Chamber Updates April 22, 2020
Thanks to all of our chamber members that have supported our efforts to get the word out about available COVID-19 resources. Please also continue to support our local businesses, whether that’s in the form of renewing your insurance policies, continuing to support your gym or YMCA membership despite being closed, ordering carryout or purchasing springtime household essentials like mulch or plants. Buy local and support our chamber members listed on our
have provided a list of food related chamber members at the bottom of this newsletter.
For those that have not participated in our
Life in Colerain during the COVID-19 Pandemic series,
you’ve missed a wonderful opportunity to connect with our community in a fun ZOOM conference format…please mark your calendar for this Friday, April 24 at 11 a.m. as we
will have health professional and Medical Director of TriHealth Corporate Health, Malia Harper, MD on the call. Dr. Harper will present updated information about the current health concerns around COVID-19, and address
from a health perspective as we begin to open up the state and our community as the stay at home initiatives are lifted.
Please register or find the call-in information
On next Friday’s ZOOM conference call (May 1), we will continue to discuss the workplace challenges with
“opening up” from a Human Resources perspective,
with a panel of HR professionals on hand to address concerns. Additionally,
we will have special guest U.S. Representative Steve Chabot
on the call to address the most current information available about the stimulus package & options for small businesses. Don’t miss this chance to connect with our United States congressman.
I am excited to announce that Brynne Tillman, a LinkedIn expert and nationally recognized speaker will be presenting a webinar exclusively for the Colerain Chamber of Commerce entitled,
How to Build Relationships on LinkedIn during Quarantine
. I have gotten to know Brynne over the years and she brings both a professional and fun approach to the topic of LinkedIn connections. This will be excellent for those who are new to LinkedIn or who are looking for a fresh perspective on its use during these challenging times. T
he webinar will be FREE to chamber members and only $20 for non-members
eating will be limited to the first 25 participants.
If you haven’t done so already, be sure to like our
and tell others about it. Various resources and local stories continue to get posted by our student intern Ana Lu Gehner. Our updated newsletters are also posted to our
Chamber News Page
, where you can look back and find SBA and Cares Act resources and updates on the latest information available. This newsletter will get posted to that location within about 48 hours of it being sent.
I welcome any and all updates that you would like to share about your business or any feedback, please send them to me directly at
Be well and stay safe.
President, Colerain Chamber of Commerce
Lt. Governor Husted announced the Office of Small Business Relief, a new office developed within the Ohio Development Services Agency (DSA) to better coordinate Ohio's efforts to identify and provide support for Ohio’s nearly 950,000 small businesses.
The Office of Small Business Relief will:
- Serve as the state’s designated agency for administrating federal recovery funds awarded to Ohio for small business support and recovery.
- Work with federal, state, and local partners to evaluate and determine possible regulatory reforms that encourage employment and job creation.
- Coordinate efforts of Ohio’s Small Business Development Centers and Minority Business Assistance Centers.
As a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, we have held close to
the resources available
about business issues related to COVID-19. I STRONGLY recommend that you
familiarize yourself with the document linked here. While not totally comprehensive for every business environment, it gives an excellent framework for most business owners and staff as we consider returning to work.
The US Senate and House of Representatives continue to work on additional funding of programs associated with the CARES Act and stimulus funds for small businesses. Please watch for up to date information on our Facebook page and further updates when they are available. In speaking with Rep. Steve Chabot’s office as recently as yesterday, announcements from lawmakers is just around the corner and this morning’s news can be found
Ohio’s Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC)
announced the deferment of insurance premium installment payments for March, April and May until June 1, 2020. For more information, visit
Additionally, Gov DeWine announced yesterday (April 21th) the release of $1.6 billion dollars in dividend payments back to as many as 170,000 businesses in the next 5 days. This is equivalent to nearly 100% of Workman’s Comp payments over the last year. For more details on this specifically, check out this
Grace Period for Health Insurance Premiums
As a reminder, all health insurers are required to provide the option of deferring premium payments, interest free, for up to 60 calendar days from each original premium due date. This means that employers can defer their premium payments up to two months, giving them some relief on costs, while keeping their employees insured. More information
Hamilton County Public Health (HCPH)
would be pleased to receive homemade face masks made by those in the community who have these special skills. More information
Colerain Township, From Will Mueller:
As of today's date, our Township workforce remains strong. There is still minimal impact from COVID-19 on the Township's personnel and its operations. Public Safety personnel remain well poised to handle all incoming emergencies.
As testing begins to become more widespread, we will begin to see cases in Colerain rise. However, emergency medical responses to potential COVID-19 related emergencies were down to only 8 last week in Colerain Township. That is a significant drop from 22 two weeks ago. One positive to report is that the Township's emergency medical responses, overall, are significantly down for the month of April. There's always a bright side.
Programming & Other Updates
Two Different Surveys are Being Conducted on COVID-19 Impacts
The Ohio Chamber Research
Foundation is conducting its latest quarterly economic survey of business leaders in Ohio, called the
They would love to share this survey with our members so they can show how business leaders are feeling and responding to this crisis.
