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December 20, 2016                  Events, resources & information for the benefit of our members.  
A new health program that can provide rate stability and savings for groups of 2-50. Administered by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

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Broadband Survey
The Village is looking for input from users as to their internet needs now and into the future. Please complete the survey.
Business Survey
Residential Survey 
Check out our new website portal:
Doing Business in Yellow Springs

And be sure to watch the video featuring Christine Soward of DMS Ink about their move.
Thanks to outgoing Board Members
Jeannamarie Cox

Krystal Luketic 
2017 Board
Craig Mesure, President
Nick Gaskins, Vice Pres
Stacey Wirrig, Treasurer
Molly Lunde, Secretary
Sheila Pallotta 
Randy Gifford
Bruce Grimes
Krystal Luketic
Danyel Mershon
Ann Simonson
 
Ex-Officio Members
Mario Basora, YS Schools
Dave Boyer, WPAFB

Chamber Staff
Karen Wintrow, Exec Dir
Alex Scott, Event Coordinator 
Lauren Mikesell, Weekend Staff
Print/Copy Services 
Color .35 members
         .40 nonmembers
B&W  .10 members
         .15 nonmembers
  
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 Business Happenings in 2016  

2016 proved to be a year of new beginnings with two major new businesses opening in Yellow Springs. 

DMS Ink closed on the 888 Dayton St building on January 8 spending the next few months getting the space ready for their official move in date of June 1. They brought millions of dollars of specialized equipment to support their leading edge direct mail and printing company and over 97 employees. In 2017, they plan a significant expansion with an addition to the north of the building to house new equipment and more employees.    

On April 25, Mills Park Hotel opened their doors to villagers and visitors featuring 28 rooms, Ellie's Restaurant and a 150-seat banquet room. The gift shop, Little Miami Mercantile opened on June 10 for Street Fair. The hotel has over 60 full and part-time employees who have been busy with weddings, meetings and events since the day they opened, filling a long time need in the Village for additional lodging for weekend visitors, business travelers and large groups.

 
In February, Intrexon Corporation, a leader in synthetic biology, acquired EnviroFlight LLC and formed a joint venture with Darling Ingredients Inc, the world's largest publicly-traded developer and producer of sustainable natural ingredients from bio-nutrients. Research and development remains in Yellow Springs with a workforce of 17 continuing with their groundbreaking research into Black Soldier Flies as a sustainable protein source.

With expanded can and keg sales, Yellow Springs Brewery went through yet another expansion with the purchase of the old bowling alley on Xenia Ave initially for dry and cold storage but hoping to expand production there also. At their November Metamorphosis Party, they also introduced a new branding package to better differentiate their expanding product line.

Tom Manley became the new president of Antioch College on March 1 and in July they received word of accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission. As the year ended, President Manley announced cost-cutting measures aimed at reducing the college's overall budget and bringing expenses in line with revenues.

In downtown retail, there were several changes and additions. In June, Urban Handmade moved from Xenia Ave to Corry St into the "would you, could you" In A Frame space. Ohio Antique Trading Supply immediately moved into their space opening in time for Street Fair. Wildflower Boutique grew when Wildflower Salon moved into a new space across the street. And another salon, Blue Hairon went through a remodel and re-branding. The only retail loss in 2016 was the closing of IONA Boutique on Dayton St but adjacent shop, Urban Gypsy quickly claimed the space. Finally, notable anniversaries include Import House celebrating their 30th on August 13 and Bentino's Pizza their 10th in December.

A great deal of infrastructure work was completed by the Village of Yellow Springs in 2016 starting with the downtown Xenia Avenue Streetscape. Then Rt 68 was repaved by the Ohio Department of Transportation. And in an effort to serve villagers and attract visitors, the Village installed two electric car chargers at the Bryan Center to be used free of charge.

Ground was broken on the new $7 million water plant on September 22 with completion expected in early 2018 marking the most significant infrastructure project to be undertaken by the Village in decades.

In November, the Village became the owner of the land on Dayton St. known as the Center for Business and Education with a property transfer by Community Resources. Then in December, ground was broken on the water, sewer and stormwater extension to the access lane funded entirely by a previous grant from the Army Corps of Engineers. The Village will host discussions in 2017 to get input on the best use of the property.

At the request of Glen Helen, the Village annexed the majority of the property to enable them to receive Village services and they also began the process of selling the majority of Sutton Farm to Glen Helen for conservation purposes. 

Finally, as the year ends, the Village of Yellow Springs is undergoing a Broadband Needs Assessment and Business Plan Development to help inform the decision as to whether Yellow Springs will construct its own Municipal Broadband Network in 2017 or after.

 Broadband Survey

The Village of Yellow Springs and consultant Design Nine need your input in the development of a Broadband Needs Assessment and Business Plan.

Please complete the survey detailing your current use and future needs regarding internet service. There are two surveys, business and residential. If you live and work here, you need to complete both. Only one survey per business or residence should be completed so please coordinate with your co-workers.

Click here to complete the Business Survey.

Member News 
Welcome New Members
Ohio & Indiana Roofing - commercial & residential  
 
Thanks for Renewing (November & December)
A-C Service, Aero Composites, Anderson-Williamson Insurance Agency, Anthrotech, Arbor Care of Ohio, Arthur Morgan House, Aug Dog Dyes. Christ the King Anglican Church, Cole Acton Harmon Dunn, Craig Mesure Coldwell Banker Heritage Realtors, DMS Ink, Electric Service Co, ElectroShield, Inc, Emporium Wines, Fred Bartenstein, Friends Care Community, Greene County Eye Care, Greene County Community Improvement Corp, Immersion Media, Jailhouse Suites, Jerry Sutton, Little Art Theatre, McManus OD & Associates, Mills Park Hotel, Millworks Development, Nadia Malarkey Garden Design, Petrie Excavating, Rails to Trails Conservancy Midwest, Smith Moses & Co, St. Paul Catholic Church, Stoney Creek Garden Center, Tetz Orthodontics, Thomas Do-It Center, Urban Baby Bonnets, Veterinary Alternatives, Yellow Springs Chiropractic, Yellow Springs Country Bed & Breakfast, Yellow Springs Exempted Schools, Yellow Springs Home Inc, Yellow Springs News, Yellow Springs Pottery, Yellow Springs United Methodist Church, Young's Jersey Dairy

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Business Education & Events
Greene County Career Center  Workforce Education
Various classes and times; 2960 W. Enon Rd., Xenia, OH
Meeting the needs of business and individuals in workforce training and certification. Adult classes.
 
Clark State Community College Workforce Training
Various classes, times and locations; (937) 431-7168
Professional development classes and individualized programs to help your employees and company rise to the top
 
Clark State Center for Non-Profit Excellence
Various classes and  times; Brinkman Educational Center, Springfield, OH; (937) 431-7168
Providing workshops, certifications, consulting, networking and meeting space to help lead, grow and strengthen non-profits. Call or email Leslie Beavers.
 
Wright State University  SBDC Workshops 
Various Times; Various Locations.  Register online.
A series of classes for anyone starting a new business including start-up basics and writing a business plan. Other specialized classes are also available.              
 
Various Times; Various Locations
A variety of free and fee-based business courses to meet your needs and challenges. Information and services valuable to start up business or one looking for new ideas to improve. Mentoring services and workshops are free or minimal cost. 
Various Times; Various Locations
An assessment tool, workshops and mentoring to improve the operations of non-profit organizations.