July 2017

McDonald's/ Galion-Crestline Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing 

The 15th Annual McDonald's/ Galion-Crestline Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing took place on June 22nd at Valley View Golf Course. A total of 103 golfers hit the links with a shotgun start at noon.

Corporate Sponsor for the event was once again McDonald's of Galion, owned by Randi and Scott Nickell. 

Co-Sponsors for the event were Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Galion Community Hospital-Avita Health System, Jag Healthcare (Galion Pointe), Mill Creek Nursing & Rehab Center, Coopers Mill/Crossroads Candles, 1803 Tap Room, Sleep Inn & Suites and Wilson Insurance Agency. 

This is an annual networking event which generates operating income for the Chamber to continue its Economic Development and Business Advocacy efforts on behalf of the business community, and serves as a fund raiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities. 

Ronald McDonald was present for the day, and entertained golfers on the course. Various contests on the course generated $2,112 for this worthy charity. Since beginning this partnership in 2003, a total of $25,063 has been raised for Ronald McDonald House Charities. 

Cander Excavating was this year's first place team with a 58. Team Members were Bryce Lehman, Tom Cander, Mike Dennison & Josh Adams.

Two teams tied for second place, House of Investments (Team Members Larry Milliron, Jim Benton, Ken Dye and Mike Arter) and Ag Credit (Team Members Mike Kleinknecht, Jason McMullen, T J Kruger and Bill Kessey).

Jerry Morasko, CEO of Avita Health Systems had a hole in one on the 18th hole using the Dart Golf Ball Gun, a fun addition to this years outing. 

The afternoon meal consiting of BBQ Chicken and Ribs was catered by Ralphie's.  Dinner, announcements and awards were held at the Jefferson Township Meeting Hall across the street from Valley View Golf Course. 

Our sincere gratitude to the Jefferson Township Fire Department and the Jefferson Township Trustees for the use of their space for our event. Also a big thank you to Ralphie's for bringing out their delicious food (which was a hit as it all went fast by our hungry golfers!).

We again extend our thanks and appreciation to our sponsors, golfers, volunteers and those who donated goodie bag items, door prizes and raffle prizes. This event would not be possible without those who invest their time and resources to making this event a huge success. 

Mark your calendars now for next year’s outing that will be held on June 21st at the Valley View Golf Course. 

Third Friday In Galion Off to a Great Start

May's TFIG event ended abruptly when a severe thunderstorm came rolling through the area around 6pm.

The June event, on the other hand, had great weather throughout the entire evening, bringing hundreds of people in the uptowne area to eat, shop and enjoy live entertainment.

The Park Square Gazebo was the center of the entertainment with performances that evening from the Galion Area Band and Eagle Dance Center's competition team.  The Galion Fire Department was also apart of the event, showing their New Arial Truck on the south-west quadrant of the square. Vendors lined the two north quadrants of the square, with 16 total businesses on hand. 

The next TFIG Event will be July 21st, from 4:30 to 8pm. The theme for the evening is a "Baseball Celebration" and will kick off at 4:30pm with a "Meet and Greet" of the Galion Graders Collegiate Baseball Team.

If you would like more information on how to become a TFIG Vendor or Sponsor, please contact Miranda Jones at or call the Chamber office at 419-468-7737.

Galion Safety Council Holds June Meeting at TFIG 

On June 16th, the Galion Safety Council held their June meeting during the TFIG event on the Square in Uptowne Galion.

The Galion Fire Department conducted fire extinguisher training and almost 100 people participated. 

Safety Council Manager, Janelle Benner was very pleased with the event and stated it was a great opportunity to bring awareness to the community about the benefits of joining Safety Council.

Remember that the new year's rebate requirements start July 1st, 2017.


June 2nd a Ribbon Cutting was held at the Topia Boutique's new location at 101 Harding Way East.
June 6th a Ribbon Cutting was held at Longstreth Memorial's new location at 1263 State Route 598, Galion.
June 16th a Ribbon Cutting was held at PF Sanitation at 126 Harding Way East at their new Uptowne Galion location.

Signature HealthCARE of Galion Holds "CHOPPED" Event

On Friday, June 23rd, Joe and Miranda got the privilege of being 2 of the judges for the Signature HealthCARE of Galion "CHOPPED" event.

Teams consisting of residents and staff used three key ingredients to make a desert dish, pretzels, marshmallows and pink lemonade mix.

This was such a fun event, thank you for asking us to participate!


