Public Health Resources

Support Local Businesses

Support Local –  A platform built by Gannett, a news media company that includes USA Today and the Akron Beacon Journal, that enables users to buy gift cards to local businesses for future use, thus providing financial assistance during the pandemic.  Users of this platform can also add additional local businesses that are not already listed.


For additional information on supporting local businesses in Akron, visit

Free Wi-Fi Connectivity 

In an effort to provide those residents, employees and employers with WiFi connectivity throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Summit County libraries are providing free internet access from their respective parking lots. For those in need of this free service, please visit the main website here, where you will find directions, availability and other helpful instructions on how to utilize their free services.

United Way of Summit County 2-1-1

United Way of Summit County’s 2-1-1 information and referral service maintains a database of over 16,000 services available to help Summit County residents meet their most basic needs. For small business owners that means small business financing, health insurance referrals, financial coaching and more. Dial 2-1-1, text your zip code to 898-211 or go online to

To share specific ways that your business is being impacted, or to identify specific forms of assistance, send your insights to Brian Anderson, Senior Director of Research, Greater Akron Chamber, at