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The Stark Entrepreneurship Alliance is a one-stop shop for early-stage and start-up companies in Stark County, OH. The alliance provides assistance in all aspects of creating and growing a business including business consulting, recruiting management, financing, real estate, product innovation, mentoring and coaching, legal and accounting, and more.

What makes us different from other programs is that we have the resources to assist more complex start-ups involving technology, capital investments and national or global sales opportunities.

We welcome you to browse our Website, get acquainted with our partners, check out our calendar of events and spend some time getting to know our services and what we’re all about. Then call us at 330-453-5900 or use our convenient application form to connect with us for assistance. We look forward to hearing from you.

SEA is funded primarily by a three-year charitable grant from the Stark Community Foundation out of the Credit Bureau of Canton's Small Business Fund and by a contribution from Innis Maggiore.

Discover how industry experts are transforming Northeast Ohio

Manufacturing Innovation

Sept. 4, 5:30pm Registration - 6:00pm Program
Shady Hollow Country Club
4865 Wales Ave NW
Massillon, OH
Price: $20.00 Students: $10.00 (includes dinner and non-alcoholic drinks, cash bar available)

Attendees will learn how three local entrepreneurs have developed and implemented innovative new solutions and transformed their businesses. The open forum discussion will focus on real world examples that have created new products and generated new jobs in Stark County.

Moderator is Tim Seifert, president of Seifert Technologies, Inc. The featured speakers will include:

  • Todd Hawkins, president and CEO of Tesla NanoCoatings, Inc. A petroleum engineer and protective coatings inventor, Hawkins has guided the development and commercialization of the company’s innovative coatings designed to prevent the corrosion of steel in the oil and gas, marine, military and industrial markets.
  • Jeff Dimos, president and COO of Miller Weldmaster Corp. During his tenure with the company, revenue and people have more than tripled, and the company has increased its presence to more than 100 countries and 20-plus distributors/partners around the globe.
  • Herb Kohler, president of Kohler Coating. Kohler is the inventor on 20 U.S. patents for coating and web handling equipment used in the paper, converting and corrugating industries.

The evening will include a brief overview of the Impact Angel Fund by Jon Elsasser, fund chairman, and Steve Paquette, president of Stark Development Board. The fund aids local entrepreneurs with new products that have the potential to start a new business in Stark County.

Registration Information

To register, go to Please contact SEA with any questions at 330.453.5900.