May 2018
Aurora Chamber of Commerce Newsletter
The mission of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce is to facilitate the growth of 
Aurora area businesses, promote tourism, and invest in programs 
that enhance and enrich the community.  

Aurora welcomed a new business to town! Art ‘n Spirits opened at 14 New Hudson Rd. An artist will guide you step by step to paint your own masterpiece to take home! City and State officials came out for the Ribbon Cutting on April 19. Art ‘n Spirits is hosting an event for AWiN (Aurora Women in Networking) on May 2 from 5:00pm-7:30pm.

There was a New Member Networking Breakfast on April 19 at Art ‘n Spirits before their Ribbon Cutting. We had 19 members in attendance. Some new members and some members that wanted to get reacquainted with the Chamber. The event was catered by Mazzullo’s.

Another Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting will be held on May 4 at 3:00pm at Liberty Ford’s brand-new facility at 900 North Aurora Rd.

Time for our Party on the Patio series to begin! The first event of the season will be at ThornCreek Winery at 155 Treat Rd on May 16 from 5-7pm. The event is free for Aurora Chamber members and their guests but registration is required at Complimentary appetizers will be served and there will be a cash bar. Come out and enjoy the beautiful gardens at ThornCreek.

On May 23, we will hold our monthly Networking Luncheon at Signature of Solon from 11:30am-1:00pm. Our speaker will be Stacie Riffert of Focal Point Business Coaching. Join us as we explore some strategies for winning greater engagement and retention within your teams.

AND…The Aurora Business & Community Golf Outing will be held on June 21 at Boulder Creek Golf Club in Streetsboro. YOU can still be a sponsor, volunteer or golfer!

You can find all of our events and register for them at or email me at .  

Let’s make things happen!!!
Chamber News & Events
2018 Aurora Business & Community Golf Outing

It's time: we're getting ready to come out swinging!  
Join us for a day of great food, great relationship building, and great golf at the beautiful and challenging Boulder Creek Golf Club.

Portions of this business and community event benefits the Aurora Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund.

8:30- 9:15am
Shotgun: 9:30am
$125/golfer Includes:
  • Greens Fee
  • Cart Fee
  • Lunch & Steak Dinner
  • Beverages
  • Gift Bag
  • One Mulligan per Foursome
  • Hole-in-One Contest
  • Closest to Pin Prize
  • and 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Prizes!
Additional sponsorships available.

THANK YOU to our Premier Sponsor:
Expand your networking reach with the area’s largest Multi-Chamber Speed Networking Event!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Suburban Temple - 22401 Chagrin Boulevard - Beachwood, OH 44122

4:30 – 5:00 pm – Check in and networking
5:00 – 7:00 pm – Speed Networking
Cost: $20 per person

MUST be a member of a participating chamber. Cost includes entrance fee, appetizers and beverages. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. NO walk-ins for this event.

Register at
When registering, indicate which chamber you are registering under.
Networking Luncheon
Engaging and Retaining Your Employees

Stacie Riffert, 
Focal Point Business Coaching

Did you know that less than 33% of employees are engaged in their jobs in any given year? This is problematic, particularly for small businesses. Why? An engaged staff of employees helps you lower your risk of turnover, boost customer satisfaction, enjoy higher productivity, improve the bottom line and increase your company’s overall chance of success. 
Companies have been focused on this metric for years, but the numbers aren’t moving.

So, is there anything you can do to get your employees involved in and enthusiastic about their work and workplace? Happily, YES!
Join us as we explore some strategies for winning greater engagement and retention within your team.
Party on the Patio -
Business After Hours
Join us to celebrate the opening of patio season! Featuring Complimentary Appetizers & Cash Bar

May 16th, Wednesday ~ 5-7pm

ThornCreek Winery & Gardens
155 Treat Road, Aurora

FREE for Aurora Chamber Members & Guests
Registration Required
Welcome Newcomers to the Neighborhood and Introduce Them to Your Business!

The popularity of the Embrace Aurora program is really incredible. We now have new residents coming into the office to ask when their Embrace Aurora delivery can be expected.

What better way to inform new residents about what is available to them when settling into their new hometown?

Participation is easy and FREE to Chamber members! Non Members are welcome to join in for a nominal fee.
2018 Board of Directors
Jennifer Stanley
First National Bank

Vice President
Laura Radcliff
Edward Jones
Vicky Rovder
Excalibur Collision

Doug Wieder
Mill Distributors, Inc.
Karen Adams
Don Joseph Toyota

Diane Barben

Kyle Hersh
Aurora Farms Premium Outlets

Tracey Nagy
Skala Insurance Agency

Alan Shorr
Reitz, Paul & Shorr

Sue Tinlin
Platinum Real Estate

Member News & Events
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Remembering Mom 
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Spa Pedicure & Shellac Manicure - Reg. $155.00 
Haircut & Style - Reg. $120.00
** Half Off for Mom ** 

Other Specials:
Bridal Time, Prom Night Delight and more!

