CHAMBER UPDATES | DECEMBER 29, 2021
Happy New Year!
 
Your business likely received a lengthy holiday letter from me in the last couple of weeks. Among the news that I shared was that I had recently returned from a professional development opportunity in Hemet California where I was able to job shadow another Chamber executive in a community that looks like Colerain. They just happen to be 2 ½ times our size and celebrating their 100-year anniversary as a chamber of commerce. I was able to bring back some interesting insights and leave some of our successful chamber ideas in Southern California for them to incorporate as they are able. It was a terrific exchange!
 
Professional development and education are deep rooted in my business experience. Sharing ideas that come from successful books or leaders across the globe, often makes me the conduit to those wonderful ideas and concepts, not the creator of them. In business today, we are often so busy with the day-to-day work effort, that we forget about working ON our respective businesses. In November we presented our Networking with a Twist program (supported by Dinsmore & ScrogginsGrear) that included an educational component; it was very well received. We will recreate that same format in January & March for our upcoming Third Thursday events using resources from our chamber community and our newly formed Growth Forum. Be sure to check out that information in the newsletter below.
 
Someone told me long ago that in business, if you are not growing, you're likely shrinking. I have been blessed to hear so many successful stories of businesses that have flourished despite the challenges posed over the last two years. I believe that the reason for that is that we have a resilient community and flexible/nimble leaders who have leaned into rather than away from the changes needed to be successful. Leaders do that.
 
I am excited to announce that two long-time community business leaders will be introduced to the Colerain Chamber Hall of Fame at our upcoming Awards Dinner on Thursday February 17th at Pebble Creek Golf Club. Along with recognition of the NWLSD students of the year, we will celebrate the best business leaders across Colerain with a new nomination and selection process at the Awards Dinner. We also will have an inspirational message given by an Illinois business leader that I've known for several years named Habeeb Habeeb . I hope that you and your staff can help make this the most successful event and wonderful start to 2022.
 
Wishing all of you the best as the new year approaches.

Dave

Dave Moravec
President/CEO
HERE WE GROW AGAIN!

WELCOME OUR NEW MEMBERS!

The Colerain Chamber of Commerce membership is quite diverse bringing together local businesses, non-profit organizations, schools, and governmental bodies. Please share this with your team and others interested in looking for involvement in the community.  

US Bank- Colerain Avenue branch's dedicated team is here to help you along your financial way. Find a variety of U.S. Bank products and services including credit cards, checking accounts, savings accounts, business banking, financial planning, mortgages, auto loans and more. The experienced team at your neighborhood Colerain Avenue branch is here to help you reach your possible.
Cornerstone Caregiving is a senior home care service that allows your loved ones to stay where they feel most comfortable: at their home in the Over-the-Rhine district or in surrounding areas like Norwood, St. Bernard, or Covington.
Serving the Cincinnati Tri-State Area Since 1974, B&J Electrical performs commercial and industrial electrical work in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana and is a certified Small Business Enterprise with the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
The EX-EL brand has been around since 1919, it has been a family owned and operated company from the start of the business and continues to this day. Their mission is to treat every customer like a member of our family, with respect, honesty and integrity.
RE/MAX Incline Real Estate specializes in helping you reach your GOALS. From renting the perfect apartment to buying your next investment property, they've got you covered with agents that specialize in finding you the right investment property or selling your current investment!
CHAMBER UPDATES
Chamber President, Dave Moravec, Participated in Chamber Swap with Hemet-San Jacinto Chamber

Our very own Dave Moravec travelled to Hemet, California to spend time with their local chamber of commerce leadership in a mentoring opportunity that is uncommon across the chamber of commerce world.

The Hemet/San Jacinto Valley (east of Los Angeles) is a diverse community with over 500 current chamber members and adjacent to various other suburban chambers of commerce. Their chamber director, Cyndi Lemke, has been in place since 2018 and brings years of leadership experience to her role as executive director. Dave was excited to learn from Cyndi's experience and gain valuable knowledge on the subjects of DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion), member engagement, forecasting and vision casting, as well as learning about the various community partnership in place that make HSJC so successful.