Eagle Dance Center (creative dance instruction for children 3 years and up), Shannon Eagle, 110 Harding Way W., Galion, Ohio 44833, 419-462-8642,


Relationally Driven (small business consulting, training and coaching), Dwayne Castle, 634 Teakwood Ct., Galion, Ohio 44833, 419-961-1265,


Avita Health Foundation (to inspire philanthropy and provide financial support to Avita Hospitals to improve healthcare in our community), 269 Portland Way S., Galion, Ohio 44833, 419-468-0566,


The Topia Boutique (women’s and girl’s clothing), Melissa Cornwell, 101 Harding Way E., Galion, Ohio 44833, 937-441-9294,  

Hot Dogs at the Gazebo

Hot dogs, chips, cookies and beverages were enjoyed at the Gazebo on the square in Galion on Friday June 16th. 

The Galion-Crestline Area Chamber of Commerce event was sponsored by Firelands Federal Credit Union. Approximately 110 people attended with 200 dogs being served.


The next Hot Dogs at the Gazebo will be held on July 14th in Crestline from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm and is sponsored by United Bank.

Please put on your radar several dates coming up…not the least of which is the second BWC True-Up process. The 2016 payroll true-up can be done as early as July 1, and the deadline to report and pay is August 15. Last year proved to be confusing for some employers, so be sure to complete this at your earliest convenience to remain in good standing with BWC. Please see the attached article for more information on completing the True-Up.    

June 30, 2017:

  • Final day to complete Safety Council Participation requirements. (See below).
  • Final day to complete Industry Specific Safety Program (ISSP) loss prevention activities.
  • Deadline to complete the ISSP on-site consultation survey (form SH-29).

July 1, 2017

  • Beginning of the 2017 policy year.
  • BWC will send the 2016 Policy Year payroll true-up notice, or you can go online to complete starting on this date.
  • Start of the following 2017 BWC programs:
  • Drug Free Safety Program
  • Deductible Program
  • Individual Retrospective Rating Program
  • Group Rating Programs and Group Retrospective Rating  Programs
  • One Claim Program
  • Industry Specific Safety Program
  • Transitional Work Bonus Program
  • .99  EM Construction Cap
  • EM Cap

July 3, 2017

  • First 2017 premium installment is due. 

Two Hour Safety Training Requirement: If you participated in either a group rating or group retrospective rating program in the 2016 policy year and had a claim occur between 7/1/14 and 9/30/15, your company is required to complete two hours of certified group safety training by June 30. I have included a flier outlining the different ways in which this can be accomplished.

Billion Back Rebate: A reminder that BWC will be returning over one billion dollars to Ohio employers starting this July! If you had an active workers’ comp policy in the 2015 policy year and meet the eligibility requirements, you will receive 66% of your 2015 premium back in rebate form from BWC. The process will begin in July, if you are a private state funded employer. The exception is for those employers who were in a group retro program in 2015…your rebate will be sent once the 2015 group retro refunds are released this fall.
BWC Fax Numbers: BWC discontinued all toll-free fax numbers attached to their customer service offices, as of May 31. You may fax any documents to 866.336.8352. Please note that this change does not affect MCOs; they will continue to use the fax numbers assigned. This change also does not impact the lump sum settlement fax lines.

Unemployment Cost Control Tip:  If responding to unemployment claim requests are one of the many hats you wear, don't allow the task to fall to the bottom of the to-do list.  Upon receipt of the notification, begin gathering facts and preparing your response.  Vague or untimely responses often hurt an employer's chances of winning the claim.  Either fax or submit your response via the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) online system.  Keep in mind, claim responses must be sorted through and forwarded to the state adjudicator assigned to the claim.  You want to give the adjudicator enough time to review the facts prior to making their ruling by the mandated state deadline.  Failing to provide timely and thorough responses often result in the claimant being granted benefits even if you believe they are not deserving of them.

For additional information on controlling your unemployment expenses or to be set up for full representation contact Kammy Staton at 614.526.7165 or   

OSHA Update: OSHA is not accepting electronic submissions of injury and illness logs at this time, and intends to propose extending the July 1, 2017 date by which certain employers are required to submit the information from their completed 2016 Form 300A electronically. We will update you as soon as OSHA clarifies their position on electronic filing, although at this point it seems unlikely that this will take effect by the initial deadline of July 1. However, the suggestion from RiskControl360° is to be prepare to submit the 2016 Form 300A in an electronic version, such as an excel file, just in case.

Cooper's Mill: Presented a donation to the Humane Society Serving Crawford County for $400 following its fourth annual “Spring Celebration”

Craig Smith Auto Group: Matt Morgan was recently named General Manager. Morgan began working at Craig Smith Auto Group in 2010 and has demonstrated hard work and great leaderships skills as well as care and concern for the customers and employees at Craig Smith.

