Chamber News
March 2021
2021 Crawford County Business Forecast & Economic Development Update

By: Chamber Director Miranda Jones

The 2021 annual event was a combined, county wide collaboration this year hosted virtually by the Bucyrus Area Chamber of Commerce and the Galion-Crestline Area Chamber of Commerce. The virtual premiere was at 8 a.m. February 25th. You can click on the button below the sponsors to watch this event.

Speakers for the virtual event included; Lt. Governor John Husted; Dawn Ratliff, ADM Benefit Plans Agency; Jim Spreng, Chief Financial Advisor, Spreng Capitol; Gary Frankhouse, Executive Director, Crawford Partnership; Amanda Sheets, Operations Manager, Crawford Success Center; Amber Wertman, Executive Director, United Way of North Central Ohio; Roger Miller, President and CEO, Mizick Miller & Co Inc; Joe Dzugan, Broker/Owner, Dzugan Real Estate Services; Jon Bassett, Co-Owner, Iron Vault Distillery and 1803 Taproom; and Mendy Sellman, Co-Owner and Operator, Rus-Men Farms. Special guests included Joe Kleinknecht and Deb Pinion, Galion Primary Students, and Pastor Mike Corwin.

Speakers spoke about their accomplishments and challenges from the previous year, new construction, products or services in 2020, expectations and changes for 2021, and moving forward.

This event was generously sponsored by: Anthem, A-1 Printing Inc., ADM Benefit Plans Agency Inc., Altercare of Bucyrus Center, Avita Health System, Carle's Bratwurst, Central Monogramming, Bucyrus Copper Kettle Works, LTD., Covert Manufacturing, Inc., Crawford County Now, Divine Style Boutique, Dostal & Kirk Insurance & Financial Services, FCBank, Firelands Federal Credit Union, First Federal Bank of Ohio, First Federal Community Bank, Flick Packaging, Galion Building and Loan Bank, Hord Family Farms, J&F Construction & Development, Longstreth Memorials, Magnolia Terrace, Mizick Miller & Company, Inc., North Central State College, Park National Bank, Pioneer Career and Technology Center, Ralphie's Sports Eatery Galion, Rock Solid Media, LLC, Rus-Men Farms Beef, Pork & Chicken, Spreng Capital, The Timken Company, and Tramec Sloan.
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Third Street Family Health Services, 2458 Stetzer Road, Bucyrus. (419) 834-8889. Medical/ Dental/ Behavioral/ Women's Health Center.

KTB Metal Roofing & Exteriors, 302 6th Ave, Galion. (740) 223-5789. Roofing and Siding.

SD Tattoo, 21 Public Square, Galion. (419) 462-8242. Tattoo Shop.

League of Riders Motorcycle Club, 349 Dawsett Ave, Galion. (419) 543-5970. Motorcycle Club.

Expendables Tattoo Inkorporated,127 Harding Way E, Galion. (419) 462-8273. Tattoo Shop.

Downtown Vapor Lounge, 127 Harding Way East, Galion. (419) 462-8273. Vape Shop.

Keller Farms, 7640 Oldfield Road, Crestline. (419) 295-1324. Farm.


Please click the links below to re-watch.
The Crawford Success Center, part of North Central State College, will kick off the 2021 “Arts for Success” on Thursday, March 4 beginning at 6:00 p.m. OhioHealth is the presenting sponsor. Bidding started at noon on February 22 for the online auction.

This year’s virtual event will support the life changing work being done to prepare our area workforce for new careers and will benefit the CSC students through scholarships and vital training needs.

A Crawford County centric evening is planned to showcase the skills of area artists, high school students and our community through a live and silent auction online format.

Top sponsors for the “Arts for Success” includes OhioHealth, North Central Ohio Media Group, Ohio Mutual, Avita Health Systems, Crawford County Community Concert Association, Crawford County Arts Council, Park National Bank, MTD Willard, Lind Media, Mizick and Miller, Wise Funeral Home, Bucyrus Kiwanis, Watts House of Insurance, and A-1 printing.

A special highlight of the night will be the presentation of the 2021 Arts for Success Leadership Award. Tina Husted, wife of Lt. Governor Jon Husted serves as the event Champion and won the 1st time 2020 Arts for Success Leadership award in February 2020. Mrs. Husted will be presenting this year’s award to the winner. She has also donated a beautiful art piece for the live auction that attendees will not want to miss.

“The stars will be shining bright at the 2021 Arts for Success. With the virtual format of the event, attendance will no longer limit the number of attendees who may participate. The community support of our citizens for the CSC and NC State has been amazing. Our list of partners and friends continues to grow as we work to educate tomorrow’s workforce and help ensure that our businesses have an adequate pool of trained employees,” said Amanda Sheets, Director of Outreach Programs. “I hope to have the entire community join us.”


