Meet ystark! YP: Amy Traugh


Amy Traugh

Occupation/Title/Place of work

Professional Organizer/ Owner- Simplify Me by AT, LLC



Why are you interested in Stark County’s Young Professionals initiative?

As young professionals we will quickly advance into the role of our community’s leaders. yStark! provides a platform for young professionals to create positive change and build strong relationships through networking with current business owners.

What would you share to encourage other people to join?

Networking has quickly become one of the most cost effective ways to spread the word about your business. Why not utilize the resources we have right here in Stark county by joining this local group who has our needs and interests at the forefront of their mission?

Did you grow up in Stark? If so, where? If not, where did you move from and why?

I am a lifelong Canton native. I attended Central Catholic High School and graduated from Stark State College.

Why do you stay in Stark County, from both a personal and professional point of view?

First and foremost this is where my family is. I have traveled a lot over the years and although I complain about the weather at times, this is home. You can’t beat the cost of living and we are conveniently located to several larger metropolitan cities.

What do you like MOST about Stark County?

The wide variety of local restaurants, stores, and events. We are fortunate to have convenience of suburban living without the hustle and bustle of larger cities. The overall development of Stark County over the past 20 years has been incredible in both retail and the recent Hall of Fame Village development.

What would you change about Stark County if you could?

The weather, but I have come to terms with the fact that I can’t change it. At least we don’t have to worry about the threat of many natural disasters that make national news headlines each year.

What do you see as valuable opportunities for YPs in Stark County when it comes to career opportunities, cultural access, leadership or community involvement opportunities?

We have a tremendous number of world renowned companies headquartered right here in Stark county considering how small of a population we really have compared to larger cities. There are countless groups throughout the county to get involved with from non-profit organization volunteer opportunities, groups such as yStark! providing networking opportunities, and we are fortunate to have a local branches of the Small Business Development Center and SCORE offices at Kent Stark. When starting my own small business, I couldn’t believe how many resources were available to me here in Stark county.

What would attract more YPs to Stark County?

An emphasis on how affordable the cost of living is in Stark County. We have one of the best in the nation. We are also so fortunate to have several nationally ranked school systems both K-12, colleges, and universities.

What do you do in the evenings or on the weekends for fun in Stark County or NE Ohio?

We love to spend time as a family and take our kids to the Stark Parks and the local library. They both have amazing programing offerings, much of which is offered for free!

Could you see yourself spending your lifetime in Stark County and if not, what would cause you to leave?

Absolutely. This is home.