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October 27, 2016                      Events, resources & information for the benefit of our members.  
A new health program that can provide rate stability and savings for groups of 50 or less. Administered by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

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Chamber Bylaws Revisions
The Chamber Board of Directors worked with local attorney Barry Reich of Cole Acton Harmon & Dunn to review and update the Chamber bylaws, last amended December 1, 2011. We streamlined
them by removing issues that didn't relate to governance, clarified the election process, reduced the legalese and made them gender-neutral.
Voting will continue until November 4.   
2016 Board
Sheila Pallotta, President
Craig Mesure, Vice President
Stacey Wirrig, Treasurer
Molly Lunde, Secretary
Jeannamarie Cox
Nick Gaskins
Randy Gifford
Bruce Grimes
Krystal Luketic
Danyel Mershon
Ann Simonson
Ex-Officio Members
Mario Basora, YS Schools
Dave Boyer, WPAFB
Anita Brown, Past President
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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  Municipal Fiber Needs in YS

The Village of Yellow Springs is under contract with Design Nine for the Development of a Broadband Needs Assessment and Business Plan.

Design Nine will work with the Village to put together the information needed to intelligently evaluate the potential of broadband infrastructure, including Fiber To The Home investments by the Village of Yellow Springs. To fully understand local needs, Design Nine will survey current broadband access and future needs and work closely with the Village and key stakeholders to produce a road map and strategy for success.

Their strategies will focus on economic development and take into account the broad impact that enhanced broadband services can have on education, public safety and healthcare. Enhanced broadband, especially high performance fiber, can have a far reaching impact on the quality of life especially for those who seek to work at home even part time.

Their final report to the Village will include the following information:
*Gaps in current broadband availability both in coverage and pricing
*Analysis of how the business climate is impacted by current broadband coverage and rates
*Detailed financial model
*Detailed cost estimate of delivering fiber to the Village
*Management and operations roles, responsibilities and tasks for a municipal network
*Realistic and sustainable funding strategy

As part of this project, they will be meeting with key stakeholders to assess their current and future needs and we hope you will be involved. A member of the project team, Jack Maytum, will be in town next week to meet with local businesses of all sizes and types to get your input. Several stakeholder meetings are being scheduled including the following on Thursday, October 3 at the Bryan Center in Rooms A&B:
  •      9 am, Downtown merchants and hospitality
  •      11 am, Businesses, non-hospitality or retail
You are welcome to attend either meeting but if you can't make it at these times and want to participate, let us know so that we can make alternative arrangements.

The Village wants as many voices as possible to be heard and the Chamber recognizes the game-changing significance of this opportunity for our entire community, especially our businesses. Let us know of your interest by emailing kwintrow@yschamber.org.

Member News 
Welcome New Members
Mill Pond Acre - historic B&B near downtown Fairborn
Ohio History - National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center
Transamerica Financial Advisors - financial and investment advice from Michael Martens 

Thanks for Renewing
360 Private Training Studio, African American Cross-Cultural Works, Antioch College, Applied Sciences, Inc, Axel Bahnsen Photography, Back to Now, Bonadies Glasstudio, Clifton Garden Cabin, Complete Building Service, Design Sleep, Dona Margarota's Mexican Grill, Earth Rose International Imports, Glen Garden Gifts, Greene Medical Foundation, Greene Memorial Hospital, Gregor Construction, Grimes Pottery, Heaven on Earth Emporium, House of Ravenwood, Jan Augenstein-Coldwell Banker Heritage, John Bryan Community Pottery, Junk Diva, Kirby's Flowers, Legendary Roofing Company, Craig T. Matthews & Assoc. LPA, Medcost Inc, Miami Valley Educational Computer Assn, NAMI Clark, Greene & Madison Counties, Simon Kenton Inn, Soin Medical Center, Thinker Academy, Tia Acheson Painter, WYSO Public Radio, Yellow Springer Tees, Yellow Springs Heritage, YS Federal Credit Union
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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-profit organizations. 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.