Friday, June 26, 2015

An Easy Way to Make a Difference to Many

Even late afternoon Friday meetings can be inspiring.

I know there are people out there who want to help make a difference to others but are not sure where to start.  Well, I have just the project for you.

Here is the summary:  The YES Club, an after school program for economically disadvantaged youth ages 11 to 18, would like to be able to install solar panels on their rooftop.  A grassroots organization calling themselves YES for Solar is undertaking a fundraising campaign to make this happen.  The 48 solar panels will cost around $30,000 and after a month of fundraising, they are half-way to their goal.  If successful, the YES Club will be able to save approximately $42,000 in savings over 25 years, the life of the panels.
The YES Club is under the umbrella of Mental Health America of Licking County, a non-profit organization which pays for some of the operating overhead of the YES Club.

This is a wonderful community project that you can be a part of!  Small or large monetary gifts are needed.  Here are some options for you to consider:

* Nuts and bolts (any amount)
* Direct current optimizers $60
* Structural supports -infrastructure $100
* Solar panel $250
* Complete solar panel package $400
* DC/AC inverter $1,000

I was told that if you want your donation to be used to purchase a solar panel, you will be given a number and will be able to track the kilowatt energy produced for that panel, which is too cool!

Giving is easy!  Donate online through the Licking County Foundation  Click on Donate Now and indicate "Yes for Solar".

You can also send your gift to the Licking County Foundation, P.O. Box 4212, Newark, OH  43058-4212.  Checks to be made payable to the Licking County Foundation and are tax deductible.

You can get details on the project here.

I know we can meet the goal, so please consider a donation today!

Thank you!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Understanding TPA and Why It Matters

Congress is currently debating TPA (Trade Promotion Authority).  Below is a short and simple video of what it is about and why it is important that Congress pass this.

Monday, June 1, 2015

You're Invited to Travel with us to Athens & Greek Isles

Have you always wanted to go to Greece but were unsure if you wanted to go by yourself?  Then this is the trip for you!

In April of 2016, the Chamber will be hosting a trip to Athens & Greek Isles.  This trip is a nine day trip, departing Port Columbus on April 1, 2016.  It also includes a four-day cruise on the Celestyal Cruise Lines Ship!

The highlights of the trip include:

  • Athens City Tour
  • The Acropolis & Parthenon
  • The Plaka & Syntagma Square
  • Ancient Olympic Stadium
  • Greek Island Cruise which includes stops at Mykonos; Kusadasi, Turkey; Patmos & Rhodes; Heraklion, Crete and Santorini
  • Argolis (UNESCO)
  • Greek Taverna Dinner
  • Athens by Night
In addition to your round trip airfare from Port Columbus, this trip also includes:
  • 16 Meals
  • 7 night Accommodations
  • Baggage Handling
  • Admissions per Itinerary
  • Professional Tour Director
  • Motor Coach Transportation
  • Comprehensive Sightseeing
And more. . .

The tour rates start at just $3295 per person, double occupancy, with the $200 booking discount.

If you are interested in joining us on this incredible trip, please call me at 740-345-9757 x 5 or send me an email at

I hope to hear from you soon! - Cheri Hottinger

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Downtown Newark Construction - Phase Timeline

Downtown Newark is going through some major renovations over the next few years.  Yes, there will be pain during the construction period, but when the dust settles, we will all be able to look around at a beautiful downtown and be thankful that the City of Newark and the private sector worked together to get it all done.

Below is a map showing the different phases of construction along with construction timelines.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

FREE Webinars from the BWC on the new Prospective Billing

FREE prospective billing webinars for private employers

Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation is now offering webinars that explain their upcoming transition to the industry standard of prospective billing for employer premiums. They are offering these FREE webinars for private employers to provide answers and details about prospective billing, including:
  • The reason for the transition and its benefits to employers;
  • How BWC will cover the costs of this change with a transition credit;
  • Transition timelines and important dates to remember;
  • Essential information and new requirements for payroll reporting;
  • Changes to deadlines for rating plans and BWC programs.
Find out how the switch to prospective billing will impact your business without having to leave the office!
Who should sign up?
  • Financial controllers and payroll officers
  • Human resources professionals
  • Business owners and chief executive officers
  • Certified public accountants
  • Workplace safety and/or risk managers
Register today for one of the many webinars and learn more by clicking this link below:

Monday, May 11, 2015

Community Leadership of Licking County

Community Leadership of Licking County

Have you ever wondered what you are good at?  Really good at?  If you child brought home their report card which had all A's and one D, which subjects would you focus on?  Most of us would say the D, of course.  But after taking the Strengths Finder assessment and courses, I now think differently.  What are your strengths?  Do you know how to use them at home and at work?  Are you aware of the strengths of those around you?  These are just some of the things you will become aware of through our Community Leadership Program. 

