Another area company, honeybeeBase.com, has developed an app designed to make it easier for small businesses to handle employee scheduling.

GREEN  It's not easy to track the hours and schedules of hundreds of employees at dozens of locations.

Joe and Kristine Nonnamaker learned that after opening a string of Subway restaurants and watching the business grow. They started in 1986 and had more than 50 locations in Stark and neighboring counties by 2009. They started looking for online solutions to the company's scheduling, payroll and human resources challenges. When the internet didn't provide an answer, the Nonnamakers, with help from sons Will and Wayne, went to work creating a system they could use.

The company developed an app for timecard management that also could track vacation and paid-time-off and create employee time sheets. It allowed management to track real-time data of employees and to see how many workers were on the clock at each location the business operated.

Earlier this year, after successfully using the program with their 650 employees at 56 restaurants and several other business locations, the Nonnamakers decided to create a company — honeybeeBase.com — and offer the service to other business owners. Located at 5441 Global Gateway in the CAK International Business Park on the west side of Akron-Canton Airport, the building also is headquarters for the Subway chain and several other related companies developed by the Nonnamakers.

"People seem really excited about the technology," Ian Giebeler, director of technology for honeybeeBase.com, said of the app.

For example, the time-clock management aspect can be handled digitally on a computer, tablet or smartphone and ends the need for paper time sheets to track employee hours. There also is an internal messaging system and an option that allows for training and quizzes to help employees, he said.

Initially honeybeeBase.com offered the product through internet and social media outlets, Geibeler said, but its biggest success has been meeting with other business owners around Northeast Ohio. The company has about 150 accounts so far, and while a number are restaurants and other Subway franchises, other businesses are signing up for the service.

Cost of the service is $30 per month for up to 100 employees, and an additional $20 for the next 100 employees. The goal is to keep the price low, Giebeler said. "We can get this in people's hands for a reasonable price."

Job fair in Massillon

OhioMeansJobs Stark County is working with several local organizations to present a job fair on Sept. 27 in Massillon.

The event is in the Massillon Recreation Center, at 505 Erie St. N, from 9 a.m. to noon. It's the fourth year for the job fair.

Job seekers and veterans will be given the opportunity to meet face-to-face with employers who are actively hiring. The city of Massillon, the Massillon WestStark Chamber of Commerce, The Independent, Monster, Mix 94.1 and NewsTalk 1480 WHBC are working with OhioMeansJobs Stark County to produce the event.

Diebold among leaders in financial technology

The 2017 IDC Financial Insights FinTech Rankings put Diebold Nixdorf in the No. 6 slot, an improvement from the 10th position last year.

The annual rankings are based on revenue from the 2016 calendar year, which is when Diebold and Wincor Nixdorf combined and formed a company with strong positions in banking and retail services.

"To be recognized as a Top 10 technology provider by IDC Financial Insights reflects the impact our employees have made since Day One of our business combination," Andy W. Mattes, Diebold Nixdorf president and chief executive officer, said in a news release. "We will continue to push innovation forward and affirm our commitment to deliver the future of consumer transactions for our customers through unparalleled solutions and services."

IDC Financial Insights provides fact-based research and consulting services to businesses and IT leaders, as well as suppliers. International Data Corporation, a subsidiary of IDG, provides market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology market.

Magazine gives AEP a nod

For the sixth consecutive year, Site Selection Magazine has ranked American Electric Power among the nation's 10 top utilities for economic development.

AEP, which has about 110,000 customers in Stark County, received recognition based on efforts to create jobs and cultivate commercial and industrial business development, according to the magazine's September issue. During 2016 the utility company said it helped attract or retain more than 7,200 jobs and $2.6 billion in capital investments.

Mark James, AEP's vice president for economic and business development, said the utility's collaborative efforts with local, state and regional economic development partners has been key to creating value for customers and driving job creation and investment in the 11 states it serves.

Site Selection magazine included Akron-based First Energy, which has about 60,000 customers in Stark County, among the second 10 utilities, giving it an honorable mention nod.

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