Chamber Updates August 31, 2020
My message to you is short and to the point this morning…Do unto others as you would have done unto you… It is a really simple concept that our parents tried to instill in us as children. On the playground, at school, with those squirrely cousins at a family picnic…I can still hear my mom say, “play nice!”
 
If we are given the opportunity to “play nice” or not play at all, which would we choose? I think that we are in challenging times for so many reasons, and yet, I feel like the Colerain Chamber of Commerce and this area are coming together to unite for a better business/community purpose. There seems to be a buzz around inviting people to ZOOM calls or networking events. As I have shared in the past, membership continues to increase despite the business challenges here and across the country. I believe that it is because YOU continue to tell others how wonderful your experience is or share your reason for being involved in the chamber. Please continue to do so and watch to see the magic that comes from it!

It is also with much sorrow that I share the passing of Township employee Jason Haines. Jason served the Public Services Department, Parks Division for 18 years and fell ill while at work last Tuesday. He was rushed to the hospital where he passed away that day. You can learn more about Jason’s life and his involvement in the township HERE.
 
As I shared in last month’s newsletter, our events schedule continues to increase with more ZOOM conference call education and continued safe, outdoor networking events. The Community Give Back Day has been scheduled for October 10. You can always find the list of events HERE, but I’ve tried to include as many as I could below. There will be a separate email soon with details about the Hometown Heroes MASKerade, which is set to be held outdoors (limited indoor presentation with mask requirement) at the Willow Event Center on Thursday, September 24, 5 – 9 pm.
 
This year’s event will recognize our first responders, and your presence and support are appreciated. Please invite neighbors, coworkers and local clients and consider sponsoring the event.
 
All the best!

Dave Moravec
President & CEO
Colerain Chamber of Commerce
President@ColerainChamber.org
513.923.5036 Office
309.838.1947 Cell
Welcome New Members
Chamber Programming
Upcoming Chamber of Commerce Events
 
  • Wednesday, September 2, 11 am - Business Team Building & Culture During the COVID-19 Crisis, Active Listening at a Distance in Building your Team. (2-part series led by training expert Jill Grear, from Scroggins-Grear, CPA firm. For more information and the ZOOM info: CLICK HERE


  •  Wednesday September 9, 9-10 am – Sales Summit (ZOOM Conference) – A closer look at generalists vs. specialists in the sales world.

  • September 9, 1 pm - Healthy Conflict Resolution with employees (Part 2 led by Jill Grear) For more information and the ZOOM info: CLICK HERE

  • Wednesday September 16, 7 am Board of Directors Meeting - ZOOM

  • Thursday September 17, 5 – 7:30 pm – Third Thursday Networking – Playground Equipment, Inc. in conjunction with the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce. 3460 Oakmeadow Lane, Cincinnati 45239. For more information and to register (no cost for chamber members & a guest) CLICK HERE

WHAT TOPICS AND EVENTS WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE?
Email president@colerainchamber.org and we’ll find a speaker and get it added.

HOMETOWN HEROES MASK-ERADE
We are honoring our local 9-1-1 first responders at our annual event. To follow state and local guidelines we will hold the event outside at the Willow Event Center. Masks and social distancing will be required. Despite the safety protocols, it will be a fun, casual event with food trucks and fellowship and the opportunity to show our appreciation for those who have been on the front lines in the battle against COVID-19. 
  • Who: Chamber members, community first responders and guests
  • What: Fun, food and wine
  • Where: Willow Event Center
  • When: September 24, 5 – 9 pm (see details in the link below)
  • General Admission: $40 for chamber members, $50 for non-members and $20 for first responders. Admission includes four food tickets and two drink tickets.
  • VIP Experience: $75 chamber members, $80 non-members, $45 first responders. VIP ticket includes bourbon tasting and VIP parking
 
There will be a mask contest, so be creative and have some fun with it. Judging for the following categories will take place at the event and online afterward:  
  • Best Color Coordination with Outfit,
  • Best Promotion of a Business
  • Most Colorful
  • Most COVID-19 Creativity
  • Most Muppet-like

Additional information about registration, sponsorships and a whole lot more can be found HERE
 
GET INVOLVED
If you are interested in volunteering for this year’s Hometown Hero's event, please contact Jennifer Clippard-Caunin at Jennifer.Clippard@clippard.com or Drew Hester at drew@willoweventcenter.com or call the chamber office at 513-923-5036.
 
WEDNESDAY GOLF LEAGUE
Our golf league runs until the end of September. We have had as many as 12 players on any given week, and still have opportunities for those interested in filling in. Tee off Wednesdays, 4:45- 5:05 pm at Pebble Creek Golf Course. Please send Dave Moravec a note with dates you wish to play, and we will add you to the list.  Pebble Creek has been a wonderful host for our event and we truly appreciate the hospitality they’ve shown us this year.
Community Updates
COMMUNITY INPUT
On Thursday last week, a short 10 question survey went out to our chamber members and other business contacts within our community. If you have not yet seen that in your email box or would like to participate, please do so no later than end of business on Tuesday September 8. We will be compiling the results for our September board of director’s meeting and hopefully providing some insights to our chamber members in our October newsletter. The following link will take you to this brief 5-minute Chamber of Commerce Survey.
 
The Colerain Township is also embarking on a much broader and far-reaching endeavor for feedback on the Township’s strategic plan, Imagine Colerain. You can learn more HERE. Meetings occur every Wednesday at 6 pm through the end of September.

