February 2016 | Issue 11
Colerain Chamber of Commerce Newsletter
Greetings from the President

Your Chamber is off to a great start in 2016! See photos on our website from several fantastic programs:
 
The Insider Info Breakfast with Commissioner Chris Monzel on Jan. 14 gave us lots of useful "insider info" about what's happening in Hamilton County.
 
FREE Movie Night & New Member Reception on Jan. 20 was a big hit, despite the nasty weather. A hundred of us enjoyed seeing "The Revenant" in XScape Theatre's state-of-the-art theater, and we welcomed our new members of the past 6 months. Thanks to XScape Theatre for generously hosting this awesome event!
 
Our Leadership Breakfast: Effective Selling Boot Camp on Feb. 10 was an excellent sales training workshop, led by nationally recognized keynote speaker Duane Plapp.
 
We're excited about the upcoming training session at our Lunch & Learn on Wednesday, Feb. 24. Our topic will be Powerful Internet Marketing for Small Businesses. Two regional experts will teach us ways to maximize our Internet marketing - without spending a lot of money!
 
We're thrilled to welcome Matt Plapp from Constant Contact E-mail Marketing and Joe Danzer from Google, who will be leading this Feb. 24 workshop. Our generous lunch host is TGI Friday's of Stone Creek. Only a few spaces remain for this Lunch & Learn, so register ASAP on our website.
 
We're also happy to welcome back Molly Yeager (of Rumpke), who has returned from maternity leave to again help with our e-mail newsletter. Please join me in sending best wishes to Molly, her baby boy, and family!
 
As your Chamber continues to grow, I encourage you to get involved. The best way is to join a committee; check out the committee options on our website and let me know which one suits you!
 
I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, Feb. 24,
 
Debra
Our Next Event: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Join us for this training workshop at Clippard Instruments Laboratory (7390 Colerain Ave.) to learn valuable tips about "Powerful Internet Marketing." Our two outstanding presenters will provide tools and information specifically designed to assist small businesses and/or those with limited marketing budgets.

Our presenters are regionally recognized experts from Constant Contact Email Marketing and Google, who will teach you about:
  • Effective email marketing
  • Social media for business (including Facebook and LinkedIn)
  • Blogs
  • Website development
  • Search engine optimization (SEO)
  • Online advertising

This is an excellent opportunity to learn from the best about how to build your business using the power of the Internet! If your resources are limited, this is the training workshop for you. Participants will enjoy a catered lunch graciously provided by TGI Friday's.

 Remember that Chamber business memberships include your employees, so if you can't make it to this workshop yourself, send a staff member!


Space is limited and advance registration is required. 

   
 
New Members
Please welcome the following new members:


We also held a ribbon cutting for the new Super Cuts location on Colerain Avenue. 
 
Member Deals
Clippard YMCA
20% off membership and only a $20 activation fee for a Colerain Chamber member.

Heister Insurance
Free $10 gas card for comprehensive insurance review (no obligation) for all Colerain Chamber members.

Infintech
Infintech's consultative advisors focus on delivering the best processing solutions at the most reasonable cost. Get a free no-obligation analysis of your savings.
  
Photos from Recent Events
The Insider Info Breakfast with Chris Monzel on Jan.14.




   FREE Movie Night and Member Reception on Jan. 20 at Xscape Movie Theater.
 

 

Leadership Breakfast: Effective Selling Boot Camp on Feb. 10.

 

 

 
Member News
Heister Insurance Hires Business Development Business Professional

Heister Insurance recently hired, Kyle Schneider of White Oak, Ohio, to their business development team. Kyle comes to Heister with nearly 8 years of experience in sales, including 3 years of relevant insurance industry knowledge. Kyle is a 2007 graduate of Ohio University with a degree in finance.

 

Kyle is a licensed property and casualty insurance agent. He specializes in personal home, auto, umbrella and business liability, property, worker's compensation, etc.

Do you have something newsworthy? Send us your updates!

 

For Your Information: Grant Opportunity
Do you know of a local business that could use some help in developing a lactation support program or creating or improving their lactation room?  Hamilton County Public Health can help.  Through a grant from the Ohio Department of Health, HCPH has funding, resources, and technical support available for any business in Hamilton County that wants to develop or improve their lactation support program.  Even if you already have a program in place, you can still receive resources and support to improve your program or update or modify your lactation room.  The program can be for employees and/or customers who might be nursing moms.  HCPH can provide you with educational information to help mothers with breastfeeding and pumping, supplies to improve or develop your lactation room, and technical support on how to make changes, how to write a breastfeeding policy, and how to convince the "powers that be" that a lactation support program is a good investment.  The program is 100% FREE for the business.  If you are interested in learning more, contact Kimberly Chelf at Kimberly.chelf@hamilton-co.org or 513-946-7820. Only have 10 spots available for 2016!

 
 
For Your Information: Workers'  Comp Billing Process
Are you prepared for the next steps in the new workers' comp billing process?

Ohio private employers have adjusted well to the new way the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) charges for workers' compensation coverage. Last year's change to prospective billing brought a much-needed move to the standard insurance industry practice of charging premiums in advance of extending coverage.

 
 
For Your Information: Issue 3
Road, Parks and Senior Center 2 Mill Levy

Goals:
  • Provide reliable infrastructure to facilitate public safety
  • Preserve neighborhoods, property values and quality of life
Purpose:
  • Generates 42.1 million annually for roads, parks and senior center
Length:
  • 5 years
Cost:
  • $70 per year (.20 cents per day) for owner of $100,000 home, beginning 2017
  
 
Community Events
Heroin Epidemic:  Focus On Hope
Hosted by Colerain Community Health Awareness
March 10, 2015
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Colerain Community Center

  
Sustaining Sponsors