Hamilton Insurance Group Inc: Honored by Auto-Owners Insurance for achieving stellar growth in 2016. The company was also ranked number one in the State of Ohio

MT Business Technologies of Mansfield: Recently purchased by Global Imaging Systems/Xerox


Do you have an anniversary, new associate or employee, sign, or business update? Contact Joe or Miranda at the Chamber Office, 419-468-7737 or email so we can add your business to the Member Spotlight in our next Newsletter.

Due to the Fourth of July Holiday, there will be NO Chamber Chat in July - See You August 2nd
The U.S. Chamber has long been committed to preserving an employer-sponsored health care system that improves access to affordable coverage and contributes to economic growth.

Unfortunately, the burdensome costs and requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) did the opposite. That is why we were among the first to voice our support for the House's American Health Care Act (AHCA) as an important first step in reforming a failed health care scheme.

The Senate's version of health care reform offers many of the same provisions we supported in the House bill, namely:
  • It will help to stabilize the individual insurance markets the majority of which are collapsing under Obamacare.
  • It will provide individuals and employers with greater flexibility in obtaining affordable health coverage that meets their needs.
  • It will repeal a variety of taxes on individuals and businesses, which will help reduce the cost of health care coverage and create jobs.

A more detailed summary of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 is available here.

While the BCRA isn't perfect--no piece of legislation is--it advances many of the Chamber's key priorities and makes significant improvements to existing law. With a vote expected on Thursday, we will continue to work with lawmakers to express our support for the bill and hope you will reach out to your Senators to share your community's health care priorities.

If you have any questions about this legislation or the reasons for our support, please contact us at

We all knew President Obama was looking to lock in his regulatory legacy last year.  In fact: he set records for how many regulations he enacted  (but we’re not calling the Guinness Book of World Records just yet).

When President Obama couldn’t convince Congress or the American people to go along with his command-and-control economic planning, he turned to the executive branch and bureaucracy to enact his thousands of regulations and decrees.

And  he was pretty successful  last year:
“The total number of Federal Register pages in 2016  rose nearly 20 percent to 95,894 , the most ever, and the  number of final rules, at 3,853 , was the most since 2005”

So … how do we fix this? Because of your action, Congress  successfully passed 14 Congressional Review Acts  that repealed last-minute Obama-era regulations.
More importantly: how do we prevent it from happening again?

The Regulatory Accountability Act
( contact your Senators to support it )
It might sound crazy, but the federal government is still writing regulations like it’s 1946! The RAA modernizes our regulatory process so that transparency, public participation, and real and practical data are included BEFORE massive regulations are enacted.
The Senate has a lot on their plate this summer, and we can’t let the Regulatory Accountability Act get lost in all the noise. 

Shoot your Senators an email today and encourage them to support and pass the RAA this summer.

Rob Engstrom
SVP and National Political Director
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Ohio Chamber Opposes Rx Ballot Issue

Columbus – The Board of Directors of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce has voted to oppose the ill-conceived and poorly written “Ohio Drug Price Relief Act.” The proposed law, which will appear on the November ballot, would impose unworkable contracting requirements on the state of Ohio whenever it purchases any prescription drugs.

"The prescription drug purchasing issue is yet another example of an out-of-state special interest misusing Ohio’s ballot access process in an effort to advance its own interests – at the expense of Ohio citizens and taxpayers,” said Andrew E. Doehrel, president and CEO of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce. “This proposal would almost certainly lead to cost-shifting to private payers, including employers, perversely resulting in a majority of Ohioans paying more, not less, for their prescription drugs.”

“While it is so convoluted that it likely couldn’t work as intended, we’re concerned that a similar approach could be expanded to any other industry or product the state purchases if it were successful,” added Doehrel. “Further, the proposal runs counter to the free market values that the Ohio Chamber stands for and is nothing more than an attempt to artificially fix drug prices.”

In expressing its opposition, the Ohio Chamber joins with other business groups, organized labor, doctors, nurse, pharmacists, veterans, and others who have come to the same conclusion: the Ohio Drug Price Relief Act won't do what it promises and could even make things worse. As part of the Ohio Chamber’s effort to help ensure this deceptive ballot issue is rejected by Ohio voters, the organization is committed to educating its 8,000 plus member companies on the dangerous consequences of this proposed law.

The Ohio Chamber of Commerce is a champion for Ohio businesses so that our state enjoys economic growth and prosperity. With over 8,000 members, we have been Ohio’s premiere business advocate since 1893