Call for Reservations or Inquiries 
888-464-7721 or 330-562-9171 
Few issues catch both landlords and tenants off-guard more than an automatic renewal provision in a lease. Ostensibly to ensure and protect an ongoing landlord-tenant relationship, most of the time these provisions just end up surprising one or more parties and forcing them into another term that neither was interested in. More cunningly, these provisions are sometimes snuck in by landlords hoping that their tenants will just “forget” that they needed to give notice of an intent not to renew a lease. Many tenants, both commercial and residential, can suddenly find themselves on the hook for another whole year, or more, and unable to move to a more desirable location. However, not all is lost. Visit our blog to read more about this topic.
Selling a business is much like selling any other big-ticket item. You wouldn’t sell your house, for example, without appropriate renovations, understanding your property value and the market at large, and assembling the right team to plan and execute the sale. The same is true with your business. First off, you’ll need to put the right team together to see the business sale from start to finish.
Imagine the scenario: you own several pieces of real estate, and rent the properties out for income. Things are going well and you’ve set up an LLC or corporation as a holding company. You’re good at what you do, self-sufficient, including handling tenant disputes. You’ve filed and either won or settled upwards of a dozen small claims on your own. And then you receive a letter in the mail from the state bar association: it’s a disciplinary letter for the unauthorized practice of law. This happened to Alan B. Pearlman, a real estate investor in Ohio. But Pearlman recalled a string of laws that seemed to give him good grounds for representing his company pro se (that is, “on one’s own”), and so he went to court once more.
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Building a culture of safety across the state is at the heart of our work at the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. Reducing workplace accidents while returning injured workers back to the job and back to life helps both employers and workers thrive. Safer workplaces and fewer injuries have helped us reduce rates to 30 year lows and deliver more than $4 billion in rebates and credits to Ohio employers since 2011. That leaves more money in employers’ hands to invest in their business.

Another factor supporting a robust workers’ comp system in Ohio is wise management of the premium dollars BWC collects from 240,000 employers. BWC’s financial position is solid with strong investment income and returns. The result of prudent fiscal management, strong investments and falling claim numbers: We’re poised to deliver our largest rebate in 20 years. That would bring the total returned to the economy to more than $8 billion since 2011.

What does BWC’s plan include?
A one-time rebate for private employers and public-taxing districts will total approximately $1.5 billion.
How much would employers receive and when? Most rebates would equal 85% of the employer’s premium for the policy year ending June 30, 2017 (calendar year 2016 for public employers). BWC would begin sending checks in early July. Private employers in the Group-Retrospective Rating Program would receive checks in the Fall.

Who will be eligible for the rebate?
Both private employers and public employer taxing districts that pay into the State Insurance Fund are eligible for the rebate. Generally, the employer must have been billed premium for the policy year ending June 30, 2017 (Dec. 31, 2016 for public employers), and be current in meeting their policy requirements. Employers with an outstanding BWC balance will have their rebate first applied to that balance. Employers that report through a Professional Employer Organization should receive their rebate from their PEO, which is required to pass a portion of the rebate on to their members.

How will the plan impact local governments and schools?
Local governments and schools have benefitted from three $1 billion rebates since 2013 and a $15 million rebate for Public Work Relief Employees’ Fund. During that time, BWC has returned $402 million — $125 million to schools and $277 million to local government entities. This rebate will add an estimated $48 million to schools and $111 million to local governments. As an example, a school district with $12 million in payroll would have been paying $96,000 in premium in 2011, and $73,200 in 2018. That’s $124,000 in premium savings. That district would have also received $288,000 in rebates and credits during that time, making for almost $413,000 in savings.

How is it possible that BWC has $1.5 billion to provide rebates?
Despite rate reductions and rebates and credits already totaling $4 billion since 2011, our net position has
continued to grow. The State Insurance Fund’s net position stands at nearly $11 billion, primarily due to strong investment income and returns. Investments earned a 7.8 percent return in 2017 and an average of 6.6 percent over the last five fiscal years. Prudent fiscal management and declining claims also factor into our financial strength.

Will this impact BWC’s ability to operate as normal and continue to care for injured workers?
No. Even with a $1.5 billion rebate, BWC’s finances will remain strong, allowing us to continue providing injured workers with the care they need to heal and return to work. In fact, we are developing a proposal to invest a significant amount into worker safety and wellness, which should benefit Ohio workers by further reducing workplace injuries.

What else has BWC done to help Ohio businesses?
Once the latest rebates have been distributed, BWC will have saved Ohio businesses $8 billion through rebates,
credits and rate reductions since the beginning of 2011. That includes:
• $1 billion rebates in 2013, 2014 and 2017;
• $1.2 billion in credits to transition to a modern billing system at no cost to employers;
• Rate reductions for private employers of an average of 28.2 percent*. That means BWC collected
$1.7 billion less from employers than if 2010 rates had remained unchanged;
• Rate reductions for public employers of an average of 33.9 percent, or $434 million less than had
2010 rates remained steady;
• Moving from the third highest rates in the country in 2008 to the 11th lowest.
*This rate will increase to 35% on July 1, 2018
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