Village of Crestline-  911 Dispatcher Renae Foit has been given the award for 2020 as Dispatcher of the Year and Detective Jason Kitzmiller awarded Officer of the Year for 2020.The awards are based on exemplary service to the Village of Crestline, commitment to the Crestline Police Department and by a vote of their peers.

East of Chicago Pizza, GalionThank you Thew family for your continued support of our community! East of Chicago held a fundraiser to help Coach Teglovic and his family while he battles cancer. 663 Large Pizzas were sold- a total of $5000 was raised between pizzas and donations and The FFA school lunch donated over $1050. Preliminary results are over $6000.
Bistro 217- Bistro 217 was awarded a Recommendation Badge by Restaurant Guru according to visitor reviews. Congratulations!
Debt Recovery Solutions- Last month Kathleen A. Shambre celebrated 40 years in the collection industry - quite an accomplishment! It takes a lot of determination, commitment, passion and, to be honest, guts to stick it out in this business for that length of time. Kathy, here's to you for handling the struggle and stress for all of these years. Anyone out there who knows her, tell her congrats on her 4 decades in the industry!
If your business has unpaid accounts and is in need of a collection agency with a LOT of experience and the tools to get your accounts collected- check out at www.drsohio.com and see what they can do for you! 
Do you have an anniversary, new associate or employee, sign, or business update? Contact Miranda or Candy at the Chamber Office, 419-468-7737 or email candy@galion-crestlinechamber.org so we can add your business to the Member Spotlight in our next Newsletter.
CareWorks Comp, in conjunction with CompManagement, invites you to join the following free workers' compensation webinars in March.

Managing workers' compensation in the time of COVID-19
Everyone knows that these are “unprecedented times” and the pandemic has touched all of our lives in some way. We have gathered the current statistics on COVID-19 in OH along with the most frequently asked questions about how this pandemic impacts the way you manage your program. We will touch on topics from payroll reporting to claim allowance and issues involved with remote workers.
Designed for both private and public employers.
 Thursday, March 4, 2021 2 - 3 p.m. EST

Understanding your rate calculation and the factors that drive your cost
With a focus on what factors drive your premiums, this session will drill down to show how the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) calculates an employer’s premium rate and explain the individual steps that go into determining the experience modifier. We will show how an individual claim can impact the rate calculation and touch on some claims management strategies that can be employed to favorably impact the calculation. 
Designed for public employers.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 10 - 11 a.m. EST
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 2 - 3 p.m. EST
These sessions have been certified by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) for one hour of the two-hour safety training requirement for group and group retrospective-rated employers. To be eligible for the BWC safety training requirement credit, the attendee must remain in the session for at least 75% of the total session time.  
March 2021 BWC News from Sedgwick TPA
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We are excited to announce that CareWorks Comp TPA is now named Sedgwick TPA as of March 1, 2021. As Sedgwick TPA, our commitment to Ohio employers remains as strong as ever. With more than 3,000 colleagues in Ohio, backed by the global resources and expertise of Sedgwick, we have the best claims solutions to help your business mitigate risk and reduce costs.
 
As Sedgwick TPA, taking care of people is at the heart of everything we do, because caring counts®. Under the Sedgwick name, we will provide you with the best possible service and outcomes and deliver on our mission of taking care of you and your employees. You can learn more about Sedgwick—a leading global provider of risk management and claims solutions—at Sedgwick.com/OhioTPA.

 
Ohio BWC Safety Congress Registration Now Open 
Registration is now open for the 2021 Ohio Safety Congress & Expo (OSC21)! Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, OSC21 will be a completely online event, including our first-ever digital expo.
 
Visit the OSC21 website for more information and to register for the event, which will stream live March 10-11, 2021. Now in its 91st year, the Ohio Safety Congress & Expo is the largest and longest-running regional occupational safety, health and workers’ compensation conference in the U.S.
 
More than 4.000 representatives from Ohio businesses and government are expected to attend the event to discover the strategies and tools needed for a healthy, safe, and productive workforce. The event offers topics on organizational behavior, safety leadership, emerging trends, and mental health. Participants can visit the digital expo marketplace, compete in a scavenger hunt, download resources, earn attendance credit and chat with others.
 
Working from Home: Is Your Office Ergonomically Correct?
Watch this video from the Ohio BWC’s Ergonomics Consultant Brad Ridenour on how to set-up your home office so that it’s not putting unneeded strain on your back, knees or your eyes. Brad offers tips for safely setting up your home office with items you may have on-hand. 
 
