Chamber Updates August 3, 2020
Community Members-

I have heard from chamber members whose businesses are flourishing and have talked with others that have been challenged to make ends meet because of the current pandemic. Hamilton County continues to be under a Level 3 (Red) Public Emergency.

To that end, I made the decision for Debi and me to resume working from home for the time being. We functioned fairly well during the major shutdown period (March-May) and I think we can do so again. Our office phones are forwarded and both Debi and I have access to email and ZOOM resources.

I will continue to limit my "door-to-door" member visits but welcome the opportunity to meet with you if you are comfortable in doing so. I have been able to meet many of you in your place of business or public place adhearing to social distancing and mask requirements - safety first. 

The chamber will continue its plans for its upcoming networking event (outdoors at Clovernook Country Club on WEDNESDAY, August 19 and at Playground Equipment on THURSDAY September 17). Clovernook CC will also host our Women’s Network Luncheon coming up on Tuesday, August 11  with Representative Cindy Abrams as our special guest speaker. We will however keep ALL other meetings (board, educational and otherwise) via ZOOM conference call. The list of events has significantly INCREASED. Please see the complete list below, and watch for more information HERE . We are excited to announce that the Hometown Heroes event will be held outdoors at the Willow Event Center on Thursday, September 24 .

Finally, in all of my heart and business experience, I do not believe that any of us need to take our foot off of the marketing accelerator. We have seen an increase in members over the last couple of months, which tells me that you are seeing value in your participation with the Colerain Chamber of Commerce. My hope is that your business can continue to persevere through this and find an effective way through marketing and sales initiatives. If you haven’t had a chance to read the recent LinkedIn Article - Flexibility During COVID-19 , please take the time to do so.

This is an unprecedented time in this country, and the death/sickness statistics are quite frightening to say the least. 

Wishing you all the best...if you have any thoughts or feedback, you know where to find me.

Be well and stay safe. All the best!

Dave Moravec
President & CEO
Colerain Chamber of Commerce
513.923.5036 Office
309.838.1947 Cell
Welcome New Members
Please welcome our new members!   

Is there someone (business or individual) that you believe would benefit from membership or the programs we are offering? Please make the introduction or drop a note with their contact information. We have added about a dozen new businesses to the chamber membership in the past few weeks. We are excited to see all the activity and believe that we have a boutique approach that helps businesses across Colerain and nearby communities.
Chamber Programming
Networking Event - Life in Colerain During the COVID-19 Pandemic
(ZOOM Conference Education & Awareness)
  •  August 5 – 11 am - Mental Health Challenges Today: What being cooped up has meant and what we can do to stay mentally healthy.

  •  August 13 – 10 am - Business Succession Planning: How to plan for changes in leadership & key positions (Panel led discussion, Tim Gehner, Shane Krugler, and Jim Diebold as guests).

  •  August 19 – 11 am - Diversity - African-American, Hispanic, and Gay Chambers of Commerce across Cincinnati as guests.

  •  August 27 – 11 am - What Do We Know About the Coronavirus That We Did Not Know in March? (Medical expert to lead the discussion)

  • 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.

  • September 9 – 11 am - Healthy Conflict Resolution with employees (Jill Grear).

Additional Topics to come (note: if you have an idea for a future program, please share it with us)
  • Legal Issues for Small Business today
  • Finance 101 - Profit and Loss Statements for Success
  • Recycling for your business
  • Chamber Benefits for All Members
  • Marketing Topical Series
  • Management Topical Series
  • Colerain Business History

Other Upcoming Chamber of Commerce Events
  • Tuesday August 11 - Women’s Networking Luncheon – noon – 1:30 pm - Clovernook Country Club
  •  Wednesday August 12 – Sales Summit (ZOOM Conference) – 9 am – 10:30 am Guest speaker Duane Plapp will be talking about strengthening ones referral-based model.
  • Wednesday August 19 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7 am via ZOOM
  •  Wednesday August 19 - Third Thursday Networking on Wednesday – Clovernook Country Club 5 pm – 7:30 pm – Raffle drawing will be held for 2 – 9-hole with cart and 2 – 18 hole with cart certificates. EMERGING LEADERS will meet at 4 pm at Clovernook as well.
  • Thursday, August 20 - Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at New Foundation Savings Bank - 2 pm. We would like to congratulate the team for reaching a huge milestone of 130 years in business! Join us at 8249 Clara Avenue (just behind Wendy's) for the celebration.
  • Tuesday. September 8 - Women’s Networking Luncheon – Location TBD
  • Wednesday September 9 – Sales Summit (ZOOM Conference)
  • Wednesday September 16 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7 am via ZOOM
  • Thursday September 17 – Third Thursday Networking – Playground Equipment, Inc. – 5 pm – 7:30 pm in conjunction with the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce
  • Thursday September 24 – Hometown Heroes Masquerade – Willow Event Center : Additional details will be forthcoming but be sure to save the date for this extraordinary event celebrating our local heroes, 9-1-1 first responders the Fall season. This will be an outdoor fun & casual event held in the parking lot of the Willow Event Center with Food Trucks, a festive atmosphere, a chance to share our appreciation to those who have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 challenges. Stay tuned for additional information about registration, sponsorships, etc.

