Friday, January 9, 2015

Free Tax Preparation

LCCH begins free tax preparation January 29th.

The Licking County Coalition for Housing (LCCH) offers free tax preparation services from January 29th through April 14, 2015.  The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program uses IRS-certified volunteers to prepare and e-file federal, state and school district tax returns for income-eligible citizens, at no cost to them.

Taxes are prepared at 4 locations in Licking County: the LCCH offices at 23 South Park Place, Ohio Means Jobs at 998 East Main St., Warner Library on the Newark Campus, and the Newark Public Library at 101 West Main St. The days/hours vary by location, but afternoon, evening and week-end appointments are available, as well as a limited number of walk-in sites.    

Most taxpayers with an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $53,000 or less are eligible. Farm income, rental income and some advanced tax issues cannot be handled at a VITA site. Photo ID and Social Security cards are required from all taxpayers, as well as W-2s and other tax documents.  Both taxpayers must be present for a joint return. 

Beginning January 15th, tax payers can call LCCH at 740-345-1970, extension 200 to schedule an appointment. Recorded information is also available at extension 224, and the VITA schedule is on the calendar page of the LCCH website: 

This is the eighth year that Licking County Coalition for Housing has offered this free service to Licking County.  LCCH is a United Way Partner Agency and a 501c3 non-profit organization registered with the State of Ohio. Funding for the program is provided by State Farm, United Way of Licking County, the Internal Revenue Service, and United Way of Central Ohio.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Travel with us in 2015

Have you ever wanted to visit the Canadian Rockies but just haven't made it there yet?  Well you can cross it off your bucket list in 2015!

Join the Licking County Chamber of Commerce as we host a 6 day Canadian Rockies Getaway, departing on June 21, 2015.

If you have any questions or need more information, call us or email today!

Hurry - space is limited.  Deadline is March 1st.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Don't Settle in 2015

"The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it."
- Steve Jobs

We wish you much success in 2015!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Birthday to Us

The Licking County Chamber is celebrating our 100th Birthday next year and we are throwing a huge party!  You won't want to miss it!

Wait, there's another reason you should attend - to listen to an awesome speaker:

We have already started receiving reservations, so get yours in today!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Earn a Great Living in Licking County!

A team of us have been working on trying to figure out ways to help our employers with the workforce shortage they are facing, especially in manufacturing and skilled trades.

One aspect that we identified is getting more high school students interested in going into the manufacturing and skilled trades fields.  So we created a video for that demographic:

Special thanks to Screen Machine Industries, The Bionetics Corporation and Owens Corning for contributing to this video. And of course, a big kudos to Stand Alone Media House for producing it.

Another group to thank is the Licking County Chamber, Grow Licking County, The Licking County Foundation and AEP Ohio for funding this project.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A Look Back at Our Past Leadership

In 2015, the Licking County Chamber of Commerce will celebrate our 100th birthday.  Pretty exciting, huh?

In preparation for this monumental event, I have been doing some digging around in the archives and it has proven to be very interesting.

I recently found a list of the past Chairmen starting from 1959.  I just finished updating it with the data from the past ten years and thought I would share some interesting facts about the make-up of our past 56 chairmen.

6 were women:

Nancy Chiles Dix, W,E. Shrider Company 1985 - 1986
Jennifer Utrevis, The Granville Inn  1999 - 2000
Anne Cairns Federlein, OSUN/COTC 2002 - 2003
Inalee Tan, Thomas General Contracting 2004 - 2005
Kim Lust, State Farm Insurance 2009 - 2010
Caroline Fraker, MedBen * Current Chair  2014-2015

Two individuals served as Chairmen twice:

Kurt Harden, MedBen 2000 - 2001 & 2008 - 2009
Patrick Guanciale, Coldwell Banker King Thompson  1986 - 1987 & 2010 - 2011

Companies who have had the most chairmen:

Park National Bank - 6
MedBen - 4

Industries who have had the most chairmen:

Manufacturers - 15
Financial - 9
Utilities - 5

In looking over the past 56 years of leadership at the Chamber, I am in awe of the men and women who have led this Chamber,  We are very fortunate to have such an impressive lineup in our community.