2018 April E-Newsletter
Valued Chamber Member,

Here's a heads up for some exciting upcoming events!

During this month, tickets will continue to be on sale for LeaderCast Defiance 2018 -Lead Yourself on May 4th to be held at Family Christian Center. Ticket prices are still at the early bird price until April 6th for $65.00. This includes all refreshments, lunch, journals, and several chances to win prizes and/or even one of the author's books.

On top of that, we have opened up our sales to allow early golf registrations for our July 13th Golf Outing at Eagle Rock Golf Club. Individual pricing for the day is $85 which includes golf and cart, lunch and dinner, 2 drink tickets and a load of fun. For a foursome, the price is $340 which includes the same items. Similar to last year, we are also preselling the golfer packages for $25 per golfer (in addition to the golfer fee). This includes one mulligan, 20-50/50 raffle tickets.

On a final note, we will be pricing our normal $85 Reverse Raffle tickets for the November 8th Chamber Foundation Reverse Raffle at $75.00 now until October 5th. THAT'S A $10.00 SAVINGS PER TICKET!! This includes admission for two, food and drink for the night, and a chance to win one of many cash prizes totaling over $5,700; along with many cool door items like a TV, gift baskets, etc.

All you need to do is register on our website for these events to get this pricing.

We are excited about the opportunities for the chamber and the community this year, and we want you to join us in this excitement. Tell your friends and family and help us make 2013 a great year for all.

Darrell Handy
Defiance Area Chamber of Commerce
A Lifetime of Leadership Knowledge in One Day
Leadercast Live 2018 is a unique event--a single day of lessons and insights from nine world-renowned experts. You will be inspired and motivated by the speakers from the stage. You will be energized by fellow attendees. And you will leave Leadercast Defiance 2018 with the tools and takeaways that will help you better lead your organization, your staff and yourself. 

The world is looking for great leaders to follow. In order to become those leaders to the outside, we have to lead ourselves first.
We must walk the walk .

Get ready for an unforgettable day of inspiration, learning, networking, and more. Leadercast is one of the largest events of its kind, broadcasting world-renowned content to hundreds of locations around the globe. Learn about our theme, speakers, what others are saying, volunteer opportunities, and more. For the 7th year in a row, Defiance Area Chamber of Commerce brings the Leadercast live via broadcast.

Join us at on May 4, 2018!
Family Christian Center

Take ADVANTAGE of Early Bird Ticket Pricing before it ends this upcoming Friday April 6th!
So many great speakers packed in to
one big day!
Membership Benefit
Energy Market Update

Natural Gas:  Despite a record stretch of frigid cold between the end of December & beginning of January, winter NYMEX pricing has remained at historically competitive levels aside from a brief run-up in the February NYMEX.

January 2018 final NYMEX settlement = $2.74/MMBtu
February 2018 final NYMEX settlement = $3.63/MMBtu
March 2018 final NYMEX settlement = $2.64/MMBtu

For the week ending January 5, 2018, a record 359 BCF (“billion cubic feet”) of natural gas was withdrawn from underground storage supplies, shattering the previous weekly withdrawal record of 288 BCF by a resounding 25%. Current storage levels show a 32% deficit vs. year-ago supplies along with a 16% shortage vs. five-year average supplies. NYMEX futures prices have remained under $3, however, as record production levels are anticipated to rapidly replenish supply levels as we enter in the natural gas injection season.

Electric:  Much to the delight of customers entering new agreements, the electric market has continued to present opportunities for competitive pricing and bottom line savings. While we saw an uptick in pricing during the frigid cold of winter, this has since settled back to a less volatile price trend with smaller swings in pricing over the past few weeks. We continue to remain in a backward-dated market with terms extending into 2021 and 2022 generally offering lower rates.

Regulatory directives remain a hot topic with state and federal agencies discussing items such as grid resiliency, infrastructure, security, and supporting baseload generation.  As always, CES will monitor the proceedings and keep customers abreast of any regulatory changes that may affect your energy bills as a result of these ongoing discussions.

If you have not reviewed your electric purchasing strategy recently, now is the time to do so as we head into the warmer months.  Summer often presents volatility in the electric market so don’t wait until you crank the AC to be sure your business is prepared!

