Thursday, October 16, 2014

Interesting Answers from Current & Future Politicans

The Licking County Chamber of Commerce is please to present our 2014 Candidate Questionnaire featuring the candidates running for County Commissioner, State Representative, State Senate and Congress in Licking County.

This annual publication provides readers a glimpse into the thoughts from candidates running for a variety of offices in Licking County.

You can access the publication here:

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

What's Save Local Now?

If you aren't familiar with Save Local Now, here is a quick video to get you started:

We hope you will download the app and begin shopping local today!

Join Our Team at the Chamber

The Licking County Chamber of Commerce is looking for a highly motivated professional to retain and recruit members.

TITLE:  Membership Services Specialist


-Maintain an extensive knowledge of all chamber benefits, programs and events
-Membership database administration
-Update social media sites
-Enhance and promote affinity partnerships
-Assist in membership recruitment activities
-Administrative duties as assigned


Candidate must be detail oriented, proficient in Microsoft Office, social media, database administration and possess exceptional verbal and written communication skills.  Candidate must have a high school diploma and bring a minimum of 3 years relevant experience.

This is a part-time position, 20 - 24 hours per week.  Salary range $13-$15 per hour
For consideration, submit a cover letter and resume via mail or email only, to:
Licking County Chamber of Commerce
Cheri Hottinger, President
P.O. Box 702
Newark, OH 43058-0702
Or email

Deadline to apply is October 31, 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Workforce Training Money Available

Workforce Training Money Available

More than 80,000 Ohio employees have already been trained through the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program and now the state is making a third round of funding available to businesses. This program will make $29.4 million available in Fiscal Year 2015 for employers to enhance the skills of their employees.

The Ohio Development Services Agency will reimburse the employer for up to 50 percent of the eligible training costs, up to $4,000 per employee, after 1) the employer pays the full cost of the training, and 2) the employee successfully completes the training. The maximum amount an employer may qualify for in a fiscal year is $250,000. The company must be in operation for at least 12 months in Ohio to participate.

A pre-application is now available beginning September 15, 2014 for businesses who want financial help to train their current workforce. Applications for the grant program will be accepted for review on September 30, 2014 beginning at 10:00 a.m. 

For more information about the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program visit  

For additional assistance, contact Shannon Vanderpool at (614) 644-8560 or,  Jennifer Spohr at (614) 466-4184 or, or Julia Hinten at (614) 728-4878 or

Please note that we have made some positive changes to this year’s application:
·         Eligible NAICS codes are being provided for potential applicants to verify eligibility before applying.
·         Names of individuals being trained along with the last four digits of their SSN, date of birth, and verification of wages are no longer being collected in the application. Rather, they are collected at the time of the reimbursement request. This will make the application process less tedious and reduce the number of amendments being requested.
·         The Window of training has been extended from 11 months to 17 months (August 1, 2014 – December 31, 2015). 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Chamber Issues Endorsements

The Board of Directors for the Licking County Chamber of Commerce recently voted to endorse the following community levies appearing on the November 4 ballot:

Licking County Library - This is a 1 mill continuing operating levy (renewal).  The first ever operating levy was put on the ballot on May 4, 2010 and passed by 51%.  It was a 1 mill, 5-year levy. The proposed use will be to maintain public library services at all six locations including:  Main Library, Buckeye Lake, Hebron, Emerson R. Miller (west Newark), Mary E. Babcock (Johnstown), Hervey Memorial (Utica) as well as the bookmobile.  The passage of a continuing levy will provide stable long-term funding for the Licking County Library.  

Citizens for Seniors - This is a 1.2 mill, 5-year renewal levy.  The first senior services levy was passed in 1985.  The issue has appeared on the ballot 8 times and has passed each time.  The most recent issue was on the ballot in 2009 and passed with 54.4% of the vote.  Funds from this levy must be used for providing or maintaining senior citizens services or facilities.  The 2010 census showed that 19.8% of Licking County's population was age 60 or older.  The 2020 projections show that rising to 23%.  Approximately 8,000 seniors are provided with service from the Aging Program in Licking County each year.  The Aging Program currently provides 1,000 meals to seniors each day.

Citizens for Children Services - This is a 1 mill, 10-year, replacement levy.  The children services levy was first passed as a 1 mill levy in 1985 for a ten-year period.  In both 1995 and 2004, a 1 mill replacement levy was passed by voters for another 10 years.  In 2013, 1,937 reports of abuse and neglect involving more than 3,000 children occurred in Licking County.  Funds are utilized to assist in the direct care of abused and neglected children by providing funds for children in foster care, aids in adoption services and supportive services such as assistance with shelter and health services.

The Chamber Board of Directors urges you to support these vital community issues by voting YES on November 4, 2014.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Walking In My Shoes. . .Leadership and the Week Ahead

Last week flew by, given Monday was Labor Day and the Chamber was closed for the day.  So, like you, I tried to fit five days of work into four.  I had meetings every single morning and many others throughout the four-day work week.

A lot of my time was spent planning for this week.  Below is what will occupy most of my time this week:

Board Meetings

I serve as a Board member on several local Board of Directors.  This week, I have The Works Board meeting and the Chamber has our Board meeting this week.  For the Chamber's Board meeting, it is a shortened agenda, since we also have our Board and Staff Retreat immediately following the Board meeting.  This is the first meeting of the fiscal year for us.  In addition to our standard items, we will be adopting a new Financial Resolution, giving fiscal authority to the new officers - Caroline Fraker, Chair; Luke Baus, Chair-Elect and Jim Mitchell, Treasurer.  They are excellent leaders and I look forward to working with them over the next 12 months.  The Board will also be asked to consider endorsing three community levies which include the Children's Services Levy; the Senior Citizens Levy and the Licking County Library Levy.  

Strategic Planning/Board and Staff Retreat

As I mentioned above, we have a Board and Staff Strategic Planning session this week.  Although some might find this as exciting as getting your teeth pulled, I enjoy it.  It energizes me because as a Board of Directors, we get to review the past year.  We have had many successes, but we also weren't able to accomplish everything we planned to get done over the past 12 months.  It is important to do a review before looking forward, in my opinion.  Just because you weren't able to check something off of your to-do list, doesn't mean it is a dead issue.  You may want to considering placing it back on your list, but it may need modified from the previous version. Planning sessions also allow for major creativity, which isn't always the case in standard Board meetings, when the focus isn't necessarily on planning. I will be sharing our road map with the membership next month.

Community Leadership of Licking County

September of each year marks the first class of our Community Leadership of Licking County program.  The Chamber has been operating this program for close to 30 years and have graduated over 600 leaders throughout our county.  Participants will learn a great deal about themselves and their leadership skills, talents and styles, as well as become educated about all the wonderful assets Licking County has to offer that they may never have known.  I am the Director of this program and truly enjoy getting to know a new class of leaders each fall.  Look for updates and photos throughout the year on our Facebook page, twitter feed (@ChamberofC) or on LinkedIn.

Have a great week!

As always, please feel free to contact me anytime at the Chamber 740-345-9757 x5 or email  Please follow us on Twitter - @ChamberofC and @Chambercheri.