2-Hour Safety Training Requirement for 2020 Policy Year Deadline is 6/30/2021
2020 Rating Year—BWC Rule—ORC 4123-17-68
Group Rated and Group Retro Rated employers who have had a claim from July 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019, have to complete a required two hours of safety training by June 30, 2021.  BWC’s requirement applies to any allowed claim an employer had from 7/1/18-9/30/19, regardless of size or severity. Two hours is the minimum amount of safety training mandated by the BWC. Only one person from the employer needs to take this safety training. If an employer experienced more than one claim within this period, they are still only obligated to attend two hours of safety training. If an employer has multiple policy numbers, they must attend two hours of safety training per policy. For more information about all the Ohio BWC’s training opportunities, visit the BWC’s Learning Center at:  BWC Learning Center Login
 
Deadline extended for HVAC assistance program
The Ohio BWC has extended their deadline to apply for reimbursement for eligible expenses under their COVID-19 Indoor Air Quality Assistance Program to March 31, 2021. This federally funded program provides reimbursement for nursing homes, assisted living centers, and adult day centers that invest in air quality improvements that reduce the spread of COVID-19. This may include the costs of inspections, assessments, maintenance, and improvements to indoor heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. It also provides reimbursement for secondary devices designed to destroy bacteria, mold, and viruses. Read more, including eligibility requirements, on the BWC’s website.
 
Good to Know: Ohio BWC Division of Safety & Hygiene
 
Are you trying to reduce injuries in your workplace? Are you concerned about your employees’ health and wellbeing? Then be sure to check out all that the Ohio BWC’s Division of Safety & Hygiene (“DSH”) can do for you as an Ohio employer! The DSH offers free consultation services on safety, industrial hygiene, or ergonomics, as well as training, and they even have a library filled with education videos and materials. For more information, be sure to check the DSH out here.
 
Important Deadlines:
  • March 21, 2021: BWC premium installment due if your company is on a Monthly or Quarterly installment plan with the Ohio BWC.
  • March 31, 2021: One Claim Program (OCP) training requirement deadline for the July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021 policy year.
  • March 31, 2021: DFSP Annual Report due for the July 1, 2020 policy year start date.
  • March 31, 2021: EM Cap Safety Requirements deadline.
Featured speakers at next week’s Ohio Safety Congress & Expo will discuss how the pandemic elevated safety consciousness around the globe. BWC Administrator/CEO John Logue will be joined by author and practical futurist Michael Rogers and Anthony Panepinto, senior director of health, safety and environmental affairs at Procter & Gamble.
 
Logue and Panepinto will discuss the ways their leadership roles evolve during crises and how they’ve directed large organizations to positively impact the lives of others locally and globally.
 
Rogers will reveal how the future of our digital infrastructure will compel businesses to think beyond routine strategy to achieve enterprise innovation and ultimately success.
 
Logue and Rogers will speak on March 10. Panepinto presents on March 11. You don’t want to miss these or any of the dozens of free educational sessions available during OSC21. For more information or to register, visit our website.
 
Join the conversation online using #OSC21.
 
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SBA Prioritizes Smallest of Small Businesses in the Paycheck Protection Program
Steps to Promote Equitable Relief for Mom-and-Pop Businesses
The latest round of Paycheck Protection Program funding opened over a month ago and already has succeeded in making major improvements to the program’s implementation:
  • For businesses with fewer than ten employees, the share of funding is up nearly 60%
  • For businesses in rural communities, the share of funding is up nearly 30%
  • The share of funding distributed through Community Development Financial Institutions and Minority Depository Institutions is up more than 40%

“The SBA is a frontline agency working to create an inclusive economy, focused on reaching women-owned, minority-owned, low- and moderate-income, rural, and other underserved communities in meaningful ways. While reported data illustrates we have made real strides in ensuring these funds are reaching underserved communities, we believe we can still do better,” says SBA Senior Advisor Michael Roth. “The important policy changes we are announcing further ensure inclusivity and integrity by increasing access and much-needed aid to Main Street businesses that anchor our neighborhoods and help families build wealth.” 
The SBA has/will:
  • Established a 14-day, exclusive PPP loan application period for businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 20 employees.
  • Allow sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals to receive more financial support by revising the PPP’s funding formula for these categories of applicants
  • Eliminate an exclusionary restriction on PPP access for small business owners with prior non-fraud felony convictions, consistent with a bipartisan congressional proposal
  • Eliminate PPP access restrictions on small business owners who have struggled to make federal student loan payments by eliminating federal student loan debt delinquency and default as disqualifiers to participating in the PPP; and
  • Ensure access for non-citizen small business owners who are lawful U.S. residents by clarifying that they may use Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to apply for the PPP.
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The 14-day exclusivity period started on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 9 a.m., while the other four changes will be implemented this week.

These actions will help to lay the foundation for a robust and equitable recovery for small businesses across the country. Small businesses employ nearly half of the American workforce; they create 2 out of 3 net new private-sector jobs; they reinvest 68% of revenues to build and sustain communities.
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Beginning March 1, United Way of North Central Ohio serving Crawford County is making the Crestline Community Center available as a Tax Prep Station on Mondays from 4 to 6 pm and on Fridays from 10 am to noon. Computers and internet access are available; only 10 people will be allowed in the space at a time and facemasks are required. Learn more at https://unitedwaynco.org/nco/united-way-facilitates-income-tax-preparation-for-crestline-residents/
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