COMMUNITY GIVE BACK DAY
Colerain Township’s leadership has been hard at work developing strategies to enter into this last half of the year. Part of that process has included the relaunching of their WeThrive group. While it has been most unfortunate that our momentum was halted by the current health crisis, there is much to look forward to as we look to relaunch. There are two upcoming initiatives, benefiting great local projects for the relaunch! 
 
One of these initiatives is our annual Colerain Give Back Day. This event is a large, one-day affair that brings volunteers together from our community (schools, businesses, faith-based organizations, and local government) to help our older adult population with minor home repairs and yard clean up. This year’s event (even though it may look a little different COVID style) is Saturday, October 10. Please save the date and check out this flyer for more information.

We have brought Gail Nolte from Side by Side (BLOC Ministries) on to our team as she has some great projects in which our community can engage! 
Emerging Leaders: Young Professional Group
The Emerging Leaders of Colerain (21-40 demographic) met as a group at the most recent networking event at Clovernook Country Club. Jim Diebold and Adam Gabbard will serve in leadership roles with Jim joining the Colerain Chamber Board of Directors in a non-voting liaison capacity. The group is in the process of forming a Facebook page and will have a landing page on the Colerain Chamber website soon. For those that may have missed it in last month’s newsletter, below is the group’s mission statement and the values represented which the chamber of commerce strives for as well. Finally, a special thanks goes out to Adam Gabbard for his help in creating the logo for the Emerging Leaders of Colerain. We look forward to increased participation and events going forward.
 
For more information about how to get involved, please reach out to Adam at a.gabbard@ironhousestudios.com or Jim at jdiebold@focalpointcoaching.com. You can also contact Dave Moravec at president@colerainchamber.org or call 513-923-5036.
 
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.”
 
VALUES
  • Diversity
  • Humility
  • Education
  • Creativity
  • Integrity
  • Commitment
Mastermind Group: Large Employers
We are forming a networking group for employers with 25-50 or more employees. Are you interested in getting together with other leaders? Contact Dave for more information.
Marketing Opportunities
SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE
We continue to highlight our members and continue to partner with our local school district, the township and the state. We will continue to post between 30-40 times per month on Facebook, and we would like to help promote your business! If you have information to share – please send it our way. Make sure you LIKE and FOLLOW us for the latest news.
 
POLO SHIRT MARKETING
If you would like to promote your business by having Chamber President Dave Moravec wear one of your organization's logo'd shirt on social media or while out in the community, please provide Dave with an XL.
 
PROMO ITEM/GIFT CARD MARKETING
Would you like to promote your business in one of the following two ways?
  • Promotional items for membership bags - Your logo'd item can be placed in a membership bag along with other chamber members "trinkets". There is no cost to do this, simply provide the Chamber with 25-50-100 items and we'll include them with other chamber member items. Coordinate with Dave or Debi.
  • Gift cards or services certificates - If your business would like to provide the Chamber with $10-$25-$50 gift cards or a gift certificate for product/services to be used as give-aways at various events (like the upcoming networking events or Hometown Heroes).
 
As always, we want to promote your business in any way that we can. If you have news that’s worthy of sharing, please send it along for us to post on Facebook or in our newsletter.
Local Resources

 
For more information you can also reach out to:
Joy M. Pierson - Community Development Administrator
Hamilton County Planning + Development Department
138 E. Court Street, Room 1002 - Cincinnati, OH 45202
513-946-8234 office
COVID-19 Updates
STATEWIDE MASK ORDER
Governor DeWine announced that beginning on Thursday, July 23, a statewide mask mandate went into effect for citizens living in all 88 Ohio counties. That order has stayed in place for the last month and may continue for some time.
 
Governor DeWine has stated. "We believe that requiring masks statewide will make a significant difference and will be key to making sure other counties do not progress to a higher level of increased spread."
All individuals in Ohio must wear facial coverings in public at all times when:
  • At an indoor location that is not a residence
  • Outdoors, but unable to maintain six-foot social distance from people who are not household members
  • Waiting for, riding, driving, or operating public transportation, such as a taxi, a car service, or a private car used for ride-sharing.
 
The order only requires those 10 years old or older to wear a mask. Additional exclusions include: 
  • Those with a medical condition or a disability or those communicating with someone with a disability;
  • Those who are actively exercising or playing sports;
  • Those who are officiants at religious services;
  • Those who are actively involved in public safety; or
  • Those who are actively eating or drinking.
 
DROPPING UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS
The number of Ohioans filing for new unemployment benefits fell below 20,000 last week for the first time since March. Last week, 18,988 Ohioans applied for benefits, down from 21,663 the previous week and the lowest number since the week ending March 14, however this still four times higher than a year ago and only includes NEW applicants. Statewide, 344,000 Ohioans, eight times the number a year ago, continue to rely on unemployment checks.. This number is less than half the number at the peak of the crisis but still eight times more than in the summer of 2019. 
 
CURRENT COVID-19 DATA: 
There are 121,300 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Ohio, and more than 4,100 confirmed deaths in Ohio. In-depth data can be accessed by visiting coronavirus.ohio.gov
 
Video of Governor DeWine’s updates, including versions with foreign language translation, can be viewed on the Ohio Channel's YouTube page
 
For more information on Ohio's response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.
 
Resources for dealing with the mental health issues around COVID-19 can be found here: Coping With COVID-19 Anxiety
Thank You to Our Sponsors
President Level Sustaining Sponsor
Rumpke Waste & Recycling

Team Level Sustaining Sponsors
Cincinnati Mine Machinery
Kroger
Duke Energy
Mercy Health
Miami Valley Gaming
Clippard Instruments 
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