OHIO 2020 Economic Recovery Task Force
is seeking small businesses from across Ohio who would be willing to share their story with the task force in virtual testimony. If you have a business and would like to share your story with the Task Force, you can email to
with the following information:
- Name and location of the business
- Number of employees
- Years in business
- Contact information for business owners (email, phone number)
- Brief description of nature of the business
In the interest of time, we will review all submissions, with the goal of inviting a diverse range of businesses from different industries and regions of the state to testify virtually before the task force. Businesses may also submit written feedback to the task force. In either case, we are asking that businesses that want to share their experiences prepare brief remarks that focus on the following points:
- If/how they are able to operate during the coronavirus?
- What kind of financial strains have been brought on by this? If they have been in business for many years, how has this been compared to other financial downturns?
- What kinds of obstacles do they see ahead of them once they are able to fully open up again?
- Any governmental roadblocks ahead that the legislature should be aware of?
- Any ideas that they might have on protocols they believe would be helpful to return to work while maintaining a level of safety to provide confidence to their customers?
The Colerain Chamber of Commerce Golf League
will begin May 6, as planned. If you have an interest in participating, there are still a few spots open. For more details or to sign up, please go to the registration page
or contact Dave Moravec at
Another reminder: If you are interested in being involved in a
program locally or if you are interested in
Sales Professional Development
(Sales Summit), we will be hosting informational meetings in early May. YP groups are formed to provide networking, philanthropy and professional development for the 20 to 40 year-old demographic and are vital to the succession of businesses across the community. The concept of a Sales Summit grew out of an idea that sales professionals need to have iron sharpening, iron connections. We will begin meeting on a regular basis in June but gathering momentum over the next several weeks by networking locally. For more information on either program, please contact Dave Moravec directly at
or by calling 309-838-1947.
Anthem and SOCA have
announced that the Southern Ohio Chamber Alliance (SOCA) Benefit Plan is now available to sole proprietors
. Starting April 20 with enrollment beginning July 1, an eligible sole proprietor must:
- Meet underwriting requirements.
- Work more than 30 hours per week (documentation required).
- Submit a cover page for Form 1040 with Schedule C or Form 1040 with Schedules F and SE.
Presently this offer is not intended for non-profit organizations with one employee. Please contact Scott Marston at Cincinnati Benefit Solutions for more information at 513-661-1114 or email at
The Chamber Energy Program
is offering an online informational session, Monday, April 27 at 1 p.m. on how reduce utility costs. Many chamber members have realized 15-20% savings. Register
Tetra Management & Allied Construction Industries
are offering an online leadership course – “Managing Yourself, Leading Others.”
Session 1 on April 29, will cover:
- Manage Tasks, Lead People Process
- Emotional Intelligence
- Personal Accountability
- Controlling Controllables
- Thinking, Acting & Leading
Session 2 on April 30, will cover:
- Thinking Like an Owner
- Open, Honest, Tactful Communication
- Coaching & Mentoring
- Freedom to Fail
- People and Process Challenges
Both sessions are 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Participants are required to have a PC/Mac, stable internet connection, microphone and web cam. Class will allow live viewing of instructor, attendee engagement and Q&A.
The seminars are $300 for Chamber Members and $500 for non-members.
When getting carryout, grocery shopping or getting catering for your team, please support these local Colerain Chamber members:
Buffalo Wild Wings – Stone Creek
3660 Stone Creek Blvd.
3633 Springdale Road
9496 Colerain Avenue Cincinnati, Ohio 45251
Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
10927 New Haven Rd., Harrison
LaRosa's - Colerain
3657 Stone Creek Blvd. Cincinnati, OH 45251
Panera Bread Bakery Cafe
9530 Colerain Avenue
Panera Bread Bakery Cafe
Red Squirrel Restaurant
8227 Colerain Avenue
8265 Colerain Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45239
Sklyine Chili of North Bend
5444 North Bend Road Cincinnati, Ohio 45247
Skyline Chili – Colerain
8635 Colerain Avenue
Vinoklet Winery & Restaurant
11069 Colerain Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45252
Stehlin's Meat Market
10134 Colerain Ave.
Langen Meats, Inc.
5855 Cheviot Road
3636 Springdale Road
3711 Stone Creek
Pebble Creek Golf Course & Event Center
9799 Prechtel Road
Clovernook Country Club
2035 W. Galbreath
A Catered Affair
80 Compton Rd
BB Riverboats & Current Catering
101 Riverboat Row Newport, KY 41071
Cincinnati Moose Lodge #2
7778 Colerain Avenue
Willow Event Center
7881 Colerain Avenue
Thank You to Our Sustaining Sponsors
President Level Sustaining Sponsor
Rumpke Waste & Recycling
Team Level Sustaining Sponsors
Cincinnati Mine Machinery
Miami Valley Gaming