Please feel free to contact our Chamber Energy Solutions Energy Consultant, Trevor Kendrick, at (419) 491-1011 or tkendrick@palmerenergy.com to review.
Membership Benefit
L.E.A.D. Professional Development Seminar
"Time and Priority Management"

Training Location:
Family Christian Center
1832 East Second Street, Defiance OH 43512
Thursday, April 26, 2018
9:00-11:30 a.m.

​At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
  •  Describe the importance of managing time effectively
  • Describe how to Manage Interruptions and Harness the Power of the Time Audit
  • Identify the Time Wasters that we Can and that we Can’t Control at work
  • Demonstrate using practical tools and ideas to help you become more organized, focused, more proficient at prioritizing, and a better user of time
  • Understand and practice how to Make Meetings (and e-mail/texts) Less Awful
  • Put together a Personal Action Plan
Member Pricing: 
  $50/group of 4
Non-Member Pricing: 
  $80/group of 4
April First Friday Luncheon is Almost Here!
and we can't wait!
April 6, 2018
Keynote Speaker
Tanya Brunner
Defiance County Veterans Administration

Economic Impact of Defiance County Veterans

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Reservations required by end of business, Weds. April 6th

Reservations Required
Welcome to our Newest Member!
Defiance/Paulding Consolidated Job & Family Services
610 Briarheath Drive
Defiance OH


117 S. Fulton Street
Wauseon OH

Renewing Members!
  • Arps Dairy, Inc.
  • Bates Law Office
  • Beilharz Consulting, Inc.
  • Blue Jay Financial
  • Bowling Green State University - Conference Center
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Carpet Unlimited
  • Carter & Carter East Apartments
  • Clemens, Korhn, Liming & Warncke, Ltd.
  • Consolidated Grain and Barge
  • DDC Rehab, Inc.
  • Defiance Chiropractic Center
  • Defiance County Commissioners
  • Defiance County Commissioners
  • Defiance County Engineer
  • Defiance DQ Grill & Chill
  • Defiance Metal Products
  • Defiance Optimist Club
  • Defiance Truck Sales & Service, Inc.
  • Deluxe Cleaners
  • Dr. Darryl D. Mathewson
  • Re/Max Realty of Defiance, Inc. -Stephanie
  • The Employers Association
  • Estle Chevrolet Cadillac
  • First Klass Lawn Care

  • Darrell Handy
  • The Henry County Bank
  • Homier's Monumental
  • iheartMedia
  • Integrity Defiance Auto Body, Inc.
  • \Interim Healthcare
  • Maumee Valley Vending Company
  • Northtowne Mall Merchants
  • Northwest Ohio Welch Trophy
  • Northwest State Community College
  • Ohioans Home Healthcare
  • Poggemeyer Design Group, Inc.
  • Rath Builders Supply, Inc.
  • Re/Max Realty of Defiance, Inc.-A.J.Hench
  • Re/Max Realty of Defiance, Inc. - Brent Joost
  • Re/Max Realty of Defiance, Inc. - Matt Joost
  • Roehrs-McMillen Insurance
  • Sam Switzer Realty - Chris Switzer
  • The Second Story
  • Sherwin Williams
  • Sines Excavating
  • Spyker Contracting, Inc.
  • Standridge Color Corporation
  • Stefano's Ristorante
  • Tireman Auto Services Centers LTD
  • Wal-Mart of Defiance
Plan to JOIN US FOR ... ...
Thursday, April 19th
5:00 - 7:00 PM

Please join the
Defiance Area Chamber of Commerce
Business After Hours

Sponsored by

D efiance P remier N etworking

Hosted by The Elks Lodge
Catered by Sweetwater Chophouse

Over $1,500 total in prizes!

Door prize drawings every 15 minutes starting at 5:30pm

Stick around for the grand prize drawing at 6:30pm

Mark Your Calendars!
Promote your company with door prize giveaways at each one of these events!

Contact us if you would like to donate a door prize!

It's our 20th anniversary! To help celebrate, we're hosting an open house tasting event. Please join us on Friday, April 13 . Stop by, say hello and enjoy a complimentary meal. We hope to see you there!

When: Friday, April 13, stop by anytime from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Where: St. Mary's Catholic Church, Parish Hall 316 Chicago Ave., Holgate, Ohio