01 Jul July 2014 – Chamber Member Business News
Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce
Chamber Member Business News EBLASTS – FREE AND EASY SERVICE!
- These are a FREE and EASY way Chamber Members (only) can promote a business related news item to fellow Members.
- These announcements will be posted on the Chamber website, Chamber Facebook Page, Twitter and LinkedIn.
- They will also be emailed to the Chamber Membership and Area Business Leaders.
JULY 2014 News Here:
Chick-fil-A at Chapel Hill
Cow Appreciation Day is Friday, July 11th! Events at Chick-fil-A at Chapel Hill:
Tuesday, July 8th @ 5 – 8 pm: Family Connect Kids Cow Parade
Friday, July 11th: Cow Appreciation Day
Dress in full cow costume: Free Meal * Dress in partial cow costume: Free Entrée
Chick-fil-A at Chapel Hill * 420 Howe Avenue * Cuyahoga Falls * 330-920-4544
Silver Lake Country Club
When is the Best Time to Join Silver Lake Country Club?
Right Now! Come see why Silver Lake in growing with New Members. We offer monthly children, family and adult events.
- Open all year round
- We have the best worldwide travel benefits that include two complimentary green fees and two complimentary meals at all of ClubCorp Clubs within a month*
- Great way to network both professionally and personally.
- No Monthly Minimums
- No Initiation Fees
- No Assessment Fees
- Free babysitting on Friday and Saturday nights while using the Club
- Dues starting at $65 a month
If you join now you will receive from $250 to $500 in usage credit + Discovery book with complimentary dining, pool, golf and more valued at over $500! If you join today as a golf Member you will receive a complimentary cart lease for the remainder of the 2014 season! Contact me today for all the details.Bonnie Napora, Membership Directorbonnie.email@example.com 330.689.7403
LifeCenter Plus’s 1st Annual Summer Blast – Saturday, July 12th. Fun, Food, Games! ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN WILL BE PROVIDED (BOUNCE HOUSE, ARTS AND CRAFTS, ETC) See the attached flier for more details and please register your team by 7-7-14! SPREAD THE WORD! Located at 5133 Darrow Rd. Hudson, OH 44236. P 330-655-2377
Virtualization for the SMB: How You Can Do More for Less!Join Simplex-IT at our next free Lunchinar where we will discuss Virtualization for the SMB, or How You Can Do More for Less!Let’s look at the facts. Today’s servers typically run at only 10-15 percent of their capacity, resulting in wasted resources, unnecessary hardware investments and data center sprawl. Virtualization, once available only to the largest of enterprises, helps you consolidate your applications on far fewer physical servers, thereby optimizing resource utilization and delivering up to 50 percent efficiency savings. There are other compelling reasons why your business might want to look at using virtualization in your IT infrastructure. But, like almost everything in life, there could be drawbacks. We’ll discuss the good the bad and the ugly of virtualization for the SMB. Join us, enjoy a free lunch and networking with your peers and find out if this approach to IT will benefit your bottom line!
When: Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 11:30am-1:00pm
Where: Stow Hampton Inn, 4331 Lakepointe Corporate Dr. (off Rt. 8 at Steels Corners Road) As an extra bonus, we will be awarding a door prize of Microsoft software valued at $500. Free food AND free software. How awesome is that! We remind you, though, seating is limited. To reserve yours, go to http://bit.ly/SMBvirtualization,email John@Simplex-IT.com or call 234.380.1277. Come join the fun!
Falls Rock Shop
Kids need something to do over the summer? Falls Rock Shop has a music camp right here in Cuyahoga Falls! Learn the basics of music through songs, games, and other activities. Ages 5 to 10 welcome. Two four week one hour sessions will be held in June and July from 10am to 11am. Contact Kathleen Moreland at firstname.lastname@example.org or CALL 440-781-8167 to SIGN UP!!! www.fallsrockshop.com
EMS – Electronic Merchant Systems
Do you know how your customers are finding your business? The days of phone books are long gone, the vast majority of customers use the internet to search for businesses and if your business isn’t online, you’re missing out. Allow us to help. Everything from simple sites to large online shopping carts, EMS has a solution perfect for your business. Call Adrien Coluccio today to learn more: 216.287.0081 http://land.emscorporate.com/CuyahogaFalls/
Make a Big Splash at Red’s SUMMER BLAST!
