored to individual client needs. Our recognized consultants have vast knowledge and experience in the D&I field.

Optivase

Optivase

Optavise helps engage and educate employees through a unique combination of innovative technology, flexible voluntary benefits, and experts who support employees in making the most of their benefits.

April Walker

Philanthrophy for the People

Philanthropy for the People is led by April Walker (she/her), who is a nonprofit and foundation consultant, equity and social justice champion, writer, and speaker. She partners with donors, foundations, and fundraisers to develop and implement equity-centered strategies.

Potentialize, LLC

Potentialize, LLC

Potentialize, LLC's is focused on maximizing individual, team and organizational potential. They offer an array of professional development services to meet your needs: Coaching and assessments, culture change, employee engagement, human resources advising, onboarding strategy, performance management, professional development and training, program facilitation, and retreats.

Project Ujima

Project Ujima

Project Ujima is a grassroots community engagement organization that teaches and facilitates Discussion Circle processes that enable diverse citizens to come together, discuss issues of shared concern, develop relationships of trust, discover common ground, and go from talk to action.

Race Forward

Race Forward

Race Forward’s Racial Justice Training series is a collection of interactive sessions for those who wish to sharpen their skills and strategies to address structural racism and advance racial equity.

SACS

SACS Consulting

SACS Consulting and Investigative Services have been serving the corporate, educational, and non-profit communities since 1989. They offer services for Human Resources policies & procedures that rely upon highly developed best practices that produce superior results for your organization.

Shift Consulting

SHIFT Consulting

SHIFT Consulting works with you to assess, identify, implement, and support your diversity, equity, and inclusion focused efforts.  This includes many different types of engagement, ranging from the design and delivery of educational opportunities and workshops, to full service consultation services centered on operationalizing and integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion into all levels and functions of the organization.

SHRM

SHRM

SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) creates better workplaces where employers and employees thrive together. As the voice of all things work, workers and the workplace, SHRM is the foremost expert, convener and thought leader on issues impacting today's evolving workplaces.

Smile Minded Smartworks, LLC

Smile Minded Smartworks, LLC

Smile Minded Smartworks, LLC helps you understand patterns in your work, identify and tell the story of your organization internally, and externally reduce stress through positive culture change.

Spirit for Change

Spirit for Change Consulting, LLC

Spirit for Change believes that everyone deserves a place to thrive and that the most effective practices for creating and sustaining just places are co-created, rooted in lived experience, and equitable by design. Spirit for Change works nationally and across sectors with organizations on a mission to create the equitable policies and practices that sustain just places. 

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Stecky HR Consulting

Stecky HR Consulting provides a wide range of expert Human Resource services, and our passion lies in helping small to mid-sized businesses and nonprofit organizations with their most pressing HR issues. Our practice’s reach is nationwide, although we are proud to call Cleveland home and relish helping businesses in our own back yard.

Strategy Design Partners

Strategy Design Partners

Strategy Design Partners (SDP) is a strategy and communications consulting firm located in Cleveland with regional operations throughout Northeast Ohio. SDP helps non-profits, public agencies, and businesses simultaneously design and execute dynamic strategies while communicating real results – blending the best elements of strategic planning (what we call “strategy design”) with powerful messaging and communications.

Nancy Osgood

The Osgood Group

The Osgood Group is a management consulting firm that helps nonprofit organizations and socially focused businesses improve performance, effectiveness and sustainability. The firm is led by founder and president Nancy Osgood in collaboration with senior consultant, Adam Sheldon. The firm also engages a small network of trusted partners and advisors to meet the specific needs of its clients. 

ThirdSpace Action Lab

ThirdSpace Action Lab

ThirdSpace Action Lab was created to disrupt the vicious cycle of disinvestment and displacement that exploit low-income communities of color. They are a grassroots research, strategy, and design cooperative dedicated to prototyping creative place-based solutions to actualize racial equity. They are institutional and community organizers turning evidence-based strategies into action and co-creating liberated “third spaces” for people of color.

Torchbearers

Torchbearers

Torchbearer's mission is to enhance Greater Akron by investing in the development, connection and engagement of our membership, comprised of evolving leaders with a passion to impact our community.

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TRIAD

TRIAD crafts award-winning marketing and design solutions for businesses, government, non-profits and foundations. They also frequently give back to the community through their annual Design4Good program, which provides pro bono services to nonprofit organizations that serve the community.

Trzaska Rosen Faller, LLC

Trzaska Rosen Faller, LLC

Trzaska Rosen Faller LLC provides services to support you while you focus on what’s important. They make connections and bridge divides to help you achieve creative and practical solutions. They are built on the idea that a law firm should be genuinely connected to its community.

White Men as Full Diversity Partners

White Men as Full Diversity Partners

White Men as Full Diversity Partners aims to awaken dominant leadership groups (“insiders”) to their privilege, enlightening them to what they personally have to gain from bringing “outsiders” in through a series of customized solutions — ranging from introductory sessions to intensive learning experiences to skills applications.

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