Check out the posts on our Facebook page to relive Dave's exciting journey west. For those interested in a more detailed summary, please contact Dave directly and he will send it along. Cyndi hopes to visit Cincinnati to extend the relationship and learn from a diverse group of chamber leaders in Ohio.  


Quinn Wang
Colerain Chamber Announces 2022 Board Leadership

We have been thankful for the support of our 2021 board members that will no longer serve on the board of directors, they include Jeff Weckbach and Jim Diebold who have served in advisory roles and long-time board member Jeff Bresnan. We have truly appreciated their involvement and leadership!
 
We are excited to share that Jeff Bresnan's position on the board will be filled by chamber member Quinn Wang. Quinn is the President and owner of The Alternative Board (TAB) Central Cincinnati. He has over twenty years’ experience working across a diverse range of industries. He has held leadership positions in marketing, strategy and business development, sales operations, commercial analytics, manufacturing and plant operations. He will be a welcome addition to our already amazing board.

Our 2022 board leadership includes:
  • Susan Bennett - Board Chair 
  • Rick Porotsky - Board Vice Chair 
  • Mike Long - Board Treasurer 
  • Kathie Smith - Board Secretary
  • David Denny - Ex-officio Past Chair 

The Colerain Chamber is On The Gram!

If you don't already, please follow us on Instagram! @ColerainChamber

Stay up to date and never miss out on exciting Chamber news and events!
Duke Energy Announces Winter Savings Tools to Assist with Rising Winter Energy Costs

Rising global natural gas prices will affect Duke Energy customers across the region this winter. Duke Energy has programs, tips and resources to help you better manage your energy use and spending.

Visit duke-energy.com/WinterBills for more information
The Colerain Summer Events Committee, Inc. Looking to Fill Vacant Positions

The Colerain Summer Events Committee, Inc. which hosts the 4th of July Spectacular, is looking to fill two vacant positions on the committee: 
  • Sponsorship Chairperson
  • Food Truck Coordinator 

If interested, please contact Tawanna Molter via email to get additional information about the position they are interested in possibly assuming.
 
Tawanna Molter
Colerain Township Event Coordinator
513-385-7503
CHAMBER HAPPENINGS
TUESDAY, JANUARY 11 | 12:00PM-1:30PM

Snow's Lakeside Tavern
4344 Dry Ridge Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45252

FREE! For female Colerain Chamber members and their female employees. Lunch costs are picked up individually.

We're sharing our experiences and talking about topics that affect working women.

Please RSVP to the Colerain Chamber by Monday January 10th so we know you're joining.

New and Prospective Chamber Members are always welcome, so bring along someone that you think could benefit from being a Chamber member!
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12 | 9:00AM - 10:00AM

MOVED TO ZOOM

The Sales Summit concept brings together sales professionals from the business to business (B2B) and business to consumer (B2C) marketplaces to look at sales from a human to human perspective (H2H).

Led by chamber member Scott Marston (Cincinnati Benefits Solution) and chamber president Dave Moravec, this monthly gathering gives salespeople the opportunity to learn from one another, share leads, and further the profession of sales.

FREE to Chamber Members and invited non-chamber member guests!

For Registration and Zoom Info
THURSDAY, JANUARY 20 | 4:30PM - 6:30PM

Colerain Chamber Office
4300 Springdale Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45251

TOPIC: Where Sales Meets Marketing Today

Who doesn't like a wonderful happy hour with a twist? In this case, we will be mixing a whole lot of networking with a cocktail or two, stirring in a pinch of education about where sales meets marketing today and adding a dash of attendee participation.

This will prove to be a must attend event for all levels of leadership in your organization. We anticipate about a 20-30 minute program which will prove to be more exciting than that phone call you took (or maybe avoided) from the salesperson wanting you to extend your auto warranty, plus you'll get to rub elbows with the best and brightest across Colerain.

GUEST SPEAKERS:
Rebecca Metzner, Trifecta Marketing Services
Scott Marston, Cincinnati Benefits Solution
Tim Rohling, Rohling Growth Advisors

TUESDAY, JANUARY 25 | 4:45PM - 6:30PM
EMERGING LEADERS NETWORKING EVENT

Buffalo Wild Wings
3660 Stone Creek Blvd, Cincinnati, OH 45251


The Emerging Leaders of Colerain (generally 21-40 yr old demographic) will be hosting a networking event for the next three months at the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant at Stone Creek (off Colerain Avenue). 