A multi-chamber, association and friends networking event.
Fun * Food * Drinks * Prizes
Thursday, July 31st 5:00 – 7:00 Pm at REDfish Promotions
149 Portage Trail in Cuyahoga Falls
Save now on Red’s SUMMER BASH SPECIALS
$5.00 imprinted Tee-shirts
$10.00 imprinted Polo Shirts
Cuyahoga Falls Chamber Members receive: FREE embroidery set-up – or -2 FREE screens on imprinted items!
Employee of Distinction Luncheon. Do you have an outstanding individual or team that goes above and beyond for your organization? At no cost, you can nominate that employee or team and publicly recognize their efforts. Deadline for honoree nominations is July 31. Nominate your shining stars today! To download the nomination form, visit www.goodwillakron.org/EDL
Event Details – Date: Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Guy’s Party Centre,500 E. Waterloo Road, Akron
Keynote speaker: Jodi Kest, head coach of The University of Akron women’s basketball program.
Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com
NEW BEACON JOURNAL REPLICA EDITION IS FREE TO SUBSCRIBERS. The Akron Beacon Journal has launched a Replica Edition of the newspaper that is free to current subscribers. Developed to celebrate the newspaper’s 175th anniversary, the Replica Edition is an exact copy of the print edition of the newspaper. Designed to enhance readers’ overall digital experience, the Replica Edition replaces Beacon Journal Digital. Highlights of the new product include readers’ ability to:
- Access the Replica Edition from their tablet, smartphone or desktop computer.
- View every word, photo and image exactly as it appears in print.
- Tap any article with two fingers to convert to full-screen text.
- Flip pages, zoom in on articles and rotate to landscape mode.
- Print, email or share articles and pictures.
- Translate text to speech.
- Access an archive of every issue published in the past 30 days.
Current subscribers can access this new product by going to Ohio.com, clicking on “Subscriber Services” at the top of the home page, selecting “ I am a subscriber” and following the instructions. New subscribers can sign up for the Replica Edition on Ohio.com or by calling 330-996-3600.
Founded in 1839, the Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio’s only four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper, is the oldest continuously operated business in Summit County. The newspaper serves readers in Summit, Medina, Portage, Stark and Wayne counties, portions of Cuyahoga County and all Northeast Ohio in partnership with its affiliated website, Ohio.com. The Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com is owned by Sound Publishing Holdings, a wholly owned subsidiary of Black Press Ltd., which owns and operates 115 newspapers in western Canada, Washington state and Hawaii.
Pure Body Boutique
Chamber Scholarship Fundraiser/ Promotion – Shop to Donate – Pure Body Boutique/Cuyahoga Falls. Pure Body Boutique in Cuyahoga Falls is doing a Shop to Donate promotion for the Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce Area Foundation for the scholarship fund. Come in and get your hair done and shop each Thursday of each week from 11 am to 6 pm. Pure Body Boutique then will give back a percent of the sales to the scholarship fund each week. http://purebathbody.com/
Western Reserve Hospital
Join us for our FREE lunch and learns designed to improve health awareness within our hospital and community. We encourage you to attend a luncheon below and learn more about this unique and helpful series of health topics.
FREE MONTHLY LUNCHEONS HELD:
July 17 – Cholesterol 4-1-1
August 6 – Back to School: Keep your kids healthy
September 18 – Proper management of diabetes
October 16 – Arthritis: Is there a cure?
November 20 – Stay healthy this holiday season
December 18 – Beat the holiday stress
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. at Western Reserve Hospital Auditorium I, 1900 23rd Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223. To RSVP, please call Johanna Tanno at 330-971-7959 or email email@example.com
Event: Open House at Weaver ProPak (a Division of Weaver Industries, Inc.)
Address: 129 Marc Drive, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223
Date: October 23, 2014
Organizer: Weaver Industries
RSVP: 330.379.3660 Denise Balko firstname.lastname@example.org
HOUSE BILL 486
CREATES INCENTIVE PROGRAM TO ENCOURAGE BUSINESS COMPLIANCE Transformative new program aims to recognize compliant businesses and incentivize continued compliance COLUMBUS, Oh. – A bill sent yesterday from the Ohio General Assembly to Governor John R. Kasich for signature includes the creation of the Ohio Business Compliance Incentive (OBCI) program which is a transformative approach to regulation. This program will encourage compliance with regulations while safeguarding Ohioans.
