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SummaCare Launches Lift Up Local Mentorship Program for Ohio Businesses

SummaCare Launches Lift Up Local Mentorship Program for Ohio Businesses

AKRON, Ohio, September 1, 2022—SummaCare announced today the launch of Lift Up Local, an annual mentorship program designed to help small Ohio businesses succeed through improved marketing support and guidance. The program will select a new Ohio business to be mentored by SummaCare and Knox Marketing to identify business goals and recalibrate their marketing materials to maximize overall visibility within the Ohio business community.

The program initially began as what was intended to be a one-time mentorship project to celebrate SummaCare’s Medicare Advantage 25th anniversary and thank the community for its continued support. Safety Training Group USA (STGUSA) – a small business dedicated to preventing workplace tragedies through proper safety training – was selected and today has a new logo, rebranded and optimized website and social media pages as well as a new direct mail piece / informative brochure. Following its work with STGUSA, SummaCare made the decision to formalize the program.

Businesses selected to participate in the Lift Up Local mentorship program will receive one-on-one marketing support, which could include some or all of the following: logo development, website design, social media strategy and development of promotional collateral.

“One of SummaCare’s core commitments is to Partner with the Community,” said Bill Epling, SummaCare president. “SummaCare began nearly 30 years ago with two, local businesses working together to improve the lives of those in our community. We are continually grateful for how the city of Akron and northern Ohio have embraced SummaCare. As our new Lift Up Local program begins, we’re excited to spread similar goodwill and assistance to other businesses working to achieve great things for Ohioans everywhere.”

SummaCare is already accepting candidate applications for the 2023 Lift Up Local Business of the Year. Ohio businesses may learn more about the Lift Up Local Business of the Year requirements, submit their application and more at SummaCare | Lift Up Local. The application cutoff date for 2023 is December 31, 2022; any applications received after that date will automatically be entered into the 2024 application pool.

About SummaCare

SummaCare is a provider-owned, regional health insurance company headquartered in Akron, Ohio. It offers Medicare Advantage plans, individual and family plans, employer group plans and health management services in 33 Ohio counties. SummaCare is consistently recognized for excellence in its industry. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) granted SummaCare Medicare Advantage plans a 4.5/5-star rating for 2022. U.S. News & World Report named SummaCare a “Best Insurance Company for 2022 Medicare Advantage Plans.” SummaCare Commercial PPO plans as well as its Individual & Family Marketplace plans earned the accreditation status of “Accredited” by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for 2019–2022. For additional information, visit,,

About Knox Marketing

Established in 1998, Knox Marketing is a full-service advertising and marketing agency based in Akron, Ohio. Knox offers integrated marketing solutions across a broad range of industries, including
healthcare, banking, manufacturing, retail, insurance, education and more. Knox Marketing has a long history of supporting non-profit organizations throughout Akron and Northeast Ohio.