As the largest demographic in today’s workforce, millennials are the bridge between our community’s present and future. Retaining this group of young talent should be a priority to us all, not just the Human Resource managers of the largest employers in town. 

ystark! and Leadership Stark County, departments of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, are committed to providing opportunities for young professionals to thrive personally and professionally in Stark.

It is no secret that millennials value a sense of belonging, a feeling of contributing to the greater good, time with family and friends, flexibility, opportunity for growth, and meaningful connection. Both ystark! and Leadership Stark County connects YPs to the people, organizations, and ideas that make our community appeal to this generation and one worth staying in. #workplaystaystark

ystark! provides the opportunity to:

=       Network monthly at various locations around Stark, providing opportunities to connect with peers and also experience new local restaurants and bars

=       Learn from established community leaders about their career journeys and gain tips for success, through the monthly CEO Meet & Eat series and special Before the Forum events

=       Recognize twenty outstanding young professionals who have positively impacted the community; 280 YPs recognized and showcased through the annual Twenty under 40! signature event

=       Address opportunities and challenges unique to 20-40 year old’s in the Akron-Canton region through timely and relevant programming, such as the Whole YP wellness series and the annual YoungPro Conference


Through Leadership Stark County’s Spotlight Program, young professionals can receive:

=        Programming founded on the six Leadership Competencies:

=        Personalized GallupStrengths Assessment

=        Community service opportunity

=        Introduction to non-profit leaders and causes

=        Exposure to community arts & culture

=        Downtown development & historical tour

=        Opportunities to explore local economic development initiatives

=        Diversity and inclusion-focused sessions

To learn more about upcoming Leadership Stark County programs, visit

To join the network of nearly 2,000 young professionals choosing to work, play, and stay in Stark, visit