If you are interested in getting involved in the planning of this Fall's Hometown Hero's event, please contact Jennifer Clippard-Caunin at or Drew Hester at
or call the chamber office at 513-923-5036.

With the Summer in full swing, we still have opportunities for those interested in playing golf with the chamber golf league (Wednesday, 4:45 pm - 5:05 pm tee times at Pebble Creek Golf Course) Please send Dave Moravec a note with date you wish to play, and we will add you to the list.  

If you would be interested in a box lunch picnic and chance to get together in an informal way at an area park, contact Dave directly. 

Emerging Leaders: Young Professional Group
As we continued to further our small group initiatives, the advent of an Emerging Leader’s group (21-40 demographic) was an instant winner. The foundational group includes some of our best and brightest across Colerain, and I could not be prouder of their initial efforts to get started. The following mission statement was created wholly by these individuals and the values represented encompass what we as a chamber of commerce strive for. A special thanks goes out to those who have gone over and above: Scott Marston, Jeff Weckbach, Chad Shaffer, Mark Moser, Jim Diebold, Adam Gabbard, Brandon Robertson, Aubrey Ballinger and Kyle Pasqualone.
“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.”
  • Diversity
  • Humility
  • Education
  • Creativity
  • Integrity
  • Commitment
For more information about how to get involved, please reach out to our two Emerging Leader leaders, Adam at or Jim at . You can also contact Dave Moravec at  or call 513-923-5036. The next meeting of this group will be at 4 pm at the Clovernook Country Club on Wednesday, August 19, just ahead of the Chamber of Commerce networking event…please come on out and see what exciting thing we have planned.
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
The Colerain Chamber of Commerce continues to push social media promotion as we are able, based on what the community provides to us. We want to promote area businesses that have special events and promotions, non-profit events that we should be supporting as a community, new members joining the chamber, and individual achievements that are newsworthy. We continue to highlight our members occasionally and stray from political posts. As we 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; please visit us there, LIKE and FOLLOW us for the latest news.

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.

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:
J oy 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
Governor DeWine announced that beginning on Thursday, July 23, at 6 p.m., a statewide mask mandate will go into effect for citizens living in all 88 Ohio counties. 
"Our preliminary data indicate that the rate of increase in new cases has slowed in the high-risk counties where masks are already mandated, so we are cautiously optimistic that things are heading in the right direction," said Governor DeWine. "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.
Schools should follow the guidance previously issued pertaining to masks.
Governor DeWine announced today a  travel advisory  for all individuals coming into Ohio from states reporting positive COVID-19 testing rates of 15 percent or higher. The self-quarantine recommendation applies to those who live in Ohio and to people who are traveling into Ohio from any of these states.
"I know this will be hard and is a sacrifice, especially as summer vacations are in full force, but when we have a higher likelihood of being exposed, we should take precautions to limit the exposure of others," said Governor DeWine. 
Ohio's positivity rate, which is an indicator of the percentage of people who have tested positive for COVID-19, has been around 6.2 percent.  Visit  for tips on how to effectively quarantine.

Lt. Governor Husted announced that Governor DeWine has signed onto  a letter to Congressional leadership  with 20 other fellow Governors from across the nation, calling for reasonable limited liability protections for businesses, schools, healthcare workers, and governments as they are reopened during the COVID-19 global pandemic.

The letter calls for predictable, timely, targeted liability protections to shield employers from legal risks associated with the spread of the novel coronavirus, so long as they are following the appropriate standards of care to protect their employees, customers, and students. The letter specifically requests that the protections be drawn in a narrow fashion as to not give license for gross negligence, misconduct, or recklessness.

Similar calls for liability protection have been made by Ohio’s leading business organizations. In addition to Governor DeWine, the letter was co-signed by the Governors of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

In the first press conference since Ohio’s latest unemployment figures were released, Lt. Governor Husted also highlighted Ohio’s strengthening economy as the state responsibly restarts in the midst of the pandemic. Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped three percentage points in the last month to 10.9%. The Lt. Governor also highlighted how Ohio companies continue to go to great lengths to support their employees and customers.

The Updated  Ohio Public Health Advisory System  map, Governor DeWine announced that the ICU indicator will be enhanced to address concerns in the event ICU levels increase due to reasons other than COVID-19. The indicator will trigger if ICU capacity for a county’s hospital region exceeds 80 percent of normal capacity and if 20 percent of the normal ICU capacity is being used for COVID-19 positive patients.
The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation will sponsor two new public service announcements created in partnership with the Ohio Restaurant Association, OhioHealth, JobsOhio, and the Ohio Business Roundtable. The  first PSA  features real Ohioans explaining why all Ohioans should all wear a mask.
The  second PSA  features Dr. Steve Markovich, a former Air National Guardsman and fighter pilot, who is CEO of OhioHealth. He encourages younger adults to wear masks to protect family, friends, and coworkers. 

There are 78,742 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Ohio and 3,235 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. A total of 9,864 people have been hospitalized, including 2,386 admissions to intensive care units. In-depth data can be accessed by visiting
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  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
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