Member Programs

Chamber Member Only Benefit Programs

Chamber Members: please take full advantage of the benefits provided by the Chamber Member partners and save money off  YOUR bottom line!

If you would like to become a Benefits Partner, please sign and submit our Program Agreement.

Workers Compensation

Bob Nicoll

Cari Gray

Canton BWC
Lorrie Goodnight
Business Consulting
339 E. Maple Street, Suite 200
North Canton, Ohio 44720

The Cuyahoga Falls Chamber endorses CareWorks Comp because they help employers maximize their premium savings. CareWorks Comp analyzes each employer’s unique claim and premium history to find the highest level of savings in all available workers’ compensation programs. Nearly 100,000 Ohio employers currently participate in group rating. CareWorks Comp offers two group rating tiers with different projected savings levels for each industry group. CareWorks Comp’s comprehensive unemployment program delivers unique, customized solutions to help employers reduce and control their unemployment taxes.

Group-Rating Safety Accountability

Each year Ohio employers have the opportunity to participate in BWC’s Group-Experience-Rating Program or Group-Retrospective-Rating Program. While these programs are not required, they do provide you with an opportunity to significantly reduce your workers’ compensation premiums, while increasing your awareness of safety and risk-management strategies.

Workplace safety is an important component of these programs. To succeed in accident prevention, we encourage you to use the many resources available to you. We believe a group-rating program is a partnership that includes you and your employees, your sponsoring organization or a third-party administrator (TPA), and BWC. Each has specific roles and responsibilities, all designed to assist in preventing workplace accidents. Below are the safety services expectations you should have as an employer enrolled in a group-rating program:

  • Maintain a safe workplace,
  • Attend safety training to enhance workplace safety,
  • Use BWC’s safety services as needed, and
  • Fulfill the required two-hour training requirement and provide proof of attendance to sponsor for claim(s) occurring within the last year.

The certified primary and affiliated sponsoring organizations will:

  • Sponsor eight hours of safety training (This may be done at one time or may be provided incrementally as long as the total is at least eight hours.),
  • Provide information regarding safety resources to group members,
  • Possibly assist an employer in achieving its safety needs,
  • Manage employer fulfillment of the two-hour training requirement where applicable, and
  • Publish this letter to group members.

The TPA may:

  • Assist sponsoring organizations with fulfilling the group-rating safety requirements,
  • Assist an employer with its safety needs,
  • Work in conjunction with sponsors to develop safety training and deliver safety resources, and
  • Provide resources for claims handling.

BWC will:

  • Monitor all group-rating safety activities to confirm requirements are met;
  • Remain in communication with sponsoring organizations to provide recommendations for fulfilling safety requirements;
  • Provide safety training through Ohio’s Center for Occupational Safety & Health;
  • Offer on-site safety consultation (hazard assessments, air, and noise monitoring, ergonomics evaluation, training) by a BWC safety professional;
  • Offer publications and videos for safety program support; and
  • Conduct employer visits to confirm the employer is meeting group-rating requirements, when appropriate.

The goal of this collaborative effort is to make sure all your safety needs are met. Using these resources will assist you in preventing accidents, reducing claims costs, and achieving the highest discounts possible. Below you’ll find contact information for various resources.

Credit Card Processing

Jack Bird
Relationship Manager
O: 216-970-7540
CS: 866-976-7117

Heartland is the credit card processor for our Chamber Member Businesses.   Understanding how the credit card merchant account processing business works isn’t easy for a small business. And most small business merchants don’t have the time to study and understand it.

Heartland is here to help our Cuyahoga Falls Chamber member small businesses.

As one of the nation’s leading payment processors, Heartland handles all elements of card transaction processing for large and small businesses, offering small business services that make one-stop payment processing a reality for our small business merchants that are members of the Cuyahoga Falls Chamber.

Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangement

The Greater Akron Chamber and SummaCare have partnered with the Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce to offer small businesses a multiple employer welfare arrangement (MEWA). The Chamber Health Benefits Plan is a self-funded health benefits option that allows employers with 50 employees or fewer to join together to share in the healthcare costs of their employees.

The Chamber Health Benefits Plan allows employers to choose the right plan for them by selecting between 10 benefit plans, including eight PPO and two HSA-compatible plans, two pharmacy options, and three SummaCare networks.

What is a MEWA?

A multiple employer welfare arrangement (MEWA), also described as a multiple employer trust, is when a group of employers pool their contributions in a self-funded benefits plan for their employees. It is governed by a board of trustees who works on behalf of the members.

What is the difference between a MEWA and a more traditional insurance program?

A MEWA is a self-funded plan. Many groups will be able to experience a competitive rate that may not be available through traditional insurance programs. In addition, a MEWA can provide predictable, fixed monthly payments and protection with stop-loss insurance.

Do I need to be a member of the Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce to participate?

Yes. In order to be eligible for membership, you must be a member in good standing of the Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce or join at the time of enrollment.

What size employers can enroll in the MEWA?

The MEWA is available to businesses with 50 or fewer employees. This includes companies with as little as one employee.

Are there different plans and network options available through the MEWA?

Yes. A variety of plan options are available including several new plan options for 2020. Employers also can select from various SummaCare provider networks depending upon their needs.

Are there ancillary options available?

Yes. Participating employers in the Chamber Health Benefits Plan are eligible for discounted life programs offered by SummaCare. Ask about your options upon enrollment.

Digital Advertising

Adam LaFaber
Digital Sandwich Agency


This new digital sign format will project your ad in the window of the Digital Sandwich Agency office located at 2241 Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls.

Using specially coated glass, the projection technology creates a high-definition image visible from historic Front Street in downtown Cuyahoga Falls. (Across the street from The Workz/old Falls Theater)