On May 8th, 25 individuals graduated from the program, which was started back in 1982.  The program has produced over 800+ community leaders and supporters over the years.  The group meets one day a month from September through May.

The program is designed to encourage and discover leadership qualities in every participant during the morning sessions.  Many different speakers and interactive topics are presented.  The afternoons are filled with discovering all the wonderful assets Licking County has to offer.  The class travels around the county, focusing on seven areas:  Economic Development; Travel & Tourism; Health & Social Services; Government; Law & Justice; Business & Industry and Education. 

We are now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 class.  The program is open to anyone who would like to learn more about their community and themselves.  The class size is limited to 25 people and typically fills up quickly.  If you are interested and would like more information, please contact me at 740-345-9757 x5 or

I would like to congratulate the following graduates from the 2014-2015 class:  Mike Birkmeyer with Madison-Collins-Stephens Agency; Suzanne Bressoud with The Works; Denise Natoli Brooks with Licking County Soil and Water Conservation District; Larry Brooks with the Hebron Police Department; Trisha Clark with TrueCore Federal Credit Union; Stephanie DeBevoise with the Licking County ESC/Newark City Schools; Megan Evans with the Licking County Foundation; Joshua Filler with The Energy Cooperative; Patrick Frankhart with Licking Memorial Health Systems; Jonathan Gatten with Tectum, Inc.; Lisa Hayes with Licking Memorial Hospital; Cher Jackson with The Boeing Company; David Link with Bayer MaterialScience; Kari Matheny with Licking County Job & Family Services; Nicki Mayabb with First Federal Savings; Sharon Mills with MedBen; Jerry Newton with Licking County Planning; Jessica Pickering with Fifth Third Bank; Matt Reed with State Industrial Products; Cyndi Schmitt with the Licking County Aging Program; Troy Smith with State Industrial Products; Melissa Spain with Park National Bank; Courtney Van Ostran with Jobes Henderson & Associates, Inc. and Brian Wilfong with C-TEC.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Licking County Safety Council Among Top in State

Once again, the Licking County Safety Council took one of the top prizes yesterday at the Safety Council Managers Meeting.  

Vicky Crist, pictured here, brought home the hardware, receiving the 2014 Third Place Award out of 83 Safety Councils across the state.

The Licking County Safety Council has 165 members and are lead by the following Steering Committee/Officers:
  • Jerry Armstrong, Owens Corning Science & Technology Center
  • Rhonda Church, Ohio BWC
  • Michael Coates, Ohio BWC
  • Vicky Crist, Licking County Chamber of Commerce
  • Louise Decker, Licking County Board of DD
  • Jan Downey, Signature Occupational Health
  • Jerry Frazee, Sunfield
  • John Lutz, Newark Digital Academy
  • Steve Melroy, Tectum Inc.
  • Ed Nutter, City of Newark
  • Mary Lou Rauch, Bayer MaterialScience

Minimum eligibility requirements for consideration:
  •  Representation at previous year’s annual safety council managers conference
  •  Host at least 12 meetings and/or special events
  •  Average meeting attendance of 80% of membership* or higher
  •  Submission of previous year semi-annual reports* by more than 75% of membership
*Membership count and submission of semi‐annual reports as of mid‐February

After minimum eligibility requirements are met, safety councils in the highest attendance percentage percentile become finalists for the award. Finalists are invited to submit an annual summary of highlights for consideration in the scoring process. Submission of this summary is optional and is not a pre-requisite to earn an award.

The ‘Safety Council of the Year’ award is evaluated in two components:
  • Member participation / quantitative
  • Safety council performance / qualitative
1. Member participation (0-60 points)
  • Safety council’s attendance percentage is ranked in comparison to that of all other safety councils based on a percentile range
  • Growth in meeting attendance (0 or 3 points)
  • Growth in membership from previous year (0 or 3 points)
  • Retention of same number of members from previous year (0 or 3 points)
2. Safety council performance (0-40 points)
  • Number of meetings and/or special events (0-5 point scale)
  • Reporting accuracy and timeliness (0-5 point scale)
  • Monthly meeting evaluations and sign in sheets and data entry of semi-annual report data
  • Communication (0-15 point scale)
  • Meeting notice criteria met, newsletter, effective use of website, use of e-mail, promotion of occupational safety and health issues to general business community, promotion of BWC services, partnering with other safety councils, brochures, etc.
  • Special events (0-10 point scale)
  • Seminars, safety day, exhibits, CEO event, etc.
  • Extracurricular (0-5 point scale)
  • Scholarships, civic activities, business expo involvement, charitable contributions to community safety, etc.
Congratulations, once again, for making Licking County proud!