If you are a young professional, looking to connect with other like-minded leaders in the community, this is your chance to do so. For more information, check out our links below
 
 
MISSION

“Emerging Leaders of Colerain fosters the young entrepreneurial spirit by offering opportunities for networking, mentorship, education, and leadership development. We strive to challenge each other with our diverse perspectives while working together to bring growth to the surrounding Colerain business community.”


Come out and make a new friend and business connection, have some laughs and learn more about this dynamic group. Feel free to bring a friend or coworker as a way to introduce them to the group. 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR
OUR REVITALIZED 2021 AWARDS DINNER!

New Format & Award Selection Process
Amazing food, drink and fun at Pebble Creek Golf Course

Since we were unable to host our annual awards dinner in 2020, we will be gathering together as a chamber to CELEBRATE the best
and brightest of the Colerain Chamber membership from 2021!

Business of the Year 
Business Leader of the Year
New Business - Rising Star of the Year
Community Impact Award
Beautification and Community Investment Award
Colerain Student of the Year
Colerain Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Inductee

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2022
COLERAIN CHAMBER AWARDS DINNER
PEBBLE CREEK GOLF COURSE

Sponsorship Opportunities Available!

PLATINUM SPONSOR - $5,000 – 8 complementary event tickets and much more!
GOLD SPONSOR - $3,000 – 6 complementary event tickets and much more!
SILVER SPONSOR - $1250 – 4 complementary event tickets and much more!
DESSERT / BAR SPONSOR - $1000 – 2 complementary event tickets and much more
SUPPORT SPONSOR - $500 – 2 complementary event tickets

For more details about sponsorships, please contact Dave Moravec directly.

Early Bird Tickets - Through February 4th
$80/person for Colerain Chamber Members/Spouses
$95/person for the general public
   Note: Additional $10/per person after February 4th

All tickets include a plated dinner and 2 complimentary drink tickets per person. Early bird ticket sales end Friday, February 4, or sooner if seats sell out.
SMALL GROUP INITIATIVE

Are you involved in a TEAMS group yet?
Do you know what it TEAMS stands for?
(Together Everyone Achieves More Support)

Using our Support-Connect-Celebrate foundational Core Focus, each team will have a different personality, meeting pace, and participation experience based on the leadership of that group and its participants.

Participating in chamber events as a small group is greatly encouraged. If you have been contacted but have not responded, this is a great time to do so. Please contact the chamber office if you have any questions about how to plug in.

Again, a special thanks to the 20+ leaders who have stepped up as volunteers to make this an integral part of our chamber community.
INTERESTED IN GROWING YOUR BUSINESS?
GROWTH FORUM

Businesses across the Colerain community face unprecedented challenges from cash-flow to workforce, expansion plans & facilities management to sales hurdles. Do these business challenges keep you awake or increase your anxiety? Sometimes wouldn't you just like to have a professional to talk you through the options or provide some guidance? But where do you turn?

The Growth Forum is made up of progressive minded consultants looking to help you and your business in a variety of ways. There will be additional forums in various settings including Happy Hour environments like the January 20th event listed above. The Growth Forum will also be leading Business Continuity topic at the March 17thThird Thursday event. Be sure to watch for opportunities to plug-in as we roll into 2022. Relevant topics and high energy engagements for the purpose of helping you sustaining a growth path will be abundant.
 
If you are interested in more information, contact Dave Moravec who can provide additional details and schedule the time with the appropriate individuals from the Growth Forum.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...
December 16- Chamber Holiday Party at Willow Event Center

What a wonderful Holiday Party! Our Social Committee does not disappoint - every year is bigger and better.

Everyone had a great time with the activities. Food was delicious, thank you to Current Catering and Drew at Willow Event Center - what a special place to hold this year's Holiday celebration!

Click HERE for more photos!
Join Us For Our Next Events and Don't Miss Out!
TEAM UP TO GREEN UP
Why Should The Local Business Community Care About The TUTGU Initiative?