“This is a program that will continue to allow the Department of Commerce to hold businesses accountable, but will recognize and incentivize those who are consistently compliant,” said Andre T. Porter, Director of the Ohio Department of Commerce. “By recognizing and rewarding compliant businesses, we can achieve the goal of getting government out of the way of successful and responsible businesses and we can shift our resources to focus on the fringe actors who are not compliant.” One of the proposed programs of the OBCI is called “Operation Safe Stay.” The State Fire Marshal’s office, a division of the Department of Commerce, inspects and licenses nearly 1,600 hotels and motels in Ohio annually. More than 40% of those inspected are fully compliant during the first inspection and do not require follow-up inspections. This program would publically designate those hotels that consistently meet the highest level of Ohio Fire Code-based fire and life safety standards and Ohio Revised Code based sanitary guidelines as a Safe Stay hotel.
OBCI 2-2-2 “The Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association is pleased to see this Administration and the Department of Commerce developing an incentive program for hotels,” said Matthew L. MacLaren, President and CEO of the Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association. “The program will recognize hotels that excel in regulation compliance. This pro-business incentive program will create a positive recognition that hotels will want to achieve.”
Another incentive program would be offered through the Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board (OCILB). Contractors who are up to date with the continuing education credits, have paid their renewal fees on time and have no merited complaints would be allowed to renew their licenses every three years for $180 instead of annually at $60. Tom Shreves, of the National Electrical Contractors of Ohio, hailed this program saying, “The good news for policy makers is the vast majority of electrical contractors are ‘good actors’ who take their responsibilities seriously and consistently meet the standards of the industry as applied by the OCILB.” Shreves also said that this program supports their professionals in Ohio. “In an effort to recognize the efforts of these good actors, HB 486 [OBCI] seeks to streamline their licensing process.” Director Porter also said that he believes that these programs will help encourage continued compliance, motivate others to become more compliant, and allow the Department of Commerce to focus more time and resources on those businesses that operate on the fringe. “While these are just two examples of the OBCI, I think that everyone can see where this approach and attitude towards regulation and compliance might be applied to many other industries,” Porter said. “I call upon all industries that are served by the Department of Commerce to consider where we might be able to incentivize them to continue responsible compliance.” Contact: Brian Hoyt at (614) 644-7115 email@example.com http://www.com.ohio.gov Twitter: @OhioCommerce
Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC)
Changes Its Premium Collection Process
Historically, BWC has billed Ohio employers in arrears or ‘retrospectively’. Employers currently report their actual payroll and pay their premium on a semi-annual basis for the previous six months of coverage.
Prospective billing is a national industry standard and builds upon ongoing efforts by BWC to modernize its operation. Under prospective billing, BWC will, like most insurance companies, collect employer premiums at the beginning of and throughout the policy period.
According to BWC the benefits of changing to the prospective payment process for Ohio employers will include:
- More flexible payment options (e.g., monthly, quarterly, semi-annually and annually) with possible discounts for those who pay in advance.
- Better ability to anticipate budgetary impacts of workers’ compensation program cost changes.
- Better opportunities for BWC to provide quotes online or via phone.
- Lower mutualized costs from employers who don’t pay premiums timely or have workers injured without coverage for employers in good standing.
- Increases BWC’s ability to detect employer non-compliance and fraud.
Transition: The transition is expected to become effective July 1, 2015 for private employers and January 1, 2016 for public employers. Private Employers: As they switch to the new prospective billing process, BWC will offer two transition credits that will cover the employer’s actual premium expenses for an eight month period of time. These credits will prevent employers from paying two premiums at once, one for the period in arrears and one for the prospective period. The first transition credit will be a full one-time premium credit for the period January 1, 2015 through June 30, 2015. The second credit will be for the next two months (July and August of 2015) out of the first annual prospective premium payment. Employers will be billed premium payments in August for the remaining 10 months of the rate year, paid in installments throughout the period. In subsequent years, employers will receive their invoice in June and begin paying premiums before July. This premium will be based on estimated payroll. At the end of the rate year, employers will need to ‘true-up’ their actual payroll with the estimation.