With help from fellow Chamber member, Waycross Community Media, Team Up To Green Up has launched a series of videos explaining the program and how it directly effects our local community!

Make sure to head to our Facebook and Instagram pages over the next several weeks for new additions!

As a part of our continued series, here's Colerain Township Administrator, Geoff Milz, giving some insight on the program: What's in it for me? Why should the local business community care about the Team Up To Green Up Initiative?



ADOPT A BLOCK!

Volunteer to preserve beautification and maintain cleanliness on a Colerain Township street or block by picking up litter.

Attractive, maintained neighborhoods are littered less and research shows they are usually safer and more attractive for new businesses and new residents.

We have 60 segments of commercial roads identified in the Adopt-a-Block program and 16 people/organizations have already signed up, some have signed up for multiple sections of roads!

Special thanks to the following for getting this off the ground:

Rumpke Waste & Recycling
Minuteman Press
Wyler Honda
Blust Motors
White Oak Gardens
Compton Recycling
Aurinia-Acer Partners
Total Quality Childcare
Colerain Fire Department
Resident - Stephanie Wright

WANT TO SEE YOUR BUSNIESS LISTED HERE? ADOPT A BLOCK TODAY!
STREET TREES!
Did you know that simply by planting trees, you can help reduce air + noise pollution, reduce heat, reduce traffic, and help beautify your community!

Chamber program, Team Up to Green Up helps do just that. Your donation can make a huge impact on our program and can help elevate our community!

We have set a goal of $10,000 to be donated by the end of calendar year 2021!

With just 50 donations of as little as $200, we can make this goal a reality!

A special thank you to Rumpke for starting off this campaign with a generous $1000.00 donation to the Street Trees program!
CHAMBER BENEFITS
SAVE ON YOUR COMPANY'S ENERGY BILLS!

As many of you know, higher energy costs exist especially with natural gas on the rise. The Colerain Chamber of Commerce through its partnership with Community Energy Advisors can help you save $$$, however you need to take action to compare.

We will be sending out a direct email blast in the coming days with additional details, but as a reminder, all that is required is a copy of your previous bill in order to make a quick comparison.

If you would like to obtain a free quote to see how much you can save on your electricity and natural gas, contact CEA today with a copy of your most recent bill to compare

Contact: Ken Piechowiak
330-208-2082
NEW CINCINNATI BELL PROGRAM!

We are excited to announce a new program in partnership with Cincinnati Bell.

If you do not already have commercial internet service provider and are interested in learning more, please reach out to Dave Moravec directly president@colerainchamber.org or contact Ryan Hart with Cincinnati Bell.

Be sure to reference the Colerain Chamber when making your inquiry. 


Contact: Ryan Hart
ryan.hart@cbts.com
(513)673-6340

These are just a few of MANY benefits avaialble to you as a Colerain Chamber member!
MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES
EVENT SPONSORSHIP

Get your business name and visibility out there as soon as possible! We are specifically looking for businesses that can:

CONNECT: Provide a quality networking experience with a safe and business friendly atmosphere
CELEBRATE: Encourage business participation through promotion
SUPPORT: Model the Colerain Chamber of Commerce initiatives
 
SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE

BE IN THE KNOW! Keep up to date on all things Chamber! Better yet,Send us links, promotions, photos and local events in a timely manner, and let the Chamber promote for your business!

 
PROMO ITEM/GIFT CARD MARKETING
RIBBON CUTTING EVENTS
LOGOS & BRANDING... AND MORE!
WE NEED YOUR PROMO ITEMS!

Do you have promotional items that you'd like to share with new and prospective members?

As you may know, we put together packets on a regular basis and we are currently in need of more items.

Please provide 25-50-100 items that will go into our promotional bag. Contact Debi or Dave directly and they can stop by to pick them up or connect with you.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
President Level Sustaining Sponsor
Network Level Sustaining Sponsors
Team Level Sustaining Sponsors
The Colerain Chamber of Commerce has chosen to work directly with Trifecta Marketing Services in an effort to raise awareness and visibility of our programs. We look forward to your feedback on our newsletter format, content, and overall approach!
Colerain Chamber of Commerce | www.ColerainChamber.org