Public Employers: Public employers will receive two 50% transition credits. The first for the policy period beginning January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015 and then again for the period January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016.”
True-up Process: With these changes, BWC will be extending coverage to employers based on estimated payroll figures. In order to adjust to actual, they will also require employers to report their actual payroll for the prior coverage periods and pay any shortage or receive a refund of any overage in actual premium.
Earlier BWC filing deadlines for rating programs: As BWC transitions to the Prospective Payment process, they are also changing the employer deadlines for applying for the various BWC group rating and other incentive programs as follows:
Private Employer Deadlines for the policy period beginning July 1, 2015:
Group Rating – November 24, 2014 (was last business day of February).
Group Retrospective Rating and other rating programs – January 30, 2015 (was last business day of April).
Destination: Excellence Programs – May 29, 2015 (was last day of April).
Public Employer Deadlines for the policy period beginning January 1, 2016:
Group Rating – May 29, 2015 (was last business day of August).
Group Retrospective Rating and other rating programs – July 31, 2015
(was last business day of October).
Destination: Excellence Programs – November 30, 2015 (was last day of October).
More information to come: Additional information about the changes to come can be found on CareWorks Consultants website at www.careworksconsultants.com. We welcome you to contact us with any questions you may have on these topics or any other Ohio workers’ compensation program concerns.
Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce
Chamber Ribbon Cuttings – firstname.lastname@example.org
July 24th PNC Bank – Cuyahoga Falls Grand Reopening 5:00 pm
July 25th Easter Seals Northern Ohio New Business 12:00 pm
August 20th Broadman Baptist Church Renovations 5:00 pm
September 12th Top Level Martial Arts New Business 12 noon
Member Dues Increase Effective July 1, 2014
Dear Chamber Members:
Due to increased costs of doing business it has become necessary to increase the amount our membership dues by 5% effective July 1, 2014. There has not been an increase in our dues since 2009. Here are the new membership dues/rates: http://cfchamber.com/prospective-members/membership-application/
We hope that you will agree that your Chamber Membership is a sound business investment. We strive to bring you the best possible networking and business programs as well as a member benefits package for small business.
We are always open to our Chamber Members input. 330-929-6756
We thank you for your continued support!
Laura A. Petrella, CEO and The Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
Who will email the information out to the Chamber Members?
The Chamber will email out the announcements once a month.
When will the email go out?
The email will be sent out the first week of the month.
What can I submit for Chamber Member Business Announcements?
The announcement information that you submit to the Chamber will only be accepted via email only and must be strictly related to your Chamber Member business in which you are a paid Member of the Chamber of Commerce. The “Business News Announcements” must be related to: a new service your business is offering, a special “Members Only” discount and offer, office furniture for sale, hiring a new employee for your business, new business ribbon cutting, business anniversary invitation, business open house announcement, new business address, office space for rent, celebrating a business anniversary, etc.
How much space can I have for a Chamber Member Business Announcement?
300 words or fewer of text only and one listing per Chamber Member business per month. The Chamber reserves the right to edit all submissions and use fewer or more words submitted.
What is the deadline to submit information?
The deadline to submit a Chamber Member Business Announcement is the 25th of the month by 12 noon and it will run in the next month’s email. Anything submitted after that date will run in the following month’s e-blast. You may also send an email with your announcement/news to the Chamber Membership by accessing the email database by logging in to the Chamber website with your user name/password. Please email the Chamber if you need help logging on.
HOW TO SUBMIT:
Email your information in the actual email you send back to us OR attach your information in a MS WORD Document only. We must be able to copy and paste your text submitted. Phone, fax, text boxes, PDF or JPG submissions will not be accepted.
EMAIL here: email@example.com
Chamber Member Business Name____________________________Date___________
My Chamber Member Business Announcement of 300 words or less:
- All emailed submissions for the Chamber Member Business Announcements are subject to approval and may be edited.
- Chamber Dues must be current to submit.
- The Chamber is not liable for any misprints, typos or incorrect information submitted.
- If there are less than 5 submissions for the month an email will not be sent.